THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Don_knotts_scooby34_1Don Knotts died today at
81. He won a several Emmys for his
role as Barney Fife, and tickled our funny bones as Mr. Furley.  My favorites, though,
will always be Theodore Ogelvie in The Apple Dumpling Gang and his repeat
Scoobie-Doo performances as himself/detective/groundskeeper.

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FRIDAY’S FEAST

Veggie_soup_picPOTATO PANCAKES WITH CHUNKY VEGETABLE STEW

Vegetable stew

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 12 ounces 1/2-inch cubes zucchini
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 1/2-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained
  • 12 Kalamata olives, pitted, chopped

Potato pancakes

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, coarsely grated, squeezed dry in towel
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

For vegetable stew:

  1. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add next 4 ingredients; stir 1 minute.
  4. Add zucchini and tomatoes with juices; bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until zucchini is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add garbanzos and olives; simmer 3 minutes.

For potato pancakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; add 1 teaspoon oil.
  5. Heat over medium-high heat.
  6. Add potato mixture by 1/3 cupfuls, spreading each to 3-inch round.
  7. Cook until pancakes are brown, about 5 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer to baking sheet; keep warm in oven.
  • Place 3 pancakes on each of 4 plates.
  • Spoon stew over and serve.
     

Per serving: calories, 420; total fat, 12 g; saturated fat, 1 g; cholesterol, 0

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe By: Bon Appétit January 2003 via Epicurious.com

SHAKING MY HEAD IN BEWILDERMENT

Wired_intelligentdesignsprdThanks to my perusal of the website devoted to The Twin
Cities Creation Science Association’s (TCCSA) science fair.

Yes you guessed it. This science fair was specifically for Christian Homeschoolers of Minnesota. Their science fair goals?

  1. Know your material.
  2. Be Confident.
  3. Communicate well. 
  4. Be thorough.
  5. Pray your exhibit will witness to
    non-Christian visitors.

You know, that’s what I associate with science…conversion
of heretics.  Oh, wait, that would be me. No wonder I don’t get it.

Bear in mind that every exhibit is required to display a
bible verse. While this may seem a bit
odd to me, I was unaware that the following was the perceived purpose of
evolutionary biologists.

Evolutionists
ask this question:
How can I prove that evolution is true (and God does not exist). This may not
be stated in this way, but is inferred by their writings. Darwin and others
have said that if evolution is tr
ue, there is no need for God.

Creation scientists
need to ask this question:
What can I learn about myself, God, and God’s plan for the universe as I study
His creation today. I believe true science is a way to learn more about God and
ourselves. It is a living class room in which God is the Instructor and we the
students. Jesus used common things in nature to illustrate his principles as he
taught.

It must be such beliefs which led them to proclaim:

Unlike Some Science Fair Sites
We Are For Real!
Unlike Many Secular Educators
We Teach The Scientific Method!

Each student is provided with a list of suggested creation
science topics from which they may choose. Among my favorites are:

  • How many shades of skin color are there? Use a
    paint scanner to test 100 people.
  •  What affects skin color? Is one color better than another? What was
    God’s purpose?
  • Is intelligence influenced by physical attributes?
    i.e. are blondes "dumb" or does skin color influence intelligence?
  • Statistical occurrence of giants, and midgets
    and dwarfs and giantism. Use Princess Flo, Goliath, and brothers.
  • What can we learn from the Amish blood disease
    and sixth finger? Compare this to the half Jewish Samaritans.
  • How much voltage or current can a human take
    before he is killed? Could do experiments on a plant.
  • Build and run studies on a strata forming wave
    tank. This would confirm or disprove strata are all laid down at the same time.
  • What was life like before the Flood?
  •  Make a computer model of the Flood currents.
  •  Trilobites prove Noah’s flood because they are
    curled up or not?
  •  Do Lilydale closed clam fossils support a world
    wide flood? Collect 100 shells and compare.
  • What was the weather like before the Flood?
  • Were all the animals friendly to man before the
    Flood? Idea: raise several baby animals like snake and mouse together to see if
    they remain friends as they are older.
  • Why do they live longer before the Flood?
  • Why did God create the moon to control the
    tides?
  • Is there a way for humans to get to Jupiter?
    Mars? etc.
  •  If there were aliens, why would they visit
    humans?
  • What are aliens and are there really any in our
    world? see Lamentations 5:2, Eph 2:12, Heb 11:34.
  • Why does the Bible say there is one glory of the
    sun, one glory of the moon, and one glory of the stars?
  • Why did God make pests like bugs and mosquitoes?
  •  Why did God make birds to fly?
  • How long can flies survive freezing in a frig?
  • Are humans mammals? We thought they were made in
    God’s image and not related to animals.
  • What is God made of?
  • Where was the Garden of Eden? Is it around
    today?
  • Why do people believe in Evolution?
  • What events caused them to become evolutionists?

I still don’t get it.

I have no issue with people believing whatever they feel in their
hearts. But why do some otherwise smart folks
insist on using religion as an excuse to keep them from seeing facts &
evidence clearly.
Evolution is not a
theory people. It has been proven. Intelligent design is an interesting
religious anecdote. But in my opinion, it
belongs in a social studies class. Because, honestly, it has nothing to do with science.

DUBIOUS ABOUT DUBAI

StatuerightsideAMERICAblog: “The Bush team couldn’t save New Orleans,
bumbled Iraq, let Osama go, can’t even shoot straight, and now they want us to
trust them regarding the nuclear threat when we already know they’ve dropped
the ball regarding setting up a plan to effectively stop terrorist nukes from
being snuck into the US through our ports. So instead of coming up with a real
plan to protect our ports, they’re putting the foxes in charge of the hen house…”

For more of the AMERICAblog article, click here.

And for further reading: NYT:  US port
security under Bush is already such a joke, Dubai can hardly make it worse.

IT ALWAYS COMES BACK TO HAUNT YOU

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Perhaps you remember that a couple of days ago I wrote about
how sublimely precocious my child was. I
bragged unabashedly of her advanced vocabulary. It was, indeed, a good day.

Then last night, as I lay upon the big bed with Kajsa, desperately
trying to get her to go to sleep, we chatted once more. In an earnest attempt to get this child to
have sweet dreams and healthy self-esteem, I initiated the following, curious, conversation.

        Me: “Kajsa’s so smart.”
        Kajsa: “Mmmm Hmmm.”
        Me: “Kajsa’s so kind.”
        Kajsa: “Mmmm Hmmm.”
        Me: “You know what else?”
        Kajsa: “I’m fye yooh N gin.”
        Me: “You’re a fire engine?”
        Kajsa: “Eeee Yoing Eeee Yoing Eeee Yoing!”

My conclusion: Excellent imagination. Odd sense
of self.

FASHION SHOW

I guess “they” officially decided that we weren’t going to
get a winter this year. How do I know
this? We found tuques on sale for $1.00. So the whole family stocked up.22306_064

Here you see Kajsa modeling her lovely new stocking
cap while rocking out.

I chose to display Chris’ fun, silly, and, yes, spiked beanie.
I think it looks best on me when I make my “I’ve been taking Kick-boxing and Pilates for
three whole weeks
” face.

22306_074Don’t you?