Monday, May 24, 2010

Tamara Lowe at Christ Fellowship

so I can't find how to embed this particular you tube video

But I"m not sure what the problem is with it.

Tamara does a short rap on the importance of putting God first.

But I've had a conversation with a friend about how putting an evangelistic message into a rap form, who says that it is wrong. It is usually a worldly method to convey God's truth and that is wrong and I just don't get it. What am I missing?

To me, as long as one isn't committing sin (deliberately) in conveying the truth of God's word, it's all good. Let people hear God's word. Not everyone hears it proclaimed the same way, so if one nugget of truth falls onto otherwise deaf ears....isn't that a good thing?

Her message is simple "give your life to God while there is still time". Don't fill your life with meaningless stuff, give your life to God.

is it deep? no...was it meant to be? No.
It was meant to merely be a simple rap reminding people to put things into perspective...put God before everything else.

So what's wrong with this?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010



1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out
to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it
was a weapon of math disruption.

5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.
The police are looking into it.

12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway.
One hat said to the other, 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital.
When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'

17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

21. A backward poet writes inverse.

22. In democracy, it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

24. Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects!

What NOT to do when planting a garden

1. Ask a four year what he wants to plant - he'll say CARROTS! and then insist on helping you plant those carrots. We now have 10 rows of carrots.....

--- not as bad as it sounds as we do raised beds and some of those rows are short. But it is five more rows than what I wanted to have.....

2. Use a toy as a row marker. Said four year boy will "plant" the marker in a completely different spot while chortling away. Leaving one wondering just where that row that you planted last was.....

3. Have a knife and box of potatoes ready to plant. When you are not looking, a four year will take said knife and said potatoes and you'll be looking at TINY pieces of potatoe to plant. Fortunately he will NOT do the whole box on you while you weren't looking. (did you know that four years can be VERY quiet when cutting up potatoes)? His comment will be "I'm helping you mommy!"

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rabbit Cobbler - Recipe

This sounds good, I think I might try it next week.

Rabbit Cobbler
Serves 4-6 as a main dish
Adapted from the original recipe from the New York Times
3 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, well washed and chopped
Salt and black pepper
2 c quartered button mushrooms
1 ½ c or more chicken stock or, if you have the foresight, rabbit stock
1 sprig fresh, chopped rosemary, plus more to mix into the cobbler batter
2 medium carrots, cut into coins
1 butchered rabbit
1 c peas, frozen or fresh
2 tbsp assorted fresh herbs (e.g., chives, lemon thyme, etc.)
1 c corn, frozen or fresh
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 c flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Put oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the leek, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until liquid has released and evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add stock and rosemary; bring to a boil, and let bubble for a minute or two, then add carrots and rabbit and reduce heat so the liquid simmers. Cook until carrots are almost tender and rabbit is cooked through — 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of rabbit. Pull out the rabbit parts and pull the meat from the bone. Chop up the meat and add it back into the pot. Add peas, herbs, and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are brightly colored and just tender, another minute or so.
  3. Whisk cornstarch with a few tablespoons of broth to make a slurry. Add slurry to pot and stir until liquid thickens slightly. Transfer everything to an ovenproof dish and set aside.
  4. Put flour in a food processor with rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter and process until mixture resembles small peas, no more than 30 seconds. (You can also do this by hand, using two knives, a fork, your fingers, or a pastry cutter). Transfer mixture to a bowl and mix in buttermilk and eggs until it just comes together; it should be sticky.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of batter on top of vegetables and rabbit and smooth with a knife, covering as much surface area as possible but leaving a few gaps for steam to escape. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden on top and bubbly underneath. Scoop into bowls and serve immediately.

Special thanks to Katie Hochstedler for her assistance with this recipe.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Web gallery of Art

MADOU, Jean-Baptiste
Belgian painter and lithographer painter (b. 1796, Bruxelles, d. 1877, Bruxelles)

As only part of it loaded (there's a whole other half!) I found that here.

For the artistic in all of us, there is a huge site called the web gallery of art.

I was fascinated.

There are some good pieces in there, of course, there are also some that simply don't appeal to me at all.

if I could figure out how to upload a piece for you to check out what I think is intriguing I would but I've been unable to do so. AH! I got one! :) Now to remember to how I did that so I can do it again sometime. :)

If you go look, find something that intrigues you and share it with me. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Our Books for the past three weeks.

Well, he liked this book he did. We didn't read it over and over like some books. But when we read it, he listened close and asked lots of questions. I like books that cause him to ask good questions.

This book was cute. it was very much a favourite. I see the cover and I just laugh knowing where he's going to end up. :)

This was a nice book for a cat crazy lad. TONS of different cats in it. Questions were asked and answered. Overall a good book.

The boy has this book memorized which goes to show how much he has asked for this book to be read. A very simple book. Very nice bed-time story. If you read it slowly and softly, it helps a boy slow down as well.

Did you know there are way more verses to this nursery rhyme than one might think?
Also fully memorized by a boy child. LOVES this book. Makes him laugh. Imagine it, a book about a dog that a boy child just loves. :)

another Book almost completely memorized by a boy child. LOTS of questions raised by this book, some of them very good questions too.

The cover from the library is blue not red, but Justin likes this book. Some artistic differences arose between the story and what the boy child thought proper for pictures. Led to conversations about pressure differentials in ear drums, and the importance of good strong bridges.

oh my, what a lovely lovely book. This book made me smile, made the boy child ask questions, led to conversations about prey animals and hunters, and how its nice to helpful to other people. Good book, recommend anyone read this book.

Do NOT recommend this book. Justin said "this book is stupid."

I may have put this book up before.
Justin LIKES this book. We learned about how sometimes people who love other people don't like their pets and that can mean hard things for those pets. Suggested read to other families as well.

Good book. Question raiser. Helpful at a time when a boy lost his bunny and sometimes you just can't make bunnies better. But this cat managed to do okay. :)

I didn't like this book, but Justin seemed to. I didn't like it because at four years old I didn't want Justin introduced to the concept of ghosts and people believing in them. But this book did leave it fairly open.

From worry to laughter. This book made a lad think! :)


both of these hopper books were favourites over these past six weeks. :) Both inspired questions, both contained some artistic differences between a four year old and the illustrator. :)

He liked a book that wasn't about a cat or a rabbit!!!!! This quirky horse made a boy smile around a bed-time thumb. I liked seeing that smile. :) It got a bit wordy at times for him so I shortened it down a bit. Good book. Recommend it.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Train Museums

I plan to take Justin to a train museum or two this summer. I think it will be fun.

There is the St. Thomas one.

and then the one up near Milton.