Archive for March, 2007

Tonight We Went to Our Favorite Restaurant

Friday, March 30th, 2007

My favorite restaurant close to home is the North Fork Brewery. More precisely, it is The North Fork Brewery, Pizzeria and Beer Shrine. The restaurant is located on Mt. Baker Highway, past the Nooksack Casino, on the way to Mt. Baker.

What’s so good about this place? Well . . . If you like beer, this beer is the best, most flavorful I’ve ever tasted. The owner is a brewmeister. My favorite beers are their dark beers, such as the Scotch or Stout. Mmm, good. They will serve you a sampler assortment if you’re undecided.

What else is good? The freshest salads, with their homemade dressings. I usually begin with their house salad with Gorgonzola cheese, sunflower seeds, gourmet greens, and green goddess dressing and a pepperoncini pepper on the side.

For dinner tonight we ordered a monster pizza, as in every pizza ingredient you can think of is on this pizza (including . . oh, joy! . . anchovies). They make their own pizza dough, toss the dough to make it pizza-size, etc. Lots of other menu items are available, but they are famous for their pizzas.

I also enjoy how noisy the restaurant is. It seems easier to have a private conversation when everyone around you is engaged in active conversations of their own. 🙂 Usually Rick will see someone with whom he used to work when he was doing log home construction, so that contributes to the memorable evening.

It was fun!

A Spoof Courtesy of the Talented Carl Trueman of Reformation 21

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Psalmody: A Taxi Driver Speaks Out!
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Rodney Trotter (pseudonym of Carl Trueman)

Ref 21 has once again drawn on the deep theological waters of the London cabbie community by inviting a leading Reformed taxi driver to comment on psalms in worship. Today’s guest columnist is Ian Anderson – no, not the lead flautist with folk-rock sensations, Jethro Tull, but Driver no. 56430 with Thick-as-a-Brick Cabs, Walthamstow. Ian, what do you think the role of the psalms in worship should be?

`Well, mate, I ‘ave to say I’m not sure that the psalms ‘ave any place in modern worship at all. I mean, all that lamentation and “Oh, Lord, where art thou?’ malarkey. People don’t go to church to ‘ear that. They go there to be made to feel better about themselves, to be cheered up, to sing a few nice choruses and admire the strobe light spectacular up the front, like. I mean, they get enough real life Monday to Saturday; last thing they want is real life in the context of a church service. You know, I ‘ad that Bonio and his mate, The Wedge in the back of my cab the other week, and they woz telling me ‘ow the psalms were the blues of Bible and ‘ow we needed to put that deep element of tragedy back into church life in order to truly understand grace. Well, I told ‘em that woz a load of old pony. Young people want iPods and lattes; they don’t want tragedy and grace. Ow miserable is that, then, eh? I mean, ‘oo is this grace when she’s at home, anyway? That bird on the TV program wot forecasts the weather?? Nobody’s goin’ to turn up to church to see ‘er with her bleached ‘air and ‘er stiletto ‘eels. I told em – if we’re talking tragedy then look at those albums wot you’ve done since The Joshua Tree. Truly tragic criminal records, they are, criminal. Let’s face it, mate, psalms in worship are a non-starter; and, quite frankly, it’s a good job that the church decided to dismiss 1800 years of its own tradition with comparatively little exegetical or ecclesiastical discussion and all that. Also, I ‘ave ‘eard it said that the psalms is the ultimate ecumenical hymn book cos all Christian ‘ave the book of psalms. Well, that shows you, dunnit – we all know the ecumenical movement is out to set up a world government under Hillary Clinton and that Hugo Chavez geezer wot eats babies, know wot I mean? Psalmody’s all part of the great conspiracy; that’s why sound geezers like you and me, gaffer, don’t do it no more. No, mate, let’s keep real life experiences and biblical poetry out of the church. And, I ask you, who really wants to sing more of the word of God in worship anyway? I read a Barna poll somewhere wot says more people would go to church if David Bowie or the Stones woz leadin’ worship and nobody mentioned the Bible, and my pastor, Rev. Dave Trendy, told me via podcast that them Barna polls is some of the wisest and most reliable sources of doctrine after scripture. I mean, we’ve gotta draw the line somewhere, `aven’t we, mate? – they’ll be stickin’ religion into Christmas and Easter next. And I ask you, if you woz a church leader and started singin’ stuff like the psalms in church and tellin’ people that life’s hard coz we’re sinners, and we need grace more than we need worldly possessions, you know what they’ll do to you, mate? They’ll crucify you, that’s what, crucify you. I mean, if I ‘ad a quid for every time I went into church and …. ‘ (Enough! The Reformed Church may not sing psalms anymore, but I’m sure we have better reasons than this. Er, don’t we? Anyone out there with a good reason? Speak up now. Please.– Del Boy Thomas)

What Type of Fae are You?

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

What type of Fae are you?

Thanks to Lisa for this one. 😀

Really, though, I don’t think I’m silly, apart from an attraction to online quizzes. 😛
Wait a minute; I am definitely not self-centered. How did that happen, quiz-people? And flaky? PUH-LEASE!
I’ll accept energetic and confusing. And I try to see some positive benefit in all that occurs in my life; does that count for innocent?


Thursday, March 29th, 2007

My children introduced me to a new way to network, called Facebook.

The first step in using Facebook is to complete your profile and decide on your privacy settings. You choose to complete sections such as Interests, Favorite Books, Favorite Quotes, Activities, etc.

It’s important to join whatever Networks you are part of. For example, many schools, universities and large employers have their own Facebook networks. I ended up joining the network for my community. It’s easier to interact with others who are in the same network as you.

There are also special interest groups within Facebook which one can join. Once you join a group, you are able to participate in discussions on that group, and interact with others in the group.

For those worried about privacy, please be assured that you are the one who decides who knows the most about you, by selecting those you choose as Friends.

One thing I enjoy doing is sending Gifts to my friends, for special occasions or just for fun. A gift is a colorful clip-art-type icon which you purchase for a nominal amount, the proceeds of which go to a charity.

This is a great way to stay in touch with friends, learn more about old friends, and make new friends. 😀images1.jpgfacebook-logo.jpg

Holding Hands, Holding Hearts by Richard and Sharon Phillips

Friday, March 16th, 2007

This book is subtitled Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating. As a reason for writing this book, the authors state:

Dating is essentially a twentieth-century invention. But whether we like it or not, most of us who want to get married have to figure out how to date successfully. Even if dating is a worldly notion with which some Christians will be uncomfortable, it is nonetheless something that most of us can’t simply kiss goodbye.

I am very impressed with the godly principles presented in this book, especially the clear biblical teaching on the roles of husband and wife taken from Ephesians 5:22-33. If you are interested, this book may be ordered online from the Estore of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Here is another quote from the book to whet your appetite:

A Christian man should seek to win the respect of the woman he is dating. His outlook is shaped by a husband’s duty to love his wife: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). This does not require a man to fall in love on the first date. But if he is to love a woman, it is to be the kind of self-sacrificing love shown to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus “gave himself up” for his bride, the church, dying on the cross for our sins. Likewise, the Christian man is to put the spiritual and emotional well-being of a woman he is dating ahead of his own needs and desires. Unlike the norm for worldly men, the Christian is not to exploit the woman sexually, emotionally, or otherwise, but to minister to her needs so that she will be blessed.

Many men think of the call to give themselves for a woman solely in terms of her protection. They say, “I would defend her if there was trouble. If someone attacked her, I would step up for her protection.” But they fail to realize that when a woman enters a dating relationship, she mainly needs to be protected from the sins of the very man to whom she is offering her heart. The enemy that men need to stand up to is the one who lives within themselves: the one who is selfish, insensitive, and uncommitted. It is when that man is put to death that the woman will be safe and will be blessed in the relationship.

From a Couple Years Ago

Friday, March 16th, 2007


Kind of a funny picture of Rick and me, but I like it. I’m in the kitchen, as usual. 😛 That’s how it goes when you have a large, hungry family.

Grain Grinder and Dough Mixer

Monday, March 12th, 2007


I have an older version of the Grain Master Whisper Mill. It doesn’t “whisper”, by any means, but does do a great job of grinding about 8 cups of wheat berries at a time. We consider freshly ground flour to be essential to a moist whole wheat bread, and prefer hard white wheat to hard red wheat for our baking. The hard red wheat yields a coarser, heavier bread, but maybe your family would prefer that.


This is a newer version of the Bosch mixer that I use. Mine has a metal bowl, and may hold more dough than this mixer. The pictured mixer probably mixes dough for four loaves of bread.

Just search the internet to get some prices and vendors for these or similar products, if you’re interested. 🙂

No-longer-secret Taron family recipe :)

Monday, March 12th, 2007


This recipe is for 6 loaves of bread, and requires a large capacity mixer equipped with a dough hook.

Combine the following ingredients in the mixer bowl, using the dough hook attachment:

11 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour

3 cups rolled oats

½ cup gluten flour

2 Tablespoons dry yeast

2 Tablespoons salt

Add liquids:

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup honey

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

9 cups hot (but not too hot) tap water

Mix for 3 minutes. Let sponge for 10 minutes.

Add, 1 cup at a time:

10 cups white flour (or whole wheat, for a delicious but heavier bread)

Knead by machine 5 minutes.

Cover the bowl of dough with a dish towel and let rise until doubled. Stir the dough down and shape into 6 loaves. Place in greased bread pans and let rise until almost doubled.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Turn loaves out of pans to cool on rack.

This is a genuine Taron family recipe. Rick and I developed this recipe about 20 years ago, experimenting with other favorite recipes, until we came up with a whole wheat bread that isn’t crumbly. It makes great sandwiches, and even better toast.

How to Raise a Pharisee

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Rev. Kevin Efflandt, who pastors the Bellingham United Reformed Church, is preaching a series on the family and human relationships.
On his blog, Semper Reformanda, he mentions a lecture by Carey Hardy given at the Shepherds’ Conference entitled, “How to Raise a Pharisee”. These are 12 ways to NOT raise a child:

    1. Majoring on external instead of internal issues.
    2. Excessive control
    3. Overreacting to failure
    4. Being unforgiving and impatient
    5. Elevating preference over biblical principle
    6. Unnecessary separatism
    7. Judging others . . . other families
    8. Being “belligerent” – a fighter
    9. Favoritism
    10. No humor
    11. Building up their self-esteem
    12. Lack of genuine spirituality

If you’re interested in reading about these points in further detail, check out, the blog of Tim Challies. I found him by Googling for Carey Hardy, so don’t know anything about him, but he was present at the talk and took notes. 🙂

Three Silly (but fun) Quizzes :)

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
You Are Very Happy

Your life is totally together, and you enjoy every day.
And you don’t need a quiz to tell you that!
You know how to find pleasure in the little things…
And even when life isn’t so great, you have a good sense of perspective.
How Happy Are You, Really?
Your Power Color is Green

You feel most at home in a world of ideas.
You’re curious and logical – and enjoy a good intellectual challenge.
You’re super cool, calm, and collected. Very little tries your patience.
Your only fear? People not realizing how smart and able you are!
What’s Your Power Color?
Your Scholastic Strength Is Developing Ideas

You can take a spark of inspiration and turn it into a full fledged concept.
You are talented at brainstorming, visualizing, organizing, and independent thinking.

You should major in:

Natural sciences
Computer science
Creative writing

What Should You Major In?