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!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lemon Bars!!!

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Crust:
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar (plus more for dusting)

Topping:
1 1/2 cup plain sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan

To make crust:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner's sugar
  • Cut in butter until combined and crumbly.
  • Press mixture into bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

To make topping:
  • While crust is baking, prepare topping.
  • In a larger bowl, add sugar, flour, and baking powder.
  • Then add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice.
  • Mix well and pour on top of warm baked crust.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • When cool, dust with confectioner's sugar and refrigerate.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy them cold!

Lemon Bars

Sara, this is for us lemon lovers!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Marriage!!!








Posted by PicasaThis week my husband and I celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary! Wow and Whew! I know not all of us are married yet, but for those of us who are I wanted to share my thoughts of the subject of the art of being a married woman in today's world! It's an incredible gift to find a man who you can share your life, give birth and raise children together, experience the highs and lows of life and love forever and ever.
I observed the thousands of hours and dollars in preparation for the perfect wedding, but not a whole lot of preparation for the actual marriage. Sadly, I have seen many marriages end in divorce as a result of an actual commitment to endure all the joys and trials of life together as man and wife. It's a tremendous balancing act of meaningful time given to your spouse, yourself and your children. It's difficult at times, but like everything worthwhile, it's so worth it!!!!
In honor of my husband, I would like to share my three favorite things about him. Then I would like all of Joan's Girls to share their three favorite things about their spouse, or in the case of Jenny and Ashling, three things they need in their future spouse.
1. Dennis is always thinking of ways he can help others, especially his family (and anyone else he knows he can help)
2. Dennis LOVES to share the gospel- a great missionary. Serving two missions with him was a highlight of my life.
3. I love how he loves me and our children! He does everything for his kids; babysit, fix their homes, teaches them how to parent their children. Most recently when we were in the Middle East and I was so sick, twice he came around to my side of the bed, knelt down next to me and gave me an unsolicited health blessing.
(wow, it was hard to do just three!)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fried Cheese Wonton

Fired Cream Cheese Wonton

1 package of reduced fat cream cheese
imitation crab meat
chopped green onion
a pinch of sugar
few pinches of white pepper powder
wonton skin (square)

Mix all the ingredients above in a bowl except the wrapper.
Scoop 1/2 tsp mixture onto the wonton wrapper. Roll and fold wonton however you want, seal it with water. deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown. Eat with sweet and sour sauce.