Welcome Sisters

This is our own Relief Society site for our ward. It is a in an effort to bring us closer together. It is another way to feel a part and be connected. This is like another newsletter. I hope you find it encouraging and supportive in our sisterhood. Enjoy!!
This is not an official web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or of the general Relief Society.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bread for the Sacrament

Dear Sisters and daughters of the Patuxent ward. All sisters age 8 and up are invited to participate in a service opportunity of making bread and bringing it to church on Sunday for the sacrament. I have been thinking of this for quite some time. I envisioned a fun get-together of sisters, mothers and daughters see, learning, & practicing making homemade bread. I have been thinking for a while on how we could support the priesthood more. For Activity Day Girls, Young Women, & Relief Society sister it can also count as a goal for those wanting to learn a homemaking skill, or service, or supporting the priesthood brethren. The bishopric has approved it and has assign the Relief Society for the remainder of August, Young Women the month of September, and the Primary the month of October. This may help increase the sacredness as we take part in a very specail way. This may also invite the spirit more as we reverence the sacrament and realize that we are so blessed to even have the honor and chance to partake of the sacrament. I am grateful for my Savor Jesus Christ for him showing and giving us the sacrament for the constant renewal opportunity to partake of this sacred ordinance. I hope and pray that all of you that may want to participate may have the chance.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Memorial Day Picnic

This was a great day. It was great to be together with Lexington Park ward. What a fun time!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Play Group

Play group strawberry picking. Play group is so fun and a great way to let the kids have fun and give moms a chance to talk and get out and have fun

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hymn 217

The relief society will be singing a hymn in sacrament meeting together- this includes all of us (those of you in primary and young womens too)! Hymn number 217, 'Come let us anew', on September 20. So practice the song and get excited!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Girl Meets Book

Lana Utzinger will be hosting Girl Meets Book on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm. *Please locate a copy of the book and read prior to the activity*

Sister Utzinger chose the book. It’s “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith. It’s in the Leonardtown library and a fun summer read, not too long, not too deep, but very delightful and enchanting. Perfect for the end of summer.

I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the old castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle”--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.

In the Kitchen with Sister Marini

In the Kitchen with..Sister Marini was held at her home and everyone who attended learned how to make Chineese Egg Rolls. We chopped vegetables, fried them and cooled them. Then everyone a chance to fill and wrap their own personal egg roll.

A picture of Christina Watson frying the Egg Rolls.

Cooking Chinese Egg Rolls
You too can learn to make them at home!
Egg rolls make a great snack, appetizer, or addition to a meal.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 Package Egg Rolle Wrappers (4 1/2 by 5 1/2)

1 Pound Fresh Pork
1 Medium Onion (sliced)
2 Stalks Celery (cut diagonally)
6 Water Chestnuts
1/2 Pound Fresh Mushrooms (sliced)
6 Water Chestnuts
1/2 Pound Napa Cabbage - Suey Choy (sliced thinly, 1 inch lengthwise)
2 Green Onions (diced)
1 Pound Fresh Bean Sprouts

1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Oyster Sauce
Salt and Pepper to Taste
A Bit (less than 1 teaspoon) Cornstartch

4 Tablespoons Water
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
2 Teaspoons Oyster Sauce
Salt, Pepper, Accent (if desired) to Taste
2 Tablespoons Cornstartch Mixed with 2 Teaspoons Cold Water*
2 Tablespoons Oil for Stir-Frying
2 to 4 Cups Oil for Deep-Frying


- Mix seasoning ingredients together. Cut the port into thin strips, add the seasonings and marinate the pork for between 10 and 15 minutes.
- While the pork is marinating, prepare the vegetables, add the gravy mixture.
- Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat. Add the oil for stir-frying. When the oil is ready, add the celery and onion and stir-fry.
- Taste and add salt and sugar if desired. Remove from the wok. Add the pork to the wok and cook until well done (place cover on wok). Remove. Clean the wok and stir-fry separately the mushrooms, water chestnuts and bean sprouts. Check the seasoning while stir-frying the bean sprouts and add salt and/or sugar as desired. Stir-fry the suey choy; covering and cooking for approximately 1 minute, again adding salt and/or sugar if desired. Combine all the ingredients in the wok. If necessary, drain some of the juice from the vegetables out.
- Add the gravy, pushing the vegetables up again the sides of the wok to form a well in the middle for the gravy, and stir to thicken. Mix thoroughly. Add green onion. Set the filling aside to allow to cool before wrapping.
- Wrapping: Mix the cornstarch and water, slowly adding the water to the cornstarch until you have a “glue” which will be used to seal the wrappers.
- To wrap, lay the egg roll wrapper out with the short (4 ½”) side directly in front of you. This will be the dry side. The Two long sides will be called sides 1 and 3, and the other short side directly across from you will be called side 2. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper, spreading it out by not getting too close to the edges. Using your fingertip, spread a bit of the cornstarch/water glue along edges 1,2 and 3. Fold over the dry side, then take side 2 and fold it over, making sure the two sides overlap. Press down firmly on sides 1 and 3, making sure they are well sealed.
- Deep-frying: When oil is ready, slide each egg roll carefully into the wok one at a time. Deep-fry until they are golden brown, then drain on deep-fry rack or paper towels. Keep on a tray lined with fresh paper towels until needed. The egg rolls should not be stacked. If possible do not reheat in the oven, as this can dry the eggrolls out, but if necessary, reheat then on low heat for 10 minutes on each side.

Breanna first started making egg rolls when taught at from another Sister at an Enrichment Activity in the White Plains First Ward. Since then she has added and subtracted ingredients to add her own personal touch.

Many of the women discussed their own personal stories of making eggrolls and said, "You can make them as easy or as hard as you want." As long as you have the basic concepts of the ingredients that can go inside, know how to stuff, wrap, and fry them you can be as CrEaTiVe as You wAnT!

The next In the Kitchen with Sister Watson will be held at Christina Watsons home on September 3rd at 6:00pm. We hope you'll join us!