Author: Margo

Rosemary Cookies and the Importance of Family

Rosemary Cookies and the Importance of Family

 Once a month my little grandson comes to spend a couple of days with Grandma and Grandpa. Dante and I always do a project or two while he is here, something we can enjoy doing together.

It is our way of building a family bond that will last through eternity.

Families can be forever, and I want Dante to know how important he is in my life today, and throughout all eternity. I do that by spending time with him.

Today Dante would like to share with you his recipe for ‘Dante’s Rosemary Cookies.

He is fascinated by the idea of people in other countries reading about his cooking project! Made from a honey cookie recipe with rosemary, whole wheat flour, and applesauce, they are a very tasty and healthy snack. I developed this nutritious cookie especially for him when he was just a year old- along with his special ‘Super Dante Juice’….which will be a post for another time 🙂

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Step 1(Dante likes to break every job into ‘steps’): Cut the rosemary into tiny pieces. 

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Step 2: Grind the wheat to make flour. Fresh-ground flour tastes so much better and retains more vitamins than what we buy in the store. White flour also works in this recipe, but  has very little nutrition.

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Step 3: Get honey from the store room and be sure to smile for Grandma’s camera!

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Step 4: Measure all the ingredients into the bowl and mix it up.

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Step 5: Scoop out the dough and place it on parchment paper. Bake it in the oven. It takes a l…o…n…g time (10 minutes is a long time to a 5 year old!) to bake, so don’t forget step 6:

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…Enjoy a spoonful of cookie dough! 

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And of course, what is better to go with fresh-baked cookies than a glass of milk and a board game?!

Spending time with family is one of the most important things we do.

It often means putting other important things off until later, but the ties that we develop with our families can last for eternity.

“The family is the basic unit of society. Countries can be no healthier than its families. No government can long endure without strong families.” ~ Spencer W. Kimball

Is there anything more important than spending time, and building strong bonds, with your family? We have so many important activities that pull us in every direction, and especially away from our families. Despite the importance of everything we have to do each day, the answer to that question is still  a resounding “No!”

“Never before have there been so many insidious influences threatening the family as today, around the world. Many of these evil influences come right into the home—through television, movies,radio, magazines, newspapers, <and social media>.”  Spencer W Kimball

The most important work...family quote

 Dante’s Rosemary Cookies

 Recipe Type: Healthy Desserts
Cuisine: American
Author: Margo
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Serves: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • ¼ c real butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp dried or fresh rosemary, chopped small
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and sugar together until creamy. Add egg and mix well. Add the applesauce, honey and lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Mix dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet, or on parchment paper for easy clean-up. Bake at 325 F (165 degrees C) 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on a rack before storing.

 What have you done to increase love in your Family today?

The moments that matter most….

We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most.

 

 

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Random Turkey Assistants or Why it is Good to Wave at Everyone!

Random Turkey Assistants or Why it is Good to Wave at Everyone!

This may be too graphic for some people- please click on by if you have vegetarian or vegen tendencies!!

Those feel-good advertisements in which a turkey, chicken, pig or cow is shown happily walking through grass in the sunshine are a crock. Factory farming is inhumane- the purpose is to crank out meat for profit, not cuddle the animals or give them a happy life. That is an unfortunate fact of our culture. If you would like to learn more, click here, or read this article by the ASPCA.

I eat meat, but I do not buy meat. I want my dinner to have lived a good life with a humane end. I am very fortunate to be able to raise my own animals- I know how they are cared for (very well), how they are fed (organically and naturally, as much as possible), and I know they have a humane end- I do it myself. 20151121_102627

Once a year I help a friend butcher his turkeys just before Thanksgiving. Stan is a disabled Vietnam Veteran with use of only one arm. Usually there are 4 or 5  people that come to help do the turkeys.

This year, however, the others backed out at the last moment, and it was just Stan and me. It would take us all day. As I was driving out my driveway, a grey truck was coming up the road. As we do around here, I waved a greeting to the strangers. They thought I was waving them to stop however, so we had a short pleasant visit, and it turned out they were new to Idaho and just driving around checking out the area. On a whim, I asked “Well, do you want to butcher turkeys today?” To my great surprise, they looked at each other, turned back to me and said “Sure!” And, I’ll be darned- they did!  20151121_103705

It was a cold, muddy day and these were city boys, so Stan provided them with some ‘country’ clothes for the job at hand.

These turkeys have been living free-range since July. At 4 months of age, they are between 25-45 pounds. They ate all the grain, grass, and bugs that they desired, and had the entire farm to run loose in. They could be quite an intimidating crowd when you walked down into the yard and they rushed up to see what treats you had. They have lived a good20151121_103757 life, and were about to receive a quick and humane end.

Stan had been heating the dipping water since 20151121_110022early morning, and had tables and other necessities for the job at hand prepared.

My part is to clean the birds. The guys do the killing, dipping and de-feathering, and I take the innards out. Stan  gives most of the turkeys away to those less fortunate, and sells a few to pay costs. 20151121_110013

Our two young helpers learned quickly, and were very interested in learning all they could about the process. For a couple of random guys out for a drive, they did a fantastic job, and both Stan and I were grateful for their help. They took a turkey home and served it for Thanksgiving- along with some pictures and a great story!

Best Turkey Recipe Ever!

Best Turkey Recipe Ever!

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Ingredients

  • Fresh or defrosted turkey
  • Butter or margarine
  • Foil or turkey-bag

Instructions

  1. Rinse the turkey, removing the neck and other ‘parts’, from both ends- don't forget to remove the giblet packet from the neck cavity!
  2. Put two pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil together to make a piece large enough to completely enclose the turkey.
  3. Grease the foil with butter or margarine, leaving the edges clean.
  4. Place the turkey in the middle of the foil and seal the foil around the turkey. Leave it loose around the turkey.
  5. Place the sealed turkey in a shallow roasting pan (no rack) and put in oven at 450 degrees.
  6. Open foil for last 20 minutes to brown
  7. Cooking times are as follows:
  8. 7-9 lbs 2 ¼-2 ½ hrs
  9. 10-13 lbs 2 ¾ -3 hrs
  10. 14-17 lbs 3- 3 ¼ hrs
  11. 18-21 lbs 3 ¼ -3 ½ hrs
  12. 22-24 lbs 3 ¼ -3 ¾ hrs

Notes

Stuffing must be cooked separately.

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Neglect and Consequences

Neglect and Consequences

Sam is an ‘elder’ horse that was discarded. 

I first saw ‘Sam’ several months ago. She was on the thin side and limping a bit, but the new owner assured me that she just needed worming and he would have the farrier out soon.  The farrier20150820_160022 discovered a  3 inch nail embedded in her foot. He pulled it out but told the owner that her foot was probably permanently damaged, and recommended that because she was at least 20 years old, and didn’t have many teeth,  she wasn’t worth saving and should be shot.

In the days and weeks that followed, Sam got thinner and thinner.

The next time I saw Sam, I was shocked- she was a walking skeleton. The hay she picked up just dribbled out of her mouth. The owners fed her bread which kept her barely alive.The owner said he was still waiting for someone to dig a hole so he could shoot her.

In the meantime she was starving to death.

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I couldn’t sleep at night. This once-beautiful horse was dying  in pain, of neglect and starvation. I lay awake one night and made the decision- whether I could afford it or not, I would have to take ownership of her, call in the vet, and do whatever was necessary to either save her or have her humanely euthanized. I  knew I did not have the finances to do all that was necessary for Sam, but had the faith that all would work out for her good.

I suppose I did not exactly ask for her- I just told the owner that he was giving her to me.

A few hours later, the vet and his assistant arrived.

After a thorough exam, he said she had a lung condition probably from moldy hay, her heart and body were weak from starvation, and her teeth were so long neglected that she literally could not eat- she was starving to death and her chance of survival was zero without immediate treatment. The good news? She did have all of her teeth, and her foot was sound.

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After the vet took care of her badly overgrown teeth, Sam had an immediate look of relief. Weak and starving as she was, she wobbled over to the hay bin and stuck her face in- coming up only long enough to get a drink, and then back into the hay.

The vet was cautiously optimistic.

Would she live? Possibly. 

If she got the proper care and feeding now, and was able to put weight on, she might make it. He gave me feeding recommendations- and his bill. *Ouch*.

We brought her up to her new home.

We have 11 acres, with good pasture on the hillside. She will be able to eat all the fresh feed she needs along with plenty of hay, and get good daily exercise and fresh air. I had two ton of hay delivered, and picked 20150906_164507up sacks of ‘Equine Senior’ grain and assorted horse needs. My husband loves me- and despite NOT loving horses, spent several evenings putting an electric fence up on a small spot so she could have an area to graze in. That is true love 🙂

Update 9/6/15

Sam is very sensitive 20150906_161956on her back- without much flesh over her bones, even a soft brush made her uncomfortable, so we
have had to put off grooming her. Today though, it was time to see what was under the matted hair on her back.

With a super-soft brush and a dog’s shedding comb, I carefully removed all the dead hair- and
found skin, dirt, and 20150906_162832some new hair underneath. How uncomfortable it must have been! An hour of careful grooming, and she looks much more comfortable.
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The weather has turned cold…

It is Autumn already, but hopefully it will warm up again for a few days. When it does, she will get a gentle bath to remove the last of the dirt and grime. Hopefully I can get the mats in that mane under control as well…

It is hard to tell, but I think Sam is putting on a bit of weight. If nothing else, her attitude and overall look has changed dramatically. Her eyes are wide open and bright and the shuffling walk is finally gone.

She is becoming a happy horse!

Winter is coming fast, and not only does she need a shelter built-fast- she has to put on a lot more weight before the severe cold hits if she is going to survive.

Update: 9/20/2015

Sam is one of many older horses that have suffered in their old age. After a lifetime of service they are discarded like broken toys. Sometimes their young owners grow up and no longer have time or the desire to take care of them. Sometimes the costs of taking care of a horse become so burdensome that they are sold or given away (as Sam was) to save the money. Many times the horse just can’t take the riding that it could when it was younger- no longer fast and agile in the rodeo ring.

What happens to these older, unwanted horses?

There are a few horse rescues around the country and most, including the ones in Idaho, are full. Many horses are just passed around, like Sam, until at last someone decides to ‘put it down’ or it is abandoned to die. Few horses find a forever, life-long home. It is heartbreaking. I wish I could save them all, but if all I can do right now is to save this one horse, this time, I have made a small dent, a small beginning. My hope is that, like the focus on uncontrolled litters of kittens and puppies has reduced the population in animal shelters, we can raise awareness of the problem of ‘backyard breeding’ of horses.

By sharing this post, you can help spread the message!

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Some day, this is what Sam will look like again- healthy and fit

Sam has an Indiegogo Life/Generosity page to help support the needs she will have while she recovers her chance at life.

There are several ways for you to become one of ‘Sam’s Angels’;

  1. Make a donation of any amount!
  2. Share both this page and the ‘Generosity’ Fundraiser page on social media.
  3. Talk to your friends about what you have learned- and encourage them to be involved.                 Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!

Update : 9/22/2015

Many thanks to my son, Daniel, for putting this short video together! I am so grateful for all those who are coming together to save this horses life. We are in it for the long haul. Sam’s Angels will continue to be so very important…

Experiencing the caring of others makes me want to do more, to be more: more compassionate, more giving, more aware of those in need, more caring towards humans and animals.

Update 10/12/2015

Sam’s health is slowly but steadily improving, and she is gaining weight.

Being able to get up on the hill and eat as much as she wants, as well as being able to exercise and be out of dust and blowing dirt has given her a tremendous boost. One exciting update is that her hair has changed. Where a few months ago it was dull, coarse, and lifeless, she has begun growing hair again and she literally shines in the sun. She has a gorgeous reddish-brown coat. It may sound odd, but her smell has changed as well. She has a healthy ‘horsey’ smell now, changed from a musty, unhealthy one.

Our weather has stayed unseasonably warm, which is giving her extra time to put on weight before the cold hits. Although we have not been able to build a shelter, we were able to provide her with a stall inside of a shed. This will get her out of the wind, rain, sleet and snow when that comes. She has been in and out of it numerous times and seems quite comfortable despite it being just large enough for her to walk in and back out. It’s a great blessing that she is on the small side!

Our next goal for Sam is to get her back to the vet to have her teeth checked again- although she can graze, she has difficulty chewing her grain and tough stems of hay. We will get her vaccinations at the same time if the vet thinks she is strong enough. Until next time-                                                                                                                                                                                                  🙂 Margo

I would be grateful if you would once again share Sam’s story all over the interwebs!

Sam now has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed! Please check them out for more updates on her progress:   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olderhorserescue
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AHorseNamedSam
This is Sam’s fundraiser page- please consider becoming one of her sponsoring angels:   https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/neglect-pain-and-consequences/x/9452660edmundburke100421

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s recipe: Hawaiian Haystacks- the most apropos recipe I could think of after stacking hay for Sam!

 

Hawaiian Haystacks
Recipe Type: Easy family dinner
Cuisine: American West
Author: Margo
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Serves: 6 servings
Haystacks- A perfect family or party meal- start with a bed of white or brown rice, add all the toppings that you prefer and a good dose of delectable sauce, and end with a handful of chow mein noodles. Ummmm! Healthy, quick, filling and tasty!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Choice of toppings (see below)
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice and keep warm.
  2. Prepare toppings (See below) and place in individual bowls.
  3. Saute the garlic in butter on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add flour and salt and stir well to make a paste.
  5. Slowly stir in the milk (for extra creamy sauce, use half and half).
  6. Add the can of coconut milk and shredded chicken, and heat through.
  7. To serve:
  8. Place a serving of rice on each plate. Cover with choice of toppings, a generous amount of sauce, and top with chow mein noodles.
  9. Topping ideas: Mandarin oranges, pineapple, chopped green onions, diced celery, slivered almonds, coconut, chopped sweet peppers, slivered fresh kale, sauteed mushrooms, grated white cheese, lightly steamed broccoli, grated carrots, lightly sauteed chopped zucchini, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives

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Harvest Day in the Corn Patch

Harvest Day in the Corn Patch

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We have been helping our neighbor with his corn patch for the past couple of years, and this year the corn looked tremendous- tall and healthy despite the strange weather we have had this year. There was a lot of cool, rainy weather followed by above-average temperatures, then more cool… Idaho is famous for having unpredictable weather, but this summer has been the whopper of unpredictability.

Thursday was harvest day, and we were unhappily surprised by the results- despite the months of planting, watering, weeding and caring for the corn patch, we harvested a third of what we had expected. Sometimes things happen that are not what we expect. How we react when the unexpected happens is a measure of our personality. Can we see the ‘silver lining’* despite our disappointments?

I am happy to say that, though disappointed in the harvest, we enjoyed our harvest party- and enjoyed the fact that it only took two hours instead of the five or six that it took last year (there is one silver lining!). I also have no doubt that God will provide for us- we will have enough to eat without a freezer full of corn. This means we will have room in the freezer for other tasty foods (silver lining #2)!IMG_8997

 

The whole family gets involved in the corn harvest- Grandma and I  shuck the corn before the rest of the family show up.IMG_9004

 

Once the rest of the family arrives, a son boils the corn for just a minute to stop the ripening process.IMG_9005

The corn is then put in front of a fan to cool it quickly.

Even the young grandchildren are able to help. Here, Dante is counting the empty corn cobs to keep track of how many dozen we have grown.IMG_9007

Grandma had an accident a few years ago and is unable to do much, but the family is careful to include her so she feels useful. Her job is to write the year on the freezer bags. One of the grandchildren then helps her put a quart of corn in each bag

At the end of the evening, each member of the family takes home corn for the freezer. We appreciate the bounty of the earth, the space for a garden, the ability to grow a garden, and the water to keep it green. Yes, we were a bit disappointed in the amount, but there is so much to be grateful for!IMG_9030

Even the horses are happy today- the corn husks are a tasty treat!

The only unhappy creatures are the wild turkeys- their free corn supply has ended for the year. 🙂

Now that the corn is finished, it is time to harvest the apples again- make apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple pies, dehydrated apples… and then the tomatoes, potatoes, beans and squash. What a blessing to have a garden and to be able to appreciate all we grow, throughout the coming winter. No matter how the price of food goes up because of strange weather patterns around the world, my family will eat healthy and well. I am truly thankful!

 

 

Corn Fritters
 
Author: Margo
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A tasty addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup flour (white or whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup milk (I use non fat)
  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels
  • Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Instructions:
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add milk and chopped parsley, and mix together with a wooden spoon until thick and thoroughly mixed through.
  4. Add the cooked corn (boiled or grilled) and mix well with the flour mixture.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan.
  6. Using a ⅓ cup measuring cup, scoop corn mixture out and place into the skillet, gently
  7. pressing the mound down so it’s flattened.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, or until it’s browned, turn it over and cook another 5 minutes, or until it’s browned.
  9. Serve immediately with sour cream

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*A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language idiom “Every cloud has a silver lining.” ex: “The silver lining to not harvesting much corn is that we will have room in the freezer for more ice cream!”

 

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Look up!

Look up!

Quick! Without looking, what does the sky look like right now?  Are there any clouds? I asked this question of 10 people- and only one could tell me that they had looked at the sky today. Looking at the sky has the power to soothe the soul, and there are so many people who miss out. Look up!

Back in 1985 I read an article about Jack Borden and his desire to get people to really look at the sky and see it’s beauty. Before reading that article, I had never really looked at the sky- I could not have told you if there were clouds or clear skies without first walking outside and looking up. I am not sure what it was that touched me in that article so many years ago, but for the past 30 years I have loved the sky- everywhere I have roamed.

Someone asked me last week how I deal with stress. I couldn’t think of an answer then, but after thinking about it, I have the answer – I relieve stress by doing something that has become so natural, that I do not even realize I have reduced my stress: I look at the sky. Just the act of looking up and becoming aware of the vastness above me drains the stress right out of me and changes my thoughts to a more positive outlook. If ever I had a day with nothing to do, I would lie on my back and watch the sky (in between naps), and take pictures of the clouds.

Most of the following photos were taken with my cell phone- just imagine how beautiful they would be with a good camera and some filters!

Americans go on vacation in order to ‘be part of nature’, to feel the vastness of the cosmos, and, as Jack Borden (“Sky Man”) puts it: get a “feeling of exultation,” and a “communion with nature.”  For those of us who cannot go on vacations, we don’t need a change of place, we just need a change of eyes.IMG_1071

 

In his book Look at the Sky! Eric Sloane wrote: “I believe that the sky was created for pure beholding; that one of men’s greatest joys can be simply looking at the sky.” 20150607_083034

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”  Henry David Thoreau

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson, The Sense of WonderIMG_0611

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year.”
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Wherever you are, the sky is above you.

To study the sky takes no elaborate field trips, or costly equipment. Begin by just becoming aware. Look up 3 times a day, and note what you see. Take a few photos of the sky and set a sky photo as your home screen on your phone and computer- and change them often.  Look at the moon each night and really see the phases of the moon as it grows and diminishes through the month. Watch a bird fly, and notice the contrails of airplanes. Find forms in the clouds- does that cloud above you look like a dragon or a running child? Stand still and open yourself to the miracle that is the sky!20140630_063845

 

For the Beauty of the Earth.

  • For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
    Lord of all, to thee we raise                                This our hymn of grateful praise.
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For the beauty of each hour

  • Of the day and of the night,
    Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,

    Sun and moon, and stars of light,

    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.
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  • For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child,
    Friends on earth, and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild,
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

And that’s not all. Sometimes the sky brings challenges… and hope:

http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/after-the-storm

The following links were sent to me by Jack Borden.

  1. I have never read or heard someone articulate the way I feel about scenery before reading this essay. It was good that I was reading alone- I could not help but exclaim “Yes, exactly!” many times over!  This is an essay that should be required reading material for parents and teachers everywhere 🙂   Thomas Cole, “Essay on American Scenery” From: The American Monthly Magazine 1 (January 1836)    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~danp/rhet8520/winter99/cole.html
  2. The Soul of All Scenery: A History of the Sky in Art, by Professor Stanley David GedzelmanDepartment of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, City College of New York.   http://www.sci.ccny.cuny.edu/~stan/skyart.html  In this E-book, you will read about the sky in art, from before it appeared to the role of the science and mathematics which have transformed the art world.
  3. And finally, a blog post about starting your own business. What does that have to do with the sky? Only the last paragraph: “Seventy-five percent of people report that negative thinking goes away if you look toward the sky. So for those would-be entrepreneurs trying to fend off negative thinking, Fannin says: “Chin up.”

Have you looked at the sky today? What did you see? Does looking up help you handle stress? Send me a photo of your sky!

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Микрозелень

Микрозелень

Цена на свежую зелень и овощи растет с каждым годом – особенно зимой. Я всегда ищу способы сэкономить на продуктах, и кушать местные, свежие и более полезные  продукты. Микрозелень не только дорогая, но ее можно выращивать у  себя дома или в квартире -ни двор ни  огород не нужен!

 Микрозелень добавляют красоту, витамины и свежесть ко многим блюдам. В зависимости от вида, микрозелень могут быть с нежным, тонким вкусом или с очень сильным вкусом.IMG_9700

  Но не путайте микрозелень с пропрощеными семенами или ростками зелени.

.Пророщеные зерна едят, когда семя начинает пускать корень и стебель, обычно после 2-5 дней. Они выращиваются в контейнере с небольшим количеством света и высокой влажностью. К несчастью это те же условия, в которых патологические бактерии очень быстро растут. Многие магазины в США больше не продают проросшие зерна из-за риска заражения бактериями.

Микрозелень лучше всего растет с хорошим обменом воздуха и достаточным количеством света, чтоб защищает зелень от бактерий и плесени. Их можно есть через 5-14 дней, в зависимости от температуры в доме и вида семян. Как только на них есть два листика, их можно срезать.

Ростки зелени это не микрозелень. Они растут дольше, чем микрозелень, обычно в теплицах от 2 до 4 недель и обычно продаются в пакетах в супермаркетах в отделе для овощей.

. Я покупаю семена для моей микрозелени в местом магазине, где продаются зерна на развес. Сырые семена подсолнечника, бобовые, лен очень не дорогие и их можно купить на развес или в упаковках. Семена, которые вырастают в микрозелень, стоят меньше 20ти центов. IMG_9767Семена можно так же купить на интернете: семена листовой капусты, броколи, горчицу и другие виды. Они дороже, чем семена из магазина, но в середине зимы, когда очень хочется зелени… какие-то пару доларов стоят того!IMG_9763Есть специальные подносы, земля и гидропонические наборы, которые можно купить для выращивания микрозелени. Это все выглядит привлекательно, но это не необходимо. С обычным контейнером с крышкой, семенами, землей и водой вы также успешно можете выращивать миктозелень очень дешево.

 Есть несколько способов выращивать микрозелень: 1. в земле, 2. гидропонически, 3. с покрытой землей. Самый легкий способ – это насыпать один сантиметр земли в контейнер, насыпать семян и покрыть тонким слоем земли. Небольшая проблема с этим способом – это то, что когда зелень готова к употреблению, на ней есть немного земли. Поэтому зелень нужно очень тщательно мыть перед едой.IMG_9649Самый легкий способ избежать земли на зелени – это выращивать зелень гидропонически (без земли). С несколькими слоями мокрых бумажных полотенец, семена остаются влажными и вырастают чистыми.IMG_9644 Хотя, выращенаягидропонически, зелень имеет меньше витаминов. Одна из самых главных причин выращивания микрозелени – это из-за ее полезных качеств. Исследование о полезном питании было проведено в 2012 году Университетом Мериленда. Его результат показал, что микрозелень имеет на много больше плезный веществ, чем взрослая зелень.

Выращивание без земли немного снижает содержание полезных веществ.

Как можно получить больше полезных веществ из земли, но чтоб не пачкать зелень?

 После многочисленных эксперементов я разработала легкий недорогой ответ: насыпать 1 см горшечной земли на дно подноса, покрыть это тонкой бумагой. Корни легко растут через бумагу, где они могут получить питательные элементы. Это дает оба преимущества: питательные элементы и чистую, готовую к употреблению, микрозелень.

Ну что, вы готовы выращивать свою собственную микрозелень?

Инструкция для выращивания микрозелени.

Оборудование: поднос, земля, однослойная туалетная бумага или бумажное полотенце, семена, брызгалка, вода, солнечный подоконик.  Любой не высокий контейер подойдет как поднос для микрозелени.IMG_97551. Насыпьте 1,5 см земли на дно контейнера.
IMG_9756 Покройте землю одним слоем туалетной бумаги. Цель бумаги – это держать землю отдельно от зелени, но позволить корням легко пройти через бумагу и получить питание от земли. По желанию: вы можете пропустить этот шаг и просто помыть зелень перед едой.
IMG_9758 Побрызгайте бумагу хорошо, чтоб она была мокрой, но не слишком (вода никогда не должна стоять).IMG_9759

Покройте бумагу одним слоем семян и побрызгайте немного водой. Опять же, земля и семена должны быть мокрыми, но не слишком.IMG_9768 По желанию: вы можете покрыть более крупные семена, такие как семена подсолнечника, дополнительным слоем бумаги, чтоб помочь им оставаться мокрыми.
IMG_9771  Поставьте каждый поднос в пакет или покройте его пленкой, чтоб поддерживать их равномерно влажными. Оставьте пленку на подносе до тех пор, пока семена не прорастут (1-3 дня, в зависимости от вида семян).IMG_9772

Kогда семена начнут прорастать, снимите пленку и поставьте поднос на солнечный подоконик или под лампу для растений. Им нужен сильный свет, чтоб вырасти хорошими и здоровыми.20150507_110831
20150507_110823Брызгайте ваши семена один или два раза в день, чтоб они не умерли. Как только у зелени появятся два листика, они считаются микрозеленью и готовы к употреблению в салатах, бутербродах, как украшения и в многих других применениях…20150512_053259Вы можете видеть на этой фотографии, что корни проросли прямо через бумагу и зелень осталась чистой.
20150516_124845Срежьте зелень на уровне земли. Землю с бумагой можно положить в компост или скормить червям, или бросить в огород.
Храните срезаную зелень в контейнере с крышкой в холодильнике до 5-7 дней. Если положите салфетку по зелень, то это поможет им оставаться свежими дольше.
20150516_125623Мой любимый способ употребления микрозелени: добавьте разные виды микрозелени к нарезаной листовой капусте, тертой морковке, маленьким кусочкам острого сыра и каким-нибудь другим сырым овощам, какие у меня есть. Полить соусом с маком… превосходно!
20150516_124125 Но не останавливайтесь на салатах – микрозелень можно добавлять ко многим другим блюдам.

Если вас нужны идеи как еще использовать микрозелень, посмотрите на моем пинтресте посте: Microgreen Margo где получите больше идей!

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Это видео совершенно не о микрозелени, но симпатичное напоминание о том, что если мы выделим время, чтоб играть с нашими детьми, это поможет укреплять семейные отношения и становится бесценными временем!

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A Weighty Problem in the USA

A Weighty Problem in the USA

I have become a ‘dieter’. Ugh. Я занялась диетами. Эх. Weight-loss is a big business in the United States. Похудение это большое дело в США. An estimated 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion annually on weight loss products. Most of the women I know have been on a diet of some sort in the past year. Some use diet aids, others like me just change eating habits or start exercising and hope for the best. I am not at an unhealthy weight, but I am not physically fit, and must lose several more pounds to take pressure off my knees and legs. vericose veins Over the past 2 years, as life got busier and more complicated,  I put on 15 pounds- just enough extra pressure on my legs that my veins are working too hard, and causing excruciating leg cramps. I need to lose the extra weight- and keep it off.  Приблизительно 45 миллионов американцев на диете каждый год и тратят 33 миллиона доларов на препараты для похудения. Большинство женщин, которых я знаю, были на какой-то диете за последний год. Некоторые используют препараты для походения, другие, такие как я, просто меняют привычки в питании или начинают делать упражнения и надеются на чудо. У меня нет ожирения, но и не спортивное сложение, и мне нужно сбросить несколько фунтов, чтоб снять давление с моих ног и колен.  За последние 2 года, моя жизнь стала более занятой и более сложной, я набрала 15 фунтов – как раз сколько нужно, чтоб добавить давление на мои ноги и перегрузить мои вены, что привело к невыносимой боли из-за судорог в ногах. Мне нужно сбросить лишний вес и не набрать его снова.

This experience of losing weight has given me GREAT compassion for anyone fighting to lose weight- it can be an incredibly difficult process, and it really can feel like a battle with ones self. I have had a hard time losing 15 pounds- what would it be like to have to change an entire lifestyle in order to lose a hundred pounds or more? Этот опыт со сбросом веса помог мне приобрести сострадание к кому-либо, кто борется с лишним весом – это может быть невероятно трудный процес и может действительно чувствоваться, как битва с собой. Мне было трудно сбросить 15 фунтов, а как было бы трудно изменить весь стиль жизни, чтоб сбросить 100 фунтов или больше?

I joined a gym for awhile, hoping to increase the calories I burn each day but finding the time and motivation to get to the gym was difficult. Besides, I IMG_0066REALLY hate exercising! Bike Ride 2013IMG_1458Yes, that is actually me there under the weights…but no, I am not really strong enough to lift them… I had a little help!  🙂

Exercise? This body? 
Упражнения? С таким телом?

It’s apparent that if each of our bodies is a temple (see 1 Cor. 3:16–17), some of us have temples that look as if the maintenance crew retired three years ago; the noble spirits that inhabit them deserve a better place to dwell. And even if we feel that we’re in the same great shape as when we graduated from high school, we can make our lives better and teach our families valuable habits through regular exercise.

“Это очевидно, что если тело каждого это храм (смотри 1 Коринфянам 3:16-17), то у некоторых из нас храмы такие, как-будто те, кто поддерживает в них порядок, ушли на пенсию три года назад; доблестные духи, которые живут в них, заслуживают лучшего места обитания. Даже если нам кажется, что мы в такой же форме, как и когда мы закончили школу, мы все таки можем улучшить наши жизни и привить нашим семьям ценные привычки через регулярные физические упражнения.”

I know that exercise is important, that if I exercise I will not only lose weight, I will also feel better. Knowing it and following through… that is the problem!  Я знаю, что физические упражнения очень важны, и что если я делаю упражнения, я не только сброшу вес, я так же буду лучше чувствовать.  Знать и делать … это в чем проблема!  I like to go on walks and bike rides, and work in the garden, but it is always a struggle to find the time and inclination- especially during the winter months. Мне нравится ходить на прогулки, кататься на велосипеде и работать на огороде, но мне нужно бороться с собой, чтоб найти время и желание, особенно в зимнее время. During the spring, summer and fall, I walk with my grandchildren, go on occasional bike rides, and work in the garden several times a week. That helps, but it still isn’t enough exercise to lose weight without reducing calories.Весной, зимой и осенью я гуляю с моими внуками, иногда катаюсь на велосипеде и работаю на огороде несколько раз в неделю. Это помогает, но этого всетаки не достаточно, чтоб сросить вес без того, чтоб не уменьшать употребляемые калории. 

I also work one day a week at the local Walmart super center, walking over 5 miles through the store at a fast pace each time. I always feel like I have gotten some exercise on that day each week! Я также работаю один день в неделю в местном супермаркете, проходя там каждый раз 5 миль быстрым темпом. Я всегда чувствую там, что сделала мою зарядку! The few calories I burn exercising may add up eventually, but don’t translate down to the bathroom scale.Те несколько калорий после каждого рабочего дня насобираются в конце концов, но не достаточно, чтоб их можно было заметить по напольным весам.

On advice, I learned to count calories- every bite I take, IHamster calories input on an app on my phone. По совету я научилась считать калории (даже за каждый маленький кусочек) – я ввожу их в специальную программу на моем мобильном телефоне. It was a real eye-opener when I began to count calories. I had NO idea how many calories I consumed on a daily basis- I thought that I ate “healthy”.Это открыло мои глаза, когда я начала считать сколько калорий я ем I have  learned that too many ‘healthy’ calories (whole grains, fruits, some vegetables, nuts, etc.) can add on weight almost as quickly as the ‘junk food’ options. Я узнала, что слишком много “поленых” калорий, таких как цельные зерна, фрукты, овощи, орехи, и тому подобное, может превращаться в жир так же быстро, как не полезная еда.  To lose weight, a person has to eat fewer calories than one burns in a day. Easy to say, hard to do. Чтоб сбросить вес, нужно потреблять меньше калорий, чем тратим за один день. Легко сказать, трудно сделать.

“Albert Einstein discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, “You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers.” ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50  “Альберт Эйнштейн обнаружил, что даже малейшее количество массы равно огромному количеству энергии, что объясняет почему, как Эйнштейн сам лаконично высказал в его речи в 1939 году перед Департаментом Врачей в Принсетоне “Вам нужно делать упражнения целую неделю, чтоб отработать жир с одного сникерса”. Дэйв Бэрри из книги “Дэйву Бэрри исполняется 50”.

The United States has a problem with weight. These are pretty scary health statistics:

  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are obese: 35.1% (more than 78 million Americans!)(2011-2012)
  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are overweight, including obesity: 69.0% (2011-2012)
    • Percent of adolescents age 12-19 years who are obese: 18.4% (2009-2010)
    • Percent of children age 6-11 years who are obese: 18.0% (2009-2010)
    • Percent of children age 2-5 years who are obese: 12.1% (2009-2010)
В Соединенных Штатах есть проблема с весом. Эти статистические данные очень пугающие:
    – процент взрослых старше 20 лет страдающих от ожирения: 35,1% (это более чем 78 млн Американцев!) (2011-2012)
    – процент взрослых старше 20 лет страдающих от  избыточного веса, включая ожирение: 69,0% (2011-2012)
    – процент подростков от 12 до 19 лет с ожирением: 18,4% (2009-2010)
    – процент детей от 2 до 5 лет с ожирением: 12,1% (2009-2010)

According to the CDC, “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.”  “Болезни связанные с ожирением включают в себя сердечные болезни, инсульт, диабет и некоторые виды рака, являются ведущими причинами смертности в США, которые можно было предотвратить”.

Note: The following videos have Russian subtitles available. Примечание: в следующих видео есть русские субтитры.

There are many factors that lead to obesity in the United States. Among the worst is the prevalence of cheap, unhealthy food that tastes great- foods that have been designed by scientists to be instantly addictive. This TED video is entertaining and insightful:

The weight loss industry in The United States is worth $20 Billion dollars a year- selling quick fixes, weight-loss drugs, books, plans, surgery, hopes and dreams. There is a whole industry that is preying on people who are desperate to lose weight without having to work at it or change habits. This ABC news report has a great short video that exposes the tricks of the weight loss industry: (Click Here)    The longer version: ( click Here )

I am trying to lose my extra weight, but I will not use diet products, protein drinks, or expensive weight loss plans…I just try to eat fewer calories than what my body uses each day. I eat very little meat and bread, no white flour, no sodas or other drinks (of course no alcohol), and very few sweets. My diet is mostly made of vegetables and fruit, with milk and eggs for protein, and whole wheat bread.

If I would exercise more, I could lose that weight faster, and eat more. I miss chocolate….  I must find the motivation to exercise as part of my lifestyle.

A friend and I are working together on a challenge to stick to our daily health goals.  We text each other every day, and to help our motivation we have agreed to pay each other $2 each time we miss a goal. Eat to live don't live to eat

She has lost over 50 pounds, with another 50 to go, and is on her way to meeting her goals in the next year. She is changing the way she thinks about food, and is making lifestyle changes that will help her not only lose the weight, but keep it off. Unlike me, she LOVES to exercise, and it shows- she is not only losing weight, but the exercise keeps her stress levels down and helps her feel good all over.

I have lost 8 pounds in the past 3 months- not quite as impressive. Not all of my ‘challenge’ goals are related to weight loss, but each one is something I need to do to be a happier, healthier person: 1. Eat less than 1500 calories per day (eat mainly plants) and don’t eat after 5pm  2.Drink at least 8 cups of water each day 3. Read and study scriptures  4. Turn off electronics after 9 at night so that I get a good night’s sleep 5. Exercise at least 15 minutes per day (I am aiming for 60 minutes daily, eventually) 6. Learn one new word in Russian each day (It helps to keep the brain healthy).

I don’t make all my goals every day- I owe my friend $8 this week. But, having goals keeps me focused on improving myself, step-by-step, little by little. Without goals, I would drift along letting life happen to me. I want to leave life knowing I have done my best each and every day to become the best person I can be.

Losing weight and keeping it off doesn’t happen with magic pills, expensive clinics or  14-day diet plans. There is no short cut for cutting out calories and increasing exercise, despite what the weight loss industry in this country wants to fool us into believing. It takes self-discipline and above all, the strong desire to change. I believe it also takes a community to support us- even if that community is only one other person that we can be accountable to.

“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent SocietyPeople die from eating too much 

I feel deep compassion on those that are struggling to deal with weight issues. It is so, so difficult, especially for those that have grown up in homes where being overweight has been normal, sometimes for several generations.

The Lord has blessed us with a body, and commanded us to take good care of it. To take care of our bodies, we must eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.

With all this talk of losing weight, let’s not forget the most important thing: “I am NOT my body.” Watch the following video about a young woman, Stephanie Nielson, who knows this in a very personal way

Do you struggle with weight? If I were your friend, what could I do to help support you in your journey?

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Sneaky Grandma Trick #43…Уловка хитрой бабушки  №43 …

Sneaky Grandma Trick #43…Уловка хитрой бабушки №43 …

I am very ‘healthy food’ conscious.  As a grandma who has the responsibility of feeding my grandchildren several days a week, I am always scheming ways of getting more whole grains and healthy greens into them. Like many little children, greens and other vegetables are not necessarily their favorite choices- and may be completely rejected once it is on their plate. So, I get ‘sneaky’… Я очень слежу за тем, что я ем. Будучи бабушкой, у меня есть ответственность кормить моих внуков несколько раз в неделю. Поэтому я всегда в поисках разных способов, которые помогут мне накормить их цельными злаками и полезной зеленью. И как для многих маленьких детей, зелень и другие овощи не обязательно являются из любимой едой, поэтому могут быть полностью отвергнутыми, как только это попадет к ним на тарелку. Поэтому мне приходится хитрить…

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Into the waffle batter goes microgreens, fresh eggs, fresh-ground whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and for good measure- cooked, pureed squash. Once the batter is blended ( all done in the kitchen , out of the children’s sight) there is no sign left that there is anything but normal store-bought batter going into the waffle iron! В тесто для оладей идут мелкие травы, свежие яйца, свеже-помолотая мука, овсяные хлопья и чтоб уж совсем для здоровья – пюре из печеной тыквы. Как только тесто замешено (на кухне, вдали от взглядов детей), нет никаких признаков того, что в тесте есть что-то кроме того, что обычно идет оладьи!

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“Grandma, these are the best waffles ever!”  He-he… sneaky Grandma mission accomplished! “Бабушка, это самые вкусные оладьи, какие только могут быть!” – ха-ха… миссия хитрой бабушки выполнена!

Next mission: Hide the avocado!  ледущая миссия – спрятать авокадо!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avocado adds fiber and vitamins to an already healthy morning smoothie of kefir and banana , and although these little girls refuse to even consider eating a piece of avocado, the picture says it all: Success!  Авокадо добавляет волокна и витамины к уже очень здоровому утреннему домашнему питьевому йогурту или кефиру с бананами. И хотя эти маленькие девочки отказываются даже допустить идею употребления кусочка авокадо, фотка говорит сама за себя – успех!

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And that is how a sneaky grandma helps her much-beloved grandchildren eat just a little bit healthier! Это как хитрая бабушка помогает своим любимым внукам кушать немного полезнее! This is a post I think the children should not see… Этот пост я думаю лучше детям не видеть…

What do you do to help your children or grandchildren eat healthy foods that they do not like? А что вы делаете, чтоб помочь вашим детям или внукам кушать полезные продукты, которые они не любят?

 

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Easter – Because He Lives! Пасха – Потому что Он Живет!

Easter – Because He Lives! Пасха – Потому что Он Живет!

We celebrate Easter because He lives!     Мы празднуем Пасху, потому что Он жив!

Jesus-with-Child-640 Palm-Sunday Easter is a very special time in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), as it is in most Christian churches.

Пасха это особенное время в Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней (Мормоны), так же как и большинстве Христианских церквей.

“Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and the Only Begotten Son of God the Father. We believe that He was born, lived a mortal life, taught and blessed thousands, suffered for our sins in Gethsemane, and died on the cross at Calvary. And, most importantly, we believe that after three days He was resurrected from the dead, and because He rose again—because He lives—we can also be resurrected after we die.   “Мормоны верят в то, что Иисус Христос – наш Спаситель и Искупитель и Единственный Единородный Сын Бога Отца. Мы верим в то, что Он родился, жил земной жизнью, учил и благословлял тысячи людей, пострадал за наши грехи в Гефсиманском саду и умер на кресте на Голгофе. И самое главное, мы верим что через три дня Он был воскрешен из мертвых, и потому что Он воскрес, потому что Он живет, мы тоже воскреснем после смерти.

Elder Russell M. Nelson said: “As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in these, the latter days, we have also been charged with testifying of the realities of the Savior’s Atonement and Resurrection. This Easter season gives each of us a personal opportunity to discover His sacrifice, embrace His teachings, and share His joy.”  Старейшина Рассал М. Нелсон сказал: “Как последователи Господа Иисуса Христа в эти последние дни мы получили ответственность свидетельствовать о реальности Искупления и Воскресения нашего Спасителя. Это Пасхальное время предоставляет каждому из нас возможность открыть для себя Его жертву, объять Его учения и поделиться Его радостью.”

For those that have not read previous blogs, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- I am a ‘Mormon’. I love the Savior. I am grateful for the atonement because I am a very imperfect person. I am grateful for the Easter season because, like Christmas, it is a time to refocus on Christ and on the things that are most important in life. Для тех, кто не читал мои предыдущие блоги, я – член Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней, я – “Мормонка”. Я люблю Спасителя. Я благодарна за Искупление, потому что я очень не совершенный человек. Я благодарна за Пасхальный сезон, потому что,  так же как Рождество, это время чтоб сфокусироваться на Христе и на вещах, которые самые важные в жизни.

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But, there are the family and cultural traditions of Easter as well. I often feel ambivalent about these traditions, as I do about Santa Claus at Christmas. Although they represent the fun part of the holiday, in many homes and many places around the country, the Easter bunny is often not connected to Christ and the atonement, including in the homes of some of my family and friends. Есть так же семейные и культурные пасхальные традиции. У меня часто есть смешанные чувства связанные с этими традициями, такие же как с Санта Клаусом во время рождества. Хотя они представляют веселую часть праздников во многих домах по стране, Пасхальный Зайчик часто не имеет ничего общего с Христом и Искуплением, включая дома некоторых моих друзей и членов семьи.

During the month before Easter, every department store in the United States has Easter eggs, Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, egg dye, toys and candies displayed close to the front. Walmart has had ‘Easter egg supplies’ on the shelves since the day after Valentines day, and hundreds of people every day since then have been buying the chocolate and toys. В течение месяца перед Пасхой каждый магазин по стране продает пасхальные яйца, пасхальные корзины, шоколадных зайцев, красители для яиц, игрушки и конфеты. В Волмарте пасхальные принадлежности были на полках начиная сразу после дня Святого Валентина и тысячи людей покупали шоколад и игрушки с тех пор.

When my children were small- and even when they were quite tall- we would enjoy the ‘Easter bunny’ on Saturday with a a family Easter egg hunt, reserving Sunday for a celebration of Christ. Когда мои дети были маленькими, даже когда они уже были очень высокими, нам нравился Пасхальный зайчик с охотой за яйцами в субботу, чтоб посвятить воскресенье празднованию Воскресения Христова.

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Even as teenagers, my children loved the egg-hunt tradition. As they got older, I spread the eggs out and made them more difficult to find.  Даже будучи подростками, мои дети любили традицию охоты на яйца. Чем старше они становились, тем дальше я прятала яйца, чтоб их было труднее найти.

These photos were from 2004- Those teenagers are now grown and off on their own.Это фото 2004 года – эти подростки теперь взрослые люди и живут отдельно.

 

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Saturday is the day that I prefer to reserve for the ‘fun’ part of Easter. However, not all of my children have chosen to follow our traditions. My oldest son and his wife do not identify as Christians and are bringing up their children without any overt religious influences. I respect their wishes and do not talk about our religious beliefs to the children- which can be very difficult when our little 5 year old grandson asks questions about what I believe about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ…  Суббота – это день, который я предпочитаю использовать для “веселой” части Пасхи. Хотя не все мои дети решили поддерживать эту традицию. Мой старший сын и его жена не отождествляют себя с христианами и воспитывают своих детей без религиозного влияния. Я уважаю их желания и не говорю о религии с детьми, хотя это бывает очень трудно когда наш пятилетний внук задает вопросы о том, во что я верю о Небесном Отце и Иисусе Христе…

Although they do not focus on, or discuss religious beliefs, they are also extremely respectful of our beliefs, which is something I am so grateful for. I love them for their willingness to be non-judgmental or to try and force their beliefs on others. I am grateful that all my children are accepting and respectful of others, including their parents who made many mistakes in child-rearing over the years. И хотя мои дети не фокусируются и обсуждают религиозные убеждения, они относятся очень уважительно к нашим религиозным убеждениям, за что я очень благодарна им. Я люблю их за их желание не осуждать и не навязывать свои убеждения на других. Я благодарна, что все мои дети относятся с уважением к другим, включая их родителей, которые совершали много ошибок пока растили своих детей.

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My darling daughter-in-law made this Easter-themed  cake a few years ago, before she became a mother of 3 young children, and a full-time nurse as well. Loving, giving, caring- all those traits that you wish to have in your relatives are how I would describe this dear young mother. And, of course I must add- she is a talented cake-maker! Моя любимая невестка сделала этот Пасхальный пирог пару лет назад, до того как она стала мамой троих детей, а так же медсестрой на полную ставку. Любящая, щедрая, заботливая (черты, которые все бы хотели видеть в своих родственниках) – так я бы описала эту молодую маму. И, конечно, мне нужно добавить, что у нее талант делать торты!

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During the first weekend of April, the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be focusing on Jesus Christ and will be tuning in all over the world to General Conference.   The women of the church attend the first session, held on the last Saturday in March. Five more 2-hour sessions are held the first weekend of April. I will be watching the conference on my computer, receiving  inspiration and instruction from Church leaders. Any talks that I must miss because of work or family obligations, I will watch in the coming week.

I wish  all my friends- both those I know and those I have not met yet- a blessed and wonderful Easter celebration. May you focus on Christ and receive all the blessings He has to offer you!

Во время первого выходного апреля, члены Церкви Иисуса Христа Святых Последних Дней сосредотачиваются на Иисусе Христе и настраиваются по всему миру на просмотр Генеральной Конференции. Женщины Церкви посещают первую сесию конференции, которая проводится в последнюю субботу марта. Еще пять двухчасовых сессий проходят в первый выходной апреля. Я буду смотреть конференцию на моем компьютере, получая вдохновение и поучения от руководителей Церкви. Все выступления, которые я пропущу из-за работы или семейных обязанностей, я посмотрю на следующей неделе.
Я желаю всем моим друзям (и тем, кого я знаю и тем, с кем я еще не знакома) благословенного и удивительного празднования Пасхи. Желаю вам сфокусироваться на Христе и получить все благословения, которые есть у Него для вас!

http://www.mormon.org/easter

http://www.mormon.org/rus/пасха

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 Он Живет!

What do you do to celebrate Easter? What are your family traditions? Do you think your culture or country is taking Christ out of Easter?

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I am a ‘Mormon’

I am a ‘Mormon’

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I grew up in a family that occasionally went to the Presbyterian and Congregational church. I enjoyed it as a youth- most of my friends went to the same church, and we had fun activities. I had believed in God, but never really understood or even questioned who He was or what role He should play in my life. Religion was a Sunday activity which a person forgot until the next Sunday, Christmas, or Easter came along.

 That changed rather dramatically when I was 24 years old.

A year or so  earlier I had been on a month-long cross-country road trip with a friend, and we stopped in Salt Lake City to see the sights. Of course, we ended up in Temple Square– the biggest attraction there, quite outstanding and interesting.  temple-square-mormon

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We spent several hours in the visitors center, and walking around the grounds.

I felt something there that I had never felt before- peace, understanding, and a knowledge that I had a place in this world and that there was a purpose to my life.

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I had lived a pretty aimless life up to that time. I had few goals; I didn’t have any guidelines to my life other than to be a good person as best I knew how. I was not happy with my life- I knew there must be something more.

It would be nice to say that my life changed that day at Temple Square, but it didn’t. 

At least not THAT day. It was more like a seed planted within me.  Some missionaries knocked on my door months later, and I listened to a couple of their messages before I moved on. Those missionaries planted a few more seeds that were not ready to grow yet.

Fast forward a year or so… I found myself in difficult circumstances and on my own. I had a pet cockatoo, a car, and few belongings. I was drifting from place to place with no goals but to survive.  One day I was flipping through the phone book and came across the number for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints– the Mormons whose Temple Square I had visited. Without thinking, I dialed the number.  After a brief conversation, I hung up feeling strangely and inexplicably excited, and with an appointment to visit with the mMargo and Scriptures (4)issionaries a few days later.

 A few weeks later my questions had been answered.

I had learned to pray, had carefully considered all that I had been taught, and I made the decision to join the Church. It is a decision I have never regretted in the 33 years that I have been a member of ‘LDS’ church. Each year  of my life continues to be better than the one before. I am not ‘lucky’, I am blessed.

One thing you may be curious about: why ‘Mormon‘?

The correct name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That is often shortened to LDS, or, Latter Day Saints. The Church received the nickname ‘Mormon’  from the book of scripture called The Book of Mormon- Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is the religious history of the Americas, and goes hand-in-hand with the Bible as a witness of Jesus Christ.

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Would you like to hear what it is like being a ‘Mormon’?

Here is a link to a page with the stories of hundreds of Mormons across the world: I’m a Mormon   This comment, from “Jarom” sums up how I feel about the Church:

“… I love this gospel! It fills my life with joy, gives me strength, and picks me up when I fall down. I AM living the way that makes me happy. God knows our nature and He knows what will bring us the greatest joy. We can spend all our lives looking for happiness our own way, or we can take a short cut right to true happiness, by following God’s teachings and His laws. I haven’t met anyone who is happier because they live contrary to the gospel! God’s laws only restrict us from harming ourselves and others, becoming slaves to addiction, and being distracted from true happiness by looking for it in places that can never offer real and lasting joy. The question is not ‘should we do what makes us happy?’ but rather, ‘what is true happiness and what truly makes us most happy?’ I feel like I have the answers to both those questions and that is both comforting and exciting all at once! ”  

What do you know about ‘Mormons’? Have you ever seen missionaries in your town? If you have seen them, were you curious about what they were doing or what they believed?

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