April 24, 2011

Christ is Risen from the dead!

"He is not here: for He is risen!" Matthew 28:6

(Some of the kids in our church: Kyra, Olivia, Sammy, Emilia, Ella, Hannah, Thomas and Zach. )
Wishing you all a joyous and bright feast of
Christ's Resurrection!!!

April 18, 2011

John 12:1-18

(my niece holding the palms and pussywillows)

1Then, six days before the passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom He raised from the dead.

2There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him.

3Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

4Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

9Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

12On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

16These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

17The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

18For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

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You may want to read the 12 Passion Gospels. I printed this out, so we could read it. Of course we have a Bible, but this is easier when all four accounts from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are together. I wish you a blessed Holy Week and a bright and joyous Pascha (Easter)!

April 15, 2011

Cornmeal soaked in lime water

Page 454 of Nourishing Traditions states that "Traditional recipes call for soaking corn or corn flour in lime water. This releases nicotinamide (vitamin B3), which otherwise remains bound up in the grain."
So, I squeezed as much juice from the lime as I could and added enough water to cover the 1 cup of cornmeal in my mixing bowl, and let it sit overnight, then use the following recipe (as though I already used 1 cup of cornmeal and 1 cup of water) . It was scrumptious, healthy, vegan and perfect!
***Apparently the lime juice I used is not right...they were referring to the akalai powdery stuff! Well, it turned out nicely, perhaps it was just the soaking!

Golden Cornbread (from Food for Paradise)

1 cup yellow cornmeal *
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. oil
1 c. water *

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into 9 inch square pan and bake in preheated 425' oven for about 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm. A nice bread to serve with chili!

April 11, 2011

Kite fest...and my favorite book series...

Our tree is covered in pink flowers...I love it. I took this photo as we left home and headed to the Kite Fest.Rob and the girls in front of GIANT wind socks.
Hannah flying her little blue kite.That's me flying the parafoil's the best.
Olivia flying our parafoil kite.
The 12th book in the "No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is out...and I have it on "HOLD" at the library, but it's quite popular, so hopefully in a couple of weeks, I'll get it!

We watched the BBC episodes on DVD, which we also got from the it!

April 4, 2011

Save your onion skins!

I have been saving my onion skins. Lately, we've been having a lot of onions and mushrooms sauteed with olive oil. So good. If you don't eat a lot of onions, you could go to the grocers and fill a bag with skins and a couple of onions...It makes the most beautiful deep red natural egg coloring! First, I place all the onion skins in the pot, then the eggs and cover with cold water and a little vinegar. I bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat to medium for 10 minutes, the eggs will be hard-boiled...I like to leave them in the pot for a while longer, so they get a deeper red. Much better than food coloring you buy at the store! I'm trying to avoid all fake stuff... I took the photo above 3 years ago when I first tried it. A bit blotchy, but I love it, the eggs look even better if you rub a cloth with a dab of oil on it...shiny. And, oh, yes, scrumptious when you open them and add a pinch of salt.

April 1, 2011

Vegan cashew pesto...

For lunch today, we had orecchiette with pesto and cherry tomatoes.

Vegan cashew pesto
1/2 cup fresh basil (I got .75 oz. organic basil for $2.75)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup raw cashews (I like to use pine nuts, but they've been so expensive lately and it's just as good with cashews!)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 t. salt (to taste...I like to add a bit more, to make up for the parmesan cheese)

I mix it all up together in my food processor...and enjoy!