I won't have internet for some time after this so won't be posting until that changes.
Praying For...Gayle, who is growing into a lovely young lady at 8.5 years old....that she will make choices leading to happiness, good health, safety, peace, and the joys found as a follower of Jesus Christ...that the plagues, calamities and atrocities presenting in the world today will somehow not affect her, allowing her to have a peaceful, magical childhood...that leaders of nations will see how terrible their blood thirsty, power mongering ways affect children and families...that they will be touched with compassion and cease their usurpation and destruction of human rights.
Jesus Word...“For behold, this is a land [the Americas] which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ,” Ether 2:10, 12. What do we see happening that is proving this scripture. Our borders are being invaded by criminals and dead beats along with a few legitimate refugees. Now we hear rumors that ISIS terrorists are eyeing that open border to militarily invade our country and that these same militants have been operating covert recruitment operations in eastern US for years. Young men of US citizenship and birth are fighting and dying for the worst branch of the axis of evil, whose goal is to sweep Christians and Westerners off the face of the earth. Will we wake up too late?
Bibliophilia...sent Gayle The Saturdays by Enright, The Minstrel in the Tower by Skurzynsk, and Life of Fred: Cats by Schmidt...one book for fun, one book to spur love of literature and history, and one silly math book. Sent her little brother Tyson the seven-year-old challenge for his birthday along with a lego book and shirt. Just started the Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson. I prefer reading children's literature, because it usually isn't gory or smutty. Raiders from the Sea is no exception. After packing the many boxes of books I've accumulated during the last 18 months, I decided to try reading this one on my phone. It's not as fun, but it is sure smaller and lighter. So far, I like the story.
Pen and Brush and...I'm looking forward to having more time to study and write and draw and play music again.
Cucina Fresca...this one isn't from my kitchen but will be a welcome addition to my repertoire. This week we were invited to the home of dear friends we made on our mission. She made delicious food with my limitations in mind. Here's the recipe, which was delicious beyond 10.
Moroccan Chickpea Tagine with Quinoa
Saute on medium low heat 4 c diced mixed sweet and hot peppers, 1 diced medium onion, 4 minced cloves garlic, 1 T caraway seeds, 1 t cinnamon, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and 1T coriander seeds in 2 T water until softened and reduced to a sauce. Add 1 14 oz can tomatoes, 3/4 c chopped dried apricots, and 1 c chopped dates, simmering for another 15 minutes. Add 1.5 c cooked chickpeas, 2 c diced green beans or cauliflower, and salt to taste, simmering until tender-crisp. Serve over quinoa pilaf seasoned with lemon and parsley and a side of tender crisp steamed zucchini/carrots with fruit salad for dessert.
But...and this is a big but...the lovely tagine wasn't the only meal prepared for me this week according to my unusual needs. Another friend brought me a lovely vegetable curry and brown rice. Who could ask for better friends?