We've spent our Saturday watching General Conference. I don't know how much my children get out of it, but I'd like to think it's more like what Elder Bednar said, that the consistency of having conference on in our home will help my children to cultivate a love and appreciation for the words of the Prophet and General Authorities.
So since my heart has been warmed by this conference I thought I'd share this clip on What Matters Most by President Thomas S. Monson, the Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And along with that clip I have a yummy recipe to warm your heart and soul. We made this for our linner (my kids made up that word, it's kind of like brunch, only it's lunch and dinner together, which is what we usually have on Sundays after three hours of church, which run right through lunch) today. This recipe is from my friend Ashley in Arizona, I hope she doesn't mind my sharing it, but I think a recipe this good needs to be shared with the world. I'm not entirely sure that this is the first time I've shared it, I'd have to search through my archives and see, but if I have this one is definitely worth repeating.
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp. curry powder
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 tsp. salt
2 cups cream or milk (I used fat free half and half, and never missed the cream one bit!)
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (I didn't have the real thing so I boiled 2 1/2 cups of water and used chicken bouillon)
Directions: Melt butter in skillet and add sliced onions. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and saute until limp. Sprinkle with curry powder and saute an additional few minutes. In a food processor or blender (don't skip this step, trust me this soup is worth dirtying up your food processor) mix curried onions, pumpkin, and salt. Transfer pumpkin mix to large saucepan and heat slowly with chicken stock, and then add cream.
This is one of my favorite soups ever. Our friends Ashley and Trent had us over to dinner a few years ago when we still lived in Arizona, and she served this soup. I do believe there was another soup, and other goodies present, but this soup stands out in my memory and Travis' as one of the best meals shared with friends, ever. I think you'll like it for sure. And if you're in Arizona and it's not quite cold enough outside to enjoy this soup, just crank up your A/C, put on a sweater, and a little Barry Manilow's Weekend in New England (actually I don't even know that song, but New England conjures up images of Fall leaves in my mind, and that might get you into the Fall mood) and pretend it's cold outside.
And this has nothing whatsoever to do with Fall, soup or conference, but I thought it was funny. Hallie just stepped into my office and said, "Mommy, do I look like a spy?" I said, "totally" and snapped her picture. Apparently the neighborhood kids are playing a game and she was assigned the role of the spy. I love how this little girl gets into character. Notice the pose people. Only spies know how to look that unassuming. I don't think that a hot pink coat and socks make her stand out at all. No, Agent Hallie knows how to blend into a crowd like an incognito mosquito.