Sunday, January 8, 2012

The First Week of 2012...

New Year's Day - Sunday - January 1, 2012

Yes, in our 80-degree summer weather here, we eat on the 2nd floor terrace patio each Sunday.
One Sr. Missonary Temple Couple has the main dish - the other four couples bring pot luck.
We do "kinda plan" one to bring a potato or rice dish, one a veggie, one a salad, and one a dessert - so it's not too lopsided.
Sunday, Jan. 1, the Gibbons did grilled chicken; we made potato salad and brought some fresh pineapple; the Thompsons did a fruit salad; the Kitleys tomatoes and cucumbers; and Walls did this yummiest Peppermint dessert. Plus the Kitleys brought the rest of the deliciouis Black Forest Chocolate Cake she had made for our New Year's Eve Fiesta.
Here's the recipe if you have candy canes left over.
I had Amy send me this recipe.  In the original recipe I had made adjustments to it and she sent those.  I have never put in nuts.  And I did not garnish it with whipping cream.  It is real easy to put together and we like it at Christmas time. I do have more candy canes if you need them to make it.    
Peppermint Refrigerator Dessert
1 cup finely crushed peppermint candy (candy canes)
2 c. mini marshmallows
1 pint heavy cream whipped, with sugar
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Diane doesn't put nuts in it.
Few drops of red food coloring
Crush candy,
Whip cream until stiff, then
 Fold in candy, marshmallows, nuts (if desired), and red food coloring.
Make crumb crust, put on bottom of 9x13 glass pan. 
Spoon mixture into pan, sprinkle with some of the crumb crust.
 Refrigerate 8-12 hrs.
May garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

The Sunday pot luck buffet...

All together it made a plate of this.

Jan. 2 - Monday "P-Day" ... Presidente Petersen and Elder Gibbons waiting for the rest of us to bring our groceries from Wal*Mart down to the basement parking garage.

Family Home Evening at Kitleys...
Hermana Arlene Kitley gave a great lesson from our Prophet's message in the January Ensign "The Abundant Life."

She made yummy cinnamon rolls for the FHE treat.

Doing this post Sunday afternoon 3:30 p.m. and will have to finish it later because our driver's here to take us to the Soyopongo Stake to speak to the endowed members about the temple.  Walt's still at the training of sealers at the temple.  We just can't spread him far enough.  We spoke in our ward's Sacrament Meeting this morning about temples.  Walt stresses out more preparing his talks in we were happy to have our talks over this morning.   But it's always a good feeling to have worked and worked on a talk and it is accepted by the members.

    We got back at 7:30....but we're going to read our Sunday School lesson for next Sunday and go to bed.  Hopefully I'll finish this blog tomorrow on  our P-Day.

...And life goes on in 2012

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