Monday, August 24, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - August 24



I made a great gluten-free bread the other day and want to share it with you. It is the best I have had, including that which the Udi brand makes. This bread is soft and reminds me of wheat bread. The taste is sweet and it makes great toast.


Gluten-free Bread Machine Bread

1 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk
1/3 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/3 cup oil (I used olive)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 1/4 cups potato starch
1 pkt. active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon guar gum (could sub. xanthan)
Place ingredients in order listed in bread machine pan. Set to "gluten-free" setting. Makes 1 1/2 lb. loaf. Loaf should slide right out of pan onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing or removing the paddle wheel if stuck in bottom of loaf. Store in a sealed ziplock bag inside of the refrigerator.

Monday

Fettuccine Alfredo & Ham
Soft Rolls with Garlic Butter
Tossed Salads

Tuesday

Taco Salad
Refried Beans
Cottage Cheese

Wednesday

Baked Pork Loin Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday

Brats on the Grill
Salads

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill
Potato Salad
Fruit

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review: Project Inspired by Nicole Weider


Project Inspired is written by Nicole Weider and is published by Zondervan.

I got this book for my daughter, who is a teenager and is enthralled by all things fashion and beauty these days. She has been devouring it from cover to cover. It has ideas on how a Christian girl should dress, use makeup effectively, and other ideas that interest young girls who are living for the Lord but still want to be attractive to others.

The trick is helping these girls learn these skills without becoming overly focused on the temporal or become materialistic. I think that Weider does a decent job at doing that. The "tips and tricks" that she passes along are useful. However, I think that she maybe goes a little overboard in the area of makeup - perhaps that's because I struggle with girls using so much of the stuff these days and hide their true beauty behind a "mask".

I think that Weider has a great "voice" to which young girls can relate. My daughter previously hated jean jackets. Suddenly, after reading that Nicole Weider loves them, my daughter has a love for jean jackets. Go figure.

I like the way Weider ties in the Bible and its teachings with living a life filled with an inner beauty that overflows to the outside. She is believable and likable. I think her book fills a void in a market saturated with petty materialism.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Friday, August 07, 2015

Book Review - God, Mankind and Eternity: The Six Chapters of Man by Oscar L. Avant


God, Mankind and Eternity: The Six Chapters of Man  is written by Oscar L. Avant and is published by WestBow Press.

First of all, I think that Oscar L. Avant is a very intellectual author. For the first couple of chapters of this book, I found myself reading and re-reading in order to fully grasp what he is saying. Once I got past the tough stuff, I found the book interesting. In many ways, Avant expressed what I believe about spirituality to be true. A lot is said about the Holy Spirit, one third of the Godhead. Quite a bit is also said of Satan, another spirit, albeit a very evil one. Avant helps to explain what a spirit really is.

I did find myself, on a few points, disagree with Avant. He makes mention early in the book something to the fact that the six days of creation are not necessarily a literal 24-hour-days, but perhaps thousand-year days. This is subtle, as he weaves in this thought while writing about the creation of the universe and of the earth.

All things said, I did like this book, but I cannot say that I love it or agree with absolutely everything written inside of it. While I found it interesting, the everyday layperson or non-Christian might have a whole lot of trouble getting past the first chapter.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Monday, August 03, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - August 3


Our menu this week includes items our kids can make in our absence. It is time to spend a weekend in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to celebrate (belated) our 28th wedding anniversary!

Monday

Gluten-free Pancakes and Waffles
Sausages

Tuesday

Amanda & Mom eat out (boys gone camping w/hubby)

Wednesday

Crockpot Pilaf
Oven-fried Chicken

Thursday

Roast Beef & Root Veggies (slow cooker)

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Sloppy Joes
Potato Chips

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher by Randy Petersen


The Printer and the Preacher is written by Randy Petersen and is published by Thomas Nelson.

I wanted to read The Printer and the Preacher because I just have a love of history and a love of God. Combine both and it should be a good read. I am happy to say that, although this book started out slow, it gained momentum with each chapter and I was hooked. I was simply amazed to learn how much both Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield had in common. The probability that they were good friends was icing on the cake.

I read reviews that some have left concerning this book and their dislike of it. Most of those reviewers felt there isn't enough meat in its pages. I tend to disagree. I think the author makes a good argument for his case - that the two men were friends that stood the test of time. They were certainly both influential in the shaping of our nation and they both spoke not only of each other in their writings, but to each other through written correspondence. One thing that I found sad is that though Whitefield had an influence over Franklin, he did not sway him to a personal saving faith in Christ.

The writing style of Randy Petersen is good and is really much like my own; perhaps that is why I enjoyed the book. I find it logical and thorough. I certainly enjoyed it.

*I received a copy of The Printer and the Preacher in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Menu Plan Monday - July 20

Short and sweet this week.

Monday

Grilled Pork Chops
Homemade Bread with Apple Butter
Baked Potatoes
Fresh Peas
Fruit

Tuesday

Taco Salads
Homemade Salsa with Chips

Wednesday

Beef and Noodles
Salads
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday

Marinated Grilled Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Salads

Friday

Pizza and Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill
Chips & Dip
Potato Salad

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, July 13, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - July 13



I've been busy in the garden - it's starting to produce! How's yours coming along?

Monday

Sicilian Supper
Green Beans
Fresh Salad Greens
Carrot/Banana Cake (gluten-free, made with almond flour)

Tuesday

BLTs
Salads

Wednesday

Spanish Rice
Salads

Thursday

Steaks on grill
Baked Potatoes
Fresh Stir-fried Snap Peas

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Fettuccine Alfredo
Soft Garlic Bread
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, July 06, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - July 6


I hope those of you in the United States had a great time celebrating our country's birthday this weekend. I watched fireworks while sitting in my driveway. The bar across the road purchases the big stuff and puts on quite a show. This year did not disappoint us. Here are a few highlights:





Now it's time to get back to routine. Our meal plans are as follows:

Monday

Chunky Cream of Tomato Soup
Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Blueberry Pie

Tuesday

(use gluten-free flour)
Wild Rice
Cauliflower

Wednesday

Beef Burritos
Chips & Salsa

Thursday

Roast Beef
Carrots & Potatoes

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the grill
Chips & Dip
Warm Potato Salad
Fresh Fruit

Sunday

On Your Own