Friday, March 14, 2014

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Great news!

Chicken Scratch n Sniff is moving from blogger to its own name:  It will be a little longer before everything transfers over but you can check it out now to see what you think (and let me know!).  I'm working on making things easier to find so you can get more out of it.  You will find that some of the newer lessons will be on our new site while others will still be here.  Please be patient during the process.  Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Thought: Missionary Work

Welcome to a new feature this year: Tuesday's Thought! Please join in this discussion!

I was watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" the other day.  The older I get and the longer I'm married, the more I appreciate that show.  Now that I've been married about the same number of years the Barones, its funnier than ever.  The episode I was watching starts out making you think its going to be all about "the sex talk" but ends up being about the meaning of life.  Ali, the daughter, says something like, "No, I know how I got here, but why am I here?"  As a Latter-day Saint, that answer is so second nature to me.  Its not hard to answer at all.  In fact, our kids don't even need to ask that question.  They have already been taught for years the answer.  By the time they are 8, they know who they are, where they come from, and where they want to go.  That's why they are ready to make the baptismal covenant at 8.  They know.  I found myself, as the episode progressed rooting for the missionaries to ring the doorbell or wondering which of their friends could help them with this answer.  Of course, that never happened and the question was never really answered on the show unless you count "Heaven is really crowded" or "You're born, you work, you die" as an answer.  The episode ends with the children playing happily together as the parents watch on.
Some here are some thoughts that keep lingering with me:

  • I forget how many people are really pondering those questions.  I'm surrounded by like minded people and tend to dismiss that so many are looking.  However, if a whole TV episode can be focused around this one "simple" question, there are a lot out there wondering.  
  • Am I doing my duty as a neighbor?  Is there someone I know that is wondering and here I am holding all the answers and not sharing.  I do try to share but mostly in little ways.  I invite friends to activities.  However, I certainly can be more bold in some of my comments and more intentional about sharing.  

So here's my question for you, my awesome blog readers: What little things do you do everyday to share be a missionary?  What are some of the more bold things you've tried?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

February Challenge

If you've been following me over on Facebook, you know that my Bishop gave our ward a challenge for the month of February that I am excited about.  Our scripture for the year is found in D&C 88:125:
My Bishop challenged all of us to make February a month of Christlike love by doing one act of charity, or one act of service, a day.  It could be something simple like doing all the dishes or something more involved like volunteering at a food bank- just something that you normally wouldn't do. He did it in December and enjoyed it so much, that he is still doing it and invited us all along.  
We really want to encourage the Young Women to take hold of this challenge and help them follow through so for our last activity night, we make Charity Countdowns.  Each countdown includes the scripture above, a Hershey kiss a day to eat after doing the service, and cards for them to leave behind after they did the service that says, "Because I Love You."  We've done the cards in the past in my family and I really like them for 2 reasons: 1. When you find one, it gives you 2 reasons to smile- once because you know they love you and once for the service they did.  2. Sometimes little acts of service might be missed if you are too busy so it makes you notice and be grateful. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bzzing about King Soopers (Kroger) Gift Cards and 2x-4x the Fuel Points!

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a big King Soopers fan.  They have good products, great service, and good deals.  As a BzzAgent, I had the chance to focus on their great gift card promotions.  During certain times of year (usually the holidays), the Kroger family of stores, in my case King Soopers, offers 4x the fuel points when you buy select gift cards.  But even if its not a special promotion, you can always get 2x the fuel points when you buy them.  At King Soopers, you get 1 fuel point per dollar that you spend.  100 fuel points= 10 cents off/gallon.  You can earn up to $1 off!  I love getting cheaper gas just because I'm shopping at a store I love.  I bought gift cards for the teachers at my school at King Soopers and got 4x the fuel points.  It was great to be able to give as well as get something for myself.  So when I spent $25 dollars, I really had another 10 cents off/gallon.  I also really like just going to one store-especially around the holidays when everything is crowded and busy.  I could buy the Lowe's, Target, and restaurant gift cards all in one place. You can often find some great digital promotions for the gift cards too.  If you look in their digital coupon section, you can often find deals with gift cards like spend $30 on a certain gift card, get $10 off your grocery order.  Its really a great deal!   Or buy some Target gift cards and shop like normal at Target, just use the gift cards like cash and save on gas!  You can't buy King Soopers gift cards and get extra fuel points though.

This year, I was in charge of buying the teacher gifts for my daughter's Kindergarten classroom so I bought gift cards at King Soopers (and enjoyed the fuel points during the holiday traveling!) then bought some Christmas storybooks.  I took the gift cards as well as some extra cash and hid them in between the pages of the books.  I gave one to the teacher and one to the teacher's aid.  They loved getting the books and were so surprised when they started to read it and found the gift cards and cash.  It was such a fun way to thank them for all they do as well as add to their book collection at school.  The kids all signed the inside of the books so they can always remember them.  The kids enjoyed hearing a couple of new stories too.

P.S. If you like fuel points, you can also get 3x the fuel points right now when you buy Simple Truth products at King Soopers.  Simple Truth offers affordable natural or organic products so its easy to keep that New Years resolution and save some money!  They have lots of digital coupons that you can download to your King Soopers card right now too!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

BzzReport on Kroger Skillet Meals

As a BzzAgent, I get the opportunity to try lots of new products for free.  Its one of those things that I'm very glad I found out about.  I've discovered new favorite make up products, some great food, and so much more thanks to BzzAgent.  Currently, I'm trying out Kroger Skillet Meals, Kroger Garlic Bread, and Fresh Selections Salad Kits.  
The skillet meals come in several different varieties including Tuscan-Style Penne, Sausage Rigatoni, Penne with Grilled Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, and Chicken Fajitas.  Unfortunately, my family seems be a little too picky to enjoy the convenience and ease of these meals.  The only one that appealed to all palettes was the Tuscan-Style Penne and the sauce went unappreciated.  The chicken, however, was very good and the pasta cooked well- not too mushy which sometimes happens with frozen meals.  It is such a quick and easy meal to choose though especially when you are bombarded with a million other things (takes all of 10 minutes to cook and sooooo much better than fast food).  I'd even grab a bag of their frozen mixed veggies and throw it in for an even bigger meal if we could all agree on one.  I find one bag probably feeds about 3-4 but if you added the extra veggies, it could feed more.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joseph Fielding Smith Introduction and History

Who is ready to start learning about Joseph Fielding Smith?  Just a favor first though.  If you have things that you would like to continue to see or something new, please leave me comment- I'd love to continue to improve and make this the best resource for you possible.  I'm working on a few new things already but I'd love some feedback.  Thanks!
Now on to the History of Joseph Fielding Smith

The Life and Ministry of Joseph Fielding Smith- from the manual (the page before has the major dates outlined).
Joseph Fielding Smith- this is an additional resource the LDS website has on the prophet.  It includes pictures of the prophet throughout his life, famous quotes, other resources to turn to if you want to read more about him, etc.
Joseph Fielding Smith, Tenth President of the Church- This will be somewhat similar to what is in the manual but also a little different.  It also lists a few of the 25 books that President Smith wrote.
Conference Talks- Here is a link to some of the conference talks he gave that the church has available.
Prophet Videos- A video that talks about President Smith's focus on Family Home Evening.  He was the prophet that made it on Monday nights. Its only a minute and half long.

Hope that helps!  Again, please comment with some feedback and hopes of what you want to see for this next year!  Thanks!

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Christmas Movie List

I love Christmas movies.  I'm one of the those people who would totally watch Hallmark Christmas movies all night if I could but those aside, there are some really great Christmas movies.  Head on over to to see my top movies for the Christmas season then create your list.  You can see other reviews on the movies, write your own, and see what the real rating of the movie should be (probably my favorite feature as who can trust movie ratings these days).  Plus, if you make your own Christmas list, you could win a Kindle Fire! (winners picked Dec. 18) 

What's your favorite Christmas movie?
 While You Were SleepingElfThe Muppet Christmas Carol
Mine is a toss up between "While You Were Sleeping," "Elf," and "The Muppet's Christmas Carol."  We have to watch all 3 or its just not Christmas.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Teacher Gift

I ended up using ours as centerpieces for a feast before giving them to the teachers.
I absolutely love the school my children attend. If you ask me about it,  I'll go on and on. It is such a great school. I am so thankful we got in as its a charter school with a wait list. I am constantly trying to give back since its a school I believe in. This year, as room mom, I wanted to show one of my daughter's teacher and tutor how grateful we are for them. I sent two colorful paper feathers home with each child asking the parents to help them write something that they are thankful for about their teacher and tutor (along with the child's name). I told them to decorate it any way they wanted and gave a date I needed them back. We have folders sent home everyday so they could just send an envelope with my daughter's name on it and it would get to me. You could leave a box in the room for the envelopes instead if needed.  I sent a reminder email the day before they were due to ensure that I would get all of them back. I made a point to keep track of whose I had received so as not to leave anyone out.  I then taped each feather to a toothpick and poked them into the end of a butternut squash. 

(Before I slid the feathers down on the toothpicks)
You may have to slide the feather down the toothpick a little so nothing will show once you get it in. Next I cut out a turkey head and taped that to a toothpick and poked it into the opposite end. Voila!  A Thankful Squash Turkey. You could have lots of fun using different types of squash- how great would a turban squash be!  I presented these turkeys to the teachers with the kids saying "Thank You." They loved it and I loved that it was a little different, showed our appreciation,  and they could totally use the squash! This would work great for a neighbor, someone at church, or a friend too.

Gobble, gobble.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving- being with family, eating all that delicious food, and most importantly, counting all my amazing blessings!  This year, we went down to my Mom's a little early since our schedules made it so we couldn't celebrate on the actual day.  All the snow in the area tried to keep us away but we made it there and back safely (thankfully!).  We had a great time too!  All that snow made for lots of fun!  My Mom lives up in the mountains so its more snow than we are used to which is lots and lots of fun!  My Mom and I cooked all morning while the kids played in the snow and worked up an appetite.

Check out this puff ball!  
My 4 year old shoveled the snow off the porch.  He was such a great worker!
My Mom is great at making things beautiful so I thought I'd share with you her Thanksgiving table and our fabulous food!

Here's the table at a glance.  We originally had some greenery down the middle with the pumpkins and apples but were worried about them getting all dirty with the kids and all that food!  It was really pretty but sometimes we do need to be practical.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ

We Testify of Jesus Christ- This is a whole website dedicated to talks, multimedia, etc. on Jesus Christ.
"Teachings of Jesus" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Quorum of the 12 Apostles)- Who Jesus is and what He was sent to do.
"Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" be Elder Neil L. Anderson (of the 12)- Have we taught our children?
"Gaining a Testimony of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost" by Elder Robert D. Hales (of the 12)- His testimony and how we can get one like His too.

And that's the end!  Wow!  I'll be starting next year's manual, Joseph Fielding Smith, soon.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith- be sure to check out the 1 video that goes with this lesson.

Joseph Smith- This is from but has a couple of Joseph Smith clips that you can use.  Or check out the whole Joseph Smith site where you can find most everything you want to know about him.
"The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example" by President Thomas S. Monson (Prophet and President)- We can learn lessons of courage, diligence, love, faith, honesty, patience, missionary work, and more from Joseph Smith.
"The Expanding Inheritance from the Joseph Smith" by Elder James E. Faust (then Quorum of the 12)- His testimony of Joseph Smith and verification of his testimony.
"Joseph, the Man and the Prophet" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (of the 12)- Joseph was a prophet as well as a man and his testimony of the prophet.

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others- there are two videos you can use here.

"Helping Others"- It should be no surprise that this is on since as Christians, service is apart of our lives. This has a little bit on service but also some good "I'm a Mormon" videos that include service stories.
"How Can I Serve Others?"- This is from the LDS Youth site. I think its always good to see what we are encouraging the youth to do so we can be good examples and share more with them as well.
"Lift Where you Stand" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (1st Presidency)- No matter your calling or position, help where you can.  There is a better way than just leading or hiding.
"Unselfish Service" by Elder Dallin H.Oaks (Quorum of the 12 Apostles)- Even though we live in a world of "me," Christ showed us the way through his unselfish service.
"Finding Joy Through Loving Service" by Elder M. Russell Ballard (of the 12)- Active love demonstrated through simple small acts of kindness.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 21: Loving God More Than We Love the World

Lorenzo Snow Chapter 21: Loving God More Than We Love the World

There are 3 videos associated with this lesson that you can find on the right sidebar of the lesson page so be sure to check them out!

"The Tugs and Pulls of the World" by Elder Neal A. Maxwell (past Quorum of the 12 Apostles)- I like how he points out that people may not be out right sinning but very well can be wasting away their time; also what we seek first is most important.  I enjoyed the last few paragraphs as well.

"For They Loved the Praise of Men More Then the Praise of God" by Elder N. Eldon Tanner (past Apostle)- Choosing the praise of men leads us to the same virus that Satan had- wanting all the credit and glory and not caring much about the plan.  I also like his encouragement to speak up against the evils of the world.

"Spirituality" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (of the 12)- As we draw further from worldliness, we become more spiritual.  I love all the examples he gives between spiritual and worldly like the Jacob and Esau example.

Did you have a different favorite?  Please share with us!  Happy studying!