Friday, April 20, 2012


It's getting to be that time of year.  Gardens are being planted, soon produce will be coming in, and we'll all be heading down to the Farmers' Market for fresh fruit and vegetables.  I may have blogged on this before, but don't you just love a good Farmers' Market?  I could play there all day.  I always want to buy everything there.  It all looks so good that even vegetables I've never had before seem like a good idea.  I always think I can find a use for them somehow.  And really, you can.  the cool thing is, that it really doesn't take a lot of work to serve healthy foods.  So many can be good served raw in salads or as snacks or appetizers.  And a lot of them are wonderful steamed or sauteed.  So, don't just rely on your cookbooks and bloggers like me for ideas.  Just use your imagination and enjoy Spring!


2 Tbsp olive oil                                         
6 c cut-up fresh vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, 
corn, green beans, celery, asparagus, bell peppers)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 packet Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Heat oil in large skillet on medium high heat.  Add vegetables and cook until tender crisp.  Add vinegar and salad dressing mix.  Stir until heated through.  Serve immediately.



Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”  - Virgil Kraft


As a book blogger/reviewer, dedicated bibliophile, and just plain serious reader, I have way too many books around here.  Therefore, it is necessary to start clearing some of these bookshelves around here.  For the next few weeks, I will be doing a couple of book giveaways a week.  The giveaways will begin each Sunday and end on Friday of that week.  These books are my VERY CAREFULLY read review copies.  So, technically, they are used, but you can hardly tell it.  Ask anyone in my family; I'm a nut regarding the way I read books.  I try not to open them too widely,or leave them splayed open, and I never!!! fold pages down.  Yes, I have issues, but it's going to pay off for some of you. : )

The Jesus We Missed by Patrick Henry Reardon    

In his latest work, Pastor Patrick Reardon, noted theologian and scholar, examines the humanity of Christ.  By an exhaustive study of the Gospels, narrated by those who knew Him best, Reardon discovers for us the human, earthly Jesus who walked the shores of Galilee with his disciples.  While in no way denigrating or ignoring the deity of Christ, this work seeks to bring Him to life as only those who knew him "in the flesh" could have seen.  The author presents Jesus as "of one being with the Father" - one person, not two- not part God, part man, but completely both, at once.

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"Trained by the U.S. military to kill, "English" outsider David Hawkins came to the quiet town of Millersburg and embraced the principled nonviolence of the Amish.  But Hawkins's fragile tranquility is shattered when a marauding ex-convict descends on Millersburg, murdering his only daughter....."  from back cover

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