Rita Springer January 29, 2010
I absolutely love that woman. She is part of our women’s event at church, leading worship tonight and speaking tomorrow and what a blessing to have her here! 🙂
Animal Torture in the News January 27, 2010
I watch most news by podcast, a day after it’s aired and I was so…happy?…to see that the evils of the dairy industry were being shown on World News on Tuesday. This unfortunately leads the general public to continue purchasing milk, though getting it from a different “humane” source (which I won’t get into since my thoughts are already documented to the right in my vegan series). But, maybe some hearts will be turned in vegan favor. Who knows?
January is a month of prayer and fasting at our church. We complete the month with a week of worship, two hours each night, and call it One Thing. This year, they split the week in half: Men – Sun, Mon, Tues; Women – Wed, Thurs, Fri. We’ll be combined Saturday night and Sunday morning.
I’m part of the choir, so I’m there every night regardless, and what a blessing it has been! I’d estimate about 500 guys have shown up each night and it is so encouraging to see such a group of men passionate about God, worshiping with all they’ve got – grown men jumping up and down and spinning to the music. The sweetness in the room tonight was incredible and I know a new group of leaders walked out of that room when it was over.
Guys, above all pursue Jesus. He will make you bold, strong leaders; real men. It’s not just the women who need your humble passion, but the entire world. We will follow you!
sweet find January 26, 2010
We have been getting out of work early most days lately and today was no exception. So I went to our local Salvation Army. I’ve been reading some refashioning blogs and getting super inspired, and thought I’d try to find some items worth saving. I didn’t end up finding any clothing, but the trip was very successful. I found a gorgeous sage green full size sheet (which I will use for fabric) for $4, a couple other great deals, and the grand prize: this batting, about 6 feet X 8 feet, for $4! It’s perfect for a quilt I’ll be making over the next few months and I’m so excited to use it. I love the stuff, but have only bought it once before because it’s so expensive.
Recipe of the Week – Lentils & Chard January 24, 2010
I got this recipe from the Compassionate Cooks podcast “Veg Food for Thought.” She didn’t actually give exact measurements, so this is my interpretation. Play around with it.
1 cup lentils
2 1/2 cups water
2 bay leaves
1/2 T dried thyme
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch of green chard, washed and cut into chunks or 1-inch strips
1/2 can crushed tomatoes, optional (someone told me these were a good addition. i haven’t tried it)
1 or 2 T tamari
olive oil for sauteing
-Boil water in pot, add lentilsd, thyme, tamari and bay, cover and stir occasionally. Approx. 45 mins to cook; should be al dente, not mushy, when done.
-In another pot, saute onion and carrots in olive oil to your liking. Add 1/2 of the garlic for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. (If using tomatoes, add now and simmer till all flavors are blended.) Empty contents into a bowl.
-Saute remaining garlic in olive oil a couple minutes, then add chard, stir and cover. It should take about 8 mins to cook. Stir occasionally and add salt if needed.
-When lentils are done, add the sauteed onion mixture to it. Serve over chard.
This is surprisingly good. The chard doesn’t really taste like a green veggie and the texture pairs nicely with the lentils. Quick and cheap at roughly (by my estimate) $1.50/serving. Makes about 4.