This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, March 30, 2007

Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!

Luke 19:28-44
28And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

30Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

31And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

32And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

34And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

35And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

36And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

37And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Favorite Ingredients Friday--Two Pepper Corn Bread

One of the reasons I was so hesitant to join in with all the talented cooks at Overwhelmed With Joy’s Favorite Ingredient Fridays is because I so rarely use a recipe. I have fallen into the simple and uncreative path of making the basics and doing them by memory. Of course I must not make things the same all the time because DCG says of my stir-fry, “You just never know what you are going to get.”

I frustrate a friend of mine who is an excellent cook, because she asked how I made something and I said, “Well, I just use whatever is on hand.” “WHAT???” she yelled, “You can’t cook like that!!” Thankfully DCG was there to back me up. Because I can and I do. But I’m debating if it was complimentary or not. I do kind of use the pinch, dash, squirt and dump method. I will guarantee that if vanilla is called for I use more than the amount called for.

So I am making you all nervous as to whether you should trust my recipes if I post them, huh? It’s okay…Just repeat after Forrest Gump…”Mama always said, Life is like a box of chocolates…”

I promise to post them as they are written. It’s just when you come to my house, you take your chances. So with no further ado this week I give you…

Two Pepper Corn Bread

1 ¼ cups coarse yellow cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon seasalt
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 pinches ground cumin
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1 ¼ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed

8 inch square cake pan, well greased.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put the cornmeal, flour , and salt into a mixing bowl. Crack the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder—make them as coarse or fine as you like. Add to the bowl with the pepper flakes, cumin, and baking powder and mix thoroughly Make a well in the center.

Beat the egg and milk in a bowl or measuring cup, then pour into the mixing bowl. Stir gently to make a coarse-looking batter—do not beat or over-mix or the cornbread will be tough. Briefly stir in the corn, then spoon into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until firm and golden. Turn out onto a bread board, cut into large squares, and eat warm from the oven. If not eating immediately, cool on a wire rack, but eat within 24 hours.

Recipe comes from Bread from Sourdough to Rye by Linda Collister. Personal experience has shown that this does need to be eaten within a day. And I did not have the best results trying to make muffins with this recipe. Not a good experiment. But this is a great cornbread recipe with a kick.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Still Weird...

Well Shalee tagged me for a meme… and although it is a lot like the one I did here, I figured I have more than enough weirdness for two memes. I could probably do ten or so and still not run out of weirdness. But don't get any ideas...

So for Shalee and anyone else who wants to know just what a goob I am…

SIX weird things about me. (Because the first ten weren’t bad enough.)

My hair has a life and a mind of its own. Now that it is the humid season here I’ve thrown up my hands. It does NOT matter how long I stand in the bathroom and with what appliance, my hair will do what it wants. That means I’ve been looking like a poodle lately. A poodle whose owner doesn’t care. When my hair does decide to cooperate, let me tell you that is indeed a JOYFUL DAY.

My pets are neurotic—my DarlingCaveGeek says they take after me. That is just great. Poochie is afraid of thunderstorms (that she got from her canine dad). And she likes bread and helps herself. Ferocious One always has an attitude and is sometimes just mean. And the Old Man hollers and yells a lot. Mostly at my DCG. Kinda like me. Blush

I use my kitchen table as a bookshelf. Almost all the time. Except on Fridays. I would hazard that there are about 40 or so books and workbooks there right now.

With all the Crayola Crayons…you probably would have guessed this, but, I like to color. I find it therapeutic. Since I am neurotic and all, I need the therapy.

DCG and I have been married almost 15 years. We have moved 13 times. We are not military. We may be gypsies.

I still have my snowmen up. It was almost 80 yesterday. Yes, that about does it. I am in fact weird.

How many people was I supposed to tag? That got a little fuzzy there…I am tagging Deb, BSS, Liza, Overwhelmed With Joy, and anyone else who wants to make me feel better and not so alone in my strangeness.

Check out Shalee’s Diner. She’s really blessed my heart lately.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

This week's photos are credited to my sister and her daughter from their Colorado vacation. Thanks guys!

More Wordless Wednesday photo treats.

Works for Me Wednesday

One of the many necessities I wanted when I found out I was pregnant, going on ten years ago was a supply of lullaby tapes and CDs.

Everyone has preferences, but I have to recommend Baby Sleep.

We used it for a long time and then it got set back for a longer time. But in the last year the boys have started listening to music again at bedtime…soothing the savage beasts, and all I mean gently lulling my bonny wee darlings to the Land of Nod…

Anyway, they’ve listened to several different CDs, many borrowed from the library (my favorite “try before you buy” method) and then I realized this gem was not being used. It is the only one they want to listen to these days. It has 24 tracks, but Boo is usually out before track 6 and Roo is gone somewhere around track 13 or 14.
This is my latest favorite for a baby shower gift. The music is a gorgeous blend of classical music. Truly soothing.

The only thing is that I can hear the music too as I am trying to go to sleep and I’ve come to be dependent on it too. It works for all of us here!!!

For tips and creative neat new ideas check out the Works for Me Wednesday ladies over at Shannon's Rocks in My Dryer. Mrs. Dryer has the fun going on over there!

Monday, March 26, 2007

What Is the Best Kind of Ant?

It is spring time for frizzy hair and ants. For me anyway. I woke the other morning to my army of visitors and was inspired to murder every last one be philosophical and blog about them. So in honor of ants…

Ant Jokes

What do you call a 100 year old ant?

What do you call an ant with frogs’ legs?

What’s the difference between writing your will and owning an ant farm?
One is a legacy and the other is a sea of legs!

Why did the ant race along the boxtop?
Because the box said: “Tear Along Dotted Line.”

What kind of ant is good at adding things up?
An acountant!

How many ants are needed to fill an apartment?

What do you call an ant who likes to be alone?

Where do ants go for their holidays?

What do you call an ant who skips school?
A truant!

What do you get if you cross some ants with some tics?
All sorts of antics!

What do you call a greedy ant?
An anteater!

What medicine would you give an ill ant?

Why don’t anteaters get sick?
Because they are full of antibodies!

Why did the elephant put his trunk across the path?
To trip up the ants!

What game do ants play with elephants?

What is the biggest ant in the world?
An elephant!

What is even bigger than an elephant?
A giant!

What do you call an ant in space?
Cosmonants & Astronants!

What do you call an ant from overseas?

What is smaller than an ant's dinner?
An ant's mouth!

The Ants Go Marching(Traditional)

The ants go marching one by one
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching
Down to the groundTo get out of the rainBoom Boom Boom

The ants go marching two by two
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching two by two
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching two by two
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching
Down to the ground
To get out of
the rain
Boom Boom Boom The ants go marching three by three
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching three by three
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching three by three
The little one stops cause he skinned his knee
And they all go marching Down to the ground
To get out of the rain
Boom Boom Boom

The ants go marching four by four
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching four by four
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching four by four
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching
Down to the groundTo get out of the rain
Boom Boom Boom

Additional Verses
Five by five: Stops to see the bee hive
Six by six: Picks up sticks
Seven by seven: prays to heaven
Eight by eight: closes the gate
Nine by nine: starts to whine
Ten by ten: starts all over again

To answer my question: "What is the best kind of ant??" The same answer as what happens when the elephant stepped on the ant? Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant, dead ant, dead ant!! (To the Pink Panther tune.)

Menu Plan Monday

Last week the grilling got rained out and the chicken got baked and to be really honest I did something obviously unremarkable with the hamburger because I don’t remember it. So we are going to attempt to grill hamburgers this week. The menu is:

Monday—Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie & salad
Tuesday—Hamburger Vegetable Soup
Wednesday—Turkey ham, cheesy scalloped potatoes
Thursday—Grilled hamburgers, salad chips
Friday—Tacos both hamburger and chicken

I am going to a friend’s house Tuesday for supper so I don’t know what I am having, but the boys and DarlingCaveGeek are having simple food—the hamburger soup, otherwise known as “Dump Soup” Dump a can of this and a can of that. Actually what I use is a can of VegAll, a can of tomato sauce, a can of beef broth, and some extra corn and beans. DCG is perfectly capable of cooking—but this new job is keeping him busy (Yay!) and I will have something ready for when he comes home.

Friday is tacos and while I am getting tired of them it is the only thing Boo eats a lot of. A lot. To the point I worry a little he might burst. So I am making chicken tacos for DCG and me. That should make us all happy and I make plenty for weekend leftovers.

Off to find more visit Laura at I Am an Organizing Junkie and then to visit all the creative culinary ladies who are posting their menus. I was so impressed at the creativity last week.

Have a tasty week!

Jenny asked what the recipe was for the cheeseburger pie. It can be found here at the Bisquick recipe site.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Why Do I Wait?

I spent the better part of Sunday cleaning my side of the storage unit the garage. Since the door is closed most of the time it is easy to forget my least favorite portion of the house. It is easier to just step out and throw place gently what ever is in the house that has no proper location. After a few months the tentative grasp on organization out there collapses and chaos is in charge again. The excuses are many: other things to do, tired, too cold, too hot, need to blog, need to read, need to craft. But the rewards were worth the effort today.

After I completed my work I sat and talked to my DCG. Quite impressed with myself, I told him I felt as if a large weight had been lifted. Then it occurred to me…If it felt so good, why did I wait?

Hope I can remember my lesson.

Grains of Gratitude

6 Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.

8 The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Psalm 28:6-9

Grains of Gratitude is a way to start the week remembering five things to be grateful for. There are so many things to be grateful for it was just hard to narrow it down. But here are mine for today:

Our home, where the boys are comfortable—We have been here over three years. When you are talking about people who have moved 13 times in almost 15 years, three years is forever. When you are talking about two little boys who have moved six (Roo) and four (Boo) times that is a lot of moves. While we are by no means fancy and we are just more than a little squashed. We are comfortable and the boys are happy.

My library—Without my library I would not have been able to teach my children in the manner I have grown accustomed to. My library is a treasure and I have some awesome librarians who have made it a pleasure to visit there.

The chance to teach my children—For us homeschooling was never an option. It just was something both DCG and I felt was what we should do. The question, “Who’s learning here?” is on my mind most days. While the answer is definitely the children, I have found that I have learned so much. I have learned about history and literature and the world around me. I have learned about myself and I have learned an unbelievable amount about God our Father.

The homeschool group we hooked up with for basketball—I am so pleased that we decided to have the boys play basketball with a homeschool group. The group we meet with is a very laid back and diverse bunch. They are half-way across the metro area we live in, but they have been welcoming and wonderful and the boys have enjoyed the company of the other children. The mom who taught the class has unlimited patience and I am so thankful she offered to do that. Basketball ended last week. We will have a two week break and then begin a PE class. The boys will also be joining the drama group and are excited about that.

Sunshine and warm weather—Who could be ungrateful for winter to end? Spring is blooming here and the windows are open and there is just that lovely spring smell and feel. God’s creation speaks of Him and it is so evident in spring that there is always new life.

Grains of Gratitude was started by Christine at Brady's Bunch and I think it is a great idea!

What are you grateful for?