Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
|The Space Shuttle Challenger lifting off at the Kennedy Space Center. (January 28, 1986)|
Picture courtesy the NASA Kennedy Space Center
It was another cold January day in South St. Paul, Minnesota. I was in sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. It was just after lunch when a friend and I were walking back to school after fulfilling our crossing guard duties for the departing morning Kindergarten students. A passing car stopped us and told us the news of the Challenger explosion and told us to run back to school to let them know. By the time we arrived the news had already spread. TVs were brought into our classrooms and we spent the afternoon watching footage over and over of the tragedy.
Do you remember where you were on January 28, 1986?
Monday, January 24, 2011
Mom's Meatball Stroganoff
makes 24 meatballs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup onion, minced
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 pound ground beef
Mix the above ingredients and form into 24 balls. I used a cookie scoop for proportion then rolled them nicely by hand. Brown in a frying pan (I don't use oil when browning but you may). Take meatballs out of the pan.
Mix together 3 Tbs flour (I use wheat) and 2 cups beef broth (I use a salad dressing shaker or a jar to mix them well). Add to the pan you used to brown the meat. You may add a 1/2 cup dry red wine a this point or leave it out. I add a can or two of sliced mushrooms as well. Simmer for 15 minutes then add your meatballs back in. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Just before serving add 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. You may want to add salt, pepper, or minced onion flakes to the sauce.
Serve over (spinach) noodles :)
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I think our family prays a lot. We pray at meals, before going to school, before bed, whenever we see emergency vehicles on their way to help, when in need, when rejoicing, and whenever else the spirit leads us. Since the girls have been born prayer has been a huge part of our lives. I never thought we were missing an important prayer, praying together as a couple.
Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt is a great reminder of the benefits of prayer. Rushnell and DuArt use enjoyable stories of real-life couples whose relationships have been greatly enhanced by the simple, yet intimate, act of prayer. They give simple instructions on how to pray together, present the 40 Day Prayer Challenge following it up with six steps to a happy marriage. There are surveys for both the husband and the wife and another appendix with 40 Bible passages that can be incorporated in daily prayers. The verses are a helpful tool and easy way to bring Bible study into the marriage relationship.
I would recommend this book to other couples who currently do not pray together. The chapter about the devil wanting nothing more than seeing marriages fail is excellent. There is a real battle and the devil IS trying to destroy marriage. However; I am skeptical about their view of prayer as it relates to money and tithing. Prosperity theology is not sound theology. “The more you give to God, the more He will give to you.” is very misleading in a chapter about money. There are some good things in the money chapter, but the praying about money and expecting to receive it, is not. All the stories show the financial abundance God bestows on those who pray about finances but money is not always the answer He gives.
I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze, and am not required to post a positive review.
Dr. Jantz acknowledges his method is not a quick fix but a life-long process dealing with emotional, intellectual, relational, physical, and spiritual health. Each chapter provides a “Food For Thought” section, including in-depth journaling questions looking at all of the aspects of life. After the questions there is a section dealing what was written and then talking about the spiritual view. This spiritual section can be much more involved because, without God’s help, people are likely to fall back into old patterns. If the process is treated as behavior modification, it will not work.
The book touches on many issues that may help, but not the book alone. Knowing eating disorders, or disordered eating, form from trying to take control of one’s own life, trying to do it your way proves quite the revelation. It cannot be done alone. There must outside intervention. The book gets the reader started down that path; however, meaningful relationships focused on healing must be included.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The half marathon went really well. Disney does everything over the top so each wave of runners started with some pretty nice fireworks. And with Disney, of course, there were a TON of people (27, 300 runners). There was not a spot in the course where it wasn't crowded. I finished in 2:03 which was only an hour behind the winner. LOL. I cannot even fathom how fast you have to run to make a time of 1:05. That is awesome! Without training I did a lot better than I thought. Only a few minutes behind my time when I did train. The person who I ran with was a great motivator and pacer. After I hit the wall at mile 10 (seriously, my legs were lead at this point) I made him go without me after mile 11.5. He finish in 1:59 but his time didn't register. We don't think his time chip was on correctly. That stinks! All-in-all it was a huge success and a great way to start off the year.
I am helping a friend with a non-profit newsletter on Blogger so I got to work with the newer version of Blogger. I love the new one (posting, editing, etc.) so much more than the old version I am using. Anyone know how to move my blog into the new Blogger format??
Thanks to Kim at The Misadventures of Mub who let me know that the "new Blogger" that I liked is really Blogger in Draft. You can select this mode from your dashboard (at the bottom).
I am going to start tracking my caloric intake for a few weeks and see where my biggest hang-ups are. I'm such an emotional eater (and big time snacker) and end up eating too much. I tried out several programs and decided that Calorie Count was the best fit for me. It is easy to find and input foods, input your own recipes, adjust the serving size and gives you a lot of feedback. It tells you which nutrients you are lacking (or have too much of) and suggests ways to get more of them. There is an amazing amount of information for a free program. I am in no way affiliated with the program - I just thinks it's a great tool!
Have a wonderful week!
Orange Cranberry Sauce
1 package fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey, sugar or whatever sweetener you desire (adjust to taste)
splash of lemon juice
2 teaspoons citrus zest (use lime, lemon, orange, or a combo of them)
In a medium sauce pan combine berries, sugar, and juices. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, them lower hear and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in zest when done cooking.
2 cups blueberries
3/4 cup honey, sugar or whatever sweetener you desire (adjust to taste)
1/3 cup orange juice or water
2 teaspoons orange zest
In a medium sauce pan combine berries, sugar, and juice. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, them lower hear and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in zest when done cooking.
Mouthwatering Monday at Southern Fairytale
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
What's on The Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie
Hearth and Soul at A Moderate Life
Recipe Swap at Prairie Story (Thursdays)
Colleen's Fall Recipe Swap at Colleen's Kitchen (Fridays)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Although I liked reading the inspiring stories of the missionaries, it would have been nice to hear about each missionary and their specific call (maybe several devotions from the same person?). The stories left me wanting more information so I could better understand where the story was coming from and what specifically I could pray for in regard to that mission. I also prefer a devotional message that picks apart the verse it is highlighting and makes me think about it in depth.
I would recommend the book to someone looking for a very light devotional. I do think it would be a nice gift for someone thinking about going into the mission field. If you are looking for a devotional focused on challenging you to think about scripture, this is not the one.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Processed items just have too much junk in them. I make my own yogurt, fruit sauces to add to my yogurt, spaghetti sauce, broth, salad dressings, pizza dough, refried, baked and black beans, etc..
I want to starting making:
tortillas - have you seen the ingredient list?
hummus - I want to master a really good go-to recipe
ketchup - do you think my kids will eat it?
cultured butter - is the expense worth it (it's not expensive, just more than store bought)?
kimchi - spicy Korean cabbage - so good and so expensive in the store (and sub par)
kefir water - this would require me to buy kefir grains, which may be too much for our budget
buttermilk biscuits - this one is for my husband - his grandmother made the most fantastic biscuits and nobody can replicate them. I need to practice more often.