Sunday, May 13, 2012

Got Aloha?

Join in some Polynesian fun!

Monday at 5 meet at Abra Riley's home, 7775 SW 74th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97223, to learn how to prepare an island feast!

Tuesday at 6:30 at the church for the party! Everything from roasted pig to hula dancing!

Bring a friend and your aloha spirit!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Exploring Portland Enrichment

A huge "Thank you!" to the Enrichment Commitee for another great activity!
Missed it? Want the hand-outs?
Just comment to this blog and we will make sure you get them!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Anyone want to join me?

No Enrichment = no girl time!

One of the things I am trying to work on this year is budgeting. (*yawn)

I am on the meal planning step. I found these really cute free downloads!

Owls and everything. Maybe, if it is cute, I might use it. =)

I even have a binder to complete the book.
There is also matching recipe cards.

It is free - but will welcome donations to cover the ink.
So, wanna join me?
Jan 31st
8 pm
at the church.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Free Childcare!

Maplewood Ward Co-Op Childcare
·         Each family is given 3 hours worth of “bucks” per child.

·         Bucks can be spent on childcare or other forms of service with other Co-Op families.

·         Each family will be given a list of other families participating, medical release forms and contact information forms.

Please sign up if you are willing to trade off with other families.  This is a great free way to get to the temple regularly!

If you would like to sign up or have a question contact Janelle Hamm at You can also sign up in the RS binder on Sunday.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lets get this party started!

February 21st at 7:00pm
New year, with a new spin

The Traders Table is back! We are going to have a great night swapping what we cannot use for those items we can!

We will also have great ideas on how to up-cycle clothing and objects and give them new life. For example a tank top into a bag!

Get great ideas, get great stuff and visit with great sisters!

Tues, Feb 21st
7-8:30 pm
The church buildling-
6605 Southwest Garden Home Road Portland, OR 97223
What do I bring?
Anything you would like to donate, old clothing, housewares, electronics...
Let us know if you need help transporting you or your donations. =)

Soap for pennies!

We did it! We made our own hand and laundry soap! The Healthy Living Group is more DIY than we thought!

Next month join us for candle making!

Here are our soap recipes-

simple homemade laundry detergent

1 bar Fels Naptha, or other soap bar (castile, tallow, palm, or coconut oil base) (in laundry aisle)

3/4 C Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (Fred Meyers, Walmart)

3/4 C 20 Mule Team Borax (Most grocery stores)

2 Tb vegetable glycerin (online, pharmacy like Rite Aid or New Seasons)

Grate soap bar and melt in saucepan with 4 cups of simmering water. Stir constantly.

Fill 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot hot water.

Pour in melted soap. Whisk. 

Mix borax and washing soda together and mix in.  Add glycerin and whisk until completely dissolved.

Fill remainder of bucket with more hot water.

Put lid on and let it cool 12-24 hours.  Add drops of essential oil if desired. (Orange, lavender, etc, but Fels Naptha is a strong clean smell)

Will gel and may look crazy gel-like, just shake or stir before using. If the gel is not consistant reheat and stir again.

Use 3/4 C to 1C per laundry load.  1/4 C to 1/2 C for front loading machines.

Liquid Hand Soap
1 c soap flakes
10 c water
1 Tbs glycerin


    Cheese grater A large pot Measuring cup and spoons A spatula for stirring A soap container with a hand pump A container to hold excess soap Funnel


First, grate the soap. Get out your cheese grater, grab the soap, and get grating. I found this to be surprisingly easy, although the soap particles tend to float in the air as you grate. You can wear a mask to avoid breathing it in. When you’re done, the soap flakes look like grated Parmesan.
One bar of soap yielded a little over 1.5 cups of flakes. The recipe only uses one cup of soap flakes, so I put the remaining soap in a jar for later use.
In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. Turn on medium heat and stir until the soap dissolves. 
Let the soap cool completely, then pour into the containers using the funnel. That’s all there is to it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Giving Tree

Service group is going to take off in the holiday spirit. We are doing a ward Giving Tree. To help those who may need additional assistance this time of year.
We will start by combining with the craft group in making tags, and Christmas tree ornaments. Some will be used for the Giving Tree and some for us to share or use at home.
All sisters are invited to join us this Saturday, 11/26 at 10am at the church. Hot cider and pastries will be there to munch on.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.