Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Easy cookin', good livin'

The former drama queen is back!

Ah, yes. Elena is back, y'all! Elena is BACK! =D

(And can I just say, "I love me some new computer hardware and software!!"? Of course I can! New monitor, new Mac G5 CPU, new mouse, new keyboard, and Firefox for the browsing. Sweet, sweet, sweet!!)

Friends, I am embracing a new motto: "No more unnecessary drama!!" If you know me well, you know what I mean!!

You make all things new

I don't know why 2008 holds a particularly special place on the Kingdom calendar, but it seems to me that God is doing a new thing in my life... and that the same thread is running through the lives of others I know and love.


On this blog in 2008 I'll be focusing on good things. Less ranting. More gratitude. No whining. More joy!

Without going into great detail, I will tell you that I am doing several things to make positive changes in my life: to work outward what God works in and into me.

One area for me is better domestic management, including the honing of domestic skills I already have and the acquiring of those I lack and will need to have in future.

Someone's in the kitchen with Elena!

And I think it must be Him!! =) Where else does inspiration come from?

Let me share with you my return to actual cooking (rather than grabbing whatever snack item is handy).

Sunday night's dinner was concocted much more easily than I thought it was going to be. Most excellent! *tents fingers*

First up were the splendid Cinnamon Spice Pancakes. I made them for one, so the mix consisted of 1 cup of Bisquick, 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 egg, about 3/4 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon, about 1/8 tsp ground allspice, and about 1/8 tsp ground ginger. Blend till wet and thoroughly mixed, but don't overmix. Cooking spray in a non-stick skillet worked fine. I got about 9 pancakes out of the deal. Yay! (And some leftovers are eagerly awaiting consumption soon!)

The protein portion was Savory 'n' Cheesy Scrambled Eggs. I used 3 eggs, about 1/2 cup skim milk, around 1/4 tsp of Pampered Chef's Southwestern Spice Mix, and a handful of Four-Cheese Mexican Style mix (pregrated). I whisked that up, poured the mixture into the skillet, and cooked till slightly golden brown and somewhat firm (but still "fluffy.")

I was tempted to add a couple of turkey sausage slices to my meal, but I figured that the eggs and cheese constituted plenty of protein!

Food, glorious food!

"Pink Lady" apples. They are (or should that be "it is"? I should know these things) a variety new to my grocery store. Not only was the name appealing to me but also the lovely hues of red and green and the shape of the apple caught my eye. I wondered, Are these eating apples or baking apples? The gentleman working in produce was kind enough to take the apple I chose, go to the back of the store, slice up the fruit, and offer me a piece to sample. I pronounced it delicious: very crisp, both sweet and tart, and good for both baking and for snacking. And lo, thus said-eth the handy 3-ring binder produce guide, upon our perusing its pages.

I've left behind the traces of who I've been

Is easy cooking best? Well, for me, since I am making baby-steps right now toward better habits and a better life overall, anything that adds delight to the journey is welcome. Finding out that what I dreaded was far less hassle-full reinforces the truths that I'm learning: there are many things---especially things I had dreaded--- that are worth doing in life, rather than avoiding. (And I am past mistress in the art of avoiding.)

Thus, yes, in this case, "easy" does help make for good livin'. =D
Of course, not everything is so easy. I know that. But also many things are not as hard as I thought they'd be.

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So many lessons to learn. So much truth to celebrate together, brothers and sisters!

I look forward to the 2008 portion of my journey with Jesus Christ and with you. Wonder what we will uncover, discover, and learn!?

May your journey be one filled with joy, whether in times of sorrow or laughter.

Until next time!!
~~~ Elena ~~~

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