Joan Ruth Smith Stout

Joan Ruth Smith Stout
March 16, 1931 -September 5, 2007

Our Message

Joan Ruth Smith Stout passed away on September 5, 2007. She was my beloved mother and grandmother of the beautiful girls pictured to the right, Kim, Tiffany, Tara, Chelane, Stephanie, Tristen, Sara, Telisa, Mikel, Jenny and Ashling. My mother died due to complications from malnourishment, or in other words, an eating disorder. I believe it started in her teens and she was completely unaware of the insidious disease that took route in her mind. She was somehow blessed to give birth to four children, three boys and a girl. Joan loved her children with devotion and passion even though much of the time, she felt poorly. Stomach problems, headaches and heart palpitations were a daily occurrence for her. As her only daughter, I was oblivious to her plight until my very own sweet daughter started on that same journey in her teens. By then my mom had been suffering from her eating disorder for a good fifty years, and there was no redirecting her thoughts. Unfortunately for me, I was angry for a while when I realized that the route of all her illnesses was through lack of nutrition. That was shameful on my part, and I am sure that only added to my mom's illness. I hope she knows now how foolish I was. However, through the journey of Telisa's eating disorder, the girls in our family have learned much, especially Telisa! It is for this reason that we collectively, as Joan's Girls, are choosing to send the message out to the world of what real beautiful bodies need to support good physical and mental health!!!!!!! We watch with horror the unhealthy and unattractive images on TV, Movies, Magazines etc. We witness some of our dear friends struggle with body image issues, and frankly we are sick of the comparing and obsessing over one's size versus one's health!! We believe in good health, we believe in eating the food provided for us by our Heavenly Father, we believe in balance and moderation, we believe in exercise in moderation, we also believe the best exercise is done while serving others, we believe that God created many types of bodies and we thank Him for that! We believe in modesty and we believe that our bodies are a gift from Heavenly Father! We believe that true beauty comes from within. All of Joan's granddaughters are true beauties. Our legacy to her will be our commitment to the TRUTH of what is beautiful and praiseworthy. We seek after these things. We will strive for good health and the truth in all we do!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"A Woman's Lifeline"

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an ugly duckling. ("Mom, I can't go to school looking like this!")

Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides she's going out anyway.

Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides she doesn't have time to fix it so she goes out anyway.

Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but says, "At least I am clean," and goes out anyway.

Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am what I am" and goes wherever she wants to go. (BTW, I am so glad I am in my 50's)

Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability and goes out and enjoys life!

Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

The moral is, maybe we should all all grab that purple hat a little earlier.

( from Elder Russell M. Ballard's book: "Daughter of God")

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Prophet's Brownies

1 1/2 cups Flour
1/4 cup Powdered Milk
1 1/2 cups Sugar
6 T. Cocoa
1/2 rounded t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Salt

Mix dry ingredients together and then add:

1 1/4 squares Butter (melted)
2 beaten Eggs
2 t. Vanilla
1/4 c. Water (or a little more if too thick)

Bake in greased 9x13 pan f0r 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. The middle should be slightly moist, but the edges should come out clean, and the whole surface should be firm. Let the brownies cool COMPLETELY! When the brownies are completely cooled, frost with Peppermint Butter Cream Frosting.


1 cup Butter (room temperature)
4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 capful of Peppermint Extract
1 t. Vanilla
1-2 drops Red Food Coloring

After putting the frosting on, put the Brownies in the fridge until the frosting is a little hardened.

Chocolate Topping:

3 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3.4 cup Butter

Melt chips and butter in microwave at 20 second intervals, mixing and stirring after each session. When the topping is smooth and shiny quickly pour over Brownies until evenly covered and then put back in the fridge until about half an hour before serving. These brownies also freeze very well in an air tight container.

I have made these brownies with an orange flavored frosting, and that was also very yummy. For the story on these brownies, check our my personal blog. This is for you Steph!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

To me, true beauty is. . .
Living in the moment

Serving one another

Having your own style

Enduring Friendships

Learning to sing in the rain

Serving the Lord

Family closeness

Supporting one another

Developing our talents

Showing love for one another

Sharing common interests-and loving those who don't

Always remembering the Savior

Enjoying Life's Little Pleasures

Welcoming new babies into the world

Loving your companion with all your heart

Loving yourself for who you are

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grandma's Carrot Cake!

This is the best carrot cake I have ever tasted and it's so easy!! This is what I always asked mom to bring when she came for family dinner. She always asked my dad to grate the carrots, but now you can buy them already grated if you want! I have known some people to use baby food carrots as a substitute.


4 eggs (beaten)
1 1/2 cups Oil

2 cups Sugar
2 cups Flour
2 t. Baking Soda
2 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Salt

Then add:
3 cups Grated Carrots

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes in three 8" pans or 1 9x13 pan. Coat pans with Pam. I like the floured Pam!


4 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 c Butter
1 8 oz Cream Cheese
2 t. Vanilla
1 cup chopped Pecans
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I Love Salmon!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Salmon--Good for the body!

Salmon isn't only tasty and easy to prepare, it's also good for you. Salmon contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of protein, and an abundance of vitamins, including B vitamins, and the antioxidant, vitamin E. The American Heart Association suggests eating two fish dinners a week, particularly fish like salmon that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:


1/3 cup Apple Juice
1/3 cup Maple Syrup
3 T. Soy Sauce
2 T. fresh minced Onion
2 cloves minced Garlic
2 lbs. Salmon Filet

Mix first five ingredients. Reserve 1/2 cup for basting. Marinate salmon in sauce for at least 3 hours. Drain and discard marinade. Put salmon in a shallow pan. Broil 4 " from heat for five minutes--baste--Broil 10 minutes more--basting frequently until fish becomes opaque.



6 Salmon Filets (4 oz. each)
2 T. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

1 cup Baby Spinach (chopped fine)
1/3 cup Feta Cheese
3 T. Red Onion (chopped fine)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1/3 cup fresh Basil (chopped)
salt and pepper

Combine stuffing ingredients in a bowl or food processor. Salt and pepper to taste. Slice each filet horizontally, stopping 1/2" from the edge. Open filet and divide stuffing evenly between them. Close filets and brush with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Saute in non-stick skillet and /or grill Cook each side five minutes in high heat.
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