Monday 24 January 2011

Women of Inspiration

Welcome to my Monday morning Women of Inspiration Post. This is something I started just last week on here and have been developing since. Each week I want to present to you a special woman, someone who has made a difference in my life through the years, and there have been many. I hope that you may be uplifted in some way by this, and that you will want to share someone who has inspired you with me as well, in the comments section below.

"We are all in this together. We need each other, oh how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young. and hopefully, you who are young, need some of us who are old. It is a sociological fact that women need women. We need deep, satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We need to lock arms and build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth."
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

After a dedicatory prayer at the gravesite of his beloved wife, Marjorie, our (now deceased) church President Gordon B Hinkley rose from his chair, kissed his fingers, laid them on the mounds of flowers adorning his wife's casket and softly said, "Goodbye."

Although I did not know her in person, I always felt that I knew her . . . and of her . . . as a friend, as a woman, and as a huge example of all that we, as women can and should be. One of my favourite motivational speakers, Marjorie Pay Hinckley was a tiny woman with a huge love of learning and life. She was a homemaker, civic leader and very supportive of her husband, the late President of our church. Active in doing genealogy and family history, she traveled around the world, speaking at conferences, seminars, and dedicatory services of more than twenty LDS temples. She was mother to five children, and was known for her quick wit and warmth, which endeared her to many.

She shared her life experiences in giving gentle encouragement and advice to others to help them get through the problems of each day. She was genuine, and treated everyone with kindness . . . and was as comfortable in the company of Kings and Queens, as she was with every day ordinary folk. She travelled the world over, alongside of her husband as he did his business with the church, and was a supportive and gentle help meet for him during all of their married life together. From her writings, I have been able to glean that she truly believed in people and was always able to see the best in every situation.

Sheri Dew said of her, "I always left her presence feeling better about myself. Marjorie Hinckley was faith, hope and charity personified. . . . She had the pure love of Christ in her."

From the first time I heard her speak, during my early days in this church, I was inspired by her wit and humour, her strength and wisdom, and her gentle, kind and loving spirit. In short, she was a woman whose very example I wanted to follow in every way. Humble, selfless, loving and kind. She appeared to be everything that I aspired, and aspire to be.

"Who knows that something wonderful may happen today. Have faith that it will. After all, every mornin gis a chance at a new day!"

~Marjorie Pay Hinkley, a great woman of inspiration to all women, and for all time.

Our little Mitzie passed another milestone last night. We finally decided that at seven months of age she was old enough to be trusted to sleep outside her crate and so we have taken it down and she spent the whole night last night sleeping in her bed and waiting for me to awaken this morning. I was ever so pleased to find that she had not gotten into anything, chewed anything, nor made a mess of any kind when I entered the living room this morning. I am so proud of her!! I think we can finally pack it away! Her dog trainer is coming this afternoon and I am excited to be able to show her just how much we have been able to do with Mitzie over this past week. She is now obeying the sit, wait, down and stay commands, at least here in the house at any rate! She also loves to play the game "Go find." We put her in the kitchen, behind the baby gate, show her one of her toys and then we go hide it somewhere in the living room. Then we go back and open the gate with the words to "go find squeaky (or ball, or teddy, or duck, depending on which toy it is we have hidden). It is exciting to watch her then sniff her way around the room until she actually finds that particular toy! She doesn't get the wrong one, even though they are clearly sitting there, she will go find the actual one we have asked her to. I know I am biased, but I think she is one very bright little cookie!

These are not cookies, but they are very tasty cupcakes. Unfortunate for Todd, they are chocolate, but sometimes a woman just has to have what a woman has to have! Women, inspiration and chocolate, the three just go together so well, don't you think??

*Double Chocolate Cupcakes*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

Moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a white chocolate icing. What could be any better than that!

7/8 cup of butter (14 TBS or 200g)
1 cup sugar (7 ounces)
1 scant cup of self raising flour (5 ounces)
3/4 cup of cocoa powder (2 ounces)
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 medium free range eggs, beaten
1 to 2 TBS milk

7/8 cup butter (14 TBS or 200g)
a scant 2 cups of icing sugar (7 ounces)
4 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled
seeds of one vanilla pod
Chocolate curls to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar for the cakes together until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Gradually beat this mixture into the creamed mixture along with enough milk to make a batter of soft dropping consistency. Divide equally amongst the paper cases. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until well risen and the tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely before proceeding.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter and icing sugar until fluffy, then stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla seeds. Spread over the cupcakes and then sprinkle with the chocolate curls.

In The English Kitchen today, a delicious Cottage Pie with Cobbles.


  1. Not so sure about your last comment..women and chocolate !! I'm with Todd on that one I am not a chocolate fan in particular...I think the more and more I think about Todd the more and more I think he and I would make a goood pair!!! LOL... As for that wee Mitzie I say she sure is a clever lass. Much brighter than my wee Dee for sure !! Maybe to do with your teaching and having a good person to teach you as well....although Dee was the most fightened wee dog I have ever had... for no reason that we can imagine...even now if anyone comes visit he dashing under a footstool under a table way behind his bed so he is out of sght...people never know I have a dog...unless he decides to peep out !!daft he is I tell him !!
    when is it your appointment for your knee...I have a feeling it's soon but forgot to put it in the diary ?
    Love Sybil xx

  2. WONDERFUL new series,Marie! And great news about Mitzie--she's making some very good progress these days. LOVE your chocolate cupcake. Luckily, my hubby loves chocolate, and just about anything sweet, so he doesn't complain. ;o) Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  3. Well, sorry Syb. sorry Todd but chocolate is chocolate and its power cannot be set aside.

    My old friend Helen, now passed, who would have been 103 last week, was a woman I always looked up to. Even now I find myself asking "I wonder what Helen would have said....". She could be a difficult woman to get along with and did not suffer fools gladly. She used to say being a bit prickly protected her from 'fools' - what an honour to be on her "Not Fools" list. We spent hours and hours chatting and setting the world to rights. Her mind and memories remained unclouded right up to her sudden death at the age of 93. Probably the most interesting woman I ever knew, Helen Rowbotham. I miss her still.

    Congrats on your big leap forward with Mitzie. Don't it feel good? She's still a baby though, with a doggy adoloscence to go through yet so you won't be too hard on her if she forgets her manners occasionally?

  4. I'm happy to hear of Mitzie's accomplishments and love how she finds what you've hidden from her. She must give you both hours of entertainment. I hope your Monday is a wonderful day.

  5. Oh your Mitzie is wonderful! She could probably teach my "boys" a thing or two!

  6. Marie, I loved your post and I will look forward to other similar ones. Like you, there are so many wonderful women who have left a mark on my life. I have loved Sister Hinckley for years and have enjoyed reading about her. I had a very sweet experience with Pres. Hinckley after Sister Hinckley had passed a way. I may share it at some point.
    On to chocolate; I had a melt down today and had to call my husband to help me not run into the kitchem for some chocolate. I decided to try to go off chocolate for one week; it is so hard. I told him I still have 4 more days to go. I am realizing how truly addicted I am; so I think this will be a good thing in the end. At least I can perhaps cut back on having so much chocolate for sure. This is a self mastery thing; I think!
    Blessings and hugs! LeAnn

  7. Hello dear,
    I am sorry that I have not been by to visit as of late. I think of you every day with love. I just been really busy trying to clean out my kitchen cabinets and my computer is giving me all sorts of problems again. I need to go back to Best Buy to the Geek squad again but I haven't had the energy. Then I got released from YW which has made me really sad....and I've had a bad head ache. I've just had no energy at the end of the day to even turn on my computer. I have missed you.

    I too love Sis. Hinckley and I love the pictures you've posted of her. She was just wonderful.
    Mitzie is a smart little gal. I am glad that you have her and she brings you and Todd so much joy. I really miss Heidi but we travel too much to get a puppy. I will just have to enjoy Mitzie through your blog.

    I wish you could come to the tea party Friday. We will all be thinking of you with love.

    I am feeling better tonight....maybe by tomorrow I will be back to normal.
    I'm sending lots of love your way.
    Hugs, Lura

  8. i love sister hinckley. what an amazing and sweet woman she was(and is still i know it!).

    and even though you are biased, you are right! mitzie is a very smart puppy!! she has learned so fast(but of course she also has owners that teach her well and take good care of her!) i think zac is a smart little dude too:)


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