Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow in Vegas! Helping UMC

<-- 1960 in London, Ontario... my sister Lynn and I. I'm in the purple and white snow suit. ****************************************

Well, we are about an hour from Vegas, and I am watching the snow on TV there! Unreal! They have stopped all flights out of McCarron Airport. It's snowing and blowing and there are power outages.

Here in Logandale we are at about 1300 ft above sea level and it's warmer here-- about 38f right now, so we are getting tons of rain from this storm!

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have been fasting and praying for that rain though and I am so grateful for the moisture we are receiving here in the valley. It's supposed to get down to upper 20s tonight so I think we will see a bit of the white stuff in Moapa Valley too tonight. That would be fun!! I love snow!

I wanted to remind any of you who don't know, about the project to help out UMC Hospital in Vegas. It's going to be my main focus in 2009 and I created a webpage about it but I will post most of that info here as well - the more people who know about it and can help, the better. Please tell your crafting friends and you can sure start making things tonight if you are done with your Christmas gifts!


If you want to make this set, that would be fabulous! Newborn size ONLY please (use a G or H if you crochet tightly -hook), they have lots of preemie items already.

UMC Hospital - the county hospital in Las Vegas, NV

For the month of January 2009, Bev's Charity Challenge is taking on the challenge of making as many warm newborn items as we possibly can for UMC Hospital. You are welcome to continue to make things and help them throughout the year though.

UMC is the county hospital and they receive any and all patients in need, whether they can pay or not, have insurance or not or are homeless and distitute. Many babies are born there every week who are born into poverty and are in need of clothing. There are 15-20 babies born there every day and UMC wants to make sure each baby that leaves UMC has clothing to take with them.

They can use anything for newborns really but the list below are items most needed. If you would like to join me, Bev Qualheim, in making as many needed items as I possibly can for them in 2009 please do!

Here is a PAGE OF Baby PATTERNS you can use, or use your own.

Full term Newborn clothing (hats and booties; sweaters, sleepers, onesies, little shirts, bibs, burp cloths etc ) and blankets;

(no preemie items for now as they are overstocked)

Other layette items including:
toys and rattles
baby cream,
baby oil and baby powder

Any of the above is appreciated.

Contact person:
Suzanne Fain, Volunteer Services Director
1800 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102

702-383-2388 E-Mail:


1 c. creamy peanut butter-
1/2 c. butter
1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet-chocolate chips
1 (12.3 oz.) box rice or corn CHEX-cereal
3 c. sifted powdered sugar Melt together butter, choc. chips, and peanut butter over a medium-low heat. Put cereal in large pan or roasting pan and pour chocolate mixture over it, stirring until well coated. Put powdered sugar in large brown grocery bag or large container with lid. Pour in coated cereal and shake well. Cool in fridge.

Bev's Molasses Cookies
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 TBsp Molasses
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


Cream shortening and sugar, add egg and molasses, then dry ingredients. Roll dough into balls, roll dough in sugar and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 mins.
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 egg separated
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c finely chopped walnuts
Jam or Jelly
Heat oven to 350 f. Mix shortening, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla thoroughly.
Sift flour and blend with salt. Stir into mixture. Roll dough into balls about
1-1/2" big. Beat egg white lightly with a fork till it froths, and then dip each
cookie ball into it. Now, place walnuts into a ziplock bag and smash them!
Gently place each cookie ball into the bag and coat with walnuts. Take out,
place on cookie sheet and stick thumb into center on each ball. (This is a
good job for little ones too!)
Bake your cookies, about 1" apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool. Use a teaspoon to fill the thumbprint hole in each cookie. Makes about
3-4 dozen cookies! Yummy!

HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE and stay warm. =)

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