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Recipe of the Week – Pina Colada April 2, 2010

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It’s a day earlier than normal, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll have pics of a finished quilt to show.

I came home early from work today, as has been the case for months now, and it was just as hot here at the lake as in the city, which is unusual. It has quickly moved from winter weather to summer weather, and honestly, I’m not really a fan of it. Give me 70s and a light breeze and I’m pretty satisfied. But 80 on April 2 is a bit much. Snow would be worse though, so I’m still grateful.

Anyway, earlier this week I made coconut veggie rice noodles and had a bit of coco milk leftover. Pineapples are also on sale this week at Tops for 1.88/ea. So I just happened to have the ingredients on hand to make a yummy little drink. My first pina colada (sans alcohol) was probably in middle school at a friend’s annual New Year’s party. I really loved the flavor combination. I’ve had a few more in the last 15 years, but when I became vegan, my hopes of having one again were dashed because the standard store-bought/restaurant mixture has milk in it. Enter: fresh ingredients and a blender.

1/4 can of coconut milk
1/4 of a fresh pineapple
1 tsp of sugar (to taste, if needed)
6 or 7 ice cubes

Blend and pour into a pretty little glass πŸ™‚ Makes 2 cups. (I know my backgrounds are always really awful and the drink was much more pale than in this picture, but it was delicious regardless).


One step farther March 29, 2010

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I spent most of the weekend sewing. The back is completely done, and I pinned it yesterday. This keeps the three layers from moving so I can tie it together. Today I tied the entire quilt and began sewing the binding on. (Pics of that another day). I miscalculated how much I needed, so I have to cut more tomorrow and finish that. It is by far my least favorite part of quilting, aside from lining the layers up before pinning them. Despite my best efforts, the fabric always shifts and it takes hours to get it looking right.
But then comes my favorite part — hand-sewing the binding! There is something about doing this that I really like, aside from the fact that it means I’m almost done. I will likely rent a movie to watch while I sew. Today I watched “Amazing Grace,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Sense & Sensibility.” I don’t really watch movies or tv anymore, but it helps to do so when I’m sewing because I forget how long it’s really taking to do the work.After that, I’ll wash it once to make sure everything holds up as it’s supposed to, and wrap it up! My plan is to give it to her Easter weekend, and I should make that goal without any issues. [And I think I failed to mention, the new parents are not fond of girl colors like pink and purple, which is why this quilt is earth tones. The lightest color is actually pink, but I found I couldn’t avoid it and have it look right. This limitation actually made choosing fabric really difficult for me, so my method was to pick the whole square color first – brown with colored flowers – and pull colors from there for the rest. It managed to work out to my liking in the end.]

Also, I snagged some super cute kids’ flannel fabric at Joann’s today for $2/yd. I’m not sure what I’ll make with it, but I bought 4 yards of this one pattern that is just adorable. That’s enough to make two blankets, one to give away and perhaps one for myself. πŸ™‚


Top done! March 23, 2010

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Here’s my progress so far. Sorry it is wrinkly; the brown border is really resisting the iron. πŸ™‚

PS: Went to see Phil Wickham last night. He’s just as humble and genuine and passionate about God as you could expect. It was great to worship with him.


Some projects March 17, 2010

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Hey everyone! It’s been a while. I owe you a post. So here are some projects I have completed in the last few months. Currently I’m working on two quilts, one for my brother and one for a baby.

A coupon holder for Mom’s birthday (November):

Potholders for my dad and landlady (Christmas):
A scarf for our family secret santa (Christmas):

And a no-sew fleece blanket for my brother Matt (Christmas). It was a spontaneous decision. He loves penguins and I found the character fleece 2 days before I had to leave for PA. I already had the gray fleece to back it:


Forty Days of Water February 18, 2010

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So honestly, I can’t remember a time I ever really participated in Lent by ‘giving up’ something. I do usually make a point of really considering and reflecting on Jesus in various ways, but I don’t give up something specific for 40 days. And as the years have progressed, I have often wondered what the point of Lent is according to the people who observe it. The definition according to Wikipedia is: Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer β€” through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial β€” for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So Lent is supposed to be a sacred time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus. Instead it has become an opportunity for the question “So what are you giving up?” The fact that this is a topic of conversation makes me absolutely crazy. Lent has become a time of prideful boasting instead of reflection. It’s become a joke to a lot of people too. If you Google “lent” and scroll down just a bit, you’ll see all the current twitter messages about it.

Matthew 6:16-18 says β€œWhen you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Based on the Scriptural teachings of fasting, people publicly fasting are also not going to get any kind of lasting reward! We shouldn’t fast as a means to get rewarded, but if you’re going to do it and are promised a reward if you keep your mouth shut, it would be wise to follow the guidelines given to us by the One we’re fasting for.

Anyway, all of that is to say that Blood:Water Mission has a 40 Days of Water event starting today. A friend and I get coffee every week, and we’ve decided to participate in this and move our coffee dates to our homes for dinner instead so we can donate the money we saved at the end of the 40 Days. I hope you’ll join our efforts to continue building wells in poor countries so people can have the clean water they need to live.


Final Day February 1, 2010

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It’s the last day of blogging every day. Life took over as always. But I liked keeping track of the sun. We officially gained 15 minutes of sun in the morning and 35 minutes at night, totally 50 minutes from January 1st to January 31st! I say keep it coming. I cannot wait for winter to be over.

And One Thing this past week was great! God really met with us in powerful ways and I’m excited about what’s to come for our church body as He refines us further.

Sunrise: 7:28am
Sunset: 5:21pm


January 30, 2010

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Sunrise: 7:30am
Sunset: 5:19pm