Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Today Was Wednesday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1).  Places like Phoenix Children's Hospital.  They are totally amazing and I am grateful they are here in the valley close to my home.

2).  The ability to pray to my Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere!  I am so grateful for His help each and every moment of every single day!  I think His job is a tough job.  Talk about being a detail oriented!  That alone is quite a task.  But, I am so very grateful that my Heavenly Father is involved in all the details of my life.  

From the Camera:

This CrAzY young man has an appointment with his Bishop tonight!!! Kevin and I do too, but we don't count.  This is all about Curtis and his mission.......That we are pretty sure of.   Papers will be moving to to Stake President soon!  We are getting closer!  Can you tell how excited I am?  At the same time I am a little scared too.  I know this young man needs to serve a mission.  Not like I know the sky is blue, but more like I know this young man will not feel that he has fulfilled the measure of his creation unless his future has him him serving a full-time mission very soon.  It is that vital to who this young man is, as well as who this young man wants to become.  I kid you not!  As I watch him waiting for this I have literally watched spark leave his eyes and his sense of purpose disappear.  It's a sad thing to see.  BUT, before too much longer all will be well and this sometimes very silly young man will be on his way.  I also think a little waiting has been a good thing for Curtis.  It makes him appreciate the process and all the effort made on his behalf so much more.  It has humbled him more and that is always a good thing.  Sure, we want him excited, but more importantly the Lord knows what his grand design is for Curtis and we all have had to remember these things come in His time, not ours.  So, Mom and Dad have had to be humbled too through this process.  

I am rambling.  Sorry.  Know this...we are almost to the point that we find out what part of the world will be blessed with the presents of this Crazy guy!  Woot!  Woot!


From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, here is another idea....

This idea is one I bet you see quite often.  In fact, my favorite place to donate to is Phoenix Children's Hospital.  I absolutely LOVE that place!  Our youngest child had open heart surgery there when she was 5 years old.  They were totally amazing with her and I remain eternally grateful for all that they did to help us all feel comfortable during a very difficult time in our daughter's life.  Lexi is a different child from the moment she had surgery and we are very grateful.  Lexi is now a thriving 15 year old! 

Merchants have a wonderful opportunity to invite their customers to help them raise money for a charity or cause. If you own a restaurant, cafe, clothing boutique, pet store, convenience store, etc., you have the unique ability to raise far more money than just one person could ever donate.

Select one day or week a year and commit to donate a percentage of your receipts from that day or week towards a special cause. Start advertising well in advance so your customers are aware that on this certain day each month, when they shop or eat at your store, part of their purchase amount will go to charity.

Benefits:

You will get great satisfaction knowing that you are using your job to help others in a way that wouldn't otherwise be possible. You are motivating others to give generously, and helping to change lives in your community. Raise money for a cause or charity that makes sense for you. If you sell children's clothing, have your donations go to a local mentoring organization. If you own a restaurant, send the percentage from your receipts to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

Step It Up:

Set aside one day each month to donate a percentage of your receipts. Choose something easy to remember: the 10th or the 15th of each month, or the first Monday of each month. Or make a real statement and decide to give 100% of all receipts instead of just 10 or 20%. Perhaps even have someone come in from the organization or cause you are helping to raise funds for to thank your customers.

Keep It Simple:

Do this one day a year around the holidays. Or give your employees one day a year off specifically so that they can go and volunteer with an organization close to their heart.

From the Kitchen:

These little "lovely" bites are one of our families favorite appetizers.  I only make them once in a while because they can be a lot of work.  BUT, they are sooo yummy!


Fried Wontons
Makes about four dozen wontons. Plan on between four and forty per person.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 48 small square wonton skins
  • Canola or peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 cup Sweet and Sour sauce
Method:
  1. To make the filling, combine the ground beef, scallion, cornstarch, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly dust with cornstarch. To assemble wontons, fill each skin with about a teaspoon of filling, and fold either in half, into flower blossoms, or into nurse’s caps (see video below for more information on wonton folds). Place each finished wonton on the baking sheet.
  3. Put a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet, and place next to the stove. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat to about 325 degrees.
  4. Working in batches, slide the wontons into the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Remove with tongs and transfer to rack to drain.
  5. Arrange the wontons on a platter and serve hot with sweet and sour sauce for dipping.

Here is a simple way to fold a wonton wrapper.  Keep in mind that you can fill a wonton skin with anything.  The photo below shows a different filling. BUT, you should get the general idea....

Sweet and Sour Sauce for dipping

Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. 1
    Place pineapple preserves in a small saucepan.
  2. 2
    Whisk together the remaining ingredients and stir in .
  3. 3
    Heat over low heat, stirring, until preserves melt and mixture thickens slightly and is well blended.
  4. 4
    Remove from heat and cool before using.
From the Spirit:

Jesus invited us to become like Him, and one of His great attributes is His ability to teach. He is the Master Teacher. To become like Him, we too need to become more loving and life-changing teachers, not only at church but also in our homes. To become like Him, we ought to have a burning desire in our hearts to teach as He taught.

From the Schmidt's

This girl is so glad it is Wednesday!  One day closer to Friday and that is always a good thing!  We have a busy afternoon scheduled for the entire family.  Kevin, Curtis, and I have appointments with the Bishop.  Curtis has to be at the church for 11 year old scouts before the appointment.  Then Lexi will need to be at the church after our appointments for Mutual.  We also have Danielle coming over right after to the house to visit and walk her dog. Busy evening for sure!  More on that later.

Lexi has another invite to go to another meeting with the deaf missionaries this Thursday.  Since she has all ready helped out with a previous baptism they want to keep using her for future baptisms.  Which I think is an awesome thing for Lexi to be involved with.  She really enjoys signing and she is learning so much too.  Plus with this new talent she has the opportunity to bless the lives of others for generations to come!  So I will support her efforts 100%!!!!  (Lovin this!!!)

Kyle is now sick.  He works at a facility that makes vitamin supplements.  So, he cannot even go to work if he is even a little bit sick.  Which I totally get.  Hopefully he will get better soon and be back to work right away. 

That's about it for us today.  Hopefully all will go well for us tonight.  Wish us luck!  More on all of this tomorrow.  Take care and we will talk to you soon. 

Quote of the Day

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