Just capturing a bit of the Louisiana sky as the sun sets slowly in the west.
Most of the morning was spent with the usual office duties. We only received notification of 3 new missionaries--all coming in July. (President Wall assures me that plenty more will be coming.) After getting their packets ready to go out I did a little reorganizing in the files and worked on incoming cards and summaries. They're time consuming, but that doesn't bother me because this is how I get to know the new elders and sisters before they actually arrive.
Elder Lauper and Elder Fontenot went out on a washer-dryer hunt since we have a few machines in the area that need replacing. While they were gone I worked through lunch, and it's amazing how much you can get accomplished when no one is in the office and the phone isn't ringing. The office elders had gone to their district meeting then the district always goes out to lunch. Then most of the district came back to the office because 3 of them needed TIWI cards. I'm not sure that I've explained these, but from what I understand you can't drive without them. I may have called them tattle-tale cards at one time. They look like a credit card and have to be swiped somewhere in the car before driving. You can actually drive, but it will be reported. It records pretty much everything you do, like speeding, seat belts not on, using the car for more than 8 hours, etc. If you don't cut your speed or make other needed corrections it's all reported. Elder Lauper gets weekly reports and reviews them to see if the missionaries are in compliance with the rules. You do NOT want Elder Lauper to place a red dot on your driving file!
I spent most of the afternoon at the Mission Home working with Sister Wall and the Assistants on updating the mission website. Thank goodness the Assistants will be doing most of the computer work. I have a few assignments, but most of them involve updating a mission bike policy and letter to the new missionaries that I've already typed. It just needs to be coordinated with the website. Whew!
This is just another little plaque that the Wall's have in their family room. President Wall uses this quote regularly. Well, I'm beginning to look like I have tons of friends!
Remember our visa waiter who left for Brazil not too long ago. His mom sent the recipe for the cake that Elder B shared with us in the office. He said it had 3 packages of cream cheese. Fortunately he was wrong. It was only 1. Mom also sent a butter cookie recipe that looks pretty darned good. So here they are. I highly recommend the cake, having already tasted it's deliciousness. As missionary mom says, "Enjoy!"
Gooey Butter Cake
1 yellow cake mix (I usually use Betty Crocker Butter Recipe)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick butter (melted)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
Grease 9x13" pan. (I use PAM.) Mix cake mix, 2 eggs, and melted butter. Spread evenly into pan. In another bowl, mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over mixture in pan. Bake 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees or until nice and lightly brown on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar once cake has cooled, or just before serving. Enjoy!
Gooey Butter Cookies
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
Mix all together, then chill dough for 30 minutes. Roll dough into walnut-size balls, roll in powdered sugar, then bake on cookie sheet sprayed with PAM. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. (The bottoms will brown nicely when done, much like a sugar cookie.) Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled, sprinkle tops of cookies with powdered sugar. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookie. They are a soft cookie...don't expect them to last very long...they go quickly at our house! :)