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Food Fun!

Please feel free to share these food pics, as long as you credit and link back to my blog page where you found the food pic.

Thanks & enjoy!

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Hollow bell of Trombone cake
with removable large and small mouthpieces at far, right end
Hollow bell of trombone cake
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Trombone cake 2012
Front view of husband's 2012 birthday cake
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Strawberry Cake
Hope & Faith - celebrating birthdays together
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Easter Cross Cake 2011
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Creamy Parmesan Shrimp and Okra
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Orange Cream pastry, sliced open
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Chocolate “Lasagna” Cake
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Wedding Reception cake
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Easter Cross Cake 2010
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Side view of iPod Birthday cake 2010
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Steelhead Trout
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Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage & Carrots
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Glazed Roasted Duck a l’Orange
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Coconut Macaroons
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Lemon Ginger Shrimp & Scallops over Wilted Spinach
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Easter Sunday yesterday & an upcoming week of doctor appointments…

~♥~ † ~♥~ Easter blessings! ~♥~ † ~♥~

We rose yesterday morning to a glorious celebration that Jesus is ALIVE!!!  I love Easter Sunday!  One of my favorite songs, played in my mind most of the day:

♫ He is alive!
He is alive!  ♪
♪ He is alive and I’m forgiven!  ♪
♫ Heaven’s gates are open wide! 
HE IS ALIVE!!!  ♫

We joined Faith in the Student Ministries worship room for morning worship and one part from our Associate Pastor’s message remained in my mind… how Mary (who was looking for Jesus at the tomb; she had come to anoint his body with oils) initially did not recognize Jesus when He asked her “Why are you crying?”  She turned, then assuming he was the gardener, asked if he had moved the body and to please tell her where.

Jesus spoke to her again… this time, He called her by name, “Mary”.

This time, Mary turned TOWARD Jesus and in recognition, cried out, “Teacher!”

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How often do we look without really seeing what God is trying to show us?  How often do we call ourselves by names other than that which our Lord calls us?  Jesus never calls us by the negative names we sometimes call ourselves.  We are clothed in righteousness, forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Such an amazing love … words cannot begin to do justice!

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Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3: 1-17

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Once home, our Easter dinner guests arrived; we had appetizers of shrimp & ‘angel’ eggs, followed by dinner of roasted lamb, wild rice pilaf and vegetable medley.  Seeking to create something to express this amazing event we were celebrating, I made a carrot-spice pound cake with cream cheese icing and decorated in my humble visual expression of Easter Sunday.

Easter Cake 2011

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This will be a very busy week for us.  We have several doctor appointments with specialists, two of which are out of town.  Today, we have one about an hour away with a Pediatric Infectious Disease doctor (who our Ped recommended and has an interest in PANDAS kids) about Faith’s labs for co-infections.

Tuesday, we hope to squeeze in a home-bound instruction appointment; Wednesday we will travel a couple of hours away for another appointment on Thursday … this time with a Neurologist who also has a focus working with PANDAS kids.

Friday morning, I (finally… way overdue) have an appointment with a new doc for myself.  I’m overdue for a physical and definitely need to discuss my high fasting lipid panel (it’s not that cake up there… lol… my diet is generally quite good, but genetic issues are sometimes tough to overcome) and develop a plan for getting that under control.  I’ve been exercising more the last several weeks and I am much stronger than a few years ago when my own health was in serious condition.  Friday afternoon, we meet with Faith’s Pediatrician again to evaluate the IV Rocephin, whether she has cleared the strep throat infection with that therapy and whether to continue anything via her PICC line or remove it.

It’s Friday…

There are times that “… the world is winning.  It’s Friday”
Haven’t we all known these times of loneliness, guilt, shame, ridicule, failing, despair… times when we feel defeated and burdens seem much too heavy to bear?

But… take heart, my friends; we are not defeated in Him…
“It’s only Friday…
But Sunday’s comin’!”
Easter blessings on this Good Friday to everyone and I pray this video ministers to your heart, whatever your circumstance.

Author:  Dr. Anthony “Tony” Campolo’s words below and background story on this message here

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It’s Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter’s a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
Pilate’s struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don’t even know
That Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
The disciples are running
Like sheep without a shepherd
Mary’s crying
Peter is denying
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s a comin’

It’s Friday
The Romans beat my Jesus
They robe him in scarlet
They crown him with thorns
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
See Jesus walking to Calvary
His blood dripping
His body stumbling
And his spirit’s burdened
But you see, it’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
The world’s winning
People are sinning
And evil’s grinning

It’s Friday
The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands
To the cross
They nail my Savior’s feet
To the cross
And then they raise him up
Next to criminals

It’s Friday
But let me tell you something
Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
The disciples are questioning
What has happened to their King
And the Pharisees are celebrating
That their scheming
Has been achieved
But they don’t know
It’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
He’s hanging on the cross
Feeling forsaken by his Father
Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?
Ooooh
It’s Friday
But Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
The earth trembles
The sky grows dark
My King yields his spirit

It’s Friday
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’

It’s Friday
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place

But it’s Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin’!!

Healthier Easter Egg Coloring

Colored Eggs

A friend posted this on Facebook and provided the link for me to share with all of you… How to Make Your Own Homemade Easter Egg Dyes By Tony Isaacs on 03/26/2011

Coloring boiled eggs has been a longtime Easter tradition. However, many of the food dyes commonly found on grocers shelves are synthesized from petroleum derivatives and even coal tar. This year, why not provide a healthier Easter for your children by making your own safe dyed eggs and opting for healthier substitutes for most or all of the candies.

In addition, some food dyes based on natural ingredients may come from items you may not care to ingest. For example, the common red food coloring agent carminic acid comes from the dried, crushed bodies of pregnant scale insects.

Plant-based dyes for coloring Easter eggs provide a synthetic-free and bug-free alternative and their muted yet vibrant colors are far lovelier than their counterparts. Children seem to find that mashing food is also much more fun that simply dropping a tablet in a cup. As well, it is a great lesson in creativity and exploring which plant materials works in which way.

Some materials work best when they are boiled with the eggs (as noted below), and some work well made ahead and used for dipping or soaking the eggs. If you use juice, just use it undiluted. The longer you let the eggs soak, the more intense the color will be (for the boiled versions, you can remove them from the heat and allow to cool in the dye bath).

You can use your favorite egg-dying tricks here as well: Like crayons for a batik effect or rubber bands for a tie-dye effect. If you like a glossy egg, you can rub the dyed eggs with vegetable oil when they are dry.

Homemade Dyes

Red

Red-onion skins, use a lot (boil with the eggs)

Pomegranate juice

Orange

Yellow onion skins (boil with eggs)

Yellow

Lemon or orange peel (boil with the eggs)

Carrot tops (boil with the eggs)

Celery seed (boil with the eggs)

Ground cumin (boil with the eggs)

Ground turmeric (boil with the eggs)

Yellow Brown

Dill seeds (boil with the eggs)

Brown

Strong coffee

Instant coffee

Black walnut shells (boil w/eggs)

Yellow Green

Bright green apple peels (boil w/eggs)

Green

Spinach leaves (boil with the eggs)

Blue

Canned blueberries and their juice

Purple grape juice

Red cabbage leaves (boil with the eggs)

Violet Blue

Violet blossoms

Red-onion skins, less amount than you need to make red (boil with the eggs)

Lavender

Diluted purple grape juice

Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon (boil with the eggs)

Pink

Beets, fresh or canned

Cranberries or cranberry juice

Raspberries

Red grape juice

Other Healthy Easter Suggestions

Limit chocolates to small amounts of healthier dark chocolate. And fill your own plastic shells with healthy items such as:

  • Trail mix, mixed nuts, bagels or pretzel mix (you can also make your own trail
  • Granola or popcorn mix (choose healthier organic versions)
  • Organic cereals
  • Raisins, dried apricots or other dried fruit
  • Coins or dollar bills

You can also fill up their Easter baskets with fun non-food items that encourage their creativity.

  • Add books by children’s favorite authors, along with fun and colorful Easter-themed bookmarks.
  • Fill the basket with small stuffed animals and/or with toys your kids can use while staying active outside, such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balls and sporting equipment.
  • Consider stocking the basket with small gifts designed to encourage creativity in your children, such as paints, brushes, puzzles, coloring books and crayons.
  • Add various kinds of seed packets and some gardening tools so your child can plant flowers or vegetables and watch them grow. Gardening is wonderfully healthy for children and spring is the perfect time for your children to pick up gardening.

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