Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Lovely Saturday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Long weekends!  Love that!  I so needed this.

2) The kindness of strangers.  The pharmacist at the Walgreen's at 24th street and Baseline is always so nice!  I love her.  She is awesome!

From the Camera:

Who is who?  One of them has served a mission and the other is getting ready to.  Can you tell them apart?

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, this is a portion of a news article about an act of kindness that will touch your heart.  Take a look.  (found on Reshareworthy.com)

This man’s random act of kindness to help a grieving mother shows that there are still many compassionate people in the world. Valerie Watts had carried her son Noah to term, but a few days before she was expected to give birth she became nervous after noticing her baby moving less and less. The doctors confirmed the worst. Noah’s umbilical cord had become pinched in the womb and he was stillborn.
After the tragedy, Valerie held a garage sale to sell off the crib, clothes and baby items she had bought for Noah.
Gerald Kumpula, a local craftsman, came to the sale and was interested in buying Valerie’s crib. She was hesitant at first and when asked why she told Gerald’s wife about Noah.
Gerald took the crib home and decided to transform the crib into a memorial bench for Valerie’s lost baby. He brought it back to Valerie and she was moved beyond words by his touching gift.
Please share this man’s beautiful gesture with your friends and family.



From the Kitchen:

Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls   (from http://tsgcookin.com)
  • 1 bag of your favorite frozen roll dough (I used Rhodes brand)
  • 1 cube melted butter (1/2 cup)
  • Johnny’s Salad Elegance (you can use whatever type of salad seasoning is available in your grocery store)
Thaw the frozen dough according to package instructions.  After the dough has thawed, shape into a bow knot (instructions follow).  Place on a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lightly buttered.  Give the tops of the rolls a quick spray with cooking spray.  Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size.  The cooking spray that you sprayed on tops of the rolls will prevent the plastic wrap from sticking to them.  You could also butter the tops of the rolls instead of using the cooking spray, your call.
After the rolls have risen, melt the cube of butter.  I melted mine in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.  Gently brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter.  Sprinkle Johnny’s salad seasoning over the rolls.  Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
Allow to cool a little before handling.  Place in a serving basket and ring the dinner bell.
Start with one round of dough (1 roll from package)–
 Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Roll it between the counter-top and your hands to make a “rope” about 10-inches long.  You don’t have to be exact.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Cross the ends of the rope, making a loop on the lower portion.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Take the bottom tail of the rope, cross it over the top tail of the rope, and tuck it into the loop so that the tip of the tail is now resting a little bit underneath the edge of the loop.  (I need a tech writer to describe this really well.)
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Now take the other rope tail and bring it underneath the loop…
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
And tuck the tip of this portion of the rope up through the loop so that it is peeking through the loop like an “outie”…funny way to describe it, but pretty accurate.  Not sure a tech writer would describe it that way.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Place the rolls on an oiled baking pan.  I got 5 rows of 4 rolls each; so 20 rolls per pan.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
You can give the rolls a quick spray of cooking spray (Pam) or brush them with melted butter.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise until they have doubled in size.
When the rolls have risen, gently brush them with melted butter.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Johnny’s Salad Elegance is my preferred product for the next step in this process.  If Johnny’s is not available at your grocery store, other similar products will work well, also.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
Sprinkle the rolls with Johnny’s Salad Elegance.  Put in a preheated 350-degree oven and bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. That takes about two dances and judges’ comments on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
These are so good, they don’t even need butter.  They are very light and airy and full of flavor.
Elegant and Easy Dinner Rolls
From the Spirit:

(from Ensign magazine 2015)

The beginning of a new year can be great, with family time, parties, tasty food … and goals. Some people love goals—they rank right up there with watching fireworks and counting down to midnight. Other people, well, don’t. It can be terribly frustrating to set goals and then not achieve them. But whether you love setting goals or dread it, setting goals can be different this year! Here’s how:

1. Know what God wants for you.

When you seek revelation to know what goals to set, you’ll likely be more committed to them. As you seek that revelation through prayer and ponder what Heavenly Father wants you to accomplish, remember this counsel from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency: “The holy scriptures and the talks given at general conference are an effective mirror we can hold up for self-examination.”1
Don’t think this principle applies only to spiritual goals either—God can help you see how to improve physically, in relationships, in your job, and with your education, too.

2. Know that God can help you succeed.

In the October 2014 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson said: “Although we are left to find and follow that path which will lead us back to our Father in Heaven, He did not send us here without direction and guidance. … He will assist us as we seek His help and strive to do all in our power to endure to the end and gain eternal life.”Remember that the Atonement of Jesus Christ provides enabling power to do more than you think you can at first.

3. Know that God loves you, even if you feel like you have failed.

So what happens when you set goals and you don’t reach them?
President Uchtdorf said: “God loves you this very day and always. He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. … He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you. … He wants you to achieve your destiny—to return to your heavenly home in honor.”3
God will continue to help you. Even if you don’t achieve your goals perfectly, you’ll still grow from the effort of trying to get there! Whatever progress you make leaves you better than before you started. And if you miss your goal, don’t get discouraged; just start again where you left off. Look to Heavenly Father and to others who love you for support.
From the Schmidt's:

First things this morning I picked up Kevin's $1400.00 prescription.  Why was it so expensive you ask?  Well the prescription was for 60 tabs of an extended release medication.  Our insurance pays $500.00 of that, and we have an $800 prescription deductible for the family for the year.  As I mentioned before, we were not aware of this.  So I called the pharmacy and they agreed to fill half of the prescription, so $440.00 is what I paid....not actually out of my own pocket.  My insurance company provides and HSA card.  So, for the year my employer loads the card with $1000.00.  We of course can add our own money to the card too.  Payroll deductions, of course.  We have an initial $2500.00 deductible for the family with our insurance, then the plan pays all but 15% until we meet $5600.00 then the plan pays 100% of in network expenses.  

Kevin has 3 appointments he has to have before the nerve stimulator is placed that will cost $350.00.  Not to mention the expenses to have that surgically placed too.  I have all ready pulled that out of the HSA account to cover that.  BUT, Kevin was worried if we spent the $440.00 for his prescription and something else came up, we wouldn't have money to cover their expenses.  I have to say, this new health care initiative mandated by our President is not a favorite of mine, at all!  I preferred the plan we had before.  I work and I pay taxes.  I do not like that since we are middle class we have to pay more now.  The Obama Care option is a joke.  Have you tried to pick a plan on that website?  It is soooo expensive.  

Danielle, a college student who is now 26 cannot even afford a plan.  Then she makes too much to be covered by the states Medicaid program, so she will be taxed for NOT having insurance starting next year.  Not cool, Mr. President.  Not cool at all!

Sondra, step away from the soap box!  ~smile~smile~smile

Now that the entire family is up, we will be working around the house and hopefully doing something fun later.  Or at least the kids will be.  I plan to watch a couple movies or something.  Danielle should be coming over sometime today too.  I also have a few errands to run.  I need a couple medications myself.  My allergy pills and my Prilosec.  I never thought the Prilosec was helping until I went about a week without it.  Now I cant wait to go get it.

My kids hid my bathroom scale on me.  Can you believe that??!!!  They didn't really hide it.  They just put it somewhere and now I can't find it.  Now that I have been using my little phone app and have been being really good about watching what I eat and drinking lots of water as well as getting a little exercise, I want to see if there are any changes, but no scale.   ARG!  The scale was living in my hallway or the dining room since Kevin has a walker now.  The scale in the bathroom got in his way so we took it out.  When we got the house ready for the holidays the scale was put up somewhere and now it is nowhere to be found.  I checked all the bedrooms, all the cabinets in both bathrooms, the hall closets, under my china hutch, under the kitchen island, and in the spare room.  Nothing!  I may have to go visit a friend or a family member just to weigh myself until we find our scale.  Pretty sad isn't it?  

So what are you doing this beautiful 3 day weekend?  Do you have the week off?  Are you taking a little mini vacation?  Will you spend the weekend with family?  Are you working on some DIY project?  Tell me your plans, I'm curious.  What does everyone do with that extra day.  

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