A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for January, 2010

Not Again!

I grew up with a father that had a quick temper.  My dad’s last name was Simpson.  So when any one in our family would “fly off the handle” we would always claim that their Simpson was coming out.

Well, I have worked on my Simpson.  I have spent time in prayer and have really tried to control my temper Simpson.  But, wouldn’t you know it, today while I was getting ready to put my first batch of cookies in the oven, I dumped them all over the bottom of the hot oven.  Guess what? My Simpson reared its ugly head.  I even said a bad word.

Just when I thought the better part of me was finally in control!  When Bob got home from work I told him the whole story, bad word and all.  He just smiled.  That’s the way he is.

 Have you wondered about my weight?  I am still holding my own.  The pattern seems to be  I watch what I eat all week  and on Friday I let up.  I am staying the same but I really want to get the job done and reach my goal.

Tomorrow is a new day.

T.G.I.F

LOL–I don’t really think I am thankful it is Friday I am just thankful for everyday.  I say T.G.I.T.–Thank Goodness It Is Today–I love life.  That scares me–will the day come when I don’t love life?  Is my life too good?  Would I hate life, if I had  family problems  or a health problem that couldn’t be solved?  I don’t know. 

This is what I do know.  I find pleasure in life.  I enjoy my friends and I love my church and I am crazy about my family.  I like to get up in the morning and I hate to go to bed at night.  Yet there is still that little feeling of loneliness.

So what am I looking for in this life of pleasure?  I am looking for a closer friendship with  Jesus.  How about you?  Have you discovered that universal discontent that is from Jesus?  He wants us to sing, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.”

Prayer is just a perfect way to come close to the Lord.  Not just at bedtime, meals and when you get up but all day everyday.  I have two friends who live 8 hours from me and we may only see each other once a year or even less.  Yet we stay in contact and we are never at a loss for words.  I want the pleasure of God’s company in my life.

This is one of the soups I made last Friday evening.  Tonight we are having the usual–pancakes.

Chili’s Southwestern Vegetable Soup

7 Cups chicken broth–I use 7 cups water and vegetarian chicken seasoning to taste.

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice

1 can dark red kidney beans, with liquid

1 cup frozen cut corn

1 cup frozen cut green beans

1 4-ounce can diced green chilies

1 diced onion

1/2 cup tomato sauce

6 corn tortillas, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

Dash garlic powder or a clove of garlic

Garnish with grated cheddar cheese and crumbled corn tortilla chips-optional

Combine all the soup ingredients in a large saucepan over high heat.  Be sure to mince the corn tortillas into small pieces with a sharp knife before adding them to the soup.  Bring soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the soup has thickened and tortilla pieces have mostly dissolved.  You will want to stir this now and then to keep from sticking.  It’s yummy.

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Be Nice!

My mom use to say those very words to me, “Be nice.”  Have I ever told I was pretty much a brat when I was a kid?  It is a strange thing to become a grandma and to look back on my life and realize what a spoiled girl I was. 

Now it is even worse to look at my life now and realize  I am still a little spoiled woman.  Oh, I think I have gotten to the place where I can hide my selfish ways mostly but when push comes to shove I can get nasty.  Especially to the person who lives in the same house with me.

Well, he is just so easy and fun to tease, that’s what I call it but then I think again.  Is my teasing at the expense of his self-esteem and his feelings.   Sometimes it is.

You know, I have told you a lot about my self in the year I have been writing this blog.  Now I am down to the bottom of the pit.  You pretty much know it all. 

So while still striving to keep my devotions going, my eating under control, my exercising on track, I am now trying to become a nicer person.  I know, I know what you are about to say, just give it to the Lord.  Well, the Lord is the one that set me to thinking about this.  So it is already in his hands.

It’s that new book on prayer I just started that actually set my mind in motion thinking about my life and how I want to finish well.

Babycakes

It’s Thursday and I’m having lunch with a friend.  I love Judy, she is my hero.  She was a single mom raising her two children and she did a great job.  She put herself and what she wanted last and made those kids her first priority.

For years we shared the same sidewalk because we were side by side neighbors and friends.  First neighbor and the friendship came a little later.

The first Christmas we were neighbors she invited us next door for Christmas Eve.  As people began to arrive it was apparent that Judy knew how to cultivate friendship.  We were an eclectic group, and here is the fun part, we all gathered at Judy’s for at least 20 years.  We gathered every Christmas Eve, because well at first it was because we didn’t have any where else to go.  Later it was because we couldn’t stand missing, it was the one day of the year we got to see each other.

Now as our families have grown up we all have other places to go, and grandchildren calling asking when we will be coming to their house.  So today I am having lunch with my long ago friend. 

I love this cookbook.

I have a great recipe for you, from the cookbook Babycakes.  This is so yummy I have made it twice and that’s why I don’t have much to report to you on my weight.  I am see-sawing because I am not sticking to my plan.  Oh isn’t that familiar?  The plan–it can be weight loss, devotions, organizing, or exercising.  The hard part is sticking to the plan, my road map for daily living.

 

Cobbler

 Preheat oven to 325, I used a square baking dish.

3 cups sliced fresh peaches, unpeeled (I used canned peaches)

1 cup fresh blackberries (I used 2 cups frozen blueberries)

1/4 cup arrowroot

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup whole spelt flour (could use whole wheat)

1/3 cup rolled oats (I used 2/3 cups)

3 TBS. evaporated cane juice

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot water

In a small bowl, combine the peaches, berries and arrow root and 1/4 cup of the agave nectar, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Mix with rubber spatula, set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, 3 tbsp. evaporated cane juice, baking powder, cinnamon and remaining 1 1/4 tsp salt.  Add the oil, the remaining 1.4 cup agave nectar, the vanilla and the hot water to the dry ingredients.  Stir until a moist dough is formed.

Put your fruit in the pan, drop spoonfuls of the batter over the top of the fruit, but do not spread them. sprinkle the top with evaporated cane juice.  Just a sprinkle.

Bake the cobbler on the center rack for 20 minutes (it took mine 35 minutes).  It is done when the crust is golden.  The juice from the fruit will bubble up through the gaps in the cobbler topping.

Can you imagine the smile on Bob's face when I handed him this bowl?

Let stand for 15 minutes before serving it warm.

This would be good with any kind of fruit.  I found can’s of cherry pie filling on sale at Walgreen’s for $1.20 a can.  I am thinking we may make this for Women in Touch using the cherry pie filling.  We may add some peaches to the filling.  I have reduced the sugar, it was fine but best with all the sugar LOL

Listening For God

I know, you think I meant to say listening to God.  I really didn’t mean that at all, I wrote exactly what I meant.  Listening for God!!

Last weekend I attended a Prayer Conference at my church.  The conference did several things for me.  It  made me want to listen for God.  By this I mean just to know that He is working in my life.  That He is sending me messages here and there that I might miss if I am not aware.

I’m reading a book by Morris Venden on Prayer.  The same thing is happening in my thought process as I read this book.  It is just the simple fact that I want to listen and watch for signs that God is near and answers my prayers.

You don’t know this about me but I like to read several books at a time.  I don’t always finish a book before I start a new book.  That’s  not good but it’s how I seem to do it.  Right now I’m reading,  The Answer is Prayer,  by Morris Venden, You Were Made for This by Bruce Wilkinson,  A Life to Die For, by Clarence and Stephen Schilt.

The book by Wilkinson, has also made me think about God and how He wants to use each of us in a powerful way.  We just have to make ourselves available and let God know we are willing to have him work through us.

A Life to Die For, is a great book about the problem of SELF.  Do you have a problem with that?  LOL  Don’t we all.  I emailed a friend one day just to see how she was doing and she told me she was having trouble with self.  I told her to get the book A Life to Die For and read it.  This morning during my devotions my mind wandered to my friend and within a minute she called.  I thought that was almost a God thing.  This book has made a big difference in her marriage and she is only half way into it.

How about you?  Are you reading?  Why not make a goal for yourself.  Perhaps you would like to read 4 books a month or maybe 2 books a month.  I am going to give this some thought I want to set a goal,  turn the TV off and do some reading.

Ask the Lord to show you a really good book.  Does this sound strange to you?  I don’t think it is, God is interested in everthing we do and I know He will lead you to the right book.

How Can We Go On. . .

Help_for_haiti

How can we go on with business as usual when there is so much suffering in Haiti?

I am asking you to do something to help our brothers and sisters in this poor country.

What can you do?

1.  Pray!

2.  Spread the word on giving to help.

3.  Give.  Just this morning I sent an article about ADRA to my sister in law and she responded.  She has been praying the Lord would show her where to give her contribution.

I am adding the information I received this morning and in this article you will find a link to donate through ADRA.  If you don’t like ADRA find another place to give of your money.

  1. Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is heavily involved in response to the disaster in Haiti . Contributions are needed and can be made at www.adra.org/haiti or by calling 1-800-424-ADRA (2372). We have 1,000 Adventist churches in the area and about 330,000 members. We know that two of our largest churches near the presidential palace were destroyed. Five congregations met in these churches. One of those churches had a school and there are serious concerns for the children who were attending school at that time. It is believed that the Union president is alive but contact has not been made. The Union office is not damaged seriously. One Union worker was killed when a wall fell on him. There are two Adventist missionaries in Haiti and they are alright but shaken. Serious damage has been sustained by our university but the lawns of our university and hospital campuses are being used by many for a sleeping area as a place of safety. Fortunately, despite the economic challenges, our churches did take out earthquake insurance and that will help some. ADRA will be working to assist members and the public alike. Your prayers for the people of Haiti and those who are working to assist them would be much appreciated. DO NOT gather food or clothing as it will be impossible to get it to Haiti . ADRA will use the cash to accomplish what is needed at this time.

The Unexpected

Do you just love the unexpected?  If your answer to this question is, ” not always,”  you think exactly like I think.  The unexpected is not always a fun, exciting thing.

I do love the unexpected, spur of the moment happenings.  Like I would love to have someone call and say, ” Hey let’s meet at the Mill for hot chocolate.”  But, they never call.  So I haven’t experienced anything as delicious as meeting a friend for hot chocolate.  I love it when a friend calls and says something like, I made way too much for dinner come over and help us eat it up.  The one friend who use to do that moved away.

My man took a tumble last night, he slipped on the ice.  That for sure was unexpected.  He fell to the ground like a kite falling from the sky.  Now he never suffers in silence, if he has a hang nail I know it.  So you can only imagine the moaning and groaning from the time he got home until we went to bed. Now I know what you’re think, you think I have no sympathy.  But, I do, I went through the medicine cabinet and discovered all our “medicine” has expired years ago.  I am headed to Walgreen’s to pick up some bargains and oh yes, to get some Ibuprofen..  Am I sounding a little depressed this morning?  Well I’m not, I am just thinking.  Thinking about what makes me happy.  I have discovered it really isn’t the unexpected.

Yesterday I went to my favorite store, Chico’s, I bought a pair of white pants, not on sale. (shame on me) 2 blouses on sale less than half price and another pair of ankle length pants again less than half price.  Last spring I was not wearing the size I wear now, I need a little something.  I have to say even buying new clothing in a smaller size is not what makes me happiest. 

Do you realize we are all born with a universal restlessness?  Have you felt it? God created it in each of us and only God can fill that restlessness.  So if you are feeling lonely, empty, or restless pick up your Bible and spend a little time with HIM.

Time to report on my weight:  On Monday it will be 2 weeks since I have been “on the wagon.”  I have lost 3 solid pounds.  Do you know what I mean by solid?  This is how it goes for me, I go down a pound and then up a pound and then back down the second time I usually don’t go back up.  So that’s the story.

It’s Friday and I have a great recipe for you!  Either you love Curry or you hate it, I hope you love it.

Vegetarian Curry

This is yummy served over couscous or basmati rice or brown rice.  Don’t let the raisins scare you, they add wonderful balance to the heat of the curry.

6 medium white potatoes, shop into 1/2 inch cubes

3 carrots, peel and chop into 1/2 inch slices

3 Tbs. olive oil

1 jumbo yellow onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chop into 1 inch pieces

1/2 lb. mushrooms, quartered

1 medium zucchini squash, slice in half vertically, then chop into 1/2 inch slices

2 large tomatoes, medium dice

1 large can crushed tomatoes

2 cans chick peas

1/2 cup golden seedless raisins

1/2 cup dark seedless raisins

4 Tbs. mild curry powder, add more if you like it hot

2 tsp. salt

Parboil potatoes and carrots until tender crisp.  Drain.  Set Aside.  Heat olive oil in large stockpot.  Stir-fry onion until pale golden color.  Add peppers, mushrooms and sir fry until heated.  Add squash and diced tomatoes, continue to stir fry until heated.  Add crushed tomatoes, chickpeas, raisins and curry powder.  Bring to a simmer and add in potato carrot mixture.  Add salt and continue simmering for 20-30 minutes.  Add  if necessary.  This curry is even better the next day.

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