Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The Gentle Revolutionaries is written by Don Lord and published by WestBow Press.
When I first took a glance at this book, I wondered whether it was nonfiction or fiction. I have since figured out, with the help of the description on Amazon.com, that it is historical fiction. That, of course, means a fictional account that might include real people but takes place in history - in times gone by.
The gist of the story is that two real-life American missionaries, Dan and Emelie Bradley, go to Thailand in 1835 with the desire to serve the Lord there by bringing others to Christ. They came from New York, in a district where women were generally accepted as equals to men socially. The couple became friends with a monk who later became king of Thailand (known as Siam at the time).
You might have heard about King Mongkut in Margaret Landon's The King of Siam. According to Don Lord, this story was mostly fabricated. The Gentle Revolutionaries tells the story more of the Bradleys - specifically Emelie - than the King of Thailand and the mission work there. The story moved slowly for me from the beginning. In fact, I never got through the entire book. I gave up somewhere near the middle. I found that Lord spent more time building up Emelie than anything else. While she might have been a very admirable person, the author could have moved things along quicker and showed us what contributions the couple made to Thailand and the king better. And in a more interesting way - with more intrigue or a stronger romance thread or SOMETHING.
Needless to say, I was not thrilled with this book, which is sad. I wanted to be. I think that Dan and Emelie Bradley, King Mongkut, and the historical Thailand deserve better.
*I received The Gentle Revolutionaries in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*
Monday, November 23, 2015
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
My Menu plan is below. To make green bean casserole gluten-free, just substitute a cream of mushroom soup (I am using Progresso this year) without adding milk for the condensed cream of mushroom soup usually called for in recipes. Omit the fried onions and substitute dried onions or even crushed Funyuns.
I have a gluten-free baking mix that I use to make pumpkin rolls (and any other cake roll) gluten-free. I swear you can't tell the difference between that and the original, wheat flour ones.
As for the wild rice stuffing, I will tweak it a little by adding celery and maybe adding and deleting certain spices. I will be using vegetable broth because I just love the flavor of it. I don't know yet if I want to stuff the turkey with it. Probably not.....
Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese
Alfredo Bowties with Sausage
Enchiladas with Spicy Beeftips
Chips & Salsa
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Gluten-free Green Bean Casserole
Gluten-free Pumpkin Rolls
Butterscotch Meringue Pie
Pizza and Pop
On Your Own
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Paleo Diet seems like a rehash of the Atkins Diet to me. With this diet, all processed foods are eliminated. That is wonderful. However, this diet is heavy on meat and animal protein. Grains and starches are cut out of the diet. Legumes and dairy are also avoided. Nuts, berries, some vegetables, and meat are the staples. This diet assumes that human beings evolved and that the diet is the original cave-man diet. I feel this is the real downfall of this particular diet. The Bible says that man is created in the image of God and the original diet was a vegan, raw foods diet (remember, there was no death until Cain killed Abel) and God only allowed meat into the diet after Noah's flood. If you want to say that is where the cave-man diet started, I guess I can give you that.
The Eating to Your Blood Type Diet is also interesting. With this diet, you eat certain foods (and avoid others) according to what blood type you have. For instance, if you are an A positive, you would follow these guidelines:
"When we discuss 'diet,' we are not talking necessarily about a weight loss plan, that's a side benefit to following this plan. We are actually discussing diet in the more traditional sense, meaning a way to eat," explains, Dr. D'Adamo. Type As flourish on a vegetarian diet - if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Many people find it difficult to move away from the typical meat and potato fare to soy proteins, grains and vegetables. But it is particularly important for sensitive Type As to eat their foods in as natural a state as possible: pure, fresh and organic. "I can't emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A. With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases." (http://www.dadamo.com/txt/index.pl?1003)
I think this is extremely interesting, because I am a type A and I do best with a vegetarian diet. Hmmmmm.
The Hallelujah Diet is a vegan one that follows the premise that God gave a vegan diet to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I have no problem with that. Those following this diet eat 80-85% of their food raw and the other 15-20% of their food cooked. The biggest problem I've had trying to follow this diet in the past is that I hate to give up coffee. I know, bad reason. It is also expensive, especially if you are the only person in the family who is willing to eat this way. I literally have to make two meals - one for me and one for the others in my family. So.....I do what I can and let go of the rest. This is the place that I turned to for help in learning to juice, by the way. They have great recipes and invaluable support.
The Daniel Plan is fairly new and, if you ask me, is probably the closest thing to following a balanced diet that I can find. Suzanne Somers follows a similar diet, but does not incorporate the religious aspect that Rick Warren does with this plan. Animal products are used, but should be organic and grass fed. Grains are rarely used and gluten is eliminated. Convenience foods are eliminated. This is a good all around plan for many.
I hope you have found a "grain" that you can use from this information. I believe that if we at least take the step to eat less convenience foods and more real foods, we'll all be a little (or a lot) healthier.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Home-made Dinner Rolls
Domenica's Rosemary Potatoes
Cherry Jam Pie
Spaghetti & Hamburger
Seasoned Wild Rice
Pizza & Pop
Harvest Dinner at Church
Leftovers in the evening
Monday, November 09, 2015
Happy Monday, everyone! Here is my planned menu for the week.
Perfect Pork Loin
Ruth's Split Pea Soup (minus the sausage)
Baked Ham Steaks
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Pizza & Pop
Lucky Black-eyed Pea Stew (Forks over Knives)
On Your Own
Monday, November 02, 2015
Happy National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo)! Are you in the midst of writing a novel? Have you always wanted to but lacked motivation? Do you just plain want to write a novel because it's on your bucket list? Whatever your reason, here is a great place at which to get started. And.....have fun with it.
As for my menu plan this week, I'm running short on time and short on inspiration. I am working on my own novel (which has been many years in the making), and working part-time at the public library at the branch I manage. We remodeled the library this summer/fall and are about ready to re-open. I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see the new and improved children's section. It's so beautiful!
Here's my plan this week:
Home-made Chicken Noodle Soup
Veggie Potato Skins
Home-made Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Crock-pot Pilaf (Vegan)
Corn on the Cob
Baked Pork Chops
No-bake Brownie Batter Bites (Gluten-free)
Macaroni & Cheese
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake
Pizza & Pop
On Your Own
Monday, October 26, 2015
Happy Monday! I have taken the Meatless Monday challenge and will be going with that for the next month. I generally don't eat meat much any day of the week, but my family does. Boy, will they be surprised when they find it is missing each Monday. Or....maybe they will not notice because the food is so flavorful. That is what I'm aiming at, and this week's plan starts it off with a bang.
Crock-pot Vegetable Soup is easy to make and is full of wonderful flavors. I simply saute some chopped onions, carrots, garlic, and celery in a bit of olive oil. Put all of this in the crock-pot and add: a quart of vegetable stock and whatever vegetables I have handy in the freezer or pantry. A couple of white potatoes and/or sweet potatoes add flavor and texture. I have tons of dehydrated zucchini slices in the freezer (ensures that they don't go bad if I didn't get all of the moisture out) so I throw a bit of that in too. I have a lot of Jerusalem artichokes fresh from the garden so I might peel and dice a few of them to add to my soup. They add a water chestnut type of flavor and crunch, so I will put them in at the end of the cooking cycle. Place the slow cooker on low setting and let the soup simmer for three hours or so. Now that the days and nights are getting cold here in Michigan, hot soup is just what is needed.
Crock-pot Vegetable Soup
Frozen Fruit Slush
Steaks on the grill
Sausage and Sour Kraut
Pizza & Pop
Layered Pudding Delight
Barbecue Meatballs with Noodles
On Your Own