Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coleslaw

A sweet and tangy side to serve at your upcoming barbecue.


Coleslaw


Ingredients
9 cups pre-shredded cabbage *(see note below)
1 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. celery seeds

Directions
1. Place shredded cabbage into a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together all other ingredients.
3. Pour mixture over cabbage and toss until cabbage is well coated.
4.Cover and refrigerate for an hour.


*Note: I prefer to use the pre-shredded cabbage instead of shredding my own. It tends to bruise and by the next day, the coleslaw may look brown and unappetizing. Unless you're a pro at shredding cabbage and have never had this problem, I strongly advise you to just by a bag of pre-shredded cabbage. I purchased a 2 pound bag from Sam's Club for just under $2.


As the coleslaw sits, it wilts down and the extra dressing falls to the bottom of the bowl. This is fine. If you want to add more cabbage, go right ahead. There is more than enough dressing. My coleslaw kept for 3 days and by the time it was all gone, I had added the entire 2-pound bag of shredded cabbage to it. It was just as delicious on the third day as it was on the first.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Abortion and God’s Law

Neal A. Maxwell said it best when he stated,

“As people become harder, they use softer words to describe darker deeds.”  

One of those softer words that describe a darker deed that comes to my mind is abortion. Abortion is, no matter how you word it, the killing of another human being.

God has commanded us, in the simplest of terms, “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) Jesus Christ himself repeated the commandments given to Moses when he spoke to the Pharisees (see Matthew 19:18).

The value of life is sacred in the eyes of God. He created us, in his own image, and foreordained us. He knew us in the pre-existence, before we were even in our mother’s womb. When speaking to the prophet Jeremiah, he says,

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”  (Jeremiah 1:5)

Ladies, please do not belittle the life that has been created within you. It is not merely a “lump of cells”. It is a human life, given to this world, through your sacred womb. You must cherish it; protect it. Do not allow the feminists of these modern days convince you that it is entirely your body and your choice. They do not understand, nor believe, in God’s sacred laws. Their ideas and immoral principles are entirely selfish. As Christians, we should know the role that we have as women placed upon this earth. We possess one of the greatest and most sacred powers, given directly to us through our Father in Heaven.



Psalm 127:3 states,

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” 

Not only are children given to us by God, but they are given to us through our sacred bodies. The Lord has declared our bodies, both of men and of women, as a temple of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit dwells within us when we welcome it. We are to not only glorify God through our words and deeds, but also through the care and respect of our bodies.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Your body and your spirit belong to God. When a child resides within your womb, that child also belongs to God. What a joy and an honor it is to bear the fruit of the womb!

Does God ever refer to abortion in the scriptures? Russell M. Nelson stated:

“Abortion sheds innocent blood. Now, as a servant of the Lord, I dutifully warn those who advocate and practice abortion that they incur the wrath of Almighty God, who declared, ‘If men… hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her… he shall be surely punished.” 

The scripture in which he refers is found in Exodus 21:22-25, which reads in full,

“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

The ridding of an unwanted pregnancy was a grave sin in biblical times, and remains a grave sin today. There were consequences then and there are consequences now. Even while modern laws condone the act of abortion, and even support it, the laws of God remain unchanged.

“Sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the sight of God. His doctrine is not ours to change.” –Russell M. Nelson

While the majority of abortions are performed out of convenience, some are justified by women, even followers of Jesus Christ, for various reasons. These reasons are not to be taken lightly, and my heart goes out to women who are put in these difficult situations. Rape is one such reason a woman may consider an abortion as her only option. However, the scriptures state:

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” (Deuteronomy 24:16)

This includes children that are still in the womb. Regardless of what modern society teaches, a mother does not have the right to terminate her pregnancy (or put her child to death) because of the sins of the father. The rapist, or the father, should no doubt be punished for his sins. The child, however, is innocent. Do not allow the child to suffer for the sins of his father.

In the event that a child, while still in the womb, is discovered to have a birth defect or deformity, modern society states that we shouldn’t allow this innocent child to suffer the pain caused by such defects and should terminate the pregnancy as it is the only “humane” way to deal with the child. This is wrong! Remember, we are all created by God. In Exodus 4:11, God states:

“And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?”

For reasons unknown to us, God creates individuals with these defects or deformities. I share with you that my own son was born with a very serious heart defect, that would have caused him to depart this earthly life at a young and tender age were it not for modern medicine to heal him. Had I known of this trial ahead of his birth, I still would not have terminated the pregnancy. If knowing that even modern medicine could not heal him, I still would have delivered him, loved and cherished him, for the precious minutes, hours, days, months, or years that he had been gifted to me. Heavenly Father alone is the authority on how and when to take back an innocent child, or any human life. Until he decides the when, we are to love.

“The ultimate act of destruction is to take a life. That is why abortion is such a serious sin.” –Dallin H. Oaks

Regardless of what modern society tells us about abortion, do not be fooled. Abortion, and those who support it, attack womanhood, motherhood, and families, and will continue to do so until we speak out.

“People hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is that they love more than the truth. They love the truth when it shines warmly on them, and hate it when it rebukes them.” –St. Augustine of Hippo



Saturday, May 11, 2019

Maree's Garlicky Tomato and Zucchini Soup


A tasty heart healthy soup perfect 
for a stormy summer day.


Maree's Garlicky Tomato and Zucchini Soup


Ingredients
1 onion, chopped
10 cloves of garlic, minced
2 zucchini, quartered and sliced
1 tsp. marjoram
2 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
2-15 oz. cans of tomato sauce + 5 cans of water
8 or 16 oz. rotini (or preferred pasta), depending on how thick you want the soup
1 tsp. sea salt (optional, or to taste)
pepper, to taste

Directions
1. In a large pot, combine onion with about 2 Tbsp. water. Cook until onions are tender. Add water as needed to avoid sticking.
2. Add half of the garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes, then add zucchini.
3. Add spices and combine well.
4. Add tomato sauce and water. Bring to a gentle boil.
5. Add pasta and continue boiling for approximately 10 minutes.
6. Add the remaining half of the garlic.
7. Reduce heat and add salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Menu Monday - May 6, 2019

I needed to make a few last minute adjustments to this weeks menu, as I had not factored in a baseball game scheduled for tonight. It's a super busy week this week, with four games, three dance rehearsals, a camp-out, and a mother-daughter date! For the most part, everything is very quick and easy since I won't have much time to spend in the kitchen. There are a lot of sandwiches on the menu, as you can see. We need to be able to take our dinner with us if we're running behind schedule, and sandwiches allow for that.





Monday 

Breakfast: bagels
Lunch: sandwiches
Dinner: leftovers

Tuesday

Breakfast: French toast
Lunch: ABC “Spaghetti-O’s”
Dinner: Sub-style sandwiches

Wednesday

Breakfast: PB toast
Lunch: Tomato and vegetable soup
Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwiches

Thursday 

Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  BLT’s
Dinner: leftovers

Friday 

Breakfast: cinnamon toast
Lunch: Special Mother-Daughter Date (Thai food)
Dinner: Loaded Nachos

Saturday 

Dessert: Cupcakes
Dinner: Japanese Curry w/ brown rice

Sunday

Brunch: New York crumb cake
Dinner: hot dogs, baked beans

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Peace of Home




Empty homes seem to be a common occurrence these days. They sit, big and empty, all day while fathers are at work and mothers find any excuse to “get out of the house”. Are our homes no longer a place of comfort? A place we no longer appreciate coming to?

The modern way of doing things is to buy the biggest home one can afford, and then leave it every day to go to work. In order to afford these homes, even mothers have taken to working outside of the home and sending their children to daycare. If mothers are not at work, then they've found somewhere to be other than at home. The house sits empty.

As a keeper of the home, it is my responsibility to be at home. To care for it. To make it welcoming. To keep it clean and orderly. My husband should want to come home and seek the solace within its walls.

Our home is not often a place of quiet peace, but it is a place of love, of memories, of children’s laughter (and sometimes tears). It is a place of learning, of comfort, of enjoyment. A place in which we can grow together and build long lasting relationships with those we love the most. The family is an essential part of God's plan, and what better place than the home to cherish it?


“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
–Jane Austen


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hawaiian-Style Potato-Macaroni Salad

Right up there with spam, potato-macaroni salad (or macaroni salad) is a staple in Hawaii. You can go to any local restaurant and it is very likely that your order will come with a side of steamed white rice and macaroni salad. Fancier restaurants kick their recipes up a few notches by using Okinawan sweet potatoes, or dijon mustard, or other flavorful ingredients. This recipe is for your traditional, delicious, and refreshing potato-macaroni salad that you'd find at a potluck or family gathering.


Hawaiian-Style Potato-Macaroni Salad


1 lb. macaroni
4 russet potatoes, peels and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 c. vegan mayonnaise
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, grated or finely chopped*
1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)
salt and pepper

1. Boil potatoes until fork-tender, drain, then chill in refrigerator. 
2. Prepare macaroni according to package instructions. If using peas, add them to the boiling pot of macaroni just before draining.
3. In a large bowl, combine cooked macaroni, potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, and peas. 
4. Add mayonnaise, 1 cup at a time. Stir until all ingredients are well-coated**.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or overnight.


* I prefer to use finely chopped carrots, as grated carrots will give your macaroni salad an orange tint. The carrots are simply added for color. If you detest carrots, you can leave them out.

**Hawaiian-style macaroni salad uses a lot of mayonnaise. The more mayonnaise, the better. I prefer to stick with using only two cups. Potato-macaroni salad tends to dry out in the refrigerator overnight, and if you choose to add less than two cups you may need to add a bit more mayonnaise the following day.