Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rice Crispy Egg Nests

Make your rice crispy treat recipe with gluten-free rice crispies.  Form 'nests'  put 1-3 gluten-free jelly beans (we used jelly bellies) in the nest.  Hard to say who ate the most, the adults or the kids.  The kids sure had fun making them.

Grandkids, their mom Kandi of and me making the treats which were all gone before they left for the day!

Spicy Carrot Coins

This is a yummy morrocan style dish that I converted from a recipe passed to me by a friend. It has one unusual ingredient and since I didn't have it I just used more honey.  This recipe serves a crowd so I've given one recipe for a crowd and then adapted it yet again for just two.

2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoon ground corriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook Carrots in boiling water for 7-9 minutes. Heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for just over a minute.  Watch it carefully so it does not brown. Add the spices and honey.  Stir to combine.  Add the carrots and cook for a minute or two.  Take off heat, add the lemon juice, salt and pepper.


2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon corriander
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Pinch Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Use the instructions above.

Spinach Mushroom Pasta

This recipe is adapted from a recipe I found on  It says that it will serve 2 but it is enough for 4 servings since we don't use the huge servings most recipes are made for.  Don't forget that Quinoa Pasta is high is protein, fiber and calcium and an excellant alternative for whole wheat pasta even if you don't have to eat gluten-free.

1 tablespoons olive
1 tablespoon butter (ghee would be better)
8 ounces sliced baby portbella mushrooms
Sea or Kosher salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon diced garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how hot you like it)
2 cups Organic Baby Spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (2 tablespoons dried)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
6 ounces Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles, cooked (don't forget to salt your water)
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large skillet over medium heat add the pepper, and cooked until they are soft and even lightly browned.  Add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and garlic, cook 1 minute.  Stir in the spinach and cook until warmed through (about 2 minutes).  Toss in the warm pasta.  At the last minute stir in the basil, cheese and olive oil.

Saturdays Grace Study

    I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE. This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE. I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith. I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing. Go Here to enter.

    The list below was taken from

  1. 1 Timothy 1:2
    To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
    1 Timothy 1:1-3 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)
  2. 1 Timothy 1:14
    and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
    1 Timothy 1:13-15 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 1 Timothy 6:21
    which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.
    1 Timothy 6:20-21 (in Context) 1 Timothy 6 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 2 Timothy 1:2
    To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
    2 Timothy 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 2 Timothy 1:9
    who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
    2 Timothy 1:8-10 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)
  6. 2 Timothy 2:1
    [ Be Strong ] You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
    2 Timothy 2:1-3 (in Context) 2 Timothy 2 (Whole Chapter)
  7. 2 Timothy 4:22
    The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
    2 Timothy 4:21-22 (in Context) 2 Timothy 4 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Titus 1:4
    To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
    Titus 1:3-5 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Titus 2:11
    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
    Titus 2:10-12 (in Context) Titus 2 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Titus 3:7
    so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
    Titus 3:6-8 (in Context) Titus 3 (Whole Chapter)
  11. Titus 3:15
    All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
    Titus 3:14-15 (in Context) Titus 3 (Whole Chapter)
  12. Philemon 1:3
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philemon 1:2-4 (in Context) Philemon 1 (Whole Chapter)
  13. Philemon 1:25
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Philemon 1:24-25 (in Context) Philemon 1 (Whole Chapter)
  14. Hebrews 2:9
    [ Jesus Briefly Humbled ] But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
    Hebrews 2:8-10 (in Context) Hebrews 2 (Whole Chapter)
  15. Hebrews 4:16
    Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    Hebrews 4:15-16 (in Context) Hebrews 4 (Whole Chapter)
  16. Hebrews 10:29
    How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
    Hebrews 10:28-30 (in Context) Hebrews 10 (Whole Chapter)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Creating Next Weeks Menu

Creating a menu for one or two people is a challenge. Some of us are elderly, some are single and loving it, some have empty nests after cooking for 4, 6, 8 or more.

For me I meet a couple of those criteria. We had a large family that hung around for quite some time and suddenly left kind of all at the same time. Additionally I took care of three of my grandchildren for a time which cushioned the blow.

As you know cooking for one or two can be..........well...........rather uneventful. There is just something different about sitting down to a table a happy, busy voices all trying to tell tales of their day all at once to the small section of the table alone or with one other person. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and I love having him with me. I want to please him with my meals and yet deal with my issue of being gluten-intollerant at the same time.

At any rate, I want to share with you how I go about creating meals for the two of us when we

  • Don't want a ton of left-overs (I swear we could eat for a week on some recipes)
  • Don't want to throw away a lot of food because you just don't use the whole bag of veggies, etc
  • Do want to create healthy yet taste foods that makes a person want to eat
  • Can't afford to always eat out or buy convience food
We do work with leftovers...........

When cooking for one or two there is aways left-overs. What can you do to work with those creatively? We purchased some glass one serving dishes with lids. I have an issue with using to much plastic but not only for the planet. I just don't think using a lot of plastic is good for a person, especially if you heat up things in a microwave. The plastic has to get into the food. So I prefer the glass.

If I cooking a meal that I know I'm going to have left-overs I'll have the bowls ready. I will put one serving the the bowl, label the top with what is in it and rewarming directions and put it in the freezer or refrigerator. My husband works 4 days a week. He takes four of these bowls to work with him every week and uses them for lunches. I will keep some of them for my lunches and we're set. Neither of us will get caught missing a meal because we didn't have time to go buy lunch or just didn't want to round something up for one person.

This plan also works well if you are caring for elderly parents. Do you have parents living alone or just the two of them and you notice they aren't eating well? Why not make this plan, label each meal with day, etc. Create a written plan for them to follow and check up with them to make sure they are following the plan.

How I plan my menus...................

I have studied alternative medicine, our food as medicine and more for a good many years. This gives me a head start and I plan to start sharing some of this with you in the weeks ahead so that you can make informed choices for your families. My peditrican appreciated my approach of family self care until and when he was needed for things that were above and beyond my ability. He actually was a wonderful physician who spoiled me for others who didn't/don't understand and/or appreciate my approach. Actually what I had learned was the ebb and flow of the old paths and I followed them well.

When I approach my meal plan there are several things I will take in account.

I can't afford to eat entirely organic on our limited budget. When I can garden it is a big help and grow all my produce orgnically. We raise our own beef, goat (chevon and milk) and chicken (meat and eggs) using organic grains only when necessary preferring grass for feed. This is a luxoury that we can count on for now but know there will come a time when that won't be available to us. I'm hoping by then, since I've been proving food for my children and their families from our excess that some of them will, in turn, provide that for us when we are no longer capable.

When I can't raise something myself I choose which items that I know would be the worst as far as the amount of pesticides and herbicides used on the product and purchase the worst offending to buy organic. This means that all root crops will be purchased organic, as well as greens and cole crops plus apples and a few others like citrus fruits that I'm going to be using the peel on.


We have learned that we eat to large of portions. Actually, what needs to be learned is to scale the portion sizes to the age of the person and the amount of exercise that he/she does. When we worked harder as we gardened a four acre market garden, cared for a herd of goats, dairy cows, beef cows, and a moderate flock of sheep we needed larger portions and even then I think we ate to much as evidenced buy our extra pounds. Now that we've scaled back on physical labor we've scaled way back on portion sizes and have be shedding those extra pounds.

Additionally we eat much to large portions of meat compared to vegetables and then finally fruits. If our plates are comprised of primarily a highly nutritious form of protein (about 3 ounces) and about twice that amount of some good vegetables (low in carbohydrates as potatoes and starch) our meal is fairly complete. We reserve fruits to snacks and desserts.

Planning Meals Wisely.................

My primary plan for wise meal planning is choosing main dishes and sides that use some of the same ingredients so I'm being a good steward of the Lord God's provisions. Do I have to buy a bag of Organic Baby Spinach that I know I won't use up if I'm only planning one dish for the whole bag? No I plan on other dishes that I will make so that the bag is completely used up.

I plan parishable vegetables wisely also. I buy some celery and chop it up and freeze it. Same with peppers, onions and even mushrooms. That way I'm not throwing away a bunch of vegetables for going bad (although my laying hens do enjoy that). I have found that if I take my menu that is carefully planned on Friday, do my shopping and then do my meal prep for all those meals on Saturday that I not only save time on daily meal preperations but reduce my food budget at the same time.

One last thing that is very important. We take advantage of seasonal produce. More on that later.

Now it's time to share this next weeks menu, I'll share more basics as the weeks go on........

Saturday:  Grilled Pork Chops, Potato Salad, Spicy Carrot Coins (some of the kids are coming and they'll bring other things.

Sunday: Spinach Mushroom Pasta, Steak, L/O Spicy Carrot Coins

Monday: Grilled Chicken, Pear Salsa, Asparagus, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday: Spinach Pasta Pie, Peas & Carrots

Wednesday: Bourbon Chicken, Coconut Baked Brown Rice, Snap Peas

Thursday: Asparagus Pasta n Salmon, Roasted Zuchinni, Carrots and Brocolli

Friday: Hamburgers (Mike will have a bun and I will not), Sweet Potato Fries for me and regular fries for Mike (I bake these from scratch), Super Salad

Friday's Grace Study

I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE. This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE. I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith. I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing. Go Here to enter.

The list below was taken from

  1. Ephesians 3:7
    of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
    Ephesians 3:6-8 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Ephesians 3:8
    To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
    Ephesians 3:7-9 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Ephesians 4:7
    But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
    Ephesians 4:6-8 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Ephesians 4:29
    Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
    Ephesians 4:28-30 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Ephesians 6:24
    Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.
    Ephesians 6:23-24 (in Context) Ephesians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Philippians 1:2
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 1:1-3 (in Context) Philippians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Philippians 1:7
    For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
    Philippians 1:6-8 (in Context) Philippians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Philippians 4:23
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Philippians 4:22-23 (in Context) Philippians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Colossians 1:2
    To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
    Colossians 1:1-3 (in Context) Colossians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Colossians 1:6
    which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;
    Colossians 1:5-7 (in Context) Colossians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  11. Colossians 4:6
    Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
    Colossians 4:5-7 (in Context) Colossians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  12. Colossians 4:18
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.
    Colossians 4:17-18 (in Context) Colossians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  13. 1 Thessalonians 1:1
    [ Thanksgiving for These Believers ] Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
    1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  14. 1 Thessalonians 5:28
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
    1 Thessalonians 5:27-28 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  15. 2 Thessalonians 1:2
    Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2 Thessalonians 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  16. 2 Thessalonians 1:12
    so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  17. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
    2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  18. 2 Thessalonians 3:18
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
    2 Thessalonians 3:17-18 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 3 (Whole Chapter

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cleaning Up The Stash Thursday

If you sew and are anything like me I have a HUGE stash of fabrics (this is about a third of my stash) and yarn for projects I was going to get to or from seeing fabric or yarn I just couldn't resist and was sure I'd make something with.  I've decided to do a 'Working Through My Stash' day where I'm going to show you ideas that I've gathered, make them up and show you how you can sew or knit through your stash too!

The other day when I had this idea I was sorting fabrics and ran across a pillowcase panel I bought long ago for my granddaughter.  Remembering that I wanted to make pillowcases for all the grandkids in April I just set myself down and sewed up the pillowcase. It took me less than 30 minutes to throw it together.

Now I'll go through the stash and see what fabrics I can use to sew some for the rest of them!

Next I found some purple fabric that was just enough for a spring/summer nightgown for the same granddaughter.  I cut it out and sewed it up.  Took me about an hour.  Now I'll find some fabric for the other five little girls. It won't be hard

It's your turn!  Come up with a quick project from your stash and send me a picture and how you made the project including the time it took you to make it. It can be for any craft project.  We'll post some of them here on Cleaning Up The Stash Thursday

Thursdays Grace Study

I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE. This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE. I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith. I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing. Go Here to enter.

The list below was taken from

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:9
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
    2 Corinthians 8:8-10 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 8 (Whole Chapter)
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:8
    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
    2 Corinthians 9:7-9 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 9 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 2 Corinthians 9:14
    while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
    2 Corinthians 9:13-15 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 9 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 2 Corinthians 12:9
    And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
    2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 2 Corinthians 13:14
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
    2 Corinthians 13:13-14 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 13 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Galatians 1:3
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
    Galatians 1:2-4 (in Context) Galatians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Galatians 1:6
    [ Perversion of the Gospel ] I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
    Galatians 1:5-7 (in Context) Galatians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Galatians 1:15
    But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased
    Galatians 1:14-16 (in Context) Galatians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Galatians 2:9
    and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
    Galatians 2:8-10 (in Context) Galatians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Galatians 2:21
    I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
    Galatians 2:20-21 (in Context) Galatians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  11. Galatians 5:4
    You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
    Galatians 5:3-5 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  12. Galatians 6:18
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
    Galatians 6:17-18 (in Context) Galatians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  13. Ephesians 1:2
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Ephesians 1:1-3 (in Context) Ephesians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  14. Ephesians 1:6
    to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
    Ephesians 1:5-7 (in Context) Ephesians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  15. Ephesians 1:7
    In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
    Ephesians 1:6-8 (in Context) Ephesians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  16. Ephesians 2:5
    even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved),
    Ephesians 2:4-6 (in Context) Ephesians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  17. Ephesians 2:7
    so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 2:6-8 (in Context) Ephesians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  18. Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
    Ephesians 2:7-9 (in Context) Ephesians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  19. Ephesians 3:2
    if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;
    Ephesians 3:1-3 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Strawberry Pineapple Muffin

Makes 9 muffins

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 teaspoon guar gum (leave out if in your flour mix)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum   (leave out if in your flour mix)
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut milk (or reg milk if you prefer)
1 large egg
1/3 cup melted and slightly cooled Palm Shortening (or butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
3/4 cup fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line muffin pan with 9 muffin cup liners

In a large mixing bowl combine gluten-free flour blend, tapioca flour, sweet reice flour, guar gum, and xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Use a large whisk to thoroughly combine.

Add milk, egg, melted shortening and vanilla. Stir to blend.

Add the diced rhubarb and sliced strawberries.  Stir to blend.

Fill muffin cups with 1/2 cup mix. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Salmon Cakes

  • 2 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, crumbled, bacon fat reserved
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1 (14-ounce) can wild salmon, remove large bones
  • 1 baked or boiled russet potato, peeled, and fluffed with a fork
  • 1/4 cup GF bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat in a small saute pan over low heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Cool the onions for a bit.

    Mix the bacon, onion, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and lemon zest in a bowl. Add the salmon and potato, mixing gently after each addition. Form the mixture into 12 small patties. In a shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and pepper, to taste. Coat the patties in the bread crumb topping. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, and cook the salmon cakes in batches until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add more oil, as necessary.

    Baked Wild Rice Casserole

    Makes 4 servings
    1 1/2 cup Wild Rice Blend (I like Lundberg)
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 carrot, sliced
    1 celery, sliced
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    2 cups beef, chicken or vegetable broth
    salt and pepper to taste
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Put wild rice blend in a 2 quat casserole dish. Add the peppers, zucchini, carrot and celery. Stir in garlic and onion powder and melted butter. Mix well, pour broth over mixture and cover.
    Bake for 30 minutes; check to see if you need to add more water. Bake for another 15-30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir well before serving and season with salt and pepper.

    Wednesday's Grace Bible Study

    I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE. This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE. I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith. I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing. Go Here to enter.

    The list below was taken from

    1. Romans 6:14
      For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
      Romans 6:13-15 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter)
    2. Romans 6:15
      What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!
      Romans 6:14-16 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter)
    3. Romans 11:6
      But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
      Romans 11:5-7 (in Context) Romans 11 (Whole Chapter)
    4. Romans 12:3
      For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
      Romans 12:2-4 (in Context) Romans 12 (Whole Chapter)
    5. Romans 12:6
      Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
      Romans 12:5-7 (in Context) Romans 12 (Whole Chapter)
    6. Romans 15:15
      But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,
      Romans 15:14-16 (in Context) Romans 15 (Whole Chapter)
    7. Romans 16:20
      The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
      Romans 16:19-21 (in Context) Romans 16 (Whole Chapter)
    8. Romans 16:24
      [ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]
      Romans 16:23-25 (in Context) Romans 16 (Whole Chapter)
    9. 1 Corinthians 1:3
      Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1 Corinthians 1:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
    10. 1 Corinthians 1:4
      I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
      1 Corinthians 1:3-5 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
    11. 1 Corinthians 3:10
      According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
      1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 3 (Whole Chapter)
    12. 1 Corinthians 15:10
      But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
      1 Corinthians 15:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 15 (Whole Chapter)
    13. 1 Corinthians 16:23
      The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
      1 Corinthians 16:22-24 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 16 (Whole Chapter)
    14. 2 Corinthians 1:2
      Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
      2 Corinthians 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
    15. 2 Corinthians 1:12
      [ Paul’s Integrity ] For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
      2 Corinthians 1:11-13 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
    16. 2 Corinthians 4:15
      For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
      2 Corinthians 4:14-16 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)
    17. 2 Corinthians 6:1
      [ Their Ministry Commended ] And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—
      2 Corinthians 6:1-3 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
    18. 2 Corinthians 8:1
      [ Great Generosity ] Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
      2 Corinthians 8:1-3 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 8 (Whole Chapter)

    My Quilting Projects

    I started learning how to quilt in 2011.  I've been sewing since I was 12 and have sewed a good deal of cothing and home decor.   During that 2011 I made the following quilt projects:

    I actually made 5 of these wall hangings. I gave one to 4 of my children's families and kept one for myself.

    This quilt I made for a Soldier and sent before Christmas. I also made another one of these that is very similar but didn't get the pictures of it. Gave that one to my Grandson who graduated from High School in 2011.

    This one I made for my daughter for Christmas.

    Sampler baby quilt

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Garlic Smashed Potatoes

    This is the perfect sie or any meat dish.  You might have to us less garlic for the kids but they love it!

    This recipe is scaled for two but can be easily doubled for more servings.

    1 pound baking potatoes (russets, yukon gold)
    1 talespoon olive oil
    1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
    2 cloves minced garlic
    Salt to taste
    3 tablespoons milk
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees

    Bake the potatoes for one hour then set aside to cool.

    Heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and oregano and cook for about 5 minutes.

    Cut potatoes in half long-way and spoon insides into bowl.  Discard Skins. Add oil mixture and salt to potatoes. Mash well.  Add milk small amounts at a time while mashing (you don't have to use all the milk).  Continue mashing until fluffy.  Stir in Chives.

    14 Tips for Buying Organic, Real food on a Budget

    Watch for an article on each of these tips in the coming weeks! Don't be fooled by low prices on food from other countries. Remember they don't follow the same rules as we do.
    1. Buy in season. This not only ensures you get the biggest bang for your buck, it also means your produce will taste “as it should” – full of flavor and perfectly ripe.
    2. Stretch meals with beans and grains.
    3. Become a member of a CSA or Co-op. Get a box of fresh, all organic produce for a fraction of what you’d pay at the store.
    4. Find a local Farmers Market and frequent it. Some states have virtual Farmers Markets year round. Nebraska has one, maybe your state does too.
    5. Utilize pantry staples. Pantry staples reduce the need or urge to order out by ensuring you can whip up a meal with only a few fresh ingredients from the store.
    6. Order organic, unprocessed sweeteners from Amazon. They have a program called “Subscribe and Save” that enables you to buy products at a discount and get free shipping.
    7. Make your own junk food. We all like to cut loose at times, but “junk” food can cost a pretty penny and usually isn’t very healthy.
    8. Grow your own herbs.
    9. Buy in bulk. Check out Azure Standard – it’s a virtual “whole foods” at incredible prices. You can find anything from grain to meat to sunscreen. Azure has drop-off locations through out the US. Place your order online (they also have a catalog) and once a month, meet at a specific spot. A large truck pulls up and the driver hands you your goods.
    10. Buy your organic/grass-fed meats straight from the farm and save hundreds each year.
    11. Make your own whole grain breads, hamburger buns, pizza crust, and granola bars.
    12. Buy whole foods instead of packaged foods. Why pay for cardboard and plastic when you could use that money to buy food?
    13. Plan your meals. Meal planning saves money. It limits the spontaneous desire to go out to eat and you also only buy the ingredients you truly need.
    14. Be Discerning. If you can’t afford to buy entirely organic, choose wisely which items to pay more for. A good rule of thumb is to buy organic fruits and vegetables that have thin skins (like apples and berries). These foods tend to absorb the most pesticides and herbicides.
    15. Find coupons on the internet. A few of my favorites are: Mambo Sprouts, Stonyfield, and Organic Food Coupons.

    More Grace - Bible Reading

    I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE. This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE. I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith. I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing. Go Here to enter.

    The list below was taken from

    1. Acts 13:43
      Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.
      Acts 13:42-44 (in Context) Acts 13 (Whole Chapter)
    2. Acts 14:3
      Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.
      Acts 14:2-4 (in Context) Acts 14 (Whole Chapter)
    3. Acts 14:26
      From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished.
      Acts 14:25-27 (in Context) Acts 14 (Whole Chapter)
    4. Acts 15:11
      But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
      Acts 15:10-12 (in Context) Acts 15 (Whole Chapter)
    5. Acts 15:40
      But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
      Acts 15:39-41 (in Context) Acts 15 (Whole Chapter)
    6. Acts 18:27
      And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,
      Acts 18:26-28 (in Context) Acts 18 (Whole Chapter)
    7. Acts 20:24
      But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
      Acts 20:23-25 (in Context) Acts 20 (Whole Chapter)
    8. Acts 20:32
      And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
      Acts 20:31-33 (in Context) Acts 20 (Whole Chapter)
    9. Romans 1:5
      through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
      Romans 1:4-6 (in Context) Romans 1 (Whole Chapter)
    10. Romans 1:7
      to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
      Romans 1:6-8 (in Context) Romans 1 (Whole Chapter)
    11. Romans 3:24
      being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
      Romans 3:23-25 (in Context) Romans 3 (Whole Chapter)
    12. Romans 4:16
      For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
      Romans 4:15-17 (in Context) Romans 4 (Whole Chapter)
    13. Romans 5:2
      through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
      Romans 5:1-3 (in Context) Romans 5 (Whole Chapter)
    14. Romans 5:15
      But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
      Romans 5:14-16 (in Context) Romans 5 (Whole Chapter)
    15. Romans 5:17
      For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
      Romans 5:16-18 (in Context) Romans 5 (Whole Chapter)
    16. Romans 5:20
      The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
      Romans 5:19-21 (in Context) Romans 5 (Whole Chapter)
    17. Romans 5:21
      so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
      Romans 5:20-21 (in Context) Romans 5 (Whole Chapter)
    18. Romans 6:1
      [ Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God ] What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
      Romans 6:1-3 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter)

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Lentil Chili

    • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef or ground turkey if doing your Healthy Heart Tune-up
    •  3 cups homemade chicken bone broth
    • 2 cups lentils, rinsed
    • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    •  sea salt to taste
    In a Dutch oven, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.

    The Prophetic Words of Paul Harvey from 1965

    This is excerpts of a 1965 audio of Paul Harvey explaining how he would destroy us [America] if he were Satan…

    "If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

    And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting'd threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice ersa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

    If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

    Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

    If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

    So just how close is this folks.  I'd say this is a prophetic message no one listened to and that Phase I is already accomplished.  What's next?  What can you do?

    Monday This and That

    Kitchen Quick tip - Need room temperature butter but forgot to set it out to soften? Grate the butter with a cheese grater, let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature and you're ready to go!


    Heads up!  We will be selling almost all our Daylily plants.  We have four huge beds of Daylilies and they all have to be moved out of these beds.  This is your chance to purchase some beautiful Daylilies for just $1 a fan.  Yes you saw it right!  We will be having a Garage Sale April 13-14 from 9-3 each day and will dig lilies from the beds hoping to get the right colors for you as they are not in bloom right now.  I have posted the colors from the bed so watch make your color choices.  First Come First Serve.

    NOTE: I will also be selling bundles of 5 fans for $6 through on their next cycle that starts next Sunday.

    Lemon Mania

    I was sorting through my late grandmothers recipe files and I ran across an OLD FASHIONED LEMONADE SYRUP BASE that you can keep in your refrigerator to make glasses of lemonade.  I've added that recipe below.

    One important point I want to make about lemons and all citrus fruits for that matter.  If you are going to be zesting the outside of the citrus fruit YOU MUST PURCHASE ORGANIC FRUIT.  The reason for this is the all the pesticides that have been sprayed on that fruit can be found on and in the skin.  It cannot be washed off.

    Health Tip:  A healthy body is an alkaline body system, Cancer loves an Acidic body system.  What is curious is that Apple Juice and Lemonade, being acidic products, actually convert to Alkaline within the body.

    I did a little search for lemons and found this awesome site you are sure to want to spend some time on:


    1 1/2 cups sugar  (Substitute 1 cup Coconut Sugar or 3/4 cup mild honey)
    1/2 cup boiling water
    1 tablespoon fresh grated ORGANIC lemon peel
    1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed ORGANIC lemon juice

    • Dissolve sugar in boiling water.
    • Add Lemon peel and juice
    • Store in covered containe in refrigerator
    • Makes 2 2/3 cups base
    Lemonade by the glass for one 8-oz serving

    • In a large glass, combine 1/4-1/3 cup lemonade syrup base and 3/4 cup cold water; stir well.
    • Add Ice Cubes
    Lemonade by the pitcher for nine 8-oz servings

    • In large pitcher combine 2 2/3 cups lemonade syrup base and 6 cups cold water; stir well
    • Add Ice Cuber

    Why I Hang My Clothes on the Line

    1.  I love the fresh smell of the clothes when they are hung on the line.
    2.  It is easier on the clothing.  Ever wonder where the lint comes from in dryer?
    3.  Depending on how many are in your family, it saves lots of money by not using the clothes dryer.

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    Grace - Bible Reading March 26

    I'm study Grace this year......everything I can get my hands on that talks about GRACE.  This week is catch-up week with our Bible Reading so I'm going to let you catch-up if you need to, but if not, join me in reading about GRACE.  I'm also reading the book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Chuck Smith.  I'm going to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky winner of this weeks Raffelcopter drawing.  Go Here to enter.

    The list below was taken from
    1. Ezra 9:8
      But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage.
      Ezra 9:7-9 (in Context) Ezra 9 (Whole Chapter)
    2. Psalm 45:2
      You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.
      Psalm 45:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 45 (Whole Chapter)
    3. Psalm 84:11
      For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
      Psalm 84:10-12 (in Context) Psalm 84 (Whole Chapter)
    4. Proverbs 1:9
      Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.
      Proverbs 1:8-10 (in Context) Proverbs 1 (Whole Chapter)
    5. Proverbs 3:34
      Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
      Proverbs 3:33-35 (in Context) Proverbs 3 (Whole Chapter)
    6. Proverbs 4:9
      “She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
      Proverbs 4:8-10 (in Context) Proverbs 4 (Whole Chapter)
    7. Proverbs 5:19
      As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
      Proverbs 5:18-20 (in Context) Proverbs 5 (Whole Chapter)
    8. Jeremiah 31:2
      Thus says the LORD, “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness— Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
      Jeremiah 31:1-3 (in Context) Jeremiah 31 (Whole Chapter)
    9. Ezekiel 16:1
      [ God’s Grace to Unfaithful Jerusalem ] Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
      Ezekiel 16:1-3 (in Context) Ezekiel 16 (Whole Chapter)
    10. Zechariah 4:7
      ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
      Zechariah 4:6-8 (in Context) Zechariah 4 (Whole Chapter)
    11. Zechariah 12:10
      “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
      Zechariah 12:9-11 (in Context) Zechariah 12 (Whole Chapter)
    12. Luke 2:40
      The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
      Luke 2:39-41 (in Context) Luke 2 (Whole Chapter)
    13. John 1:14
      [ The Word Made Flesh ] And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
      John 1:13-15 (in Context) John 1 (Whole Chapter)
    14. John 1:16
      For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
      John 1:15-17 (in Context) John 1 (Whole Chapter)
    15. John 1:17
      For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
      John 1:16-18 (in Context) John 1 (Whole Chapter)
    16. Acts 4:33
      And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.
      Acts 4:32-34 (in Context) Acts 4 (Whole Chapter)