Dear Sisters

Dear Sisters
Highland 12th Ward Sisters

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Relief Society News...and Progressive Dinner!

Halloween is nigh...
Time to mark our calendars for November!
Daylight Savings Time!
Set your clocks back this weekend...and sleep in!
Christmas Progressive Dinner...

Wednesday, December 4 - 6 - 8 pm
We are so excited to have Emily Freeman - popular author & speaker join us for this wonderful evening. 
Put it on your calendars now so you don't miss this evening.  More information will be given as we get closer to the event. 

Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Ten Virgins; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and The Promise of Enough.
Scripture Study Group
No scripture study this week due to Halloween
Play Group
No play group this week due to Halloween
Stake News...

Stake Conference
Stake Conference will be held this weekend Nov. 2-3.  A new stake in Highland will be formed.  Following are the dates and times of the sessions:
* Nov. 2, 4pm - Priesthood Leadership Session (Highland Stake Center)
* Nov. 2, 7pm - Adult Session (Highland Stake Center)
* Nov. 3, 8 am - youth Session (Highland West Stake Center 11605 N 6000 W)
* Nov. 3, 10 am - General Session (12th ward meets in our building for broadcast)

FHE Packet -
The stake has given us another wonderful FHE packet for us to share with our families.  This one is about missionary work.  It is attached to the email Tracy sent out this week.  

Family History class
is held each Monday from 9:30 - 11.  These are held at the stake center by the 4-way stop on your way to Costco.  If you haven't gone to any classes no worries!  You can attend 1 or as many as you would like.

women's volleyball is this Thursday (and every Thursday through Nov.7th) from 8:30-10:00 pm at the Stake Center.  We had a lot of fun last week.  Everyone is welcome!
Returned Missionary Course...
Sometimes it us harder to return home from a mission than it is to depart.  For this purpose, the Alpine Utah YSA Stake is providing a six-week course that helps returned missionaries...both Elders and Sisters...successfully transistion after their mission.
Parents are also invited to a fireside to help their missionaries transition from full-time missionary service to everyday life, while retaining their spirituality and desire to serve.
Details on both classes are attached to the Relief Society email sent this week.
On the subject of Missionaries...
One of the best movies I've seen all year!
I don't remember hearing about was about the time we were getting our son Geoff ready to leave for Brazil.  I would have been pretty nervous.  This film is so well done...I got pretty teary at times.  This was well worth seeing on our Friday Night Date.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Provident Living...Meals in a Jar/Bag Class!

Meals in a Jar...Using Your Food Storage
Pinterest has many Meals in a Jar recipes
For the last while I have seen a lot of meals in jars on Pinterest.  It really piqued my interest, because I am having a hard time visualizing how to use all those cans of dehydrated and freeze dried foods in my store room.  If you are anything like me you would rather give your first born to the Gypsies than open one of those cans!  Last Thursday night, the Highland Stake sponsored a class on Meals in the Bag and Meals in the Jar.  It was held at the home of Leslie Heath.  Lisa Barker from Honeyville Farms taught the class.  While we were waiting to begin, she quickly put together a wonderful Pasta E Fagioli Soup in a countertop pressure cooker that takes only about 10 minutes to cook.  I will include the recipe later.  The following information is from Sister Barker's handout.  The handout will be sent to you in an will include some recipes that I won't publish here.

I've stored how do I use it?
Meals in a jar have been around for quite awhile.  We put together soup and cookie mixes for gifts for our neighbors and friends.  This takes it to a new level.  Many of the ingredient will come from those special cans we just can't bring ourselves to open...because...once they are opened they aren't good for 25 years any more!  Relax...once the cans are opened, the remainder can be resealed in canning jars using your Food Saver.  The Food Saver can also be used to seal the meal...or you can use oxygen absorbers.  Mylar bags are also used for this...but I like the pretty layers.  If you are worried about impending earthquakes...use the mylar.
Two books available...
"Dinner is in the Jar" and "It's in the Bag."
Both are available from Amazon.

Sample...Meal in a Jar
What to store...the basics

This is helpful...I've wondered about this.
Meals in a Bag...

Sample Meal in a Bag.
Everything...including included in the bag.
A "Meal in a Bag" is everything needed to make a meal packed inside a color-coded shopping bag.  Breakfasts, dinners and desserts will each be a different color.  I like this idea because it uses the shelf-stable pantry foods that our families will eat.  It can be mixed with some long-term items such as freeze dried fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.  Fresh meats, vegetables and condiments can be added as desired. Colors can also be used to determine if a meal is a chicken dish or a beef dish.  Sister Barker said that her children are allowed to go down and  pick a meal from the shelf...that way they feel involved and that they have a choice.  The meal bags can be put together one at a time until you have the number that you want.  Once the meals have been put together they should be rotated.  Use them everyweek.

Recipes and instructions are included on the front of each meal bag.
Using a counter top electric pressure cooker...makes meals super fast!

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

1 c. FD sausage or ground beef
1 c. dehydrated onions
1 c. dehydrated shoestring carrots
1 c. FD celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2  14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2  15 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed
1  15 oz. can great northern beans, rinsed
1  15 oz. can tomato sauce
28 oz. V-8 juice

4 c. water
2 T. rice vinegar (it's what makes all the difference)

3 t. Wayzata Tuscan Spice Blend
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. oregano
1 t. basil
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. thyme

1 1/2 c. ditali pasta

Put everything in electric pressure cooker and cook on HIGH for 9 minutes
with a natural release.  Delicious!
This recipe is a perfect Meal in a just won't fit in a jar.  You could do it half and half with the FD veggies, spices and pasta in a jar.  Add the jar to the bag...easy peasy!  More recipes and information is on the way...check your email.

Note:  Remember that Conference Weekend is the time to rotate and update your 72 hour kits.