Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Find a Cookbook

I keep giving my favorite books away. So I've been on a mission to find a replacement cookbook. This week a copy came in to my second-hand book store. And my friend who works there set it aside for me. Mission accomplished. (But I wouldn't mind finding a new edition someday.)

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14 ESV

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baby Doll Birthday

I was the Energizer Bunny. Walking in circles in the hospital. Grandma L. was with the boys. Almost 4 and almost 2. And then there was a beautiful baby doll girl. With big brown eyes.

Happy 23rd birthday to our precious older daughter!

Pictured: Photos from Grandma R.

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Make Mine a Cold Brew

I have a new favorite summer drink. Cold brewed tea. Put some loose Lipton in my fancy bottle. Add water. Pop in the fridge. Pour through a strainer before drinking. I like it unsweetened but I might experiment with variations.

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25 ESV

Monday, August 18, 2014

Around the Corner

I don't like changes in the season. I am barely used to one, when another starts. But the good thing about the approach of fall is that Bible Study Fellowship is around the corner. I can't wait to dig in to the Life of Moses. And study the Bible with other women. The Olympia women's class begins Wednesday, September 10 at 9:20 AM.

"God said to Moses. I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites. 'I AM has sent me to you.' " Exodus 3:14 NIV

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best Sermons Summer

I am always sad when series come to an end. There is one more week in the Best Sermon Ever summer line-up. Don't miss last week's by Nigerian-born London pastor Tope Koleoso. Or today's sermon from Dr. Jack Graham.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21 ESV

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Baby Shower Love

It was fun to be part of a baby shower today. Now my friend is a little more prepared for her first baby. Coming soon.

Here is the article I read at the shower:

Pictured: A wonderful gluten-free and healthy repast.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Friday, August 15, 2014

Z Boat

When we were first married, every dinner included rice. That's what happens when you grow up in Hong Kong and Taiwan. These days you find zucchini featured in every dinner and dessert.

Tonight we had Taco Zucchini Boats. I broke into my freezer stash of grass-fed beef. Yum.

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14 ESV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Watching Me

I felt like someone was watching me. While I sat at the kitchen table and drank my tea. I turned around and the neighbor's cat was outside. Staring through the window.

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24 ESV

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I can't believe it's not apple! Seriously. This mock apple pie recipe is delicious! And a great way to use up the garden bounty.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 ESV

6 c. zucchini (NOTE: extra large zucchini are preferred, they're firmer)
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of salt and nutmeg
Dough for double pie crust
Pare zucchini, wash and slice lengthwise. Remove seeds. Slice like apples. Add a little water and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until tender. Cool and drain well. Add rest of ingredients and place into an unbaked 9 inch pie crust. Cover with top pie crust and flute to seal edges. Cut slits into top of crust for steam to escape. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zucchini Frittata

My friend posted a recipe for zucchini frittata. I tried it for lunch and it was yummy! Next time I might doctor it up with some peppers and mushrooms. Maybe even some kale.  But as is, works for me too!

Zucchini Frittata recipe:
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup grated zucchini
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oil
1 cup grated or shredded Swiss cheese (I used some cheddar and provolone.)

Saute onion and zucchini in a skillet over med. heat. 2-3 minutes.
Pour eggs over veggies. Cook until almost set, 6-7 min.
Sprinkle cheese over top and bake 350, 4-5 minute, until
done and cheese melted.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth Psalm 104:14 ESV

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Love My Scissors

Only one book was harmed in the making of the baby shower invitations. With plenty more cute animals waiting to be cut out. I forgot how much I like to wield a pair of scissors.

a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Open Home

I want to be more like our friends. They open their home regularly. Invite friends and neighbors. Like today's lunch barbecue. With their new neighbors, old friends, and small group families. I even met one of my neighbors from our street.

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13 ESV

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Parting Shot

We didn't get a photo of all the cousins in the back of the truck. Like we have other years. So we snapped one last photo with some of the girls. We take what we can get.

Pictured: My daughter with two California cousins, plus one cousin's friend.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friends Come Together

Sometimes there are connections you don't know about. Like how many of my friends knew the woman I was praying for. God chose to answer prayers for healing by taking her Home. I saw many old friends at the memorial service today.

Pictured: Ran into a dear friend today.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:13-14 ESV