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Sarah’s Musings 3/29/15

This week was spent AGAIN recovering from sickness.  I seriously appreciated the value of learning (a long time ago, generally speaking) which foods we like as leftovers… because of those things that I just make out of habit, we all could still eat this week. ;-)

Towards the end of last week, I did get back into the kitchen, tried out a few new things.  I think the biggest thing I want to R-A-V-E about are these incredible oatmeal breakfast cookies from Back to the Book Nutrition.  The recipe can be found here.  (If you follow this blog regularly, you should check her out! Her mission is so spot-on with ours!)

This is a crazy interesting read on how changing up the cooking method of plain ol’ white rice reduces the calories and makes the once simple carbohydrates not so simple.  Check out this post from the Washington Post on the how-to!

This is a great article from parents.com on eating healthy… it’s no surprise that eating healthy, or going organic, or any number of any of health exchanges, is going to likely be more expensive.  I have a blog post coming up on the HOW we do this (with specific numbers!) but this is a great article to read in the meantime if you start the change. Look for my upcoming post!

P.S. – I promise to post the chicken cordon bleu, soon, too!

Love you all!

Sarah’s Musings: 3/22/15

I didn’t post my musings last Sunday for the following reasons:

My family and I had been pretty sick the whole week before.  I wanted to just sleep in the extra time I had (that I would have ordinarily been working on this kind of post!).

Being sick, I wasn’t spending alot of time reading up on interesting topics, participating in facebook conversations, etc.

So I just left well-enough alone.

This last week was Saint Patrick’s Day (yay!), and if you’ll indulge me, I have quite alot to say on the topic… some food, some not, but still important valid.  (Is it socially acceptable to call your own words important?  This sounds too obnoxious.)

First of all, I am emphatic in teaching my children truth.  Call me whatever you like, but we discuss who Saint Nicholas really was, there is no tooth fairy, and specific for this holiday, we discuss why we honor Saint Patrick’s memory.  (I want to be the place of reason, and truthful answers, not stories that either a) manipulate them into good behavior and b) make them second guess if I’m telling them the whole story.  I’m sure I’m going to catch some flack for that.  And by all means, there is NO condemnation for the parents that choose to raise their children with these traditions!)

Another big part of this is my own culture and ancestors – we live in New York, where many of the ancestors of locals are Polish, Italian, or maybe even English/Welsh (if they arrived in upstate New York before 1900).  I love studying genealogy, and I am a child of two Texans – whose background is comprised of protestant (in the blood, man!), central-Texan German (from both sides), and a touch of Irish.  My maiden name is Irish, but protestant-Irish.  The difference is important to me, but not so much that I can’t appreciate Saint Patrick.  All of this leads me to be certain that I teach my girls the story on the real Saint Patrick – because it’s part of their heritage, too, and honoring to a man who loved Jesus.  (And due to the cultural differences and NOT being in Texas where their heritage is ALL OVER THE PLACE, they’re only going to learn this stuff unless I teach them!)

Saint Patrick was a believer, a changed man, who returned to the people who enslaved him to preach the saving message.  That message is that this world is a broken place, with broken people.  We can try in our strength to make it right, and to be right, but after we are long gone and called to give an account why God should allow us to a heaven, a place of perfection, we can’t say that we were perfect.  The wages of the imperfection, this marring of brokenness and sin on our souls, is death.  So in comes Jesus, who, being perfect and without fault, and fully God and fully man (that’s a mystery that even I have a hard time wrapping my mind around!), and dies on the cross and conquers death.  When we believe he paid the price for that imperfection, and choose to follow Him, we now have security – we have done nothing to deserve heaven and being made right with a Just God, but Jesus’ sacrifice covers that.

Patrick got that.  He lived in real slavery, with real sin, and real broken people.  He couldn’t leave these people alone, that knew no different, and had no justification before God.  So He returned, as a missionary, to Ireland.

So here is a day that honors this man: this man that loved even people that were not deserving of it, and by most people’s opinion, would have had every right to hold a bitter grudge against this people group for the remainder of his life.  (And the amazing thing is this – we should know of MORE stories like this!  Patrick is not the only missionary who ever loved a people group this much.  Look up Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, for example.)

So! We still do many traditions in our home – we wear green, I make green food, we eat a British Isles dinner.  But we also do this while discussing this great man who loved God and loved people.

Here is what was on our Irish menu:

Grain-free Irish Soda bread

Cashew Cream Mint Chocolate Pie  (I am still not over this pie.  IT WAS SO CREAMY AND EASY!) … pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/0WA_5QskDT/?taken-by=foodies_gone_real

Cottage Pie (interesting fact: technically, you can only call it Shepherd’s Pie if it is made with ground lamb.  Since ours was made with grass-fed beef [for which I don’t have a written recipe! sorry!], we call it Cottage Pie.)

For more reading on Saint Patrick, check out this incredible article here.

I will leave you with my absolutely favorite quote, largely attributed to Saint Patrick:

“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”


Sarah’s Musings – 2/28/15

I have found that I read an incredible amount of good articles, posts, etc. throughout the week and it’s just too much to share with you on facebook.

I try to pick my favorite “finds” to post for you there – new recipes that look interesting, health related news, a new cooking technique, favorite foods.  But I also know that a) not all of it gets to you in your news feed (thanks to facebook algorithms) and b) there are still more things I’d like to share!

The reason I ever changed my diet, lifestyle and way of evaluating food came from being a veracious reader.  (Well, there’s more to the “reason” than that, but I’m trying to keep my intro short!) I spent probably the better part of the year just reading information before easing into any changes.  So, to better enable you all to make the same type of choices – voila! – a weekly post about my favorite things found around the web this week.

P.S. – Many of these will be food related, some will not.  Why? Because our mission – our hope – is to be authentic, to be real – and we all know that how we eat and what we eat isn’t always just about what’s around the house and if we’re hungry or not.  God is at work within us and around us all the time!  Sometimes God might use something totally “not” related to honoring the body He gave you (1 Corinthians 6:12) to get your attention.  The health of our relationship with food is so often tied to the health of our relationship of the Creator of that food.

Did you hear that part?  I’ll say it again… and I’m preaching at myself (the girl who ate a ton of junk at Christmas!)…

The health of our relationship with food is so often tied to the health of our relationship of the Creator of that food.

So! On to my finds…

  • Event at Hamilton College to hear Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life”, and her husband Mark.  I haven’t read her book, but as I move towards gardening, farming, homesteading, I am a sponge for all related information.  Kristin was a journalist, that through a series of events, moved from NYC to upstate NY to become a farmer and a sort-of sustainable, real-food activist.  See the invite here.
  • Oh! A very interesting article on resolving the (often, semi-reliable) bouts of depression related to women’s hormonal cycle. You can read it here.
  • Made these awesome and incredible lemon-blueberry scones this week! It was like spring in my mouth! Check out this recipe from Diane Sanfilippo here.
  • “Even When I Cannot See”: a beautiful post about being a work in progress, and that God uses the ugly heart-wrenching things, too.  Read it here at Scribbles and Crumbs.
  • Three favorite facebook pictures that might make you smile, laugh, or ponder:  here, here & here
  • I’ve been bragging about my recipe for chocolate roasted nuts (here) because once you substitute hazelnuts for all the nuts… it tastes like nutella.  I die.
  • Posted a new recipe last week! Yummy marinated chicken wings.  See the recipe here.  Fun story:  I accidentally deleted it, but I have since restored it.  Sorry if you missed it!
  • I’m now on instagram! Follow me here! (@foodies_gone_real)
  • This article from the LA Times – even for the active, a “long sit” erodes health, which is consistent with other data that states sitting still for 3 hours or more does as much damage to your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
  • Been lots of chatter and repostings on facebook on how to peel a boiled egg! Here’s one method I can personally recommend from Courtney at “Revived Kitchen” here.
  • I posted this recipe on facebook after having tried it, and it turns out, others have tried it and LOVED it! I think you don’t need any more evidence to try it out for yourself.  It’s from “Damn Delicious” here. (And I licked the bowl clean of the leftover sauce!!)
  • LOVED this article from “Keeper of the Home” titled “When the Line Between Need and Want Gets Blurred (and the preposterous numbers of ways to use a stick blender”. Favorite quote:

When I’m being honest about it, I need far less than I would prefer to believe that I do.Need is such a relative and ambiguous term, and our wants creep in so stealthily until the distinction between need and want becomes smudged and smeared and so mixed up that we can’t make out the black from white, but only a blurry mess of gray.

What did you find worthy of reading this week? Feel free to comment below!

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