May 13, 2014

Really?!

Yesterday while I was on the way to Kroger, I was listening to a local Christian radio station, when the young DJ felt that she need to offer some encouraging words to single parents or other people struggling with mother's day. "If you are having these struggles think about hearts and. . ."  

At this point I almost turned off the radio, because what I was thinking was: Really?!  On any other radio station this would have been funny, but on a Christian radio station to be told to think about hearts and butterflies or puppies is downright insulting. You have the words of life, use them! If you can't do that please quit talking, and play How Great is Our God, or 10,000 Reasons.

Remember that Paul's exhortation to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, or praiseworthy, was not an exhortation to think happy thoughts so that you can fly like Peter Pan. He was instead encouraging the Philippians in daily Christian life. This was after he had to ask two Christians to get along, "to be of the same mind."

If you are going through a hard time remember the Word of God was given to you for such a time as this.

Psalm 103
English Standard Version (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!


March 19, 2014

Popcorn and tea

I was making popcorn on the stove tonight, but I had the burner on too high and burned the popcorn. 

Me: I'm sorry honey, I burned the last of the popcorn.

Daniel: It will be OK.

Me: Do you want some tea?

Daniel: Sure.

Me: I won't burn the tea.

Daniel: Umm . . . I'd kinda like to see that!

Later - Cause that would be impressive!

February 7, 2014

Mamma Mia (Pizza with Alfredo Sauce)

I am currently moving a lot of my recipes over to this blog. I don't have time to update two blogs. I don't know why I thought this was a good idea in the first place. So be patient with me as this blog may become recipe heavy for a little while.







Pizza's are one of the easiest dishes to make. My husband and I used to make them every Sunday when we got home from church. They are a fast way to get a meal on the table.

This recipe uses Alfredo sauce instead of tomato pizza sauce.

Making the crust:
3 cups of flour white or wheat
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)*
1 cup lukewarm water
1 package of instant yeast (0.25 oz, 7g)

Dissolve yeast into the water. Sift or stir flour and salt together then add water and oil and stir together until the batter is too stiff to stir. Then start kneading. Knead for about 5-10 minutes. If you have a stand up mixer or a food processor with a dough blade you can mix it in the mixer or food processor and skip the kneading part. Don't use a food processor if you don't have a dough blade and don't mix it for long even if you do have one because it will overwork the gluten. Then let rise on hour for a nice thick crust.
If you don't have an hour just go ahead and roll out your crust onto a Pizza Stone or pizza pan. Poke the crust all over with a fork.

Note on the oil: Sometimes I use 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sometimes I use 1/4 a cup. Authentic Italian pizza crust calls for no oil at all. That is right: fat free pizza crust!

  Making the sauce:
Although we often use store bought Alfredo sauce. It is nice to have a recipe on hand when we are out. This is adapted from Guy Fieri's Alfredo sauce. He uses heavy cream, but as you can see I use milk to lighten it up.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons white wine
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon flour (for thickening)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Salt to taste

Saute garlic in olive oil. Add flour and mix until well blended (lumps should be from garlic not flour). Pour in wine. Add milk and Parmesan. Add salt to taste, you won't need much because Parmesan is a salty cheese.

Spread 1/2  cup of Alfredo sauce onto pizza crust. You can also use pesto, instead of Alfredo or tomato sauce.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella to taste (you won't need much cheese because there is already so much Parmesan in the Alfredo sauce)

Add other toppings
Pepperoni (turkey kind)

Bell peppers, chopped
Banana peppers, chopped
olives, black or green
onions, chopped
artichoke hearts
oregano and basil, fresh or dried

Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. This makes one large pizza; you can divide into smaller pizza's if you want.


Serving Size: 1 slice

Amount per Serving

Calories 307
Calories from Fat 97.2

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 10.8g
16%
Saturated Fat 3.8g
19%
Cholesterol 20mg
6%
Sodium 728.94mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate 33.06g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2.55g
10%
Sugars 0.88g
Protein 16.09g
32%

Est. Percent of Calories from:

Fat
31%
Carbs
43%
Protein
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.


January 14, 2014

Grilled Guacamole

We tried something interesting the other day, grilled guacamole.
To make it you need to grill all the ingredients before you mix them into the guacamole.
You will need:
2 Avocados
1 Lime
Jalapeno or Serrano pepper to taste (I highly recommend using fresh)
1 or 2 garlic cloves (Depending on size)
Salt to taste.

1. Slice the avocados and lime in half
2. scewer the garlic (and peppers if they are small)
3. Place on grill over the coals.

4. Grill to your liking

5. Mix all the grilled ingredients and salt to taste





November 26, 2013

Pumpkin Butter





Ingredients:
  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)

Fill a five quart slow cooker with pumpkin and little water. Cook all day on low. Then peel your pumpkin and return the pumpkin to the slow cooker and cook all night on low.  The next morning mash pumpkin with a potato masher or a wooden spoon and add next six ingredients. Cook for the rest of the day in slow cooker, stirring and mashing some more through out the day. Spoon pumpkin butter into jars and serve on biscuits. Yum!

November 22, 2013

I'm thankful for five years. . .

     I have something to confess. Two days ago I was crying at the thought of our upcoming anniversary, not because I don't love my husband, I do!!!  I just wanted to be pregnant by now. I prayed that God would let me at least be pregnant by Nov. 22. I've been praying it all year.  Still, I have reasons to smile.
      God is not holding out on us, and He does not owe us a child.  God has given me to Daniel and Daniel to me, and it has been a blessing to me.  God gave me a godly man, with a wonderful sense of humor. Daniel is great, and has strangely known what to do to make me laugh even in the face of infertility. He has teased me about having quadruplets when I was on Clomid, and went around quoting Kung Fu Panda when I went an acupucturist.  I think I would be a lot more depressed if I did not have him in my life, making me laugh. All in all I have more than I deserve.
      This is also a memorable anniversary, because we are buying a house, but we have not been able to close yet. Two days before closing the underwriters insisted that central heat and air be added to the house first.  So we are spending our anniversary like we've been spending the past several weeks: sleeping on an air mattress in my in-laws home. I am thankful that they put up with us through all of this, so we don't have to live in a crummy extended stay hotel, or take out a lease on an apartment. I think, I have a lot to be thankful for this year. If I were reading my story these would be the interesting parts. The interesting parts are not always the most fun to experience, but I learn more through them these experiences than through anything else. I'm learning to trust God a little bit more, and to love my husband more, and to laugh at the little things so that the big things don't swallow me whole. I can't end this post though without adding this video clip from Kung Fu Panda.
    

August 14, 2013

Lakeland Presbyterian Church 4 and 5 year old class

     I volunteered to help with the 4 and 5 year old class at Lakeland Presbyterian Church, for their Wednesday night services. I love this age group, they are so cute.  We had 8 children tonight 7 girls, and 1 boy. One of our little girls was shy, but the rest of them were lively and talkative. They were so talkative that it was very hard to get through our lesson. We were supposed to be teaching them about the invisible God and how His qualities could be seen in the world He created.

     That is when Marley told us that we could see everything in the room except for God and the wind. She then preceded to tell us that we could only see God if we died and went to heaven. Marley obviously wanted to be the teacher. Everyone else wanted to sing songs. They all took turns getting up and singing songs. They sang everything from Jesus loves me, to the ABC song and one girl made up a song about hopping.

     We ran out of time and were unable to go outside to play, all of the children were sad about this. I told them that why. "There was so much talking that we did not have time to go outside after our lesson, but maybe if we listen and are quiet next week we can go outside if the weather is good." Will they remember this? I doubt it.  Kym taught this week and I will be teaching next week. They are a fun little group, but I do hope I can get a word in edgewise next week. 

August 2, 2013

Dolphin Inn Sour Cream Waffles





     I found this recipe in one of my aunt Glenda's cook books, while I was in Florida over Spring Break in 2005. They used to have a Dolphin Inn Bed and Breakfast in Sea Side Florida where you could eat these waffles. Now the Inn is closed and you have to make them yourself. This is the best waffle recipe that I've tried.







3 egg yolks
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup melted margarine (cooled)
1 cup of sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg whites


Beat egg yolks, milk, margarine, sour cream, and vanilla in a mixer bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients and sugar; mix well. Beat egg whites in mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spoon batter into waffle iron. Cook using the manufacturers directions. Serves 6.

July 25, 2013

Jack's Birthday Picture's

OK, I'm really late with this, because our nephew Jack's birthday was June 2nd but better late than never right?


Jack just turned 3. This is the Tee Pee that he got from Grandma and Grandpa. Mrs. Becky found this at a flee market for $5. She sewed his name on it.


This is baby Kate enjoying her brother's birthday present too.  She is nearly six months old in this picture, and this is the only picture where she was being still enough to not be a blur.


                                                     Three year's old!


                                              Playing in his new sprinkler!