best conference ever

It’s a good thing I watch General Conference at home.

For one thing, you can’t eat strawberry/Nutella/whipcream crepes at church and I might get some funny looks at the stake center or downtown when I exclaim, “Yes!” and pump my fist in the air whenever a speaker says something I particularly like. My children and husband laugh because invariably I look around after the last session ends and gush, “Wasn’t that the BEST conference ever!”

But it was. Really and truly. Every single talk inspired and enlightened me.

At our house there is no debate about breakfast on Conference Sunday– it is always and forever crepes, the recipe handed down from my French great-grandmother, Anna Diana Maria Frechette (everyone called her Mary).


My little Mary rinses strawberries while I mix the batter.

2 cups milk

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 t. salt

mix to the consistency of thick cream


Stefan beheads while Mary slices.


This little tool is my secret to perfect crepes. It’s simply a small dowel inserted into a larger one; it spreads the batter beautifully in the pan. We say “crêpe” at our house not the American “crape.”


While I cook, the line up begins.


Gabe is worried that we will run out of Nutella.


But we always have another bottle stashed away. Although, General Conference is on television in Utah, we watch it on the internet because our computer is much nicer than our TV.


As always, the boys dump out the Lego bin and build while they listen; it’s pretty serious work.




But for little Mary, four hours of indoor church is a bit much. So she set out with a bowl and scissors collecting blooms from the garden,


filled vases,


wiped up spills

more on the honey soon, I promise.

and added white roses as an afterthought (“because they remind me of Alice in Wonderland”).


Inspired by Elaine Dalton’s gorgeous talk on Fathers and Daughters, Mary set up a post conference picnic. Even if you’re not Mormon, you will love Sister Dalton’s powerful, gracious, wise counsel.



Every six months our leaders encourage us to read the scriptures, seek grace, serve others and most especially, to cherish our families– exactly the kind of advice I love to hear.
September 27, 2011
October 5, 2011



  1. ellen

    October 3, 2011

    Do you have 7,000 Lego pieces I can borrow?

  2. jennie w.

    October 3, 2011

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought this was the best conference ever. I didn’t fall asleep once!

    We say crêpe too, not “craype”. But only because we are pretentious.

  3. Amy

    October 3, 2011

    Even though you all are spelling “crepe” with the carrot thing on top, then teasing us americans for saying “craype” I still have no idea how to pronounce it correctly. Can you write it phonetically for me please. Because now I am dying to say it right!

  4. Linn

    October 4, 2011

    You make me happy.

    We ALWAYS have crepes (and yes, we pronounce it the non-American way also as my father-in-law served a mission in France and was a mission president in Switzerland) every General Conference Sunday. My husband makes them and they are so wonderful. Now I need to find him that tool you are talking about though. He is always trying to improve his crepe making and I will aid in the endeavor any day.

    Loved the post, cute Michelle.

  5. michelle

    October 4, 2011

    How I love it when you have new posts. I love the love that oozes from your home.

  6. Jeanelle

    October 4, 2011

    I loved it too although I still have to go back and rewatch a couple of talks. I love watching from home because I love being able to pause when we get interrupted and rewind to hear something wonderful again and again. (I look forward to the Lego shot on your blog every conference!)

  7. Judi

    October 4, 2011

    Loved this post…your little Mary is darling, and so lucky to have such great big brothers! And what a great daddy (and mommy too!)!

    We have pancakes, cinnamon rolls, sausage, eggs, and milk and juice. And of course, there is ALWAYS Nutella in our home!

    This year we did a procolamtion of conference and hung it up on a wall for us to be reminded over the next 6 months of some of the counsel we have recieved.

    It really was the BEST conference ever! (Maybe also because I realized that then next one we will have Robert here with us!)


  8. Selwyn

    October 4, 2011

    It’d sound weird no matter how we say it (apparently my French even has an Aussie accent) but we love them!

    I <3 you and yours.

  9. Tracy

    October 5, 2011

    I look forward to your apres-conference post every six months. It fills me with joy. Now I need to make crepes. xoxo

  10. Cath

    October 5, 2011

    Can I come to your house for conference?? This post was simply delicious. In so many ways.

    Agreed – Elaine Dalton’s talk was landmark. Loved Mary’s flower arrangements – so precious. And can you teach me the art to making crepes? xoxo

  11. Kit Linkous

    October 6, 2011

    we missed you this weekend. your crepes, daddy daughter picnic, and legofest looked like the perfect way to soak in every spirit-filled moment 🙂

  12. Rachelle

    October 7, 2011

    Love this post. Love the lego mess. Amen.

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