Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Who would have thought that buying clay for a science lab would lead to afternoons filled with Bumbo's pain?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
God is in control
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It has been a long time since I sat down to do any kind of craft other than making cards for J., but Minda was sure she could recreate her tiny friend, so off to Micheal's (craft store) we went armed with coupons! The only thing we couldn't find were wings. I'll be brainstorming as to how we can make some but below are the results of a very fun filled afternoon with my "little" girl. The process is simple. You need covered wire used in making flower arrangements. We wanted hemp colored, but could only find green. Wooden beads for the heads, silk flower petals for the skirts and various colors of Floss for the hair and clothes. We used Tacky glue to attach the hair. You'll also need wire cutters to trim lengths.Simply fold a 6.5" length of wire in half and slip it through the bead. We added antenae, but you don't have to for dollies. Take a 4" length and wrap it around the 'body' where you want the arms to be. Fold each end of the wire up and in, just a bit, for her hands. Then wrap arms, shoulders, & chest with whatever color of floss you want for a shirt. We used 3 flower petal layers for skirts, but you can use whaterver you want. The one Minda brought home from Molly's only had one layer and was very cute still. Fold the ends of the bottom wires up and in just a bit for her feet. Pull out lengths of floss in the color you would like to use for hair, to the length you would like it to be and then loop it back and forth until you have enough to give her a full head of hair. I found 10 loops to be perfect.Cover the area of the bead where you want the hair to be with the tacky glue and lay the loops on it evenly, with each strand touching the glue. We used scissors to snip the loops and even the ends. Then we used colored pencils to draw faces. Minda gave her girls' antenae dye jobs with Sharpies. Mine remained Au Naturale. :o) Aren't they adorable? Their faces are so full of personality we had to name them. Minda's are Tibs (with the electric blue bobbed hair), Topsy (with the lime green hair) and Tabitha (with the royal purple locks). Mine are Pippa (with the pink braids), Piper (with the orange pigtails), and Penelope (with the lavendar dreadies in a braid down her back).
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Even on the eve of the news that, once again, we had lost a friend God made the sky fill with his glory. Last January our friend, Kathy, passed away after a battle with Luekmia. Thursday we got a call that Denny, her husband, was gone now too. It was unexpected and has deflated my world a bit. And, like a ball that doesn't bounce quite as high until it is pumped up, life seems to need God's breath blown into it.
Beauty & pain. They seem to walk hand in hand. We have lost Denny, but know he has gained Christ's eternal presence and ...
Friday, January 16, 2009
Fats & oils: I have a few criteria for this shelf - 1) Used since ancient times (1000's of years) in traditional dishes & cooking methods, 2) Organic -because steroids or pesticides are stored in fat, 3) as little processing as possible because the enzymes in fat are important to it's breakdown in your body are killed in processing. That being said, here are the ones I buy:
* All vegetable shortning. I try to rarely use shortning.
* Sesame Oil. Plain - not toasted.
* Pistachio Oil. Deep green color and unprocessed - I use this sparingly, as a finisher and only in no-heat dishes. It is expensive, but wonderful.
Of course Butter is an oil too, and I do use it, but it is not in my pantry. Again - organic, no salt, unpasteurized (and local if possible).
*Raw Blue Agave Nectar. 100% pure, with a rich, dark amber color. This is almost like honey with a lighter viscosity &, in this form, milder than honey.
*Organic, Unsulfered, Black Strap Molasses. My grampa turned me onto this. He used to feed this to our pigs as part of his slop to keep him healthy and his meat sweet. He also would mix our cows milk with a very small amount to "sweeten the pot" he said. Though it has many health benefits, I buy it simply because I LOVE the flavor over any other kind of molasses.
*Organic Muscovado. Unrefined, brown cane sugar. Has a stronger appearance and flavor than brown sugar.
* Raw Organic Turbinado. Looks like "sugar in the raw", but is not heat refined. It is crushed from freshly harvested Cane, and then spun at extremely high speeds to remove excess liquid, thus crystallizing the sugar. It is a darker brown than s-i-t-r.
2 things I am looking for, but have not found so I can try them are - pomegranate molasses & date sugar. I hope to make them a part of my pantry too.
I also have Vermont Pure Maple syrup... But I have yet to use it.
Now for grains, nuts and seeds. Which I adore. So many flavors and textures and colors and scents. This is my favorite shelf in the pantry. :o) Same criteria in choosing these.
* Oat Berries or groats. Simply the whole, hulled grain that hasn't been cut, heated or rolled.
*Quinoa. (said KEEN-wah, or KIN-wah). This is one of the grains I can't be without. I love it in so many things. Though I buy this in bulk, & organic I do buy it pre-rinsed. Which just simply means that it has been soaked to remove the hulls & then allowed to dry. If you don't get it this way, you will have to do the soaking & rinsing.
*White & Brown Rice. Nuff said. I know long grain, wild rice is good for you, but I can't stand it.
*Garbanzos/Chick Peas. Hummus, hummus, hummus - yummus, yummus, yummus! I do use these little gems in other dishes, but I think God created them for hummus!
*Variety of Beans. Red, pinto, navy, great northern, kidney. Like the things above, I buy these bulk and air dried.
*Lentils. Brown, red & yellow. So great for so many dishes.
*Bulgur Wheat. I am a total Tabouleh freak. I also use it as a rice or cous cous substitute and as a hot cereal.
*Flax - whole and crushed. We eat this raw and use it in baking. It's an amazing little seed. You can totally due away with eggs and never lose moistness (sub = a tablespoon of flax to 3 tblsp of water per egg), but we sprinkle it on salads, add a cup to fresh baked breads or pastries, and boil it with water until it becomes goo & mix it with honey and lemon and use it for a sore throat soother!
*Raw, shelled Sunflower Seeds. You can find me at odd hours of the day, standing at the pantry door with the jar of Sunflower Seeds in hand, eating them by the handful. We put them in salads too, but they are mainly a snack!
*Raw, shelled almonds. Again - salads, snacks, toasted, almond milk... you name it.
*Hazelnuts. I am blessed to have a mom who grows these and a daughter who loves to crack them. :o) We have a steady supply of organic, raw, yummy hazelnuts (filberts) year round.
*Sesame Seeds. For my Korean, Thai, and Mediterranean dishes that I love so dearly.
*Popcorn! Yellow, organic - by the half gallons for the air popper!
~Some I would love to try, but have been unable to find - Hemp Seed, Amaranth, Teff, & Farro.
Pastas: Here I try to keep to whole wheat, but my family doesn't care for the texture often times, so I do go with spelt occasionally. Bulk, organic, and LOTS!
I also buy fresh, pillow, stuffed pastas for the freezer: Tortellini, ravioli, & pierogis.
*Red onions, Yellow Onions
*Dried Porcini mushrooms
*Multi Grain Chips
*Adagio Organic Peppermint Tea
*Dark Roast Coffee (I love Ibis' Aztec Dark!)
*Green, black, & Kalamata Olives
*Sun dried Tomatoes
*7 yr. aged Balsamic Vinegar
*Oak Barrel Red Wine Vinegar
*Garlic baby dills
*Green Curry Paste
*Yellow Curry Paste
*Red Curry Paste
You don't see the bottom of the pantry where the potatoes, onions, etc. are kept. I forgot to photgraph it, I'll try to get a photo up soon.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Please join in praying the 9 days of prayers in the hope that FOCA will not pass. If you are apposed to abortion then there is bad news on the horizon.For those of you who do not know, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is set to be signed if Congress passes it on January 21-22 of 2009. The FOCA is the next sick chapter in the book of abortion. If made a law then all limitations on abortion will be lifted which will result in the following:
1) All hospitals will be required to perform abortions upon request.
2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no limitations.
3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.
4) Parental notification will no longer be required.
5) The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of100,000 annually.
Perhaps most importantly the government will now have control in the issue of abortion. This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, down syndrome babies, etc) and could even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.
***I have since learned that this bill may not be passed on the 21-22nd of this month, however, it is still vital to be on our knees, seeking God's intervention and power in the face of what this bill could mean.
It is still a bill that is before congress that will likely pass (due to the majority of democratic support), it is still a bill that will give the government control, it still means that my taxes will be going toward taking a life, and that abortion could become common place. Catholics aren't the issue, in my opinion, life is. This bill is like putting a Herod into law who will be able to send out forces to kill at whim. The bill is real, even if the statement by the "novena" was misleading as to the extent of impact or the day of passage.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So on to the big news... He already has another album coming out! "Noble Beast" is due out on the 20th. Unlike "Soldier On" it is full length, and completely new stuff! He did an interview on NPR and you can listen to the entire album free too!
I'm so excited to soon be filling our days with sweet Bird songs!
Kate and Kara came over to hang out with Tofer and Minda. But I'm falling down on my phototog-y-ness. I got no photos of them or of the muffins (I also added cinnamon and orange zest) I made for them while the played games. Nor did I phtotograph the process of making the Sundried Tomato/Garlic Hummus.
A new friend of Tofer's, Andrew, came over to jam while we were at small group - hence, no photos of them either.
I did manage to shoot a little snow removal, and Tofer helping out with worship at "The Gathering" last night. The Gathering is our churches vehicle to get new people together and plugged into small groups so they can build relationships. We worship, eat, and connect.
I love this shot. Tof just slipped on my grampa's old insulated long johns over his jeans! Nobody would have known they weren't snowpants, probably, if I hadn't said something, but it so reminded me of my childhood on the farm, I just had to say something!Minda bought snowboots! She hasn't owned a pair since we moved here 2 years ago. I had looked and looked for a pair for Christmas but couldn't find her size in my price range. She combined her other Christmas $ and what I gave her and bought these Kameks. :o)
Matt, Tofer, and Tanner led us in worship last night.
It's Saturday and we are going to try to get Christmas totally put away. I made Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast. The kids have their monthly game night at Luckey's tonight.
Life is rolling slowly along.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Rockford, bright and early, with Sara. We hadn't gotten together for a couple months, so we set a date, but it was cut short - SOOOO we'll be doing this again very soon!
Lunch date with Babe-o-liscious! It's been weeks. Being a pastor at the holidays doesn't allow for much spare time. That and being worn out has kept the date nights at bay. So, we settled for a date afternoon, even though Monday's are technically family day. We went to Cat Eye for lunch and then took a drive and listened to Matt Chandler. Love that guy!
We also had a chance to talk and reconnect a bit.
It was a great day!
Now onward! Last 4.5 months of High school - here we come!