I don't know what restaurants in your area are on this list, but www.restaurant.com is having an 80% giftcard promo right now. That means $25 giftcards are $3. That's great. I just got $125 worth of giftcards for $15, date night here we come! :) Type in FLAG for the promo code and you'll get the discount!!! So cool!
For any of you who have 10 year old boys or older or younger(it's better to prepare in advance), this is a book my husband highly recommends. For Dad's to read or single moms. It's a MUST read and very, very good! It's hard for me to be happy about this book and the subject in general. It, quite frankly, makes me want to vomit, but...it's better to be dealt with than not, right? Just letting you guys know...it's a good one! Have a good weekend!
Well, this recipe isn't the healthiest, but it's still homemade and tastes tummy. If you aren't used to using yeast and rising your bread, kneading it, and all that, this may be a difficult recipe, but otherwise, if you know how to knead and rise bread, it's rather easy and fun. I had all the ingredients on hand, and wanted to use up some of my cornmeal and rye flour, so this recipe worked for me. Don't you just love the smell of fresh yeast? YUM! Sorry the pictures are not the best quality, I'm no photographer...just trying to taking decent pics.
And that is how I spent my Monday morning! :)
Pilgrim's Bread (makes 2 loaves, 375 Degrees)
Combine in a bowl:
1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 T. salt
Stir in gradually:
2 c. boiling water
1/4 c. oil
Cool to room temperature.
2 pkgs dry yeast in
1/2 c. warm water (I put a pinch if sugar in)
Add yeast to cornmeal mixture and beat in:
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. rye flour
By hand, stir in:
4 1/4-4 1/2 c. unbleached white flour
Turn onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, knead in flour that wasn't able to be stirred in by hand. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to frease surface. Cover and let rise in warm place until double ( I use a glass bowl and mark dough on outside of bowl with wet erase marker). Punch dough down; turn onto lightly floured surface again, divide dough evenly in half and knead 3 minutes. Shape dough into loaves, place in greased pans and let rise again in warm place until doubled. Bake at 375 about 45 minutes. I only had one bread loaf pan, so I also used a 3 qt. pyrex baking dish. It worked out ok.
I was thinking today about my life. It's so easy for me to be a "nobody". I hide myself at home all week long, “minus a once a week shopping excursion”. It’s easy for me to blend in to society when I’m out and about, it’s easy for me to not have to face people, because I don’t really have any close friends I can be face to face with. I don’t go to church right now, and I’m just really an all around “nobody”.
It’s also easy to think of ways to become a “somebody” in society. Sometimes it’s even easy to obtain a “somebody” status. I’ve been there and done that time and time again. But I always settle back down for “nobody”. Where am I getting at? There’s a point, hold on tight.
Although, I do believe it’s good to go to church and have friends and not hide yourself away, that’s not what this post is about. I’m talking about more of an internal struggle with insecurity and where I “fit in”.
It’s easy for me to make myself think everyone is prettier than I(when I'm chasing after beauty this becomes untrue), or that everyone is “cooler”(when I'm chasing after knowledge or a "Perfect status" this becomes untrue). So, generally speaking, it’s easy for me to think I’m a “nobody”. BUT…it’s HARD to be cheerful about it. A cheerful “nobody”, I like the sound of it. Not everyone is called to be a "cheerful nobody", but I know I am. It’s the humble and gentle spirit cleaning and cooking, hidden behind scenes, blessing and serving, behind the scenes. The non-demanding, non-competing, non-judging, no compromising,"cheerful nobody". Maybe this comes across as a shock. Or sits funny with you. Let me tell you how I can be content and truly joyful as a "cheerful nobody".
Because, I am a "somebody". LOL, to Jesus, I am. A "cheerful nobody" is, in turn, a “somebody” special to Christ. A “somebody” ONE with Christ, a “somebody” joyful in Christ. BUT, a “nobody”, nonetheless, to the world and a “nobody” to society.
This is a light thought, not meant to be depicted theologiclly, it's just something I was thinking about as I mopped my kitchen floor on my hands and knees this morning and had plenty of quiet time to think about life.
Anyway, You are all "somebody" special in Christ. We don't have to be a somebody to this world, nor do we have to be ashamed, frusterated, or un-cheerful about being a "nobody" to this world. We are called to live in the world, but not of the world, right? Press on, fellow Sisters, press on! Jesus' "somebody" is SO mighty, we are encompassed within Him, and He within us. :)
OK, so here's my dirty laundry for the week, not really. I felt like I totally didn't deserve to celebrate mother's day. I had a rough week with the kids. The day after I mustered up the courage to mop the whole house(not very many sq. feet, lol), my kids decide(caleb and lili) to grab eggs out of the fridge and throw them all over the kitchen, while I was on a phone call with the doctors, and had locked myself in a room. I was furious when my phone call was done and I found the house a wreck. I can't trust my 5, 3, and 19 month old to hold it together for 40 minutes...yes, 40 minutes!!! what was I thinking to get so upset with them??? i don't know...anyway, I think I'm blending stories, I'm so wiped out from the week I can't even remember what happened when, every day this week has been wrecking havoc on my poor house cleaning.
Thank God his mercies are new every morning. I'm trying to be a happier mommy. We had an answer to prayer this morning and was given some grace on a doctor bill. I'm praising God, in the GOOD times, because I usually praise Him more in the bad times, these days... I hope you all had a wonderful mother's day!!!
L for Lilies!!!
This is my beauty tips post...I have actually been hard at work with constructing a blog for properly dressing and inexpensive beauty tips. I LOVE to do a clothing make-over on people. I can do clothes, but hair, not so much, and make-up is only so/so. The blog is called clothedwithlilies.blogspot.com and some other great websites to look at on this topic are listed in my new page on this blog called, "Wardrobe". Clothed with Lilies is under construction, but there are some great tips up now that you can thumb through, most of the tips are thoughts in process, hopefully this summer it'll be completely done. I'm still working on This is the Taste too, I have a lot to work on, but I LOVE blogging, so it's ok to me. :) cha cha cha