Saturday, June 13, 2009

Today's Recipe For Healthy Eating If you don't know what to have for dinner tonight ... Add extra nutrition and a Mexican flair to your salad by adding black beans, grated low-fat cheese and salsa. The anthoycyanins, which give black beans their beautiful dark coloration, also provide you with an extra rich concentration of of phytonutrients to help combat free radical activity. Mexican Cheese Salad Ingredients: 1 head romaine lettuce 1 15-oz can black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium avocado, cubed 1 medium tomato, diced 2 oz low-fat cheddar cheese, grated salsa lime wedges Directions: Chop lettuce and place on salad plate. Sprinkle beans, avocado and tomato over lettuce. Top with cheddar cheese, your favorite salsa and the juice of lime wedges. Serves 2 Daily Food Tip How does spinach pasta compare nutritionally to whole wheat pasta? First, I would like to point out that these two versions of pasta are not mutually exclusive-it is very possible to purchase whole wheat pasta made with spinach! Whole wheat spinach bow ties, lasagna, spaghetti, and many other forms of pasta are available in many natural foods markets. If I were forced to choose between refined wheat flour pasta that included spinach powder and 100% whole wheat pasta that did not include spinach powder, I would definitely choose the 100% whole wheat pasta since it is of higher nutritional value. The spinach pasta is likely to have a relatively small amount of freeze-dried spinach added to it, which makes it much different nutritionally than a common serving of spinach. While there is nothing wrong with the addition of freeze-dried spinach to pasta, this feature of the pasta is not nearly as important as the quality of its wheat flour. One hundred percent whole wheat flours contain significantly higher amounts of more than a dozen nutrients when compared with refined wheat flours. The nutritional advantages of a whole grain product far outweigh the advantages of any added freeze-dried component. (Grains are no different than any other food in this respect. When in doubt, always head first for foods that are whole, fresh, unprocessed, and organically grown.) I would still remind you, however, that you could have the best of both worlds by choosing a 100% whole wheat pasta that also contains freeze-dried spinach.
The Devil & the Duck
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.
He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.
He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.
Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.
As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.
Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it.
He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile;
only to see his Sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'
But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'
Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?'
So Johnny did the dishes. Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.' Sally just smiled and said, 'well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help? She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?'
So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he Finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you.
I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'
Thought for the day and every day thereafter:
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done...?
And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)...whatever it is...
You need to know that: God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.
He has seen your whole life... He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.
The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness;
He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter

1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed cooking spray salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray, and season with salt and pepper. Bake asparagus 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the baked asparagus to serve.

Fantastic Friday's Fun Fact

This is interesting! Learn something new everyday....
Okay with school out, and all of us kinda on a break, let us not forget to learn something new every day, keeps the brain sharp and alive.
Ready... This is interesting! Learn something new everyday....
Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
And 'lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.
(Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)
No word in the English language rhymes with month , orange, silver, or purple.
Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
(Are you doubting this?)
our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. The sentence:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to 'do' this one.)
There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
(You're not possibly doubting this, are you ?)
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.' (Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e i o u)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
(All you typists are going to test this out)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds .
(Some days that's about what my memory span is.)
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.!) Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that also . Actually I know A LOT of people like this!)
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. I
n the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid .
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Now you know more than you did before!!
Now have a good day, with all your new found knowledge, bet you could not last another day without knowing all these important facts.. Giggles, hugs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fast Wednesday Meal

Tortellini, Steak, and Caesar
"A well-balanced meal in a bowl! Goes well with a nice slice of Italian or French bread. If you want to make it in advance or have leftovers, don't add the dressing and croutons beforehand. Mix croutons right before serving. INGREDIENTS 1 (9 ounce) package cheese tortellini 1 pound flank steak garlic powder to taste salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 heads romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 2 (2.25 ounce) cans small pitted black olives, drained 1 cup Caesar-style croutons 2 small fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 (8 ounce) bottle Caesar salad dressing Directions Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 7 to 9 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Preheat the oven broiler. Season steak with garlic powder, salt, and pepper; rub with olive oil. Place steak in a baking dish, and broil 5 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness. Slice diagonally into thin strips. In a bowl, toss the cooked tortellini, lettuce, olives, croutons, tomatoes, and dressing. Top with steak strips to serve.
This is a wonderful quick meal for a person on the go, complete nutrition too.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

All Arrayed In White

Meet The Love of My Life
June is a time when all young girls are thinking of marriage, and some are preparing for the big wedding day, There is much preparation in a wedding.
Now let me tell you about my bridegroom, he is the best of the best, the most awesome, the most refined, the greatest of great, the most wonderful and total all around groom any one could ever imagine, He is one willing to lay down his life for me, the one who will take care of me forever. Below are some attributes of my coming bridegroom, and my earnest desire is that you have are ready to meet him too, that you have been prepared by the Master himself, set apart, and made ready for his love, his service, his coming day to make you his bride. If you are not ready, today is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation, please do not wait any longer, call out to him today, and make him your Saviour, then on that very special day you will be his bride.
I am going to share these wonderful scriptures with you, it tells you exactly how wonderful my groom is, what he looks like, and it shows the love in my heart for him. The scripture is found in the Songs of Solomon,
5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
5:9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?
5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
5:11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
5:12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. 5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
5:14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
5:15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
This is what the girls today would say is a real hunk, and he is mine, he is my life, my love, he is coming for his bride and we will go to meet him in the air, let us be ready, for in such an hour as we think not, he will come. He Promised.
We will forever be with him in heaven, that really makes me excited how about you, lets tell everyone we know about our Jesus and introduce him to all our friends and loved ones. He is the Lord or Lords, King of Kings and my coming bride groom.