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Monday, April 25, 2011

Orange Knots

12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but cold
1 medium orange rind, grated
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix grated orange rind with sugar. Roll each roll into a 9-inch rope. Tie in a loose knot. Roll each knot in melted butter and then in rind/sugar mixture. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size. Remove wrap. Bake at 350* 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Brush with citrus glaze while still warm.
I tried this recipe and thought it was easy and good. Next time I'll use my own roll recipe and instead of making cinnamon rolls make orange knots. Yum!

Alkali Creek Ward Relief Society Meeting

The Alkali Creek Ward Relief Society Presidency chose the theme of Closer to Christ for their evening Relief Society Meetings. For April's meeting they had a guest speaker talk about how to improve their scripture reading and then scrapbooked a darling photograph book. I was able to attend and thought you might like to see some pictures. What a nice evening out with your sisters. Thank-you!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lake Hills Birthday Celebration

This week the Stake Relief Society visited Lake Hills Relief Society Birthday Celebration.

The tables were set with cheerful spring decorations. It made me smile just to sit at the table!

Do you see the yellow peep? So cute!

Here's a close-up of the centerpiece--simple but lovely.

Sister Sidona Wagstaff set the mood with beautiful prelude music.

Lake Hills served a delicious chicken casserole, green beans side, fruit salad, and a dinner roll. Yummy!

They ended the evening with birthday cake and ice cream.

The program began with some remarks from Bishop Jay Stott.

Tana Baker spoke next. She is a newlywed, recently married in the Billings temple. She spoke about her experience and the blessings of being sealed in the temple.

Sister Morrison, Matron of the Billings Temple was the concluding speaker. She gave a wonderful and inspirational talk about the temple.

Sister Gwen Selfridge and Sister Ruth Corey sang the closing song, which was written by Senator Orrin Hatch.

Some of the sister of Lake Hills Ward

It was a wonderful evening, full of inspiring talks, music, beautiful decorations, and tasty food. 
It made me want to go to the temple more often!
Thanks, Lake Hills, for letting us join you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Relief Society Temple Days





Please join with your sisters in the Stake for a session at the temple. A light lunch is served on Friday in the cafeteria after the session and light refreshments shared after the evening session. See you there.

BILLINGS FAMILY HISTORY CENTER is now available at the Family History Center at Avenue D Chapel. This website is a favorite of many people trying to research their family lines and if you have ever watched the TV show, Who do you think you Are?, you've seen how useful this website can be. This is a "paid" site, meaning that to see all of the information they have you will have to pay a fee. The Church has made this resource available to everyone without cost by visiting this site on the computers at the family history centers.

Tues. 10am-5pm

Wed. & Thur. 10am-8pm

Fri. 10am-2pm

Closed Monday and Saturday

1711 6th West
Consider this a personal invitation to visit the Family History Center here in Billings. Encourage your non-member friends or less active family members to visit the library. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to watch at least part of General Conference this past weekend. I was able to watch Sunday morning session with my daughter and her family. One of the songs sung was The Spirit of God. Between sessions my granddaughter and I were in the kitchen fixing lunch and she was singing this song. She said, "I just can't get it out of my head" and now I can't either. I'll always remember this little darling singing "we'll scream and we'll shout". An article in the February Ensign says, "Singing hymns can invite the Spirit into our Church meetings, our homes, and our everyday lives." President J. Reuben Clark Jr. of the First Presidency taught, "We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer." What a blessing it is to be able to hear not only Prophets speak but also choirs sing beautiful, inspiring music in the comfort of our own homes. And did you know that the Church has provided a Web site for accessing the hymns? includes music and lyrics that can be read, downloaded, or played as well as instructions for playing hymns and leading music.


Has everyone looked at the cooking blog at I first noticed it in the Mormon Times and then saw an ad for the cookbook. So...two smart, young LDS women have a cooking blog and they have now published a cookbook from their blog recipes. The blog looks very professional with beautiful photographs and detailed instructions and it's always fun to read the comments. I found some of the recipes easy to print and some not so easy. That could be human error, ya think?!! So...if you are always looking for a new recipe or a twist on an old favorite you might want to check out this blog.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Last year my family attended a family reunion in Island Park, Idaho. This reunion is a big deal. It lasts for 3 days, there is tons of food and boating and a parade and fireworks and more! When my three oldest grandchildren were asked what was the most fun event of the weekend they said, " the night we squeezed all of us into the trailer and played cards and ate junk food."

I thought to myself, "we could do that in the driveway!" So I've started thinking we could pull our little tent trailer, some extra tents, cards and games, food and junk food, all the way to the KOA in Billings, Montana. That would take us about 15 minutes! People could come after work and enjoy some time together and then stay the night or go home and sleep in their own bed!

I know! Sometimes "less is just less." But sometimes "less might be more."


Recently I was able to view an exhibit of Walter Rane's paintings in the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center. The paintings portrayed nineteen scenes from the Book of Mormon. They were amazing! It was a wonderful surprise and blessing to see these paintings. The cover of the April 2011 Ensign is a reproduction of a Walter Rane painting entitled, Peace I Leave With You and one of my favorites is in the February 2011 Ensign entitled, Mary Heard His Word. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. You can see more of his paintings online at