Sunday, April 27, 2008

Happy Festevus, Blake

Actually, It is Happy Birthday Blake - but as I was typing, the computer offered me Happy Festevus, and I am such a fan of the Festevus holiday, I thought I would offer it instead of a Birthday.

Let the airing of the grievances begin.........

If I was in Seattle, I would bake you a cherry chip cake with almond flavored, cream cheese frosting and vanilla ice cream.

But I'm not in Seattle.... The cake still sounds good though, hmmm brb

hehehe sorry . I'm back
I don't have a cherry chip mix. I wonder if they still make them.
Anyway - Have a Happy, Happy Birthday and know that we love you and will be with you in spirit all day. LOVE YOU SON, Mom and Dad

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fourth of July Salad, For Barb Gulley

Justin breaking the rules by adding Cool Whip to the salad on Easter ! ! ! !

This is the salad we made for Thanksgiving. It has such a wonderful Sunshine look and taste to it.

Fourth of July Salad was traditionally served in my " home of origin" at the height of summer, since that is the only time that fresh peaches are available. We always had it at the Fourth of July BBQ.

My dad invented the recipe and always makes it. The only change that has ever taken place to the recipe is something I learned as a 4-H leader to protect the bananas. I'll give the recipe and then tell you the rules.

The recipe is adaptable depending on how many fruits you start with. This is the basic recipe that fits a 20 oz. can of pineapple (or whatever size they make these days that is close to that).

1 20 oz. can of pineapple slices or chunks, in own juice

5 or 6 bananas

5 or 6 medium size oranges

5 or 6 peaches

about 1 cup Sugar, depending on the sweetness of the peaches

Drain the pinepple juice into a really large bowl. slice the bananas into the juice and swish them around to be sure each slice is coated in the juice. Peel the Oranges and separate and tear each segment into bit sized pieces into the bowl. Peel the peaches and slice into pieces that are about the same size as the orange pieces, into the bowl. Cut the pineapple into the same sized pieces, into the bowl.

Adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of the peaches and sprinkle the sugar over the top of the salad. Mix GENTLY, by hand, cover, and refrigerate until cold. (preferably over night).

NOW the RULES: Originally, only fresh peaches were allowed. We have tried experimenting with frozen peaches, with mixed results. the Carpers have to use canned peach slices, drained...because we have always lived in places that didn't carry fresh peaches and oranges at the same time. So for Carpers, the salad became a winter food because that is when oranges are available. (Obviously when using canned peaches, a much smaller amount of sugar is used... some people don't put sugar in at all, but we find sugar makes a better juice).

When the salad is setting, NO ONE is allowed to eat it until it is time to be served. (at Carpers, the cook is allowed a small bowl, for quality control purposes)

The mixing has to be done WITH YOUR HANDS. No exceptions, BRIAN ! ! !

So there you have it. My sister, Sandra, who lives in California and has access to all kinds of funky fresh fruits, tweaks the recipe except on the 4th of July. I know sometimes she adds raspberries or strawberries or other kinds of fruit. I imagine she uses less sugar because she eats healthier than some of us.
THANKS DADDY. We love you and love your salad and your BBQ's.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Taste before serving

Our fav show right now is Top Chef. We usually blog about it on Blake's blog, but I beat him to it this week.

All I have to say is : TASTE your food before you serve it ! ! ! I don't know how hard that is.

And I don't know that Dale needed to attack Lisa like that. Talk about sour grapes. If it had been up to him, they would have made deviled eggs.... so I'd say she did more than just make the bacon.

And as someone who eats salmon a lot, I can tell you they needed a lot more than just butter in those baggies. Not to mention the scales. YUK ! ! !

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Prophet of God

For a couple months, I have been wanting to watch General Conference of our church on TV instead of listening to it on satellite radio. It was always our intent to be able to watch Conference (and BYU TV) when we got this satellite system, but they sold us the wrong satellite dish, so we have just made do with listening.

But for some reason, i really wanted to watch this one. I had been praying that we would be able to afford the new satellite dish in time for conference, and then I decided that it was just my vain desire to have a new satellite and more TV channels and therefore, I probably shouldn't be praying for something like that. On Friday morning, Brian did get a new boat job and I could have used the money for the new satellite, but there wasn't time.

So I set the DVR recorder to record the radio version of Conference that started at 8:00 Saturday morning and we intended to listen to it later. I set my alarm to get up anyway, but just as I leaned over to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep, the Spirit whispered to me that they would be sustaining the new prophet in the morning session and I should get up and participate.

for those of you not of our faith, we are asked to "sustain" all new workers in each area of our church. Twice a year, we "gather" in a world-wide conference and there we can raise our hand in the sustaining process to show support of our prophet and apostles. It isn't a vote, it is a covenant to show that we will follow them and help them.

Because our prophet, President Hinckley died this spring, this would be our first chance to sustain our new prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I met Elder Monson when I was 10 years old. My mom and sister have met him at other times since then and he has been a great blessing to our family and I fully support him being the new prophet. And I wanted to be able to raise my hand with everyone else, in real time, to promise my support.

We have tried many times to watch conference on the computer, but it is always broken up and it freezes and is no annoying, it just can't be done. I decided to turn on the computer to conference so I could see the picture and then turn the sound on with the radio version. It turned out, we didn't need the radio as the computer, somehow, played all 4 sessions of conference without a blip or a beep. So I got to watch conference after all. My prayers were actually answered. WAY COOL ! ! ! But there was more.

Only 15 times have we had a new prophet. And the session when we sustain the new prophet is a very special event, called a solemn assembly. I had forgotten that would be the case when I got up to watch. No one else was here and I couldn't contact them to share the news and have them come watch with me. So it was my own special experience.

When the session started, President Monson seemed to me just the same as he always had and I was a little disappointed. I wanted to see him as the Prophet - not just the nice Elder Monson. Then the process of sustaining him came. In a special session such as this, each quorum or group of the church stands to vote, world wide, so by the end, he has been sustained 8 or 9 times. The camera would pan out on the audience and show each group rise and then would close in on the face of President Monson.

And there was what I had needed to see - I could see on his face that as each group stood, President Monson was given the charge by the Spirit of God to take care of that group and I could see him "becoming" the prophet. The mantle of the office literally fell on him as I watched. It was the great need that my subconscious had been wanting and needing to see. Others in the conference, and even President Monson, mentioned that they felt and saw the same thing.

I did not doubt that President Monson should be the new prophet. I did not question that at all and I didn't understand why I would need to see him accept the mantle of the office until later in the Conference and I realized that I was given this gift to share with others, so here I am sharing this with you. I saw with my own eyes, the hand of God creating a new prophet to guide His church here upon the earth. I know President Monson is indeed a Prophet of God. I know if we follow him, he will lead us where we need to go. Love, Charlotte

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Whose idea was this? ? ?

Who decided that the world needed to have Cancer in it? Isn't there enough pain and sorrow and sadness in the world without Cancer?

Cancer has touched our lives a lot lately. There are some things in life you can look at and say, okay, I can see how we will grow from this trial or that, but I think cancer is just the straw that breaks every camel's back.

It is just the experience that is too much for anyone to bear. So, here are our prayers for all those who have been destroyed by this ugly machine ... the patients as well as the family and friends that have been drug thru hell by the big C. We love you all.