Month: October 2014

Pinterest Win! One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

Pinterest Win! One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

If you’re like me, which is to say, addicted to Pinterest, then I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the same recipes floating around. Certain recipes get pinned hundreds of thousands of times. But I want to know, do they actually work? Or is it…

Playing Favorites? Response to Parental Favoritism

Playing Favorites? Response to Parental Favoritism

I used to joke about being the “forgotten one.” Mostly because of this picture taken at my first Christmas. The focus of the picture was actually on my older sister opening her presents; however, there I was falling over in the background, “forgotten.” I am…

Pumpkin Patch Oreo Pudding Cups

Pumpkin Patch Oreo Pudding Cups

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Ingredients:
8 Chocolate pudding cups
1 package of Oreos
1 package of mini pumpkin candies
Directions:
First split 8 Oreos into halves, leaving one side with all the cream filling. Set the cream filling ones aside. Take the remaining sides of the Oreos and crush them to make Oreo crumbs.
Open the pudding cups and sprinkle Oreo crumbs over the pudding. This layer can be as thin or thick as you like.
Then take the Oreo sides you set aside. Partially wedge each Oreo side lengthwise into the back of a pudding cup so that it looks like a full moon.
Finally, place two or three mini pumpkin candies into each pudding cup on top of the Oreo crumbs.
Take a picture of your edible pumpkin patch and enjoy with friends and family!
By Ashley Smith
Wedding Wednesday: Picking the Perfect Dress

Wedding Wednesday: Picking the Perfect Dress

My name is Bryn Adams and about a month ago I got engaged to my best friend! Over the last month, my fiancée and I got a lot of planning for the wedding done. One of the major things that happened two weeks ago was…

The Ten Commandments of Procrastination

The Ten Commandments of Procrastination

Start your diet… tomorrow. Push the snooze button four times. Out of bed—7:45am. Class/work—8am. Avoid putting your clean laundry away until it’s all dirty again. Leave the dishes in the sink until you bring out the paper plates because nothing is left. Fill up your…

Meet Conor, Blogging Editor

Meet Conor, Blogging Editor

This is teeny tiny baby Conor.
This is teeny tiny baby Conor.

Conor, a junior studying English and political science (aiming for a Ph.D. in English lit, Victorian perhaps, with a side of adaptation theory. Ideally not filling out unemployment papers), hails originally from Boston, but was raised primarily in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He enjoys politics, religion, pop culture, Lithuania, super heroes, literature, film, food and any intersections that those interests can have.

Conor writes often (seriously—close to constantly), whether that be literary criticism for class, beatnik poetry for kicks, satire for the Student Review, blog posts about Mormonism, or pieces for Stance.

He also loves a semi-snarky use of parentheses (as if that wasn’t clear from their abundance in this brief bio).

Check out Conor’s blog: Mini Manifestos

First-Ever Failed Family Photo Contest!

First-Ever Failed Family Photo Contest!

We get it. Not every family picture is a winner. But…the laughs to be had afterward? Priceless. HENCE, our first-ever Stance Failed Family Photo contest! Starting today, we will be sharing our favorite hilarious family photos gone wrong. The top three pictures chosen by our…

First Aid Friday: CPR 101

First Aid Friday: CPR 101

Earlier this year, I conducted a survey in Utah Valley that tested many individuals’ understanding of First-Aid. One of the most frequently missed questions was, “When performing CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), how many chest compressions are done per minute?” After missing this question, the surveyees responses…

4 Steps For Preserving Family History

4 Steps For Preserving Family History

chelsea1Every so often an event happens that puts everything into perspective. All those stressors—education, family, careers, and hundreds of other things—become hushed and fade into the background. Just a couple weeks ago, my family found out that my great aunt, who we love and adore, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given a couple of precious months to live. I spent the last week with very little sleep and no breaks editing my great-grandfather’s autobiography in-between classes and work, so that my Aunt Audrey could read her dad’s story before her sight is taken and eventually her life.  This experience taught me the joy and love we can feel as we learn about our families and preserve our history.

Here are four ways to preserve our family history:

1. Keep your own history

President Spencer W. Kimball, a man who had 33 black binders of journals when he was called to be President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had an incredible testimony of writing a journal.  He said, “get a notebook, my young folks, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity.  Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, you impressions and your testimonies.  Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events.”*

Start today and write for one minute. Include as many events and feelings as you can. Do not try and play catch up with the last five years of your life. It will stress you out and you’ll quit. Make a goal to write once a week or however often you can that will stretch you but not set you up for failure.

2. Take pictures

There is nothing like looking at family photos and reliving memories. Most of us have phones with decent picture-taking abilities. Remember to use them and backup those pictures. It is also fun to make a photo album. There are lots of ways to create them online or slip photos into an already-prepared photo albuSummer 09 654m.

3. Visit with the sages

Take the time to talk to your grandparents and other aged people in your family (and the younger ones too). Record your conversations with them as they describe what life was like for them. This weekend I spent two days recording conversations between some of my aunt’s thirteen siblings. They were sharing stories, laughing, and singing together. The stories I captured on my phone (thanks to smart phones, we have no excuses!) are so special, and I hope to add them to my great-grandfather’s autobiography so other members of my family can read them and pass them on.

4. Share with others 

Thanks to technology, we have so many ways to share our family history. We can create a family website, blog our experiences, or email stories and pictures. Online sharing is also a wonderful way to share family recipes and keep up traditions. The Internet is an incredible blessing to photothose who fill it with good things and use it for good purposes.  

Now that you’ve taken the time to read this post, go take the time to do its tips. Happy doing!

 

By Chelsea Jamison

*See more of President Kimball’s words here and here.

Sign the Petition: Represent Women on BYU Campus

Sign the Petition: Represent Women on BYU Campus

Sign the petition. Join the cause. Represent Women on BYU Campus! To sign the petition, go to this link below: https://www.change.org/p/kevin-j-worthen-give-the-lsb-a-proper-name?recruiter=2505350&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition Why should you sign? This cause is the result of two intersecting realities. The time has come for a prominent campus building to be named…