Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas to all

Christ the real gift of Christmas

" The gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Son of God. As you follow Him, you put people first. You may spend less time in lines and more time serving others. You may spend less money on - and more time with - the people you love. You may lose yourself and you may find everything else that matters."

{provided by Christ the real gift of Christmas on a link provided by, all about the topic of Christmas with the story, videos and more}

{picture "The Nativity" provided by with Gospel Art picture kit}

Sisters Merry Christmas!
May this holidays bring you joy and peace and feel the love of our Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
With Love :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Shall We Give?

Thomas S. Monson
Prophet of The Lord Jesus Christ

{by Mormon Messages}

{RS Preparedness} Holiday gifts

Ever thought to help others being more prepared?
Take a look on Emergency Essentials, and find those things your dear one need the most.

{Place any order of in-stock product by 8:00 AM MST, December 16, 2009to the contiguous 48 states and it will be delivered by Christmas! If for some reason your order does NOT arrive by Christmas, refuse your order and we will refund your entire order amount.}

a couple ideas:

Emergency Candle Gift Combo

Each candle burns liquid paraffin for more than 100 hours of continuous light. Ideal neighbor, co-worker, or friend gift. Each combo includes 12 candles, 12 gift bags, 12 bows.

Trekker II Emergency Kit

The Trekker II™ Emergency Supply Kit comes with a large and medium daypack and provide basic survival gear for two people to survive for three days. The emergency kit is now improved with an LED headlamp, N95 respirator masks, water treatment tablets, and a variety of new items, including more first-aid and sanitation supplies. With preparedness supplies for two, the Trekker™ II makes a thoughtful wedding, holiday, and family gift.

Ward Christmas Party

Come Join us to welcome the Christmas Spirit at our  

Glendale 2 Ward Christmas Party
Saturday December 19th, 2009
at 6 pm
Central Building
Let’s bring family, friends and neighbors 
to have a “taste” of great music, colors, singing and delights!

First Presidency Christmas Devotional

As every year the First Presidency of the Church is giving us a great Christmas Devotional!
It was held on Sunday, December 6th 2009

It is one of my favorite appointments of the year.

For those of you who haven't had the chance to listen to it, watch it or if you just want to bring that special Spirit, music and talks in your homes again, you can find video and audio here on
It is also provided in many additional languages including American Sign Language.

Be joy and peace be with you all!

{beautiful photography by Ann Torrence}

{RS Book CLub} Poisonwood Bible

We are now reading a new book

The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver

Just as reminder you should know we don't have to buy any of the books we read at our RS Book Club Activity nights. Lois Frost is providing us with books from the library.
For this special one, it is asked that who wants a copy to read will go to pick it up at Lois Frost's home. It is too big for her to carry so many to church.

Happy reading and see you at our next activity!! :)

{RS Preparedness} Emergency Essentials

Nettie Allison has an announcement regarding emergency preparedness:

     "Emergency Essentials is a business located in Utah whose website is"

"I have been using their products for a couple of years and am trying to save for a year's supply of food. They have freezed dried and dehydrated foods, as well as emergency kits, MREs, cooking supplies, etc.. Look at the website. Anyone can order from them.
     "Every month there is a group special at a very lowered cost to a group ordering at least 12 cans of the monthly sale item, and the shipping is free.  This month of November a #10 can of dried cheese blend is available for $16 each (regularly $22.95). The order has to be in by Nov.24th. You can order as many as you can afford, just email me what you want to order before then. You will have to pay for any order before the sale is over.
     "If you never used dry products, just think--"Hamburger Helper", dried milk, dried herbs, soup and gravy mixes, bisquick, raisins, jerky, etc. There are recipes around-even on this web site, so it is possible to use.
     "The order will be shipped to me, and I will either bring your can(s) to church or to your home."

You may contact Nettie Allison (818-241-3373, for more information, or to place an order.  Time is running out if you want to order this month!

Our blog is still up and running

I apologize for the temporary "brake" this blog has taken, but no worries!
It is still up and running.
So please remember to come back here and get an update on our activities and more :)


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

{RS Travel Chef} night

The RS Travel Chef is back
With something very special and oooh so sweet

Gloria Howely will teach us all the secrets
For making delicious Holiday Candies!!

This Thursday Nov.5th
At 7pm
Central Building

Don’t miss it! Bring your friends and come join us!!

{all the pictures by Martha Stewart}

{RS Book CLub} Our 3d book

We are happy to read a new book
and can't wait to hear all about your comments!


Books are available at our RS Book Club nights. If you haven't had the chance to get one please contact Lois Frost, Naomi Sampson or someone from the Glendale 2nd Ward RS Precidency.
We'll be meeting again on November 18th '09

Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

{Christmas} Stories needed

It may look like Halloween, but it's time to think CHRISTMAS!

You are invited to submit a favorite Christmas story to the Stake Presidency's Annual Christmas Story Portfolio.
Do you remember something funny or tender from your Christmas' past? Do you have a favorite Christmas story you've read that you'd like to see shared with others this year, even it not a personal experiance? Please submit to by the end of October.
Thank you!

{Halloween} Trunk or Treat!!

Glendale 2nd Ward

Friday October 30th
5 ~ 7 pm
Chili & Cornbread Festival!
Central Building Parking Structure

Yummy pies after dinner! Everyone join us for the annual Trunk or Treat Ward Party. Bring your friends and loved ones!

Decorate your trunk and have your candy ready. Wear your favorite costume and PRIZE awarded for the best decorated trunk!
You will only be frightened and haunted if you don't come! Please sign up to bring Chili or Cornbread.

We look forward to seeing everyone there and encourage everyone to arrive in time to decorate your trunk in a truly FRIGHTENING FASHION ...uuahahaha!

{Preparedness} Water Storage!

Be prepared! 
~Water Storage Supplies~

Water is an essential part of your emergency preparedness.
See flyer in building foyer for purchase information for water barrels, pumps, and purification kits.
Call Kirk Malmrose for additional info
818 249 3729
or e-mail

Also I've found a very interesting article that can give you a better idea on what's good for your water and all about it.
Take a look at  Myths and Facts of Water Storage  at Preparedness Pro.
It's never too late to start your storage, if you do it today!

Monday, October 19, 2009

{Book CLub} Ethan Frome

Dear readers we are at the end of our second book and we are meeting again:

This Wednesday evening October 21st
at 7 pm
820 Kenneth Road, Glendale CA / Kathy Lee's home

We'll discuss the reading of the book
Ethan Frome
By Edith Wharton {for info go here}

Come join us, with or without book, we have a list of many more to read. And big knews in case you didn't know, if you join our Book CLub you don't have to worry about buying any books. Lois had a great idea to get them for us from the library. So, if you come to our meeting you'll get one for you:)

Don't miss it, reading in great company is so much fun!

{Recipe Club} Pumpkin Pie Bites

We haven't started our Recipe CLub yet, but I found such I cute recipe of the season I absolutely need to share with you. Let me know if you are not gonna fall for this cute little pumpkin. Irresistible! I've already made it twice and I just can't get enough of it!

So easy to make, and they are as good as they look!

A mini muffin baking pan comes very useful. And if you don't have a pumpkin shaped cutter, just use a round cutter and make the stems with the scraps. That's how I did it and it works just fine.

Make sure to press each stems over the edge and on the side of the dough before filling. Coming out of the oven they look all puffed up..

.. but once they cool down they flat down to the dough like in the very beginning. Then decoration is of your choice. Chocolate drizzled for a cool look. This would be great looking for Thanksgiving, but I bet you won't wait that long to try them out, nop not possible! Too dang cute :)

you can leave them plain, great orange looking ready for a pince of whipped cream.. mmmmm yummi!

Or make them your Halloween delightful treats! This is my favorite :)

{This great recipe and pictures aren't my doing, but are provided by Bakerella ! Great site with great recipes! Thank YOUU!}

Pumpkin Pie Bites
2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter
1/2 cup chocolate morsels
vegetable oil
re-sealable plastic bags
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.
Press dough shapes into a 24 cup mini muffin tray. (Make 12 at a time, alternating cups to make sure pie crusts don’t overlap each other.)
Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove pies to cool and repeat with second pie crust. Place the muffin tray in the freezer to cool it quickly for re-use.
Makes 24 pies. Keep refrigerated.
To decorate, melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave on medium. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Add a little vegetable oil to make the chocolate more fluid. Transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag and cut the corner off. Drizzle or draw faces on pies.
Note: The pumpkin shaped cutter should be 3 3/4 inches wide, or round cutter of about the same size. Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
Enjoy and let me know how yours came out!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

{Book CLub} Good bye Guernsey

I know, I'm a little late with this, but I couldn't go on without telling you how much we loved this book. Oh yes we did!

It is a time traveler story taking you back to old memories, your grandmother stories, the real excitement and pure sense of communication with written letters, and a fascinating way of telling stories never read before.

We love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer And Annie Barrows.
I honestly had an hard time accepting the fact the book was coming to an end, only cause .. I wanted more of it! I know many of us felt the same way. We highly suggest this book for you to read.

Here is the official Web site, where you can take a look on what this book is all about and find much more information related to it. Watch Annie Barrows discuss  the book, her co-author and more here. The history of Guernsey is here . And at last there's also a recipe of the famous Potato Peel Pie, but let us worn you, it truly taste like paste! hahahaha!
And for those of you who don't know much about Guernsey at all, well visit Guernsey and get wrapped in to  its stunning scenery and the best contemporary living. Guernsey has it all.

{pict. via Visit Guernsey }

{Humanitarian Aid} Succesful Night!

It is all worth it for a smile like this

Thanks to all of you for taking the time helping us out on the making of 180 pillowcases and a beautiful quilt for the Children's Hospital.
We appreciate your willing and helpful hands!

We are making some kids very happy this Halloween!
Thank you so much and see you soon with our next project :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

{Humanitarian Aid} Activity!

We are back with more pillows to be covered!

~ in Halloween Theme ~

Join us this Thursday October 8th '09

from 6 pm till 8:30 pm
help us make 

165 Halloween-themed pillowcases for the Children's Hospital
and to tie a beautiful quilt

If you took pillowcases home to iron, please make sure to return them by Thursday night or contact a member of the Relief Society Presidency to arrange pickup.

If you have a sewing machine and are willing to bring it, please contact Heather Phillips.
You are also welcome to bring ironing boards!

We welcome all of your willing hands!
Thank you and see you soon!

{picts. via Sevana and via House of Secrets }

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Conference!

The time has come again to listen to our Prophets!

 The General Sessions will be broadcasted in our church building (on Central) at 9am and 1pm today Saturday and Sunday. There will be no rerun showing.

The General Priesthood session Saturday evening will be shown at the Stake Center ONLY.

General Conferance will also be shown on BYUTV, or as a streaming through .
Please go on  to watch, listen or to find more information about Conferance material.

Enjoy this great week-end of spiritual feast, no matter how you choose to view it :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

{Book CLub} The Guernsey Night!

Greetings from Guernsey

28 September 2009


if you want to come prepared here are the questions and Topic for Discussion of this book:
1. What was it like to read a novel composed entirely of letters? What do letters offer that no other form of writing (not even emails) can convey?
2. What makes Sidney and Sophie ideal friends for Juliet? What common ground do they share? Who has been a similar advocate in your life?
3. Dawsey first wrote to Juliet because books, on Charles Lamb or otherwise, were so difficult to obtain on Guernsey in the aftermath of the war. What differences did you note between bookselling in the novel and bookselling in your world? What makes book lovers unique, across all generations?
4. What were your first impressions of Dawsey? How was he different from the other men Juliet had known?
5. Discuss the poets, novelists, biographers, and other writers who capture the hearts of the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. What does a reader’s taste in books say about his or her personality? Whose lives were changed the most by membership in the society?
6. Juliet occasionally receives mean-spirited correspondence from strangers, accusing both Elizabeth and Juliet of being immoral. What accounts for their judgmental ways?
7. In what ways were Juliet and Elizabeth kindred spirits? What did Elizabeth’s spontaneous invention of the society, as well as her brave final act, say about her approach to life?
8. Numerous Guernsey residents give Juliet access to their private memories of the occupation. Which voices were most memorable for you? What was the effect of reading a variety of responses to a shared tragedy?
9. Kit and Juliet complete each other in many ways. What did they need from each other? What qualities make Juliet an unconventional, excellent mother?
10. How did Remy’s presence enhance the lives of those on Guernsey? Through her survival, what recollections, hopes, and lessons also survived?
11. Juliet rejects marriage proposals from a man who is a stereotypical “great catch.” How would you have handled Juliet’s romantic entanglement? What truly makes someone a “great catch”?
12. What was the effect of reading a novel about an author’s experiences with writing, editing, and getting published? Did this enhance the book’s realism, though Juliet’s experience is a bit different from that of debut novelist Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, children’s book author Annie Barrows?
13. What historical facts about life in England during World War II were you especially surprised to discover? What traits, such as remarkable stamina, are captured in a detail such as potato peel pie? In what ways does fiction provide a means for more fully understanding a non-fiction truth?
14. Which of the members of the Society is your favorite? Whose literary opinions are most like your own?
15. Do you agree with Isola that “reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones”?

{Stake Activity} and Broadcast

Last Saturday our stake, La Crescenta, held great activity for our Relief Society:  A service project dinner and tasting of food storage. Delightful food for every taste!

The Broadcast of the General Relief Society Meeting followed the activity.
For those of you who haven't had the chance to attend, you can still have the opportunity to hear the great talks given on the church's website.

Here on you find ways to listen or watch the talks. It is easy and let's face it, we all need to take a break for a spiritual uplifting.

Thanks to all the sisters who have given a great service preparing this great activity! It is amazing to see what we all can do together.

Till next time!

{Walking minute} Autumn has come!!

Yes it has!
How are you doing,  walking groups?

Oh autumn has come and it's nice to feel the change in the weather!

Isn't great to have cooler mornings and evenings? I honestly love it. Somehow it makes it even easier to take a step outside for a walk, doesn't it?? If you haven't tried it yet, take a chance and join us!

Here is a little pick of what Autumn has to offer.. outside! Imagine walking around in these kinds of beautiful colors and scenery

{by Imapix}

{by Barnies}

{by LiefPhoto}

To know more about the many reasons we think walking is GREAT for US, well just follow us right here on our {walking minute}.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thank You Bishopric

On Sunday Sept. 20th
beginning at 11:45
we will be having a
Linger Longer 
a way to thank 
Bishop Weger, Brother Knight and Brother Mayer
for their hard work as our bishopric for so long
don't miss it! 

{pict. by Lollipop Workshop via Bakerella }

Inspiring Project Night!

What an inspiration night! I've honestly loved it so much.

Heidi came with so many information, showing us some of the many ways we can do family history. She's amazing! Did you know she wrote a book about some stories of her family/ancestors? Yes she did and she did share with us a good part of it. She did a great job putting together so many stories, info and details in such a delightful way.

For those of you who couldn't make it last Thursday night, here are some of her tips to start and do Family History.
(I wish I had my camera that night, but I forgot it in my.. other purse. So you'll just have to be ok with some images I found around).

-Make your own Family Health Chart 

it just looks like a normal family tree chart only you add a list of health information. With different colors you can sign the health history of each individual. Also you can add body feacers, medical problems, and anything else you can think of.
Doing this you'll see different patterns health related. Not only it is interesting, but mostly it can be of great help as information for us, our kids and generation to come.
{pict. by }

-Fun and good Personal Bulletin Board

you don't need to take lots of time trying to make a perfect collection of family memories. A simple way to make history is just by punching that special movie ticket, that beautiful birthday card, that picture of my dream home and those family pictures on a bulletin board.
I personally love this kind of approach. The best part is that it is simple. Out on a wall where it can be of inspiration reminding us everyday of beautiful memories. 
{picts. left by Country Living, right by Design Sponge  via Iffer's little nest}

- Index Card Memory Puzzle

before sitting down and write your own book of family stories, this is the process you need to do.
Make the best out of your memories by taking some time getting back to those stories, details that your memory has hidden somewhere in the secluded parts of your brain. Hey, we all have those!

Index cards are so useful this way. Wright in the middle of a card a key word  of your choice. Something that reminds you of your childhood, or particular moment back in the days (it can be written smaller then what shows in the pict.).
Then fill up the paper writing all around that word, with memories, details and things that your mind will remember about those times, related to that key word.
This can be done in a long period of time. Heidi says it could be that you take a year filling up cards before being able to sit down and actually write your stories.
Simple and useful way to remember details you haven't thought about in a while. Like smells, colors, shapes, etc. The more you can remember the more rich your stories will be, and ooh you'll be surprised of the things you will then start to remember.
All I have to say is that .. I'm on it!
{pict. by eHow }

-Your Family Stories Book/Compilation

and now we come to the greatest goal. A book or compilation of your stories. Add pictures, and other material you have to make it as more rich as possible. And a book doesn't mean fancy paper and cover, but the contest is what really matters. Get together all your index cards and well, start writing :)
{pict. by Asamy Murakami via }

GREAT THANKS to Heidi for her time and for sharing with us so much. Especially her amazing stories we loved to listen. She has been of great inspiration and I personally enjoyed it so much.
I really hope we can do another evening together. What do you guys think? Don't forget your index cards!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reminder Project Night

Remember tonight is Project Night
Family History at Kathy Lee's home.

For more details go here

Monday, August 31, 2009

{weekly Giveaway feeds} Mix

The Summer Kitchen
 The book is about a bedford wife, Nora, who's husband, Evan, gets arrested for a white collar crime. Nora who has always been a stay at home mom raising her three children, is forced to take a job in a bakery to support them. None of her "friends" stand by her after she loses everything, except..

Ends Sept. 7th
gw. by Mommies with Cents

Plush Blanket from The Modern Baby Co
The Modern Baby Co and Southern Bella's Ways To Save have teamed up for you to WIN a Plush Baby Blanket of your choice!

Ends Sept. 7th / gw. by Southern Bella's Ways to Save

The Grain Mill Wheat Grinder
Grinding your own wheat will leave a lot of great nutrients in the newly-made flour, nutrients which don’t necessarily stay in pre-packaged foods. It also allows you to avoid unwanted preservatives and to create your own blends.

Ends Sept. 4th
gw. by Self Reliance

Good Luck you all!