With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 1/10/10 - 1/17/10

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ School Lessons

Pop-Pop overseeing Keri Jill with her lessons.
(Pop-Pop thinks it's pretty special that he, Keri and Keri's Mommy are all lefties)
Children's children are a crown to the aged
Proverbs 17:6

Left-handedness is relatively uncommon; statistics vary but about seven to ten percent (some say 12-15%) of the adult population is left-handed.

Left Handed U.S. Presidents
James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd
Gerald Ford (1913- ) 38th
Ronald Reagan (1911 - ) 40th
George H.W. Bush (1924- ) 41st
Bill Clinton (1946- ) 42nd
Barack Obama (1961- ) 44th
Other Lefties
Benjamin Franklin, statesman/publisher/scientist
Steve Forbes, businessman/publisher
Joan of Arc (?), French heroine
Ramses II (?), Egyptian pharaoh
Tiberius (?), Roman emperor
Alexander the Great
Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Napoléon Bonaparte (?), French emperor
Prince Charles of England
Jay Leno, host
Prince William of England
Fidel Castro, Cuban leader
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime-minister
Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
David Rockefeller, banker
Helen Keller, advocate for the blind
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, physician/missionary
Ted Koppel, journalist
John F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer/publisher
Caroline Kennedy, lawyer/author
Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Lewis Carroll
Glen Campbell
Natale Cole
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Judy Garland
Crystal Gayle
Paul McCartney (the Beatles; Wings)
Ringo Starr (?) (the Beatles)
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
Michelangelo
Raphael
Leonardo da Vinci (RH paralyzed?)
Carol Burnett
George Burns, comedian
Ruth Buzzi, comedienne
List Source and extensive list of more Left handed individuals here.
Joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

♥♥♥♥♥♥
Week 1 Challenge Up-Date:
John -1.5
Me -1.5
Erin -1.7
Jill -2.0
Jamie -2.0
Abbey -1.0

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Wall Sconce

Late afternoon winter sun filtering in through a sheer curtain in the dining room.


Visit Hey Harriet for more Shadow Shot Sunday!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Pretty Cake Plate

This pretty Princess House cake plate was a gift from my cousin in the early 80's. I was so thrilled that she gave it to me as it was a hostess gift and I knew I didn't have a prayer of getting one on my own. You see, when Karen would host a party, she would have 30+ guests in attendance as compared to my very small party. How delighted I was and still am by her kind generosity. This is one of my very favorite possessions.I think I still have it because I would NOT allow my children to open it!
Still don't!

I am sorry if they feel insulted, but 99% of everything in my home has been Super-glued back together. They were shockingly good at it too. I am still finding pieces, that upon close inspection, reveals repair evidence.
(I think I hear them snickering even now, as they know I still haven't discovered everything they have mended)
I love those little stinkers!

Oh, and of course you know how frequently I fill this with healthy alternatives to delicious, sugar-laden, mouth-watering, tempting desserts! YupJoining Cindy of My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

A Special Prayer

Several of you have asked about the little girl we sponsor through Compassion International. Little Rolineda and her family live just 50 mines north of Port-au-Prince. Compassion is working to locate her and determine her specific situation and I am sure will let us know when they learn more. As you pray for the people of Haiti would you remember Rolineda.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Barefoot Bloggers ~ Indonesian Ginger Chicken

This baked chicken dish is every bit as good tasting as it looks. I halved the recipe and though Ina did not, I removed every trace of skin and fat before baking and it was still moist.

Indonesian Ginger Chicken

Copyright, 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 125

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic (8 to 12 cloves) (I used less)
  • 1/2 cup peeled and grated fresh ginger root (I used less)
  • 2 (3 1/2 pound) chickens, quartered, with backs removed

Directions

Cook the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger root in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is melted. Arrange the chicken in 1 layer in a shallow baking pan, skin side down, and pour on the sauce. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pan, turn the chicken skin side up, and raise the temperature to 375 degrees F. Continue baking for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh and the sauce is a rich, dark brown.

A big thanks to Todd of A Cooking Dad

for choosing Indonesian Ginger Chicken

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Glorious Sunrise

Sunrise pictures taken a few weeks ago just as they came out of the camera (not enhanced in any way). Time lapse ~ 4 minutes (7:07-7:11 am)



The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work
of his hands.

Psalm 19:1Visit Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for more Outdoor Wednesday!

The Challenge

A sweet little tactic to help me WIN.I have accepted

the

CHALLENGE


to lose 2 pounds a week for 14 weeks
ah, yes, it's steep...
(and slightly adjusted as not everyone should drop 28 lbs)

the competitors...

My FAMILY

John

Erin

Jill

Jamie

Abbey

We all have different approaches

I am a staunch calorie counter
Jill and Jamie will be running and exercising
Erin is focusing in on organic healthy choices
Not sure what Abbey is doing
and
John will skip a snack or two
(it was suggested he be penalized a few pounds as guys definitely have an advantage and drop weight quicker)

Yes, The girls have devised a "Biggest Loser" challenge and we have all agreed to participate.
We will all pitch in ten bucks.

The "WINNER" will receive a gift card to a clothing store.
(John wants a gift card to a fancy restaurant)

Goal Date
April 19th
(that is when Jill and family will be down from NY again)

Now, please excuse me while I enjoy my half-cup, sugar free Jell-O at just
10 teeny calories
(plus a few more if you add fruit)

Monday, January 11, 2010

TWD ~ Mrs. Vogel's Scherben

Scherben... isn't that a fun word. It is German for shards which could describe the shape of this twisted, puffy piece of dough that is fried and then tossed in cinnamon sugar and topped with a dusting of confectioners sugar.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Classic Banana Bundt Cake & Helpers

Our family will never be low on potassium. Almost every day we have bananas or something made with them. I did not realize this is a Dorie Greenspan recipe when I made it ~ it comes from her book From My Home to Yours. I made some changes (surprise). The original recipe called for two (2) sticks of butter. I substituted applesauce for half of the butter and used low fat sour cream.
It's a moist and delicious cake with lots of banana flavor!

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