Archive for September 8th, 2007

Spinach Dip

Saturday, September 8th, 2007


2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 ½ cups dairy sour cream
1 ½ cups mayonnaise
1 cup finely chopped green onions (with tops) OR finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon salt
½ to 1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 or more cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced finely

If you are pressed for time, you can thaw the spinach by steaming it lightly. Be sure to press as much moisture as possible out of the spinach.
Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with rye or rice crackers or raw vegetables if desired. Makes about 5 to 5 ½ cups dip.

(This recipe is a modified version of the dip recipe from my Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.)

How to Listen to a Sermon

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

There is an article in the Boundless Webzine entitled Four Habits of a Pulpit Critic by Rachel Starr Thomson. The article isn’t about being critical at all, but is more about being an active, engaged diligent listener when God’s Word is being preached. Here is an excerpt from her article:

In looking to see “what’s really there,” we shouldn’t be driven by pride or a critical spirit. Instead, eagerness to know God and seek truth should be our primary motivation. Becoming a pulpit critic shouldn’t make you a pastor’s worst nightmare, but the fulfillment of his role. We need to take what we hear seriously enough to follow it up.

Engage with the truth — though its teachers are human, it is divine, and truth only will set us free.

I found the referral to the Boundless Webzine from the ladies at titus2talk.

Double Ditch kids

Saturday, September 8th, 2007


In the Double Ditch pictures I posted earlier, I was expecting the little one wearing the striped hat you see sitting in the sand box, so this is a bit of skip. Sarah is the one running, and Laura is perched on the lid of the sandbox. The older child is Philip, of course. If we estimate that Michael is one year old, that would make Laura and Sarah about 2 1/2 years old, and Philip about 4 years old.


In this picture, taken on the same day as the sandbox shot, we see, I believe, Sarah to the left of baby Kayla in the stroller (who we can’t really see) and Laura to the right of Kayla.


This picture, taken inside the Double Ditch house during the same period of time, is of Laura, Philip and Sarah hugging one another. This is one of my very favorite pictures! Philip was so pleased when the girls grew up enough to be playmates. He was quite unimpressed with the newborn baby girls who obviously did not arrive “ready to play”.