And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tiger’s Charity Fundraising Project(Sorry I keep writing things in your blog mom, but this is for school and I’m giving people another thing to read.)
Monday, December 2, 2013
I am a rule follower. I want to color inside the lines and I tend to feel guilty for crossing the lines. For example, the grocery store clerk isn’t paying attention and rings up my order for organic oranges as conventional. I will point it out and get charged more money. Even if I get to the car and realize that I was undercharged, I will go back in and make it right. I don’t want to steal. I would feel absolutely horrible if I did. I am also very sensitive to digital rights issues. It is so easy to copy and paste something or to download and then share the download with a friend.
Recently something happened that reminded me of the other side’s position and made it all the more clear to me how important it is to respect copyrights and intellectual property. About a year ago a company stole my thesis and published it on their website as an endorsement for a product they were selling <insert eyes popping out of head emoticon!> This was a company I had NEVER heard of and while I love raspberry leaf, I don’t know the quality of their product. I wanted nothing to do with their website and I was really angry that they were using my thesis as their product description. I got my thesis removed from their website, but apparently, they also published my thesis in their newsletter without giving credit or asking permission. Fast forward to last week. I received a call from the school I attended asking if I wanted to give out a recipe for a lung formula that I mentioned in my thesis. This particular company had been receiving requests for the formula and they told the office at the school they really needed it right away. Since it is my formula the lady in the office called me. This particular formula is near to me. One day, my then three year old daughter was sick. She was coughing and wheezing and couldn’t seem to shake the congestion and breath well. I stood at my counter and prayed to know what to do for her. I held a pencil over paper and then the Spirit of the Lord blessed me with a formula. My hand wrote it out. I made it up and found it worked very well for her and many others. I told the lady from the school office that while I often freely give out that recipe to those in need, I WILL NOT give it to someone who is using my work and the inspiration the Lord gave me to profit without any sort of compensation. Sorry. Not happening! As I later found out, this particular company has done this with others as well. I am not the first and I will not be the last.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The nativities are getting put up around the house. To hear Strawberry tell the Nativity Story is so sweet. “Mary rode a donkey and then they went to Bet-le-hem. And there was no room so they had to go to the stable.”
We are listening to lots of Christmas music. I found a great station on Pandora by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s O Holy Night as my song to inspire the station. Tomorrow we might get to go to the beautiful Christmas lights display at the Botanical Gardens. Imagine a garden of light flowers. It really is a beautiful sight to behold.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I love cranberry sauce. It can’t be fall without cranberry sauce. I can eat good cranberry sauce by the spoonful. As a kid, my mom would serve it and I would eat it for a snack plain. I don’t think there is a such thing as eating too much of it. Turkey, when I still ate it, had one purpose- to hold cranberry sauce. Forget turkey with cranberry sauce. Nope. For me, it was cranberry sauce with turkey.
When I was first married and went to my husband’s for Thanksgiving, I was horrified to learn that his family opened a can of jelled stuff and no one ate it. Blasphemy! I didn’t care if all the other dishes were nothing like I was used to, but I really truly had to have cranberry sauce. B warned me that if I made it no one would eat it since no one linked it… thankfully he was wrong. I made cranberry sauce at my in-laws and many of the family not only ate it but LIKED it! It became my responsibility to make cranberry sauce when we gathered for Thanksgiving the next time.
Of all the things to cook for Thanksgiving, I must say, cranberry sauce is the easiest! So, here is my recipe. I love it any time of the holiday season, so I will share it even though Thanksgiving shopping has been done and everyone is already making their preparations and feasting.
1 bag cranberries, washed (pick out any soft berries)
1 c honey
1 c water or orange juice
1 green apple diced finely (I keep the skin on)
1 small can mandarin oranges
In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, honey, water, and apple. Bring to a boil being careful not to boil over. Turn down and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the berries are bursting and saucy and the apples are soft. Let cool completely and chill. Stir in mandarin slices and serve chilled.