Monday, January 19, 2015

Lazy Days and Mondays always get me.....

Two Things I am Grateful For:
 
1)  Holiday's off!  I absolutely loved being able to sleep in today.  That was awesome!

2) Good kids!  We have 4 amazing children.  Not perfect children, but perfect for us and we couldn't be more proud of each and every one of them.  They are awesome and we love them more and more each day.

From the Camera:
Does this look like a future missionary?  I think a big brother or sister took this photo when Curtis was asleep after a long camp out or after coming home from work.  He was doing landscaping and working 4 ten hour days.  Hard work if you ask me.  Gotta love older brothers and sisters.  
(Sorry for the poor photo quality)
From the Heart:

In keeping with out theme, acts of kindness.  Here is another idea...

For many people going to the movies is luxury that rarely occurs. For some it is the cost that hinders their ability to go. For others it is the lack of time, energy, or transportation. Make sure all of your friend's needs are met, then plan a time to treat your friend, neighbor, or lonely relative to the movies.

Benefits:

You will get to spend quality time with the person you take getting to and from the movie. Think of some questions to ask them after the movie and you will get to know them even better.

Step It Up:

Offer to take them to lunch or dinner before the movie. Or maybe grab some coffee or ice cream after the movie to talk about your favorite parts. Make it a monthly date!

Keep It Simple:

If you don't have the money to go out, invite someone over to watch a movie at your house. Be sure to cover their transportation needs, make some yummy snacks, and let movie night begin!
From the Kitchen:



Basic Crepe Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan

DIRECTIONS

  • 1. Place 1 3/4 cups milk, the eggs, and salt into a blender. Whiz for a few seconds to blend everything together. Remove the lid, add the flour, cover, and blend again until very smooth, about 20 seconds. Remove the lid, pour in the melted butter, cover, and whiz until combined, about 10 seconds more.
  • 2. Pour the batter into a large glass measuring cup with a spout (or a bowl that’s large enough to easily dip a 1/4-cup measuring cup into). Let the batter rest for at least 5 minutes and up to 24 hours. (If resting for more than 30 minutes, cover and stash the batter in the fridge.)
  • 3. When you’re ready to make the crepes, test the batter’s consistency; it should be as thick as heavy cream but not as thick as pancake batter. If it feels too thick, whisk in a little more milk at a time, using up to a 1/2 cup more.
  • 4. Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it’s hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle upon contact. Using a folded paper towel, spread about 1/2 teaspoon butter around the interior of the pan. You want the pan to be sufficiently hot so that the butter sizzles upon contact, but not so hot that it instantly burns and turns brown.
  • 5. Pour about 1/4 cup crepe batter into the center of the pan and at the same time (or very shortly thereafter) lift the pan from the heat, tilting and turning it in all directions so the batter spreads evenly across the bottom of the pan into a thin circle. (If the crepe has any holes, quickly add a few drops of batter to fill them. Or if you’ve ladled in too much batter and the crepe looks too thick, immediately pour the excess back into the measuring cup or bowl of batter; if there’s a “tail” that’s left behind, you can trim that later.)
  • 6. Cook the crepe until the edges begin to dry and lift from the sides of the pan and the bottom is nicely browned, about 1 minute. (To check for color, use a table knife, slim off-set spatula, or your fingers to lift up an edge of the crepe and peek underneath.) When the first side is ready, use the knife, spatula, or your fingers to lift the crepe and quickly flip it over. Smooth out any folded edges or pleats and then cook until the center is firm and the second side is browned, about 20 seconds more. The first side is almost always much prettier and more evenly browned (in these recipes, we’ll call it the presentation side), while the second side tends to be more spotty.
  • 7. Slide the crepe from the pan onto a large plate or cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat and wiping the pan with more butter as you cook. You can stack the crepes on the plate as they’re done. Serve the crepes individually or in short stacks or, if desired, fold the crepe in half to create a half-moon shape, or fold it again into quarters.
  • 8. To stash the crepes in the freezer, place pieces of waxed or parchment paper between the crepes so they don’t stick to one another. Then wrap the stack in plastic wrap, slide it into a large resealable freezer bag, and keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Let the stack sit at room temperature until the crepes are pliable, about an hour, and then peel them apart and proceed with your recipe.

    To stash the crepes in the fridge, just stack them neatly; no need for the paper separators. (Keep the stacks small if you usually cook for just a few people, or make the stack larger if you find yourself cooking for a crowd most nights.) Slide the crepes into a large resealable plastic bag and toss them in the fridge.The crepes will keep like this for up to 3 days. Let the stack sit at room temperature until the crepes are pliable, about an hour, and then peel them apart and proceed with your recipe.

CREPES VARIATIONS

  • Brown Butter Crepes
  • For most recipes, I not only melt the butter, but I cook it until the water has boiled off and the milk solids are starting to turn golden and take on a toasty flavor. At this stage, it’s called beurre noisette in French (“hazelnut butter”) or brown butter in English. I think it’s such a clever way to add a depth of flavor to the crepes. Simply substitute brown butter for the butter, tablespoon for tablespoon, in the ingredient list above. To make brown butter, melt 7 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Cook the butter, swirling the pan every few seconds, until all of the water from the butter has sizzled off and the milk solids at the bottom of the pan begin to turn a pale golden color, 2 to 4 minutes. Continue cooking the butter until it turns golden brown and smells nutty and delicious, another few seconds. Immediately pour the brown butter into a bowl to stop the cooking. Let it cool to room temperature before using. (You should have about 6 tablespoons brown butter.) When you add the butter to your crepe recipe, be sure to include the delicious toasty brown milk solids.
  • Lemon, Sugar, and Butter Crepes
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Lay the crepe, presentation-side up, in the skillet and let it heat through for about 15 seconds. Flip it over, and using a rubber spatula or the bottom of a spoon, spread it with 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, at room temperature. Sprinkle the butter with 1/4 teaspoon granulated or confectioners’ sugar (or more to taste), then fold the crepe into a half-moon shape and sprinkle again with sugar, and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top. Then fold once more into a triangle. Sprinkle with more sugar if desired. Slide the crepe onto a plate and eat it right away. (Or, if you’re the lazy sort, just stack two or three crepes on a plate, each one buttered, sugared, and “lemon-ed.”)
There are also, Banana Nutella Crepes, Strawberry Crepes, or even Chocolate Crepes.  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!

From the Spirit:
When we really analyze all the attributes of Christlike love, achieving them can seem like a tall order. This passage may cause us to pause and ask ourselves if we manifest each of these qualities: Am I long-suffering? Am I kind? Am I humble? Do I think of others first? Do I hold my temper? But we need to remember that charity is a gift. These attributes are not simply a to-do list; they are a description of the way we will be if we are fully in possession of this gift. The gift of charity comes from the Savior. It is possible because of His atonement. It isn’t necessarily something we develop. Rather, charity is something bestowed upon us. When we possess charity, all of our natural human tendencies are transformed, and we relate to others in a new way.

The prophet Mormon admonished us to earnestly seek this gift of love. He stated:
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son. [Moroni 7:48; emphasis added]

The gift comes, then, through earnest supplication. It comes through our faith and hope in Christ. This kind of love builds in us over time. It grows gradually as our faith in Christ grows. When we are fully possessed of it, Mormon tells us, we become even as the Savior: “That when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (Moroni 7:48).

Christlike love helps us overcome our natural fear of others. We may fear difference; we may worry about being hurt or slighted. But Christlike love is a love beyond fear. It reaches across the divide of difference. It is in our nature to serve our own interests or the interests of those closest to us. But charity takes us beyond our comfort zone. Suddenly we are less worried about whether others will approve of us. Our concern flows toward them regardless of their feelings for us.

From the Schmidt's:

We should have a mission call in a few days!  We are very excited!  To be honest, I think Kevin and I are more excited than Curtis is.  Curtis is excited, but he hides it very well.  He makes me laugh when he tries to contain his excitement.  Funny kiddo!  

Today has been a nice day so far.  We have spent this weekend talking and discussing a few things with out kids.  You know, the mission call.  Lexi driving.  That's right folks, Lexi can get her driver's license this year.  EEK!  The thought just stops me in my tracks every time I think of it.  Not because I don't think she will do a good job driving.  BUT because she is my baby.  I can't get over the fact that my baby is old enough to drive all ready.  Time flies, doesn't it???!!!

Have I told you how much I am loving that new phone app I mentioned about a week ago called, myfitnesspal?  I have to say, it has really helped me step up my game now.  I have even lost a few pounds and that is always a good thing!  Love that.  

Yesterday was a great day.  We have a new older couple in our ward and they spoke in Sacrament.  The sister spoke and shared some really neat experiences she had as a child and teenager.  She said her family was the first to hold church meetings in Columbia for the church.  She showed the actual records they kept of each and every meeting.  A branch of one family (6 kids and 2 parents) was what she called it.  How cool is that?  Talk about faith!  Talk about obedience!  I was very impressed by the example her parents set.  She then mentioned that later when her family moved to a part of Brazil the church was not in they continued what they had done in Columbia.  A branch of one family.  They did this for all of her childhood and all of her teenage years.  That is pretty amazing!  AND all of her family remains strong and active in the church today.  That is wonderful.  The couple then talked about all the missions they have been on together.  Her husband was a school teacher and yet have been able to afford to serve time and time again all over the world.  Love that!  I hope someday that Kevin and I can do that.  Even if it doesn't take us around the world.  I am happy to serve locally or in a state here in the United States.  Time will tell, but that is a goal I have for us. 

I have to say, when I look forward to Kevin and I in our so called, "golden years", I do not think about traveling or going on cruises.  Even though that would be fun.  I think about missions and things like that.  That is what I want to do with our time.  Although taking vacations and cruises are fun and create memories, I would rather look back on our time spent doing something that has an impact on others.  Something that not only has an impact on others, but changes lives forever.  Even changing the lives of generations to come.  I think about the time Kevin and I did the temple work for his grandparents.  That was such a neat experience and I want to do more.  

You see, when my father-in-law was very ill and dying of liver cancer he worried about meeting his parents beyond the vale and having to tell them that their temple work was not done.  He couldn't bear that.  So, Kevin and I set out to try and get that work done before his father passed away.  It was totally amazing how everything fell into place.  We called the temple the day before we were wanting to go and set up the baptisms, the endowments, and even the sealing to be done all in one day.  It was really interesting how everything just fell into place.  BUT FIRST, It started with us visiting the family history center to get their names in order to take to the temple.  Then the phone calls.  At first, we didn't think we could do all the work in one day.  But by the afternoon it was all scheduled.  The next day we started with the baptisms.  That was awesome.  Then we went on from there.  To this day I can remember the feeling I had as we were in the endowment session, and then again as we sat briefly in the temple after all the work was done.  We didn't stay long because Kevin was anxious to present the pink and blue cards to his father showing that all this work was done.

It wasn't long after we did that temple work that Kevin's father passed away.  It was only a couple of days.  After my father-in-law passed away we had him sealed to his parents.  This was something that our niece and her husband got to be a part of, which was awesome!  

This is the kind of thing I want to do.  These are the kinds of memories I want to have when I look back on my life.  Not all the vacations and places we went, but the lives we touched and the impact we had on generations past, present and future.  That to me is what means more than some silly vacation Kevin and I could have together.  Sure, the vacations can be fun and I would totally enjoy them.  BUT, I would rather be a part of something I call bigger and better.  Enough said.

Well, the day is getting away from me.  I have a lot to do.  Take care and we will talk again soon.

Quote of the Day:


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