Wednesday, November 26, 2008


some relief...

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I was over at 2nd Cup of Coffee reading her post about her name...and there was a button for Thanksgiving quizzes...

I thought it would be appropriate to check out my native american name with Thanksgiving being next week...

Born and raised in this country, I believe I'm a "native American" yet I'm not of a Native American tribe...

but, I almost rolled out of my chair when it gave me my results...

Your Native American Name Is...

Awendela Tolinka

Your name means:

Morning Flapping Ear of a Coyote

WHAT's YOUR result?? Let me know...
I want to hear yours, too! Go here to get it...

Friday, November 21, 2008

FRIDAYS FAVE 5 (my 1st edition)

Decided to participate in something to lift my spirits,
my body is fighting feeling miserable...
as I sniff, cough, and blow...

1. WARM, FUZZIE SLIPPERS...keeping my toes toasty as I endure this bug that has jumped into me totally causing the histamines in my body to go crazy...just where in the world does all this stuff come from in my head??

2. LOVE TEACHING MY 16YO...MAKING BUTTERSCOTCH KRISPIES...she's been wonderfully conquering the "driving by herself" thing and is out and about with friends.
She was making treats for Honors Latin Club this weekend ....their school is hosting Certamen, pronounced (kur TAU men)...Latin for "competition"...topics ranging from the minutiae of Latin grammar/ vocabulary, Latin-based etymology, Roman history/culture, and classical mythology.
Did you get that?? I was a music geek in high school...needless to say, this is TOTALLY over my head...i can't imagine being in a 3rd year of Latin but she's enjoying participating in this classic organization.

3. LEFTOVER FOOD. In that I had made extra "Ham bone Soup", I didn't have to cook while sick...yeah!!
My ham bone had been frozen, so after quickly thawing it, I added in my other frozen item, my "stock bag"! I keep a "zipper freezer bag" where I've tossed EVERY leftover vegetable that is not enough to feed the whole family at a future meal...When the bag becomes FULL, it becomes the base of my soup. (This is something my GRANNY always did...she lived through the depression and NEVER through ANYTHING away. ) After adding some spices and a can of chicken broth, this soup was ready to go...hard to beat it!

4. FINISHING A PRAYER BLANKET...I added fringe to my crocheted prayer blanket, so it's ready to take to the prayer blanket ministry.

We crochet once a week as a group, pray over finished blankets, teach each other new stitches, and enjoy each other's company. If you don't know how to crochet or knit, we'll teach you...and it's fun to know you're helping someone stay warm while enduring chemotherapy or warming up with the Holy Spirit that comes with each blanket!

5. Echinacea Complete Care tea--I so enjoy sweetening it with my Manuka Honey adding a dash of cream and then slowly sipping it...letting the steam rise up onto my of those wonderful moments when the rest of your body is curled up under a flannel blanket. I'm eager for it to shorten my cold, reduce my symptoms and help boost my immune system that seems to be so "out of whack".

So, those were my favorite five today...what are yours??

Go to:Living to Tell the Story's FRIDAY'S FAVE 5

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not Forgetting His Glorious Miracles

Two years ago
we were waiting on her birth...
knowing there would be medical concerns...
early scans had shown an enlarged heart...
her birth proved their theory and surgery was required...
many other issues kept her at the hospital for months to come...
long nights, unending days while her doctors worked to make her better
and prayers were said...

Two weeks ago

I got to go shopping with her...and my sister. His miracles are abundant in her ... I love watching her run, jump and dance!

God has so blessed us with her bright, dancing eyes...she loves to look at EVERYTHING

Many prayers have been and continue being said for her continued strengthening and endurance during her surgeries to come...

God has so blessed us with her unending giggles...and her sweet little words that are beginning to form. She can now say "bye", "cat", "ho ho ho", mama, and daddy

She climbs up on the doctor's exam table and tries to help put on the EKG wires...

she helps remove her blood pressure cuff. Even in the midst of her exams, she smiles at everyone she sees

...many people don't know what all she has been through in these last 24 months, but we do; and HE does

We are so grateful we have her,
grateful for the doctors and nurses, they sustained her...cared for her while in and out of the hospital,

so grateful for family that cares for her, her Mommy and her Daddy,
grateful for modern medicines' miracles and
grateful we know who they are from...He holds her in the palm of His hand!
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

You ARE our answer...

Lord, wash your grace and peace over us as we try to understand.

We pray our leaders...
will be infused with Your concerns, with Your guidance...
show them Your perspective down to the very depth of their souls.

For those who don't feel they need You,
remind them in Your own special way that Yours IS the ONLY way.

Your promises are never-failing
and we rest on them and will continue to read them, post them in our homes,
carry them in our hearts.

You are our rock,
our cornerstone, the ONE who was before, is and will be FOREVER.
We are merely "passing through" and our lives are but a puff.

May our country become more committed to kneeling
before you daily with humble hearts seeking Your input in any and all situations for the day.

Yesterday is gone,
today has enough worries of its own, and we have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not we will see a tomorrow.

Thank you for giving us Your Word,
Your Son, Your grace, for it is what YOU give us and we are undeserving...
thank you for wanting relationship with us.

Guide us, remind us to spend time with you daily,
we want to see You at work in our lives
and be able to endure any desert sent our way.

In Jesus Christ's Holy and Precious Name,
AMEN and Let It be So

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall Into Flavor...CITRUS CREPES

Have you ever visited a restaurant named SAGE...
my DH has been there on many occasions during business trips.
He's says "It's wonderful.. this is their recipe for citrus crepes...yummo!!

Three Citrus Crêpes
4 oz Clarified butter
12 oz Whole milk
1 cup Flour
2 tbs Sugar

In a blender or food processor, blend the flour, sugar, milk, eggs and clarified butter for about a minute. Turn off the motor and scrape down the sides with a spatula, and blend for another 45 seconds. Transfer the batter to a bowl and let stand, covered, for one hour. The batter may be made a day in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.To cook crêpes, heat a 6 or 7 inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat until hot. Brush the pan lightly with butter and heat until hot, not smoking. Stir the crêpe batter and measure 1/4 cup into the pan while tilting and rotating the pan quickly to cover the bottom with a layer of batter, and return any excess batter to bowl. Using a spatula, turn the crêpe as soon the edges turn a golden brown, about a minute. Turn the crêpe over and cook for another 30 seconds. Start stacking each crêpe between small squares of parchment or wax paper.

Lemon curd
6 Egg yolks
1 cup Granulated sugar
1/2 cup Lemon juice
4 oz Unsalted butter
In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, add the sugar, butter, egg yolks and lemon juice. Whisk frequently until curd is thick enough to hold whisk marks and the first bubble appears on the surface, about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain curd through a sieve into a bowl and cool. Cover the curd and chill until ready to use. Lemon curd may be made up to two weeks in advance.

Orange Sauce
6 cups Orange juice
1 cup Grapefruit juice
1/3 cup Lemon juice
3 cups Sugar
Stir all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and boil until syrup is reduced to half, about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a plastic container until ready to use.

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