Month: May 2010

Garden Week 1

All of the seedlings I planted before I left for spring break a few weeks ago died while I was on vacation. I think the cat had her way with them. So, I replanted them last week, finally. They are just starting to grow. The potatoes I planted in my large garbage can are doing beautifully – the can is already halfway full of dirt and I have about 10 potato plants growing steadily upward. I’m excited to see what the potato harvest will end up being.

I finally got my backyard tilled. I’m kind of glad that I didn’t have it done before now, because we had a pretty harsh cold snap the last couple of days, and if I’d have been on the schedule I had in my mind, I could have lost everything and had to start over.

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Menu Monday 10 May 2010

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of May 10th. As far as desserts go, Scott has been asking for some brownies, and since I need to send my husband a care package, I’ll make a double batch. After the Easy Cheesy Chili Empanaditas I made last week, I’ve been hungry for some turnovers, so we’re going to make some apple turnovers, too. I’ll post that recipe when I get them made.

I’m catering a lunch on Saturday this week that I’m really excited about. The church where I used to attend has put together a team of cosmetologist volunteers who will be doing hair, makeup, and nails for underprivileged high school girls for prom night. They asked me to cater lunch for the volunteers and the girls. I haven’t put a menu together yet, but I will be posting the menu and the recipes when I get it together.

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Hummus with Sesame Paste (Hummus bi Tahini)

We keep hummus in our refrigerator all the time. It is a delicious, healthy snack full of protein and just yummy goodness. I dip veggies into it, Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread, tortilla chips, bagel chips — whatever we have on hand. I often set it out as a starter for guests to snack on while I finish up dinner. This is a completely vegetarian dish and perfect for a Daniel Fast or Lent.

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The Power of a Praying Wife: Chapter 1 – His Wife

This chapter was by far the longest chapter in the book, and it was so clear that I had a, “Duh!” moment reading it. Early in the chapter, Stormie says, “When you pray for your husband, especially in the hopes of changing him, you can surely expect some changes. But the first changes won’t be in him. They’ll be in you…God sees things we don’t. He knows where we have room for improvement. He doesn’t have to search long to uncover attitudes and habits that are outside His perfect will for us.”

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Wholehearted Service

Hundreds of pastors, music leaders, choir members, church goers filled the rooms of our church. They came to meet each other, find old friends, meet new ones, get encouragement, revivement, counsel. And the speakers did not disappoint. They were simply astounding. I cannot even describe it. I was disappointed when I had to leave, sad that the two days were over. I would love to have it go on day after day, even though I understand that it simply cannot. We’re not called to stay amongst ourselves, preaching and practicing holiness — we’re called to be out in the world, living it.

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Easy Cheesy Chili Empanaditas

This is an amazing dish. The pastry is so light and buttery that it nearly melts in your mouth. The cheese combined with the chilies is a remarkable flavor. They can be an appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or a delicious and savory treat for lunch.

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