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Roast Beef and Beet Fall Salad

September 16, 2011

This is my favorite Fall dish – and it’s my own recipe!  


3-4       medium sized beets
3           bunches kale
1           packet Seeds of Change quinoa/brown rice (Costco, Whole Foods)
1/3 lb  deli roast beef
balsamic mustard dressing (recipe below)

  1. Wash and remove stems from beets.  Make a foil pocket, put beets in and drizzle with a little oil.  Close pocket and bake at 375 for about 45 min to an hour until tender.
  2. Wash kale and remove tough stems.  Roll leaves and slice into 1/2 inch wide strips .  Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes.  Strain and squeeze out excess water  (OR, rub leaves for 3 minutes with 1/2 tsp of salt until they turn brighter green).
  3. Slice roast beef into strips.
  4. Cook packet of grains.
  5. Prepare dressing (below).
  6. Put onto plates:  Kale, grains, roast beef, beets and drizzle with dressing.

Balsamic Mustard Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 tsp whole grain mustard
1 (generous) TBSP sugar, Splenda or honey
1 tsp kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Shake ingredients together in a jar.


Soaking Up the Gospel

June 28, 2010

John’s been working through the Heidelberg Catechism with Owen and Corinne in the evenings and it’s been amazing to see their minds working as they memorize such deep biblical truth.  Even though they don’t understand it all yet, I’m so thankful for the categories it’s creating for them to hopefully filter their lives through as they get older.  If you’re interested, pick up Kevin DeYoung’s book, The Good News We Almost Forgot. You’ll find part of the catechism in each chapter, followed by a devotional to go with it.  Here they are, doing their thing:

Tunes For Your Swagger Wagon

May 13, 2010

Two things…

Village Church (Matt Chandler) has released two worship albums, and one is for kids.  I’ve been listening to them in the car and they’re great!  Better yet, they are FREE to download.  You can go here to get the music.

Also, John and I have recently crossed over to the mini-van market (three kids in the backseat of a Subaru was like packing in little human sardines).  I got a good laugh out of this Toyota Sienna video:

Back in the Saddle!

April 26, 2010

What a few months!  We’ve moved, been sick, had company and then enjoyed a full week of T4G which turned out to be busy for both John and I!  Now I’m hoping I can get back to blogging.  Here’s three things I’ve enjoyed since my cyber-absence:

  • Groupon – have you heard about it?  You can sign up on-line here and register.  Every day the folks at Groupon will send you an email about the deal of the day (50-90% off) in your city and you can choose if you want it or not.  I usually stick to the restaurants but they’ll have all sorts of deals (car washes, salons, museums etc.)  All of your certificates stay stored on your account and you can print them off whenever you’re ready to use them!
  • Cider Salad Dressing – Mmmm, I’ve had this recipe for a while but have been using it a lot since Spring has offered up so many fresh vegetables for salads.
  • This blog post by my husband… our favorite comedian clearly depicts the me-centeredness we can all identify with and should be seeking to kill.

I’m also reading Paul Tripp’s book What Did You Expect? on marriage by Crossway.  I’d highly recommend it (even though I’ve not finished it yet!), especially for any of you tying the knot soon.

Dark Side of the Super Bowl

February 8, 2010

I was saddened to read this article from the Miami Herald.  Apparently child sex-trafficking follows the Super Bowl like a shadow.  Here’s an excerpt and you can read the whole story here:

The testosterone-fueled Super Bowl is expected to generate as much traffic for prostitutes as it does for bartenders and bookies.  And though the girls who have made camp on South Beach and Downtown Miami may seem to be there voluntarily, authorities say, they almost certainly are former runaways or foster kids who fell prey to human trafficking. Some are barely out of puberty.  Ernie Allen, who heads the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said girls typically enter prostitution at age 11 or 12.  “This is truly an example of supply and demand,” said Allen. “They use these kids as commodities for sale or trade, and go to where demand is the greatest, and where they can make the most money. That’s why they follow events like the Super Bowl.” Allen called child prostitutes “21st-century slaves.”

Another Horton Excerpt

January 31, 2010

Such a great book…  Here’s a few paragraphs from chapter 3 I thought were very helpful:

As we have seen, the Bible indicates that we “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”  We either let ourselves off the hook, making excuses, or hide from the world in despair of ever being able to face it because of our failures.  The “journey within” that characterizes so much of contemporary spirituality, even in our own Christian circles, easily becomes just another way of running from God as he summons us to appear in his courtroom.  We need God’s Word, standing outside of us, to pass judgment on our lives, calling us out of our optimism and pessimism to hear things as they really are.  If our introspection leads us to greater self-confidence, we have only deceived ourselves…

Paul tells the Roman Christians, “None is righteous; no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks after God” (Rom. 3:10-11).  Can that really be true?  Is Paul exaggerating here?  What about all those people around the world devoting their lives to the search for God, and the many decent people who give their lives to serve humanity?  Surely God will judge the world on the basis of whether we have done our best with the light that we have been given.  But Paul’s whole point in these first three chapters is to convince us that regardless of how much light we have been given, we always do the same thing with it.  We suppress the truth, whether it is the light of nature (God’s existence and moral will known to unbelieving Gentiles) or the light of grace (God’s revelation of the gospel in the Scriptures).  There is enough revelation to render a guilty verdict.  Regardless of our own evaluation, before God’s bar no one is good and no one seeks God.

This does not mean that no one is morally decent before fellow human beings, since Paul has affirmed that even Gentiles without the written law sometimes follow their conscience (Rom. 2:14-15).  Nor does it mean that nobody seeks a god; indeed, Gentiles as well as Jews are very religious.  However, we systematically distort this revelation of God’s moral will in order to justify ourselves and keep God’s truth about us and his righteousness at bay (Rom. 1:21-2:11).  Natural religion, spirituality, and morality are in fact our chief means of running away from God.

The Shack is Back!

January 28, 2010

After so much debate (and lack of debate) in evangelicalism over this book, I read two helpful reviews on The Shack this morning.  I wholeheartedly appreciated Tim Keller’s and Albert Mohler’s concern not only over the theological implications it asserts, but concern over the envelopment of this book in our culture – especially for Christians.  Many people will say “It’s just a book – stop with your theological nit-picking!”  Well. That’s dangerous.  I think it’s important to pay attention to what people are attracted to in this book.

Mohler, the fierce foe of liberalism himself, says:

In evaluating the book, it must be kept in mind that The Shack is a work of fiction. But it is also a sustained theological argument, and this simply cannot be denied. Any number of notable novels and works of literature have contained aberrant theology, and even heresy. The crucial question is whether the aberrant doctrines are features of the story or the message of the work. When it comes to The Shack, the really troubling fact is that so many readers are drawn to the theological message of the book, and fail to see how it conflicts with the Bible at so many crucial points.

All this reveals a disastrous failure of evangelical discernment. It is hard not to conclude that theological discernment is now a lost art among American evangelicals — and this loss can only lead to theological catastrophe.

Read the whole article here.

So how does it conflict with the Bible, and does it really matter?  Tim Keller weighs in:

Anyone who is strongly influenced by the imaginative world of The Shack will be totally unprepared for the far more multi-dimensional and complex God that you actually meet when you read the Bible. In the prophets the reader will find a God who is constantly condemning and vowing judgment on his enemies, while the Persons of the Triune-God of The Shack repeatedly deny that sin is any offense to them. The reader of Psalm 119 is filled with delight at God’s statutes, decrees, and laws, yet the God of The Shack insists that he doesn’t give us any rules or even have any expectations of human beings. All he wants is relationship. The reader of the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and Isaiah will learn that the holiness of God makes his immediate presence dangerous or fatal to us. Someone may counter (as Young seems to do, on p.192) that because of Jesus, God is now only a God of love, making all talk of holiness, wrath, and law obsolete. But when John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, long after the crucifixion sees the risen Christ in person on the isle of Patmos, John ‘fell at his feet as dead.’ (Rev.1:17.) The Shack effectively deconstructs the holiness and transcendence of God. It is simply not there. In its place is unconditional love, period. The God of The Shack has none of the balance and complexity of the Biblical God. Half a God is not God at all.

Read the whole article here.

It is so important that our understanding and view of God be correct.  God reveals himself to us through his Word.  Which is why it’s such an aberration to write something fictionally “sexy” that directly challenges God’s character as revealed in the Bible.

I would highly suggest reading both of these reviews!