Posted by: Kelly | February 10, 2016

A bird’s-eye view?

No,  it’s a Suzy-eye view!

  

She’s our only dog with “pointy” ears and I get tickled at how expressive they can be.  She led the pack across the road when we walked up for the mail. Sadie came back with her pretty quickly, but not the rest. She’s watching for them here with her ears in radar mode. 

Posted by: Kelly | February 8, 2016

Couscous and soup

Couscous and soup

I’m sure a true “foodie” would call me out on the plating in the photo above – too much of the same color.  Anyway… I like couscous, but it can really be boring at times.  I can’t remember where I saw the suggestion, but I livened this batch up with some scallions and pistachios.  It was really good and something I always do now!  (and I use vegetable broth instead of water when making any kind of grain)

The soup was my modification of something Anne shared on Frayed at the Edge quite some time ago.  I’ve made it many times  (using sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, vegetable broth, coconut milk, cayenne pepper, curry powder, and fresh ginger) and it always comes out great.  Below is another photo taken of a batch made after I finally invested in an immersion blender.  It sure made a big difference in the consistency!

soup

 

Here’s another simple soup Anne suggested.  Just simmer asparagus, broccoli, onion, and garlic in vegetable broth before blending.  Salt and pepper, too, of course.  Delicious!

soup, asparagus broccoli

 

Take note… tomorrow is Mardi Gras and the last day of revelry before Lent begins.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

Posted by: Kelly | February 5, 2016

The book, the movie & diapers!

This is the first month our book club selection is something I’ve already read and reviewed (click here for my review), so I’m handling things a little differently this time.

I’m really looking forward to our meeting to find out what others thought of this book that I loved and recommended so highly last fall.  Although I no longer have my copy of the book (having passed it along to one of our kids), I was able to refresh my mind by watching the film version about a week ago, comparing notes with my husband and one of my brothers on how closely it followed the book.  In a nutshell, the movie did a fine job, only making one major departure, and that not being something that really changed anything.  Even though it’s not a lengthy book, the movie still had to cut many parts from the book.  Overall, though, it was a good representation and I found it just as nerve-wracking (or is that nerve-racking??) as when I read the print version.  Good job, Hollywood!

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Our meeting this month was meant to double as a “diaper shower” for our youngest member who is expecting a baby boy in a couple of weeks.  Sadly, she had some problems the day before the meeting and was put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.  Mother and baby are both fine, but she wasn’t able to join us and we really missed her!  We took photos of everything and texted them to her instead.  I’ve included a couple at the end of this post.

Unfortunately Tracy wasn’t able to read the book with us this month, either, so no link to her blog for a review.

Turns out The Martian was a step outside the norm for most all of our members, yet everyone really enjoyed it.  A few others had also seen the movie, so our discussion included both the book and the film and the space program in general.  It’s fascinating the things we learn about others through conversations like this.  One of our members spent a number of years with the Red Cross and actually worked the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster which took place during re-entry over Texas in 2003.  I’m ashamed to admit I’d totally forgotten about that tragedy, only remembering the Challenger explosion.

As always, it was a wonderful evening and I look forward to the next time we get together!

book club baby shower #1

Book club baby shower #2

Posted by: Kelly | February 3, 2016

Miracles by Eric Metaxas

Miracles

 

Miracles – by Eric Metaxas

FROM AMAZON’S BOOK DESCRIPTION:

“Not since C. S. Lewis in 1947 has an author of Eric Metaxas’s stature undertaken a major exploration of the phenomenon of miracles. In this groundbreaking work, Metaxas examines the compatibility between faith and science and provides well-documented anecdotal evidence of actual miracles. With compelling—sometimes electrifying—evidence that there is something real to be reckoned with, Metaxas offers a timely, civil, and thoughtful answer to recent books by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Already a New York Times bestseller, Miracles will be welcomed by both believers and skeptics—who will find their minds opening to the possibilities.”

FIRST SENTENCE:

(opening quote)  “Miracles are not in contradiction to nature.  They are only in contradiction with what we know of nature. -Saint Augustine”

MEMORABLE MOMENT:

(Page 66 ) “So those who have faith in the God of the Bible can know that even if we don’t get the miracle we are praying for, we can relax and trust that God is nonetheless leading us toward something through whatever it is we are enduring.  That is an absolutely extraordinary concept, but if we believe that God can perform outrageous miracles, we should also be able to believe he can do that.”

MY THOUGHTS:

One of my book club friends went to a program not long ago where this author was a speaker.  He impressed her enough that she purchased several copies of this book, loaning one of them to me.  I’m glad she did, and now I’m tempted to read at least one of his others – his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Miracles is divided into two major parts.    The first  100 or so pages take on the question of miracles in general.  What are they?  How do they relate to science?  Can they possibly be relevant in today’s society?  It’s approached in a very intelligent manner, sometimes almost going above my head.  (think C.S. Lewis, Bonhoeffer, and other deep thinkers)  The remainder of the book is taken up with miracle stories  limited to those experienced by the author or those known to him personally.  It’s fascinating and inspiring!

I was pleased that the author referenced Tim Keller, whose book The Reason for God I learned of from the BioLogos website last year and now have sitting in my TBR pile.  I’m anxious to work it into my reading schedule in the near future.

I’ll end with this quote from the back cover of the book:

If you’re a skeptic, read this book with an open mind and you might just discover that miracles are real.  If you’re already a believer, be ready to be inspired.”  – Kirsten Powers, columnist for USA Today and The Daily Beast.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Kelly | February 1, 2016

Exit January

January left my house in a very warm and windy fashion.  Here are a few shots I took with my phone yesterday while taking out the compost.

1-31-16 #8

 

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1-31-16 #1

 

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