Friday, May 1, 2015

#illustratedfaith

I am always looking for new and fresh ways to study an old and fresh book, the Bible. 

Recently, I was introduced to a creative group called Illustrated Faith. Using a few art supplies, and their own style, many have join in this new method of recording what is standing out in their Scripture reading. 

Doesn't this look inspiring ...
www.illustratedfaith.com
I have been doing a little experimenting myself, figuring out just what I want my style to be, as I reflect on Bible verses that I am studying.

Recently, I made this piece to commemorate the completion of our Woman@Park study of Philippians, and made a copy for all the women.

This one is from my quiet time last week.
 
Some mornings, I do not feel like getting out the art box, but I am enjoying the way it helps me focus on the words ... so I just outline it in my journal.
 

My friend, Anne, has joined in the fun, too. She started out simply and is developing a really cool style.

My favorite sister, Sue, always enjoys joining the party. (Sue said I could use her picture, if I call her my favorite sister. Sorry, Ruth. You are also my favorite and you have the coolest art supplies.)

Later, Sue wrote around the cross, some of the circumstances of her life that she is praying and giving thanks for.

So, what do you think? Is this something that you would enjoy trying? 

I love it, as it helps me reflect in a different way on the verse. (kind of a combination of things I have learned from diagramming, outlining and Precept Ministries observation worksheets) 

And, everyone's style is uniquely their own. If you want to see more examples, check out illustrated faith's Facebook page.   

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New, New and ... New

Life has been ... interesting around here lately. Lots of new things. Delightful new things. It is one of the reasons there has not been much space in my head for blogging.

Want to hear about it? 

New thing #1: In January, Dave got a new job.

It is a huge job, by the way. As Global Outreach Pastor of our church and its' five other campuses, Dave is busy, using his gifts to full capacity, and can I say, having a lot of fun.

This is at Park Community Church, the church we began attending when we moved here 4 1/2 years ago. It happens to be where my gifts are being used, as well.

I love it when that happens.

(We miss our teammates at WorldVenture.)

New thing #2: We just bought a home.

We thought we would rent our first year in Chicago and then purchase a home. But we were not ready ... until now.

The first house we liked, fell through, after inspection. The very next day I found "our house" on line, scheduled to see it right away, made an offer on the spot and won a bidding war. We move at the end of May.

(We have loved working with a great realtor, Nate Buttrey) 

New thing #3: You know we love being grandparents. Love it.


So, we are thrilled that Lillian is going to become a big sister in October. Yes, Daniel and Jenny are expecting their second baby. 

(My sister has been calling them Lilly and Billy. We will see.)

We are grateful to the Lord for this season of our lives.

What is new at your house?

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Three Favorite Gluten Free Products

Last week, my friend Liz, sent out an SOS that her husband was going gluten free.


I remember years ago, when Jenny first discovered her food allergies and wondering  ... what in the world I would feed this child?

So to help Liz out ... here are our families top three gluten free products

1. Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread. I buy it at Target and we like the 7-grain and the Mountain White. It is especially great toasted.

2. Namaste Foods: Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend. I buy this at Costco and it already has xanthum gum and the other weird bits that make gluten free flour work. I substitute it cup for cup in my usual recipes. (cookies, pie crust, pancakes, muffins etc.)

3. Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta from Trader Joe's. This is so good, I serve it to company and never mention it is gluten free.

So there you go, dear Liz. We do not use many other gluten free products. Many do not taste that great, cost a lot of money and have tons of sugar in them. 

But these three are golden ... they are on my list every week. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Learning Well: A Homeschooling Ecourse

My lovely long time blogging friend, Alicia Hutchison, has put together a fantastic ecourse on homeschooling. Alicia is creative and practical and organized ... a winning combo in my book. And her kids are adorable.

Along with her great ideas and skills, she has also put together a wonderful group of guest speakers, including ... me.


I had so much fun writing my talk and the girls think it might be the beginning of my YOUTUBE career. 

Alicia answers all your questions here.

We would love to have you join us!

Monday, March 23, 2015

#marchmadness

I wrote on Facebook this morning, that we had no snow at Christmas, but snow today. I prefer it the other way around. Today is March 23, not December 23.

So, I am pretending that spring is still here, yes? This will melt quickly. 

Loved my instragram photo this morning ~

Spring inside/winter outside #marchmadness

 How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

ps. It is time for Fondly, Glenda to start blogging again ... I am feeling it in my bones.  
 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Winter in Cannon Beach, Oregon

We did not know, when we left Chicago eight days ago, that a huge winter storm was barreling our way. We escaped just in time.

Instead we have enjoyed a lovely week of winter on the Pacific Ocean in Cannon Beach, OR. Instead of over 20 inches of snow, this ...





 And lots of this ...


 Now I am ready to face to snow again ... happily!


 
 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Best Healthy Cookbooks On My Kitchen Shelf (or what I got for Christmas)

One of my goals for the year is to cook more delicious AND healthy meals. And I have three new cookbooks to help. (thanks, Dave) 



1. Celebrating the Midwestern Table: Real Food for Real Times by Abby Mandel


I gave this cookbook a trial run by checking it out at the library. Then found a beautiful used copy for $1.

Abby, a longtime Chicago resident, "pays due respect to modern taste and concerns for health, with less fat, less meat and more wonderful vegetables and grains than our grandmothers' versions would have done."



2. The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan 

This cookbook is full of gorgeous pictures that celebrate the family table and makes you want to host a big delicious family meal immediately.  

This fun family includes Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: an Eater's Manifesto and his sister, Tracy Pollan, who is married to Michael J. Fox.



3. The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman

I have two rules for buying a cookbook:

    *it must contain mostly recipes that I would enjoy making for dinner ... tonight.

     *it must not contain crazy unknown ingredients. 

I could not find a recipe that I would not make for tonight's dinner in The Daniel Plan Cookbook. It passes my second test, too.

Here is our favorite meal, so far. ("I would happily eat this once a week" ~Dave)

Asian-Style Curried Coconut Chicken
1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1 tablespoon sweet curry powder 
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil 
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
     cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
16 - 20 spears fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons
4 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
3 - 4 cups cooked brown rice
3 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons coconut
hot sauce, as desired

1. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut milk, curry powder, cornstarch, lime juice, honey and salt. Set aside.

2. Heat a wok or a large stainless steel saute or frying pan over medium-high heat, until a few drops of water evaporate immediately. Swirl 2 tablespoons 
of the coconut oil in the pan to coat. Add chicken strips, and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove chicken from the pan, and keep warm.

3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in same pan over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, asparagus, and ginger; cook for 4 minutes. Stir often.

4. Whisk sauce, and add to the vegetables. Cook until sauce thickens (1-2 minutes.) Stir in basil, chicken and nuts. Serve over hot rice. Garnish with green onions, hot sauce and coconut.

*my adaptations: I do not use cornstarch, did not toast the almonds and doubled the curry powder.

For more great recipes, check out all three of these cookbooks. Bon and healthy appetit.
 



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