Mulligatawny Soup

I’m a soup lover. And I love curry. And this is a match made in heaven. I promise, if you like curry, this soup will not disappoint. Your tastebuds will be dancing! It tastes just like Earl’s Mulligatawny soup!! We love Earl’s Restaurant, and this soup is my husband’s fav! Pics to come!

Mulligatawny Soup

Makes about 1 gallon and should feed a family of 8 – possibly twice. 

1/2 c + 2 TB Butter
3/4 c Flour
2 medium onions, chopped
1 1/2-2 T curry powder
1 TB Salt
1/2 TB Pepper
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
2 TB Sugar
3 Chicken breasts
2 L Chicken stock
3/4 c Jasmine or Basmati rice
2 c 33% whipping cream
2 Apples, diced
1 Red Pepper, diced

Cut chicken breasts into strips and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper (the 1 T & 1/2 T salt and pepper are for in the soup – not for baking the chicken) and bake on parchment paper on a pan for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into 1/4″ coins when they are done.

Cook onions in 2 TB butter and onions in frying pan until onions are translucent. Add curry powder, salt, pepper, cloves and sugar and cook for a few minutes.

Cook 1/2 c butter and 3/4 c flour in a large pot until golden. Add 2L of chicken stock, the 3/4 c rice and the onions and spices from the pan. Simmer about 15 minutes until rice is cooked.

Add 2 c whipping cream, diced apples and diced peppers.

Simmer on low for another 20 minutes. Serve with warm Naan Bread or whole wheat toast.

Our Testimony Board: My Body Is A Temple

My body is sacred. I can jump. I can run. I can play. I can dance. Heavenly Father gave me my body. I can treat it with care. Because I want to respect my body, I will never take drugs, smoke or chew tobacco or drink alcohol or use addictive substances. My mind is also part of my body and I will try to think about good things and listen to good music and watch good movies.

I can show respect for my body when I take good care of it. I eat good foods like vegetables and fruits and I drink good drinks like water and juice. I can also exercise to keep my body healthy. I can keep my mind healthy by learning about lots of different things.

I can treat other people’s bodies with respect because they also came from Heavenly Father. Dressing modestly shows respect for ourselves and for Heavenly Father.

I know that we should treat our bodies exactly like a temple. We would never draw on the temple or poke holes in the temple or stop taking care of the temple. I love my body.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Our bodies … are the tabernacles of our spirits. He who is the Father of those spirits would have us build strength and virtue into these personal tabernacles.” 





Hi, My name is Brigham. I am 8 years old and love to swim, belly-flop, ride my scooter and jump on the trampoline. I love to read the stories in The Book of Mormon. My best day ever was getting baptized. My favourite primary song is “I Know The Scriptures Are True”. 




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Our Testimony Board: I Am A Child of God

“I Am a Child of God”

I just love that simple phrase. It is so comforting. I often think how everyone is a child of God and what that means. I guess it means that He is our Heavenly Father and we are His Children. Jesus is His son, our Brother. We need to try to be like Him; perfect, pure, holy, reverent so we that we can get back to Heaven.

We are on a path – an adventure with many bridges to cross and mountains to climb. God gave us commandments, prayer and the Holy Ghost to help us climb those mountains. We need to use those guides to get around the boulders on the path.

I have a testimony that we are all children of God and that He loves each and every one of us equally, no matter how far we stray from the path. I know that there are so many trials and temptations that life brings us, but we just need to keep climbing.

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 2 Nephi 31:20



tayleeHi, My name is Taylee Baril. I am 11  years old and I love to dance, sing (especially yodel!), play the piano and bake with my mom. I also love to read. A lot. My favourite book series is Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. My favourite primary song is “A Child’s Prayer”. I love to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sharing my testimony online. 
Thanks for reading my articles!

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Our Testimony Board

A few months ago, a couple of my children came home on a Friday afternoon from school visibly upset because of some things they had heard. They were confused and sad. As the other three came in the door, I asked them how they felt, and they were also confused and had many questions. I saw this as an opportunity to have an impromptu Family Home Evening…or family home “afternoon”. I gathered all five of my children in the living room and I silently prayed the spirit would direct my words and that we could have a short, successful lesson that would bring peace to my children’s hearts and help them to understand.

I immediately thought of an old bulletin board, about 3 feet by 4 feet that has laid under my bed for the past 4 years collecting dust. I finally knew what it could be used for. I quickly typed up the words “Baril Family Testimony Board: What We Know Is True” on the computer, printed it off and tacked it to the top of the board. Then I cut up a few dozen pieces of white paper, 2″ x 3″ and put them on the coffee table with a pile of tacks and pens and asked the kids: “Kids, what do you know?” They all looked at me for a minute and then my 7 year old asked, “What do you mean, mom?” I said, “I mean, tell me something you know is true.” One answered “I know that God loves me.” I said, “Perfect! So because God loves you then what else do you know?” Another child said, “I know He has a plan for my life.” “Good”, I said. “Give me another one….” And the conversation went like that back and forth for awhile as the kids wrote down their thoughts on the little pieces of paper and added them to the board.


I then explained how when we are confused, have doubts, or have trials, we can go back to the simple truths that we know. We talked about how each truth we know leads to more and more truth and that truth hinges upon truth.  We learned that we can lean on the small things we know and build from there. I taught them that our testimonies of the gospel are built upon small and simple truths – and that truth is so important in this crazy, mixed up, confusing world that we live in. It is important that we seek it, and when we find it, hang on tight to those things that we know and share them with others. I taught my children that truth is like an anchor and that as we are tossed about in the waves of the world, we must stay on the ship, hold on tight, and trust that the truths we know will anchor us tight. I taught them them that truth may not always be popular or politically correct but that there are unchanging constants in this world that we can depend upon.


They looked into my eyes and and I could see that they understood. They got right to work, especially the younger three little sponges of spirits who added paper after paper to the board. Even a few neighbourhood children added some as well.

This wasn’t a super profound exercise, but I feel it was an important one for two reasons. 1) It strengthened the testimonies of my children to vocalize and to articulate their impressions and the simple and pure knowledge they have by writing out what they know. 2) It gives opportunity for sharing because we have chosen as a family to have our children expand on this exercise by writing short articles to share with the world. On my blog, I have added a new tab under articles called “Our Testimony Board” where you can go and read short testimonies of my children that they have agreed to share. These are candid. The spelling may not be perfect, and they are in their own words with little to no editing. They are all theirs. We will be adding more as we go and hope to have one each week.

We hope, as a family, that this will lift and inspire others to reflect on what they know and maybe – just maybe – by shining our little lights, we can inspire others to shine theirs, or even ignite someone’s light that has gone out.

We hope you enjoy our family’s testimony board. If you would like to stay up to date with our project and with any other articles here at To Lift and Inspire, please subscribe! 🙂

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