Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Treasure of Grace

As I study through Galatians and re-read Yancey's, What's So Amazing About Grace, you may be reading lots of quotes about the beauty of the real God and His beautiful and uncommon gift to you and I. Enjoy the thoughts to ponder. 

"People are prepared for everything except for the fact that beyond the darkness of their blindness there is great light. They are prepared to go on breaking their backs plowing the same old field until the cows come home without seeing, until they stub their toes on it, that there is a treasure buried in that field rich enough to buy Texas. They are prepared for a God who strikes hard bargains but not for a God who gives as much for an hours work as for a days. They are prepared for a mustard seed kingdom no bigger than the eye of a newt but not for the great banyan it becomes with birds in its branches singing Mozart. They are prepared for the potluck supper at the First Presbyterian but not for the marriage supper of the lamb..." 
-Frederick Buechner

I hope you are surprised by the love of God today. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Linky Love - Simple Mom

Sooooo, guess what? 

Simple Mom is hosting the biggest week of summer giveaways EVER! You should probably go check it out, because it is huge... and if you win more than one prize, you better share with me for giving you the heads up! 

Well, what are you waiting for? GO! 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day - Linkage

Do you find yourself wishing you knew how to honor our armed forces, but lost for what exactly to do? Well "That Family" has a very special post on a tangible way you can express your gratitude to a young soldier who needs to know. I won't rewrite the whole post because you can take the time to read it here.

But, if you are too busy with gardening, BBQ's and shopping to get over there, here are the bare bones...

You need to send a note, letter, gift, or postcard to:
Sgt. David Thornhill
Tillman Troops
6 Marquise Oaks
The Woodlands, TX 77382

You need to offer this small gesture of kindness because he made a great sacrifice to you and I when he lost his legs and was severely burned in Iraq. That was 2 years ago and he is still in the hospital. He needs your encouragement.

Since our town doesn't have a parade and I think my son will be disrespectful with his loud mouth at a cemetery service, we are going to be spending part of our day putting together a package for this soldier. It is our way to say thank you and a way to teach B that we need to honor those who give their lives so we can sleep peacefully at night.

I am not one to be overly vocal in my appreciation for the troops, but I just sent a quick email to an old acquaintance thanking her and her husband for the sacrifices they are making as a family as he serves in the Marine Corp. This is the response I got:

It has been one very rough and painful year, especially the last two months. Your words are like a balm to my heart, not that we 'need' to hear them, but it's always encouraging to know your sacrifices and hardships are noticed and appreciated.

I try not to be pushy, but I am telling you... DO THIS! Make it a point to send off a note, email, or phone call to tell those you know, who are serving or have served, thank you. It matters to them. Do it TODAY!

And then go barbecue, sunbathe, and eat ice cream because we can!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Taco Town... Friday Funny

I have been SUPER DUPER busy, so blogging has been moved to the back burner. However, I ran across one of my favorite SNL clips and thought maybe you would enjoy a little friday funny.
Living in a state where sometimes it seems Taco Bell...or worse Taco John's (Does it really get any less Mexican than Taco Johns's? They didn't even try to name it Taco Jaun's) may be the most authentic mexican food a person will eat for months.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Skinny Jeans -SFMTY

It has been a while since I have posted for the 'Fro... (not sure they even still do the little bloggy carnival here)

It would be nearly impossible for me not to post this ridiculously horrible picture, my dear step-mom Debbe found and made a card from (via Send Out Cards). 

If I ever had a real 'fro... this was it.

I am sure I was totally annoyed at Vince. I was rockin those "skinny jeans" and high-tops though!

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Why Does Laughing Feel Wrong?

You can see from my blog roll that I think the site Stuff White People Like is hilarious. Why not laugh at how ridiculous our patterns of behavior are revealed to be?

Well some enterprising person thought it would be funny to start a blog about stuff white Christians like. I am torn, because some posts really are funny... like this one. 

But, then I wonder if somehow the sarcasm in this blog is tearing us apart rather than building us up.

What do you think? Is it funny or sacrilegious? Am I a fuddy duddy or right on (in thinking that somehow this seems wrong)?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Stuck 2 - Wordless Wednesday

I moved the furniture around again. I didn't think it would pose a problem. It is heavy enough to not get tipped over and low enough that B would not be able to crawl under it.


I know there was something under here.

Nevermind the blurry feet, they are in motion (and I was laughing hysterically)

Found it - a Hershey kiss.

Finally, he got that giant head un-stuck.

This boy is full of surprises. Check out more wordless here and here.

Them's Fightin' Words

"All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win the world is for enough good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

I saw this on a plaque at a local museum last year around this time. I have thought about it often.

I have thought about how our "fighting" men are not appreciated and our passive men are not happy.

Do you think the church is effective in encouraging men to be the "fighters" that they are meant to be?

I know this opens up a whole debate on gender roles and nature vs. nurture issues. What do you think? Are men made to be heroes or is that just a fairy tale?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

When you childproof...

Our little man is very busy. We don't necessarily want to childproof our home, but home-proof our child. 

We caved when it came to the cabinet that stores our garbage can and cleaning supplies. The only problem is that it is nearly impossible for us to open the cabinet.

 We have resorted to piling things in one spot and doing one BIG dump a couple times a day.

Don't judge me, I am new at this. 

By the way, if anyone has a simple how-to for a compost pile, please, direct me to the data. This little problem of ours has shown me how much compost materials we are just throwing into the dumpster. 

Friday, May 01, 2009

Pot Stickers

Most of you know that I have a slight obsession with the Pioneer Woman. Reading her blog I was inspired to share one of my recipes with you. However, if you are familiar with the PW - you can in no way compare this post to her amazing cooking posts. 

There are several reasons:
1. I do not cook as well as she does and my kitchen is small (but functional)
2. I do not take pictures like she does (but I did take pictures because recipes are so much easier to follow with pictures)
3. I don't have cute, matching, kitchen gear - don't jud
ge me. 
4. I am not the Pioneer Woman. I am like the Western Family version of the PW. 

These facts do not negate that this recipe is delicious! Because it takes a little extra prep work we usually only have it a few times a year (ya, I am lazy like that) We had them this week because it was Norse's birthday! 

You are gonna need these items: 
  • 1 lb of ground pork (no seasoning) 
  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 1 bunch of green onions or scallions
  • A hunk of ginger
  • Sesame Oil
  • Peanut Oil 
  • Soy Sauce
  • Salt 
  • Won Ton Wrappers

Ok... so you start by choppin' your cabbage. Be sure to wash all your veggies so there are not any bugs or dirt hiding in them.

You need about 2 cups of chopped cabbage. Chop it really small. Plop it in a bowl. I use a colander because then I can squeeze the moisture out easier. Sprinkle it with a teaspoon of salt, stir it up, and let it sit for at LEAST 15 minutes. I usually get sidetracked and let it sit for 30 minutes or more. 

Next, grab you ginger and hack off those knobs. I like ginger so I use a 2+ inch piece. Use however much you like. 

 Also sheer off the skin. Chop it up into itty bitty pieces too! * If you use the cheese grater it works well and is quicker, but sometimes leaves little threads of hard to eat ginger

Then chop up your green onions (or scallions - are they really different vegetables?) 

About now I brown the pork. 

It is not necessary to cook the meat, but I do just to be safe. 

Squeeze out your cabbage. 

Combine all your goodies in a bowl. 

Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil. 1 Teaspoon of peanut oil (we were out - so I just added a little extra sesame) and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. 

Sprinkle with a little salt. And mix it all up! 

Now you are ready to fill your wrappers. You can make homemade wrappers. I have heard it isn't too hard, but really, who has time? These are found at our local grocery store (in Montana) so most of you should be able to find them. 

Find a comfy seat and table and set up your operation. 

Take one wrapper and drop a little of your stuffing mix in the middle.

Try not to over stuff because then they rip and make a big mess. 

Moisten the edges of the wrapper (that is why you needed the glass of water). And fold the edges in (like you are sealing an envelope).

Make sure there are no open spots by crimping the wrapper a little.


This is the time consuming part. I suggest you enlist helpers, but if none are available, just distract the kids. I used left over mashed potatoes to tide my little man over. 

I would start a side of rice about now. 

You can also concoct a dipping sauce. I don't have measurements but ours includes:  Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Hot Pepper Flakes, Rice Wine Vinegar, and a little sugar. 

OK - soooo, you can steam, boil, or fry these. Because we only eat them every blue moon and we like them crispy, we fry them - but it is your choice.

If you fry them - heat some oil and drop them in. Let them swim around until the edges get brown. Drain on a paper towel and enjoy.