Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The yummies

It's getting to be that time of the year where goodies start arriving at my door. O.k. I actually don't get that many showing up at my door but I would LOVE some. And should the main reason you aren't delivering the goods to my house be because you are in a recipe stump, well you're in LUCK!

Our next activity will be the Recipe Exchange.
Basically email your recipe to so I can put together a little recipe booklet (we'll have hard copies for those who want them and can email to those who want the electronic version instead). Next is the most important part: MAKE that dish and BRING it to share.

Sounds like fun right?

Well it can and only will be with everyone participating and bringing something yummy to taste! Who doesn't like a new recipe? And who doesn't like drooling praise from their peers? I thought so.

Mark your calendars then! Thursday, November 11th! 7-8:30pm. Submit a recipe, make it to bring for tasting and come mingle. Win-win-win!

And if you happen to want to drop off some goodies at my house too....I'll make sure to leave the porch light on for you!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


First off, thanks to ALL the help provided to make our last activity so fantastic. Great testimonies and stories were shared and I saw some pretty impressive apples being made as well!

Secondly, this is for those of you who requested copies of the quotes displayed at our last RS activity and those unable to make it!

“The peril of this century is spiritual apathy. As the body requires sunlight, good food, proper exercise, and rest, so the spirit of man requires the sunlight of the holy Spirit; proper exercise of the spiritual functions; avoiding of evils that affect spiritual health, which are more ravaging in their effects than typhoid fever, pneumonia, or other diseases that attack the body” (Gospel Ideals [1953], 360).

Gym Membership: Church Attendance

“But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life” (Alma 32:41)

Trainer: Holy Ghost

James E. Talmage explained, “The office of the Holy Ghost in His ministrations among men is described in scripture. He is a teacher sent from the Father; and unto those who are entitled to His tuition He will reveal all things necessary for the soul’s advancement.” (The Articles of Faith (1924))

Stretching: Prayer

Among the most important of spiritual exercises is prayer. It engenders harmony with God and a desire to keep His commandments. Prayer is a key to wisdom, virtue, and humility.

Weight lifting: Gospel Knowledge

“Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God: his existence, powers, love, and promises. …

“If we spend our mortal days in accumulating secular knowledge to the exclusion of the spiritual then we are in a dead-end street, for this is the time for man to prepare to meet God; this is the time for faith to be built. …

“Secular knowledge, important as it may be, can never save a soul nor open the celestial kingdom” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, edited by Edward L. Kimball [1982], 390).

Nutrition: Scripture Study

“Its appeal is as timeless as truth, as universal as mankind. It is the only book that contains within its covers a promise that by divine power the reader may know with certainty of its truth….Its origin is miraculous; when the story of that origin is first told to one unfamiliar with it, it is almost unbelievable. But the book is here to be felt and handled and read. No one can dispute its presence. …

“No other written testament so clearly illustrates the fact that when men [and women] and nations walk in the fear of God and in obedience to His commandments, they prosper and grow, but when they disregard Him and His word, there comes a decay that, unless arrested by righteousness, leads to impotence and death” (“A Testimony Vibrant and True,” President Hinckley, Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2005, 4–5).

Monday, October 4, 2010


Don't forget our Apple a Day activity THIS Thursday, October 7th at 7pm!

Hope to see you all there!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

An Apple A Day sign up sheet!

O.k. I got the sign up sheet(s) back and had to do a little consolidating since I have a few more people signed up on one thing than another (due to multiple sheets being passed out!). So here is the break down:

Candy Choppers: Megan O'Brien & Rosie Morgan (Rosie I moved you to candy, hope that's o.k.!), Ann Nelson, Danielle Henson& Amy Kennedy

Graham Cracker & Oreo Crusher: Tammy Cervantes

Caramel Dip Makers: Hanna Martorell & Cori Player

Chocolate Drizzler: Aina Werner

If any of you see the sticks for going into the apples, please let me know. I'm having a hard time finding them!

Other than that, I have the stuff and will be bringing it on Sunday. If for some reason you won't be there, let me know so I can get it to you.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

An Apple a Day--Maintaining Spiritual Health

We have our next activity scheduled!

When: October 7, 2010
Where: Cultural Hall
Time: 7-8:30pm
What: Getting motivated to stay spiritually fit.
Treat: Caramel Apples!!!!

Mark your calendars and invite a friend :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Alright. After much thought and research, we are going to revamp our next activity. It was getting little too complicated and more like just a taste tester thing with no really spiritual value which is really what we should be leaning towards with these activities. Also, originally the purpose was to show how to "hide" veggies in commonly liked foods for those with picky eaters. Then I came across this:

And I agree that the only way to teach good eating habits to our kids (and ourselves) is to show the food in their true form and dress them up in various ways with sauces and spices. Basically Experiment!

So here's another idea.

I want to call it "An Apple a Day--how to feed yourself spiritually"

We'll focus on getting spiritually healthy.

We'll discuss how to do a spiritual check-up and maintain the soul as well.

Then make caramel apples...because 1) we can, 2) they are delicious, and 3) they would symbolize the great inner core you have that you can only make better with piling on the scripture reading, temple attending......yeah I'm stretching but caramel apples sound really good right now.

Thoughts? Added twists to amp up the fun?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Votes are in and Schedule Change

Votes have been tallied (not many but whatever) and we will be doing the "Deceptive Cooking" as our next activity.


We will not be doing it in August :( With family in town, a trip to Lake Powell and the State Fair, I've postponed it to September!

Keep checking back for the exact date!

Also notice a change in scheduling for future dates. We did a little shifting!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


From the way the vote (see side bar) is going, I think our first mini activity will be the Deceptive Cooking.


I'm going to need at least 3 volunteers: One person to be in charge of one recipe. We will have a total of 3 recipes and they will be easy peasy. Trust me. And if you have someone you want to recruit to help you, then great! Please do!

Basically you'll demonstrate how it's done at the activity and then let the ladies have at it.

Also, don't worry, we'll not only give you the recipe but ALSO the stuff to make it.

If you're interested in sharing of your time and talent for this activity, let me know! We can't do it without some awesome volunteers.

~Mahana Petersen

ps. bonus is if you're a volunteer, you'll be there first and get first tastings of everything!!!!!! lucky lucky you! Oh and many many blessings for making my life easier :)

***EDIT (6/19/10): We can have more than one person "man" a recipe table so don't hold back even if we get three volunteers!

Friday, June 4, 2010


Thanks to all the ladies who came out to the Pioneer Peak Relief Society Fashion Swap!We had a great turn out and great finds! Oh and yummy treats to sustain us as we browsed.
Hope you all are enjoying your cleaned up closets and new treasures...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In the Loop

Just because I like you all so much, I figured I ought to give you a glimpse into what's going on in my head in regards to Pioneer Peaks Relief Society's activities.

My MAIN Goal:

To hold four (4) major activities each year. These will be “general” enough that it should excite Relief Society Ladies of all ages and interests to participate, PLUS completely non-member and inactive "friendly".

Our first one will be the June 3rd "Fashion" SWAP. {See Blog posting after this one.}

My MINI Goal:

Hold a minimum of 3 “specific” activities to be held in-between the “major” ones. They will be based on feedback from YOU, the Relief Society women. As the date for a "mini" activity comes closer, I will put a couple of ideas up for a vote!

To keep things simple on the "minis", the focus will be on activities that fall within the following categories:
• Crafts
• Cooking
• Motherhood

Sometimes your choice will be the winner and other times it won't. We obviously can't have an activity that pleases everyone but I'm hoping with a simple vote, we can at least please most. Fingers crossed. It'll be a work in progress and if it seems like voting isn't working, then we'll go to Plan B. Let me know if any of you have a Plan B :)

Thanks Ladies! Hope to see you all at our first activity!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pioneer Peak RS Fashion SWAP!

WHEN: Thursday June 3, 2010 at 7pm-8:30pm (SWAP will officially begin at 7:30p but be there by 7p so we can display your goods!)

WHERE: At the Church (but hopefully outside!!!)

WHY: We all have things in our closet that we have grown tired of or simply do not use anymore. Chances are you will NEVER wear that shirt you insist on saving for that “special” occasion. Why not give those items the possibility of a new life and give yourself a chance to go on a little free “shopping” spree?

The Bribe: Yummy treats will be served

The Details:

What can I bring?

As long as it is in New, Almost New, or Good condition, you could bring: jeans, skirts, jackets, shirts, shoes, purses, bags, scarves, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, sunglasses, baby clothes, maternity clothes or even nail polish.

Is there a limit to how many items I can bring? If I bring 10 items, do I go home with 10?

Nope. We are keeping this simple. If you like it, it’s yours. You may bring a lot and leave with a little or bring a little and leave with a lot. But please bring at least one (1) item. And don’t forget to bring your own “shopping” bag!

What if I bring something and no one takes it home?

This is the BEST part. All items that do not find a new home will be given to the women’s shelter where they will brighten up the wardrobe of another special woman.