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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Giving Spinach A Second Look


If you've ever looked at the challenge of trying to consume 400 mg of magnesium in a day, you know that it's not an easy feat.  Dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds and avocado are some of the other beneficial sources of magnesium that are often neglected.  Although I know some of you have a good handle on the dark chocolate! 

Spinach has 24 mg per 1 cup cooked (you'll need 3-4 cups raw as it cooks down).  It is considered one of the dirty dozen in our supermarkets, meaning it's best to buy organic to not ingest all the pesticides.  Spinach has a high nutritional value, especially when fresh, frozen, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source (> 20% of the Daily Value) of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron

With the grilled chicken and almond pesto, I used a few herbs from my garden and olive oil to add some essential fatty acids to the finished recipe.  After cooking, I poured the almond pesto on top.  Some will say that you can't call it pesto without the basil, but I guess I'm not following the pesto rules.

Recipe-
Heat through spinach in coconut oil

When it comes to high heat cooking, coconut oil or macadamia nut oil are very resistant to heat. Coconut oil is semi-solid at room temperature and it can last for months and years without going rancid.

Coconut oil also has powerful health benefits. It is particularly rich in a fatty acid called Lauric Acid, which can improve cholesterol and help kill bacteria and other pathogens. Polyunsaturated oils, including the omega-3 fats (olive oil), are extremely susceptible to damage from heat, light, and oxygen.

When exposed to these elements for too long, the fatty acids in the oil become oxidized, a scientific term that simply means that the oil becomes rancid. The oxidation of fatty acids produces free radicals, which are believed to play a role in the development of cancer and other degenerative diseases.

After cooking add the pesto-
1-2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. fresh parsley (come see me next summer for a stash!)
1/2 t. garlic salt or 1/4 t. garlic powder + 1/8 t. salt
Mixed in the food processor or blender until smooth.
Add 1/4 c. soaked, raw, unpasturized almonds and chop until partially blended

September 1, 2007 - The Day the Raw Almonds Died in North America
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022035_almonds_pasteurization_raw.html#ixzz3FabHk1fe

On Reasons & Procedures for Soaking Nuts:
http://www.momsaware.org/natural-year-challenge-food/month-8-soak-sprout.html
To purchase raw, unpasturized almonds:
http://www.foodtolive.com/

In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains 62 mg of magnesium plus 162 mg of potassium. Beings that this meal is suppling the Omega-6 fatty acids, look for ways to add in the Omega-3's. This chart shows how Essential Fatty Acids (needed everyday, that's why they're essential!) are metabolized.  (from www.lifesavingfats.com)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Shepherding...Or So it Seems

"Have a Happy Family by Friday" and "The Storm Inside" were two books I read this week.  Nice and easy beings that one was from my mother-in-law and the other from the library.  "The Storm Inside" by Sheila Walsh tackles some interesting concepts like shame. I latched onto a new verse and learned about galbanum.

It reads in Exodus 30, 34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”

Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) has an earthy aroma. It was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointings associated with springtime. Galbanum supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems. It is also useful as an aid for troubled or mature skin. Galbanum has an approximate ORAC of 261,826 (TE/L).

Galbanum has an intense green fragrance with woody and balsamic elements. Often described as earthy or forest-like, this fragrance compound is valued for its ability to impart a rich, spicy green scent. Perfumers use galbanum both as a strong top note in "green" fragrances and as a base note in combination with musk and/or chypre elements such as oakmoss and pine.

Fragrances for women that feature the perfume ingredient galbanum include Chanel No. 19, Guerlain Vol De Nuit, Cartier Must, Balmain Vent Vert, Fresh Galbanum Patchouli and Azzaro Couture.

"Have a Happy Family by Friday" by Kevin Leman brought be back to my children and their strengths and weaknesses.  I'm excited that it's spurred on a family devotion that I'm preparing for this weekend. 

My favorite part was when Leman referenced some research he'd done for "Shepherd."  He said a group of psychologists recorded a shepherd's voice and dressed another person like him to imitate his persona among the sheep.  Fortunately, the sheep know their shepherd's voice so closely that a recorded version doesn't quite do the trick.  The next book I need to find is one Sara Grove's recommended.  "Long Obedience in the Same Direction" by Eugene Peterson-who's read it?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

Any book that chronicles the life of Julia Child should have the same amount of perseverance in its formation to match Child's career path.  Jessie Hartland's efforts of writing and illustration are top notch, and she grew up watching episodes of "The French Chef" and enjoys cooking herself. 


Jessie Hartland is a New York City-based commercial artist and writer and illustrator of books for children. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s and put her mark on ceramics, watches and all sorts of other things.
She has done drawings for many magazines and newspapers such as: the New York Times, Travel and Leisure Family, Martha Stewart Kids, Bon Appetit, and Fit Pregnancy.

In working through this non-fiction book with a 4th grader, we found approximately 25 new vocabulary words.  We also found out that Julia Child once painted a toliet seat red as a prank!



Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture book biography, told in many panels and jam-packed with lively, humorous, and child-friendly details.

Japan Connections

Sae was our 12 year old Japanese exchange student, and second her name is pronounced like the word “Hi,” only with an “S.” --the following post was written by my daughter Olana Noble after her LABO exchange experience.         
 
When she got to Sioux Falls she was a little tired, but luckily she didn’t get jetlag like most of the kids that came. We managed to open the gifts that she brought for us that day. The gifts were some Japanese coins and kimonos.

After that, it was time for bed. She was staying in my bedroom. We wore the kimonos to church the next morning.
One of the best memories with her was camping at Palisades State Park. I remember singing “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles all the way there. Another thing we did with her was go to the Little House on the Prairie place in DeSmit. I remember the tiny kittens that I fell in love with. I think her favorite thing that we did was going to my great grandparents lake cabin. We went tubing and ate a lot of food. One of my last memories with Sae is of a little stuffed chick in a cracked, stuffed egg that she got attached to and would make it “speak.” She named it Ha HaHa.
When she got home to Japan her first meal was seal. She emailed us and told us her grandma wanted to wash Ha HaHa, but she wouldn’t let her. She told her grandma it smelled like the Noble’s house. The last thing she wrote is something I will remember forever. It is that she was homesick for Sioux Falls.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Relationships Workbook by Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott

The Relationships Workbook by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott was published in 1998 and then again in 2002.  It's a great resource for looking at the needs of friendships and marriages.  I'm currently looking at it again because of having a teenage daughter.  There are chapters for further study that include "Falling in Love Without Losing Your Mind" and "The Bonds That Bind/Drawing the Line."
also include several other references to boks of interest on these topics.



For review, I plan to read again the following passages:

Genesis 29:18 tells the story of Jacob falling in love with Rachel.

Judges 16 shows the serious consequences of Samson losing his mind as he falls for Delilah.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 talks about the powerful experience of being in love.

For teens, the time considering their emotional bonding in their relationships in conjuction with the physical bonding is essential.  Think of the "side hug" as a close bond with someone, being careful to make a commitment to another person before allowing oneself to express physical care.  Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott site the following progression:

1.  Eye to body
2.  Eye to eye
3.  Voice to voice
4.  Hand to hand
5.  Hand to shoulder
6.  Hand to waist
7.  Face to face

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University, a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of a good relationship. Les Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology, and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist, both at SPU. The Parrotts are authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, The Marriage Mentor Manual, Mentoring Engaged and Newlywed Couples (video Groupware kit), Questions Couples Ask, Like a Kiss on the Lips, Getting Ready for the Wedding, and Relationships. They are frequent guest speakers and have written for a variety of magazines. Their relationship work has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times as well as on CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah.    

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Kate Coomb's "Water Sings Blue" was a book I found because I was looking for non-fiction for a fourth grade reader.  Although I sought it out for the poetry, I ended up being the most impressed with the illustrator.  Meilo So, by her own biography was "Madie in Hong Kong.  Packaedg in England," and "Domiciled in the Shetland Islands," and to end her description states, "Delicate: contains one life." 

Inside "Water Sings Blue" the colors were vibrant and the whimsy over the combination of the sea turle and the verse was adorable.

There's a wide green map
on sea turtle's back.
Currents?  She knows
their flows, never slows,
needn't stop for directions
wherever she goes,
flapping her elegant
paddle-shaped toes. 

Meilo So's website intrigued me further with her designs for food packaging as well as another children's title "Alex the Parrot" by Stephanie Spinner. Looks like I have another book to discover.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missing Pieces Review

Product DetailsThis was a note I sent to Jennifer Rothschild about a bible study of hers that we completed...Thank you Jennifer for all your work (and your team's) on Missing Pieces. It was very helpful to me as well as two additional couples in our small group. I especially was blessed by how you flipped the question of "Why pain?" to "Why grace?" I think that is a valid point and I loved the song you wrote to go with that message. Our last meeting we heard that others were blessed by ...your gifts of teaching and preparation in the study. Initially to convey some of the struggle of being blind, we had the two couples did through a bag blindfolded and try to identify with the objects. My husband and I decided to put our clothes away together in our closet blindfolded. I found that it was more difficult to navigate to the bedroom than to put the laundry away, so when you pointed out that blindness and menopause do not make a good combination...I could easily see how that was true, and I'm only in my thirties.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Disappointment with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company


Worldviews clash, and it's not a surprise anymore. With the increase in special interest groups lobbying in education reform, I feel a responsibility to examine literature presented to my children.  There's always an underlying message to any story, and if we're not watchful to look for these messages, we may start to infer mistruths that can misdirect thoughts and actions. 
 
I'm writing this summary for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company as well as for Gary Soto the author, to review my opinion over what they've published and expect teachers to use. It's disappointing to me, and I hope you will see what I regard as forward and disrespectful in your textbook for 7th graders.  Fortunately, most of the images you see when you search Google for 7th graders are sports teams and girls with their friends.  This is how it should be -- not like how your exemplifying in one of the first inclusions included in the McDougal Littell Literature textbook. 
 
From a Christian's standpoint, if you look at 1 Timothy 5:2 it asks that people look at young women as sisters. From this standpoint, a female friend (especially a 7th grader) should be someone fun to be around and talk to, but should not be looked at as future marriage material.  We need to encourage our kids to be kids -- not to be looking for love before their time.  Although the emotions surrounding new love and relationships are good, if we elevate those we do not present the full reality that the purpose of the fire of new love is to have that to hang onto and reignite those feelings in the thickets of marriage, we are doing them a huge injustice.  I want my children to know that as much as it's great to meet someone and love them, to sustain that relationship takes much perseverance and grace.  Perhaps our publishers should try to find a story that hits this point home. Just like it's much easier to make a Dora Explorer video where there's stealing from Swiper and bad behavior than a Barney video that's showing polite actions and conversations, the ease in which external features and actions like good looks and lust get into textbooks needs to be examined. 
 
Read the highlights from Gary Soto's story...these are my three top complaints about the ways the 7th grade readers are guided.
1.  Boys are encouraged to take note of physical attributes to the point of lust.
2.  The adult teacher in the story affirms the boys forward actions and supports presenting mistruths to impress people. He is a connection point to discuss dating relationships.
3.  Just in case you missed these inferences, the literary analysis hones in on the adult-like behaviors.  Our children should not be reading things that increase curiosity about dating relationships, as they still have high school and college to get through (and it's much easier without changing diapers, midnight feedings and making sure they're sleeping early or late so you can study). Ultimately, everyone makes their own choices and there are college students who are great parents and happy to be so, but really what does this push our children towards?  Please think about it...  I know I do!
 
 
  








Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4th Annual Poetry Party


Lots of new friends at this party, Heather wrote one last year on Neon Colors!
The kids enjoyed the sharing time




My poem was inspired by Chad!


Sharing a tender moment
Slow down, say hello
Stop, and go
Time seals the deal
Chemistry's course
Is deep, a warming light
Lovebirds' delight


Monday, February 24, 2014

A bigger pearl?

We started a new record of what we're thankful for as a family.  The notebook says "Wow" on the cover and it's sitting in the center of our dining room table.
It was a catalyst for our devotional time yesterday.

Chad read through a commentary that likened our struggles and their harvest to that of an irritant in a pearl -- the bigger the irritant, the more we will grow from it, and as the pearl grows larger from bigger rocks and intruders, so does our experience of God and His opportunity to shape us.

As we talked about the sifting in our lives to move us to the west side, we were grateful.  We filled a whole notebook page and at the end of it, I really wanted to add being thankful for meeting Sandy, which led me to my former and current job, as well as praying weekly with Amy, Sharon and Laura, which has blessed our children and family immensly.






80's Party






















Thursday, February 13, 2014

Christmas 2013

Enjoyed dancing with Chad at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls.  It was a 20's theme & Kara helped me with my hair!
....time to mourn and a time to dance Ecc. 3:4

Friday, November 22, 2013

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