Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cream Cake Recipe

Non-Dairy Cream Cake Recipe



Ingredients

1/3 cup egg whites
1/2 to 3/4 tbsp applesauce (unsweetened)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (use 1 tsp vanilla if you don't want/like almond)
1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup (8oz) canned coconut milk (boxed won't work, need canned)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350*; grease & flour 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan & set aside.
Beat egg whites & applesauce until frothy and about doubled; add sugar and mix well.  Add in extract and beat well.
Combine dry ingredients.  Alternating with egg mixture & coconut milk, combine just until all is combined.  Pour into pan & bake 35-45 minutes or until done (when toothpick or knife, inserted in center, comes out clean).

Cool a few minutes in pan & invert onto cooling rack.  Once cool, place on serving plate & cover in frosting or glaze.  Serve & enjoy.



Store in refrigerator.




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Death of the Brain-Sapping Bug

The Death of the Brain-Sapping Bug


I had a bug, near the rug.
No crawling commenced, my focus was fenced.
Its presence commanded; attention demanded;
Bright colors and noise, with disharmonic poise.
Vile living included, Truth-living excluded.
A monster it became,
To some, only a game.
Its lies distrust,
Truth-Seeking a must!

How to remove, I reflected;
For Life & gaining true perspective!
With firm resolve,
The problem I solved.
A picture to prove,
This WAS the right move!

Don’t you know it’s true…
YOU have one too.

A clearer head, I never had

Until it was dead…on the T.V. stand!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wingin' It Tilapia and Pepper Slaw

Wingin' It Talipia and Pepper Slaw Recipe (1-2 servings)

2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 head garlic, peeled & coarsely chopped
kosher salt (approximately 2-3 tsp, to taste)
fresh cracked pepper (approximately 2-3 grinds, to taste)
1 can green chilies (adjust to your taste using mild for no heat and hot for a little heat)
2 tilapia fillets, thawed & dried with paper towels
Cilantro, chopped, optional

Combine all ingredients except tilapia & cilantro; place in long shallow bowl; place fillets in marinade & cover.  Let sit about 10 minutes.  
Scrape marinade off fillets & p
lace fillets in baking dish; spoon just the liquid of the marinade over the fish & bake about 5 minutes; remove from oven & spoon remaining marinade liquid over fish & bake another 5-8 minutes, or until fillets are cooked through & flake easily with a fork.  Serve with cilantro sprinkled over.

Pepper Slaw (1-2 Servings)

1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved OR 1 or 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped.
1 Serrano chili, sliced*
2-3 mini sweet peppers, seeded & julienned
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
cilantro, chopped (to taste)


*remove seeds & ribs to remove some of the heat


Mix all ingredients & refrigerate about 20-30 minutes to chill; mix before serving.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Bringing Peace to My Little Corner of the World

Three Questions To Ask Before Watching a Movie  (Link)

"Sacrificing our serenity of mind — or mental purity — is not worth a few minutes of supposed entertainment."


3 weeks ago I removed my T.V. from my living room.  Currently I don't have it plugged  in and I'm contemplating not plugging it in again until I have better choices to view. 

I found my self glued to it and I wasn't a joyful or kind person - I was a reflection of what I was watching...  

One of the things that was constantly in my mind in times of contemplation was Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 

" Basically, we want to watch movies with an eye for the true, the honorable, the just, pure, lovely, and commendable. Heeding Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:8, we should “think about these things”  " (from the article).

I realized that I wasn't "thinking on those things" and knew I needed a change.  Still, it took me several weeks AFTER making my decision to remove the t.v.  There has only been one day since that I thought I'd plug it back in, for about 1 minute...

I'm more peaceful and calmer.  My mind feels clearer.  I'm pleased with the decision.  My t.v. will quite possibly sit, unplugged, in the spare room.  I've also found myself being more active at home...cooking more (something I actually really like to do...) and actually being productive in some goals that I want to accomplish.  Of course, some days, I come home and just sit in my recliner with Penelope.  Those days, I can reflect on my blessings, other times I just sit and listen to the clocks ticking.  I'm also reading more.

More and more I'm also applying the same principle (Phil. 4:8) to other areas of my life - reading material, conversations, activities, finances, etc.

This is not a post to tell you that you need to get rid of your t.v./watching movies, etc.  It's a personal decision per person/family.  

My ONLY intent was to 
1) share the article (while good I don't agree with parts of it) & 
2) just to say what's been on my mind recently & the decision which followed.