Feb 28, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
I'll let you in on a little secret for curing a sugar crave. Grapefruit! I have been known to eat a grapefruit while the rest of 'em around here partook of doughnuts ~ Krispy Kreme. I'm telling you there's power in the grapefruit! I like mine chilled and sprinkled with sea salt.
Aside from being an excellent source of Vitamin C, there are so many other reasons to love grapefruit but here are just a few:
* good for your skin
* helps reduce appetite
* balances the nervous system
* excellent source of iron
* a cleanser for the digestive system
* high in antioxidant activity
How do you tame your "sweet" tooth?
My sweet goal: Reserve the white stuff for special holiday treats (groundhog day does not count) and the birthday cakes I bake for One Fine Man and the kids.
As much as I enjoy my Florida citrus fruit, maybe I should become their next spokeswoman.
* Do you recognize the lady picking the Florida orange? One Fine Man didn't!
Feb 25, 2009
#2 While a college student, I got lost in Romania and asked for directions in French. That impressed the 2 guys I was lost with! Hey - I impressed myself! I was a member of a touring choir called The Lee Singers. One summer we went to Russia and Romania. My guy pals and I got lost from the hotel our group was staying in. My college French classes came in handy that day since the Romanian policeman spoke French. "Pardon, monsieur. Je cherche l'hotel ________, s'il vous plait."
#4 I attended a seminary; I prayed a lot in seminary.
#6 I enjoy cooking but put off the dish washing, hoping someone else will do that part. (Sometimes someone else does.)
#7 The first time I saw my husband to be, I was in the choir loft and he was sitting with another woman. I thought to myself, "Stinkin' on it! Gina gets all the good looking guys!" Turned out they were just "friends." (Stinkin' on it...must be a Louisiana term.) "Stinkin' on it." Make sure you pronounce the word "on" like this "own." This may, in fact, be a Mississippi saying as my mother is from MS. Or maybe it was just a term we used in our family of 5!
#8 The last time I attended the opera, I had a secret desire to jump on stage and belt out, "O Mio Babbino Caro."
The last time I attended the opera, my 11 yr. old was not born yet! It may have been the 2nd time I ever attended the opera. While I did want to jump up and sing "O Mio Babbino Caro," I no longer sing the Italian arias that I rehearsed during voice classes. When I sing solos now it is likely to be a Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans or Vicki Yohe song. One of my favorite from Yolanda Adams is "Let Us Worship" and a favorite of CeCe Winans is "Jesus, You're Beautiful." Vicki Yohe's "I Just Want You" is one I love to sing, too.
#9 I started off as a voice major. (Now #8 makes sense!)
Feb 22, 2009
My gyro and Greek seasoned fries!
Our night is not complete until we visit the lovely Greek ladies at the Philoptochos pastry booth. (philoptochos means friends of the poor.)
We like the galaktobouriko, baklava and the thiples.
One Fine Man, Guitar Girl and I enjoyed the pastries at home with coffee. Our boys opted for pizza. They do not enjoy the pastries either.
They called our goodies "old people's desserts." That's okay. More for us "old people."
Pictured are: baklava - Say: bak-la-VA - Dessert made with flaky filo layered with butter and walnuts and topped with a honey-flavored syrup;
galaktobouriko - Say: ga-lak-to-BOU-ree-ko - Custard wrapped in layers of buttered filo and topped with a honey-flavored syrup;
and thiples - Say: THEE-ples - Pastry deep fried and rolled with drops of honey
A cinnamon cookie - I don't know the Greek name for that one.
One Fine Man & Bella~Mella
Now for the not so Greek...
Rinse squash and brush well with vegetable brush. Slice away any brown spots. Cut the top end down by about 1". Slice the bottom off 1/4". Heat canola oil in your black skillet. Slice squash into thin even rounds. I put Martha White cornmeal mix on a plate (w/salt). Dust the squash rounds in the cornmeal. It will stick b/c the squash is naturally moist. When your oil is hot enough, drop one layer of squash in skillet. Don't overlap. When the top side is golden brown, gently flip over with a fork to brown the other side. Remove with a slotted spatula and let drain on paper towels. Add more salt. I use sea salt for everything! Continue to add the remainder of your squash. Try not to eat the first batch as you stand there frying the remainder. Or maybe that's just ME. You may have to adjust the temperature of your oil to keep it from burning. You can use the same process on zuchinni but I prefer the squash. They're better than french fries! REALLY. HAPPY FRY~DAY!
I also like squash and zuchinni like this: sauteed in olive oil with onion and Italian seasoning. Salt & pepper when done.
To read My Monday Magnificat go here.
Feb 21, 2009
My youngest son, Skate~Boy, enjoys mixing up these cookies on his own.
1 cup peanut butter (I use natural pb.)
1 cup sugar
Mix and shape into small balls. Makes about a dozen.
Place on greased baking sheet and flatten slightly w/a fork.
Bake @350 for the usual time.
I go by this ~ When you smell 'em, they're about done!
Feb 20, 2009
Banana Muffins with toasted pecans & dark chocolate chips
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Well...we have had some changes. Not what I had in mind and none that I would have asked for but God has certainly been in the midst of those changes.
Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” Revelation 22:13. And I have found Him to be right in the middle, too! He sees the end from the beginning but He doesn't leave us alone to work out the process of getting from beginning to end. He is in our midst ~ our middle.
The three Hebrew boys found Him to be a middle man, too! When King Nebuchadnezzer had those faithful men bound and thrown into the fiery furnace, 3 went in but a 4th showed up!
The king was astonished and said, "Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” Daniel 3:25. (The fourth man - a preincarnate appearance of the Messiah)
In the midst of our process I am changing. I have posted in the past about some new ministry projects that I have been working on. But so much was put on hold with my husband's accident on 1/1/09.
However even in my middle, God is speaking and I am listening.
A change on my blog is my Monday Magnificat has been moved here. It is my 2nd blog that has been up for awhile, more as a placeholder than anything else. But things are changing...
Are you in the midst of change?
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
For that first cup of brew?
A long commute?
Or an 8:00 class?
No matter your reason for rising early, make sure you load up before you go! Even if you’re just going back to bed.
Florida Citrus…loaded with Vitamin C and other good stuff.
What you have just witnessed is the reason Guitar Girl owes me BIG!
Thank you and Good Night.
Feb 10, 2009
For the most part, my family loves my cooking. There was, however, a season of experimenting with low fat/no fat recipes when they were not my biggest fans! I repented and returned to the recipes of my upbringing. Truly, fat is funner!
Of course, I'm talking about the good fats. You know, avocado, olive oil, nuts & seeds...those fats. Although I do reserve bacon drippings for seasoning. Okay, I just busted myself with this picture. I'm frying catfish & hushpuppies. No good fats there!
Occasionally I have featured recipes in a blog post but I am going to try something new - (I'm copying Angela.) . I'm posting recipes in the sidebar. For a while. Until I tire. Which I may. Because I like change and the "new".
Why Kitchen Kudos? The recipes in Kitchen Kudos are those my mother taught me or are from other sources I like. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter. I tweak a lot!
My mother, who taught me how to tweak, would be tickled to hear me say she taught me "recipes." She didn't teach recipes. She taught me how to cook. And tweak. She's a master tweaker. Mistress of Tweak?
Oh! Why Kitchen Kudos? It features food I like to cook in my kitchen and kudos means fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement.
Well I am famous in my kitchen and renown for quick & tasty. And keepin it real, sometimes I am just famous for burning popcorn on the stove (2 nights ago). Nevertheless I enjoy the kudos from my kiddos & One Fine Man on my efforts in the kitchen. Today I give you the recipe for My Favorite Cornbread. Tomorrow? Who knows...maybe my favorite roast beef.
If it sizzles when you pour the batter in the skillet, you've got a winner!
And we have a winner! Moist on the inside, crispy around the edges!
Check out the recipe in the sidebar. Do you make cornbread like I do? Do you add sugar to yours?
Feb 9, 2009
And on the very next day the enemy tried to hijack my ONE WORD to this word ~ half. You see while God is into multiplying, the enemy is all about division.
Of all the nerve!
On February 5th, I returned from my morning teaching job. As I stepped into the front door, I took my glasses off and laid them on my desk. Lately I have been wearing my glasses a lot because I have not taken the time to go to the vision store and pick up new contacts.
Since I am nearsighted, I could not clearly see One Fine Man’s face when I entered the living room. He was sitting on the couch and even though I could not read his expression, I felt something was wrong. I was right.
A new challenge had presented itself that morning while I was at school teaching my Spanish classes.
In past years, I would have succumbed to fear under the threat of this kind of division (the half). But we have been through some things…and God is Good.
One Fine Man and I talked and agreed that fear would have no place as we faced this newest challenge (opportunity for further growth), instead we would continue to trust God, overcome fear with faith and stay on our journey.
Those of you who left comments on my ONE WORD post, have blessed me with your insight. Thank you for that. I am searching God’s Word and seeking Him for ways in which I can be a double blessing to those in my circle of influence. You may remember that on the last day of 2008, I wrote about getting out of my circle of ease! It was a fun post & vlog for me to do. I enjoyed it doubly because One Fine Man had a hand in it!
I plan to do more of those…though not on skis for awhile!
I can truly say I am leaving my circle of ease one step at a time. I am moving upward and onward. While reading this week, I was drawn to this statement: If you want to move up, that will inevitably mean doing something new (author, Shaunti Feldhahn).
As I move up I declare I will:
choose faith over fear
seek God and His wisdom
love my husband like no one else
double _____________________ (I’m leaving this one for God to fill in.)
My Monday Magnificat? When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19). For this I utter my praise!
Magnificat ~ an utterance of praise from the Latin magnificare ~ to magnify.
Feb 7, 2009
The clue in the post concerning my watchword or theme for 2009 is found in the picture of the bells. Notice there are two bells in the photograph. Or, one might say, “double.” The ONE WORD I felt God impressed upon me for the coming year is double.
I have begun to research the biblical passages concerning the idea or principle of “double.” In the Old Testament, especially, God often provided a double portion or double honor to His people. I don’t know why or how the word “double” will pertain to my personal story this year, but I look forward to soaring high with Him in 2009.
And I have more to share about the 5th day...
Feb 5, 2009
Nevertheless, the Mom/Wife life continued and, for the most part, my special three days to seek and hear from God looked much the same as the previous three weeks!
But Day Four…
On the afternoon of the fourth day, I sat at my desk and thought how even though I had made a small sacrifice and tried to make myself more available to God’s voice, I felt I had not hit the mark for the purpose of my appointed days.
I thanked God for His word and His reassurance that I had not spent my do-over in vain.
That in and of itself was a blessing to me.
But then there was the desire I have for my yearly theme. What about that I wondered? This is one time that I didn’t have to wait on the answer to that question.
No! All it takes is ONE WORD. One word from God can give you renewed hope, a new piece to your dream puzzle, and a punch of color for your purpose! God has ignited a new fire in my belly for 2009. There is stirring a hunger and a thirst for MORE, MORE, MORE…OF HIM.
(There is a hint here somewhere as to the ONE WORD if you can find it.)
Now I must share with you what happened on Day Five…
Feb 3, 2009
(Top photo by Linda Charlene)