You Grow Girl!

April showers bring May flowers!

However, May has brought plenty of it’s own rain to Utah this year.

Are you getting rain?

Ministering for the month of May, I made these adorable handouts for my ministering sisters.

I was shopping recently at Joanns, when I happened upon these adorable mugs!

The saying was too cute to pass up. So I came up with this ministering gift idea.

What You Need:

Flowers

Cardstock

Toothpicks

Printer

Tape

Print:

Individual Growth – Russell M. Nelson

How to Make:

These mugs are sold out now unfortunately! However you could make your own mug using a silhouette machine and vinyl.

Or you can order this mug I found on Amazon!

You Grow Girl – Mug

If you don’t have a vinyl machine or don’t have the time to wait, use this tag I made.

You Grow Girl – Tag

I found a reasonable priced flower at my nearby Lowe’s, in their garden center. Each flower only cost me $2.50.

I transferred each flower directly into each mug. However, if you buy a smaller flower, you might need to add more potting soil to the mug.

Once your plant has been replanted, print the PDF tags and cut them out.

Using a toothpick and a piece of tag, attach the toothpick to the back of the tag.

Once your tag is complete, place the toothpick in the soil.

Thoughts by L:

I really loved this quote from President Russell M. Nelson.

“We are responsible for individual spiritual growth.”

Thinking a beautiful flower would make the perfect reminder of personal growth.

Like the flowers requires to be taken care of and nourished in order to grow, we have to make sure our spirits are properly maintained in order to flourish.

You Grow Girl!

Remember, you are the only one responsible for your personal growth.

Bran-ana Bread

One of my favorite things to do is bake! Cooking… not so much. I cook out of necessity but I prefer to bake!

Growing up my mom would make bread often. Especially, to go with our dinner during the winter. Homemade white bread with beef stew… Yum!

My dad loves homemade bread and always calls dibs on the heal. Which was fine by me! I don’t like the heal that much anyways. It’s too crunchy and dry for my liking.

Anyway…

Banana bread has always been one of my favorites! It’s usually my go to bread, if I ever need a warm and healthy baked good.

For years I have baked my mother’s amazing banana bread recipe. I’ll have to share that one later! It is sweet and really moist.

(Sorry to any of you who hate that word! But it’s the perfect word to describe bread.) 🤷🏻‍♀️

However, recently I came across this recipe for Branana bread.

And no, that is not a typo!

This recipe calls for bran.

Which is a great source of fiber! I actually found this recipe on the back of a Kellogg’s All Bran cereal box.

This banana bread recipe is dense and more filling thanks to the bran.

Branana Bread Recipe

Yields 1 Loaf

1 cup All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 cup Kellogg’s All Bran Original Cereal

1 cup Smashed Banana

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/4 cup Butter, softened

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Walnuts

How to Make

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together bran cereal, bananas, eggs, vanilla. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until cereal softens.

In a large electric mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until thoroughly combined.

Add flour alternatively, with cereal mixture. Mix well after each addition. Stir in walnuts.

Spread evenly in a bread loaf pan, coated with cooking spray.

*Note – These recipe only makes 1 loaf. I double my ingredients to make 2 loaves.

Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Serve warm or cold. Store in airtight container.

Thoughts by L

This is my new favorite recipe for banana bread. I hope you will try it! I know you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Once you’ve tried it, let me know what you think!

Stay warm out there. If you have to go out in the rain, at least your stomach will be warm!

Girl, Wash Your Face!

I really enjoyed reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis!

To read the book, click on the link below.

Girl, Wash Your Face

I love to read and this was one book, I couldn’t put down.

It is a wonderful book that helps debunk, a lot of our personal negative thoughts and self doubt. While helping motivate, inspire and encourage you to keep moving.

To persevere. Challenging you to become the best version of yourself, you can be.

I think every women should read this book! Rachel is a great writer, who will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

She helps you come to realize what’s truly important in life. As women, we tend to get to worked up in various insignificant variables. We usually find ourselves trying too hard to fit in. Causing us to lose ourselves along the way or our true identity.

If you need an easy read that is sure to lift your spirits, this is it.

Girl, Wash Your Face!

Winnie the Pooh

Hahaha… 😂

Anyone know? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I literally laughed out loud when I read this!

Being so tall, finding long shirts is already hard enough… STOP making them shorter!

I know crop tops are in but I would prefer not to look like Winnie the Pooh. 🍯

Date Night, Gift Box

What You Need:

Scrapbook Paper

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Ruler

Pencil

Tape

Small Box

Gift cards

(I used 4 gift cards but you can do more or less. Just be sure to purchase additional paper if needed)

How to Make:

Start by measuring the inside of your box. Make sure it is wide enough to fit a gift card in. It needs to be alerted than an earnings or ring box. Make sure it is rectangular.

Using the measurement for the inside of the box, take your scrapbook paper and cut it down to size. I cut one page in half and was able to get two sheets out of it.

Their wedding colors were red and blue, so I decided to use red scrapbook paper for their gift. I would suggest using a solid color, so that the pattern doesn’t clash with designs on your gift cards.

Then I measured the width of my box, to know how wide the folds would need to be in the paper. After they were marked, I used my amazing Martha Stewart Scoring Board to make smooth folds.

If you haven’t seen one of these before they are fantastic! These make smooth lines that are easy to fold. Without making wrinkles in the paper. You know what I’m talking about!

You can make some really neat things with it. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby but you can also find it on Amazon or other craft stores.

Scoring Board

If you choose to, you can make a half inch tab on each end of each page. Which I used to secure the paper inside the box, by glueing it to the inside of the box, as shown below.

Once the lines are scored, I used an accordion method to fold the paper. Back and forth, the opposite direction with each fold. Like so…

Here you can see one page is scored, while the other is already folded.

Now glue both pages together. take one of the small half inch tabs and glue it to the top of the other page. Making sure NOT to glue it to the half inch tab on the other page.

Glue the half in tab to the regular width tab like in the image above. Leaving the half tabs exposed to glue to the lids.

I collected my gift cards and made sure to write the dollar amount on the back with a sharpie.

Swig- “When you need a drink to beat the summer heat!”

Chic fi la- “When you need a bite to eat!”

Movies- “When you need something to do!”

Cold Stone- “When you need a sweet treat!”

If you choose to do the same thing, I will attach the pdf for the sayings if you want to use them.

Date Night Sayings

With a glue stick, I attached the paper sayings. To attach the gift cards to the paper, I used a hot glue. Squeeze a small dot of glue in the center of the page, letting it cool for a couple of seconds before pressing the card on top.

TaDa! Simple as that.

I made my own bow out of paper, which I glued to the top of the lid. So simple to make and very adorable. Perfect for occasions when you need a bow but don’t have one!

A blog post on how to make them, to come!

Thoughts by L:

Our sweet friend recently got married! We were beyond thrilled that he found someone he truly loves, to build a life together.

We wanted to give them something fun, instead of making a quick click using their wedding registry.

So that’s when I decided to make them a gift card, date night box. It was so simple, I thought I would share!

Perfect for weddings, thank you gifts or Christmas.

Do It Anyways

A few years after I got married, I was busy finishing my bachelors degree.

It was a difficult semester with a large workload. But knowing things always work out when I serve others; I decided do something kind for someone else, in the midst of all my work.

I later experienced an encounter with that individual, that was not very pleasant. I felt disappointed, rejected, and a little hurt.

I remember mentioning it to my mother and a few weeks later, she had gifted me this exact quote in a frame.

This quote from Mother Teresa really struck a cord with me. It was exactly what I had experienced several weeks previous.

Not only did this quote bring me peace, it also reminded me to persevere.

To continue to serve, be kind and do good.

I choose to do those things, because I want to! However, I cannot choose how others will react.

The lesson I learned was this…

To do it anyways!

Serve. Be kind. Give your best, anyways.

Jalapeño Lime Chips

These are delicious!

You are going to want to buy some of these as soon as possible.

They remind me think of cool ranch Doritos but so much better… 🤤

I love to dip them in salsa, guacamole or hummus.

I purchase mine from my local Costco.

If you don’t have a Costco or a membership, try your local grocery store. Walmart, Target and Smith’s carry these chips, depending on your location.

However, I know for a fact you can find order them on Amazon!

What did we do before Amazon…?

Try these!

I promise you’ll love them!