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Favorite summer time foods kept light

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Favorite summer time foods kept light

Now that summer was a few weeks away, it got too hot to cook. Who was the brave soul wanting to stand over a hot stove making dinner every night, even with the air conditioner going? For me, that was about as annoying as finding something to eat or having to cook without the air running.

Below was my list of five favorite summer time meals to make. One would think that someone would have to eat their food ‘at the ready“, or with girded loins like the Bible said:

Exodus 12:10-12

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. (KJV)

Some people might have gotten a good laugh out of the above Biblical reference, that wasn’t the intent here. Because the weather was warmer, it was always a good idea to have food “made ready“ for whatever reason. Lighter foods were easier on the stomach if one were tired.

1. Salad Any kind of meat was good with this basic dish. Bagged salad or canned chicken and fish only needed draining. It was even better without meat. My mother ate lettuce and tomato one night with her favorite salad dressing. The only bad thing about salad whether bagged or fresh, once opened it had to have been eaten because it spoiled fast.

2. Vegetables This was my ‘go to’ when not wanting any starch. Sometimes using the above meat was good with this. With a class of ice tea, it kept one full. Any kind of pasta was great though. Once both were cooked, it was great eaten cold with a favorite beverage.

3. Asian My favorite was homemade stir fry. Two ounces of any kind of cooked meat or canned made a great meal with rice and one‘s favorite assortment of vegetables and soy sauce. Eggrolls were a great side too and sometimes the store bought variety made a great light late dinner.

4. Pita pockets These were just like Hot Pockets except that they weren’t hot. Stuffed with one’s favorite meat and veggie combination, it made a quick meal for on the go types during the summer. My mother bought me some pita bread and it was cut in half to make a pocket to stuff food in. My me and my friends made those one night and one said they rivaled the Burger King variety.

5. Panini’s My sandwiches were different from the store-bought variety in two ways they were made with healthy options and one got a whole sandwich. Even though the local Atlanta Bread made to die for paninis, one could’ve always afforded to buy them.

 

1. Pagoda Eggrolls

2   Hot Pockets

3.  Pita

4.  Chicken Panini and Potatoes

Looking to scripture for wisdom: Writer took indirect approach

Looking to Scripture for wisdom: Writer took indirect approach

On the job front, things were turning upward. This week, there were two different writing positions from different companies. Writer’s Access and Jobz For Writers wanted me to work for them. This had me on cloud nine because the last time something like this happened, there were three different positions, one being from my current employer.

How quickly the euphoria over these positions quickly leveled out. After the poor performance on Writer’s Access test, similarly designed like that of Writer’s Relief, and the realization that JFW was as site similar to that of Academia-Research and EssayWriters, made me rethink a lot of issues. At this time, my application was still pending.

With JFW, my profile stated that there was to have been no work done on nights or weekends. Last-minute papers were out also, mainly because of an unpredictable laptop now that Windows XP went out of service April 8. Since that time my laptop got testy. It cut of twice in the last two weeks. All of a sudden, while on line, a blue screen would pop up and my computer would restart. Whatever my task was would be lost.

The Bible said:

Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

Trying to market myself by asking people for help with finding a job only got me politely referred to the local state run agency. Later, during one of my visits to Work Services Job Club, my discovery was that that these referrals were an easy out. One of my family friends suggested asking my own friends for stuff like that. In other words, it wasn’t their job to help me find work even though they had connections. One friend told me they didn’t believe that special needs people should’ve been working with them.

It’s not my being afraid of asking for help finding jobs, it’s the fact that most of the people in my Sunday School Department were retired or about to retire. At least two have bought up the Work Services option, not as an easy out but as an option like it hadn’t been heard of before. This happened out in the community also. Sometime nothing was said by me at all. In spite of their way out that’s sought, getting programs thrown in my face was an offense. The indirect approach would’ve been better.

All wasn’t lost yet. There was a way to promote myself a little further by asking to have people’s businesses advertise on my Google blog. That way, they could refer others and pay me for “getting the word out” There were ways of working around people that for whatever reason didn’t want to help me out. This might be one of them. It sure beat whining or getting angry about opposition.

The Bible said:

Zechariah 8:15

15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah  Do not be afraid. (NIV)

My uncle recommended checking into Civil Service. One of the people in my Sunday School Department recommended advertising on my Google blog. Maybe there would be a subtle way to let them allow me to feature them on the site. While they didn’t quite understand my plight, they gave me something to check into. That way, the state-run agencies would be avoided.

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Faith in Action: The under one hour five-step dinner plan

Faith in Action: The under one hour five-step dinner plan

This had to be reprinted becuse it was too good not to put here

Ok, its dinner time. Nothing was thawed. No one wanted what was in the fridge. Pizza night was two nights away and fish was eaten previously. A favorite show came on in an hour. One must have had faith. Don’t panic because, there’s a solution. Below was an Under one-hour five-step dinner plan that would’ve fed even the hungriest of people.

Hebrews 11:1 said (NIV):

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of elbow macaroni, or favorite pasta
  • ¼ cup of broccoli pieces, or favorite vegetables
  • Small piece of cut meat, or prepared
  • Three tablespoons of cheese

Directions:

  1. Boil, on medium to medium-high heat in a two-quart saucepan, ¼ cup of elbow macaroni or a favorite pasta. Drain and return to saucepan
  2. Boil, on medium to medium-high heat in a two quart sauce pan, ¼ cup of broccoli pieces or a favorite vegetable. Drain and add to the macaroni
  3. Heat, a small piece of cut turkey, 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the microwave from frozen, or along with prepared meat and ½ cup of cheese sauce. Add to the macaroni vegetable mixture
  4. Heat on medium to medium-high heat until coated with cheese
  5. Carefully pour into a medium cereal bowl and enjoy. Served one.

Matthew 17:19-21 said (KJV):

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

This was tried by me last week and it worked All was done in under an hour. “Family Guy” came on at seven o’clock on TBS on Mondays and Thursdays, which was enjoyed by me while eating dinner.

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Submissions should never stop in spite of rejections

So far, most of my submitted items in the last few days were rejected either because they weren’t weird enough or the pieces weren’t allowed to be previously published. This hadn’t stopped me from finding new places to try out though. Pay dirt was bound to strike if one kept trying and kept the faith.

This morning, my picture for Skill Pages Love My Skill contest was rejected a few days ago. It probably wasn’t weird enough for them. My three stories for Writer;s Relief weren’t allowed to be submitted because they did not allow previously published work being submitted on their site. The orignal format was wrong too. WR wanted .DOC, DOCX, or.PDF formats. Now that the skill of poetry, short stories and articles were mastered, maybe it was time one learned a new skill. since WR excepted the personal essay, that was my next avenue provided there was a word  counter. The limit was 3500 words.

For the Eber & Wein Poetry Contest, there had to be a limit of 55 characters per line.and a limit of 26 lines.  Luckily , there was a word counter in MS Word, but no character counter. Hopefully, there might be one to downoload. This morning, the poetry piece was started by me. I’m hoping there was something better than Honorable mention this time.  God had a plan in Jeremiah 29:11 so only he knew.  If there were a personal essay topic, what would the title be? Like the Short Story, the Personal Essay had a beginning, middle, and end.

The poem might not take so long to write. The personal essay was a differemt matter. Hopefully, there was enough time to do this before the next submission date,.  Anyway, faith was the key. The object was to keep submitting.

 

Surviving the low-cholesterol diet

This blog piece was dedicated to those with health problems like high cholesterol. This blog was only to be used as a guide, not treated like the Gospels. It was wiser to check with a primary physician before starting any new diet regime.My aim was not to preach about the correct way to eat.

In my case, it was diagnosed as moderately high during a routine check up in the spring of 2009. Thanks to the efforts made in changing my diet, my bad cholesterol, the LDL, went from 121 to 113 six months later. Luckily, a diet of baked fish and chicken worked. But after four years with this low-cholesterol diet, It was a miracle there weren’t gills, chicken or turkey feathers growing.

Being on this diet didn’t mean having to give up foods like: cheese, eggs,burgers tacos,, pizza, breaded fried fish or french fries. The physician’s assistant told me those weren’t on my no-eat list. They just had to be made differently and eaten in moderation.

  • To get five milligrams of cholesterol in a sandwich or other prepared foods, use two tablespoons of cheese. This constituted one serving. One-fourth to one-half a cup of shredded cheese was the limit whem making omlets or breakfast casserols.
  •  With the exception of elbow macaroni, making a meal with rice could’ve been reduced  from one-half to one fourth a cup when making one meal.
  • Three ounces of meat was about one cup. A serving of meat was palm-sized according to Doctor Oz.

The food pyramid was used from 1992-2010. Way back when, my third grade elementary class used the 4,4,3,2 method, which meant four servings of  meat or dairy, four servings of fruit, three servings of vegetables and two servings of starch. In 2010, this was replaced with My Plate, which was divided into four sections like fruits, grains, vegetables, and proten. Dairy was off to the side where the glass stood in a table setting.The new food pyramid explained things better, for instance, the color  and placement denoted importance.

The fish, chicken and turkey diet got old after four years of following it. Finding frozen TV dinners with five milligrams of cholesterol was hard. As far as take out food, for me, portion size and moderation was important. An oven-baked sandwich and a pasta bowl at Dominos Pizza replaced the medium-sided pizza with three meats and or extra cheese at Pizza Hut. Instead of a number three at MacDonald’s, a quarter-pounder with cheese and large fries, a happy meal with a cheese burger, small fries and apple pieces and a coke filled me up not weighed me down like the number three did. Even a Wendy’s flatbread sandwich worked just as well as a Subway $5 footlong with lots of vegetables. Three Red Tacos, from Taco Bell, made with meat, cheese and lettuce was good too,with mild taco sauce..

At home, baking food in the oven replaced frying it. Everything from french fries, chicken fish, turkey, burgers and steak was made that way in the beginning. Limiting myself to two eggs a week was the rule before this special diet. If any more eggs were eaten, switching from real to Egg Beaters was used. Farm fresh eggs were preferred by me because they were said to have less cholestrol then store bought eggs.

Since turkey sausage was hard to find in this market, Ground sausage was used instead. When a burger was desired or my own version of a Sunshine Skillet was made, using the Morning Star Meatless Patties or Crumblers or were substituted for the regular ground beef or sausage. Unless it was seen taken out of the freezer, the difference wasnt detected between the two.

Most of my fresh meats were split into thirds instead of half, because making Mr. Food’s BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf was too hard to store using a whole pack of ground beef. Half a can of salmon was used for the Salmon loaf, because this was hard to store too using the whole can.

When making muffins or pancakes, Heart Smart Bisquick was used. If frying was needed, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil was used.. Pam cooking spray was fine too. Doctor Oz said using coconut oil was good too because it offered the omega 3 fatty acids needed for the body.

There was a time when fresh fish got expensive in the last four years. Canned salmon worked great because one can got at least three servings of fish from it depending on what was made. Even though shrimp or lobster werent on my list, it was okay to have them. They were expensive also, so canned was better too.

Using a small-sized cake plate intead of a regular sized one tricked my body into feeling full. When making pizza, the aluminum tin from the Pasta Bowl from Dominos Pizza made a pizza big enough to fill that size plate. After seeing that size plate on Doctor Oz, he was right because what was on the plate there was filling also.

Because it was hard to move around, replacing some foods for others was necessary in order for my cholestrol to decrease. Portion control and moderation were used when preparing meals or bringing take out back home. These steps outlined worked for me. My aim here was not to preach but to guide. Everyone must find  out what worked for them. Just make sure to visit the doctor first.

Next time: Reducing salt in the diet.

The missed pitch

In the past few days, it has felt like the wind was taken out of me. Being forced to give up travel by cab because of a discontinuation of a discount card, not being able to use the restroom at a church that was not ADA compatible or not knowing whether friends would receive a message by phone worried me when the activity was four days away. Curve balls bragged about on my Skype profile may have been missed by me.

The discount card, called a VIP card, offered by Skylark Taxi, gave a $2 discount on rides over $5. The ride was a distance of 10 miles. Some times, depending on what route the driver took and how generous they were, affected the change given back to me. To some people $2 didn’t seem all that important, but a $9 ride became a $7 charge with the discount card. After July 19 of this year, that card was no longer usable. Full fare after that time for me became a burden.

When the pastor’s wife realized that coming by cab was my mode of transport at the social last month, rather than trying to hunt for someone’s car to get into and ou t of and have a trunk big enough for my chair, she offered to take me home, but soon discovered her trunk was full of junk, so my chair didn’t fit.

It was my idea in trying to get someone to help me pay for cab fare if they were going to complain about the cost. Both my pastor and me have smart phones or something similar to it. He told me some people might’ve made the remark to get rid of the high powered phone and cab fare could’ve been afforded. ow the phone got into my hands wasn’t their concern. Skylark Taxi went by distance. that’s why it was known by me how far from the house it was to the church attended by me. That’s why the Taft to Harrison route was better than going down Kemp. it was longer, but it had fewer lights.

With my sore shoulders, injured by stuck windows in my apartment, using the bus was difficult. The bus stop was quite a distance from my house all the way around the corner. It  was attempted by me two years ago to use the Grocery Cart. It had rained, which made the grass muddy and hard to roll through, even in a standard chair and it was cold. My gloves had holes in them exposing bare skin, also making it difficult. Having to cancel my grocery shopping with this service made me cry.

It was known by me that the pastor and the church had electric wheelchairs available. My job was to break the ten mile limit imposed by the cost of cab fare. With the electric wheelchair, this became possible. The pstor tole me he thought my mother wanted me to use my standard to exercise my sore arms.

Recently being invited to a church function on the Eastside was a blessing because getting to meet new people and encounter different situations was what was desired. The pastor and her husband came and got me in a van parked out in the street instead of along the curb. The pastor’s husband had to grab my feet to help me in. If they parked along the curb, using the stool would’ve been easier.

The building itself was not ADA compatible, neither were the bathrooms, so drinking any water for the more than three hour service was not smart. This was a penacostal church, which meant services ran longer than my church on Harrison Street. People were so happy with their praise of the lord that one fainted after her solo, one got really happy running all over the place, and two stayed in the kneeling position on the floor during the altar call. During the offering around the table, the pastor requested that another $47 for the collection plate. For me this was unusual, but not uncommon.

The pastor requested my return to Bible Study which started August 7. They told me not to worry about distance and gas, just give them enough notice beforehand. My problem eith that invitation would’ve benn the bathroom situation. Like the outside of the church, it hadn’t been renovated to ADA standards. My safety while using the bathroom needed to be discussed. They were also elderly people, like the majority in my church. One bad injury by the pastor’s husband could prevent them picking me up for any function.

On Friday this week, my Sunday school class planned a trip to The Meers Store in Meers Oklahoma. Everyone knew of my desire on going because of the comment about the stool purchaced last March. One person had to work and they planned driving directly from their job in Electra, Texas. They didn’t know whether they could pick me up. The other two couples had sport utility vehicles, way too high for me to negotiate, even with a stool. This person also had stint surgery about two months ago.

This trip was four days away. The good news was the couple working in Electra were to be contacted by cell phone. The other couple were contacted yesterday after church. There was to be contact before Saturday at 4 p.m. As of the plannig for this trip, the curve ball thrown may have been missed by me mot being fast enough.

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Web site changes had one writer praying about more newswothy articles

Web site changes had one writer praying about more newswothy articles

In my two years working for the Examiner, this was the first time of my having to invent a way to put a religious twist on the articles written there. Because of the changes made to the site, even the headlines had to have been unique. If my article didn’t fit one of five topics in the Religious and Spirituality section, it was declined. My prayer was to publish more newsworthy stories in spite of the recent changes to the site. Scripture like 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Ephesians 1:16 came to mind.

Most of the time, things like article reviews, headlines, lists, videos, and sideshows where checked for duplication site wide. If there were any duplications, the error message would’ve asked for changes. Article images and sideshow images weren’t affected, but the title would’ve needed to be updated.

While a lot  about the Bible, Catholicism, and Christianity were known by me, other religions like Islam, Judaism, and Mormons were not. Switching from the Methodist faith to Baptist put me under the Protestant heading. The my prayer was making my articles more newsworthy so they could’ve been promoted on the site. That way, writing about Western Religions or Religious News would’ve been easier.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) said: 

17 Pray without ceasing.

Ephesians 1:16 (KJV) said

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

This year, only one of my articles was considered newsworthy but wasn‘t marked, Web site looked promising despite no local service. While the Examiner accepted my piece, they told me not to write another headline like that again. It was easier using the original article format then the one used for lists because one had to have pictures showing at least three steps in the recipe How-to make a Spinach Mushroom and Onion Pizza.

When writing my article, the Examiner suggested that browsers Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for best publishing results. Using both of these browsers caused problems for me. They both got hung up or crashed. This was particularly unnerving when my work got zapped because it wasn’t saved in draft. Everything had to have been redone text, hyperlinks, and pictures were re-entered on the site. This made me doubly angry when my work wasn’t saved on my computer, which caused my late evenings rewriting everything.

It  took me a while publishing my first sideshow because the writer now needed five pictures instead of one to three. Some of the images from the internet were not big enough. Others, like those from my Samsung Galaxy S III, were several sizes too big. While those taken from my laptop webcam fit perfectly, trying to crop them using computer software, was difficult. Using a video was a disaster because the whole piece was declined when it didn’t compliment the story  written on weather.

Writing articles on my church activities required permission from the pastor. The hold up was my getting the apartment presentable for company. There were only two times this house got a major cleaning in the last six years. Once was after coming forward to join the church in February 2007. In two-and-a-half days, with time to spare, my house went from unorganized to immaculate. Three days before visiting my uncle in Palm Coast, Florida, in May 2007, the same thing was done. My mother told me when she came to put the mail on the coffee table, she had to step back to make sure she was in the right apartment being so shocked on how clean it was.

In spite of the Examiner’s new rules and formats on publishing articles, it was my prayer to publish more newsworthy stories. While my knowing a lot about the Bible and Christianity helped in writing some of my articles, topics like Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism were not known. They could’ve been studied and added to Religious News or Western Religions to make my articles more newsworthy instead of basic human interest.

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Summer vacation a time for rest and fun while minding scripture

Summer vacation a time for rest and fun while minding scripture

In a few days, summer vacation started. There wasn’t enough money to spend going abroad, and Maui or Disneyland were way out of budget. Staying in Texas wasn’t so bad. One was to rest during vacation, but there was no harm in having fun too while minding the scripture. There were actually some great places one could’ve visited.  Below were some of the popular tourist attractions in Texas.

Genesis 2:2-4 (KJV) said:

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

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Baker broke two laws by denying service to same sex couple

Baker broke two laws by denying service to same sex couple

Even though there were petitions that went out against building new Chick-Fil-A restaurants because of their stand against gay marriage, it hadn’t stopped them from being built. One just opened in Wichita Falls on June 13. In turn, there hadn’t been anyone known by me who refused service from any of those stores because of their gay lifestyle.

In a time when the Bible, while it was the number one selling book in the United States, according to The 700 Club, was being ignored in the secular world. People that lived the gay lifestyle wanted the courts to redefine marriage to include homosexuality as normal and gay marriage like that of traditional marriage. Both Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby hit a storm of controversy for standing by their Christian beliefs against gay marriage and homosexuality.

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