Saturday, April 30, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

Your Federal dollars at work:  A yearlong sting operation catch Amish farmers selling raw milk(That sound you heard was my head exploding.)

Wouldn't mind making these in honor of the Royal Wedding.

Liked these thoughts about The Book of Mormon Musical.  Oh, and this one too.

This week's audience included people from Canada, Iran, and Slovenia.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

French public school lunchI want some.

Interesting way to argue against the redistribution of wealth through tax policy.

Don't forget to make Easter Breakfast Rolls tomorrow!

This week's audience included people from Canada, Denmark, France, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, and Russia!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Sandwich and a Salad

We've been enjoying these delicious sandwiches found at Real Mom KitchenSimply Recipes taught me how to make Caramelized Onions to put on them.  And I serve them with my delicious Coleslaw*!  Try them all soon and be happy, happy!  :)

*Okay, I think I got the recipe from First Magazine because that's the magazine I used to get when I first got married a gazillion years ago but I can't find a link for it anywhere so now I claim it as mine, I tell you, mine! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Great-Grandma Ruth ...'d be 100 years old today if you were still with us.  

I try to honor my sweet Grandma by making her Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies.  The recipe makes enough to feed the entire neighborhood, but you can frugally freeze them as she did on carefully cleaned meat trays.  To this day, my favorite way to eat them is still a little frozen, as if she had just brought them out for us. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

Thanks to everyone who made this video and brought this scripture to my attention! :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

This article about Sad Monkeys will explain one of the reasons why I advocate the elimination of vegetable oils, margarine, shortening, soybean oil, etc. and why I keep trying to figure out how to make my own mayonnaise.  They need to have mayonnaise lessons, like swim lessons, where you go and make mayonnaise over and over, everyday for two weeks, watched over by someone who knows how to do it. 

Gary Taubes goes on and on for nine pages to explain why I should feel the same way about sugar as I do about vegetable oils.  Sigh.  Don't read it.  You'll look like a sad monkey.  And you'll have no joy in knowing that this is a really good frosting recipe--I know, my little girlies and I tried it on some cupcakes.  They were delicious.  Darn it.  

Here's an interesting interview with the world’s oldest man who, at 114, died on Thursday.  He only ate two meals a day--no mention if either of them included sugar.

Tarzana Joe has a new poem.  But if it makes the national debt sound all gloomy, I did hear Brian Wesbury describe the national debt this way:  If your grandparent died and left you a company with 150 Trillion of assets that generates 15 trillion in income and a 16 trillion bank loan, would you be mad at them?  No.

This was inspiring.

Watching the President of the Czech Republic steal a pen during a signing ceremony is just funny.  :D

This week's audience included people from Ukraine!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm not a fan of love stories ...

... but I am a fan of Pioneer Woman, so I checked out her book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.  Now I check out almost every book I hear about, then flip through it at home and decide if I'm actually going to read it.  Well, I flipped to page 307, where she discovers what engorgement is all about.  I laughed and laughed and laughed!  And so I read the entire thing.  The courtship is funny, but it's the pregnancy in the first year of marriage that really had me rolling, especially since the due date of my first child was nine months to the day of my wedding date.  Oh, the first paragraph on page 288 really cracked me up--but if you want to get it, you have to have read the courtship part!  Thanks to Pioneer Woman for writing a love story that is "keepin' it real".  :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

"I am the gardener here. I know what I want you to do."

As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten, Elder D. Todd Christofferson (quoting Hugh B. Brown)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

Appropriately entitled:   You can't appreciate the tsunami until you see this video.  It lasts 5:45, and I couldn't stop watching.  The world is a great and terrible place.  Anyone who thinks we're the masters of this planet ... well ... think again.

Great video by Chapman Law School Professor Tom Bell, created for, introducing the concept of "spontaneous order."  If you want an example of what happens when people try to "deliberately plan modern society", check out this article.

Lastly, look what happens if you get too bored in class... :D

This week's audience included people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal and South Korea!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Best Book Club Book Ever

That would be The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I found myself not having time to sit down and read the book, so I turned to Focus on the Family's full-cast dramatization of the diabolical classic!  It's wonderful!  Andy Serkis is brilliant as Screwtape (Mat says his voice is deliciously devilish)! 

For refreshments I served store-bought Angel Food Cake with berries and thought about trying a Devil's Food cake, but having no time to try anything new, the sufficiently decadent Chocolate Honey Almond Tart would have to do!  I even made some extra filling, kept hot, to pour on the angel food cake.  If I were going to do that again, I'd thin it out--add less chocolate chips, I guess.  It was all sinfully delicious.  :)
Speak of the devil, I think Screwtape himself must have gotten to this plate!  :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cooking while distracted ...

... leads to happy accidents.  The other day I was making Potato Bread, happily dumping ingredients into my bread machine pan.  As I was pouring in the yeast (the final ingredient), I noticed oatmeal in the pan.  Wha...?!  How did oatmeal get into the pan?!  Well, I'll tell ya.  Both my potato flakes and my oatmeal are in similar cannery cans in my pantry and I just grabbed the one where potato flakes usually are found and merrily measured out the oatmeal instead of potato flakes.  Well, I just went with the flow and made the bread like I usually do--and it turned out just fine!  Not incredibly good, not incredibly bad, just fine.  So I'm just letting you know, if you ever accidentally replace the potato flakes with oatmeal, it's all good!  :P

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

In a world where success is the measure and justification of all things, the figure of him who was sentenced and crucified remains a stranger.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

While I'm no expert, I think Dietrick Bonhoeffer would have liked Elder Christofferson's talk today.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

Ooooooo! Time-Lapse Auroras Over Norway!
Mmmmm! Bacon Cups!
Boooooo!  "Less than 20% of what physicians do has solid research to support it."
Aaaaargh!  "Cardio" may cause heart disease!
Coooool!   70 Ancient Metal Books found in Cave in Jordan!

Last week's audience included people from India, Malaysia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom!

P.S.  Did you remember to make Muddy Buddies for Conference?  For us, it's become a tradition!

Friday, April 1, 2011