Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Cake with cream cheese frosting

Keaton's birthday cake - I made this for the seminary kids this morning - it was a hit!
Looks like an average cake to me in the picture, but it is yummier than it looks - so moist and cinnamony ;)
I altered the ingredients from this cake recipe

1 cup+2 tbsp butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Cream butter with sugar until fluffy and combined. Add eggs 2 at a time.
6 eggs
2 tsp butter vanilla emulsion (can substitute vanilla extract)
1 cup sour cream

In a separate bowl, sift together:
2 cups flour
1 cup cake flour
1/3 cup corn starch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 small pkg dry cheesecake jello pudding mix
Add to batter just until mixed.

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp ground cloves
1/2 tbsp nutmeg
1/2 tbsp ground ginger
**(had some left over, I just saved it for snickerdoodles)
Sprinkle 1/4 mixture on bottom of parchment lined cookie/1/2 sheet pan. Spread batter out over top and then remaining topping - swirl into cake batter with a knife. sprinkle a few handfuls of turbinado sugar for a crunch on top if desired.
Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
After cooled, frost.

Cream cheese frosting
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar (or less - just taste it so it doesn't get too sweet)
1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
Half this recipe for this cake because you don't need it all either - just drizzle it over the cake.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Youth theme 2011 - we seek after these things

Third graphic I designed for the the LDS youth 2011 theme, first one found here, second one found here:
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Youth theme 2011 - we believe

Second graphic I designed for the 2011 theme, first one found here:
item found at
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Revelation Handout - VT message April 2011

Visiting Teaching message April 2011.
handout found here
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Preparing to go to the Temple Handout

Lesson 17, Manual 3: Preparing to go to the temple.
handout found at
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Temple Endowment Handout

This is a very special photo - we took it on the day we were married in the San Diego temple =)
Lesson 16, Manual 3: Temple Endowment
handout found at
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Brady Eagle Scout Fundraiser

Order lunches HERE.

I’m Brady and I need to earn $800 for materials for my Eagle Scout project, the rest will be donated by local businesses.

Thank you for your support in advance =D


Building a deck on a restored farmhouse in Duvall WA

I have to design, buy material, prep, cut, build & seal I’ll be learning a lot!


Bagged lunches available (Redmond, Carnation & Duvall areas) for purchase for delivery on Saturday, April 2 between 11:15 am and 12:45 pm for $10 each. Discount for 5 or more being delivered to same address is $9 each. Sorry, no cancellations or refunds =( But you could sell your order to someone. Please update me in the event this takes place.

Pay total through PayPal or check. Email if you need my address for mailing a check.


Can you help build a deck? It’s set for April 9th at 9 am

Location address: 26526 NE Cherry Valley Road

Snacks and drinks provided

RSVP by facebook, personal email or by leaving a comment

Donate: - pay by PayPal to my personal email or by check. Thank you!

What else could you help with?

Delivery drivers on Saturday, April 2

Baking brownies or cookies by Friday, April 1 (not an April Fool’s joke)

Prep work for bagged lunches Friday, April 1

Assembling lunches on Saturday, April 2

Something we didn’t think of? =)

Order lunches HERE.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

YW handout for Legacy

Lesson #14, Manual 3 We have a wonderful Legacy:
handout found at (only have to buy the image once, then print out as many copies as you need - but please don't share or redistribute the file - thanks!)
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Priesthood can bless Families

Lesson 13, Manual 3 Priesthood can bless families:
handout found at under tab YW manual 3 lesson 13 - once purchased you can print off as many copies as you need, just do not redistribute or share file - thank you.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Blessings of the Priesthood

Lesson 12, Manual 3 Blessings of the Priesthood:
Handout for sale found at
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Family Activities Handout

Manual 3 - Handout for Family Activities, lesson 10 or Family Unity lesson 9 or Extended Family Relationships lesson 11:
Want the handout - it's found at
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Come what may, and love it

Handout for YW lesson#9 Manual 3, Family Unity
Took this quote from a General Conference Talk by Joseph Wirthlin.
handout found at (only have to buy the image once, then print out as many copies as you need - but please don't share or redistribute the file - thanks!)
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Daughters in my Kingdom

I designed a handout for the lesson I am giving on Daughters in my Kingdom by Julie B. Beck - General Relief Society meeting:
Graphic for sale at for $1.
I just printed off the image and taped it on a peppermint patty candy since the candy is round ):
And I put together a little slide show for the end of my lesson:

the link is found here
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Friday, March 4, 2011

baptism gifts

Cute little picture frame with my fav baptism photo:

Plain bag . . . well, it's not that plain ;)a little graphic I designed, reversed the image and printed it out on iron-on paper:
Graphic for sale at
And the final project:I heart you Claire! =)
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness

So cute . . . these boys didn't get in trouble or have to do this and they certainly didn't do it for any girls, teenage boys did a 'feel good' act and they got recognized this time (they clean up a few times a year):
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