Archive for March, 2009

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Walnut Oatmeal ‘Burgers’ Rehashed

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

A little over a week ago, I shared a recipe from The New Laurel’s Kitchen by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Brian Ruppenthal for Walnut Oatmeal Burgers. Last night I prepared that recipe once again, and this time I have a picture for you:

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It amazes me that oatmeal and walnuts can yield a beef-like texture, but it’s true. I used some of the cooked ‘burgers’ to prepare a spicy vegetarian chili mixture. This would be delicious as part of a nacho dip with tortilla chips. To one-half of the cooked Walnut Oatmeal Burger recipe, I added:

  1. a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes and
  2. 8 ounces of La Victoria Thick’n Chunky Salsa Verde

and simmered a bit to blend flavors. This recipe gets the taste-test approval of my 12 year old son, so that’s telling you something. Do try it, if you’re interested in a fresh, inexpensive meat alternative.

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Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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Hosted by Peggy

For Today…March 9, 2009

Outside my Window…there’s a wee bit of icy snow upon the ground. It’s cold (22 degrees) and wind is blowing from the northeast. According to Accuweather.com, it feels about 11 degrees out there, and is supposed to stay this cold at least another day.

I am thinking…I am sorry for the robins who returned too soon to our neck of the woods.

From the learning rooms…Our youngest son is practicing a new song on his acoustic guitar and hopes to have it ready in time to provide some of the entertainment for the middle school fund raiser on March 20th, a crab feed dinner.

I am thankful for…our cozy home on this blustery night.

From the kitchen…I prepared a homemade chicken noodle soup this evening. Here’s the recipe if you care to try it:

Easy Homemade Chicken Soup

This recipe utilizes leftover baked or fried chicken. I often use chicken thigh meat (skin removed) leftover from making Oven Baked Chicken.

Ingredients:

About 8 – 10 pieces leftover cooked chicken

8 cups water

2 Tablespoons McCormick Chicken Base

½ to 1 cup dehydrated Vegetable Soup Blend (Mine has carrots, onions, tomatoes, spinach, bell pepper and celery.)

2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) Lea&Perrins Marinade for Chicken (This is like a Worcestershire Sauce for chicken.)

7 oz. fine pasta for soup (I use La Moderna Fideo pasta.)

Bring the water to a boil; add the chicken base, the leftover cooked chicken pieces, the vegetable soup blend, the diced potatoes and the seasoning.

Cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are barely tender, 15 minutes or so.

Uncover the soup, and heat it to a rolling boil again. Add the pasta and stir frequently until the pasta is tender, 10 minutes or less.

We enjoy this soup with garlic toast.


I am wearing…cozy, comfortable clothing. It is difficult to remember short-sleeve days. I have a red hooded sweater on over a white blouse, black skirt, and black leggings.

I am reading…I just finished reading Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid by Newberry Medalist Jerry Spinelli. If you have ever wondered what kind of childhood might produce a creative person, you would be interested in this book. I enjoyed getting to know Mr. Spinelli as a boy.

I am hoping…to finish this post quickly because it’s bedtime and tomorrow is another busy day.

I am creating…this post.

I am hearing…the little sounds of a night-time house, and the hum of the computer.

Around the house…it is still cold and wintery.

One of my favorite things…is falling right asleep after working hard all day.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Daughter Rebecca and I plan to attend a Running Start meeting at the local community college Wednesday evening. She will be attending college full time as a high school senior next year, and will earn high school and college credit at the same time. She is very much looking forward to this challenge and opportunity.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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Our daughter and son-in-law who were living with us for a while have purchased this new home which is quite near here. We’re happy for them, but I do especially miss having resident grandchildren! This photo wasn’t taken today, so you don’t see the snow.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Health Hints from the Farmers’ Almanac

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I found the following very helpful information at the online Farmers’ Almanac in an article entitled ‘Never Sneeze Into Your Hand.’ I’m especially interested in the following hints because we have had one sickness after another this winter.


Eliminating germs in your home may prevent some illnesses. Here are a few ways to help show germs to the door:

  • Allow fresh airflow in your home daily. Open a window or outside door for a few minutes each day.
  • Change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system at least once every 3 months.
  • Change your toothbrush after recovering from a sore throat. In the winter, change your toothbrush monthly.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and all cabinet knobs when there is sickness in your household to prevent spreading germs to other family members.
  • Soak drinking glasses used by sick family members in the sink with warm water and a teaspoon of bleach for five minutes before washing.
  • Wash bed sheets and towels in the hottest water possible, adding ½ cup vinegar to each washer load.
  • Don’t share pillows with sick family members. Sick persons should use their own bed pillow when resting on the sofa.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements, or eat fresh citrus fruit.
  • Always wash your hands after using a Kleenex or caring for the sick.
  • Never sneeze into your hand. If a Kleenex or handkerchief is not available, sneeze into the inner elbow of your shirt sleeve.
  • When you are sick with a fever, chicken soup, herbal teas, and ginger ale are soothing and help keep you hydrated.

©Deborah S. Tukua, www.hollycreekbooks.com. Deborah is the author of Pearls of Country Wisdom.

Hello again

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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There are many who say that one should blog ‘without obligation.’ No guilt should be felt when a day, or multiple days, pass without so much as a peep or squeak appearing upon one’s blog. Since I am very good at feeling disappointed in myself, however, this type of blogging doesn’t appeal to me at all. I prefer to blog ‘with obligation’, even if I don’t live up to my own expectations.

One reason I feel blogging obligation is that a few faithful friends have come to expect these daily ‘peeps and squeaks.’ I know I feel disappointed when I visit their corners of the world and they have been too busy to post (or have been ill, or have been fleeing wildfires, etc.). Life has been so wild and crazy around here that I am behind as well on reading others’ blogs, a truly regrettable situation.

My excuses, posthaste:

  1. Thursday my friend Grace and I, who both work at the local middle school, drove about two hours south of here to attend a Love & Logic seminar on bringing out the best in underachieving kids. One wise thought presented was that we should encourage students to focus on their strengths, rather than expecting them to be good at everything (the ubiquitous ‘well-rounded’ theory). How many great athletes, artists, writers, scientists, etc. are ‘well-rounded’? Excellence takes focus.
  2. Friday daughter Debra and I spent all day together. First she had some extensive job interest testing to complete. We then took in a sweet but predictable movie together, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. She wanted to see the creepy Coraline, but creepy is hard for me to take. We enjoyed a Taco Bell meal together (taco salads and Fruitista freezes). Of course there was Costco shopping to do since we were in town.
  3. Saturday I babysat SOLO for grandchildren Diederick and Carly, from 8:30 in the morning until about 12:30am Sunday. Laura, mother of said grandchildren, went to Seattle with her dad to help her oldest brother pack up his place to move. Later that evening, her brother took her to a Jewel concert. Both Deeder and Carly are very attached to their mommy (2 ½ years old and 8 months old), so I was nervous, but all went well. I learned that Carly is a tremendous eater who can move quickly without crawling. Diederick keeps track of what’s going on: ‘Where’d Mommy go?’ ‘Where’d Grampa go?’ “Where aunties?’ ‘Where’d Mitch go?’ and then all over again. There was definitely no time for blogging, however.


  1. This morning only my husband and I made it to church, due to the headachy, achy-bone, upset tummy, wracking cough flu that is ravaging our children. I so hope I will be spared this trial. These dear sick children have still been trying to help at home, to the extent that they are able, since I’ve been gone so much lately.

I also have some notable happenings for which to express thankfulness to the Lord:

  1. It seems the front struts are loose or wearing out in the Suzuki, which has caused unusual wear to the front tires. This lack of tread came to Grace and my attention Thursday, as we drove through a heavy rain storm, going a bit below speed limit and I began to lose control of the car. I eased up on the accelerator and continued to drive about ten miles per hour below the freeway speed limit, with no further problem. Did I mention that traffic was heavy and included lots of semis? I was really shaken up, and Grace did a good job of remaining calm under duress.
  2. Saturday, an intense hail storm, mixed with snow, fell between here and Seattle. My husband drove through this in our van while returning from helping our older sons move. He said that all the freeway traffic slowed to 15mph.
  3. Our oldest son drove through this same weather, mixed with another inch of snow, in order to return Laura to her little family here. I must express my great admiration for those of you who deal with this type of road condition routinely. Whew! I find it SO stressful.


That is all, Dear Reader. A few more duties call, then school resumes tomorrow. We have been on mid-winter break for the past four days. Now let’s see if I can put some of the Love & Logic teachings to good use.

Sweet Roll Sweeties

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

This week for Wordful Wednesday, I would like to thank my dear darlin’ daughters Lydia and Rebecca for making delicious sweet rolls for the family. Monday evening the girls mixed up the dough and shaped the rolls, then placed the rolls in the refrig overnight. When I got up early Tuesday morning, I took them out to warm up to room temp for a while. The rolls were baked and frosted in time for breakfast before school!

Both Rebecca and Lydia learned how to make these delicious rolls in the cooking class at the high school.

Rebecca took these photos with her cell phone:

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Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Hosted by Peggy

For Today…March 2, 2009

Outside my Window…It’s dark, since it’s almost 10pm as I type this. There’s a light breeze blowing from the northeast, but the snow in the yard is mostly melted. I haven’t yet noted the distinctive ‘springtime’ smell that I’m waiting for, but spring is almost here! The front porch is scattered with seed hulls from all the snacking the wild birds did during the recent cold snap. I hope the worm-eating robins fared alright while the ground was snow covered. They returned a tad too soon.


I am thinking…of my husband and son who are heading home after our son’s medical appointment in Seattle. Once again, the surgeon’s report is encouraging following our son’s eye surgery for detached retina.

From the learning rooms…I will be traveling to a Love & Logic
seminar this Thursday with another para educator from the middle school. This is such a helpful program which we are privileged to attend in these tight financial times.

I am thankful for…a happy home where the Lord is our Source and our Center.

From the kitchen…I have a recipe for Walnut Oatmeal Burgers that I want to share with you. I am not a vegetarian, but am cutting back on animal products to help cholesterol levels. This is a good recipe!

Walnut Oatmeal Burgers (from The New Laurel’s Kitchen, 1986)

Author Laurel Robertson says of this recipe, “An oatmeal-walnut ‘burger’ that makes a satisfying sub for the nonvegetarian sort in several dishes.”

My girls and I had these burgers for dinner tonight, on buns with all the fixings. They are simple to make and truly delicious.

1 ½ to 3 cups walnut pieces

2 cups rolled oats

3 or 4 eggs, slightly beaten (or 1 cup low fat plain yogurt)

½ cup milk (or rice or almond milk)

1 large onion, chopped fine

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Oil to brown patties

3 cups vegetable stock

 

Grind walnuts in blender and combine with oats, eggs, milk, onion, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate the mixture to thoroughly moisten the oats.

 

Form 8 to 12 patties, depending upon the bun size you will be using. Brown the patties on both sides in a lightly oiled skillet. Pour the stock into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 25 minutes.

 

Serve on buns with ‘the fixin’s’, or crumble and use as you would hamburger in chili beans, spaghetti sauce etc.


I am wearing…layers. The wood stove didn’t get started today, so though we’re not chilly, we’re not toasty warm either.

I am reading…a young people’s fantasy, The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle. I’ve just started the book and am already enjoying it.

I am hoping…to attend an informational meeting tomorrow evening at the hospital with daughter Rebecca who is possibly interested in a health field profession.


I am creating…this blog post, quickly, before I fall asleep at the keyboard.

I am hearing…my husband and son, who just arrived safely home. Happiness.

Around the house…are blank garden beds and flower beds just waiting for warmer weather.

One of my favorite things…is greeting my family when they return home from hither and yon.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…What I’m thinking right now is that I MUST get back in the habit of taking the dear old doggie for a daily walk. The ground is not slippery. The rain is not pouring down. The exercise is so good for both of us.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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This is what our backyard looked like just six days ago! We had a ‘snow day’ the next day due to extremely slippery packed snow on the roads. Now it’s feeling almost balmy outside.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Introduction for Titus 2 Blog Party

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

First of all I would like to thank Michelle of She Looketh Well… for hostessing the Titus 2 Blog Party. Head on over to Michelle’s blog for instructions if this looks like something you might be interested in doing.

Hello! My name is Joyce. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog as you ‘make the rounds’ during the Titus 2 Blog Party. This is my first time participating in a virtual party. If you were here in my home I would offer you some coffee or tea and a homemade goodie, then we could sit down and get some serious visiting done!


I think I’ll start by quoting Titus 2:1-5, since the party is centered around these thoughts:

  1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
  2. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
  3. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
  4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
  5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I agree with what God’s Word says here. Loving one’s husband and children doesn’t ‘come naturally,’ yet it is a worthy and a necessary goal.

I would also say that Titus 2 is NOT a ‘To Do’ list that I just set my mind to, and then do. Just as Jesus Christ came to save sinners, He came to sanctify sinners. I can’t begin with Christ and go on by my own ‘fantastic’ will power. No such thing!

I think the main theme of my life as a Christian woman is that life is not about me; it’s about Christ. As it says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

As for the stats, here are a few:

  1. My husband and I have nine children. We love ’em, and have, imperfectly, brought them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  2. I am amazed that I still have so much to learn about being a loving, selfless person, even though this is one of my main goals.
  3. I genuinely enjoy being a wife and mother. Always have. I have difficulty understanding those who find being a ‘stay-at-home mom’ a less than desirable vocation.
  4. We have home schooled, Christian schooled, and public schooled our youngun’s.

I hope that’s sufficient for an intro. We’ll see what happens next with this.


 

Titus 2 Blog Party

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The following is the invitation to the Titus 2 Blog Party being hosted by Michelle of She Looketh Well

 

I found out about this ‘party’ through my blogging friend Linda at Remote Treechanger. Thank you, Linda.

Are you a younger woman?

Newly married?

A mama with little children?

or

Are you an ‘older’ woman?

Married for years?

Children all grown?

or

Are you somewhere in the middle?

Some ‘littles’ and some ‘bigs’

or

Are you a single woman?

Young or old?

or

Maybe you are unable to have children?

Maybe a widow?

(I hope I didn’t exclude anyone 😉

What is the point to all the questions?

I just wanted to make it clear that each and every one of you are invited to the Titus 2 blog party!

 

There have been some questions about who the party is really for. My desire in hostessing this party is really for any Christian woman, regardless of her season in life, to gather in one place, to get to know one another, to encourage each other, and I guess, to get some of the lesser known blogs, or newer blogs noticed. I thought a party would be a great way to do it. I have ‘stumbled’ across so many precious Godly women’s blogs that are maybe new or virtually unknown.

So, in answer to the questions, it is for all of you!

 

Please accept this invitation.

Put the party button on your blog.

Write an invitation post (this one is a lovely example)

Encourage others to invite their readers.

Then be sure and link your blog up the week of the party!

Don’t forget the prize giveaway.

Its the perfect gift for any woman.

Who doesn’t love a giveaway?!!

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

(Oh, and leave a comment when you have put the button on your blog, I love to go see it!)


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