Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Books I'm reading.

I go through reading spurts.  I love to read a) on a trip and b) in bed at night.  I've got two books   that I am SUPER excited to delve into.

Girl in Translation

I've been wanting to read this one for quite some time now and was super excited to FINALLY find it at my library.  

Synopsis:  When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles. 

One Day by David Nicholls

The movie version of this is coming out soon so my goal is to have it read by then.  Can't wait!  

Synopsis: Emma Morley and Dexter Meyhew, meet properly for the first time on the 15th July 1988, the night of their graduation from University.
We meet them again, on the same day each year for the next twenty years.Each chapter of the book, covers Emma and Dexter’s lives on that day, following their lives, loves and tribulations, and more importantly their enduring friendship.You see, Emma and Dexter have one of those friendships, that is so strong and deep it is often to the detriment of others in their lives
P.S. Have you read THE HELP yet?  It is a MUST.  My favorite book in a LONG time.  Movie opens up next Wednesday.

Service Scavenger Hunt {YW activity idea}.

Because my sister is also the YW president of her ward...I am posting this fun activity that our youth group did last night.  The girls seemed to have A LOT of fun!  We split into 4 different groups...each group had an adult leader as their driver.  The object was to complete ALL 10 tasks and come back to the church FIRST to be counted as the official winner!  I contacted most of the families ahead of time so that they knew we'd be stopping by their homes... and filled their names into the blank spots.  I also mixed up the sequence on each of the 4 team's sheets, so that not everyone was at the same place at the same time.  Make sense?  Here's what they had to do:

Service Scavenger Hunt

1.  Go to the gas station on Riggs and Gilbert and each member must wash someone’s car window.

2.  Go to Albertsons and help someone inside the store checking out…carry out their groceries.

3.  Hand out a Book of Mormon to one person in the shopping center.  Tell them why you love that book.

4.  You each need to put away 2 stray shopping carts found in the parking lot.  Please place them back in the store {Albertsons} where they belong.

5.  Go to the ________ house and give them a spiritual thought…..your favorite scripture!

6.  Deliver your plate of goodies to Sis. Patton’s house and tell her THANK YOU for all she has done serving in the Young Womens

7.  Go to the __________ house and wash {windex}  their sliding glass door OR front windows.

8.  Go to the ___________ house and sweep their front porch free of dirt and leaves.

9.  Go to the ___________ house and pick weeds for 5 minutes.

10. Come back to the church and find ONE ACT OF SERVICE to do around or inside of the building.

  There were boxes of candy for the winning team.  Everyone worked so well together and it was {I think?} a big success!

Monday, August 1, 2011

2 Dessert ideas I LOVE.

I'm always on the lookout for fun dessert ideas I can whip up and take to friends and these two found through the blog-o-sphere, do not disappoint.  


Cheesecake in a jar... spotted on the fabulous blog I Am Baker.  This is a no-bake cheesecake that looks scrumptious.  Add a lid and tie it up with a cute ribbon...attach a spoon and you've got yourself a FUN and UNIQUE treat!  Click HERE for details.

Fruit Rice Krispy Kabobs...found over at She Wears Many Hats. How FUN are THESE?  She uses cookie cutters to cut out the krispie treats and then as an extra special way to serve them...she places the kabobs in a watermelon that's been sliced in half!  Click HERE for details.