April 2009


I Think My Wife is an Emergent . . . or Emerging . . . or Whatever.



This weekend promises bright sunshine, gardening, a party with friends, a spaghetti dinner (fundraising for a mission trip), and a soccer game.

This is what is on my schedule:

** Thanks to a great friend — together, we dug asparagus trenches Friday evening — the crowns are ready to plant. Will be using a recipe of sand, soil, and moss.  I was very intimidated but after watching this helpful video gained much more confidence. Loved how this woman had no fear of getting dirty!

** Soaking/par boiling garbonzo beans (chic peas) for hummus later this week.  I do it all day in the crock pot.

** Planting radishes, broccoli, and beets. Starting squash seeds.

** Researched homemade self-rising flour — using my latest discover of family-friendly white wheat flour!

1 cup all purpose OR white wheat flour
1.5 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

Going to use it in beer bread. This is quick and easy and very similiar to the Tastefully Simple version which cost almost $5.00 a loaf.

3 cups self rising flour — remember make your own
1/3 cup sugar (I use an herbal replacement of stevia, only 1/4 t.
12 oz beer
1/3 cup melted butter (for the top)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour and sugar; stir in beer. Mix well, use your hands if needed. Dough will be sticky.
  3. Pour dough into loaf pan. Brush top with melted butter.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  5. Cool on wire rack, remove from pan to finish cooling.

Wonderful to cut into cubes and use with a spinach dip or sliced with soups, chilli, and chowders. Heartier Whole Wheat Beer Bread with an onion rye variation Farmgirl Fare.

 . . . and still reflecting on Salvation is Beautiful, Psalm 139:3,4

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!



Today’s pearls:

And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might.
(2Samuel 6:14)

Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with *timbrel and lyre.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
(Psalm 149:3,4)

*The timbrel is a tambourine-type instrument. These were instruments that the Hebrew women used. Remember Miriam, Moses’ sister, after crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20)?

Notes to self: As I go through today — how do I ‘dance’ which refects my joy for the Lord? What does that look like? A dance is lovely, smooth, flowing, exhilirating and yet peaceful; the music is mine but the dance can touch others; 

salvation is beautiful . . .

Original post: beautiful living: making God attractive

OK, I have completely wasted a beautiful afternoon watching You Tube! But another great one:

Britain’s Got Talent: Stavros Flatly

I think it is called procrastination.

Although American Idol is considered the offspring of Britain’s Got Talent — Idol often seems garish compared to the BGT performances.

Bring a tissue and prepare to be knocked off your chair. One certainly cannot judge a songbird by her feathers as the judges and audience shamefully learned.

A lesson for all of us.

Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle

A simply stunning moment on many levels. Enjoy.

teabagThis is probably the first time that I am directing readers of this blog to the other blog I share with my sister-in-law at Fragrance of Truth.

Initially our purpose was to alert Christians to the apostasy and false teachers among us in our churches, within the Evangelical community, and in the national/world spotlight.

We didn’t intend to post on politics but ‘the times’ seem to warrant sounding the alarm from time to time.

This is particularly troubling. Department of Homeland Security, office of Intelligence and Analysis has published this unclassified assessment:

“Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Let me define “Rightwing Extremism” according to the analysis.

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individulas that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.


Other excerpts:

Assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.

DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.

Read the report for yourself.

Visit my other blog for the post — . . . and the world hears them

teacup-gardenIt seems I am now on most every corporate emailed newsletter list because of coupon collecting.

This idea caught my eye! A lovely way to use cracked or chipped china. I can just picture a few on my front porch.

Imagine miniature violets!

Indoor Tea Cup Garden


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