FHE for two

What do you do for FHE when its just the two of you? It can be tempting to just make it another night together, a small date, regular scripture study followed by an “FHE treat”. I won’t claim (AT ALL) that we are pros, but we did believe it important to have FHE soon as we were married so it would just be habit by the time we had kids. I’m now know finding that pre-kid FHE (before Brynnleigh came along!) was AMAZING – no distractions, just time to grow together. Here is one thing we did together that I LOVED. It came from our bishop when we lived in Wisconsin.

Simply this, read/watch a talk together per FHE night and then talk about it. Feel free to add a board game and a small treat to finish off the “official FHE” traditions. Just type (or copy/paste) any of the following talk/article titles in google as the easiest way to find them. It will typically direct you to www.lds.org to view the talk.

  •  “Talking It Over: Ideas for Husbands and Wives” – Kathy England (July 1983 Ensign)
  • “Divorce” – Elder Oaks (April 2007)
  • “Oneness in Marriage” – President Kimball (June 1978)
  • “Love Her Mother” – Elaine S. Dalton (Oct. 2011)
  • “Of Things that Matter Most” – Elder Uchtdorf (Oct. 2010)
  • “More Diligent and Concerned at Home” – Elder Bednar (Oct. 2009)
  • “Celestial Marriage” – Russell M. Nelson (Oct. 2008)
  • “Nurturing Marriage” – Russel M. Nelson (April 2006)
  • “Unselfish Service” – Elder Oaks (April 2009)
  • “Continue in Patience” – Elder Utchdorf (April 2010)
  • “The Infinite Power of Hope” – Elder Uchtdorf (Oct. 2008)
  • “Finding Joy in the Journey” – President Monson (Oct. 2008)
  • “Priesthood Power” – President Monson (April 2011)
  • “Living Worthy of the GIrl you will Someday Marry” – President Hinckley (May 1998)
  • “Slow to Anger” – President Hinckley (Oct. 2007)
  • “Eternal Marriage” – F. Burton Howard (April 2003)
  • “Let Us Be Men” – Elder D. Todd Christofferson (Oct. 2006)
  • “To the Boys and to the Men” – President Hinckley (Oct. 1998)
  • “The Women in Our Lives” – President Hinckley (Oct. 2004)
  • “Personal Worthiness to Exercise the Priesthood” – President Hinckley (April 2002)
  • “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” – Se[te,her 23. 1995

Easiest Alfredo EVER

I’m posting this recipe for the pure fact that I never want to lose or forget it. Which has to mean its great, right? It’s typed on a small piece of paper and because I have no real system for organizing my recipes yet, its coming here. I received it at a church activity from the mom of my sweet friend Heidi. We ate it last night, which inspired my need to post it. Here it goes:
8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes (melts better cubed)
3/4 c. parmesan cheese, grated (good cheese makes all the difference)
1/2 c margarine
1/2 c milk

Stir (whisk) it all together in a saucepan on low heat until smooth. DONE! Seriously, thats it. Pour it on a cooked pasta of your choice. Add cooked & cubed chicken or stemmed broccoli, if you’d like. My husband likes adding a little minced fresh garlic to the sauce. Make it your plate of happiness! 🙂

Amazingly Easy and Tasty Stuffed Crust Pizza

Before we were even married, we talked about habits and traditions we would want for our family. I remembered an idea I’d heard on a video or blog or something awhile back. It was to have a weekend family pizza night. I loved the idea. Relatively simple, fun for all ages, and something to look forward to. We now do it every Friday (and if we have to miss Friday, we try to do it another day). We nearly always do homemade pizza. I could probably count on one hand how often we have actually bought pizza… ok, maybe, MAYBE, on two hands. Tonight we made stuffed crust good-ol’-original pepperoni pizza.

I won’t post my crust pizza. I haven’t decided if I can share such a family-sacred recipe yet 😉

First, the special necessary ingredient… String cheese. Exotic, right?! Ha! (I used 4 sticks of string cheese). Cut each cheese once length wise, and then cut those two pieces in half.

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Do this to each piece and then put them on the edge of the rolled-out pizza crust. You’ll notice that I let my crust raise a little extra before rolling it out so that there is enough sought to let it slightly fall over the edge. That should give you enough dough to wrap over the cheese after.

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Roll the crust up over the string cheese and press down firmly enough to make it stick, but without making too much impression or dent/rips in the pizza base.

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To make the stuffed crust even better, put about 1 TBSP of butter in a microwave-safe dish and melt it. Sprinkle in just a little garlic salt. Use a pastry brush to spread this on the outside crust (the part with the string cheese in it, not the entire pizza which will soon be covered in yummy toppings, sauce and cheese).

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Finish it with a little parmesan cheese (I just use the stuff in the bottle for this). Then move onto adding your choice of sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake away 🙂

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… And YUM!!…

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