Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jesus, Our Doctor Who

A friend of mine who has similar tastes in movies as me recently suggested I try Doctor Who. Now I have never been a fan of the Sci-Fi genre, but decided to go ahead and give it a try.

I, for the most part, did enjoy the first episode..but snoozed through the second.  My oldest daughter was really enjoying them but I had my hesitations as I have always associated space "alien" activity with "demonic" activity and this show was doing nothing to change my mind.  So I prayed about yhe show and whether or not we should continue to view it and that was when I got this beautiful picture.   The aliens did represent demons, a world which most people either were or chose to be ignorant of.  Jesus is our Doctor Who who helps us to battle these "aliens" who are trying to destroy us.  We can fight them also but we are only sucessful when our Doctor is with us, helping us.  Now I see this show as a beautiful allegory and am enjoying the rest of the series. :)

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."  Ephesians 6:12

Below is a pic that my niece sent me on pinterest.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Wise Woman Builds Her House

Growing up I remember my father waking us early so we had time for morning devotiobs before school.  He always read a Proverb, Psalm, as well as another pasage of Scripture.  One verse I particularly remembered was Proverbs 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house,  but with her own hands thefoolish woman tears hers down."   Like most children, I visualized it literally and wondered why anyone would do that.

I am now a married woman and experience has shown me that it is through the power of words (as well as actions) how this is possible.  When I speak words of encouragement I am building my husband and children up...but when I am scornful, cold, mocking and angry, I am tearing down my marriage, my family and my home. 

We (should) have control over our words and our attitudes.  The Bible speaks a lot about the power of words - How life and death are in the power of the tongue, how a soft answer turns away wrath, and how we are to exhort one another.

I recently read a blog post about a woman who has gone 399 days without yelling at her children (I believe the name of the blog was called Orange Rhino).  This was a concientious decision on her part and she has learned how destructive her yelling had been through the positive response of her not yelling. 

Words and actions are powerful and
we have a choice - Are we going to be a wise woman.......or a foolish one.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Mom's House Rules

1. If you sleep in it......make it up
2. If you wear it......hang it up
3. If you drop it.....pick it up.
4. If you spill it......wipe it up.
5. If you eat out of it.....wash it.
6. If you open it.....close it.
7. If you empty it.....fill it up.
8. If it rings.....answer it.
9. If it howls.....feed it.
10. If it cries....love it.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

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Monday: Eggs, Bacon & Toast
Tuesday: Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies
Wednesday: Eat @ Pioneer Club
Thursday: Meatloaf with oven browned potatoes & kale
Friday: Sweet N Sour Chicken w/Rice
Saturday: Chili w/ Cornbread

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Granola "Bar" Aldi's Style

Trying to feed your family "healthy" on a budget can be very difficult. One thing I have been thankful for these past years is a Aldi's 5 minutes from home. One of my children's favorite breakfast foods is dry cereal - not exactly healthy but convenient on those busy mornings. My alternative has been to make granola. Since each child has personal likes and dislikes, I have learned to make a granola base with a topping bar of dried fruits and nuts so that each can personalize and all the ingredients are found at Aldi!

Granola Base

1 tub of old fashioned oats (= about 12 cups)
1/2 cup of oil or 1 stick of butter
1 cup of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar - I make a brown sugar syrup from a cup of brown sugar and 1/8 cup of water)
1 TBSP of cinnamon (optional)
dash of salt

Mix dry ingredients together then add liquid ingredients. Mix well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake on a flat cookie sheet - spread flat (will need to take turns doing this) until granola starts to brown. Stir in between times. Let cool and store in air tight container.

Keep on had your favorite chopped nuts and dried fruit. Only add a TBSP or 2 / bowl. Top with milk or yogurt or just eat plain.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ultimate Summer Menu

Here is my ultimate summer menu with all our favorite dinners on it!

You can download it here: Ultimate Menu

and my shopping list to go with it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunscreen

I have been looking for some easy homemade recipes for sunscreen this morning and came across a couple this morning that looked interesting.

One uses basic, easy to get ingredients:

How to make natural homemade sunscreen

This one requires a lot more harder to find ingredients (actually you can order all the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs ) but uses all natural ingredients

Homemade Herbal Sunscreen

Haven't tried them yet!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summer Menu Planning

My goal is to have an "ultimate" summer menu which includes non repetitive meals for a month. Preferably they are quick, easy, healthy, low carb and contain no beans (dh doesn't like them). Here is what I have so far (note that it may not be all healthy or low carb ;0))

Hamburgers (wheat buns or pita)
Gyros (Ground Beef Gyros)
Chicken/Beef Fajitas
Danny's Dinner (taco salad)
Tacos
BBQ Chicken
BBQ Beef on a Bun
Cheesesteaks
Hot Roast Beef Sandwhiches
Kabobs
Fish
Fried Chicken
Chicken Ceasar Salad
Turkey Ham w/ Pineapple & Rice
Tomato Basil Squares
Steak, Potatoes & Salad
Tuna Fish Sandwhiches
Hot Dogs (yeah I know)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Giving Thanks

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

After a "difficult" week last week and listening to Phillippians about giving thanks and rejoicing I was convicted that I need to change my attitude toward my circumstances. Well God provided an opportunity for us on Mother's Day. We were taking a drive and were about an hour from home. We decided to investigate a dirt road that went toward the river. It was bumpy but the kids loved it. After we finished exploring we continued down the road to our destination. Suddenly, the right hand side of the vehicle went bump, bump, bump. I said to my dh "flat tire" to which he responded "that is more than a flat tire". He pulled over and took a look at it. The tie rod which connects the wheels to the steering wheel had broken. We had passed an Advanced Auto a couple of miles back so we slowly turned around and headed back to the Auto Parts store. My husband ran in to see if they had the part he needed, while he was in the store the kids started getting restless. This verse about giving thanks popped into my head and I said to the children "What can we be thankful for?". We had answer like "no one was hurt" and "daddy is good at fixing cars". We then sang some songs. When my husband returned (they didnt have the part, but he had some things he thought he could use as a temporary fix) I decided to take the kids for a walk. During our walk, we spotted a playground through the trees and made our way to it going around several blocks. It didn't seem to have an entrance but we finally came to the road that led right into it. We spent about 10-15 minutes at the playground then went back to van (now know the shorter route). He was unable to fix it and called a friend to pick us up and we went to a diner to have dinner and wait for our ride.

The next day my oldest dd said to me "I had a lot of fun yesterday singing and playing and walking". I was thankful the Lord had reminded me of the verse and instead of sitting around and whining about being stuck we were able to create a positive memory with our family.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Using Canning Jars for Organizing

A friend of mine posted this on her blog and I thought it went perfect with my organizing theme. Thought I would pass it along.

Organizing with Canning Jars

Monday, August 31, 2009

Crockpot Zucchini Bread

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, but thankfully there are those who have gone before who have needed first and left their finding for us to use......since I am unable to bake in my temperamental oven, I made zucchini bread in my crockpot from this recipe:



http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotdessertrecipes/r/bl19c13.htm


Here are some pics of it:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ground Beef Gyros

This week I am focusing on Ground Beef and trying new recipes with it. This is one I made tonight. It was yummy. For those on a low carb diet, you can eliminate the pita...make a base salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and onions (if you like onions), crumble up the meat on the salad and use the cucumber sauce as dressing. I got this recipe off of recipezaar.com.

Ground Beef Gyros
This is a great summer meal and quick and easy to put together and tastes wonderful. Refreshing served with the cucumber sauce and is even low in fat. I think this came from Quick Cooking. It's a favorite in our house. SERVES 4

Ingredients

Filling

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. In separate bowl, combine ground beef and seasonings.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Shape into 4 patties.
  6. Grill, covered, (you can also use a toaster oven or broil these) over medium to high heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, turning once.
  7. Cut patties into thin slices.
  8. Stuff into pitas.
  9. Add lettuce, tomato, and onion.
  10. Serve with yogurt sauce.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Zucchini Manna

Do you have zucchini coming out your ears?


Not sure what to do with all the zucchini manna from your garden?


Well it's time to think outside the box......Zucchini, it's not just for eating anymore.


Zucchini Pets

Zucchini Baseball





Carving Zucchinis


and don't forget all the yummy recipes you can make with zucchini.....all you have to do is google "zucchini recipes"!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Saturday Psalm & Praise

I was reminded of this song in a "History Stories for Children" and sang it to my children....it has been going through my mind ever since.

Were You There
By: Negro spiritual

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday Psalm & Praise

I watched the first couple of chapters of "Under the Greenwood Tree" on Youtube (I have seen the whole thing on DVD and it's a good clean BBC period drama).   The movie starts off on Chrismas eve and they sing an old hymn that you don't here now adays.  That song has been going through my brain ever since......even after singing other wonderful christmas songs at our church's ladie's tea this morning (which was wonderful I might add)

“Remember Adam’s fall,
O thou Man:
Remember Adam’s fall
From Heaven to Hell.
Remember Adam’s fall;
How he hath condemn’d all
In Hell perpetual
There for to dwell.

Remember God’s goodnesse,
O thou Man:
Remember God’s goodnesse,
His promise made.
Remember God’s goodnesse;
He sent His Son sinlesse
Our ails for to redress;
Be not afraid!

In Bethlehem He was born,
O thou Man:
In Bethlehem He was born,
For mankind’s sake.
In Bethlehem He was born,
Christmas-day i’ the morn:
Our Saviour thought no scorn
Our faults to take.

Give thanks to God alway,
O thou Man:
Give thanks to God alway
With heart-most joy.
Give thanks to God alway
On this our joyful day:
Let all men sing and say,
Holy, Holy!”

Here is the link to Part 1 on you tube....the song can be found around the 7 minute mark.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting Rid of a Bug

or a malware pop up ad in this case.  A couple of days ago, I started to get this pop up

Security center alert
Do you want to block this suspicious software?
Name: Trojan.Zlob.G
Risk Level: High
Description: Trojan.Zlob.G is a trojan program that records keystrokes and takes screen shots of the computer, stealing personal and financial information.”

It looked very official, so I followed the link (DON'T) and downloaded the program....I was just getting ready to install it when my senses kicked in and I thought to myself "Better investigate this"  Sure enough it was a malware program.  I quickly deleted what I had downloaded but still was bothered by those pesky popups.  

I then downloaded Avast free antivirus software and deleted the useless Norton software that came with the computer (should have done this months ago....Avast is the only antivirus software that I have used that has kept my computers virus free...not that there aren't others out there)

Spent all day yesterday look how to get rid of Perfect Defender 2o09, trying what was recommended with no sucess....turns out I didn't actually have that trojan.  So this early a.m.  I searched for the removal of those security alerts (wish I had taken a screen shot so I could show what they look like)  Between two different sites I was able to eradicate the pest.  Here is the combined knowledge that I learned.

1. Turn off your computer

2. Restart in Safe mode

  • click F8 after you hear the first beep when you turn it on
  • using your arrow keys, highlight "Start in Safe Mode"
  • Hit Enter ~ your computer shall now proceed to boot up.


3. Set your system to show all files.

  • Click Start.
  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View Tab. Under the Hidden files and folders heading, select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Uncheck: Hide file extensions for known file types
  • Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.


Then, navigate to the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Google

  • click on "Start"
  • click on "My Computer
  • click on "c:"
  • click on Documents and Settings
  • click on User (or username)
  • click on Application Data
  • click on Google

4. Delete the following items

  • kjzna1562565.exe
  • spcffwl.dll
  • T-Scan (entire folder)

 you can delete by holding your mouse over the item, right clicking on your mouse and hitting "delete"

5. Close out the box.

6. Click on your recycle bin

7. Empty recycle bin

8.  Reboot your computer, it should automatically start up in Normal mode.

The popup should be gone!  :)



Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Breakfast Recipes

When we celebrate Christmas at home one of our traditions after opening the gifts is to have brunch.  These are the recipes I usually make:

SAUSAGE & EGG CASSEROLE:

Make the night before

6 Eggs slightly beaten

6 slices of bread diced

1 c. garted cheddar cheese

1 LB of Bulk Sausage

2 c. milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Dry Mustard

Brown sausage.  Drain Grease.  Mix together wtih all the other ingredients.  Place in a buttered 8" dish for 12 hours or overnight.

Bake 350 degrees for an hour or until firm in center.

HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

2 lbs frozen hashbrowns ~ THAWED

1/2 c. melted butter

1 pint Sour Cream

1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/2 c. chopped onion

2 c. grated cheddar cheese

Defrost Potatoes.  Add everything together.  Mix well.  put in a butter flat casserole.  bake for 1 hour @ 325 degrees until brown on top

My father was a chemist and loved to experiment in the kitchen.  He created a simple pancake recipe that is easy to remember because you just use 1 of everything.   I usually triple it for my family.

1 cup flour (I use whole wheat flour)

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt (I usually halve that)

1TBSP sugar (I usually skip this)

1 TBSP oil (I use melted butter)

1 cup milk (Buttermilk, kefir, sour cream, yogurt or any combination work great, he usually used yogurt)

1 cup bluberries (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Add oil and milk.  Mix well (I like to mix it in the food processor or blender).  heat griddle.  add ladleful to hot buttered griddle.  Flip when bubbles start to form.  finished when brown and cooked through.  Serve with syrup or your favorite topping.