General Conference

YAAAAY!!  I loooooooove General Conference.  A day to snuggle with the family, eat a yummy breakfast and hear the uplifting and encouraging words of our wonderful leaders.


For those of you who may not know, I’m a Mormon.  My faith has shaped everything I am.  I know where I came from.  I know why I’m here, where I’m going and how to get there.  The teachings of Christ have given me purpose.  I know that there is life after death, that my family can be together forever and that Heavenly Father loves me. 



President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, member of the First Presidency gave the most wonderful talk at the General Relief Society Broadcast.  


If you have 2 minutes, watch this video.


You are Not Forgotten




If anything, read that last paragraph.  It makes me cry every time I watch it.  It’s hard being a mom.  It’s a thankless job really.  One that demands so much physical and mental energy it’s absolutely exhausting.  And then to have no one notice all the hard work you do, no pats on the back, awards, bonuses or raises.  But knowing that you are not forgotten.  That Heavenly Father sees all the sacrifices you are making, that he is proud of you and that he loves you.  It makes this whole motherhood thing totally worth it!


In leu of conference, here are some fun packets I’ve found floating around online for the kiddos!


From Sugar Doodle

This one, from Sugar Doodle, is a little time consuming for the momma.  But I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite!
 
A super cute General Conference listening kit!  From a Bushel and a Peck of FUN
 
Church site with various activities
General Conference Kits!  Found at Brandy’s Crafts
And a basket from The Family Johnson
Whew!  There are a lot to choose from!  Good luck picking and happy Conference watching!!

 

Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan.  Ever had it?  I like to think the dish was invented by my own momma, as I’ve never had it anywhere else.  It was definitely a family favorite growing up.

Ingredients:
  • Stuffing mix and butter
  • Rice
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cans Cream of Broccoli Cheese
  • 1 thing of Broccoli.  Are they called heads?!
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
Start by boiling 3-4 chicken breasts.  Feel free to add some chicken broth in the water to make it taste saltier

Get your broccoli cut up and steaming.  Don’t steam it too long because it’s still going to cook in the oven.  You don’t want mushy broccoli!

Start your rice

Dump your stuffing mix into a bowl and add some melted butter.  Like, 1/4 cup butter

Mix the butter and the stuffing together and set aside
Get out some milk, a can or 2 of Broccoli Cheese soup, a mixing bowl and an oblong baking dish
Open the cans of broccoli cheese soup and pour in your bowl.  Start with one can, see how far it gets you.  You can always add more.  Next, add some milk.  You want the mixture to be a little bit runny.

Now spread some of that mixture on the bottom of your baking dish and set the sauce aside

Cut up your chicken and add it to the top of your broccoli cheese soup mixture

Add your steamed broccoli

Pour the rest of your broccoli cheese soup mixture over the top of the broccoli and chicken

I usually sprinkle shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top of the Chicken Divan before I add the stuffing. It’s preference though, good with or without it!  My family loves it, I just forgot to add it!

Bake in your oven at 350 until it’s warm and bubbly.  Remember, everything is already cooked.  You’ve just got to brown the stuffing and get the cheese melted!

Serve on top of rice!

Now that picture doesn’t do the dish justice.  Mostly because I’m not a photographer and so the colors look a little weird!  This is soooo yummy though and a great way to get those kiddos to eat their broccoli!

ENJOY!  If you make it I’d love to know how you liked it!

Corioliss Curling Wand Review

Alright folks.  Misikko sent me this amazing curling wand to review.  Let’s all say “Thank You Misikko”.  Together now, “Thank You Misikko”!
When I got the wand I was a little skeptical because it was so small.  I was actually really nervous to even try it out because I envisioned these tiny little ringlet curls.  And no one likes ringlet curls, let’s be honest.  But I have been pleasantly surprised.
You can tell the curls didn’t fall out because look at the roots.  …Well and you can see the curls ha ha!!  The roots though is where the curls start relaxing and by the end of the day, only the ends are still curled.

Can you see those curls?  I think this is the best picture.  They are pretty.  And flow-y.  I think that’s a word!

A few things about these pictures.  They were taken at the end of a long day.  I had hoped to get some pictures while the style was still fresh.  But no one was home.  So after a toddler yanking at my hair all day and taking an hour nap- the curls survived.  Which is just one of the reasons I would recommend this wand.   I’m not joking, these pictures were taken hours and hours after I had curled my hair.  With the straightener technique I’m so fond of, the curls fall out relatively quick.  Which is sometimes a good thing, if I’m going for that “natural wave” look.  A lot of times though it’s just annoying.  The second reason why I love it is because it curls faster than the straightener method I use.  This “do” took me ten minutes.  To curl my entire head of hair.  Yes, ten minutes people.  And the third reason why I loved using the wand was because there was no secret wrist technique to learn or practice.  You simply wrap your hair around the wand.  Easy-Peasy.  So for those of you who haven’t yet mastered that wrist technique (took me YEARS to get right), this wand is definitely for you.
Pros:
  1. Curls stay put.  They don’t relax and continue looking fresh all day
  2. Curls hair faster than using the straightener method
  3. No wrist technique, just wrap the hair around the wand and wala!
  4. The wand comes with an amazing heat glove- no more burns!
Cons:
  1. There is no light on the wand that indicates whether or not the wand is on or off… kind of annoying but nothing I can’t get used to
My goodness, BOSTON!  How’d you get there?  Sorry, he wanted to say hi.  And yes- that’s my headband.  And yes he fell on cement… poor little face!
Okay where was I?  Oh yes, so is the wand worth $100?  I say it depends.  It depends on how good you are at curling your hair with what you already have.  Do you get the curls you want with your straightener or curling iron?  Do they stay in all day?  Does it take you forever to get the look you’re wanting?
I really loved this wand, it was the first time I’d ever used a wand before!  I felt so awesome ha ha!  In the end, the product worked.  I loved the curls and they stayed in.  They didn’t relax and by the end of the day my hair looked just as good as it did right after I curled it.  I felt very Taylor Swift-ish all day.  I swear she uses this wand!  The curls are gorgeous.  So yes, for me- it would be worth 100 bucks.
Check out some other Corioliss products, Curling Iron‘s and of course the Hana products that I love so much.  Misikko is a great site and every time I get something from them it’s like Christmas!  They throw in tons of extra goodies- bath salts, mascara, styling spray, brushes, eye liner, and this time I even got a sleep mask.  It’s just the best ever!

Micah Folsom Photography

Giveaway Tuesday, oh I love giveaway Tuesday!  
 
what’s up for grabs?
  • A FREE {any type} photo session.  family, engagements, bridals, newborn, maternity, childrens, senior
  • 1.5-2 hours — one location {your choice or mine if you’d rather}– multiple outfit changes
  • Hi-Res disc of ALL {that’s right, anywhere from 30-75} images w/ print release
  • 20% off any prints/product
  • **BONUS: anyone who enters but doesn’t win can still book a session for 20% off! must book by September 25th, excludes the mini session special
when and where will the session take place?
  • OKLAHOMA: session must take place by October 15th in Stillwater, OK
  • UTAH: session can take place in February or this coming summer in Northern Utah- Park City to Ogden
  • If you don’t LIVE in these areas, you can still enter and travel to these locations for the session— OR pay a small travel fee and Micah can come to YOU

I told you it was awesome!  Micah is one of my very most favorite photographers!  Take a look at some of her stuff.

Yeah- that’s totally my little family right there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Look familiar?  That’s my sister… wearing my outfit… and using my blanket! ha ha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



how to win:

  1. “like” micah folsom photography on facebook.
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If you fail to do any of these, your entry will not count!
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Contest ENDS at midnight {central time} on September 20th and a winner will be announced Sept 21st!

 

The Perfect Cupcake

You know I am so making these tonight.  Baby wants them! – Abby
Hello I’m Diane, thank you for letting me share these Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with you today on My Yellow Sandbox!

I love being in the kitchen and I share my sweet and savory recipes at Created by Diane. If you like food, come follow me along my tasty journey. I love to cook and bake from scratch, but certainly like using shortcuts like cake mixes and sauce packets too.

Since September has arrived I think there is no better time to start baking with pumpkin. These Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Chips and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting are sure to bring Fall into your home really quickly. The smell of them baking had me thinking the weather was cool and crisp and the leaves were changing color already. Well that is what they had me thinking… reality is that it’s not cooling off here in Southern California yet, should be about 105 today. But a girl can sure dream of Fall, can’t she?

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes (with chocolate chips)

1 box German Chocolate Cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup butter

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/4 cups milk

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Place cake mix, room temperature butter, eggs and milk, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice into mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for two minutes, scrape down sides after one minute. Stir in chocolate chips. Use a large scoop (3 Tablespoon size) it helps them to all come out in a uniform shape, into your lined cupcake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

5 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

3 Tablespoons milk

Beat cream cheese and sugar then add powdered sugar pumpkin pie spice and milk and mix until fully blended together and fluffy.

Color you frosting. I used 6 drops Americolor Orange. I had removed 4 Tablespoons frosting for the green stems and mixed two drops of Americolor Avocado for the green stems.

I placed the orange frosting in a piping bag with a #2D tip and started piping the rose shape in the center and swirled the frosting about two times around the center to create the rose. The green stems I applies with tip #66.

 
Here is a link to my video showing how to frost the rose on a cupcake.
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