Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I Am Midnight

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.
I found this at Sarah's blog and couldn't resist.

Four!

Yes, I went golfing!!! AHHH!
And.....drumroll please..... I REALLY LIKED IT !!
Ok, here is the story....Hubby has asked me several times if I thought I might like to try golfing with him. Now, I am always up for something new, so of course, I agreed (in discussion) that I would like to try, but only if we walked the course and didn't ride a golf cart (I wanted the excersize, and I figured that the requirement of extra physical exertion may help determine the seriousness of his offer). Well, lo and behold, this year, for our 8th anniversary, my hubby surprised me with my own used set of starter women's clubs, and a date for the two of us to spend Saturday morning playing 9 at a local golf course.
I was so excited, because this was some great quality time with my hubby, and it would allow me to share with him something that I know he enjoys.
I didn't do too bad, ladies. I was actually only one over par on one hole, and pretty much stayed on the fairway (the long green path to the hole :)) most of the time. I didn't lose my ball, which is better than hubby did, and I didn't lose my temper, 'cause I didn't care about keeping a score!
Golf is very calming, as long as you don't take yourself, or your game too seriously. It is also one of those few sports that, no matter how badly you do overall, you can count on at least one good shot to reflect upon, meaning that if you choose, it can always be a "good game".
Now, I not only plan on keeping my clubs, I also need a glove for my left hand, and my hubby and I are planning details for a monthly golfing date!
I think the thing I loved most about this Saturday wasn't the game, the good shots, or the beautiful course, but rather it was the realization that after 8 years of marriage, hubby and I can still find new things that we enjoy doing together. Cool.

Friday, July 07, 2006

An Alabaster Flask


I finally got this print framed, and I wanted to share it because it is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of art I own.
It was done by a local artist, Vicki Sides, and is a pencil rendering of the woman anointing Christ's feet with the precious perfume depicted in Luke 7.

V37: And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume).

V38: And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair on her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).

V39: Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who it touching Him - for she is a notorious sinner (a social outcast, devoted to sin).

V40: An Jesus, replying, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he answered, Teacher, say it.

V41: A certain lender of money [at interest] had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

V42: When they had no means of paying, he freely forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?

V43: Simon answered, The one, I take it, for whom he forgave and cancelled more. And Jesus said to him, You have decided correctly.

V44: Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

V45: You gave me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly.

V46: You did not anoint My head with [cheap, ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [costly, rare] perfume.

V47: Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her - because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.

V48: And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven!

Lord, let my heart be always as this woman's heart. I Thank You for allowing a sinner, such as myself, the honor of sitting at Your feet and loving You. I pray that my life be a sacrifice to You, sanctified by Your blood, and pleasing in Your sight. Thank You for the privilege of serving You and calling You my Lord.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Banana Bread Baby!

I just tried this recipe and it was AWESOME! So I wanted to share it for all my baker friends (and those who aren't but may want to try...You know who you are LOL).

They had 3lbs. of banana's at Sam's Club for .50!!! So, it goes without saying that even with my little monkey man, we had about 6 overripe bananas left that were going south quickly.

I visited one of my favorite sites, www.allrecipes.com, and searched for a banana bread recipe. This is the one I found.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix the above together in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together

  • 1/2 cup butter ( I used reduced-fat version)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used 6 TBsp of Splenda Brown Sugar baking blend)

Then, stir in

  • 2 eggs, beaten (I used Egg Beaters)
  • 2 & 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Now, add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Then pour into greased loaf pan (at least 9x5) and bake.

*Note: I added 3/4 cup of walnuts to my dry ingredients....no comments on nuts liking nuts, please!

The directions call for about 60-70 minutes cooking time. I covered my loaf with aluminum foil after about 50 minutes and it took another 20 minutes for a toothpick to come out clean.

YUMMY!! Give it a try...you just might be surprised.

Oh, and for my Weight Watcher friends, if you slice it into 12 pieces, with modifications, each piece is only 3 points!