Friday, July 22, 2011

look.a.like.


This is what my husband would look like if he were a woman.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

homemade black bean burgers.


Made these tonight. Super easy-10 minutes tops-
and much less expensive and more natural than Boca Burgers!

Black Bean Burgers
(serves 2)
Ingredients
1/2 cup dried black beans (or about half a can of black beans, rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/8 cup minced red onion
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
dash of black pepper
1/2 large egg (I usually just refrigerate the other half to make for breakfast the next morning; according to the USDA, make sure to "Use leftover yolks and whites within 4 days.")

Directions
If using dried black beans, be sure to soak and boil the them first for the appropriate amount of time.
Once that's done or if you're using canned black beans, place beans in a large bowl and mash with a fork or put in a food processor to chop them down (I find that easiest).
Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Divide the mixture into two patties and then grill on skillet/frying pan for about 5 minutes each side.

I doubled the recipe and froze the extras for another time. Greatttt recipe!

summer reading.

With the stack of seminary books staring me down and syllabi waiting to be dominated,
my days of reading 'just for fun' are over once again...

Soo here is my summer reading synopsis:

Safely Home:

For starters this is the first NOVEL I've read since 12th grade, when I picked up Twilight before it was "cool"/turned into its own industry. Unlike Twilight, this novel has spiritual depth and not only exposes the Chinese church, but also the unspoken side the American christianity/persecution. I was wary of a "Christian" novel, thinking it would probably be cheesy and poorly written but this book was phenomenal.
Some Quotes:
"In America, the voices of demons just sound more pleasant"

Talking about Tibetans/Buddhism: "Do not let your sympathy for these oppressed people become sympathy for a religion that also oppresses them."

Hipster Christianity:
I read this book while in China in May. Consequently, the truths about Christian vanity illuminated in this book made me that much more nauseated. Surrounded by mountains where christians live miles from another believer, don't have a church to have the option of wearing skinny jeans to and gladly grit their teeth and joyfully bear it for the sake of knowing Christ, made this all the more real and disgusting. The book (and the website) offers a hilarious introduction about the various classifications of hipsters. Eyeopening truth about cool vs. Christianity. The book didn't really make me reach a conclusion about this issue but did make me more sensitive to the conflict between 'coolness' and Christ-like-ness.
Some Quotes:
"How do we reconcile such beatitudes as "blessed are the poor in Spirit" (matt 5:3) and "blessed are the meek" (matt 5:5) with hip's call to lavish vanity and pride?

Regarding Hipsterdom as a form of rebellion against society: "Especially considering that Christ came to right the rebellion of man. All else but the gospel is rebellion. The cause of Christ is the one obedient cause.

The Hiding Place:
Brooke Oliver sent me this book as a birthday present (or was it Christmas? Or maybe engagement?) Regardless, I didn't pick it up until this June and it was absolutely wonderful. I read it while I was feeling pretty discontent with what God had given me. Bad idea. This book is super convicted. Corrie and her sister Betsie were thankful for the flees that inhabited their beds at the concentration camp. Betsie did not know why to be thankful for these pests but knew that she was commanded to be. Turns out, the flees kept the Nazi soldiers from going inside their bunks and they were able to hold a nightly bible study free from disturbance.
Corrie was released from the concentration camp (obviously, or she couldn't have gotten herstory out) but only because of a "clerical error" and one week later she would have gone to the gas chamber with all the other women her age.
Some Quotes:
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

"This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see."

"There are no 'if's' in God's world. And no placess that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety - let us pray that we may always know it!"

Even if every one of your relatives is a solid Christ follower, I highly recommend this book to you. The author, not to be confused with Paul Newman the salad dressing guy, is very realistic about evangelism. This book made me realize that I am not one of those people who "breathe the gospel" but instead I am one of those who have to swallow the lump of fear in my throat and cough out the gospel, and pray that the HS will give it some sense before it hits the ear of the hearer. Not that I shouldn't be ready to 'give an account to the joy that I have', but lets be honest, it just doesn't come as naturally as breathing. This book also does a great job addressing how to share the gospel with those who know you well, maybe served as yourdisciplinarian, and probably know the good, bad, and ugly of you. Basically I learned to give it all up to God. Easier said than done, but a helpful book nonetheless.
Some Quotes:
"If the sadness of another's condition tempts you to compromise [the gospel], perhaps you've made comfort an idol. Comfort and evangelism seldom go together."

"Put the weight of the argument on Jesus instead of yourself. i.e. 'have you ever wondered why Jesus claimed to be the only way to God?"

"witnessing takes time. with family, it takes even more time. witnessing involves the expression of love. with family, that love flows deeper but requires clearer expression. Witnessing encompasses a comprehensive worldview. With family, we have a wide range of common experience in which to shine the glow of the gospel."


I read another novel this summer. Well only half of it really.. But not because I didn't like it, i had to return it to the library and to be honest, I found it emotionally draining. The half I did read exposed the unimaginably harsh realities of the lives of two Afghany women. I might check it out again over Christmas break if i can somehow convince myself that this is strictly fiction, but because i am aware that women do suffer these injustices even today, it will probably continue to be just as emotionally exhausting.
A well-written, heart-wrenching read for sure.
Some Quotes:
"Boys, Laila came to see, treated friendship the way they treated the sun: its existence undisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly."

"Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting."

And now on to conquer Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology...
{what did i get myself into..}

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

reconciliation.

Earlier this week, after the argument of all arguments,
[pshh don't pretend like you and your husband don't argue],
Jay turned on this song and asked me to dance with him.


Please just imagine two very white baptists attempting to dance to this song:



reconciliation is so sweet, thank you Jesus.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

harry potter and the deathly shallow debate.

I learned this week that you shouldn't comment about Harry Potter unless you are ready to get verbally burned at the stake.

My comment was simply: "After talking with a local Wiccan about the dark symbolism in Harry Potter, I'm very glad my mom wrote a note to my fourth grade teacher that she didn't want me to read it..

...and 18 comments later, a couple of which using words like "ignorant. rancitiy. fundamentalist pretension", I am sure glad I wasn't looking for a debate...

The saddest part about the whole thing is not that a overwhelming majority LOVE a film/book series that a Wiccan believes to be extremely beneficial to promote the practice and belief in magic.

The saddest part is that claiming SOMETHING, rather than agreeing with everything makes me 'close-minded'.

OBU and Arthur Holmes taught me that "All truth is God's truth". But not all truth is worth believing/worshipping just because it has the glimmer of God within it.

The biggest argument I hear about Harry Potter being God's truth is the theme of "love concurs all" woven throughout the 78 books and films.

I love sandwiches, I love my husband, and I love life itself...
But as much as I love things and people and even God, love itself can not stop the grave.
Love is a great virtue to emphasize, JK Rowling.
But 'love' did not conquer death, Christ did.

The spiritual climate of Louisville, (where two Wiccans openly discuss practicing magic next to a couple having a bible study in the local coffee shop), has made me realize how important it is for me to actually believe things. and not be ashamed of having beliefs- especially in the Gospel which was authored before creation as indisputable Truth. and thank God for that!

Regardless, the post was not about beliefs or the spiritual relevance of HP but rather about my mom making a wise choice when I was child. waytobe, mom.

Because Saturday is Crafturday.

I am addicted to Pintrest.com/iphone ap. Consequently, I am now addicted to crafting. Here are somethings I made today:

Adventure Map:


Check this link for a helpful lil stencil. I added a painted circular piece of cork board in the corner to show the places in the world where we've traveled together. so happy! but warning: this project took wayyy longer than I expected. give yourself two to three hours and about $10.

Clothesline frame:


SO simple. Took maybe 3 minutes to assemble. I found the frame at an estate sale last summer in Tulsa (side note: estate sales really creep me out for some reason) and the wire cost about $2-3 dollars.

As a result of this crafting chaos, i spilt the contents of my life, but in the midst of it, I found Jesus [the pencil topper]




Thursday, July 14, 2011

perspective.


Today I read a Real Simple article written by 9-year-old Grace from New York:

"Grown-ups should work harder on seeing their friends. When you're in school, its easy. You get to spend all day with them, except on Saturdays and Sundays. But once you've graduated, a company can't offer jobs to you and all your friends so that you can stay together forever. Adults have to make more of an effort to see each other, and sometimes they don't do that enough."

such great perspective.

convicting too.

sighhh... imma go call a friend.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

super easy sugar-free coffee cake


I made this recipe for our community group's breakfast for dinner night. It took about 5 minutes to put together and sooo good!
The verdict: "Its like nothing I've ever tasted before"-Jay Keywood.








Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package sugar-free yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan, or a 10 inch Bundt cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, and butterscotch pudding mix. Add the eggs, oil and water, mix until well blended. In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Pour half of the batter into the pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture. Cover with the rest of the batter, and sprinkle with the rest of the nut mixture.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven down to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.

Note: while it is free of sugar, it is not very low in fat :) happy baking.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

yippeee!

Props to Brooke Oliver for making my blog look snazzy!


red, wheat, and blue muffins

I made these last week for my parents visit/ the 4th of July!--soo gooood.

Yields: 8-12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat OR all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped to small cubes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place
    vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk
    to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries and strawberries. Fill
    muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4
    cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle
    over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

OK.

I am currently watching "Okie Noodling" on OETA. The winner gets a box of bud light.
There is nothing better than men with mullets being interviewed with dip oozing out of their mouth about the giant fish they wrangled that day and the barbecue they ate afterwards.

I miss Oklahoma.

Early this week I watched an entire infomercial about shoe inserts because it was filmed on the riverwalk in Tulsa. And later that same day I got more offended than I should have when a certain someone told me to "go back to Kansas".

I never thought I'd be so proud of that flat, hot, and often helplessly boring state.

A man came into the coffee shop this week and immediately asked me where I was from. Since when do i not fit in? my response, "how'd you know I wasn't from here?" man: "I could just tell. I was going to guess north Texas.." Sighhhhhhh.... these city folk...




Thursday, July 7, 2011

my husband the chef.


Jay's Raspberry Vinaigrette Baked Chicken

2-4 thin chicken breasts
olive oil
salt and pepper
Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

In a glass pie pan, coat chicken lightly in olive oil.
Sprinkle lightly, yet evenly with salt and pepper on both sides of chicken.
Coat the top of the chicken breasts with Rasp Vin.
Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes, flipping the chicken once about half way through.

He served it with steamed veggies and thyme rice (pronounced "thigh-muh") but it would also go well with baked potatoes.

This is what I came home to after a long day of work Tuesday. It was deee-lish!
Isn't he wonderful??

Friday, July 1, 2011

perfect day

I visited chicago several times in high school, and once with my best friend Melissa, and once visiting colleges. But i've always dreamed of frolicking in that beautiful, bustling city with the love of my life.

Jay and I's oh-so-happy day in Chicago!

-We started the day by biking our way along Michigan Ave (Taking bikes is a GENIUS idea! )
-Stopped for breakfast at Caribou Coffee, a personal fav.
-Took pictures in the magical bean.
-Stopped in some stores on the Mile. Including the massive Apple mall, Urban Outfitters, and H&M. and can i just add that my husband is an excellent shopping buddy to have. he's so good at knowing which colors and styles and being patient with my indecisiveness.
-Lunch at Giordano's Pizza (which took three hours last time i was there, took a whopping 30 minutes!)
-Visited Moody Bible's museum of missionary martyrs. They had the organ of Philip Bliss- composer of "It is well with my soul" and "Hallelujuah what a savior", who died in a train wreck with his wife. incredible.
-Had Ghirardelli ice cream by the old water tower.
-Played on the Oak Street Beach, entertained a lady with our couple cheerleading skills.
-Road bikes along the waterfront to Navy Pier.
-Dinner at a hippie Thai Restaurant. The seats were holes in the fake astroturf ground. so cool.
-BOAT on LAKE MICHIGAN! with a beautiful sunset and fireworks and old people with old school music. We heard an old lady whisper "they must be on their honeymoon, they look so in love" yessss, after three months we still got it! The best date ever.
-finished off with Ghirardelli hot chocolate and a fun bike ride back down the avenue.

=perfect day.