Saturday, November 07, 2009

KIM, Ryu, Linquists....

OK - does that make any sense at the top right? It sounds right and poetic in English, I translate it...and then put the Japanese in the box and translate back to English and it sounds clunky.

It is supposed to say something like, "My goal is to love God intimately and to love others deeply. This comes from my search for the True and Living god. If you'd like to discuss this further, please email me (address below). Translated at ...."

Am I at all close? Snortの

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Do I Look a Mess

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I walked into my room. Stacia was in the bathroom, preening in front of the mirror. She said, "Do I look a mess?" Struck me funny.

I assured her that she did. Her baby-fine hair was falling down and she had chocolate all around her mouth. I told her to wait while I grabbed the camera...she cleaned her mouth. ::snort::

What a blessing to have a 4 year old in middle age. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Ranch Potato Wedges

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4 Potatoes - scrubbed and cut into wedges (8 I think she said)

1 T Mayo (veganaise)

1/2 Package Ranch Dip Mix

Combine may with mix. Toss potatoes with mix. Grease or spray a cookie sheet well, place taters in a single layer and bake at 400* for 35 - 40 min.

*I used more potatoes and used 2 T mayo with 2 T Ranch Dressing Mix....that seemed to be a right measure....so if you are using 4 potatoes I would think 1 and 1 would work. The homemade ranch mix was wonderful in this and cheaper...healthier than what I can get at the commissary.

All the kids ate these. I found the original recipe at Heavenly Homemakers. If you've not checked out her "high 5" recipes, you really should. Yummy recipes with 5 ingredients or less.

To view my recipe index click "recipes" under the header or here.


Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Ranch Dressing Mix

I KNOW I found this recipe on Heavenly Homemakers, but when I search there now I can't find it. It may have been in a comment someone left....
I love Heather's Better Than Hidden Valley Ranch dressing....but there are a few times I would like the dry powder mix and so I tried this. SO simple and worked great to make Ranch Potato Wedges (which I'll post the recipe for next).
Stacia enjoyed helping with all of today's mixes....Here's the Shake and Bake on the left and the Ranch Dressing Mix on the Right.

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The recipe:
5 T instant minced onion (I measured 5 T of dried onion into my coffee grinder and whirled)
2 T  parsley
4 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
Dressing: Combine 2 T of mix with 1 C Mayo (Veganaise) and 1 C buttermilk (plain yogurt)
Dip: Combine 2 T of mix with 2 C Sour Cream (plain yogurt)
For an index of recipes you can click recipes under the header or here.
Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Momoishi Beach



Dorothy, I think you'll want to watch this clip. ::grin::

Our Saturday got off to a LAAAAZY start. Mike and Jared were up late last night. I know Mike was working on computers at 1:00 a.m. I believe he came to bed at 2:00 a.m.

I had some visits with ladies about healthy food choices. Connie and Windy came over so I could explain an expel spreadsheet....BUT....the computers weren't working at the moment they showed up. The kids LOVE havng the S kids come over and had a great time playing.

Windy and I decided it would be a good idea to make the best of this sunny day and take the kidds to the beach. This gave both Dads a bit of quiet to focus....we came home and 3 of our 4 computers are connecting to the Internet. The wireless router is still not working. Mike wonders if we need to buy a new router. He ended up setting up a network and having ONE computer go online and others piggy back or something...we're not at all sure that it's connecting to Fiber Optics or that this is the fastest way...but it's working. NOW....when we get the wireless working life will be normal.

I made a real dinner tonight. I realize I need to get back to our diet/lifestyle...and I need to begin keeping menus. My schedule includes activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and without a plan we're too short of time or energy to cook real food for dinner. This week - just a true confession - our last four dinners were: Tuesday ORGANIC cookies/cookie dough, Wednesday ALL NATURAL ice cream, Thursday Fresh ground whole wheat Waffles and Friday is Pizza and movie night....

This afternoon I made the shake and bake mix and made REAL shake and bake chicken, ranch potato wedges, bread and corn...the only thing not from scratch or fresh was the bread...and that I will begin next week even though I haven't found gluten. ::snort:: I must get our LIFE back....it's been 6 months of PCS and it's TIME.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Blogger Help

OK....once I get signed in to Blogger my screen is in English...but when I'm reading other blogs the toolbar is in Japanese as I have a Japanese ISP. In other words, I can choose English but it only changes it for me on MY compose page etc.

On most blogs at the top there is a "search box" - for instance on Lisa's blog I used to be able to type "menu planning" and "search this blog" and get all the posts with those words in it....so now....it's all in katakana....and I've clicked all the buttons and none of them are a blogger search.

Will someone tell me what the buttons across the top of your blogger toolbar say when you are reading a blog? I noted one of the buttons showed a twitter/facebook/email buttons...does that mean you can now share your blog by clicking that?

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...