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!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Picky Palate comes through again!!

Double Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 Cup creamy peanut Butter
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder)
2 tsps. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 Cup Chocolate Covered Pretzels, coarsely crushed

. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheet. (I used a cookie sheet with a silpat liner)

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined then add peanut butter until combined.

3. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients then stir in white chips and pretzels. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 9-11 minutes, should still be soft in center. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

3 dozen cookies
Check out these delicious looking morsels of wonderful goodness!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nummy to the Tummy

Lately I've been a HUGE fan of cheapo homemade cooking. There's so much you can do with stuff just laying in your kitchen. With a little creativity and some experimentation, you can make a yummy masterpiece.. or a nice random treat. It's great to do with friends and families, combining recipes into new weird things. Like if you ran out of bread, and have random things in your fridge.. Look for eggs, milk, and tortillas and make a French Toast Tortilla surprise! Or if there's an old can of re-fried beans sitting in the pantry, combine that and salsa.. add a little bit of cheese and chips to make yummy Bean Dip Nachos!

It can be pretty hard to find ideas, so seeing something that already exists and remaking it is great too. So instead of getting out that box of Mac n' Cheese . . It's much more fun to remake that Mac n' Cheese with your own noodles and seasoning, This way you can eat healthier, cheaper and generally know what you have in your food.

Here's a recipe a friend, Joe, made by taking the ihop pumpkin pancake idea and making it his own. It totally owns ihop.

Joe's Pumpkin Pie Pancake
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • A bit of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups - Bisquick (or any pancake mix)
  • 1/4 Cup - Sugar (optional I guess :)
Prepare the pumpkin pie filling by combining the 1/2 can of pumpkin, eggs, milk and sugar in a big bowl. Put in the pumpkin pie spices by adding the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

Now add the Bisquick, stir everything well!

Cook on a griddle like a normal pancake until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream if you're feeling extra pumpkin pie-sh. Or just with syrup!

YAY! This is so my favorite recipe of all time.

And here's a great website I stumbled on. Amazing stuff! I'm drooling at the Sticky Bun French Toast. Ahhhmmm.
Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Confessions of a Food lover.

Hi. My name is Tristen, and I LOVE FOOD!! Good food that is! I love to eat, love to cook, love to read recipe books, love to try new recipes, love to watch food network and learn more about food, even love to grocery shop, that is as long as my kids are not screaming. Fast food doesn't ever cut it for me, and rarely do restaurants either - only a select few and even then sometimes they aren't good. I am usually disappointed with the food and most always get sick afterwards. I don't really enjoy any frozen meals either. I guess I am a food snob, but I just really love GOOD QUALITY food. It really does make me smile at the end of the day when I know I have made a good meal for my family. I wish it was a little easier to enjoy with four screaming kids, but someday I am sure it will be. So, when Telisa was in town last we made these menu calendars, and, frankly I can't say enough good things about them! They are a lot of work to make, and take a lot of planning and organizing, but once they are done - the stress is gone and you can just enjoy cooking! I give complete and total credit of this idea to Telisa Joan, it's fantastic! The entire thing is made out of baseball card protector sheets taped together. For each day of the week, the recipe is written on a cut index card and on the back you write the ingredients you need for the recipe, so when it comes time to go grocery shopping, your list is already made! I love the more elaborate squares, and I hope to make more. I have spent a lot of time going through my recipe books and making cards so when I plan out the month I can just look through my cards and throw them in where I want them. There are also cards for each person in the family to chose what's for dinner and be a helper (or for older kids - in charge of cooking). It really makes life easier when the question to what's for dinner? is already answered. So, sorry for the late, and boring post, but I love these calendars and I hope those of you who made them with us love them too! I especially love the date night cards that force husbands to remember that we need one once a week!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


In the post below I talked about eating right. To me eating right is listening to your body and treating it to these kinds of foods when it needs it. This commercial makes me so thankful for my taste buds!! Wouldn't life be so dull with out treats????

Loving our bodies

I came across an article by glamor magazine that I thought made some valuable points. It discusses the fact that so many women are unhappy with their bodies. They gave 5 tips to help ourselves love our bodies more.

Go for it at work
75 percent of women we surveyed said professional achievements make them feel better about their body.
( since most of us don't have a "career" I would say find things that make you feel proud to achieve...talents, hobbies, or being the best wife and mother you can be)

Embrace your inner sex goddess
85 percent of women said having sex makes them feel good about their shape.
(your husbands can thank me later)

Feed your body well
97 percent of women said eating healthy boosts their body image.
(see Telisa's intuitive eating post)

Get off your (cute) butt!
96 percent of women said exercise makes them like their body more.
After struggling with an eating disorder for several years, Cheri Osmundsen, 33, of San Clemente, Calif., says picking up running was one of the things that helped her turn the corner. “It got me to view my body as less of an enemy and more of an asset, because I appreciate what it’s doing for me,” she says. She now has several half-marathons under her belt. “My thighs may not be skinny-mini, but they’re strong — and they helped get me through every race!” she says. “There’s real power that comes from knowing that.”

Stop snarking!
95 percent of women said getting compliments from other women helps them like their shape.
(stop looking at and comparing yourself to models and celebrities. surround yourself with people who build you up, and remind you of your worth...give one another compliments)

Here's the article if you want to read the whole thing:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Price of Motherhood

I've been without internet all last week, and will be without it for most of the rest of this week. So I'm just throwing this out there and hopefully I'll have time for another post this weekend when I'm back in internet range!

I read this book about 2 years ago. I found it totally facinating.  While I don't agree with everything that is said, I think there is real value and insight in this book.  

For me, since I'm so very left-brained, it was nice to have the value of motherhood put in terms of numbers and figures.  I guess the bottom line here is Motherhood is the most important job in the world. Sometimes I forget.

**On a related note, Stephanie has a link to a video that talks about the same kind of thing.