Monday, May 26, 2008
It helps to put faces to the word 'soldiers'. We can see that they could be our own little ones we care for here at home. Most are very young, and those that aren't, they themselves have the burden of worrying about their own little ones back home, in addition to all they must deal with in Iraq or Afghanistan, for example. Every name we lift up in prayer, we know the Lord hears. That is why I found the web site so inspirational, we can pray for ALL these soldiers.
I focused on this young woman, Penny Zamora, because she has a desire to be of use to the Lord in sharing her faith, even while on duty. She wishes to share the Good news, the Gospel where she is serving. What a brave soul! It makes me think of me, how sometimes it's so difficult to muster up the courage to share the Gospel, because we know that in doing so, many times we are hated of men. Well, we can't say we weren't warned, were we? And here this beautiful young lady, sets an example to any seasoned Believer.
I add my prayers to these fine men and women's families. Lord, bring them home safe and sound! I also pray for the Families of those who have lost loved ones in this and all previous wars. No greater love than to lay down your life for others.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
NOTE: The ingredients in the mole list are for the most part added to taste. As you add them, if you feel it needs more of this or a little less of that, do it your way. It's not a cut in stone type of recipe. I have found that the jars of mole don't always taste the same. Sometimes they are sweeter than other times. I like my mole a little sweet, so if need be, I add semi-sweet chocolate.
3-5 lb split chicken
1 whole garlic head
1 whole onion cut in half
3 celery ribs
4 peppercorns (make sure you remove them when stock is ready)
Salt- to taste (about 1-2 tbs)
Water- enough to cover chicken
2 jars of mole of choice
1/2 tsp whole cumin
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 bar of bakers chocolate or any brand of Mexican chocolate
1 tbs peanut butter
After cooking chicken, remove from pot to cool, discard vegetables, set broth aside. While chicken is cooling, you can cook your rice (you can use some of your chicken broth for the rice). When cool enough to handle, debone and shred chicken.
Grind peppercorns, cumin, and garlic using your method of choice. I use a mortar and pestle for small amounts of spice such as this. Set aside for now.
Over medium heat, using only enough broth to dissolve one jar of mole, (about 5 cups of broth)stir with a whisk, until mole is well dissolved. Add the ground spices, peanut butter and chocolate, and stir. As it heats up it will begin to thicken. Add more broth until you have a silky smooth sauce. At this point if you find that your sauce is too thin, then you add more mole from the second jar, carefully gauging the amount to add, for the thickness desired. Do not walk away from it, you have to stand and keep stirring, making sure there are no chunks of mole or chocolate undissolved. It also has a tendency to stick at the bottom, so stirring must be continuous. Mole should have the consistency of a good sauce, thick, but not too thick. Add your shredded chicken, and continue to stir, until thoroughly heated through. Serve with either Mexican or white rice and corn tortillas. Enjoy!
Makes about 8 servings
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Soooo... for starters, why not add a few patterns which I would love to sew and possibly model someday? Like this beautiful Retro house robe. I would use a dress length. I love vintage and retro patterns. Unfortunately, real vintage patterns can rarely be found in plus sizes.
Or this very lovely and feminine dress. The only thing I dislike about this pattern is it can only be sewn in knit or stretchy fabrics. My fabric of choice is usually cotton or linen. But, since I do have a stash of knit fabric, I could definitely work on this.
This is just such a practical pattern. It has so many applications, I can see making several useful garments with it. I'd start with one of the tunics and the pants. All of these patterns are in the plus sized sections of the pattern companies.
And there you have it. A plan for the future. Sewing and modeling to inspire.
Thank YOU Gloria for your help in teaching me how to insert text between photographs!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Of all the hobbies and crafts I enjoy, spinning fiber is probably my favorite. There's something so relaxing and ethereal about the feel of natural fibers against the skin. My favorite is mohair with its soft silky texture. Alpaca and merino wool are also favorites, but not as soft. In working with fibers, a spinning wheel is commonly used. I found out about this craft while visiting a Fiber festival. I had been wanting to buy some hand dyed artisan yarns, and knew this would be the place for good selection. There were a myriad of booths and demos, and I became fascinated with how they turned wool rovings into beautiful yarn. At once I also realized I too could spin my own yarn with the simple use of a drop spindle. It took some practice, but once I learned, I had so much fun! My drop spindles were cheap too, under $15, so for me, that was the way to go. Of course, I long for a spinning wheel, but at around $500, I think I'll wait and save my pennies until I can afford it.
Now, with spinning comes the need for other items, such as a niddy noddy. Although the name sounds strange and rather comical, it is simply a frame you need for placing your yarn from the the spinning wheel or the drop spindle. It forms the initial skein, after which you can wash and prep your raw yarn. Another item you might find useful is a swift which is used for winding your finished yarn into a skein. Of course, it is also expensive, so instead I use an empty paper towel roll, and proceed to wind my yarn into a nicely shaped ball. You could also use a nostepinne but to me they are still rather costly. The paper towel roll works just fine, you just have to rotate your wrist whilst winding. Spinning, as Ms. Martha says, "It's a good thing!"