Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The authors take the reader from Pujol’s humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic to his first ten years as a major league player. The journey is interspersed with stories from the game itself creating more than enough interest for the sports fan; however, the real story is the Pujol’s family and their devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a baseball fan I found the book delightful, as a Christian, I found the book inspirational.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
Did you know that the most conservative statistics say the average American is exposed to 247 advertisements per day (from Consumer Report)? This morning my pastor articulated what I have been feeling for a few months about our society and advertising. What is the purpose of advertising? Feeding discontentment. We have 247 voices telling us each day that we need something else for our lives to be more complete. If you had this or that you would be much happier (thinner, stronger, prettier, more organized, whatever). Of course, he relayed it back to nothing solving the problem of contentment but Christ. Go read Philippians 4: 10-14.
In December we canceled our satellite. Our TV is 10 years old so we get NO channels. The kids still watch some movies and cartoons on DVD but with NO COMMERCIALS. This has made a huge difference in our lives. I would hear about all the stuff they saw advertised on TV. We had to talk about their immediate reaction to these things. It was often, "I need that!", or "I want that!", while I tried to let them know it was OK to like the things they saw but none of it was a need, and to think if they really did want it and why.
Our oldest daughter's birthday was earlier this month and do you know what she asked for? Nothing! It was plain and simple. She hasn't seen commercial after commercial telling her what great toys are out there that she just had to have. When asked, she couldn't really think of anything that she wanted. What is that? Contentment. Beautiful!
When we recently went over to my in-laws the girls turned on the TV and not five minutes later I heard, "Mom! Mom! You just have to come and see these (insert cute toy marketed for my wee ones)....". Sigh. I know I can't shield them from it all.
You know what works for me? No TV on a daily basis. What a blessing!
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Monday, February 14, 2011
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Cauliflower with Curry Butter and Almonds
1 medium head of cauliflower, about 2 pounds
4 tablespoons butter 1 shallot, peeled and finely diced (can use 1/2 a small onion)
2 teaspoons curry powder (Pinch My Salt used a Red Curry Powder, I used Madras - I would double it because Madras isn't spicy)
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
3-4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted**
salt, to taste
Rinse cauliflower under cold water and cut into small florets. Steam cauliflower in a basket over boiling water for 5-8 minutes, or until just tender. Remove the cauliflower to a plate or bowl and set aside.
Melt butter in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened. Add curry powder and stir for another 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice, cilantro, and honey. Add steamed cauliflower and almonds and toss until well combined and heated through. Season to taste with salt.
Serve over steamed white or brown rice or alone, as a side dish.
**I put my almonds in a cast iron skillet and put them in the oven until they were golden brown.
This post has also been linked to:
Mouthwatering Monday at Southern Fairytale
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
Hearth and Soul at A Moderate Life
Recipe Swap at Prairie Story
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage