Sunday, December 30, 2012

Personal Finance Fireside


Come to the Personal Finance Fireside to learn how debt works; what interest expense is; how interest expense is different from interest rate and how they are related; how to budget your money so that credit card debt is no longer necessary.

This will be a two part class by Arleta Miller:  Debt and Budgets

7:00pm to 7:30pm Debt, interest and payment acceleration
7:30pm to 7:45pm Break, individual questions, refreshments
7:45pm to 8:15pm How to build a budget
8:15pm to 8:30pm Questions and answers

Friday, January 11, 2013
Greenbluff Building
7:00 pm

Arletta has worked as a loan accountant, cash manager and external auditor and is currently working as an internal auditor at a local bank.

Come and learn how to take control of your money instead of letting your money control you.

Please note:  There will be a nursery provided for parents of young children at the church building.

Monday, December 24, 2012


If you missed out on the Visiting Teaching Open House, here are some recipes you might enjoy . . .

Grandma’s Toffee (by Kim Porter)

Butter a cookie sheet or put a piece of parchment paper down on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with nuts.

1 cup sugar027
2 cubes of real butter
2 Tablespoons of water

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it boils (about 4 minutes).  Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture turns a caramel color (about 6 more minutes).  I also test a drop in ice cold water to see if it is at a hard crack stage.  Pour over the chopped pecans or walnuts.  Let it sit for a couple of minutes then pour chocolate chips on top.  Spread as they melt.  Let it cool before breaking.

Tips for success:
1.  Use real butter.
2.  Use a thick, heavy bottom saucepan so it doesn’t burn quickly
3.  Stir constantly especially at the end.


Russian Refresher029

2 cups Tang
3 oz. powdered lemonade
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight, 1 quart container. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

To serve, mix 2 heaping spoonfuls into a mug of hot water. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cheesecake For Everyone

We thought you might like the recipes of the cheesecakes that were shared at our last Relief Society activity.  Thanks to all who made the program so nice and gave us such a spiritual lift to start off this Christmas Season.


White Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Made by Cassi

Recipe can be found here.



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Lime Coconut Cheesecake
Made by Laurie

Recipe can be found here.




Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
Made by Tasma

Recipe can be found here.



538790Egg Nog Cheesecake
Made by Rebecca

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. nutmeg +
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Combine ingredients and press onto bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Do NOT bake.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup eggnog (I like Southern Comfort brand)
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Soften gelatin in water; stir over low heat until dissolved. Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed until well blended. Gradually add gelatin and eggnog, mixing until blended. Chill until slightly thickened; fold in whipped cream. Pour over crust; chill until firm. Dust with ground nutmeg.



Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough Decadent Cheesecake
Made by Gaylene

Recipe can be found here.


Harvest Cheesecake
Made by Rebecca

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbls. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Combine ingredients and press onto bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 for 8 mins.

2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix cream cheese and sugar on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Pour over crust.

2 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Mix together sugar and cinnamon. Toss apples and cranberries with sugar mixture. Spread over cream cheese filling, sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350 for 60 mins. Loosen cake from rim of pan. Cool slightly, remove from pan and serve or chill.

I think this is best served warm, shortly after removing from oven.

med104417_0409_how001e_sqClassic New York Cheesecake
Made by Cassi

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar

Combine and press into the bottom and part way up the sides of a 9-inch spring form pan, smoothing the bottom to even thickness.  Bake 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

2 lbs. cream cheese
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sour cream

Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and light.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Do not over beat.  Add vanilla and cornstarch just until thoroughly mixed.  Stir in the sour cream until the mixture is well-blended.  Pour the mixture onto the prepared crust.  Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, and then reduce to 200 for 45 to 50 minutes.  Allow to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 3 hours or until cooled (could be overnight).  Remove sides from pan and chill until serving.

I like to make this recipe with double the crust and press the crumbs all the way up the sides of the pan.  This recipe is very gourmet and I've never had the cheesecake crack.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Remember the Art Show

The art show was a huge success last Spring, and if you missed it, you can now read about it in the Latter-Day Sentinel, a local news portal for members of the Church in the Spokane Temple District. 

Here are just a few highlights of the article . . . . . .

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This clay likeness of President Thomas S. Monson was sculpted by Barbara Benefiel. Contributed Photo.


The art of sewing takes on an illuminated glow in "Daily Work," an oil painting by Helen Chene. Contributed Photo.


Attendance was stellar at the inaugural Fine Arts Exhibit sponsored by the Colbert Ward Relief Society this summer. Contributed Photo.

You can read the full article here.  Thanks to Roselyn Sant for getting it out there . . . When there is a 2nd Annual Art Show,
Spokane will be ready for it. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Relief Society Temple Trip

Thursday, September 27th
7:30pm Session – Remember to Make your Own Appointment
(509) 926-2824
If you would like to carpool, we will be leaving the church at 6:30pm.


Touch the hearts of the people in this temple district that the spirit of Elijah may rest upon them, that their hearts may turn to their fathers, and that they may be motivated to search out their forebears and do a great vicarious work in their behalf. May they experience the joy of totally unselfish service as they so labor, emulating the great vicarious sacrifice of our Redeemer.

-President Gordon B. Hinckley, Dedicatory Prayer of the Spokane Temple, August 21st, 1999.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good Eats

For those of you able to attend our Walk to Zion Celebration, you know how good the food was.  And, for those of you who couldn’t make it, try these . . . .


Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans

Serves up to 18
8 slices bacon, halved
1 medium onion, cut into small dice
1/2 medium green pepper, cut into small dice
3 large cans (28 ounces each) baked beans

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep sauté
pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan
and drain on paper towels. Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5
minutes. Add beans and bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer
then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients). Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by
9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the
consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.


Cowboy Caviar

Servings: 8-10
1 (11 ounce) can white shoe peg corn drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 firm-ripe avocados, finely chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 bunch green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced

3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
tortilla chips (I prefer Tostitos Scoops)

Directions: 1 Combine all ingredients (except chips) and toss together gently. 2 Serve room temperature
with tortilla chips.


S’more Cups from Pampered Chef (serving 24)

7  whole graham crackers (1 cup/250 mL finely crushed)
1/4 cup (50 mL) powdered sugar
6 tbsp (90 mL) butter, melted
4 bars (1.55 oz or 43 g each) milk chocolate candy, divided
12  large marshmallows

1.Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place graham crackers into a large re-sealable plastic bag.

Finely crush into crumbs using a roller. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter in Small Batter Bowl. Using Small Scoop, place scant scoop of crumb mixture in each cup of Mini-Muffin Pan. Press crumbs to form shallow cups with Mini-Tart Shaper. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling. Meanwhile, break two of the candy bars into rectangles. Remove pan from oven; place one rectangle into each cup.

2. Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using kitchen Shears dipped in cold water. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are just slightly softened. Remove from oven to a Cooling Rack; cool 15 minutes. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely.

3. Break remaining candy bars and place in a Prep Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute-1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate. Turn top-side up and let stand 40 minutes-1 hour or until set.

Cook's Tips: Dipping the Professional Shears in cold water before cutting the marshmallows helps minimize sticking. 
The time it takes the chocolate to set varies depending on weather conditions and room temperature. You can refrigerate the cups briefly until the chocolate is set; store them at room temperature. 
Store the cups in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Freezing is not recommended.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Walk to Zion Celebration

Thursday, August 30th
6pm –8pm


Come celebrate getting our handcarts to Zion. 
All Relief Society Sisters are welcome to attend – bring your friends.

Dinner, Campfire, Music, Storytelling, Socializing, Stitching, and Dessert. 
You won’t want to miss it.  It will be a treat.

If possible, please bring a lawn chair.

** We are collecting pie tins (the kind you don’t care about), any you can spare, for our meal.  Please bring them to church next Sunday, August 19th.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Service Opportunity

Dear Sisters of Spokane North Stake,

There is a charitable organization based in Spokane and working in developing countries called Partnering for Progress. The mission of Partnering for Progress is to help provide access to health care, education, sanitation, and clean water for residents in developing countries. Their goal is to enable communities to break the long-standing cycle of poverty and poor health. The inspiration for Partnering for Progress began in June of 2007 when Dr. Michael Mainer, Stacey Mainer ARNP, Sandy Ivers and her son Nick Ivers traveled to Kopanga, Kenya for volunteer medical work. They have made numerous trips back and plan to return this October. Many of the people served by the clinic are pregnant women and new mothers. There is a great need for receiving blankets for these infants. We arebaby-blankets hoping to provide some blankets for them to take this fall when they return to Africa.

If you would like to be involved in this worthwhile cause, you can. You would need to provide the material yourself and sew the blankets. The blankets need to be:

  • 31”x31” finished size (hemmed or serged)
  • Single thickness if flannel – they are going to a hot climate
  • Double thickness if cotton

The blankets will be collected by Sunday, October 7.

Thank you. If you have any questions you may call:

Sue Anderson 466-1939 or Nancy Parsons 465-0261

We will have this information in the notebooks on Sunday along with a small sheet you can take with the blanket specifications.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Fire of the Temple Covenant will Burn in Our Hearts


Relief Society Temple Trip
Thursday, July 26th

Please join us for the 10am Session

If you would like to carpool, meet at the church at 9am.

Elder Bednar talked about the “unimaginable hardships for the faithful Latter-day Saints” in the early days of the Church during their exodus from Nauvoo. Brigham Young sent a letter of encouragement in which he said, “Now is the time for labor. Let the fire of the covenant which you made in the House of the Lord, burn in your hearts, like flame unquenchable.” Elder Bednar said, “What was it that gave those early Saints such strength? It was the fire of the temple covenant that burned in their hearts. It was their commitment to worship and honorably hold a name and standing in the house of the Lord.”

WE shall not be beaten down. When the storms and whirlwinds come, WE will be protected and the enemy will not be able to influence us when we gather at the temple and keep the covenants we make there.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

1st Annual Art Show



Thursday, June 21st
Greenbluff Building
Light Refreshments Served
Dressy Casual
Child Care available


Come and see local art displayed, while being treated to amazing music and elegant dessert.  Please feel free to invite friends. If you are able to be there at 6:30, meet in the Relief Society Room as our Dossier gets us started.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Journalist/Writer Needed

Sister Anita Carroll, one of our local artists, pointed me in the way of this great newsletter, which is all about what local LDS people are doing.  We thought it would be fun to submit a little article about our Fine Arts Activity coming up on Thursday, June 21st.  Check it out here.

If you would love to do a little write-up, please contact Cassi Campbell or Barbara Benefiel.  We will have a photographer there that night, also.

This activity is for the sisters in the Colbert Ward and their friends.  Remember that art submissions are due this Sunday, June 10th, and anyone (male or female, member or nonmember) may submit art.  This Gallery Opening is something you won’t want to miss.  More details coming soon.  See you there!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Relief Society Temple Trip



Come to
The Mountain of the Lord.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton (former General YW President)said:

Every day I see the angel Moroni standing atop the temple as a shining symbol of not only his faith but ours.  I love Moroni because, in a very degenerate society, he remained pure and true.  He is my hero.  He stood alone.  I feel somehow he stands atop the temple today, beckoning us to have courage, to remember who we are, and to be worthy to enter the holy temple – to “arise and shine forth,” to stand above the worldly clamor , and to, as Isaiah prophesied, “Come . . . to the mountain of the Lord” – the holy temple.

Colbert Relief Society Temple Night
Thursday, May 10th
Make your appointment for the 6pm Session
Meet at the Greenbluff Bldg. to carpool at 5pm

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gifts Delivered


Our gifts made it to the orphanage and were very much appreciated.  You will want to read this post.  It will change your day and maybe your life.  It did for me.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fine Arts Endeavor


We are searching for sisters who have talents in the Fine Arts.

If you would be willing to share something you have created, please contact Cassi Campbell or Barbara Benefiel.


Fine art or the fine arts encompass art forms developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than practical application. Some examples are: painting, sculpture, pencil sketches, mixed-media compositions, calligraphy, photography, conceptual art, and printmaking.

All skill levels are needed. Friends outside of our ward are welcome.

Bon Voyage!

The formula, cereal, and blankets are all packed and headed to China.  Thanks, sisters, for your generosity.


One bag is going with the McComas’ to an orphanage in Kaifeng this week.  The other will be going with the Knorpp’s in the Fall to the same orphanage.

We had so many donations, that we have a whole box of baby cereal going to the local food bank.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Home for the Care Packages

Remember these little guys?


They found a place to go.  The Spokane Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant was so excited to receive them.  They used them last weekend in their Easter Baskets for the children that came through for Easter Dinner.

My girls and I had a chance to work with them on the Community Thanksgiving Dinner last Fall and I’m so pleased that these little children who live right in our community got a special treat this Easter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Orange Rolls

imageFor those of you still dreaming about the orange rolls you had at our amazing Birthday Dinner, here is the super secret recipe . . . . .



Rhodes Orange Rolls

18 Rhodes dinner rolls

1/2 cup butter melted

1/2 cup sugar

1 orange peel grated (save orange for the juice needed in glaze)

Combine above ingredients.  dip roll in mixture and place in a muffin tin or on a cookie sheet (I like to spoon the mixture over the roll versus just dipping)

Let rise for 3 hours. Bake at 350 for 10-15 min. or until lightly browned. Frost with orange glaze while the rolls are still warm.  Makes about 18 rolls.

Orange Glaze:

1 C. powdered Sugar

2 T orange juice (use orange from the above recipe)

2 T buttered softened

Friday, March 16, 2012

Relief Was the Theme

Thank you to all who made last night a huge success!


We celebrated 170 years of Relief Society.


Bingo prizes were provided because of all of your wonderful talents.


Relief will be given to an orphanage in China.

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Relief will be given locally and help ease the life of children.

Happy Birthday Colbert and Greenbluff Relief Society Sisters.  You are amazing in all the ways you provide relief.  We love you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Relief Society Birthday Bash This Thursday!



Thursday, March 15th
6pm to 8pm
Greenbluff Building

Thanks for all of your donations.  There is still time for you to bring them that night – if you’ve forgotten what you signed up for, just email Cassi.  We will be meeting to put together our Care Packages, have Dinner and Dessert, and play a good round of Bingo.  Remember that the prizes come from you.  If you bring a homemade item to give away, you will be able to choose a gift that someone else brought when you win BINGO. 

A children’s class will be provided for those who need childcare.  Please bring a sack dinner for your child.  We will provide the activity, lesson, and snack.  Please sign up for this by contacting Brandy Bergeson.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Walk With Us

Don’t let the weather scare you.  We will be walking rain or shine every Saturday Morning until July 24th.  Park on Golden where it meets Little Spokane Drive and we’ll begin our 3-mile loop on the path

This is for walkers of ALL abilities.  Walk the whole thing or part.

Here’s a little snapshot of just a few who are walking to Zion.


When you walk on your own, remember to report miles to Kim Porter (

Keep ‘em Coming!


Thanks to all who filled the donations for our service project so quickly.  We will be collecting all of the items for the next 2 Sundays and then at our Relief Society Birthday Celebration on March 15th.

These donations will help in giving relief to children locally and on the other side of the world.  That night we will be assembling care packages for local children in need and the donations of cereal, formula, and receiving blankets will be much appreciated at a Chinese orphanage that is near and dear to two of our sisters’ hearts in the Greenbluff ward.

Please pass your donations to a member of the Relief Society Presidency on Sunday or drop them off at Cassi’s home.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cassi Campbell (389-6481).

Monday, February 20, 2012

RS Birthday Prep and an Opportunity


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Hooray for the Colbert Ward Relief Society!  We have volunteers for all of our items.  Watch for the full list in the Sunday notebooks and feel free to bring in your items on Sundays.  I hope to have a suitcase with me so that we can gather all of our donations.


Bingo, Round 2!  You are bringing the Bingo Prizes.



Time Out for Women

If you are interested, TOFW is coming to Spokane.  Contact Cyndi Barnes for information (

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This Week’s Update


Relief Society Temple Trip
Thursday, February 16th we will be going to the temple as a Relief Society.  If you would like to carpool, we will be leaving the church at 10:45am, in order to make the 11:30 session. We would love to see you there.  And if you are not able to come during the day, the whole weekend is Colbert Ward Temple Weekend.  Just make sure to make your own appointment.

Walk to Zion
We had 14 walkers last Saturday.  We would love to see you any Saturday at 8am on the trail on the corner of Golden and Little Spokane River Drive.  There is plenty of parking on Golden.  The route is 3 miles and you are welcome to do all or part of that route with us.  We will be there rain, snow, sleet, or shine.  All speeds of walkers showed up Saturday, so there is always someone to walk with.

And, if you are not able to walk with us, track your walking or running miles and report them to Kim Porter at

Relief Society Birthday Service Project
As many of you may know, we are gathering supplies for a service project we are doing which will impact children locally and across the world.  Flannel Blankets, formula, and cereal are being collected for Megan Knorpp and Jessica McComas (both in the Greenbluff Ward) to take to an orphanage in China when they go to pick up their children this Spring and Fall.  The other items are for care packages for children in distress in our own community.  We will be assembling those that night.

Thank you to all who have already signed up.  We are close to our goal and here is what we still need:

3 regular-sized baby formula
1 simple flannel blanket (about 40” square)
1 stuffed animal (no larger than 6”)
12 boxes washable markers

11 small notebooks (3”x5”)

If you are interested in signing up for any of these, feel free to email Cassi Campbell at and she will get your name on the list.