Monday, June 04, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - June 4


Happy first Monday in June! I would like to say that we have beautiful summer-like weather here up north, but that would be a lie. It struggles to get into the sixties (Fahrenheit) right now. For me, that is frustrating.

My husband has the week off of work, so he is helping to make some of the suppers. Since he makes a mess when he cooks, I'm not sure if that is a blessing or not. I will let you know.

I don't have a vegan plan for you this week. To be honest, I have jumped off of the vegan ship for a bit. My digestive system was way out of whack because of all of the carbohydrates I was getting that I needed to get more variety. I am feeling better and will slowly add more carbs back in. That said, I will let you know that I am still whole foods, mostly plant based, just not eating starchy carbs at the moment.

Here's the plan:

Monday

Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli

Tuesday

BBQ Chicken Thighs
Roasted Root Vegetables

Wednesday

Taco Salad

Thursday

Left-overs

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Cheeseburger Bowls

Sunday

On Your Own

Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard



I Can Only Imagine is written by Bart Millard, with Robert Noland, and is published by Thomas Nelson.

I have not watched the movie, I Can Only Imagine, yet. I wanted to wait and read the book first. I am glad I waited because I think this book adds more back-story to the movie. Of course it would, because a movie is only two hours or so long. How can you fit many years into that?

Having now read the book, I can tell you that the story is a compelling one. Bart Millard went through some very challenging times with his father. Some of the things that this man used to do to his son are beyond words. Given that background, I am surprised that Bart and his brother both grew up to be well-adjusted people. That took time and the Holy Spirit, however.

By the time I had finished reading I Can Only Imagine, I could only sit back and say, "Wow."

This book itself is sort of different to read. It seems like the time periods get tossed around. It is more like a book broken down into different life experience sections rather than a book following a logical progression of time. There are some photos that are fun to look at and help the reader to visualize some of the people involved.

Overall, I enjoyed reading I Can Only Imagine, and I look forward to now watching the movie of the same title.

*I received a copy of I Can Only Imagine in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Monday, April 30, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - April 30


The snow is finally melting and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is currently (at 5:50 p.m.) 69 degrees here in the north and sunny! Isn't God good? After all, He did promise that the winter would not last forever (seasons change until He returns). I am so grateful for the warmth and the promise of summer.

My plan is simple. Vegan choices are marked with an *.

Monday

Gluten-free Goulash
Tossed Salad*
Cantaloupe*
Zucchini Spice Cake

Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Breasts
Baked Potatoes*
Steamed Cauliflower*

Wednesday

Grilled Steaks
Vegan Potato Salad*
Green Beans*

Thursday

Taco Salads (make vegan by omitting meat and cheese)
Chips & Salsa*
Chili Con Queso Dip

Friday

Pizza & Pop
(vegan pizza too)*

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill
White Bean Burgers*
Baked Beans*
Tossed Salad*

Sunday

On Your Own

Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Review: Raising Passionate Jesus Followers by Phil and Diane Comer


Raising Passionate Jesus Followers is written by Phil and Diane Comer and is published by Zondervan.

This is one book that is much needed in today's world, despite the fact that there are oodles of self-help books available to help parents raise children. Intentional parenting is all the rage right now, especially among those upper and middle class folks who want to do the right thing for their children. The sad fact is that many of those self-help books are not Biblical and can set the reader on a course for disaster.

This particular book, Raising Passionate Jesus Followers, is written with a strong Scriptural emphasis of which the base is Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the authors have successfully raised four well-adjusted children.

My own children are almost completely raised (I have five) and I was able to still avidly read the first chapters that relate to raising younger children. However, when I got to the chapters regarding teenagers and young adults, I was hooked. The book is written in an engaging manner that helps keep you reading, but the content is what is the best. The authors have gleaned much insight from their years of parenting. They are not perfect, but putting their faith and trust in the Lord and His Scriptures, they were able to do the job well.

I highly recommend Raising Passionate Jesus Followers to any parent who wants to raise children the "... way in which they should go ..." (Proverbs 22:6)

*I received a copy of Raising Passionate Jesus Followers in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Book Review: The Rescue by Jim Cymbala



The Rescue: Seven People, Seven Amazing Stories is written by Jim Cymbala, with Ann Spangler, and is published by Zondervan.

My first thoughts about this little book is that it is short - filled with short stories - but is powerfully packed. There are seven true stories about people who have dramatically come to Jesus when they were at the end of their ropes. These people include a flight attendant, a homeless man, a drug runner, a teenage mom, and more. They come from various backgrounds, but have the same basic story: they were lost but are now found.

The stories in The Rescue are short enough to read in one sitting but they really do pack a punch. They begin in despair and end in triumph. They show the reader that there is hope, always hope.

I can't end this review without mentioning that all of the stories end well because the people who lived them gave themselves over completely to Jesus Christ, not because they did anything else that the world might say they should. The common thread running throughout the stories is that God worked in ways that they did not understand and through many people to bring about their trust in Him. It's what it's all about.

*I received a copy of The Rescue in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Monday, April 09, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - April 9


Happy April 9, 2018 - I think. We still have snow here. Yesterday, there were snowmobiles everywhere having a lot of fun in the two to three feet we have on the ground. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, and I'm talking highs in the low forties, perhaps some of the snow will melt and we can have a real spring.

This week's menu is a blend of my vegan choices and my family's carnivorous ones. Hopefully something will inspire you in your own meal planning. The vegan choices are marked with an asterisk*.

Monday

Roast Beef
Carrots
Potatoes

Tuesday

BLT Sandwiches
*Oven-roasted Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday

*Spaghetti
Meatballs
*Salads

Thursday

*Baked Potatoes
*Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Grilled Burgers

Sunday

On Your Own

Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Review - Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering by Sarah Young


Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering by Sarah Young is published by Thomas Nelson.

I am intrigued with adult coloring books. I have found that they do, oftentimes, relax a person. However, coloring books that are too involved, i.e. tiny, intricate designs, sometimes have the opposite effect on me. I become jittery when the pages are so detailed that coloring requires the deepest of concentration and the steadiest of hand.

Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book, for the most part, is not that involved and intricate. The designs are fairly simple, yet beautiful. Hand lettering is also a part of the book, which you may or may not choose to do. The book includes, however, a tutorial on how to do the lettering.

The book also includes such wonderful additions as Jesus Calling quotes and Scripture, as well as perforated pages.

So far, I really like this coloring book. It is more friendly to the adult who is not quite so artistic but wants to relax and have fun with a bit of art. The designs are lovely and definitely do pair well with the total theme of the book.

*I received a copy of Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*


Monday, March 26, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - March 26



I think the temperature actually reached 50 degrees Fahrenheit today! Perhaps spring has actually come to northern Michigan this year? We can only hope.

With spring comes thoughts of fun, spring foods. In the menu plan below, I have combined vegan foods with my family's usual meaty fare. I am trying to sneak the vegan stuff into my loved ones' lives.

Monday

Herbed Steaks
Creamed Corn
Homemade Bread
Delicata Squash
Rhubarb Pie

Tuesday

Meatloaf
Cauliflower

Wednesday

Pasta
Salads
Garlic Bread

Thursday

Tacos

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Veggie Burgers
Potato Salad

Easter Sunday

Baked Ham
Cheesy Potatoes
Potage Cressonier
Green Bean Casserole
Dinner Rolls