Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recipe of the Week

Buffalo Honey Hot Wings and Traditional Buffalo Hot Wings
 Prep time Cook time Total time 10 mins 60 mins 1 hour 10 mins
 Serves: 4­6 Ingredients: 24 chicken wings with skin (approx 3 pounds), rinsed and patted dry.

 2 tablespoons baking powder
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
 2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground celery seed

 Traditional Buffalo Hot Wings Sauce
Hot sauce unites with a touch of molasses for the traditional hot wings flavor
2/3 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (NOT hot wings sauce) mixed with
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon butter

 Buffalo Honey Hot Wings Sauce Honey
is the dominant ingredient in this sauce for sticky hot wings while still being hot by using Hot WINGS sauce
2­-3 tablespoons Frank's Hot WINGS sauce (NOT traditional hot sauce like above) mixed with
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons molasses

 Buffalo Mild Honey Hot Wings 
This sauce is the "in between" of the above sauces ­ more mild heat than traditional hot wings due to the addition of honey and the use of regular hot sauce (NOT hot wings sauce). If you like hotter wings add some Hot Wings Sauce
2/3 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (NOT hot wings sauce) mixed with
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon butter
 Optional for hotter wings: 1+ teaspoons Hot Wings Sauce

 1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Top baking sheet with baking rack/oven proof cooling rack and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together Rub Ingredients. Add half of the Rub to a large freezer bag. Add half of the wings and shake until coated evenly. Line wings on prepared baking rack so they are not touching. Add remaining Rub ingredients and wings to freezer bag and repeat.

 3. Bake on upper middle rack for 45-­50 minutes. Move oven rack approximately 6­8" from broiler and broil to desired crispiness, watching closely so they don't burn. Flip chicken wings over and broil the other side until crispy.

 4. The prep for all of the sauces is the same. **While wings are cooling, melt butter over medium heat. Add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer until slightly thickened, approximately 3­5 minutes. Taste and add additional hot sauce for spicier sauces/more honey for sweeter.

 5. When chicken is done, add to a large bowl and pour over sauce. Gently toss wings with a spatula until evenly coated. 

 6. Serve with desired Blue Cheese/ Ranch Dip, etc. dip

7. Dig in! Notes Start with the Buffalo Honey Hot Wings if you aren't sure what to try first :)

**You don't want to make the sauce in advance or it will become too thick.

 Recipe by Carlsbad Cravings at 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wheat Class

Our January Relief Society Self Reliance Meeting was a great success. Sylvia has a vast knowledge of wheat which she shared with us. She has taught this class on her mission and in our ward many times before. I never grow tired of being reminded of the many uses we have with wheat. The taste table was yummy!! A special thanks to those sisters who made the recipes for us to try, we couldn't have done it without each of you. I hope all of you who took home your bag of wheat will use it while the recipes are fresh in your mind, and get out your wheat and continue to use it. Samantha and Sylvia both have a passion of self reliance and are always a resource if you have any questions on food storage and its uses. We won't have another self reliance class until April, so be sure to keep your preparedness going!!! I am planting a bunch of beets this week, so when they are ready I'll let you know, for canning. It is time to plant a lot of your veggies now!! The city offers many classes on gardening in the desert, be sure to check it out on their website or the water conservancy site.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Today's lesson was a reminder to us of the importance of prayer.  I was touched by President Benson's testimony on prayer.  He was such a humble man and I could picture him working in his government position without changing who he was.  I hope you take the time to read the stories that Lynell challenged you to read and take an extra effort in your personal prayers.  Keep Karen Hixson's words in your heart to "Pray everywhere, even the kitchen sink", and know as you cut her off on the freeway, she is praying for you!  I love all of you Sister's and appreciate your comments each week, it encourages all of us to do better.  Have a fabulous week!!!  Love, Connee

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prayers for Our Sisters

There comes from time to time a need for extra prayers for our dear Sisters.  We have some Sisters who are in their own crisis.  I am asking you to remember these sweet Sisters in your prayers.  Sister Elizabeth Stout need prayers for her to recover from her kidney stones.  Sister Linda Stout needs our prayers for strength in dealing with the health issues that Lynn is undergoing.  Sister Kathy Harker needs our prayers as she faces the uncertainty of Paul's health.  He is now in Salt Lake City getting ready for his stem cell transplant.  There are many other Sister's with this nasty flu and need our prayers.  Visiting Teacher's, please check on your Sister's and make sure they are doing okay.  A quick phone call, don't put it off because you can't go visit today.  We are our Sister's keepers and have committed to look out for each other.  This is one of the many great aspects of the Gospel that other's look at with awe.  Let me know how I can help any of you!!!!  Love you, Connee

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thank You!!!

Oh my!!!  I am going to miss my besties!!!  Kaelyn and Erica have certainly become my Sista's.  I couldn't have come to love Relief Society so much without them.  I personally want them to know how much I appreciate all the time they have put in on our behalf.  What great examples to all of us, of quietly serving, with great results.  I will miss our visits together and getting to meet with them regularly, but I know their families will love having them back!!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I love you, Connee

Freezer Meal Idea

Swiss Cheese Chicken
  • 4 Chicken Breasts (or enough to fill pan)
  • 6 Slices Swiss Cheese
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Stove Top Turkey Stuffing (about 1/2 box)
  • ¼ c butter
  1. Cover bottom of pan with chicken.
  2. Lay Swiss Cheese over chicken.
  3. Mix 1 can cream of chicken soup and 1/4 cup milk.
  4. Pour mixture over chicken.
  5. Top with 1/2 bag (or more) of Stove Top Turkey Stuffing.
  6. Drizzle 1/4 cup butter on top.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.
  9. FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS - After pouring cream of chicken mixture over chicken go ahead and freeze. When you are ready to cook it, pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw in fridge (preferable overnight). Then complete the rest of the instructions (top with stuffing/butter & bake).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Change is Good?

    Sunday was an eventful day for the Primary.  With the chaos of new classes, new teachers and a new Year, the Primary got a new Presidency.  Sister Sun'y Ham, Kathy Adams and Kelly Bringhurst were released from doing an extraordinary job.  I know when you are released from such a huge calling it leaves you feeling empty for a while.  Just know a rolling stone collects no moss, and such talented ladies will not go unused.  Thank you Sisters for loving and caring for our Primary Children and teaching them the gospel.  Your service will be forever appreciated. 
     Now, a big congratulations goes to Danielle (thought she was under the radar) Harrison, Karin Killian and Kira Mackay for their new callings.  What an awesome Presidency!!!  We are excited for you.  I have a word for each of you Sisters:  I know you will be busy, but remember you ARE a member of the Relief Society forever.  We want you to make an effort to support those Sisters who plan events and activities on your behalf.
When I was in other organizations, I thought I was not in Relief Society!  Boy did I deny myself to many great opportunities.  It is my hope that we understand our purpose here at this time and the importance of supporting one and other.  We all put all we have into our callings and tend to base our success on attendance.  This is not the case though, those who do not attend are the ones that lose.