Friday, July 29, 2011

Some Good News!

Copying and pasting from CitizenLink.com


Good News: Texas Governor, Prayer Rally Win Legal Challenge

by Catherine Snow
The U.S. District Court in Houston threw out a lawsuit on Thursday filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which sought to bar Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s involvement in a national prayer event.
Citing FFRF’s lack of legal standing and a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the National Day of Prayer, Judge Gray Miller readily dismissed the case.
FFRF said it plans to keep fighting by either appealing to the 5th Circuit or reconfigure the case to be heard again.
The suit had asked the court to declare as unconstitutional Perry’s proclamation and involvement in “The Response,” an Aug. 6 privately organized — but open to the public — prayer event to be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Eric Bearse, spokesman for event said, “This is a tremendous victory for the First Amendment, and the right of any and all Americans to assemble and pray without interference from forces hostile to faith.”
“The swiftness of the court’s decision shows how ridiculous this case is,” Tim Wildmon, president the American Family Association, said. “AFA is very thankful for Liberty Institute for handling this case and championing religious freedom for America.”
Liberty Institute’s President and CEO Kelly Shackelford said the ruling was a “complete and total victory for freedom and the First Amendment.”
“This was an attack on the First Amendment rights of every American,” he added, “and it failed miserably.”

This IS still America, my home sweet home- I am praying against the spiritual wickedness in high places! God defend the right! (and I'm not talking about the 'political right', but the plain old R I G H T.)




Even More About Zucchini

Here's another great recipe for zucchini that I found- this time by following up some interesting recipes in our Oklahoma Living news/mag from the electric co-op. I tore out the recipe page of this month's issue because it was about grilling. Laura Araujo writes this and I saw the link to her webpage, Manna And Quail. I thought- hey that's from the Bible -and decided to look it up online. http://mannaandquail.wordpress.com/  She has a nice-looking site and some neat-sounding recipes! I'm glad I found out about it.

So this recipe is called Low-Carb Lasagna! Instead of the pasta noodles, use zucchini cut the long way!


I tried this a couple of days ago and was extremely pleased with the results! So I recommend it to YOU, dear reader! LOL
http://mannaandquail.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/low-carb-lasagna/


Low-carb Lasagna
  • 3 large zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 pound mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 pound turkey sausage
  • 15 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/8 inch thick slices. Place the slices on baking sheets, drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Roast the zucchini until it’s tender, 15-20 minutes. Slice the mushrooms and saute them in a large skillet over high heat in a little bit of olive oil. (Pre-cooking the mushrooms will prevent them from giving off water inside the lasagna.) Cook the mushrooms until they’re browned. Remove them from the pan and use the skillet to brown the turkey sausage. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, the egg, the herbs, the black pepper and the Parmesan cheese together.
To assemble the lasagna, coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan with a thin layer of the marinara sauce. Cover the marina with a third of the zucchini “noodles.” Spread half of the ricotta over the zucchini, cover with half of the turkey sausage, half of the mushrooms and cover with marinara sauce. Repeat this process with a second layer. Finish with a layer of zucchini covered with marinara and topped with mozzarella. Bake the lasagna until it’s heated through and the cheese is browned, about 30 minutes. Allow the lasagna to stand for 15 minutes before serving to give it time to set up.

In browsing Laura's site, I found another VERY INTERESTING item- - -she titled it 30 Ice Creams for my 30th birthday. Does that grab your attention like it did mine? !    Here's what she says:

"The count down has begun! In less than a month, I will be turning the big 3-0!
I had been trying to think of something fun to do to celebrate the milestone. Since ice cream is my favorite food, I decided that over the next month, I will make 30 flavors of homemade ice cream. On my birthday, we’re going to have homemade pizza and do an ice cream tasting to rate our favorites."
How fun is that!!!! I'd like to do that, too!

I'm glad I took the time to look up Laura's page-I will visit again!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cooking with Julia (my)Child-Episode 2

ZucchiniZucchiniZucchiniZucchiniZucchini...you get the idea.

Julia and I decided to try another new recipe for zucchini- this one comes from Martha Stewart. http://www.marthastewart.com/314971/lemon-zucchini-cornmeal-cookies Yes these have cornmeal, zucchini, powdered sugar, butter- -reminds me of a cookie you might serve with hot or iced tea! They turned out tasty, a nice new way to use up the ZUKES.

Julia would hardly let me do anything for her this time!
"MOM, let ME do it!"


adding the butter...

...powdered sugar...

again, this is a recipe mixed entirely by hand

we substituted lemon flavoring
for the lemon zest

now for the finely grated zucchini...

HMMMMM.....

the recipe makes a very soft dough


TA-DAAA!

Here's the recipe from Martha Stewart

Lemon-Zucchini Cornmeal Cookies
(yields about 25)

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon packed lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 medium zucchini, finely grated

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with a (wooden) spoon until pale and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Add flour and cornmeal and mix until crumbly. Add zucchini and stir until dough forms.

Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are light golden brown at edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.



I think this cookie would not be harmed by adding a thin icing glaze.

The apron Julia is wearing came from my mother's mother, and is probably over 50 years old...




Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's Raining!!!

Praise the Lord it's raining here!


After sooooo long!


Shall we go dance in it?!!!













(this picture from Google Images)










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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Praying In America

Here's a "READ" that I have to pass on to my blogging buddies- I am copying and pasting and you can also go to the link for yourself. 


Texas Governor Doing What the Founding Fathers Did- and Getting Sued For It


Texas Governor Rick Perry has called all state governors as well as President Obama to join him in declaring August 6, 2011 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance and wisdom in addressing the issues facing our communities states and nation. A statement on the Governor’s website reads:
"Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel," Gov. Perry said. "I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force."
Not to let any good deed go unpunished, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the governor’s proclamation violates the Establishment clause of the US Constitution by showing preference to evangelical Christian religious beliefs.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/13/religious-freedom-group-sues-gov-perry-over-planned-all-day-prayer-event/#ixzz1S6vjRWnq
  While agreeing that the Governor has invited “all citizens” to the event, Freedom from Religion co-director Dan Barker states the event is “deeply offensive to many citizens, as well as to our secular government.”
Our Founding Fathers would tend to disagree with Mr. Barker:
AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed;… I HAVE therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming:
John Adams, Second President of the United States in a National Declaration on 03/23/1798
Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of pubic Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God…
James Madison, Fourth President of the United States in a National Declaration on 07/09/1812
It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the THIRTEENTH day of DECEMBER next, to be religiously observed as a day of THANKSGIVING and PRAYER; that all the people may assemble on that day with grateful hearts to celebrate the praises of our glorious Benefactor, to confess our manifold sins, to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace that it may please Him to pardon our offense, and incline our hearts for the future…
Thomas McKean, President of Congress, signer of Declaration of Independence, 10/26/1781
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
George Washington, First President of the United States in a National Declaration 10/3/1789
 The Founding Fathers were so emphatic in their belief that that prayer was to be an integral part of daily public life and public service that by 1815 they had called the people to pray 1,400 times!
The next time someone claims that “prayer and fasting is an ineffectual use of government resources”, feel free to remind them that originally Congress thought it was such an effectual use of time that they began every session with two continuous hours of prayer. And be thankful for people such as Governor Perry who shrug off frivolous lawsuits such as this stating “The pending litigation will not affect plans for the prayer event.”
We would like to thank our friends at Wall Builders for the above resources. If you would like more information on the principles of religious freedom upon which our nation was founded, please take a moment to view the original documents on their website.




Thursday, July 14, 2011

More About Zucchini

Practically every day, the children ask, "What's for lunch (or supper) ?" My standard reply is, "Well, we're having zucchini and ..."   I've been trying out new and different recipes for all this garden bounty, and researching whether or not I should try freezing some of it. I happened on a tip from the REAL Julia Child at this website http://www.suite101.com/content/freeze-zucchini-successfully-a144254   So this evening I am following the directions given, and NOT COOKING ANY FOR SUPPER TODAY!!!

Julia Child

My Aunt Alma was a great cook and she followed Julia Child- I just recently listened to a book-on-tape about Julia and the background of writing her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Quite Interesting! 

BTW- do you know how to grow a baseball bat? Just leave your zucchini alone for a couple of days, and you can pick one right in your back yard!

Here's some fun pictures of a huge zucchini I found at http://growingchefs.blogspot.com/2007/08/worlds-largest-zucchini.html


Thanks for these fun pictures, Annie!
growingchefsblogspot.com



Oh yes...we fed our monster zucchini to the horse...




Butterfly Girl

Julia caught a beautiful butterfly in her net...she brought it inside the house to show me!  I was surprised that it did not try to fly away while we had it indoors...









Saturday, July 9, 2011

Apology and Praise

A few posts ago, I mentioned that my son and I had to go to six stores before we found a pair of suitable Sunday shoes...I realize that may have sounded like I was complaining! (Actually I was) and I must retract that to say,,, "I am thankful that in America I have the privilege to go to so many stores freely...I'm thankful for the availability of goods! I'm thankful for all the opportunities here! "

This evening at 7:30 pm it was 107 degrees F outside- our grass is the color of wheat stubble. But our oldest son and his wife were with us last night and today until lunchtime! They brought us a watermelon and it is cooling in the 'fridge right now! We had grilled hamburgers and crinkly potato fries for supper...then early this morning Ben and my husband and 2 little ones went fishing at the neighbors' pond again- they had a little more success this time! Breakfast was pancakes and little sausage links and oranges! For  lunch we had cold sandwiches and HOMEMADE ice cream and cherry pie! I did not take any pictures but here is one of Ben and Diana from last summer, taken just a week after they got married. They still look just the same! LOL In just a little over a month, they will celebrate their First Anniversary!!!


Some more things I'm thankful for!! -- good, safe water! even though we are on the rural water system and have to pay for all the usage, when I hear about how most of the world does not have access to safe drinking water, I am happy to be able to pay for ours. Watering our garden has made our bill go up considerably, and we can't afford to water the lawn, but still... I'm thankful. And AIR CONDITIONING! I thank the Lord nearly every day for our cool air! and the means to pay for it...So thankful my husband is not out of work,  and that even though he has to have an outdoors-type job, he is strong and healthy and blessed to provide for our family- - and WILLING to do so, even! So thankful that God has turned our "fortunes" around after almost 10 years of barely making it financially- even though we have a ways to go in this area, God is providing after we had to wait on Him- He did come through! It's hard to be patient, isn't it? But we are always glad when we persevere in trusting God. "After you have suffered a little..."  I praise God for the hope and LIFE in JESUS CHRIST.


Looking forward to some Cold Watermelon!!!
This cute photo is from
http://www.momecentric.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/watermelon.jpg





Friday, July 8, 2011

My Yard in the Country

Here are some views around our property from a July Morning!

from our front porch and flowerbed


slowly turning in the wind


from our garden spot...
see the live trap by the corn?
Some critter is trying to eat the corn and
it's not even ready! 
Whatever it is has evaded capture so far
cantaloupe flower

watermelon flower

zucchini flower


and here's the Garden Overseer,
 Watch Red Buck Oakie,
otherwise known as Brego
(he has a famous grandsire- Watch Joe Jack)


If you drop in to see us,
you'll have a WARM welcome
this swan planter is a remnant of our Ringwood days
where we used to raise Australian Black Swans-
also Trumpeters...


Havin' a HOT summer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chocolate Day

According to holidayinsights.com, today is CHOCOLATE DAY !!

This is something I can celebrate!!




I have an old apron with this picture
and definition- but it is so faded 
that I found this photo of a t-shirt to use here 


Chocloasaurus:
1. a sweet-toothed creature with an insatiable appetite
 for all things chocolate. 
2. Any beast who habitually munches on 
chocolate candies, ice cream and cake.

I believe today that I will make some CHOCOLATE Zucchini bread to celebrate ! Here is the link to the recipe I am going to try - - http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/ChocolateZucchiniBread.html and here is their picture - -


My favorite chocolate bar of all time is the Hershey Almond Bar...