Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chopped YW Activity

For our latest Young Women Activity, the girls really wanted to do a "Chopped" competition. They have been asking for quite some time, so we finally put it together.

We did it a little different than the show though. We only did a dessert round and no one was chopped. There was an award for every team. Here are the details:

First, I divided them into four groups. They didn't get to choose their groups. I had them draw their colored groups from a bucket. I had a dishware set that included two plates and one bowl in four colors. That is the way we identified the groups.

Next, I told them the rules. They had 30 minutes to make a dessert. They were told they would be given four mystery ingredients. They had to use those four mystery ingredients and then they could use anything I had on the counter. If they needed something else they could ask and if I had it my pantry or fridge, they could use it.

There were special conditions though. I had a little trivia game before we began. The trivia game was to give some penalties to other teams. If they answered the question correctly, they could choose the punishment for another team. Every team had to have a punishment. *see files at the bottom

They were divided in their groups and then given the chance to open the mystery ingredients. I told them they could start and so it began.

They had a lot of fun making the food. Some people asked to use the blender, others wanted to use the stove. I was there to help accommodate and make sure nothing got broken. :)

Here were the final plates:

The final part was the judging round. I invited some of the young women turning 12 this year to be the judge. My husband ended up being a judge too since one of the girls couldn't make it. They were to give out 4 different prizes, 1 to each team.
Best Overall,
Most Creative
Best Tasting
and Best Appearance
I printed my little awards on regular paper and then taped them to a foam board and cut them out.
I gave the judges a whole bunch of forks so they didn't have to double dip in any plate. :)
I couldn't pass up my husband's face in this picture. Sums up the judging pretty good. 

Overall, it was a great success! The girls absolutely loved it! If we did it again I think we will try a main dish.

Here are all the files we used for the decor, judging, etc. Feel free to use for yourself! Just right click each image and save it. Then you will be able to print them. Each picture is an 8.5x11 sheet of paper size. I'd love to hear how it went!

Files for the Banner

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Free Printable Round Up

Here's all of my free printables.. all in one place! They were created as an 8x10 image. Just right click the image to save it. Then send it to your favorite photo lab or printing place!
This included the following:
January/Winter Subway Art
Valentine's Day Subway Art
St. Patrick's Day Subway Art
Easter Subway Art
Mother's Day Subway Art
Spring Subway Art
Father's Day Subway Art
Fourth of July Subway Art
Summer Subway Art
Back to School Subway Art
Halloween Subway Art
Fall/Thanksgiving Subway Art
Christmas Subway Art
Everyday Subway Art
Birthday Subway Art

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Free Young Women Theme Printable

At the beginning of the year we decided to decorate our YW Room. I made this theme and displayed it in our room. It's now what we use every Sunday to recite our theme. 

Feel free to save the picture, print it out, and use it in your room. 

It was created as a 12x18 photo. I just sent it to Costco to have printed, but it could be printed at any print place. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Young Women Value Banner

We had an amazing girls camp this year! It was planned by the stake and the theme was "Get A Clue". The amazing stake leaders came up with a whole idea that turned out to be awesome! I only went up for the big dinner and testimony meeting since I had a baby a few months ago.
However, I did create a lot of decorations for it that I am happy to share. Our ward was given the player of Mrs. Peacock to use as inspiration. We came up with the theme "Show Your True Colors". We used purple and teal to coordinate everything together.

I made a few things, but don't have the pictures from it yet. I will post them when I do. I did make a value banner that we displayed at camp and then plan on displaying in our YW room.

If you'd like the file, just comment with your email and I will send you the PDF file. I am still learning how to make a PDF file (or google docs) available on my blog.

I just printed them on cardstock and then laminated them.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth

I created a kissing booth for your elf on the shelf to use!

If you want the PDF printable, just comment with your email and I will send it over!

Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of my favorite things! I don't like my soups very brothy. They have to be chunky and yummy enough to dip breadsticks in :)

1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 bunch chopped green onions
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon onion salt
4 cups chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes
1/4 cup flour
8 oz Velveeta
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 pepper
1/2 salt

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a stockpot. Add carrots, celery, green onions, green pepper, basil, parsley and onion salt. Saute for about 5-10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
In a separate sauce pan, melt the rest of the butter and and the flour. stir and cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly. This creates a roux which makes it thick.
Add the roux to the potato mix. Cook for a few minutes. Add the velveeta and milk. Let the cheese melt. Top with some of the shredded Parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt.

Recipe adapted from:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Neighbor/Friend gift idea for Christmas.

My mom has been needing a gift to give her friends for Christmas. Every year she always waits until the last minute and I am there to help her. :) I thought I would make it easier on myself this year. I have been creating subway art for all the holidays. I thought it would be fun to make them a 5x7 size, print them out and frame them.
Super easy and super cute.
I decided to sell them on my etsy shop. There, you can purchase them and they are already to print! No need to resize them. Right now, my coupon code "merrychristmas" gets you 20% off.

you can find them HERE

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rustic Christmas Tags

I made some rustic Christmas tags for my Etsy shop. Same goes for this order: enter in "merrychristmas" to get 20% off any $5 order.

You can find these tags HERE!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Bunco

I seemed to have skipped making a bunco score sheet for Thanksgiving. I thought I better get on a Christmas one. Here is one version.
If you'd like it just right click the image and save it for the full version.

Orange Rolls

I wanted to make something that I've never made for my neighbors and friends this year. On Christmas morning my mom would always make orange rolls. Even though everything was typically homemade from here, these were never homemade. I didn't have a recipe for it, other than my dough recipe and regular cinnamon rolls. Anyway, I decided to make them to try them out and see if they would work as neighbor gifts this year.
I made one batch of dough which equaled out to be 18 rolls. I put them in those circle disposable pans to make it easy. I tried one right away to see how it tasted and put the other two in the freezer. I tried one that was in the freezer this morning and there was no difference! Yum! Can't wait to make them for Christmas.

I plan on making a cute little tag for them. I will post them as soon as I do.
you get the half eaten picture until I make another batch. I just couldn't wait :)

First make the dough:
 2 cups heated milk (heat in the microwave for 2 minutes)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
4 1/2 -5 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast

If you have a bread maker just put the ingredients in the bread maker in that order on the dough setting. This is what I do and I LOVE it.

 If not just use a mixer. Melt the butter in the milk. Pour milk into mixer. Add sugar and salt. Slowly add half of the flour. Add the yeast and the rest of the flour. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Dough should be soft. Cover and let raise for about 45 minutes. (at least 10 if you don't have a lot of time)

Filling Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
orange juice concentrate, thawed

Frosting Ingredients:
1 square butter
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, thawed
splash of water
2 teaspoons orange zest

Roll the dough in a rectangle shape. You could also just roll the dough in a pan and use the pan to guide the shape and then cut the rolls. Spread the butter over the dough, covering it all. sprinkle the sugars over the butter. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of the orange juice concentrate over the sugars. Roll from the long side as tight as possible.
Cut into rolls, I usually do about 1.5 inches apart. Place in the greased baking dish you are using.
To cook right away let them raise for about an hour (or more if you have time). Then cook on 350 for 22 minutes. They should be light brown when done. Pipe icing over them while they are warm.

To make the frosting just mix all ingredients until they are nice and fluffy. Add water and/or powdered sugar as needed to get the taste you desire.

To Freeze:
After you place them in the baking dish cover with foil and then the lid. When you are ready to make them, take them out and let them sit out until they are room temperature (that takes about an hour to two hours) Then let them raise another hour. You could also take them out of the freezer the night before you want to serve them and put them in the fridge. Then you can let them raise about an hour and a half outside the fridge.
Once the rolls have doubled in size you will cook them on 350 for about 22 minutes.

And there you go! Easy homemade orange rolls.


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