christian. vegan. lover of life.

updates and the February "30-day challenge" January 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:33 pm

Hey everyone! Just a few quick things to fill you in on my life these days:

-Today, our church completes a 21-day focused time of corporate prayer and fasting. This past week has contained nightly 2-hour worship/prayer sessions that have been such a blessing! I’m excited for the celebration service tonight. You can watch live starting at 7pm.

-My dad is having heart surgery in Cleveland, OH this coming Thursday, Feb 5th to repair a leaky valve. I would appreciate your prayers greatly. I’m told this is a routine surgery, and I’m trusting God to keep everything under His control, but I could use the extra strength and support during this time so I can also be a light to the rest of my family. I’m leaving Wed night and will be gone for a week and a half. There are also several other things that need to be taken care of during this time when I’ll be in PA, so I will definitely be kept busy.

-Raw foods have peaked my interest! I’ve been dabbling in raw foods for a while now, but recently I’ve been inspired to learn a lot more about a vegan raw food diet. Look for more posts about that and new raw recipes in the future. Tonight I’m making raw zucchini Alfredo.

-And finally, tomorrow kicks off my 30-day (well, I guess more like 28-day) challenge to exercise! I’m not sure how I’m going to work this out with traveling and scheduling these next two weeks, but my intention is to do some form of exercise every day in February. I’m actually really looking forward to it. I may or may not keep the blog updated with my progress. Maybe a weekly check-in would keep me accountable enough. We’ll see.

Thanks for reading!

 

help us out! January 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 11:12 am

Mae 2009 Project – Webisode: 2 from Mae on Vimeo.

 

to Misty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 2:53 am

My dog of 14 years had to be put down today. For the last year or more, she has been going blind and deaf, has been losing weight, and was generally very frail. I spent about 4 days with her back in June, house-sitting for my dad, and it was heart-wrenching to watch her struggle to go up and down stairs. I think it was especially hard because I’ve been on my own the last 6 years, only spending short visits in PA with my beloved black lab. They discovered today she had cancer and she was doing so poorly that ending her suffering was the best option.
So, to my faithful friend…I love you, girl. Growing up with you was wonderful and you will be so missed.

 

currently captivating my heart… January 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:53 am

“Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. β€˜Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply…Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” -Isaiah 58:7-9a, 10-11

And thanks to the one who memorized the following with me so long ago. It’s recollection readiness has meant more to me than I can express…

“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” -Habakkuk 2:3

 

to you January 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:22 pm

happy birthday!

 

Recipe of the Week – Vegan Lasagna

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 12:57 am

I am pleasantly surprised by this recipe. It’s so simple, easy and creamy. This will make three full layers of lasagna in an 8 X 8 glass dish, with a noodle layer on top.

Ingredients:
-about 9 whole wheat lasagna noodles, broken to the size of the dish
-a small jar of Traditional Prego sauce and a few splashes (1/4 cup?) of water
-a block of Follow Your Heart’s mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
-1/4 – 1/2 cup of red lentils

Topping:
-bread crumbs
-olive oil
-salt

Empty the jar of sauce into a saucepan with the lentils and water. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for about 20 minutes to soften the lentils, stirring occasionally. While that’s working, cook the noodles in a separate pot. Shred the cheese. Use olive oil to grease the baking dish. Mix bread crumbs (enough to cover the top of the lasagna) with about 1/4 tsp of salt and olive oil, enough to moisten. Set aside. Drain noodles when they are finished.

To assemble, line the greased dish with noodles, then a layer of lentil sauce, and a layer of cheese. Repeat two more times. Top with a layer of noodles and finally bread crumbs. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for about 30 minutes, taking off the foil for the last 10 minutes to brown the crumbs.

The end product tastes really creamy and delicious, thanks to the cheese. It won’t melt entirely, but some will be melted. You could add sauteed or roasted vegetables to this as well, or serve with steamed veggies, as I did. The original idea for this is here.

 

A Year of Challenges January 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 3:30 am

Last year I made a list of goals when January 1st came around. I did accomplish a few things laid out on that list, like making the living room curtains and graduating from Summit 1 and starting Summit 2. I was able to read 7 out of 12 books for the year, which is 5 more than the year previous. And I did participate in Nano, though I didn’t complete it and I didn’t work on the previous year’s book either.

This year, what I’d like to do is 6 (maybe more or less) 30-day challenges, additional to some random goals. This is what I’ve come up with so far, which may change:

For 30 days, I will…
-wear a dress (or skirt) every day
-only spend a certain amount of money on food (I might do this challenge twice – one month equaling a lesser amount of money than the other. I tend not to budget the money I spend on food and buy whatever I want and I’d like to actually be very conscious of the money going towards that and the meals that I’m making. I’ll share my results with all of you so you can see that a vegan diet does not have to cost more than an omnivorous diet).
-eat gluten-free
-exercise for a certain amount of time every day

Potentially, I may also have a “nano” month during which I can finish one of the novels I’ve started, giving myself an imaginary deadline to meet. Some of these challenges might overlap. Ideally, I would do one every other month so I could have a month in between to prepare for the next, but I’m not sure that will work with my schedule, so we’ll see.

Some other goals I have:
-participate in Nano ’09
-get a passport (this has to be done by the summer because I’m likely going out of the country for a mission trip)
-read a book a month (I really think I can do this)
-sew some clothes for myself
-be intentional about relationships

My last goal and probably the most important is to live an organized and disciplined life. I realized recently that I’m not living the life I want to live. There are things I’m passionate about that I don’t incorporate into my daily living and that is just unacceptable. For example, the whole Jane Austen era fascinates me to no end. I love the dresses, I love the chivalry of it, and I love the idea of living in a really feminine way that is rarely seen in today’s world. So I’m going to find ways to implement those things into my everyday activities this year.

I’ve also been created with a love of “keeping my home” (Titus 2:5). I want to run my home now as if I had a family depending on me to keep things in order. I want to be disciplined and ready when the day comes to transition into married life, whenever that may be. [Even if that is never, this sort of planning can be used in other areas of life, and it makes me happy to do it, so that in itself is reason enough]. Tentatively, this will include a very thorough binder of things such as weekly meal plans, recipes, daily schedules for living (time management so less time is wasted), Scriptural/spiritual instruction and study on a wide range of topics, and additional project/necessity lists such as cleaning and laundry. Here is one example of how this works. My version of it won’t be quite so intense, but that is the sort of thing I’m aiming for. All this week, I have been going through a trial run of this and I can’t even explain the freedom I feel in having everything organized and planned out. I come home from work, look at my binder, and know what needs to be done and when and what I’m eating that night. I, of course, will allow for changes in schedules and things as the occasion arises, but at least I have a foundational structure to look to. Sticking to it also ensures I get enough sleep each night so I can get up earlier to spend time with God in the morning. I’ve been early to work every day this week because of it, which has never ever happened before. I’m excited. πŸ™‚

So that’s my year. I hope you’ll stick around for the madness and share your goals with me!