Ugh! This was one of those weekends when I really needed to get a LOT done, and got very little actually accomplished. There is so much to do in my office to clear it up enough to allow us to blow up an air mattress for a visit from my son’s family, and I found myself ending up with a bigger mess than I had when I started. It’ll get there, but I’m seriously concerned about my timeline! Yikes! To top things off I wasn’t feeling very well this weekend AND there was an issue with the kitchen plumbing that made food prep and clean-up take longer than usual. I was supposed to make a dessert for tomorrow’s lunch at work, but because of the problems I need to gather up my ingredients and make it in the morning at the office. I am so happy we have a full kitchen at work!
Verse of the Day
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
A lot of different religious groups will give you all sorts of ways to know whether or not you have the Holy Spirit. Jesus has one simple answer: “by their fruit you will know them.” Paul gives us the definition of holy fruit — LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL. Now why not repeat them out loud and ask the Lord to make this fruit yours in full measure?
Food for Thought
Nosy neighbors – they just need to go away and mind their own businesses. Seriously! When I know my neighbors across the street are out in their yard I make it a point to NOT stare at them. Why would I? I have my own things to do! They don’t bother us, we don’t bother them, and it is the perfect neighbor relationship. The wahoo’s on either side of us and kitty corner from us don’t seem to know that staring at us while we are working in the yard is extremely rude. Why are they staring? We aren’t doing anything unusual. Yard work is all. Yet the one set sits on their porch and stares, one wanders around his yard, craning his neck to stare, the wife walks slowly down to visit a different neighbor while staring, and the intrusive b-word on the other side of us leaves her property in her vehicle and goes the opposite direction from the main street and nearly breaks her foolish neck staring. WHY? We are normal, average, run-of-the-mill people who don’t play loud music, we don’t throw parties, we don’t have company very often, we don’t have screaming fights . . . we are just normal, quiet, leave-us-alone-and-we-will-leave-you-alone neighbors. Stop staring! It’s so rude!
National Poultry Day – well YIPPEE for poultry! If you’re anything like me, you eat a lot of it. Red meat is more expensive, so we do eat it, but we have chicken more often. Chicken and turkey are the most commonly consumed, but what other fowl may reach your dinner table? I personally LOVE ostrich, but it’s not something you find in the grocery store. Once in awhile you can find it at an exotic meat sale, but really not often. I have a better chance of finding elk in our local store than I am ostrich. It’s so delicious though! Anyway, not only do chicken and turkey take a big part in our meals, they provide us with eggs! Yum! Eggs! We have so many uses for them! Celebrate today by just going crazy with poultry – maybe eggs for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch and BBQ chicken for dinner. Do you know who the most famous chicken is? Looney Tune’s Foghorn Leghorn! I LOVED that cartoon growing up!
Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day – Every year something pretty incredible happens . . . the American Cliff Swallows migrate between Argentina and San Juan Capistrano. According to legend, the birds set up housekeeping at the California Mission in San Juan Capistrano when an angry shopkeeper began destroying their mud nests. They have been an annual village tradition since 1777. As far back as 1915 there have been stories of the swallows returning on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, to these nests between the eaves and archways of the Old California Mission. They stay there from the spring to fall before beginning their 6,000 mile trip back to Argentina in late October. It became a custom for people to visit the mission on St. Joseph’s Day hoping to see the birds as they flew home. The sightings of the birds became less and less over the years, and it is speculated that the development of the area in and around the Mission, and the reduction of their food source, has led the birds to find other places in Southern California to nest.
This Day in History –
1918 – Congress approves Daylight Savings Time.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Chocolate Caramel Day – Cooking sugar into caramel releases hundreds of flavor compounds. Chocolate boasts more than 600 volatile molecules. Put them together? A delicious combination that can’t be beat . . . unless you sprinkle some sea salt on top. This is sort of my plan for dessert today. I’m making the Low Carb Tagalong Bars from Carolyn Ketchum’s blog “All Day I Dream About Food, but I’m also adding a layer of caramel from her Chocolate Turtle recipe that is on www.swervesweet.com. Oh my goodness – yum! These should be wonderful!
I’m out of here a bit early so I can stop at Home Depot and pick up a part for the kitchen sink, then off to work. I get to make lunch today, so I’m heading out with a big bag of ingredients for our dessert, and my boss will be bringing the ingredients for the soup and salad. I LOVE days when I get to cook for the office! I’d better run or I’ll be late. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.