Monday, April 6, 2009

General Conference Party

We had such a fun day watching the last two sessions of General Conference on Sunday. Jeff and Megan, my brother and his wife, graciously offered to host the family, to include John and Micah, Joe and T'liese (my sister and her husband), and really good friends of Jeff and Megan's, Nathan and Erin. She is due with their first baby in July, and I guess little Charlie kicked enough to imply that he enjoyed Conference as much as all of us!

We arrived just before the morning session began at 9:00 AM and watched for two hours. I have really been looking forward to Conference this year, and it certainly didn't disappoint. My favorite quotation from the two-day event was from President Thomas S. Monson when he said, "The future is as bright as your faith." It just reconfirmed that we don't need to be afraid of what is going on in the world right now if we are living how we should and following the commandments. He is such a great man, and I love him dearly.

At 11:00 AM, Megan and Jeff jumped up to finish making Sunday dinner, a delicious Crockpot chicken and pasta dish! Joe and T'liese brought a yummy broccoli salad that we all slurped up as the first course. Drinks were provided by Nathan and Erin, and one of my favorites is slushy Cherry 7-Up! Isn't Megan's table setting gorgeous?! She has collected those pieces from all over the world through their travels. Everything she does is so beautiful, including her! They remodeled this home before moving in just four months ago. It just makes me dream of when John and I will be able to get a home of our own!

We then watched the last session of Conference from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Just as it finished, I went into the kitchen to start making my assignment...dessert. I found a copycat recipe similar to the Blondie Brownie at Applebee's, but it turned out so much better with vanilla ice cream and a homemade maple butter sauce topped with walnuts! At least I know I can always go into cooking if this flying thing doesn't pan out!

It was a great day with family, friends, and great food.

Oreo Truffles, Anyone?

John casually hinted last week about a story told last year in Conference. President Monson said that every time he comes home from the Priesthood Session of General Conference, his wife has homemade donut holes waiting for him. I am pretty good at getting hints, and John wasn't vague at all! So I decided to make him a treat for when he came home Saturday night after watching the session with a bunch of men. These are Oreo Truffles, which require a whole three ingredients to make and are yummy! One of John's favorite foods is Oreo Cookies, and these are the suped-up version to make anyone's mouth water! He liked them. Good tradition.

A Little Cupcake Love

We were going to get together at my brother, Jeff, and his wife, Megan's house, and I decided to take an extra treat for people to snack on during Conference on Sunday. Since becoming almost obsessed with, I borrowed one of her recipes and ideas to made these little cuties. They were a hit! Not only did they turn out looking well, but they tasted incredible! I am trying to take more photo-savvy pictures, but it is tough when I don't have much outside light because we live in a basement apartment. Oh well! They were still snatched up like they were goin' outta style!
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