Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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30-Day Bran Muffins

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These bran muffins are the easiest breakfast-on-the-go! They are so delicious and so filling, and don’t even need anything to go with them (although they are delicious with butter or jam).

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The best part? The batter literally lasts 30 days in the refrigerator so you can have delicious muffins all month! But let’s be honest, you’ll eat them way quicker than that.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar (minus 1 TBS per cup…don’t ask why)

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, beaten

1 quart buttermilk

5 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

5 teaspoons baking soda

6 cups Kellogg’s All-Bran (long sticks)

2 cups boiling water

Mix together 2 cups of the All-Bran with 2 cups boiling water. Let cool.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, stir flour, salt, and baking soda together. Then add dry mixture to the large bowl with the wet mixture; stir together.

Add the remaining 4 cups of All-Bran to the large bowl, add the cooled All-Bran and water combination to the large bowl and stir until ingredients are just blended. Grease muffin pan and fill.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean.

Remaining batter may be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 30 days!

Yield: 4 dozen muffins.

—Morgan Lewis, Stance

Easy Peasy Lasagna Recipe

Psst. Let me let you in on a little secret. Below, you’ll find my very very very favorite lasagna recipe in the whole wide world. It has a classic taste, and the best part? It’s deliciously easy and practically no-fail. AND, you don’t even have to cook the noodles ahead of time. Perfect for those busy days with no time (or desire) to slave over the stove.

Fill your grocery cart with:

15 oz ricotta cheese

shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg

1 lb ground beef (or more if you like it really meaty)

2 jars spaghetti sauce

1 package oven ready lasagna noodles

Lasagna

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The easy peasy instructions:

  1. Cook up your ground beef until brown.
  2. Drain the grease and add the two jars of spaghetti sauce to the meat.
  3. Take out your trusty crockpot.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, about a cup of the mozzarella cheese, and the ricotta cheese.
  5. Scoop a layer of the meat and sauce mixture into the bottom of the crock pot.
  6. Cover with a layer of the oven ready noodles. Break them as needed to fit and cover the entire meat mixture.
  7. Top the noodles with a layer of the cheese mixture.
  8. Cover the cheese mixture with noodles.
  9. Repeat until all ingredients are gone. You should end with a layer of meat sauce.
  10. Then, top with as much or as little mozzarella cheese as you’d like.
  11. Set your little magic machine on high and cover with the lid. Go watch a movie/take a nap/go for a walk/do some laundry/cross whatever you have off of your to-do list, and when you come back three hours later, your lasagna will smell and taste heavenly. Serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

—Courtney Johansson, Stance

10 Ways to Decorate for Valentine’s Day

In a little more than a week, it’s St. Valentine’s Day.  ;-)

Okay, so I’m sorry for the reminder. I think this holiday is a little overrated. But here are some not terrible ideas to celebrate this holiday with a little more style

  1. Coffee Filters. So you don’t drink coffee? You don’t have to in order to make this decor. This wreath is so pretty and simple to make.
  2. Burlap Banner. Burlap. String. Hearts. Banner—ready to hang.
  3. Hearts-on-a-Stick. So the look is much prettier than the sound of it. But add some nature to your sweet space! Hot glue some sparkly (or non-sparkly, whatever you prefer) hearts onto the twigs.
  4. Umbrella Love. Tired of the cliché wreath hanging outside your door? Take some ol’ umbrella. Add a bow. Add some fake flowers. You’re ready to go!
  5. Mason Jars. This craft is hipster-approved. Place a heart on a doily, and then tie it around a jar with some string or ribbon.
  6. String Heart. Probably a little more time intensive. But the result is darling.
  7. Free Printables. Feeling lazy? Just print out some printables. Free ones, of course!
  8. Wall of Hearts. Forget about Jar of Hearts! Try some easy 3D hearts on your walls.
  9. Chain of Hearts. Making chains is no longer reserved only for Christmas. Get out your construction paper, and cut them into stripes. Then fold and staple. Done deal.
  10. Eraser Art. Although the picture below shows this project on a canvas bag, it would be easy to make this decor for a picture or something else cute! :) Grab an old No. 2 pencil, and start stamping.

See pictures of these ideas below. <3

—Katie, Editor-in-Chief Stance: Studies on the Family

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Flourless Chocolate Muffins

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With one month almost gone by in the New Year, my resolution to not eat chocolate every day is slipping.

That’s right, I am used to eating chocolate every day (my husband says I am a chocoholic). My resolution was made in an effort to feel healthier and not spend so much money buying sugar and cake mixes.

So what’s a chocoholic like me to do when those cravings start raging? Make some flourless chocolate muffins! I found this little recipe on Pinterest and it originally was posted on mywholefoodlife.com.

At first, I was skeptical of a four-ingredient recipe that was supposed to be “healthy” and taste good. But then I made them, and one bite transported me from skepticism to chocolatey peanut butter heaven (a chocoholic’s happy place).  Those cravings were satisfied, and I have a guilt free snack I can eat every other day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • In a food processor combine all ingredients. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Once everything is mixed well, spoon batter into lined muffin cups. I used silicone molds. The batter will be VERY sticky. I found wetting a spoon kept it from sticking.
  • I topped a few of mine with chocolate chips. Feel free to do the same.
  • Place muffin pan in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Wait until these are completely cooled before removing from the pan.

 

*Note: I also added a handful of chocolate chips after combining the ingredients in the food processor.

-BrookeAnn Henriksen

Pinterest Win: Lemonies

It is January. The glitter from New Year’s has faded, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is quickly becoming a memory, and all we have to look forward to is THE GRIND. Trust me, I feel the January blues. My way to counteract them is with a treat so sweet and summery, you can’t help but feel better after eating them.

Enter: The Lemon Brownies.

The name is somewhat of a oxymoron, so I prefer the name “lemonies”. Call them what you will, this recipe is a winter-winner.

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NOTE: I originally got this recipe from another site that is now out of business. This site has the same recipe, but attributes it to this source. Picture from this source.

 

 

 

Lemonies

INGREDIENTS

    For the Brownie

  • 1cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3cup flour
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3cup granulated sugar
  • 1teaspoon sea salt

    For the tart lemon glaze

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1cup icing sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
  3. Zest and juice two lemons and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined.
  6. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat for 2 mins at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  7. Pour into baking dish and bake for 23-25 mins, should turn golden around the edges.
  8. Allow to cool completely before glazing. Do not overbake, or the bars will dry.
  9. Filter the powdered sugar and whisk with lemon zest and juice.
  10. Spread the glaze over the brownies with a rubber spatula and let glaze set.
  11. Cut into bars and serve.

 

-Sam Lund, Social Media Director

Nutella Hot Chocolate and Frozen Whipped Cream

I need to share a few wonderful things with you all today. First is this video. It is How the Grinch Stole Christmas in American Sign Language, and you cannot tell me that this little girl isn’t the most adorable thing or that you don’t feel the Christmas spirit after watching it. Don’t even try.

The second and third wonderful things on my list are two easy-peasy recipes that you can use for your ugly Christmas sweater party, your white elephant gift exchange, or just for you, because you got your Christmas shopping done in August (go you). They are Nutella hot chocolate and frozen whipped cream. Trust me, they are so dang easy that you will wonder why you don’t do this every year!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Recipe from here.

  • 2 cups of milk (whole, skim, soy, almond, lactose free… any kind will work)
  • a heaping 1/4 cup of Nutella
  • whipped topping or marshmallows (optional)
In a 1 – 1 1/2 quart crock pot add 1 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk together until the Nutella is completely dissolved and incorporated.
Add the remainder of the milk and whisk to inocorporate it well. When it’s well incorporated the milk will be all frothy on top.
Place the lid on and turn the crock to low. Let heat completely through for 1 – 2 hours (mine took about an hour and a half).
Whisk one last time before serving to make sure everyone gets an equal amount of that great Nutella flavor. Serve topped with your favorite whipped topping or marshmallows.
hot-chocolate-free-clip-artFrozen Whipped Cream
Recipe from here.
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pour cold whipping cream into bowl of mixer.  Using whisk attachment whisk, on medium speed, whip until it begins to thicken and you see soft peaks form.  Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, continue mixing until well incorporated.

Take your whipped cream and spoon individual servings onto parchment lined baking sheet (I used my frosting tip/bag because they were already full of cream).  Place in freezer for 2-3 hours or until completely frozen.  Move to airtight container and store in freezer.

Merry Christmas, all!

By Sam Lund

Homemade Marshmallows

Here’s a fun holiday treat that the whole family can help make! These delicious homemade marshmallows will melt in your mouth, but the best part is choosing your favorite toppings to roll them in. Crushed graham crackers, toasted coconut, and cinnamon sugar are some tasty options, but you can use whatever you like! Try crushed candy canes for a festive holiday twist.

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Recipe courtesy of Analaine’s Home Cooking.

Marshmallows 

3 packages Knox gelatin
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white Karo
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the gelatin with 1/3 cup water in a small bowl, then add 1/3 cup boiling water. Mix well. Put 1/3 cup water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 2 cups sugar, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Then add 1 1/2 cups Karo and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix well, then pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in the gelatin mixture and blend together. Let it sit until lukewarm.

Mix on low speed to begin with, add vanilla and beat on high until peaks form and it will hold its shape. Grease a large cookie sheet and spread the marshmallow mixture onto the cookie sheet with a rubber spatula. Let the marshmallows cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Cut the marshmallows into squares (this is easier if you use a knife dipped in water) and roll in your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Contributed by Melissa Gee

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Now that you are all rested and full from Thanksgiving, what are you  going to do with all those leftovers? Here are some ideas . . .

“Cranberry Pancakes” image from here

“Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Watercress Salad” image from here

“Penne with Goat Cheese, Kale, Olives, and Turkey” image from here

“Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie” image from here

“Curried Turkey Casserole” image from here

“Cranberry Tartlets” image from here

“Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich” image from here

 

What are you Thankful for?

This time of year it can seem almost cheesy to express gratitude, however there is a good reason this holiday is all about giving thanks.

Happiness cannot be achieved through the acquisition of temporal desires and “keeping up with the Jones’.” True happiness comes only through faith, love, and obedience in our Father and Heaven and our relationships with His children. Each of God’s commandments are part of His plan of Happiness –a plan which shows us how to be happy.

images“Oh give thanks to the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

One commandment we are given is to be thankful. When you focus on the things you have to be grateful for, and when you express your gratitude to your God and to those around you, you prove to yourself that you have much to be happy about.

Thomas S. Monson teaches this concept better than I ever could in his talk “An Attitude of Gratitude.

During this season, take the time to kneel down before your Father in Heaven, and express a prayer of gratitude. You’ll find that doing so will make this holiday season full of more happiness than it can bring on its own.

By Janai Skiles, Social Media Director

Brownie Cake

The season for delicious goodness has finally arrived, and I am sure we are all anxious to indulge.  I’m still on a family history kick, so I couldn’t help but post a family recipe from my dear great aunt who is fighting a brain tumor as we speak. In her honor I present to you this delicious brownie cake recipe.

 

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Brownie Cake

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cubes butter or margarine

1/4 cup cocoa

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

Mix together sugar and flour and set aside.  Combine in saucepan water, butter or margarine and cocoa. On medium heat bring it to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and combine both mixtures.  Add eggs, buttermilk, soda, and vanilla. Beat well.  Pour into a greased and floured 11x17x1-inch baking pan.

Bake at 350° F. for 20 minutes.

Make Boiled Frosting 5 minutes before cake is done.

Boiled Frosting

 1 cube butter or margarine

3 Tbsp. cocoa

1 cup chopped nuts

1 tsp. vanilla extract

6 Tbsp. milk

1 lb. package powered sugar

Heat in a saucepan on medium heat with 1 cube butter or margarine, cocoa, and milk.  Bring to a boil; remove from heat; add powdered sugar, nuts, and vanilla mixing well.  Frost cake as soon as it is taken from oven.

I like to quickly sprinkle chopped walnuts or sliced almonds on top while the frosting is still hot.  You have to be fast before the frosting sets up or the nuts will not stay put.

Recipe by Audrey Peterson

Submitted By Chelsea Jamison

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