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The Great Gatsby Inspiration Board

March 29th, 2014 by Mareeyah

It’s the 40th anniversary of the release of the third The Great Gatsby movie today!

In celebration, I’ve composed a The Great Gatsby themed inspiration board. Whether you’re wanting to have your wedding, next birthday party, or simply a get together with friends to have this theme, this board would be a good start.

Below the board, you’ll also find links to where you can get the items on the board…and as I love supporting talented artists and crafters who are in small businesses, all these stuff are found in Etsy. :-) So, enjoy!

Peep Toe Pumps by Parisxox

Crystal Earrings by Anna Sinclair

Head Piece by Agnes Hart

Ostrich Feathers by Gatsby Feathers

Wedding Signs Package by Typrose

Table Numbers by ZCreateDesign

Necklace Set by Dalfiya

Invitations by Red Barn Stationery

Crystal Dress by Poppy Vintage Style

Pastillas De Yema

March 18th, 2014 by Mareeyah

For our Relief Society anniversary celebration this year, we were asked to bring a dish from/using items from our food storage. As soon as I opened our little pantry, the first thing I saw was a can of condensed milk. It was one of the most recent items I bought, that’s why.

Condensed milk, eggs… how about I make a good ol’ Filipino dish for dessert? A bowl of Yema perhaps?

Exactly!

Earlier in the week, I thought I’d try cooking yema on Wednesday afternoon. It was my day off from work and it was the day before the RS activity, so it would be a good time to try making this dish I have often eaten since childhood, but have never cooked before.

I suppose many Filipino families have cooked yema tons of times before. When I was in grade school, it was a popular item for my classmates to sell in our class. They’d have small yema balls, rolled in granulated sugar. When I was in third grade, there was even a rumour that if you shake a container full of yema, the act will make the yema poisonous. I seriously have no idea how this crazy rumour started! As a cheeky kid, I did just that to my classmate’s little Tupperware full of yema – I shook it. Just a couple of seconds of shaking. She cried. She believed no one will buy her yema anymore because it had turned poisonous. (An old grade school classmate of mine had a chat about this on Facebook the other day, and we were so close to rolling on the floor laughing at this insane story, at how cruel I was and how gullible my classmate was.) But I believe she was still able to sell the yema, because these goodies are just so irresistibly yummy.

Enough of the story now, here we go with my recent culinary adventure… I originally got the recipe from PanlasangPinoy.com, but during the process, I just had to tweak it a bit. Here’s how I made my yema:

Ingredients:

2 slices (or 3 tbsps) of salted organic butter (I just estimated the amount, but it looked something like this:)

4 small fresh egg yolks, well-beaten (from our free range chickens)

1 can condensed milk
3 tablespoons finely chopped roasted cashew nuts (unsalted)
Powdered milk

Procedure:
Heat the butter in a small saucepan until it has thoroughly melted. Add the condensed milk, stirring constantly.

After a while, gradually add the egg yolks, stirring continuously all the while.

After a couple of minutes, add the chopped cashew nuts. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens (approximately 15-20 minutes).


Remove from fire and transfer into a plate. Scoop the mixture into a bowl with the powdered milk, leaving as much excess oil/butter as you can in the plate.


Mix with the powdered milk thoroughly, until the mixture can be easily formed into a ball, but taking care that it’s not too dry to stick together.

Let the mixture cool down a bit. Then, scoop a spoonful of the mixture and roll it into a ball, using the palms of your hands. Repeat this until you have turned all of the mixture into yema balls.

Roll each ball into powdered milk before serving.

March 2014 – Visiting Teaching Packs

March 17th, 2014 by Mareeyah

This month, my visiting teaching companion is still recovering from an operation and thus, unable to visit. I was so inspired by the amazing visiting teaching packs that many thoughtful and creative sisters have shared about on Pinterest and elsewhere online, that I thought I’d get creative with what I’m going to give to the sisters in my visiting teaching list too.

Since this month’s message is about Jesus Christ being the Light of the World, I immediately thought of what I can include that can be symbolic to a light. A torch? A candle? A jar of fireflies? (kidding with that last one!)

How about nice scented candles? Hmmm… sounds good. I hopped over to eBay and tried to find a local small business selling some handmade candles. Of course, I could have just gone to Woolworths and bought a pack of tea candles. But I want to support local small businesses. I want to support small business that sell handmade products. Fortunately, I found one such thing on eBay. I placed an order immediately, right at the beginning of this month. :-)

My lovely soy candles arrived this week. The seller was quite a lovely person, and even asked me beforehand if she could delay posting the candles, as she didn’t want to mail then during those hot days earlier this week and risk destroying the candles while on transit.

When they arrived, I got to work right away, experimenting with ribbons, embellishments, and other words to include. In an old New Era magazine, via lds.org, I found a song called “Light of the World” by Stacie Perkins. I don’t know the tune, but I thought the message was perfect to share.

Finally, since every woman loves chocolates, I just had to include some. :-D Those extra calories could be helpful in giving extra energy to keep the light shining.

Here’s the visiting teaching pack I came up with:

And a closer look…

My sisters were thrilled when they got it! I’m so happy that they loved it!

PMT – Nonoy Sings To Lola-Eve

March 16th, 2014 by Mareeyah

It was our ward conference the other Sunday. I thought I’d just do a review of songs for Primary singing time.

I based our singing time activity on 2 factors:

1. Being the second Sunday of the month, I expected the lesson for week 2 to be taught for Sharing Time, which was about repentance. (The stake primary leaders taught a repeat of week one lesson however).

2. That weekend was Moomba Festival in Melbourne.

With these in mind, I came up with a little story. Meet the little boy in the story: His name is Nonoy (which is one of my nephew’s many nicknames at home).

One day, Nonoy was did something very cheeky. Mummy found out about it and she was not very happy. So she said, “Nonoy, because you were a very bad boy, we are not going to the Moomba Festival anymore.”

Nonoy was very sad. He was looking forward to going to the festival so he could ride on the carousel and play games and win prizes and eat fairy floss and see the fireworks.

After a while, Mummy felt sorry for Nonoy, so she said, “Nonoy, if you do something good, maybe I will change my mind.”

What can Nonoy do?

Nonoy loved to sing Primary songs, so he thought he could visit Lola-Eve, the lonely old lady next door, everyday and sing to her to cheer her up. Lola-Eve loved to listen to Nonoy’s singing.

Nonoy also had another great idea. He thought he’d invite the Primary kids to sing with him. He thought they sing very beautifully.

Mummy liked Nonoy’s idea, so the next day, Nonoy and the Primary kdis went to Lola-Eve’s house. But what song shall they sing?

(At this point, I told the kids that Nonoy and the kids got ideas on what to sing from what they saw or what happened each day. I got one kid at a time to pick a piece of paper from a little bucket. Here are what I had on them:)

– Jacob arrived wearing a shirt that says “We are as the Army of Helaman.” (We’ll Bring the World His Truth)

– Nonoy’s friend saw a newborn babe. He remembers a song with the words, “…a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.” (He Sent His Son)

– James said, “I’m hungry!” Kiandra said, “Oh, I have some popcorn here. You want some? I also have apricots from our apricot tree.” (Popcorn Popping)

– Charlotte came late. She said, “Oh I couldn’t stop reading my Book of Mormon stories.” Joseph said, “About the Lamanites in ancient history?” She said, “Yes.” (Book of Mormon Stories)

– Nonoy saw a velvet rose and a lilac tree. He said, “Hmmmm…I think Heavenly Father loves me, because he gave me eyes to see these.” (My Heavenly Father Loves Me)

– Meridian told everyone, “We went to see the movie Frozen yesterday. There was a snowman in the movie.” (Once There Was A Snowman)

– Charlotte said, “When it rains, I like to build a paper boat, but my older brothers believe it would not float, so they laugh at me.” (Nephi’s Courage)

– They saw a gift on Lola-Eve’s table, so they chose to sing a song that starts with “My life is a gift…” (I Will Follow God’s Plan)

Due to time constraints, I had only about four or five kids have a turn picking a paper from the bucket.

At the conclusion, I told them that because Nonoy enjoyed singing to Lola-Eve that they became good friends after this, and that Mummy was so happy with Nonoy’s act of service to Lola-Eve that she decided to forgive Nonoy and go to the Moomba Festival after all.)