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Thursday, October 27, 2011


ROASTED CHICKPEAS (from http://www.sweetpeaskitchen.com/)

Serves: 8

Points+: 4

2 (15 ounce) cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Dash cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain and rinse chickpeas in a colander under running water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and spices. Add chickpeas and toss until coated with spice mixture. Spread chickpeas out on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, shaking the pan occasionally, until the chickpeas are slightly brown and crunchy, 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly before serving. Adjust seasoning to taste.


"Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.

God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him." --Dieter F. Uchdorf


Gems from Dieter F. Uchdorf's fabulous talk, "Forget Me Not"

(view this talk in its entirety at http://lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/forget-me-not?lang=eng)

"Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love."

"Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name—you are the daughters of His kingdom."

"My dear sisters, you are closer to heaven than you suppose. You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine. "

"Let us not walk the path of discipleship with our eyes on the ground, thinking only of the tasks and obligations before us. Let us not walk unaware of the beauty of the glorious earthly and spiritual landscapes that surround us."

"My dear sisters, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come. The gospel is a light that penetrates mortality and illuminates the way before us."

"The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy."

"Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life."

"Our journey toward perfection is long, but we can find wonder and delight in even the tiniest steps in that journey."

"Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It’s wonderful that you have strengths. And it is part of your mortal experience that you do have weaknesses."


Wow! I cannot believe that my last post was in July! I am so sorry to leave you all hanging! It amazes me how much has happened in that short window of time.

I have left Farmers Insurance altogether, since they were not able to pay me what I deserved. I am now working in Roy as the Office Manager of an Allstate office. I dearly love my new job. The agent I work for is very kind and has allowed me to choose my own hours. This office seems a lot more relaxed, so it is much easier for me to not bring work home with me. I am also stilling filling in at Blomquist Hale Consulting from time to time. Tyler is still working at Triumph, though he is now working the graveyard shift, which frees up his days for school and allows me to work as well. He has been accepted into the Math Education program and is still doing very well in all his classes.

On the weight loss front, I am thrilled to announce that I have now lost 50 pounds!!! I am so very grateful for the support of my family and friends, and most of all, to my Heavenly Father and to the Savior. I could never have done this on my own. . . believe me, I've tried! I am so happy to be back at Weight Watchers. It is such a wonderful program and it really does fit my crazy life perfectly. I am so sorry for not posting more, but I am grateful that after more than a year and a half of posting about my aspirations to lose weight and gain health, I am now LIVING it! With all my meal planning, tracking, cooking, exercising, and going to WW meetings, it has become necessary for my to limit the time I spend online. That being said, I will try to post periodically, just to let you know how things are going. Thanks again, readers, for always believing in me! I love you!