Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of July 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:Week 04-06

Included are printable bookmarks, with an image representing a temple wedding and blank spaces underneath, so the children can write down steps they can do now to help them get closer to their goal of marrying in the temple someday.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.


 

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Curried Carrot Soup

Don’t you just love a bowl of warm vegetarian soup on these cold Australian winter evenings? Ooh, and pair that with crusty bread fresh out of the oven. Yum!

Here’s one of those delicious vegetarian soup recipes you might want to try. Quite easy to prepare and will be ready in less than an hour.

Carrot Soup

CURRIED CARROT SOUP

Olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
500 g carrots, chopped (approx. 7-8 medium sized)
1 potato, chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
100g split red lentils, washed
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 cups water
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 lime

Heat oil in a saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add carrots, potato and curry powder. Stir well.  Add lentils, stock cubes, water, salt and black pepper. Stir well to dissolve the cubes, while allowing to boil. Simmer over low heat for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.

Transfer soup to a blender and process until smooth. Then, return soup to saucepan to reheat.  Drizzle gently with juice and grated rind of lime, before serving with warm crusty bread.  Enjoy your yummy soup!

Sharing Time Talks For July 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of July:


Week 2: Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family.

Why do we need to focus on families? Why is family so important?

Previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The family is the basic unit of society. The praying family is the hope of a better society.”

If we nurture our family with love and faith, not only the family will be blessed but the people that surround us.How do we strengthen our family?

1. Family Prayer – Family prayer strengthens our relationship with God. By taking action as a family to pray, we can begin to see evidence that our Heavenly Father is present and working in our lives. This evidence allows us to feel assurance that we’re not alone and can give us courage to push forward through hardship.

2. Family Scripture Study – Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “Make the scriptures an integral part of everyday life. If you want your children to recognize, understand, and act on the promptings of the Spirit, you must study the scriptures with them. . . . Through daily, consistent scripture study, you will find peace in the turmoil around you and strength to resist temptations. You will develop strong faith in the grace of God and know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all will be made right according to God’s timing.”

3. Family Home Evening – Family home evening is a time to enjoy each other and have fun together. Through simple activities—games, service, sharing talents, visits to local sites of interest—families create connections and build unity.

Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening are the very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes.


Week 3: The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family.

Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men. Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men.

How does Priesthood affect my life?

 1. When you were a baby, you were held by the hands of worthy priesthood holders to give you a name and a blessing.

2. When you go to Primary, you are taught by your teachers about the gospel of Jesus Christ. These teachers are called and set apart by the priesthood power.

3. When you reach 8, you are baptized through the power of a priesthood.

4. During adolescence stage, young men are given (when found being worthy) the Aaronic or the Melchizedek Priesthood to conduct sacred ordinances.

5. When you reach your missionary age, you will be set apart as a full time missionary by a priesthood leader.

6. Endowments, family sealings, and temple marriages are also made possible by the power of a priesthood.

These are just some of the many blessings that priesthood power can bring. Because of this power, we can go back to Heavenly Father someday.


Week 4: Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counseled, “The most important single thing that any Latter-day Saint ever does in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, by the right authority.”

Heavenly Father wants us to marry in the temple so we can be exalted and have an eternal family. He wants us to receive the fullness of joy that His gospel brings.

The gospel is what life is all about. It’s the whole reason we are here. When we follow the gospel path, it leads to joy. And that path leads to a temple marriage, either in this life or in the life to come. No blessings will be withheld from the Father’s faithful children.


 

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 3)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd week of July 2018 is “The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 3 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:Week 03-04

I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested questions for the class, so you’d see how they look like, as well as some sample answers the kids might give.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use if you would like to include a picture coloring activity, as well as use these pictures as visual aids. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their colored pictures home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

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You can also use the Sharing Time Talks for July 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.


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Fried Rice Last Night!

Hubby came home yesterday afternoon and had a cross between a late afternoon snack and early dinner, then said he probably won’t eat much for dinner because he was full.

With enough leftover boiled jasmine in the cooker, I decided to simply cook fried rice for dinner. One of my ways of recycling food that’s still too good to toss in the bin.

While I didn’t take notes during the preparing and cooking process, I will just do my best to recall how I made it. And since I didn’t really do exact measurements of the amounts of the ingredients I mixed in the dish, feel free to have more or less of the ingredients, depending on how you like it.

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LAST NIGHT’S FRIED RICE

Cooking oil
2 eggs, well beaten
A handful of chicken fillet
50g butter
3 cups cold cooked rice
1 brown onion, sliced
1 piece carrot, chopped to small bits
1 small can of corn kernels, rinsed and drained
A handful of frozen green peas
2 tablespoons fried garlic (we already have fried garlic, so I used that)
A handful of cooked prawns, shelled and each sliced into 2 or 3 parts
Soy sauce to taste
Tomato sauce to taste
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Salt to taste
Ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat oil on pan. Beat eggs in a bowl and season with salt. Fry well beaten egg in the pan until cooked. Take out of the pan, slice to small strips and set aside.

Slice chicken fillet into small parts. Fry in pan until thoroughly cooked. Roughly break up cooked chicken into smaller bits using a wooden spoon. Add butter and onions. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add carrots and corn. Stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add cold rice. Break up rice and mix well with the other ingredients in the pan. Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and ground cayenne pepper to taste. (You can skip the Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper, if you don’t like it spicy.) Mix everything well and cook over medium heat.  Continue to stir every now and then for about 10 minutes.

Add sliced cooked prawns, frozen green peas, and fried garlic. Combine well with the rest of the dish. Cook over low heat for another 5-10 minutes, stirring every now and then so the bottom part doesn’t get burnt.  Serve warm.

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Oh, by the way, hubby ended up eating dinner after this. In fact, he had to stop himself from eating much of this so he could still have enough fried rice to pack for lunch at work today. Lol!

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of July 2018 is “Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 02-06

I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested bunch-of-sticks activity, so you’d see how they look like.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use for the suggested drawing activity. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their drawings home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

Week 02-07

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of July 2018 is “Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a family”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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The sample answers in white font are not included in the printables. I only added them on the image above so there’s a bit of samples of answers the kids might give.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

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Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

When somebody in the house is having a birthday, but work schedule is not letting you have a party, what do you do? In our case, we’ll just have cupcakes!

I found this simple chocolate mud cupcake recipe in one of my books, but as usual, I had to adjust parts of it to suit my preferences. Whatever works for you, right? So, here is how I made the chocolate mud cupcakes:

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CHOCOLATE MUD CUPCAKES

Ingredients:
300g plain chocolate chips or cooking chocolate
300g butter (does not really matter much whether it is salted or unsalted)
5 eggs
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 cup self raising flour

Melt chocolate and butter in a pan on the stove, or in a bowl in the microwave oven. Stir well and set aside to cool a bit.

Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Sift 1/2 cup flour into the egg mixture, then fold. Sift the remaining flour into the same mixture and fold again. Stir in the melted chocolate and butter until well blended.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. (I prefer turning the oven on when I have already finished mixing the batter and just before I transfer the batter into the cake tin, as I find that if I start preheating the oven before mixing anything, it reaches the desired temperature waaaaaayy before I’m finished making the cake batter, so it’s just wasting energy for quite a while afterwards, until I put the cake in.) 

Spoon the mixture into paper baking cases in a muffin tin. This recipe should yield around a dozen cupcakes. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. The cupcakes are expected to be soft and gooey. Remove muffin tin from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing the cupcakes from the tin.

You can dust the cupcakes with cocoa powder or icing sugar, or decorate them with your favourite icing.

Know Your Ingredient – Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Description
Lemon Balm is a herbal plant that belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. Its leaves are heart-shaped and deeply veined characterized by a mild lemon scent. It grows up to 150 cm tall. It produces white flowers during summer, which attracts the bees. The flavor of this herbal plant comes from its contents like citronellal, geranial, linalyl acetate and caryophyllene.

Nutrients
Lemon Balm contains phenolic compounds, rosmarinic, protocatechuic acids, caffeic, and flavonoids.

Health Benefits/ Medical Use
This herbal plant has been known to cure cold sores, stomach upset, sleep disorders, and even Alzheimer’s disease. It is also used to cure colic to breastfed babies. It also helps in maintaining a normal blood pressure. The leaves are known to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s a good treatment for flu, insomnia, indigestion, depression, and Herpes virus. It also acts a memory booster.

Culinary Use
Lemon Balm has a delicate lemon flavor and has been widely used in making dishes. It is a good garnish to fruit salads and drinks.

Bendigo Filipino Fiesta 2018

And so this blog was silent for over 10 days. Well, if we have to blame it on something, it will have to be the Filipino Fiesta, which we helped organise and also sponsored.

Serious planning started as early as January of this year. Roles were assigned and defined. Suddenly, the weeks and months passed by oh so quickly and next thing we knew, it was April!

Thankfully, a lot of our supplies arrived in the last two weeks, after being delayed by the Easter break and what-nots. Then came the job of repackaging, pricing, and deciding on the mock set-up.  Plus, there was also the shopping of lollies, biscuits, toys and other inexpensive novelty items for the children’s games.

By Saturday morning, hubby wakes me up around 7am, but I sleepily and jokingly asked if I could just arrive at the fiesta venue much later at 10am. Of course, not. I dragged myself to the venue, with a car loaded with TQB merchandise and children’s game props and prizes.

And tah-dah! Here’s one of the children’s games that I prepared for the fiesta:

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It is called “pabitin”. During the game, kids stand below this, to this sight…

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…and somebody (an adult) holds the other end of the rope and pulls the rope back and forth, so the pabitin goes up and down, teasing the kids, who would jump up and down to try and grab some of the goodies that they could reach.

Here was our stall. We were sharing the marquee with a friend, who’s also selling some bracelets, rings and necklaces, as well as some refreshing drinks.  Those milk crates and white storage boxes served dual purposes – to hold the goods as they were transported, and to hold/elevate the displays at the stall.

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Before it got busy, I was able to take a quick walk around to snap some shots.

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Then, the Santacruzan parade started. Traditionally, in the Philippines, this parade is held in the month of May. But because May is the last month before it’s winter in Australia, we just couldn’t have it in May, because all those pretty gowns don’t quite match with beanies and ugg boots. 🙂

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This was the last decent shot I had taken. After this, a friend of mine from high school arrived, so I had to entertain her. Then customers started coming to the stall. The program started and the games had to be done. Oh well, you can just imagine how busy it became.

But this yummy treat nearby was beckoning me. Luckily, hubby was nearby, so I asked him to buy some of the tempting “ensaymada” (a type of soft Filipino sweet bread) for me. Oooohh! It was delicious! I regretted not buying a dozen of it. (OK, I was too busy to regret during the day, but when the fiesta was over and we were relaxing at home, and there were a couple of these left in our bag, I did regret not buying more.)

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Photo from The Weekend Ensaymada FB page

So, the fiesta was quite a success, but we are all relieved that it’s finally done and we can relax and get back to our normal lives. Lol!

So now, what do we do for FIG Activity Day?