Thursday, September 21, 2017

By their bumper stickers ye shall know them


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's the rain that washes you clean

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're very thankful for the rain we're getting now. For one thing, it's helped calm down the wildfires that have been plaguing the area. Thousands of acres have burned all across the state!* For another, the rain has cleaned out the air — it's been laden with smoke and ash, making everything smell like the neighbors are having a campfire.

It's clean, refreshing and caffeine-free — we love it!

*If you want to see how bad it's been, check out the Oregon DOT Flickr account!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To everything there is a season

This would be a fun question to ask in elders quorum.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Small Coke, hold the butter

I was in a meeting recently where it was suggested that we (collectively) double our fast offerings. Movie theater pricing might be more effective!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

To preach and teach and work

Hats off to all those who are chipping in to help with the clean up and relief efforts all over!

It's not just Mormons, either. One of my favorites is the story of the chainsaw-wielding nun, who is helping clean up after Irma.

Thank you, and God bless!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The reception committee

I should do a companion piece that shows how missionaries behave when you have a dog versus how missionaries behave when you have a cat. It would probably be very similar!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

To timidly go

There should have been at least one episode where they did nothing unusual. Just a routine day on the USS Enterprise, swabbing the decks, polishing the dilithium crystals. That would have been...dull.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Don't try this at home

One suggestion for making family history more interesting to collect old family recipes. To kick it up a notch, try making a few of them!

My grandma had a reputation of being a good cook, and we've been able to gather some of her recipes. But somehow they never tasted quite the same as what Grandma made — until my cousin stumbled across the secret ingredient: brown sugar. It went in everything!

In fact, here's one of her favorites (perhaps not mine, however...):

Danish Red Cabbage
1 small head of red cabbage
1/3 cup of cider vinegar
1 small jar red currant jelly
1/2 cup brown sugar (see?)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs butter

Finely chop the cabbage. Simmer in covered pan with a small amount of water. Add other ingredients. Simmer one-half hour with the lid on. Remove the lid and continue to simmer until moisture is cooked off. Better if left to sit in juices overnight.

There you have it. My grandma's secret is out.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In the attic

My grandma had a storage room upstairs that had all kinds of cool things — like a valve trombone — and all kinds of stories that went with them. We have some of the photos, but we missed out on recording a lot of the stories. Rats!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sketchbook: Back to School

It's time for school to start, so it got me thinking about the School of the Prophets.

Although the School of the Prophets has been the subject of a couple of cartoons (such as the first day or getting in trouble at), I wondered how they actually got there.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A place for everyone

When disaster strikes, there are lots of ways to help. Do what you can where you can — and remember, a little bit of fasting and prayer can't hurt!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Called to serve

Thousands of volunteers are helping in Texas, and many more are on their way. There are ways you can help, such as donating to relief organizations (see the links in Wednesday's post). Missionaries serving in the area will be deployed to help as soon as it is feasible.

If you can't donate, the very least you can do is send your prayers!