Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Neighbor's Two Day Old Goat

Isn't she adorable?! Her mama wouldn't accept her, so Annie is feeding her by hand. She can't weight 5 pounds.
She doesn't like to stand on grass, so here she's sprinting onto the sidewalk!
She won't eat from the bottle unless Annie puts it between her legs like this.
(I do not have permission from Annie to put her picture on the blog. In fact, she said "No", but if anyone wants me to, I can email a couple pictures of her and the baby goat to you.)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Not Blogging

It feels so boring that I haven't blogged in forever, but honestly, there's so much going on that I don't know what to talk about! Random thoughts - *** the bunnies have been set free from their cages within the confines of the greenhouse, and seem to be very happy. There are all sorts of attempts at tunneling out, but thus far the landscapers fabric under the gravel seems to have them stopped. I almost bought a tiny new bunny the other day - the sweetest velvety-black thing - and in the nick of time found out that it was a male. No can do with the two females we already have! *** The Easter choir is coming together really well. It's a pretty small group, around twenty or so?, but really good sounds. *** Tomatoes have been transplanted into four inch pots, and for their (and our) sake it really needs to be warmer at night now so they can go live in the greenhouse! Our little planting room is becoming much too small. Side note - will have plenty of tomato plants to give away! *** The Lord is still blessing us with plenty of work. *** Planning a getaway for our Bible study at the coast. I really can't wait for a bit of a break at a beach house in Bandon. ***Still following the Lord step by step towards a widow's ministry. *** It would be fun to be a private chef. *** I think those are quite enough random thoughts for now. I hope I can get to bed early tonight.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Zona's Teriyaki Sauce

The assembled ingredients:
Okay, so here is Zona's Teriyaki Recipe:
1 Cup soy sauce
1/2 Cup oil (1 Tbsp of it toasted sesame oil if you have it)
1/2 Cup - well, you have a choice here. I started out making this with Peach Margarita mix (since I never got around to making the actual deal and it needed to be used up), but ran out, so today substituted homemade plum jam. I think the issue is fruitiness.
1 clove grated fresh garlic
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 Cup brown sugar, preferably organic
1 Cup honey
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
I mixed this in my food processor, but a whisk works too.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to - who decides how long food lasts in the refrigerator? Do they keep it in the door or at the back? 'Cause that makes a difference! I have used one batch for up to a month, although it doesn't usually last that long. And yes, that is my original Tupperware Bug's Life juice pitcher in play here. Works great.
Tonight I chopped and sauteed in batches: celery, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and sweet onion, then quickly browned cubed chicken breast, deglazed the pan with a little water, added and brought to a boil about 1/2 Cup of the teriyaki sauuce and thickened with a little water mixed with corn starch. Added the chicken back to the pan stirred in with the sauce; served chicken and veggies over white rice with another drizzle of the teriyaki sauce for good measure. Of course, wild and/or brown rice would have been even better.
There was a serious amount of food (a family pack of chicken breast, for example) prepared for three teens and three adults. All that remains is a small amount of rice and a few pieces of chicken. Consumed.
I hope you make and enjoy this easy and very tasty sauce!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good Feelings

The sun just came and peeked at me from under the edge of the gray blanket I've been beneath all day. And a ladybug has suddenly alit on the log's register page where I am industriously working. And at teacher conferences today, I heard such very nice things about my boys. Good things. I'm thankful.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Poetry Wednesday

The Love of God
by Fred­er­ick M. Leh­man

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Great Post on Giving

What a great post about four non-Christians and their entirely godly position on giving. Randy's comments are so good!

Prayer, Please

Yesterday Irene Tansy, a wonderful Christian native sister from Copper Center, was accidently run over and killed by her elderly husband. (See story at Please cover the village and surrounding community in prayer as they try to deal with this huge loss. Comfort, strength, trust.