Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bible Marginalia-Glorify Him

Bible Marginalia Series- #271

Psalm 69:30
A napkin has a different 
version than in my Bible.
Glorify Him with Thanksgiving.
Magnify Him with Thanksgiving.
I think I like BOTH words.
Glorify-to praise and worship
Magnify-extol; glorify.
The term magnify is considered archaic.
Maybe that is something to consider.
Do I take time in private and public
 to give God praise?
Singing isn't my easiest thing.
In fact- it is kinda of hard.
But, my mind sings the melodies well.
I will sing songs of praise.
God is worthy.
This Thanksgiving Day-
it is a good reminder.
Thank You Heavenly Father.

Supplies:
Napkin
Tri-Art Clear Gesso
Leaf cut-outs from 
Vintage Ideals Magazine Covers
Fine-point Sharpie pen-non-bleeding
Watercolors 





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Counting Blessings

 Favors every year made New!

In everything give thanks!

For He is good-
His love endures forever!
Quiet reflections- 
in awe of His favor.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

NOLA- Cooking Class


A great way to experience
 a bit of New Orleans?
Enroll in a cooking class.
We went with Crescent City Cooks.
It was a cooking class, local history lesson,
 and lunch- all in one.
A lovely shop at the entrance.
And a really cool wall of old windows.
We signed up for the 2 hour session 
that includes getting to
 eat the wonderful food.
Our chef and host was Lynn.
 We learned that Creole means- "from New Orleans." 
It is a Haitian, French and Spanish term
 that means- this spot of dirt.
 The wealthy French imported butter and flour.
Cows didn't last long in the swamps and bayous.
They became "trapped" 
and looked like lunch on a platter.
 Locals had to invent ways to cook 
without the expensive flour and butter
 of the wealthy.
 The Cajuns were the salt farmers in 
France who went to Nova Scotia
 and became the Acadians- 150 years ago.
Some later settled in the New Orleans area.
The Cajun people had simple values ~ 
God, family, really good food, and whiskey.
Here is the Chicken and Andouille Gumbo.
British called Okra- lady fingers.
Gumba is West African and means okra,
and was used instead of the scarce flour
 for adding depth, 
and thickening to soups.
When it simmers for a long time.
it cooks the okra sliminess away.
Creole foods will generally have a Red Sauce.
Cajun foods will have a brown sauce.
 The "Holy Trinity" in NOLA cooking
 is onions, peppers and celery. 
Key to this cooking is a good roux
 for gumbo that becomes a Nutella color.
Tips:
Don't use light-weight aluminum or Teflon pans. 
You need a heavy bottom pot- cast iron is great/
Save garlic for last.
Add stock a bit at a time.
File- Ground Sassafras leaves
also works to add body to gumbo.
                                                                            Pat Maier
We also had Shrimp etoufee.
In French, the word "étouffée
means "smothered".
A good étouffée roux is spent butter color.
 Étouffée can be made
 using different shellfish, 
the most popular version of the dish
 being Crawfish Étouffée, 
although shrimp is also used. 
Originally étouffée was a popular dish
 in the Acadian area 
surrounding Breaux Bridge. 
 In the late twentieth century 
a waiter at the popular Bourbon Street
 restaurant Galatoire's
 brought the dish in to his employer to try. 
It is now a New Orleans main stay.
                                                                             Pat Maier
Banana's Foster- 
made famous by Brennan's Restaurant.
Bananas Foster worked as a NOLA dessert:
1) no oven necessary- it's too hot already!
2) the alcohol goes in...and stays in!
3) NOLA is all about entertaining- 
and when people see it flame you hear,
"OOOO, AHHHHH."

We also enjoyed some slow-stirred pralines.
 A wonderful BIG EASY experience.
14 wives of the Council of Presidents 
enjoyed this event together!

Friday, November 17, 2017

NOLA- Highlights-1

 So- what is Iconic on a trip to New Orleans?
Mardi Gras- perhaps. 
A visit at the Mardi Gras Museum 
in Jackson Square at the Respositere.
 And Food?  Bananas Foster at Brennans, 
and grits in all kinds of ways.
And more food.  
Pralines and Gumbo and Beignets.
And Bourbon.
With the signature drink
 at the Bourbon House.
And the Garden District.
With shot-gun houses, 
above-ground cemeteries and 
ironwork.

And gorgeous late fall sunsets
 between buildings.
 A memorable visit to a Cajun, Creole, 
Southern city.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Visual Faith- Prayer Cards

 Praying for some friends 
going through 
challenging times right now.
 Using this small post card size 
set of images and Bible verses.
                                                                   Color and pray.
                                             Pray and color.
                                     However the Holy Spirit

                                         guides my prayers.
                                     Using the printed verse

                                 and as connections are made.
The back has a place for a note, 
an address to send,
 and a spot for a return address.
You can find these in CHOICE book carousels
in gas stations and grocery stores.
They are also in Christian book stores
 and online HERE:
Color-Gods-Love-postcards

The cards come in a pack of 20.
So, if you can't picture yourself 
hand-drawing or doodling a card to color,
this just might be for you.
The person receiving the card 
will know that you gave a great gift-
your time.
To stop the flow of life, and sit a spell.
The coloring allows me to stay focused, 
and linger a bit over Scripture, 
and hold them up in prayer.
That's a special blessing-
for both the giver 
and the one who opens the mailbox.

Monday, November 13, 2017

1000 Posts

It was on my radar awhile back--  
maybe about 980.
And then it slid by. Right on by.
Yes, the official count is 1008 blog posts.
If you would have suggested that number
six years ago when I first hit publish,
it would have been overwhelming
 to think about the possibility.
So what have I learned in the 1000 posts?


1.    I work out, sort out, mark my life in these posts.
2.    I notice things I'd probably miss-
       with a growing eye for photo taking. 
3.    I started writing these posts for the sake of my family
       having the information, and I still write with that purpose.
4.    Now I know that you can turn your blog posts into a
       published book, so they are also in "hardcopy" form.
5.    There is an amazing online community of bloggers.
6.    It is possible to just keep on writing, and writing,
       without the tug to monetize.
7.    Sometimes the least likely topic will have many, many hits.
8.    Once in awhile, 
       I might be the only person who has read a post.
9.    Words of affirmation and relevancy do matter.
10.  Writing has really helped me to become more articulate.
11.   I didn't expect it to actually be FUN.
12.   I started without any set rules of "must post this often"
        and that is still working out just fine.
13.   My husband has read maybe 10 posts, so he really hasn't 
        edited much of our life in writing. smile.....
14.   I love having the addition of Grandwonders to write about     
        now too.  (stealing that term from my friend Hadassah)
15. The spiritual discipline of writing these posts has blessed
       me in more ways than I can count.
16.   And most of all?  It has been His grace and faithfulness.
                    And so just another post..........

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bible Marginalia- Be Merciful

Bible Marginalia Series- #270

Luke 18:13
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Sometimes it is easy to fall in
  line thinking I am somehow better
 than the next person.
Either by birth, education, 
or accomplishments. 
The story of the Pharisee 
and the tax collector 
sets it out pretty plainly.
A prideful heart does not
 bode well with the Lord.
 I fall so far from the mark.
I cannot meet the demands
 of perfection in any way at all.
I give thanks for such great Good News-
of Gospel grace. 

"God, 
be merciful to me a sinner.
Give me a humble heart in all things.
Let your kindness and mercy 
gently pull me back 
when I move in anyway to exalt myself.
Give me the grace to fall before you as 
you bend my Spirit to your will." Amen.

Supplies:
NIV Noteworthy New Testament
Pat Maier margin
Colored pencils 
Washi tape 
printed doodle card