Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Spiritual Feast

This weekend modern prophets and apostles will be presenting a spiritual feast for all to enjoy. Words of encouragement and wisdom will be spoken, as well as beautifully inspiring music presented by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

This conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be viewed on television, or accessed online at at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mountain Time this Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wild Rice and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

This delicious recipe was shared by my friend Marianne Eastmond.

Cook 1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice with seasonings (don't use instant). When cool, add the following ingredients:
2 - 3 grilled chicken breasts diced
4 green onions, chopped
3 oz. sugar snap peas, ends removed
1 red pepper, diced

Toss with 3/4 of the following recipe of salad dressing:

Combine in food processor
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP dijon mustard
1 /2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 C seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 lemon, juiced (about 1/4 C)

Refrigerate dressed salad 2 - 4 hours. Before serving add:
1 C toasted pecans (optional)
2 medium avocados, diced
Garnish with lettuce leaves. Made be made a day ahead.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

German Chocolate cake


For Kelli and everyone who enjoys this sehr gut dessert - enjoy!

      Heat oven to 350*. Pour a small amount of cooking oil into the bottom of (3) 8 or 9" round
      cake pans, cut paper towels or napkins to fit and place in pan (or waxed paper). Place in a
      heatproof bowl
4 oz. sweet baking chocolate
       Pour over and stir until melted
1/2 C. boiling water
       Let cool. In a mixing bowl whip until stiff peaks form
4 egg whites
       In another bowl, cream until light and fluffy
1 C butter
2 C sugar
       Beat in one at a time
4 egg yolks
       On low speed, add chocolate and
1 tsp vanilla
       Mix in the following ingredients, alternating dry and liquid
2 1/2 C cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C buttermilk (or 1 TBSP lemon juice or vinegar + milk to make 1 cup)
       Mix until batter is smooth, fold in the beaten egg whites Divide among pans. Bake until cakes
       test done with toothpick; 30 - 40 minutes. Cool then frost between layers and top with Pecan
       Coconut Frosting.

       In a large saucepan, whisk together
1 1/2 C evaporated milk
5 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C butter
1 1/2 C sugar
        Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until thick - about 13 minutes. Add
1 C brown sugar
1 1/2 C chopped pecans
2 C shredded or flaked coconut

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hello Spring

We're all waiting for a little sunshine.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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I'll post recipes, stories, ideas for holidays and inspirational thoughts for your enjoyment. Thank you again, Pam

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Are you ready to kiss the Blarney stone?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Irish Cloud

This dessert will make you happy and entice your little ones to eat their cabbage.

Layer in dessert dishes in the following order
1. brownies or chocolate muffins, crumbled
2. hot fudge sauce
3. Mint 'n chip ice cream
4. hot fudge sauce
5. whipped cream

Garnish with Sees gold foil-covered chocolate coins. Serve Immediately.

Melt in microwaveable bowl
1 package milk chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Add milk to thin to desired consistency, warm through

Whipped Cream
Chill mixing bowl and beaters. Pour into bowl
2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 C powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Whip until soft peaks form.

Irish Movies

Irish - style that is. These are fun to watch with the wee folks, they might be at you library:

"Darby O'Gill and the Little People," "The Secret of Roan Inish" and "Riverdance."

Shamrocks & Service

For St. Patrick's Day, enlist the help of invisible leprechauns to help around the house or classroom. Ask family (or class) members to perform good deeds for each other anonymously and leave paper or glitter shamrocks to mark the spot; made bed, shoes picked up, mirror wiped, etc.) Collect the shamrocks to place on the table for St. Patrick's Day dinner to show all the good things the "leprechauns" did during the week!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A prayer for you

Butter Dijon Cabbage

1/2 head of green cabbage
Slice into 1/2" strips. Steam in 1 - 2" boiling salted water for 7- 10 minutes, drain. Stir together and drizzle over cabbage
1/4 C butter, melted
2 TBSP Dijon mustard

This is so good, you'll want to eat your vegetables!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Thank you for primroses and ranunculus!

The Story of St. Patrick

Erin Go Braugh

"Ireland forever"

I was asked to give a Relief Society class about St. Patrick's Day in Newport Beach several years ago, they thought I was Irish. Actually McMurtry is Scottish; I'm a Layton (English) and love Euro, American and world history. I have found Irish ancestors as I've worked on my genealogy and did enjoy researching and cooking my way through the presentation.

A brief history of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. If you think you can't fully enjoy St. Patrick's Day because you are not Irish - not to worry; he wasn't either!

Patrick was born Maewyn Succat to parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. His father belonged to a Roman family of high rank and was a government official in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the patron of Gaul, St Martin of Tours.

Maewyn grew up without faith. When he was sixteen years old, he was working on his family's estate when fierce Irish pirates attacked and kidnapped him. They took him to Ireland and sold him to a wealthy druid. For six years he labored as a slave, tending sheep and living outdoors. He learned the language and ways of the Celtic pagans. In his lonely solitude, he began to pray and repent of his youthful follies. His faith in God and love for Him grew.

One night he had a dream in which he was told to fast and prepare to escape, a ship was waiting for him. He fled and secretly journeyed two hundred miles to the coast. As a runaway slave, he would have been killed if found. He said later that Heavenly Father directed his journey, showing him the way to go. When he arrived at the coast and prepared to board the ship, the captain refused to take him. He went a short distance away and prayed that the captain would change his mind. The sailors called after him, telling him to hurry back. During the voyage, apparently the ship wrecked and the crew and passengers were stranded in a deserted place. After four weeks they were starving and began to be ill. The captain asked him why he did not pray to his god to help them. Maewyn asked the Lord for help; a herd of pigs appeared, providing the men with much-needed food. The captain kept Maewyn a slave for several more years. One night he heard a voice that told him he would be free in 2 months, and he was. He now knew what he wanted to do. He went to France to study the gospel at Tours, the monastery of his relative, St. Martin. . He was ordained a bishop and given the Latin name "Patricus," meaning "Noble or Father." When he finally arrived home, his family was overjoyed to see him. But Maewyn had a strong prompting that he should return to Ireland and teach Christianity to the pagan people there.

Returning to Ireland, he began teaching the people about Christ in their own tongue. As he served the people in meekness and love, they began to love him and listen to his message. He traveled among the pagans, converting the chieftains and tribes. He built churches and started Christian schools. One story tells how he met the Druids as they gathered at Tara for a demonic conference. He withstood their magic and curses and held off an attack by the Arch-druid leader who was killed. This happened on Easter. He taught the convened druids twice. At first the Irish chiefs resisted him and opposed his work, but because of his love for God and kindness toward all men and refusal to give up, they began to believe in him and his faith. He served for over 30 years in Ireland. Almost all the chiefs and their followers became Christians.

When Patrick died on March 17th, toward the end of the fifth century, there was great mourning throughout the land. The Irish people made the day a commemoration of the great Christian missionary, Patrick. And even today, fifteen centuries later, his life and work are celebrated throughout many nations around the world.

Here are some of the symbols and legends associated with St. Patrick:

The shamrock or three-leaf clover was used as an object lesson by St. Patrick. He taught the three leaves represented the holy trinity; The Father, Son and Holy Ghost united in one purpose in saving mankind.

Another interpretation of the shamrock is that the first leaf stands for faith, the second leaf for hope, the third for charity. If there was a fourth leaf it stood for luck. That is why a four leaf clover is considered lucky!

The druids believed in magic. As they became Christian, the practice of magic became less important and in the stories or legends of magical creatures, they became smaller too. Leprechauns and fairies in the tales became “wee folk.” The word "luchorpan" means "wee ones". On St. Patrick’s Day the fairies were said to have danced in celebration until they wore out their shoes. The Leprechauns repaired their shoes and received gold coins from the fairies. The Leprechauns were miserly creatures that hoarded their gold coins keeping, them in a pot. If captured, a Leprechaun would trade his pot of gold for freedom.

St. Patrick was said to have driven all the snakes out of Ireland. To this day, there are no snakes in Ireland.

The flag of Ireland is green, white and Orange. Green is for the Catholic faith, orange for the Protestants and white for the unity of the two.

St. Patrick's Day Glazed Corned Beef

This is so tasty, you won't recognize the corned beef!
Preheat oven to 350. Place fat side up in a baking pan
1 corned beef brisket, rinsed.
Cover with foil, bake for 2 1/2 hours or until fork-tender. Drain, score
with a knife, stud with
whole cloves
Baste with
ginger ale
Brush on glaze, return to oven and bake for 30 - 40 minutes uncovered.
Let cool for 15 minutes, slice across the grain

1/2 C prepared mustard
1/2 C + 2 TBSP brown sugar