Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Favorite App

I love my ipod touch and get so much use from it. I am even writing and posting this blog post from my ipod. So you may guess that my favorite app is the Blogger app but you would be wrong. THIS is my favorite app. The 1,000 Gifts app is a place where I can list the things I am grateful for, or take a picture of something I'm grateful for. I can even share it on social media. It keeps track of the date and time I listed something and even the location. Gratitude is a key to so many personal issues. If you don't keep a gratitude journal or list, you should. It could be a huge step to freedom, healing, and recovery. Oh, and Ann Voskamp's book 1,000 Gifts is pretty excellent too.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Knit In

Every year, my BFF and I head to a little country knit shop in PA for their annual Knit-In.  It is one of our favorite days every year.  We sit on the grounds and knit among many-many other knitters and crocheters.  We shop for yarn and books and gadgets galore.  And we eat our packed lunches under the shady trees on the grounds of the shop.  

This year our annual knit-in fell last Saturday.  We met for breakfast with two of our knitty-friends and headed to the shop for a day of relaxation.

I won't bore you with any more text.  But here are a few pics from the day:
If I had a spare tire like this, I would TOTALLY do this!

The shop sign.  If you are in PA, check them out.  The store is amazing!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Green Smoothies!

Yep, you read the title correctly.  I'm LOVING my adaptation of these green smoothies.  When I have all the ingredients I drink one a day, replacing breakfast or lunch.  And the boys are loving them too!  Even the Big Dog drinks one on the weekend. It's so appropriate that I drink my green smoothie from my wonder woman glass because these drinks are PACKED with good stuff to make me stronger.

Although I first found the recipe on Pintrest, with the original post here, I have adapted it a bit, so I want to share with you my tips, tricks, and adapted recipe.  Let's start with the recipe:

Lori Lynn's Green Smoothie
1 frozen over-ripe banana
1/2 Tbs peanut butter
1/2 C. vanilla non-fat yogurt
1/4 C. skim milk
TONS of fresh spinach

Fill the bowl of your food processor with fresh spinach.  Take a frozen banana and slice it.  Place slices into the food processor bowl.  Add yogurt, skim milk, and peanut butter.  Start by pulsing to get the bananas broken up a bit.  Then turn the food processor on full blast and let it grind away for at least three minutes making the smoothie smooth.

Pour into a 24 oz glass.

You don't taste spinach at all.  It's cold and refreshing.  There's a hint of peanut butter in the background.  And it is so chock-full of good things for you.  I really love them.

And now for the tips:

  • use over-ripe bananas.  I let mine sit on the counter until they have brown spots all over them.  We tried really fresh still a bit green bananas, because that's the way we like to eat a fresh banana, and we HATED those smoothies.  It changes the consistency and the flavor.
  • I freeze my bananas whole so that I know for sure I'm getting one whole banana in my smoothie.  When I need to slice it for the food processor, I use a thin knife that is really meant as a bench scraper.  It slices through frozen bananas like nobody's business.
  • Pulsing the food processor first keeps the contents from gumming up on one side of the blade and starts the process smoothly.
  • You can stop and scrape the bowl, but I find if I let my food processor work long enough it gets all the bits that hang on the top of the bowl
Give 'em a try.  I am really glad I did!

Monday, August 13, 2012

All God's Promises

Today, I've been reflecting on two ASL signs that we learned at VBS last night.  The sign for promises and the sign for God.

If you click on the links above, you can learn these signs.  For God, my right hand faces left and raises above me then lowering toward my forehead.  In the song we sang last night, we moved right from the sign for God to the sign for promises, so my hand continued down from my forehead into the next sign.  To me, that sign is perfect for God.  I look up to begin the sign, what a perfect position to be in when you are ready to sign the name of the Almighty.  Then your hand is raised above your head, but brought down toward you.  That's God, He isn't just seated on a throne in heaven.  He is for you.  He is toward you.  He is reaching you.  So it is perfect that in the sign for God your hand comes toward you.  But, it's also cool that your hand continues to move from your head toward your heart.  For many, God begins in our heads.  We have a knowledge of Him.  We learn about Him.  But there comes a time where the knowledge needs to become passion.  What we know of God has to work in and on our hearts. God moves from our head to our hearts.  Just like the sign.

And then, there's promises.  For the sign for promises, you bring one finger to your lips, almost like you're making the shhh motion.  As you bring your finger away from your mouth, you turn that hand flat and clap it on top of your closed fist on the left hand with the thumb end pointed upward.  Here's what I think about that:  in VBS we're learning about God's promises.  That sign for promises makes me think about how when God speaks a promise into our lives, you can take that promise to the vault.  How many times have we made a promise we didn't keep?  Or maybe someone promised you something and they didn't come through.  It happens.  But not with God.  When God speaks a promise (imagine that finger coming out of your mouth in the ASL sign for promise) that promise is a lock (now clap your open right palm on top of your closed left fist turned on it's side).  God's promise is forever.  That's the title of the theme song of our week at Vacation Bible School.  And, yes, the signs we learned to do while singing that theme speak to me about who God is in my life and how I can count on Him.  I love that!