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Boiled Toad

Have you ever heard what happens to a frog when it is boiled?

Try not to gag at the image of Kermit being cooked alive!

Seriously though, they say if you put the frog in tepid water and it slowly warms up he will not try to escape. But if you throw him into a pot of hot water he will instantly try to jump out.

Kind of parallel’s with what’s been rolling around in my mind.

Some days I feel like we are slowly being cooked alive. All the TV and media and politically correct stuff is in our faces 24/7. We are slowly being lulled into a deep sleep and we don’t even recognize it!

I am feeling an urgent need these days to root my children in Faith and Moral Values. I am constantly asking myself “am I doing enough to prepare them? Will they be able to stand when it is time?” I have to explain things to them that I really would rather not. But the culture we live in is forcing me to address it with them.

The battle is daunting. The stakes are high! This is no time to be a lazy parent! We are in for a fight!

My kids are all huge book worms. They love literature and that is great, but I have become concerned by what is being propagated for their young minds to read. You know someone, somewhere, is brilliant enough to know that the younger they can get children’s minds the better chance their message has of sticking!

So why then wouldn’t the opposite be true? The younger my children are when introduced to the truth and to high moral character, the stronger they will be when it’s their turn to stand.

Jalen had a prophecy prayed over him at his baby dedication from the pastor of the church we were attending at the time. He said God showed him that Jalen would be like an arrow going out into the darkness. I don’t know exactly what that will look like but I know that if I am not diligent in my work here with them, none of my precious arrows will be prepared to fight the battle that has been chosen for them.

In my desperation I have done several things through the years to get God’s word to their heart. One of the things I started when they were little babies and toddlers. Every night we would have them listen to Bible Stories on tape as they were going to sleep. We found that by doing this they would actually drift off to sleep while their subconscience was still taking in the messages.

The set we like the most is “The Word and Song Bible”. Malaina at age 4 would recite long passages of scripture and Bible stories simply from what she had heard through those tapes. Malaina now has her own quiet times and listens to other music (or often Chuck Swindol)at night. But our boys and Sophie still listen to tapes.

We also have CD’s that have scripture verses to song. Very effective for remembering them!

We try to keep an open dialogue with all of them about faith issues. We have had numerous conversations about “what if this isn’t really real?” “How can we be sure”? “Why does God make bad things happen”? “Sometimes I think God is mean”. They ask some pretty tough questions, but I never want them to feel ashamed or afraid to talk with us.

And of course prayer. We need supernatural help every day! We also need to be reminded that the one who created our little people loves them more then even we do.

There will be a day when I will no longer tuck them in and say prayers with them. How well am I preparing their hearts for what lies ahead? I will never do it perfectly and many days I fail them horribly. But I have been inspired in these last days to make an effort to instill in them the love of a King who is coming soon!

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to end up Boiled Toad.

It really is safe!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZhMfzc9RbU

Okay, one night I ran across this clip and just laughed my face off…

Not so much because the poor man knocked himself into unconsciousness but because he is the ultimate salesman! He is no longer coherent but still, trys to convince us to buy the ladder!

“No really, It IS safe, Just continue to call!”

I make stuff up…

One of the things that I have enjoyed most about blogging is seeing what all of you are having for dinner and dessert.

I don’t know about you but I get in such a rut. I like variety and love to try new recipes!

We all want our families to have healthy, delicious meals but after 14 years sometimes I just don’t know what to make anymore. So thank you for letting me snoop in your kitchens and for giving me some great ideas!

I am making muffins for Micah’s class tomorrow. I combined several recipes to make these:

PUMPKIN CREAM CHESSE MUFFINS

2 Cups flour

½ Cup sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. salt

Combine in bowl

2 eggs

¾ Cup pumpkin

½ Cup melted butter

¼ Cup sour cream

Mix then add to flour mixture

Filling:

1 – 8 oz. cream cheese

½ Cup sugar

1 egg

Beat together.

Fill greased muffin cups 1/3 full. Put spoonful of filling on top of muffin. Top with another spoonful of batter.(the filling doesn’t need to be completely covered) Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

And I also created these:

CARMEL APPLE MUFFINS

Topping:

1 Tbsp butter

¼ Cup brown sugar

½ Cup flour

Combine and set aside

Muffins:

1 ¾ Cup sugar

3 eggs

1 Cup oil

2 Cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 apples/peeled and diced

Beat together first 3 ingredients, then add dry ingredients. Stir in apples.

Place in muffin pan sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 30 minutes at 350.

Cool muffins for about 5 minutes then drizzle warm Carmel ice cream topping over top.(I prefer Mrs Robinson)

We call them Muffins so we can eat Cake for Breakfast right?!

By the way I am still not talking out loud very much….Thank you for your encouraging get well wishes!

My family is a little unsettled about the fact that I can’t talk. Jason thinks I really could talk if I just put my mind to it. The kids are starting to tell me how they miss my voice.(Unbelievable!!I figured they would be relived I am not barking orders and making threats!)

I’d like to know….

What is your favorite cake Muffin to eat?

Speechless

Today I am speechless. No I’m serious, I am not speaking above a whisper!

Can I just say that if I am ever tortured I just hope they don’t cut out my tongue and let me live!
Have you ever thought about how much you use your voice?

Saturday evening I felt something grab onto my throat. I looked at Jason and said “Oh No, I think I’m getting sick”!

By Sunday morning it hurt horribly, But….

I was still able to lead worship…truly miraculous!

By Sunday evening….just above a whisper.

And today— Speechless!

It’s kind of funny because my family all thinks they need to whisper back!

I needed groceries, at least if my children were going to eat lunch this week, so I ran to the store. I usually go to this store and know no one but today??? 4! Oh yes, 4 friends to talk to today!
Isn’t that hysterical?!

I have been avoiding my phone today too…(Sorry Brooke but thank you for the depth of your sympathy!)

So guess what was on the menu tonight? Yep, Chicken noodle Soup. Best thing for a cold you know! Plus it seems like a soupy kind of day.
Sneaky me fries up some Very FINELY chopped onions in some EVOO. They give the soup a better flavor! And nobody noticed!

Then I put these in a stockpot with 2 small cans Chicken Broth. Add 4 Cups of Water.
I chopped up 12 baby carrots.It makes me feel better.(It gives it some crunch too) Add 1 tablespoon Chicken Flavored Soup base, 1 tablespoon but-ta, and 1 chicken breast chopped.

When this comes to a boil I put in about 2 cups of noodles. Boil about 10 minutes till ready to serve.

Biscuits are yumm-o (I don’t know why I think I have to talk like Rachel Ray simply because I’m describing my recipe!) with soup so Sophie and I whipped up some.
She said” You be cook 1 and I’ll be cook 2″. Here is the cook cutting out the biscuits. She LOVES to help in the kitchen. I think she is the only one who begs to help in the kitchen.
With any job too…
Bless your heart you cute little cook 2!

And here is the result…

I want to tell you a little secret I like to do. On Monday morning I like to put a whole bag of frozen Chicken Breasts in my crock-pot. I put about a ½ cup of water in the bottom and shake the living daylights out of my salt shaker over the chicken. I turn the thing on high and by evening I have chicken for the week.

Last week I made Chicken tortilla soup, (a recipe that originated from Kim)


Here is the Recipe: (I added a couple of things)
4 chicken breast
1 garlic clove
2 T butter
2 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
2 14.5 oz. can black beans
2 14 5oz. can chopped tomato’s
2 cans whole kernel corn
1 TBSP taco seasoning
1 C. salsa
1/2 c. fresh or 1/4 c. dried cilantro
1 T. Ground cumin
8 oz Cheddar Jack cheese
Sour cream
tortilla chips
Cook Chicken, saute garlic and onion in TBSP oil,
Combine all ingredients into slow cooker except cheese, sour cream and chips.
Cook on low 8 hours. Ladle soup over cubed cheese. Sprinkle with chips and sour cream.
It’s Awesome! And we had enough left for another quick microwave lunch later in the week.

One night we had Chicken Stir fry. (what we call missionary night for the kids; which basically means we tell them if they grow up and are called to the mission field they need to be willing to try all kinds of food and this will be mild compared to that…Come to think of it …I hope we aren’t turning them off on foreign missions! “Please don’t send me to Africa”!)

And another night I used the cut up chicken for chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes (my kids favorite)

Sometimes I use it for Chicken fajitas( I just cut up the chicken , put back in crock-pot, sprinkle taco seasoning over it, turn on low for a couple of hours and it becomes moist, tender, fajita meat. I also do this for enchilada casseroles)

This week I think I will use it for Cheesy Chicken Croissants and another night Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole.

It does a number of things for me:

  • It helps me plan my meals before 5 o’clock
  • It helps so much in my food prep
  • I think it tastes better then canned chicken
  • Definitely cheaper then canned chicken

What are some quick dinner secrets you have?
(frozen dinners or Taco Bell don’t count!J)

Winner!

Just wanted to let you know I have a winner for the apple butter.
Last night I asked Micah to pick a number between 1-10 and he chose 7!

So the winner is:

Linda Crow, from 2nd Cup of Coffee.

Congratulations Linda, could you send me your address and I will get that in the mail right away!

Thanks to all of you who commented. It was fun!

From the funny papers today:

I overheard my son Jalen telling his cousin

“Sometimes I think I’m a human Snot Machine”.(allergies)

My brain started spinning with all the ideas of what he could use this exceptional gift for.

Maybe the hub’s and I don’t need to worry about retirement funds after all!

Everyone needs Compassion


One of the most basic needs in any healthy relationships is forgiveness.

I know this because I am often the recipient of this kind act of mercy.

Friendships that were once so strong and beautiful can quickly become ugly and messy. People who were once madly in love can say the most hideous things about one another. I only need to read the front cover of a magazine at any check out stand and see that people who once were verbal about their intense love for one another are now making ,malicious accusations against their partner.

Bottom line for me is I can always “feel” love when the other person is treating me the way I desire. The question lies not in whether I will love someone who loves me but will I extend compassion, love and forgiveness when the other person may not seem to deserve it?

In Luke 6 we read:

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Does that seem strange to you? It goes against my flesh. My own thinking says , “if they won’t pay me back it is not wise to lend it”. How many times have I said, “I don’t want to be taken advantage of”, so I justify my way, whether it’s financially or relationally.

“He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked”. Not just to the good and pleasing, but the moochers and mockers!

Anyone can love those who are easy to love. The question becomes am I willing to love those who are prickly and cold. Who stink and talk nasty. Who don’t return my affections. Who hurt my feelings. Who do not think like I think. Who will not move me up the social or economic success ladder.

I show mercy simply because I am the king’s daughter and his ambassador here on earth.

I love out of the love I have been given.

So I ask myself this:

How am I doing?

Who around me needs my compassion today?

Am I willing to listen and act?

Hello Fall

Hello Mr Scare Crow, Hello Indian Corn, Hello pumpkins, Hello mums, Hello Apple Butter, Hello leaves, Hello Fall.
Today is Fall Party day. My pounding head is telling me I may have over done it on the partying.
God bless those teachers! God bless EM!

And here we are at Sophia’s fall party…
So much fun dressing the teacher up like Mr. Scarecrow….What a great sport!
LEAVES, Ridiculous amounts of fun!

Yah-owch! That one’s gonna hurt in the morning!

Ha-lay-lu-yer! It’s a fabulous day in the leaves and sun!

Delicious Apple Butter

I have never made apple butter before but I found this recipe…
I just happened to have a couple extra apples laying around and so….
I present to you my friends….
My first batch of apple butter. Now if I were a braggin person I might tell you that I think this is quite possibly some of the best I’ve ever had but I’m not so I won’t. However, I can confidently tell you that it is the best I have ever made!
If you want me to send you this jar just leave me your comment.
You know the routine…I will randomly pick a winner
All entries must be posted tomorrow night by 10:46 p.m.
Some restrictions may apply (IE: if you live in Thailand, then I may just have to bring it when I come to visit)
I will send out the winning jar on Saturday morning!
So good luck!

(editor’s note)
I am going to take my husband’s advice and extend my giving party through the weekend.I hope that I am not liable and that no one who has commented already will bring litigation against me.

I will post the winning number Sunday eve, and send out the prize Monday morning.:)
Have a great weekend!