CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

December 17, 2009

Who doesn’t love watching Christmas specials on TV at Christmas time!?  You?  You don’t? You can go sit over in the corner.  The rest of us are going to watch some nostalgia.

Make some steaming hot chocolate, grab a plate of warm Christmas cookies, gather the whole family around the laptop, and enjoy:

Good night and good Christmas!

P.S. I can’t find Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Year Without Christmas.  If anybody knows where they’re hiding, please let me know.  Thanks!  We *could* buy them I suppose.  The old-fashioned way – on DVD!

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A MOMENT…

December 15, 2009

Oral Roberts, Evangelist

Oral Roberts died today in Newport Beach, California.  Thanks to Erin Amos for letting me know.

The following news outlets have the story:

According to this TulsaWorld article, he took a fall on Saturday and suffered some broken bones.

I’m deeply moved and still experiencing gratitude for the education I received at ORU.  More thoughts will follow later.

UPDATE:  The thoughts I have are echoed by fellow alum, Sarah, over at Emerging Mummy.  Key quote:

“I loved Oral’s bigness. There was nothing small about the man. He was huge – even his ears were enormous.”

I like that Sarah also says, “His faith was enormous.”  It’s so true.  My mother and I were talking about him yesterday.  The legacy that my mother and I discussed was Oral’s courage.  And Sarah mentions how his final years were spent telling us all to be obedient.  Let’s put it together.

Be courageously obedient to God.

That’s a good treasure to leave behind.


AFTER MY OWN HEART

December 14, 2009

My homemade raw milk yogurt cheese!

I love cheese.  I grew sad when commercially produced cheddar started giving me harsh pains in my gut.  I  started eating only feta, and other crumbled cheeses including goat cheese, since they didn’t cause me pain.

Then I got into making my own yogurt.  Then I discovered raw milk.  Then I discovered raw cheese!  So I tried my own raw milk yogurt cheese.  Also known as labneh (but I didn’t know what it was called at the time).  But since it’s hard to make cheddar and gruyere and swiss, I’ve been buying the raw hard cheeses from Trader Joes!

Imagine my delight when I came across this blog giveaway today!  Jenny, over at Nourished Kitchen is hosting a giveaway with Cultures for Health.  Both websites are great resources for people interested in whole foods that are prepared well.  By blogging about the giveaway I’ve officially entered myself in the drawing!

I would love to learn how to make feta or chevre and then graduate to more complicated cheeses!  For now, I’m content with my yogurt cheese.  But someday, I’ll want to know that my raw hard cheeses are coming from the same local happy grass-fed cows that my gorgeous raw milk is coming from.


WISDOM

December 11, 2009

For years, I’ve often wondered why on earth I was going to have to have my wisdom teeth removed (which I did, in July).  Why did I have teeth naturally grow in that would have to be unnaturally removed in my 20s?  What did they do hundreds of years ago without the modern dentist?  Who removed their wisdom teeth then?  What about eskimos and primitive peoples?

Dentists never seemed to be able to answer my questions.  They would usually say, “You may not have to have them removed.”  “Some people don’t; but most do.”  “They’ll cause problems later.”  But none of them could say why it was necessary in general!  Why on earth have several generations of humans had to have their third molars removed!!?

Well, now I know.

I just finished reading a book (online) that pretty much gave me the answer.  The book is called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” and it’s by Weston A. Price.

Regardless of how you feel about his research (ie. whether you’re vegan or paleo or a weight watcher), it’s obvious from the context of the book that the prevailing thought in the 1930s was that the removal of the third molars was a new practice that was caused by a deformation or malformation of the dental arch!  Deformation.  Yes.  All of us who are having our third molars removed are, in fact, deformed.  Deformed?!  Yes.

Why are we all deformed? Read the rest of this entry »


THIS IS NOT YOUR MOTHER’S RANCH DRESSING

December 7, 2009

Do you remember going to a Pizza Hut as a kid?  My family would go at least once a month.  We’d go to the one down on Topsail Rd.  I remember the warm lit booths.  The salad bar.  The arcade games.  I remember going often with just my momma because Daddy was out to sea.  Often my mother would take a group of my little friends.  And sometimes it was just our family, when Daddy was home.  I loved Pizza Hut.  And I believed that my body was a garbage disposal, that it could deal with anything I consumed!  Including many slices of a supreme pizza and a bacon bits smothered salad drenched in ranch dressing.

I would expect that in the 1980’s, when we got that ranch dressing at Pizza Hut, that it might have had some preservatives in it; but it was probably mostly real ranch dressing.  Like the kind you’d find over in Santa Barbara.  It probably had buttermilk or sour cream, mayonnaise, minced green onion, garlic powder, and other seasonings.  Any maybe something to keep it from going bad.  It’d probably come in a big tup straight from California too!

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed time with friends at a Pizza Hut in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.  It was mildly disappointing.  There was no table service.  No salad bar (and in fact no salads on the menu at all!).  And no ranch dressing.  Well, not *real* Ranch Dressing.  One of the guests ordered hot wings and this is what came with them:

Here’s the ingredient list: Read the rest of this entry »


THE SOCIAL NETWORK

December 2, 2009

Do these guys look alike?

One’s an actor.  The other is Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about this until now: The Facebook Movie. It’s called “The Social Network.” Aaron Sorkin is writing with David Fincher directing.  Due in 2010.  They kinda do have a built in audience the size of a large country!


ABOUT THE FILM: DUNCAN CHRISTOPHER

December 1, 2009

Here’s a great little EPK the boys have put together.  I’m so proud!

Enjoy!

P.S. If you think it looks fun, why not share it with 10s (or 100s!) of your closest friends and family?