Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Apple Crisp

We had a potluck at our church on Sunday, and I had a hard time figuring out what to bring b/c you have to have something that will taste good at room temperature, and that you can make ahead of time. I also had a bit of a tiem crunch b/c we were gone most of Saturday, so I decided to make an Apple Crisp.

I had a recipie that asked for apples, but I had a can of apple pie filling, so I figured I could use that and just make the crisp part of the Apple Crisp. At the potluck there were quite a few desserts, and I decided to try others, and not mine. Later I asked Chad if he had tried any of it and he said, "yes, it's really good." So I thought all was well. When we were ready to leave Chad went to collect all our dishes. I was still a little apprehensive about how the Apple Crisp turned out, so I asked if much was left, and Chad said, "only about 3 pieces," so I figured it must've been pretty good. After we got home I was putting things away, and washing dishes when I discovered that Chad had brought home the wrong pan! I mentioned it to Chad and he said, "no, I don't think so, the other Apple Crisp had a really thick, dry topping on it." ........the other one was MY Apple Crisp!

Thursday, 18 October 2007


I was reading a book that was talking about being passsionate for God, and it talked about people who go to church on Sunday, but other than that they don't really do anything for God. I started to think, "am I one of those people?" Then I started taking stock of my regular week, and what my activities are. I go to Coffee Break, that's about it.... uh-oh. But wait, I asked a new girl in town to attend with me, and she now comes regularly too. Last week I asked another girl who stayes home all week if she wanted to come, and now she said she's going to start coming regularly. I usually go for walks with Asher in the mornings just to get out of the house, and I now stop by a the home of a woman who just got married and moved to town, and we walk together.

My point is this. You may not think you are doing much for God, but there are lots of ways that we serve Him that may not really seem like we are doing much. It reminds me of the cheesy churchy saying "You may be the only Bible people read" An urging to be good, but it does have a ring of truth to it. Not that we need to always be on our best behaviour. We need to be accessible to people. They need to know we are real people (we have many of the same problems) and we can be fun too.

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I remember getting all excited about God on retreats and I must have become "born again" about 10 times before I turned 18. We want that spiritual high all the time, but the only way we'll maintain that is when we get to heaven. Until then we have to trust that God is with us, and that he'll help us to know what it is he wants us to be doing. And that might be something that seems quite small, and not associated with your church. Like bringing the new neighbours a plate of your favourite brownies!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Future Sex/Love Sounds

Last week I finally went and Bought Justin Timberlake's newest CD. I try not to buy CDs for full price (b/c I am Dutch), but after months of searching, I finally broke down, went to Wally World and bought it.....

I LOVE this CD! Rarely have I bought a CD and liked every single song on it. Mostly they sound the same, or the 2 songs they play on the radio are the only good songs on the CD. This album is a stellar piece of work. Each song meshes into the next, and they make you feel what the song is about. Some may not agree, and that's fine, but this is definately one of my most favoritest CDs in a long time.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

The Last Mimsy

Chad and I finally watched "the Last Mimsy" last night. I was amused, to say the least. I actually found the movie quite entertaining (I especially enjoyed recognizing many places near where I grew up). However, the last 10 minutes or so, the acting really went down hill. The actors started to S-L-O-W their speach down, and really e-nun-ciate their words so it was like listening to a poor grade-school play.

I also found this movie to be slightly reminicent of "Escape to Witch Mountain". Maybe I am the only one who remembers the girl who could communicate with her brother simply by thinking of what she wanted to say to him. Or that she could also get animals to do what she wanted by the same method. In "Mimsy" the kids had a conversation while they were in custody, and managed to escape by communicating with cockroaches. Even the music at the end of the movie was similar to what they played in "Escape" whenever the kids were doing something spectacular.

As a side note, anyone remember "the Peanutbutter Solution" movie?

Saturday, 6 October 2007


Let me tell you a funny story.....

Somehow, since we moved, most of my placemats are missing. So I went to Walmart to purchase some new ones. (Now, keep in mind, if you will, that I am a cheapskate.) To my astonishment, placemats cost upwards of $2 EACH! I was planning on purchasing 8 lovely, matching placemats. I looked for some cheaper ones. I found a 4-pack for $5. Sounds pretty good, right? They were made of plastic though, so they were not the ideal placemat. As had been evidenced by my spilling my drink on my mother-in-law the previous week, I needed to get cloth ones so they could absorb spills. I looked further. I found a clearance shelf! They had yellow and blue placemats for $0.66 each! What a bargain! I bought 4 of each colour, and happily went home. I soon discovered why they had been such a deal, or perhaps why they were not a great deal after all. They were made of.... wait for it folks..... PAPER! They look great for one meal, until your butter-covered knife falls off the side of your plate and leaves a big greasy stain on the PAPER placemats, that b/c they are made of paper, you cannont wash. (incidentally, I did rinse one off, and now it has an interesting ruffled edge, side, and middle.) I suppose at that price they should have been marketed as disposable.