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Month: May 2014

Taco Night!

Well, I’m sure you are all jealous of this deliciousness. 20140501-123442.jpg Now: Recipes.

Tortillas: serves 2 really hungry people. ~2c White Flour ~1/2c Crisco (or other hydrogenated fat) ~1tsp Salt ~1/2c Warm Water

Mix the Flour, Crisco, and Salt together in mixing bowl. Add warm water and mix until the mixture becomes a dough (if the 1/2 c water doesn’t do it, add 1Tbs at a time and mix well). Form into 1/2 palm-sized circles, then roll flat. Warm cast-iron pan to Medium, and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Place tortilla in pan, giving each side 30 seconds, or as needed. Take tortillas and place in clean linen towel until served. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed plastic bag for up to a week.

Taco Meat: Guys, I’m not gonna lie, this is gonna be a little… vague. Brad normally does this part, but even when I do it, it’s just up to how it smells and taste as to when it’s done. I’m afraid this will be one of the tastiest experiments you’ll have. But remember: Less is More.

~2 lbs Ground Meat ~15oz Can of Tomato Sauce ~1/2 tsp Chili Powder ~1/4 tsp Ground Cumin ~1/4 tsp Garlic Powder ~1/4 tsp Paprika ~1/2 tsp Onion Salt ~Jalapeño Seeds (optional)

Brown meat in pan, then drain. Add about 1/2-3/4 can of sauce. Add more or less of all spices and seeds, according to taste. Garnish with favorite taco toppings, and eat immediately! Let me know how this works out for you!

Quick Reads

Want a look at what I’m reading? Here!

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My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers-EXCELLENT daily devotional. I think by this time, most people should have copies, and if you want, you can read through it with me! Oswald Chambers is an incredible author. The pages are so short, but so full of phrases that capture your attention, and continue to stick with you.

The Nazi Doctors by Robert J. Lifton– I started this book when I was phone-sitting in my COL’s office several years ago. Being a family practice doctor-I asked him how he came to read the book, and he said it was one he’d kept from college and reread periodically, as WWII was one of his favorite eras. He leant it to me, and I read the first part before returning it (it’s not very fast-paced, and I didn’t want to keep it forever). The thought stuck with me however, and I tracked it down and began reading it again.
It’s a book about a man who in the 70’s went back to revisit the Holocaust doctors and what they said/thought of their work upon years of reflection. It’s interesting to see how the doctors thought about what they did. Half of them still believe they did a favor for society, and the other half just wanted to talk-to justify their actions. It’s worth a read, if you’ve got the time.

Six Years by Harlen Coben-I read the back of this in WalGreens, and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s about a man who gives up his first love at her own wedding, making him promise to not contact her again. Years later, he sees her husband’s obituary in the papers, and goes to his funeral only to discover…. *drum roll* She’s not the wife.
It only took me the evening to sit down and read this cover to cover. Very fast-paced and a good time killer if you’ve got a long flight coming up.

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle– This is part of the CUTEST coffee shop mystery series ever. This one is about the 6th one in, and I can’t get enough of them. Also very fast paced and relatively short, if you’re interested.

Stash Tea Lemon and White Decaf Tea-nice, light lemon-y tea. I highly suggest it (hot or cold) for all the spring/summer festivities!

Read on!

Anthem Lights

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Ya know those catchy tunes?
How about those catchy tunes your favorite bands cover? Yep. Here it is.

 

I think it’s incredibly intriguing  to think about putting words to a city about to be destroyed. And the question, “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” Would I even think that? Probably not. I think it gives such an interesting look at what our thoughts about our dying world are.

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