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Curry Chicken with Creamy Tarragon Sauce

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Fireworks in your mouth moment about to happen! Again. You’re welcome.

So this is my signature dish, my go-to recipe for any time I want to make a good impression or wow someone. It’s also the one dish I know everyone in my family will always scarf down! It’s the one dish that has green in it that my kiddos have no complaints eating. It’s amazing! And now I will share it with you…

Curry Chicken with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Serves 4 hungry adults

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 bottle Trader Joes Yellow Curry Sauce
  • 1 TBS Vegetable Oil
  • 1-2 TBS Butter
  • One large minced Shallot (OR) half an Onion
  • *1/2 cup dry vermouth/ dry white wine
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 cube chicken bullion (optional for a more robust flavor)
  • 3/4 cup half&half (OR) cream
  • 2 TBS finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

First things first:  Start your rice cooking.

For the chicken there are two ways to cook it. Option one tastes a little better, but takes some forethought. Option two still tastes awesome though, so no stress!

Option One: Marinate your chicken for one to two days in a mixture of my all time favorite yellow curry sauce from Trader Joes (discussed and pictured here) , 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.
Saute marinated chicken in 1TBS vegetable oil (OR) 1TBS butter on medium heat until slightly browned.

Option two: Salt and pepper your chicken breasts. Pour a thin layer of yellow curry sauce on bottom of pan. Sauté/cook your chicken in this sauce on medium heat.

For the creamy tarragon sauce:
Sauté generously seasoned diced onion/shallots on medium heat in 1 tablespoon of butter for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add half a cup of dry vermouth to the pan and bring the heat up to high.
When the *vermouth comes to a boil, let boil for 30 seconds, then add 2.5 cups of chicken broth/stock and one cube of bullion. Bring to a boil, and let it boil for 2 minutes.
Then drop the temperature to low and add your 3/4c half&half/cream and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh tarragon.
And let simmer for at least five minutes. Or until the rest of the dinner is ready…

(*NOTE FOR SAUCE: If you are not comfortable cooking with alcohol, substitute it with 1/2 cup more chicken stock and 1/2 tsp of dry mustard powder. Tastes almost exactly the same!)

Slice chicken and place on top of a bed of rice. Pour a healthy serving of creamy sauce on top…

ENJOY!!!!

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum- Suck it up!

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, also known as HG. You ever heard of it? Most haven’t. More than 50,000 American women are hospitalized every year due to HG, and yet not a lot of people can tell you anything about HG. You can learn a lot about Hyperemesis Gravidarum here.

I am pregnant. Yay! This is very exciting news for our little family and not something we knew would ever happen again because my first two pregnancies were so rough. We are happy, we are excited. I am happy, I am excited. I am dying. Actually, I am not dying, but it sure feels like I am. I am grateful I am not dying, many women who suffer from HG have to terminate their pregnancies in order to save their own life. Some experience organ failure due to dehydration and lack of nutrition and they do die. I feel guilty for even complaining because my HG symptoms aren’t nearly as bad as they could be… But I need to vent, I need to tell someone how I feel.

 Everyone keeps asking how I am doing and I say “I am doing okay :)”. But if I were to answer honestly I would say something along the lines of: 

I’m miserable and I’m lonely and I’m depressed and I’m sick. And I’m hungry. Really hungry. And my throat hurts and my head hurts, and I can’t stop crying. And I’m so so so tired! I am so sick. I am throwing up all day and all night long. When I am not throwing up, I am dry heaving.

And my arms are bruised like crazy from having to get IV nutrition/hydration every couple of days. So they hurt. But that hurt is worth it, because the only days I feel even a little bit okay is the day after multiple IV bags get pumped in to me…

And I feel like the worst mom in the world because my kids are spending hours of every day laying in bed by me watching TV because I am too sick to get up and play with them and they just want to be near me. They are surviving on cereal, chicken nuggets, quesadillas, toast, apples and grapes these days because I am too sick to cook anything…  ZeeZee has started wetting her pants again even though she is potty trained and has been for 2 years. I can’t/ won’t scold her for it though because I wet my pants multiple times a day whilst puking. Rocco has started crying about everything under the sun from his socks not matching to ZeeZee looking at him wrong, and I am sure that it is my fault…
SO how am I doing? Well other than the misery and the mom issues, “I’m doing okay!” 

Everyone keeps saying if I need anything to just call, and I say ” okay, thank you”. But honestly unless it is an absolute emergency, I probably won’t call. Because what would I say?

I need help! I need help with everything. I need someone to take my kids outside and just play with them. I need someone to wash and put away all our laundry. I need a housecleaner to scrub my bathrooms and make our beds and sweep the floors. I would love to have the carpets vacuumed and the house dusted.  I need someone to help me shower because I get too dizzy in there to stay standing (hence the smell coming off of me. And the reason my shower’s take two hours when I am in there- I can’t stay standing for more than a couple seconds at a time. I feel too sick to lather and rinse. and shaving? well that’s a joke). I need someone to take my turn in the car pool for both kid’s school’s. I need someone to go girl-talk with my friends, and take them chocolate or nail polish for me when they are having a bad day so that I still have friends when this is all over. I need someone to help me with my kids at church. I need someone to plan my lessons for each Sunday. I need someone to play lego batman with Rocco, and dress-ups with Zeegan. I need someone to give them hugs and kisses, and to give Seth hugs and kisses too.  I just need someone to be me while I can’t be…

I recently read an article by a women who also suffers with HG. Her story of suffering sounds about right where mine is. She said this: 

[HG] is NOT something you can ever understand until you have walked that mile. Morning sickness is not the same, and I don’t want to hear about how “bad” it was to vomit a couple times a day over a month or so. I don’t want to hear about only “being able to eat crackers”.  I would have given my right hand to keep down crackers most days. These are things I am not supposed to admit in polite conversation – but HG is not a polite illness. It is callous and horrible and takes women and babies from our lives.

This is NOT morning sickness. This is not a pregnant woman being a drama queen or lazy. This is not something a few crackers before getting out of bed can fix. Or ginger. Or what ever else is in the normal bag of tricks for morning sickness – I tried them all. This is a truly debilitating illness in every possible way. I hope that next time the world hears of a mother suffering from HG their advice will not be “suck it up.”

“Suck it up!” That is what it feels like everyone is thinking. That is what their faces are saying. That is what I hear when they tell me “Yeah, I totally remember I lost my appetite and threw up a couple times when I had morning sickness too!”. 
“Suck it up!” That is what I hear every time another person tells me I should just try ginger. Or yet another nurse scolds me for not just keeping down my pre-natal vitamins. Or some person suggests just eating crackers before I get out of bed in the morning.
“Suck it up!” That is is the reason I just say “I’m doing okay :)”. Because until you have experienced it, or until you stop to listen and learn about it, you will never understand just how much I am sucking it up.

Thai yellow Chicken Curry

So it’s been pretty chilly lately where I live. With rain. Lots of rain. And for me that kind of weather calls for soup. Hearty, spicy, amazing and incredibly delicious soup! Soup like this yellow curry chicken soup.

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Soooo Good!

Here’s what you will need to make it:

– 1-2 TBS butter
-1/2 Onion diced
-3 Med sized Potatoes cubed
-4 Carrots coarsely chopped
-3 Chicken Breasts thinly sliced
-3 cups Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth (If it is a more subtle flavored stock/broth, then you will also need a chicken bullion cube or two)
-Yellow Curry Sauce (I like the stuff you can get at Trader Joes! pictures below. You can also use paste, but will obviously have to adjust amounts of stock accordingly…)
-1 can Coconut milk
-Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder to taste

Here is how you will make it:

1- On medium heat, saute your onion in the butter for 1 minute.
2- Turn heat up to med-high and add chicken. Season generously. Cook for 2 more minutes.
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3- Return heat to Medium temperature. Add carrots and cook for 2 minutes.
4- Add Potatoes, season generously with salt and pepper and cook another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot.
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5- Now add enough stock/bullion to just cover your poultry and vegetables. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil.
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6-As soon as mixture has come to a boil, add about half a jar (3/4s cup) of your favorite curry sauce. You might add more (to taste) later, but I’ve never needed more than half the jar.
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7-Drop temperature to Medium-Low and let simmer for 3 minutes.

8- Add can of coconut milk. Let simmer another couple minutes.

9- Serve over rice (and if you have it on hand, to take it up a notch, sprinkle some fresh lime juice and cilantro on top).

10-ENJOY!

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Easy Speazy!!! It’s fast (by the the time your rice is done cooking, so is your curry!)!, it’s delicious!,  AND it only dirties one pot and one cutting board. Oh happy day!

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5 Scientifically Proven ways to Strengthen your Marriage!

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5 Scientifically Proven ways to Strengthen your Marriage!
How to not only LOVE your spouse, but LIKE them too!

At some point or another, all marriages get stuck in a rut. Sometimes we unknowingly work our way out of this rut, and sometimes we need to actively get through it.

Did you know that (according to a meta-analysis of 2,159 studies ) after marriage your sense of well-being dips?

That’s kind of a terrible thing to think about.

Question: Given this knowledge— Should we discourage people from getting married?
Answer: NO!!!
Question:  Whyever not?
Answer: “It turns out that in the period before marriage, [a person’s sense of] well-being goes way up,” says Maike Luhmann, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in psychology in the Cacioppo Lab at the University of Chicago, and lead author of the study. “And so the well-being dive after marriage is, in fact, a return to the level you were at before the pre-wedding bliss period…”

What most marriages need is a boost. A way to bump up the well-being levels in each individual within the relationship. Everyone has their own love language, everyone has different ways that help them feel more or less appreciated, and more or less loved. No persons in this world are exactly the same! BUT, there are some things you can do that science is telling us will help almost every relationship.

1- Kiss Always. Scientists found that kissing is linked to happiness in a different way than sex is. There was this huge study done in the UK on approximately nine hundred couples and it showed that couples that kiss regularly, not just in the bedroom during bedroom activities, have MUCH stronger relationships. That kissing actually triggers a spot in a woman’s brain that heightens her sense of well-being. The study also showed that men who were often kissed felt more sexually satisfied even when they weren’t getting to actually participate in sexual intercourse regularly. So–
Kiss! and Kiss often. 

2- Say Thank-you.
This seemingly simple strategy should be obvious. But many of us often forget to express gratitude for and to our spouses. Make it a point to tell your spouse each and every day, one thing, all it takes is ONE, one thing you are grateful that they do or did.  I’ve personally found it to make a huge difference in my marital life and in my general outlook on life.
There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, to simply speaking aloud to your partner about the things you are grateful for, and going out of your way to show gratitude toward them when they do these things.
In an experiment where participants took note of things they were grateful for each day, their moods were improved just from this simple practice:
“The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several of the outcome measures across the three studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.

3- Engage in new or exciting Physical activities TOGETHER.
It has now been scientifically proven that “Couples who play together, stay together”.  A report published in the  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2012, showed that couples who engage in more new OR exciting activities together, are more happier in their relationships.The researchers actually had couples come into the lab and engage in exciting or mundane tasks. Couples in the exciting condition got strapped together with Velcro and had to crawl their way through an obstacle course while holding a pillow between them.  Couples who got to take part in the Velcro obstacle course reported feeling happier in their relationships than couples who took part in the mundane activities (watching a movie together and talking to each other over a meal).
Novel and arousing activities are, well, arousing, which people can often attribute as attraction to their partner, reigniting that initial spark.
Engaging in these activities with your partner involves cooperation and provides a shared experience that can bring you closer together. Engaging in these activities with your partner also helps you extend the pleasure you get out of the activity to your relationship (when thinking about the activity, you’ll be thinking of doing that activity with your partner, which will link together excitement and your relationship).
And the thing is, you don’t need to go on a bungee-jumping date to make this “Positive experience attraction” happen.
The Research shows that “Any experience that generates excitement can be arousing.”
In one study, for example, males interacted with females on either a high-suspension bridge, or on level ground. The men reported they were more attracted to the females on the bridge, indicating that they misattributed the adrenaline and feelings from an arousing activity (being on the high bridge), with the feeling of being attracted to the female.
On top of the stated benefits of doing something new together, you’ll also be doing something physical!  Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In fact an entire study cited in Shawn Achor’s book  The Happiness Advantage focused on the effect exercise has in depression: three groups of patients treated their depression with medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results were shocking!
“Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent.”
In short, as Elle in Legally Blonde would remind us: “Exercise produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t just kill their husbands!”
Don’t kill your Hubby! Go do something physical and new! Need some ideas? Rock Climbing. Laser Tag. Bungee Jumping. Take a tennis or golf class together. Paintball. Go to your local dollar store and get Cowboys and Indian toys, then go play war at a park. Go take a Pottery Class. Swing Dancing Lessons. Tree-Climbing date. Play a competitive board game. Go shoot some hoops together- H.O.R.S.E anyone?
If you need more ideas, leave a message and I will oblige 🙂

4- Play video games together.
Remember when we said those “who play together, stay together”? Here’s some more proof of that.
A study done at Queensland University found that playing video games together actually strengthens relationships-
We are seeing clear evidence of improvements in mood, stress reduction, increased feeling of competence and autonomy and really strong feelings of being connected with the person or persons they are playing with.”
The research showed that the type of game you play together makes a difference…
Games that require lots of strategy, and require teamwork are best. Don’t play a game where you are fighting against each other, or on opposite teams…”  Dr Johnson went on to point out “And while they’re playing, they’re chatting about things going on in their life – so it’s a communication experience at the same time.
Boom! Go get a game up on your Wii or Xbox thing or whatever cool game device you currently have and get to strengthening your relationship!

5- Be Loyal to each other!.
Loyalty is a form of respect. Research has proven that successful marriage partners are “fiercely loyal” to each other. They keep their conversations with others and their social media use fully positive when referring to their spouse. They never do or say anything that approaches the appearance of impropriety, either virtually or physically. They show mutual respect for one another in all areas of their lives.
This quote states it clearly:
“Don’t talk bad about your husband. To anyone. Ever.”
You chose this man! You got a problem? Work it out directly with him. That’s a big part of what makes for a good marriage.
And I’d like to say with equal emphasis:
Don’t talk bad about your wife. To anyone. Ever.
You Chose her! You have a problem? Work it out with her and God directly. Don’t go complain to the world.

***And for just a moment I would like to step away from Science and delve into this  loyalty and respect for your spouse thing a little deeper. It is so much easier to be loyal to your spouse when you respect them, and it is so much easier to respect your spouse when you think of them as literally the only person in the world who is exactly equal to you.

What do I mean by that? Well, in his book “Behold the Man”, Gerald N Lund said the following, and it has made ALL the difference in my views on marriage. It’s a bit long, but it’s definitely worth reading:
“The first marriage of all marriages [on this earth] was performed by God himself, between Father Adam and Mother Eve. Not only is this proof of the sanctity of marriage and it’s centrality for all mankind, but there is much in the account thereof which provides instruction for us. 
When Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden, he was alone. After a time, the Lord God, blessed be his name, made a profound declaration. Said he: ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’
Consider on that statement for a moment. That is a Divine Declaration. ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’
After declaring that it is not good for man to be alone, the Holy One of Israel made a second, most significant declaration. He said, ‘I shall make an help-meet for him.’
That is a most instructive term, ‘help meet.’  In the original Hebrew of the sacred writ, the phrase is ‘ezer knegdo’. SOME have translated that phrase to mean a “helper” or a “help mate.’  That is not true to the deeper meaning of the phrase. ‘Helper’ would imply a superior role  for men and a helping or inferior role for women. Many feel that way, of course, and treat their wives as chattel, BUT that is not what the Creator of us all declared. ‘Knegdo” means to ‘meet’ or to have two things brought together. But it carries a much deeper connotation, where one finds something that is equal to something else. In other words, a ‘help meet’ is a person who helps us ‘meet ourselves,’  like looking into a mirror and seeing yourself.
What then follows is the creation of Eve. And here, too, there is much for us to learn from the sacred word:
The Lord God caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam, and he took from his side a rib, and from that rib he created woman.
What can we learn from the story of the rib? I’ve heard it said that woman was taken from Adam’s side because it is closest to his heart, suggesting that she should walk beside him always. I am sure that is part of it. If Eve had been taken from Adam’s head, then she would rule over him. If she were taken from his foot, he would rule over her. If from his hand, she would be only a tool to do his bidding. To be taken from his side is beautiful imagery and teaches us much about how we are to treat our wives. But I think there is something much more profound than that…
Once Eve was created from the bone taken from Adam, what follows in the account? The commandment for them to become one flesh. Think about that. Adam now has a ‘help meet’, or in other words, he has finally met his equal. And the Lord now says, ‘Therefore’- in other words, because I have woman and brought her to you- ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife.’ Think of that interesting choice of verbs for a moment. Normally ‘to cleave’ means to cut asunder, to split into two parts. But in the Hebrew language, that word also carries the opposite meaning. It means to put back together two things that have been separated, to join them so tightly one to the other it is as if there was no original separation.
And here is the key to understanding how God views this sacred relationship between a man and a woman.
Adam had something cut away from him, cloven from his side. He was missing something. He was not whole any longer. So what is the solution? How does man become whole again? By cleaving to his wife.
Yes. By cleaving to the ONLY creation that is truly EQUAL to him. And when we cleave together- or better, cleave back together- we become whole once again. We become not two, but one- one in flesh, one in mind, one in spirit. Then, and only then, can man be fully complete.”
*So there you have it: 5 Scientifically proven ways to strengthen your marriage!*

Next week I am teaching a class on ways to strengthen your relationship with your spouse. I have been doing a lot of research, and have found these few dynamite ways that I listed above.

I have put them all to the test in the last month.

And I am not gonna lie: My HUSBAND ADORES ME!
Boom Shock-a-locka!
But more importantly; I can honestly say I love my husband more now than I did before!
Which is kind of awesome considering what a rough month it has been– I wont bore you with the details, but simply put it has been more than I can handle.
And yet, I find that I not only Love my husband; I like him too! Yippee!!!

Sources Credit:
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-relationships/kissing-for-a-better-relationship
http://wjh.harvard.edu/~oveis/publications/gordon.2012.pdf
http://sciencereview.berkeley.edu/couples-who-play-together-stay-together/
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be-incredibly-happy-wed.html
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/study-shows-video-games-build-relationship-skills/story-fni0cx12-1226760160098
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201181453.htm
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/marriage-watch-and-learn?lang=eng&query=happy+marriage

Miniature Nutella Cheesecakes! no-bake.

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Okay, I have a confession: I am simply obsessed with Nutella.

I eat it at all times of the day and night. In fact I am eating it right now as I type. Whoever created Nutella is just a lovely person in my opinion and is by far one of my most favoritest people on this earth!

SO today I bring you a delightful and delicious no-bake nutella cheesecake! I found this recipe on pinterest forever ago. I made it so often it was kind of ridiculous. I can no longer find the pin for it, but I know the recipe (with my changes) by heart. So I will share:

We’re talking layers of goodness here!

Layer one- THE CRUST
10-12 oreo cookies
3 TBS melted butter
dash of salt
Place oreos in your mixer and set speed to one notch above “stir”.
When oreos are delightfully crushed into little crumb chunks (not quite crumbs; more like chunky crumbs), add melted butter and salt.
Stir/mix around for a couple minutes.
Spoon/ divide mixture into 6-12 clear cups (depending on their size).
Lightly press the crumb mixture down, to create you “crust”.

Layer two- NUTELLA CHEESECAKE FILLING (aka THE BEST PART! aka THE PART THAT MIGHT NOT MAKE IT TO THE CUPS BECAUSE YOU WILL WANT TO EAT IT ALL STRAIGHT FROM THE MIXING BOWL!)
3/4 cup Nutella
1 (8oz) package of softened or room temperature cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 tub whipped topping (like Cool Whip), cold but not frozen
*Now that your mixing bowl is emptied of oreo crumblings, you don’t even need to wash it! just make the filling in the same bowl!
In mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and the Nutella together until they are smooth and well mixed.
Add Vanilla. Mix well.
Fold (not mix!) in the cool whip. Gently stir until no more dark Nutella or light cool whip streaks remain.
*This is where it gets messy, unless you put the mixture in a frosting bag and pipe it into the cups!
Distribute the filling evenly into your plastic cups.

Layer 3- Frosting on the cupcake!
From here we are talking garnish…
More whipped topping
Chocolate shavings
Berries (I like some tartness to pair with my chocolate and richness…), strawberries and raspberries make excellent choices here!
Chopped Hazelnuts
Chocolate sprinkles
Leftover oreo crumbs (as shown in picture)
*The possibilities are endless
Garnish your cheesecake.
Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

ENJOY!!!

Virgin Lime Margarita Cupcakes

Are y’all ready for another ratatouille fireworks moment in your mouth?! (If that sentence made no sense to you; see “Banh Mi Baby” post from a couple days ago.)

Alrighty, here it is!

Virgin Margarita Cupcakes, aka, Heaven in your mouth!

hmm, that sounds dirty. Get your mind out of the gutter! We are talking about cupcakes here!

These cupcakes, to be exact:

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Oh heavens to Betsy! SOOOO YUMMY!

Since I can’t wait another moment, here is the recipe:

Cupcakes:

Cream together
2 Cubes of butter (room temperature)
2 Cups Sugar
Then add one at a time, beating in between additions:
4 eggs
Then add:
The Zest and the Juice from 3 limes
1tsp vanilla ext
1 1/4 c Buttermilk
Mix well.
Now Add
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon Baking POWDER
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Mix well.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full, then bake. 325º. Regular cupcakes 20-25 minutes. Miniature cupcakes 10-12 mins.
Lime Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 Cups Powder Sugar (may end up needing to add more)
3-4 TBS Lime Juice (before juicing these limes; Zest them! you’ll need it for presentation purposes)
Dash of Salt
1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix well together. Taste and adjust accordingly if needed.
Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with a little lime zest
Eat! and be amazed at their fabulousity and deliciousness!!!
*NOTE: Yes, I know this is calling for a lot of butter! It is definitely filed in the “butter-bites” category for a reason. HOWEVER, This does make approximately 36 regular sized cupcakes. So, if you don’t need that many, cut the recipe in half.
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All about LOVE Feb Relief Society mid-week activity

Okay, so at my church I have this job. I am the Relief Society (group of women from my church) mid-week enrichment coordinator. Or in other words, I create an activity once a month, to be done in the middle of the second week of each month, that all the women can attend. These activities are focused around service and strengthening either themselves, their family relationships, or their relationship with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ.

This month, our activity is All about LOVE! With it being the month of cupid and all, I thought that’d be appropriate!

So with the help of my committee, I put together this fun activity:

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We will be rotating the women through 5 stations:

1- Hubby Love
2- Family Love
3- Neighbor Love
4- Divine Love (Love of God)
5- Sweet Love/ Chocolate Love!

*Hubby Love! I am so excited for this particular type of Love. I am actually the one teaching the class. We will be discussing 5 scientifically proven ways to strengthen your relationship with your spouse. I can’t even tell you the amount of research I have done to prepare for this class! Here is the outline of what the class will hold.  Be excited! Be very excited! And here is the handout for Hubby Love class:
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*Family Love! We will be making RAK plaques. Catchy, right?! RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness. These are flat blocks of wood, about 4 inches by 4 inches across. They are painted white with modge podged scrapbook hearts on the top, and the directions for their use on the back.
Basically the block will travel secretly around your family, when you do a secret act of kindness for someone in your family; you leave the plaque where you did the deed. (For example- ZZ could make Rocco’s bed one morning and then leave the RAK plaque on his pillow.). Now it is the person who received the plaque’s turn to do a RAK. (Ex: Now Rocco could go put away ZZ’s laundry and leave the RAK plaque in the bottom of her laundry basket).
Fun right?! Did that all make sense?

*Neighbor Love! Okay so in this workshop their will be lots of fun valentine scrapbook paper available, and the women will be writing a little note of love or thanks (creating a homemade valentine) for another woman in the group. All Valentine’s will then be placed in an RS mailbox to be delivered (by my committee, myself, and the RS Presidency) later in the evening and throughout the rest of the week.

*Divine Love! My local dollar store has miniature Jenga games for sale. We will have multiple round tables set up with a Jenga game in the middle of each table. Sisters will play the game in groups. Played as normal Jenga would be played, except with a slight twist—
Each Jenga Block will have either “Neighbor”, “Hubby”, or “Family”, written on it. Once you safely remove your block, tell the table group one way you can show God you love him in that category.
For Examples:
“Hubby”— By visiting the Temple together as a couple often.
“Neighbor”— By doing my Visiting Teaching, or by praying for my VT sisters.
“Family”— By holding regular FHE. By teaching my children about Christ and his love for us.

*Sweet Love! We’ll be serving these little beauties (recipe will be available on this blog by Wednesday)—
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It will be such a fun night, I am sure of it :).

If you want to do a night like this of your own, Good Luck! and here is a blank (you just need to fill in the date and time and any special childcare information) version of the invite, just for your special use:

RSValentineBlank

Above- the actual file you should download to use.
Below- how it looks when you click on it.

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