Sunday, August 28, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

Habits become character. Perhaps they shouldn’t, but they do. Therefore, when I hear that some American states seek to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18, on the grounds that it is absurd that an 18-year-old can join the army and die for his country but not drink a beer in a public bar, I experience a strong reaction. It is a more important goal of government to uphold civilization than to find a general principle that will iron out all the apparent inconsistencies of the current dispensation.

Theodore Dalrymple
The Quivering Upper Lip
The British character: from self-restraint to self-indulgence 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

If I thought it would make any difference, to point out how ridiculous it is to give other people the government the power to make decisions for us, I would put this on a poster and go protest in front of ... some ... government regulation place.  

Wow!  I just read about a guy like this in 1 Chronicles 6:20!  Except he was also the son of a giant.  :)

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, India, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Two to Try

 Here are links to two recipes I've tried recently that are decidedly keepers!  The first is Pioneer Woman's Tres Leches Cake.  I made this for a Sister Missionary from Panama that came out to the mission field on her birthday but didn't tell anyone!  I thought it would make her feel more at home.  One change to the recipe I would make:  Pioneer woman says, "Slowly drizzle all but 1 cup of the 3-milk mixture all over the surface of the cake. ... **Just discard the last 1 cup of liquid. It usually proves to be a little much."  That's probably true if you are only waiting 30 minutes to frost and then devour the cake.  What you really want to do is make this cake the day before and let the cake soak all night long.  It will soak up all the liquid--although you can see it seeping out a little in the picture.  But I'm telling you, that's the way you want it to be.  This cake was so good Mat actually asked for it to be his next birthday cake.  That's sayin' somethin'.  And be prepared, while it is baking, everyone will ask what smells so good!
The second recipe to try will help you use up all that zucchini multiplying in your garden!  Not in my garden, but I was lucky enough to have some given to me by my good friend Julie.  Two pounds was just enough to make Simply Recipes' Zucchini and Spinach Gratin.  (Does anyone know how to pronounce gratin?)  Talk about a delicious way to get some green veggies into the family.  Everyone loved it--yes, even the nine-year-old.  I served it with Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Pork Loin Roast with Applesauce.  It proved to be an elegant meal.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

During [Christopher Columbus'] fourth and final voyage to the New World, when alone and frustrated, he told of hearing a "compassionate voice" that addressed him, saying, "O fool, and slow to believe and to serve thy God . . . what did He do more for Moses, or for David his servant, than He has done for thee?"

Seven Miracles That Saved America

These flowers are from a bridal bouquet Kristen caught while attending the wedding of a friend!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

This video metaphor of the economy with government assistance by Jay Leno had me rolling on the floor.  Mat and Dave liked it too, but the girls (who don't get the joke) only noticed the poor girl--I hope she's okay.  :)

And this bit by Jon Stewart about how everyone ignores Ron Paul is soooo true which is why it is soooo funny!

Glorious Treats makes frosting cupcakes look easy--especially the video showing the rose!  I want that tip!  Of course I want the talent to go with it too. :)

[T]he fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners [since the quake] shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people.”  Impressive.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

You need to tell her ["I love you"]. A woman grows and is greatly blessed by that reassurance. Express gratitude for what your spouse does for you. Express that love and gratitude often. That will make life far richer and more pleasant and purposeful. Don’t withhold those natural expressions of love. And it works a lot better if you are holding her close while you tell her.

Richard G. Scott
The Eternal Blessings of Marriage

Video:  Expressions of Love

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kristy wants Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread!

Yes, this is usually a fall recipe, but when you get a craving for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, it is only Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread that will do! When she’s at college and has the craving again, she can find her fix here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

"There is a reason they called it chasing your dreams and not walking after them. Don't hope someone gives you an opportunity, create one for yourself."

Hall of Fame enshrinement speech of Shannon Sharpe, Super Bowl winning tight end for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens from from 1990-2003

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

I had no idea that the Kid History videos were based on true events!  That made me want to watch them all over again--and they were twice as funny!  So, somebody actually used their bike to fend off a guy with a machete?! You can read about it here, scroll to the bottom to watch the videos.  They are very popular.  I swear I even heard Hugh Hewitt say "ffffaaaacccctttt" after a guest used the word fact.  It was hilarious.

Honestly expressed opinion is so refreshing.  :)

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Kingdom!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Do you have a hard time keeping history straight?

I have always had a hard time keeping history straight.  The Miracle of Freedom:  Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World helps tremendously.  The authors have a unique way of telling a story.  Each chapter has a short historical fiction story interspersed with commentary about the time and circumstances to help you understand the characters.  Each method allows for a different level of learning.  Let me give you an example.  If I read the statement "The Mongols created confusion among their enemies by using children as human shields", I would get it, but not on the level that is described in the short story where the subject is a defender of his own city, watching in horror as naked children from neighboring conquered cities are being herded in front of the Mongol army as they begin their attack.  See what I mean?  And I finally understand why so many people would risk everything to travel to the New World--because now I understand just HOW BAD IT WAS in the Old World.  I also have a much deeper appreciation for the freedom that I enjoy.  Somehow I could watch all the political wrangling that was going on last week with a much more positive outlook.  We have it so good.    The authors have another book entitled Seven Miracles That Saved America that I believe is written in the same format.  I'm going to give that one a try too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I love Photoshop!

Since I couldn't run over to Argentina to get a new picture of our missionary, I decided just to update the one we had by putting Dave's background behind Jeff's old picture.  What do you think?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's time for the annual portraits again ...

Yes, it's time for the annual portraits again. And I thought I would show you what a great background good tree bark makes.  I love a good tree to have my subjects lean against.  And I love overcast days 'cause they make for great light--although all of these pictures included a flash--which makes for extra great light--especially catch light in the eyes.  I'm pretty darn happy about how these turned out.  But just so you know it does take some effort, I'll tell you how each photo session went.

Subject one:  Hates to have his picture taken, but knows not to argue.  I know he hates to have his picture taken, so I try to get it right from the beginning.  He also has learned how to smile for the camera, which helps.  This was the second of five pictures.  He doesn't like it.  I do.  My guess is I won't get another chance for the annual portrait, so I'm stickin' with it.

Subject two:  She loves good pictures, she knows it takes time, so she's willing to work for it.  We took 93 pictures.  If you're her friend on Facebook you've probably seen most of them.  She takes directions well and is willing to try anything, so she's good to work with first to figure out where and how to pose everyone else.  This also means we get lots of fun candid shots--everything from silly to dramatic.

Subject three:  She loves the camera, the camera loves her.  One shot, that's all we needed.  Actually, we had already done her annual photo, so I just had her join this photo session for fun.  Actually, almost any picture you take of her could be the annual photo.  Subject two and I are jealous.

Subject four:  Like her brother, she hates having her picture taken, but she is learning how to smile for the camera.  It can still be somewhat stiff, so to get this more natural smile I had her blow raspberries over and over.  Two pictures and she had had enough.  It started raining, so I relented.  Thank goodness we got a good one.  :)