Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Highlights of the Week

Stacia finished reading, The Hobbit, and she'll be able to watch the movie when it's released!
 
The weather's been great and the kids have enjoyed it fully! We used the first 3 days of the week as catch up school days - they had more time for fun.
 
Nolan and Arielle enjoyed another Japanese lesson  Ryu and Kim
 
We had a staff event today.....we did a bit of shopping...Michael and the boys went to the chapel to work on the Chapel's Christmas Card...the girls and I came home and began to cook as much as we could for tomorrow. The gravy is ready to boil, the garlic potatoes are mashed, the cranberry sauce is done, the sweet potatoes are cooked, the pies are baked, the brownies are in the oven and the rolls are rising....We're waiting for Krista and her friend, Lindsay to arrive.


Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When Good News is....Inconclusive

I wouldn't say it's bad news.

It is surprising, unsettling and frustrating news.

The first MRI showed a tumor. It's location worried the surgeon that Michael could lose other parts. They ordered another MRI.

This one, at a different facility, showed NOTHING. Nothing.

We've been praying for  healing. But the pain is increasing.

The surgeon has scheduled Michael to go in and have a look in January.  The surgeon feels the best way to know what is going on  is to get a real look.

The surgeon said MRI's are "often" unreliable. He said he's had pregnant women with appendicitis where an MRI showed nothing wrong. He's determined to help discover the source of the pain. Please pray with us that he does.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Banana Oat Bars

This recipe is from Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live Cookbook. It is nutrient dense. It has no added sugar, oil or dairy. Therefore, it is Daniel Fast Friendly - as well as vegan. The subs I made due to what I had in hand are in ().

Ingredients:
2 C quick cooking rolled oats - not instant
1/2 C shredded coconut
1/2 C raisins or chopped dates (craisins)
1/4 C chopped walnuts (pecans)
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 C finely chopped apple (1/4 C chopped apple and 1/2 C applesauce)
2 T ground flax seeds

Directions
Preheat oven to 350*.

Mix all in a large bowl until well combined.

PRESS into a 9x9 in pan.

Bake 30 min

Cool on rack.

Cut into bars or squares when cooled.

*NOTES
I added 3 T of cocoa as I was trying to entice my family. I should leave out the dried fruit for THAT.

I find these FILLING.

For Banana Oat Spice Bars, mix in:
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp pepper

Per Serving (8): Calories 247; Protein 8g; carbs 41g; total fat 6.9g; saturated fat 2.2g; sodium 3 mg; fiber 5.9g, calcium 31 mg; iron 2.3 mg.......

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fellowship Sunday!

Fellowship Sundays are always enjoyable. THIS Sunday we combined a Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck with decorating the chapel and painting the Chapel's Christmas Card. It was a full day - but a fun day.

I made a turkey!  I brought a bit home and that will be the Turkey for our meat eaters on Thanksgiving. We'll have all the go-withs. The vegans requested Veggie Pot Pie, so I'll make that as well. I would be full and happy just eating the sides - certainly filled me up at the Potluck. LOL

I forgot my camera - but did have my phone. Someone else took photos and so I'll have some good photos to post on the chapel's pages.

Jerry is our turkey mesiter! 
 
Chaplain T cut this out - we'll get it painted
 
Juliette glows with Christmas Cheer

 
Protestant Shoe boxes (PWOC, MTOC, Service)
 
Stringing lights

After the wreaths were up and the tree lit....Michael let us all go eat our Thanksgiving meal.  Afterwards quite a few stayed to help decorate the tree. Kelsey and her girls helped me begin the library's winter face lift. 

Quamara smiled at him - made his whole day! 
 
Zay and Daniel start the painting


We really had a fun day. It was a blessing to see so many pitch in with the decorating, the painting, the cooking and the clean up of the meal after we'd finished eating.  There have been months when this has not been the case. ::grin::

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Frozen - Breakfast Burritos

We got a late start  for our Saturday morning treat. By the time we reached Awful Annie's the line was out the door. Stacia thought the wait would be ridiculous  even for Awesome Annie's....so we explored. Kim's Country Kitchen had a line out the door as well. We found a few cute little hole in the wall spots. We opted for Whistle Stop Café. To be fair, I think the B team was working as she had to keep calling "someone" to ask questions.


The first thing I noticed was the SMALL breakfast menu. Not a lot of vegan options. I thought I could make due with a chai latte (a cheat) and a fruit cup. Stacia ordered the breakfast burrito and a hot chocolate. I was told the salads and fruit were no longer menu options. In desperation I went for a muffin I was sure was loaded with cholesterol and my chai latte (also full of cholesterol).  Our drinks were warm - and cold by the time we finished them. My muffin was obviously "day old." 

Our little Texan was not happy with her breakfast burrito. She told me the sausage and potatoes were cold, the cheese wasn't melted, but the eggs were nice and hot.  She thought a bit of salsa would help. She suggested I show them how to make real breakfast burritos. ::snort::

Always magnanimous Stacia thought this spot was really o.k. "At least they didn't take our food away when we went to the bathroom." (THAT'S a story I've not yet shared on the blog, but I think I will. The owner had shot at making things right.)

We decided it would be a great spot for Mom and friends to sit and chat with a cup of a hot drink and a snack or two.....and that it probably had good ice cream in the summer.

Our next stop was Target. We bought a couple of ornaments for the chapel's tree.... some supplies we need for Thanksgiving and tomorrow's Fellowship Sunday at the chapel. Stacia was happy to pose with Elsa....and I've not blogged about the very un-Elsa like character at Walmart's Frozen event.

Back at home I baked a double batch of brownies, a big batch of rolls, made a giant salad, arranged a fruit tray and pulled a walnut pie out of the freezer. Oh - and started the Turkey roasting. Tomorrow is November's Fellowship Sunday in the Protestant Community.

Michael made a trip to the Far West Campus to take tools and such over and to check on the heating situation.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Marilyn's Whole Wheat Rolls


These wonderful rolls will be a hit for everyday or special occasions. Halve the recipe for a small batch. I found these at Urban Homemakers.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups warm water
1/2 Cup honey
1/2 Cup dry powdered milk
2 TB yeast
2 eggs
6-8 cups whole wheat flour*
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 Cup oil
1/2 Cup vital gluten
2 TB dough enhancer (optional)
melted butter

Directions:
Combine warm water, honey, powdered milk, and yeast in mixing bowl. Allow yeast to activate.

 Add eggs and 3 Cups flour. Stir until thoroughly mixed; dough will resemble cake batter. Let rest until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Add salt, oil, and remaining flour.

 Knead for 6-10 minutesor until gluten is developed or dough is soft and pliable.

 Pour out onto a lightly greased surface. Grease baking sheets. Pinch off 2-inch round portions, and roll out to an 8-inch rope. Tie rope in a single knot. Place in rows on baking sheets, cover, and let rise until double. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter if desired, and remove to a cooling rack. Makes 2-3 dozen.

Multi-grain variation: Substitute 1 cup of 7-Grain Mix, cracked OR 1 Cup cracked wheat for one cup of the whole wheat flour.

* IF you do not have high quality fresh home milled whole wheat flour I would recommend that you use half bread flour in order to avoid heavy, dense rolls.

MY NOTES: divided dough to 4 big balls, then each ball to 4 and then each little ball into 4.....could have done 3.....We may not do the knot thing next time....but it was a fun family activity. They just don't all look "neat."  Let's say some of them look like they belong in the Suwon's Toilet Museum.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Books, Pizza and Movies

Our women's ministry has a book club - PWOC Page Turners. I'm enjoying the group. I've been introduced to books I wouldn't have chosen for myself, we've visited a new café each month and the conversation is always encouraging.

Today we went to Caleb's Creamery. FANTASTIC Chai Latte.  This month we discussed The Prayer Box as well as all manner of topics burning on our minds. I really enjoyed the various facets of this book. Below is the publisher's description.
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

Michael had his follow up MRI today. He brought home Papa Murphy's for dinner.  We rounded out the evening with "How to Train A Dragon 2" and "Apple Dumpling Gang."

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...