Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Changing Education Paradigms

This just makes so much sense.  Now if I could only figure out how to de-school my kids and start over.  :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Famous White Pizza

WARNING:  This is not for you if you are watching your salt. :(  But the asparagus is good for you...

Sally's Famous White Pizza

Thanks to our friend, Christi, we eat a lot of pizza.  Christi is the girls' employer, the one with seven kids and a very organized meal plan.  She just can't help filling my freezer when she fills her own, and boy do those yummy homemade frozen pizzas come in handy on a busy day.  Especially for someone like me, who is prone to have my first thought about what's for supper at about 4 pm that afternoon!  

One day I was actually on top of things.  I thought of supper early, at about 3:45 pm.  When I said, "What should we have for supper tonight?" one of the girls answered, "WHITE PIZZA!"  She quickly emailed a friend for a recipe. Well, you know me.  I can never leave a pattern or a recipe alone.  The result of my toying is famous among us, and it will be a frequent last-minute meal plan here.

A crust that has to rise doesn't suit a cook like me.  I need one that can be ready in 20 minutes.  This works fabulously:
1 C warm water
1 T sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
3 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 C flour
Mix the water, sugar, and yeast, and let sit until foamy, about five minutes.
Stir in the olive oil and salt.
Thoroughly mix in the flour.
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. It will be sticky, but that's okay.
Pat and spread into greased cookie sheet or pizza pan with oiled fingers.
Pre-bake at 400 for 7 minutes.

Now for the good stuff:

Spread a generous amount of either ranch or Caesar dressing on crust.  Both are great; I prefer the Caesar.

Sprinkle on some rosemary, basil, and garlic powder.

Top with all or some of the following:
red onion
cooked chicken
marinated artichoke hearts
fresh mushrooms
slightly cooked asparagus, sprinkled with garlic salt
diced tomatoes
Parmesan and mozzarella cheese
bits of bacon

Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

If you accidentally buy regular artichoke hearts, like I did, that is easily remedied by marinating them (and the chicken, tomatoes, and/or asparagus) in some Italian salad dressing for a few minutes. 

This pizza made our taste buds dance. :)  You will like it.  Thank you, Cherie, for a great new addition to our menu!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Modeling Career

To look at me now you'd never believe it, but I was once a French model.  It was a fashion shoot. My measurements were about 26-23-27. These days I could double for a ship in the harbor, and no one would know the difference.  But back then I had a cute little figure, and so did my brother.  We were hired (?not sure about that) to model for a clothing catalog.  I think our wages were a rain coat and hat each.  I still remember that pair of shiny red and blue raincoats!  If there was any money involved, I was never told about that.  Mom?
LeHavre, France 1969
I was in Kohls tonight and confirmed the fact that my body is not made for clothes.  Er, I mean, not the ones on the rack.  The marriage of forty-eight anatomical years with lycra, polyester, bamboo, or spandex just doesn't cut it.  What ever happened to natural woven fabrics with drape, grace, femininity, and opacity?  Are they only used now to create frilly bed clothes?  Oh, I got it!  I could use a tablecloth to make this skirt.  I'm not crazy about the length, but I love the wrap.  It would cover up all this ship-shaped (not to be confused with ship-shape) body.

Okay, all you expert seamstresses, tell me what shape those two skirt pieces are.  If you look at the photos on the lower right, it appears that there is a seam down the center back, and the top of the skirt is cut on a slight concave curve.  Any ideas?  How wide do you think the top pieces are at the waist?  And at the bottom??  Is it cut on the bias?  Help.  Where's a good sewing forum?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Being a Berean

For as Jonas was three days and three nights
in the whale's belly; 
so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 12:40

There was a group of New Testament Christians whose nobleness is distinguished from others by their care to "receive(d) the word with all readiness of mind, and search(ed) the scriptures daily, whether those things were so..."  The Bereans didn't just believe everything that was preached to them, or accept as right everything that was tradition.  They checked things out with God's word, and we can assume they rejected in doctrine and in practice that which was not true to the scriptures.  There is much encouragement in true, Bible-believing churches to be like the Bereans.

Some time ago I wrote a post concerning the translation of the word "Easter" in the King James Bible. If you are a "Berean", then you know that the King James Bible translates that word correctly in Acts 12, standing apart from dozens of erroneous Greek texts and popular Bible versions that change the word to "Passover".

Are you ready to do a bit more searching the Scriptures?

How do we get three days and three nights out of Good Friday to Sunday?  Wasn't Jesus crucified on Friday?


He was crucified on Wednesday.

Working backwards, we have the Jewish first day of the week, resurrection morning, beginning at 6 pm Saturday evening.  The Lord rose out of the grave sometime after dark on Saturday night and before light on Sunday morning.  Remember, it was still dark in Luke 24:1, when the women came to the tomb.

Saturday was the sabbath day.  On this day the women who came to Jesus's tomb rested, Luke 23:56.

Friday was a preparation day for the Saturday sabbath.

Thursday was an high sabbath, the first day of unleavened bread, the day following the Passover.  John 19:31, The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation [Wednesday], that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day [Thursday], (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Wednesday was the Passover and the day on which the final Passover Lamb, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was offered for our sins.

That gives us Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, three nights, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, three days.  Three whole days and three whole nights in the grave. And Jesus arose from the dead very early in the morning of the fourth day.

So that means... Palm Sunday actually took place on a Friday.

And where did Good Friday originate??  And what ever is Maundy Thursday??

Good Friday was adopted by Rome in the sixth or seventh century as the day on which Jesus died.  This is not too surprising, since over the centuries Rome adopted all sorts of non-biblical tradition, many of which were carried over into the protestant churches of the Reformation.

Maundy Thursday is so named because "maundy" comes from "mandatum", or commandment, and is commemorative of the new commandment which Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another, John 13:34.  Many people observe communion on Maundy Thursday, considered the beginning of the three-day holiday of Easter .  However, the Last Supper did not take place on Thursday.  This is just more error.

Does it matter to God what we do with all this?  It doesn't seem all that important to casual followers of Christ.  Eh, who cares?  Does it really matter how we worship God?  Yes, it does.  They that worship him must worship him in spirit and in TRUTH, John 4:24.

 I can't help thinking of King Jeroboam, of whom the Bible says, So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense, 1 Kings 12:33. (This is written of him in the context of many other things he did which were abominable to God.)  Even if Jeroboam was one of Israel's most wicked kings, it was all in God's name, right? So it was okay, right?  No.  It wasn't okay.

It's important that we follow the due order of scripture.  When Israel tried to move the ark of God on a cart, following the example of the Philistines, they did not move it the way God had instructed them.  And there was a catastrophe; see 1 Chronicles 13.  David later realized that only the Levites were to carry the ark, and that it was not to be moved on a cart at all!  He admitted, For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.  1 Chronicles 15:13.

This reminds me of another church holiday that is a feast devised of our own hearts... but that is for another time.  :)

If you are valiant for the truth, remember this:  NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH, 1 John 2:21.

Be a Berean.
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