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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

And it is ... January?

Anybody else struggling with this crazy weather.
Oh where, oh where has the winter gone?  oh where oh where can it be?

Ever since our wonderful snowfall ...
spring like temps.

The high today was over 70*!


Kind of missing winter,
but I am enjoying a daily walk without bundling up or traipsing through the mud.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Redemption

So, tonight was the night to redeem myself ...
AND...
the salmon cakes turned out fine.

What else is on the meal plan this week?

Hamburger/Green Bean Pie
Goulash and Salad
Crockpot Turkey Chili Pie
Breakfast for Dinner
Black Bean Plantain Veggie Burgers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Your Amusement (at my expense)

This could also be titled
"Multitasking Gone Wrong - Very Wrong"

Last night,
the french fries were in the oven,
the green beans on the stove,
the salmon cakes mixed up and ready to be fried ...

There was still time and so I began to make some blueberry muffins for breakfast.

As dusk fell,
I added the blueberries to the "muffins."

When I saw the truck pull in,
I turned on a light and
I reached for the bowl of salmon
but...
there was the bowl of batter
sans blueberries
and ...
there was the bowl of salmon
with 1 cup of blueberries stirred in.

Anyone for blueberry salmon cakes ...
YUCK!

We enjoyed the fries and beans,
but instead of salmon cakes,
we quickly browned some chicken sausage on the stovetop.

Enjoy the Laugh!
Hubby certainly did.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Delight Yourself In The Lord

My little Bible Study on Wednesdays has finished a study of the Proverbs 31 woman.
What a blessing and rebuke that passage was.

The other topic that they picked was "Desires."
It's root was Psalm 37:4.
"Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

The girls are at the stage of desiring their own home.
My desire has been to have a home filled with children.

And so we look at Psalm 37:4.
The "magic" key, right?
Delight in God ... Get what you want.😊
Kind of like Hannah's prayer,
the prayer of Jabez,
a simple 1,2,3.

Delight ...

Do I delight in the Lord?
Is He all of my peace, my satisfaction, my fulfillment?
If He is, then He will be the desire of my heart.

Regardless of the situation, my delight needs to be in my God.
He needs to be first.
He needs to take precedence.

What a challenge for the new year!




Monday, January 9, 2017

A Belated Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year to one and all!

December flew by.

My schedule was thrown out of whack by changes in piano lesson schedules,
time off with hubby,
making Christmas dinner for almost the whole church (only 17),
some special dates with my sweetheart
...

It was a pleasant season.
We had a simple celebration of our Saviour's birth.
There were no presents under the tree.
There was no snow.
There were no excited children on Christmas morning.
We were able to enjoy the day at church with the blessing of two normal church services.
We were able to share a Christmas meal with those, like us, who had no family in the area.
We are a blessed people.

This weekend, we have enjoyed the rare snowfall in NC.
The snow began Friday night,
and the 8 inches of snow closed everything down on Saturday and much of Sunday.
Oh, the simple joy of walking in the snow on the vacant streets of our little town.
It is still very cold, so the snow is oddly still on the ground 3 days later.

With the cold and snow this weekend,
I decided to try a new recipe.
I regularly bake with beans- white bean cake, choclate brownies ... .
This new recipe was for black bean gingerbread bars.
Yes, I did receive a strange look from my hubby,
but he will try anything once,
and he was the one hanging out of them on Friday night.

Are you daring?
Care to give them a try?

Black Bean Gingerbread Bars

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, or 1 (15 oz.) can drained and rinsed
1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour (I just throw whole oats in my blender until they are like flour)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊF and grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade (I used a high speed blender), combine the black beans, flour, oil, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda, vanilla, molasses, and vinegar. Process until a smooth batter is formed.
Pour the batter into the baking dish.
Bake until the top feels firm to a light touch, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool completely before removing the bars from the pan and slicing.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Refreshing Rain

It is not hard to think of what to be thankful for this week.
It has been months since we have had any rain,
and because of that, the area is/was battling wild fires in the mountains and national parks.

I am thankful for the rain that we received on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A nice soaking rain.
While we are still behind in the rainfall totals for the year,
the showers were timely and helpful in the fire fighting efforts.

I am also thankful that the rains helped to knock down most of the remaining leaves ...
and so today I will rake (or hill billy rake (i.e. mow with a bag).
Bring on winter ... whatever that means in NC πŸ˜‰

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Badges of Honor

I have mentioned that I am studying the Virtuous Woman
with two young ladies in our church.
I am thankful for the rebuke that she is to me.
I need her reminder.
She is diligent, she cares for others, she cares for herself.
She has developed useful skills.

Why do I need her reminder?

Because I, like so many others, like to show off my badges of honor.
I like to find one thing that I do well and emphasize that.
I want to downplay or totally ignore my faults and weaknesses.
I know it to be a natural reaction - 
As I teach, students often have to be coaxed to admit areas of weaknesses.
We need the serious examples.

I love the verse that says, "She strengtheneth her loins."
I am fairly consistent in my exercise regimen.
It can become my badge of honor.

I "rise while it is yet night"-
can I show off that badge too?

But really,
what do I have to boast in?
I struggle with "words of kindness."
I battle "idleness" and feel that I lose so often.

Can you identify your "badge of honor?"
Church attendance?
A certain dress standard?
A Bible version?
A denomination?
Busyness at church?
Something else?
Why not put it in the drawer
and focus on earning or shining some other badges?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ministry and Fellowship

As I read in Acts on Thanksgiving day,
these verses just jumped out at me.
It is easy to forget the brethren - 
to focus on "growing the church" - 
to take for granted those around us.
It is easy to see people who "have it all together"
and think that they have need of nothing.

Acts 13:43
Now when the congregation was broken up,
many of the Jews and religious proselytes
followed Paul and Barnabas:
who, speaking to them,
persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Believers need encouragement to stay faithful, to rely on God.

Acts 15:36
And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas,
Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city
where we have preached the word of the Lord,
and see how they do.

The missionaries did not forget the converts -
they returned to check on them.

Who will you encourage today?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Let The Holiday Season Begin

I greatly enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend.
I hope you did as well.
My weekend was pleasant primarily because hubby was home
and that always makes for a fun time.

We had a pleasant Praise Service at church on Wednesday night.
We enjoyed dinner with some of our church family on Thursday.
We spent Friday and Saturday relaxing and exercising.
We also decorated our home for the Christmas season
and cleared out one whole tote of decorations.
We enjoyed some extra rest and of course the time together.

Today was business as usual.
I spent the day cleaning from the "time off."
We enjoyed some turkey soup as we step away from the treats again.
The house smells of pine as the candles burn away.

We are looking forward to a calm month.
No more Saturday workdays for hubby.
No extra activities at church.



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I love this time of year.
I grieve that the season of Thanksgiving is so easily glossed over.
Last night, we had our praise service.
The Kindergarten teacher in me dug out the crayon box to outline my testimonies.

Red
The Crimson Tide
Our College students (1/2 of them cheer on the Alabama sports teams)
who are such an encouragement to me

Orange
Oranges, peppers, squash
A reminder of the blessing that a new diet has been in relieving a lot of allergies and ailments

Yellow - Green
John Deere
God has given hubby a stable job with a good company

Blue 
An F-150
Nearly 15 years ago, a man in a blue F-150 began waiting around for me after the school day.
God met so many needs in my hubby.
He is faithful, understanding, and a great provider.

Purple
The Virtuous Woman
I am thankful for the challenge of this Biblical example.
I am also thankful for the two young ladies who join me for Bible study
each week to be challenged by her.
I am thankful for their holding me accountable for memorizing God's Word.

Pink
A little pink baby in NY and the absence of pink babies in my home
I am thankful for the reminder that the gift of life is in God's hands.
I am thankful for the burdens that push me to prayer and fasting.

Silver
A Ford Focus
I am thankful for a new car.
After 8 years in NC - God granted a car with AC.

Brown
Dirty Little Hands
I am thankful for the piano students that I can share with each week.

Black
Dark Days
2016 has been a rough year for me, but God is faithful in the dark days.
There is One who cares for me more than friends or family ever could and He never fails.

White
Forgiveness
When I received Christ as Savior,
he clothed me with a robe of Righteousness - His righteousness!