Sunday, March 25, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pain aux chocolat

Pain aux Chocolat

Sounds fancy and complicated, right?
Well, no.

Here's what you do:

1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls
about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

1Heat oven to 350°F. Separate dough into 8 triangles.2Place tablespoon of chocolate chips on wide end of each triangle. Roll up, starting at shortest side of triangle, rolling to opposite point. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.3Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Wait until the rolls have cooled before eating, otherwise they will seem doughy.
Some other variations on this recipe:
Instead of chocolate chips, you can spread the cresent dough withcream cheese and fruit jamorNutellaor candy bar pieces

Recipe from

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

About my beliefs

Ok, I just have to write a response to Robert Jeffress's comment that Mitt Romney wasn't a true Christian because he's Mormon.

First, "Mormons" is a nickname given to our church because we believe in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. However, the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We believe in God, the eternal Father of Heaven and Earth, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. (cf. Acts 7:55-56; 2 Corinthians. 13:14; 2 Nephi 31:21; Joseph Smith History 1:17).

The doctrines of Christ, His death, atonement and resurrection are central to our religion.

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save all men from their sins, and that He made repentance and resurrection possible. We believe that, in order to be saved in the kingdom of God, one must have faith in Christ, be baptized bypriesthood authority for the remission of their sins, and follow Christ's gospel throughout their life.

Latter-day Saints(also called Mormons) believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; they also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God (cf. Ezek. 37:16; John 10:16; 2 Tim. 3:16).

We believe that a man must be called of God, confirmed by divine inspiration and by the laying on of hands by those in authority, in order to preach the gospel and administer its ordinances (cf. 1 Timothy 4:14; Doctrine and Covenants 42:11); further, the Church is essentially the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, Evangelists, and so forth" (cf. Ephesians. 4:11).

Those are our basic beliefs; for more information on what Mormons believe, go to or

To read and learn about the Book of Mormon, go to

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about my beliefs.


About the Book of Mormon: The Book of Mormon confirms, explains and expands on the truths found in the Bible. Like the Bible, it is the word of God. God said that He would establish His word in the mouth of two or more witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1, Matthew 18:16). The Book of Mormon is one of those witnesses.

The words "Jesus Christ" (or some variation of that, like "Christ" or "Son of God") are present over 400 times in the Book of Mormon.

Some verses in the Book of Mormon that talk about Christ:

Alma 38:9 "There is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the light and the life of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness."

3 Nephi 9:15 "Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name."

2 Nephi 25:26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

2 Nephi 25:23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

I love the Book of Mormon. I know it is the word of God, and that if I study it, I can become closer to God and my Savior Jesus Christ. I believe in the Bible, and I know that it is also the word of God. I am so grateful for the scriptures in my life, and the people who sacrificed so much to bring these books to mankind.

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save all men from their sins, and that He made repentance and resurrection possible. We believe that, in order to be saved in the kingdom of God, one must have faith in Christ, be baptized bypriesthood authority for the remission of their sins, and follow Christ's gospel throughout their life.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Amazing Sticky Buns

These sticky buns are delish. They turned out perfectly the first time I made them. Just remember to double the filling and sauce. (They are best when fresh from the oven, the caramel can get hard. But I think you could warm them up to soften them.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Slow Cookers to the Rescue

In the next couple months, I'll be needing meals that:

  • are easy to prepare
  • contain simple, non-perishable ingredients
  • don't require much supervision to cook
  • make enough for leftovers
  • are tasty
  • are inexpensive

To my rescue, came

Below are four slow cooker chicken recipes from that wonderful, wonderful website. If you are a busy, frugal, frazzled cook, I highly recommend checking out this website.
(All four of these recipes can also be found at

Karen Petersen's Slow Cooker Oriental Chicken (taken from Jenn Jergensen's recipe)

5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I would use thighs because breasts become too dry in the slow cooker, thighs stay moist and juicy)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca (there is no chance for sauce to reduce naturally in the slow cooker so using tapioca really helps. If you don't have tapioca I would use cornstarch at the end or maybe dredge the chicken in flour before adding it to the slow cooker)
1/4 cup water (optional) (no water since food become runny in the slow cooker)

1. Mix the butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, tapioca and Dijon mustard together in a bowl.
2. Place chicken thighs in bottom of slow cooker.
3. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours (chicken should only ever be cook on LOW and most of the time only for 4-6 hours, it's kind of temperamental).
5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Sweet Salsa Chicken

3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup salsa
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup diced onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp water

1. Combine tomato paste, diced onion, garlic and water in small microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave for 4-5 minutes, stirring every minute. Onions should be soft. Transfer to the slow cooker.
2. Place chicken, salsa, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, tapioca and Worcestershire in slow cooker. Stir gently to combine.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Break up chicken with a fork into large pieces.
4. Cover and cook for an additional hour to really coat the individual pieces in the sauce.
5. Serve alone or shred and serve wrapped up in tortillas.

Nacho Cheese Soup

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (frozen is fine)

2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup salsa

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 tsp lime juice

2 garlic cloves

1 (10 3/4 oz) can Campbells

Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup

1/2 cup chopped red pepper (optional)

1 tsp cumin

1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or as much as desired

1 cup frozen corn

1 (14 oz) can black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained (optional)

Salt and pepper

Tortilla chips, grated cheese, and sour cream

1. Place chicken, broth, salsa, tomatoes, lime juice, garlic, soup, red pepper, cumin and green chilies in slow cooker.

2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

3. Add in cilantro, corn and beans. Salt and pepper to taste. Add in more cumin to taste, if needed.

4. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.

5. Serve with chips, cheese and sour cream

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

Serves 4

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
1/4 cup flour
1 (20 oz) can pineapple rings, juice reserved
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)

1. Dredge the chicken thighs in the flour and place in the slow cooker.
2. Combine 1/2 cup of the reserved pineapple juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic powder, tapioca and apple cider vinegar. Pour over the chicken.
3. Top the chicken and sauce with the pineapple rings.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Add in the green pepper and cook for another 30 minutes on HIGH (without lid).
5. Serve over rice.

Gourmet B’s opinion: I personally would top this with coconut flakes, chow mein noodles, green onions, and diced tomatoes (like Hawaiian haystacks, but with extra flavor)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dying to Try these Recipes

I just discovered, and I am in love. Here are some sample recipes to get you salivating (and these are just from the appetizer section...there is much, much more):

Baked Brie en Croute with Apple Compote

Strawberry Bruschetta

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Mini Crab Cakes

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Monday, June 6, 2011

Help Someone in Need

I was asked to share this letter. It was written by author Cheri Chesley. Please read the letter and give if you can.

My friend, Rebecca White, is 35 years old and has breast cancer. She got her diagnosis May 11th. She had a mastectomy May 13th. Three days later, she went back to the doctor to have the bandages removed. She confessed, almost in a whisper, that she just wasn't ready to see under the bandages.

Rebecca is an amazing, strong person. She's so skilled in all those craft-type things that leave me with glue on my fingers and glitter in my hair. She has a happy marriage and three great kids age 10 and under. Rebecca could be me. She could be your sister, your friend, your mother. She could be you. You can meet her and get to know her on her blog,

In general terms, we know cancer can strike anyone at any time. It's not an old person's disease anymore. It strikes children, mothers; in short, anyone. Soon Rebecca will start her chemotherapy. We're all optimistic for a positive outcome, but cancer surgeries and treatments do not come cheaply. Since she won't let me shave my head, I've decided to show my support for Rebecca in other ways.

This is more than taking her meals and taking her kids to and from church; I've done that. Anyone can do that, and they do. We have a supportive ward out here. But I wanted to take it a step further.

I'm donating all my book sales income through August 31st to help Rebecca and her family pay their medical expenses. This is something they need, and in order to make it the most effective I need all the help I can get. And this is why I'm appealing to everyone I can. My book sales don't just mean the royalties from selling print copies of The Peasant Queen (which, incidentally, is on LDS Living's Summer Reading List), but also all income from my two e-books--The Wild Queen and my short story, Ghost Bride.

It's so easy. All you have to do is purchase depending on your interests and ability to help. The Wild Queen and Ghost Bride can be found at, which not only offers the e-books for every e-reader including simply your home computer, but also offers the highest revenues.

Printed copies of The Peasant Queen can be found, or ordered, at your local bookstores. You can also find it online at Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

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Amazon and Barnes and Noble also offer each book for the Kindle or Nook, respectively.

Thank you in advance for your help, and happy reading!

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