Tag: Abundance

Harvest Day in the Corn Patch

Harvest Day in the Corn Patch

IMG_8992

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
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 patties
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

Corrn patties blog post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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!”

 

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinrssyoutube
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?

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinrssyoutube
The Privilege of Abundance

The Privilege of Abundance

Ajak Magot is a student at ISU- Idaho State University,  in Pocatello, Idaho. He came to the USA as a refugee from Africa. Our local newspaper, The Idaho State Journal, has an article in it today that talks about Ajak’s experience with food. Аджак Магот – студент Университета Штата Айдахо в Покателло. Он приехал в США, как беженец из Африки. Наша местная газета  Газета Штата Айдахо напечатала статью в сегодняшняшнем номере, в которой говорится об опыте Аджака с едой.

allyoucaneatphotoISJ

He said that while he was a refugee in Africa, the United Nations (UN) gave his family a 45-kilogram bag of food that had to last a month. It was not enough for the family so they ate once each day, at noon. He now lives in the dormitory on the campus of ISU, and eats in Turner Hall: an all-you-can-eat campus cafeteria for students. He explained that he sometimes feels guilty as he looks at his abundant food when he remembers those that do not have enough to eat.Он сказал, что когда он был беженцем в Африке, Объединенные Нации дали его семье 45ти килограммовый мешок еды, которого хватило на месяц. Этого было не достаточно для его семьи, поэтому они ели только раз в день в обед. Сейчас он живет в общежитии университетского городка и кушает в кафетерии университета по программе для студентов, где можно есть в неограниченном количестве.Он объясняет, что иногда ему стыдно, когда он смотрит на изобилие еды, и думает о тех, кому не хватает еды.allyoucaneatstory

I was thinking about that article this afternoon as I sat down to my lunch. I often forget to be grateful for all the privileges and abundance that we have.  Я думала об этой статье сегодня, когда я садилась за стол обедать. Я часто забываю быть благодарной за все привилегии и изобилие, которое у меня есть. Lunch Today: Avocado sandwich and soup

Although there are times when I worry about money and wish I could afford one thing or another, in my 57 years of life I have never gone hungry, nor worried about where my next meal would come from. I have never gone without a home or a comfortable bed to sleep in. I have never been without a job when I needed one, and I have always had what I needed (although not always what I wanted). My family is healthy and safe. According to a news article that I read last week, even with the little that I have, I am better off financially than 90% of the world.  И хотя иногда я переживаю о деньгах и хочу позволить себе купить одну вещь или другую, за 57 лет моей жизни я никогда не ходила голодной, и никогда не переживала от том откуда появится следующая порция еды. Я никогда не была без дома или удобной кровати. Я никогда не была без работы, когда она мне была нужна, и у меня всегда было то, что мне было нужно (хотя не всегда что я бы хотела). Моя семья здорова и в безопасности. Согласно той статье, которую я прочитала на прошлой неделе, даже с тем малым, что есть у меня, я нахожусь в на много более выгодном положении финансово, чем 90% людей в мире.

My ‘wealth’ is a combination of genetics, family background, good fortune, attitude, and blessings. Along with my attitude-of-gratitude for my many blessings, I have an obligation to pass them along whenever I can.  “Where much is given, much is expected.”   Мое “богатство” – это смесь гинетики, положения моей семьи, удачи, отношения к этому и благословений. Вместе с моей благодарностью за все многочисленные благословения у меня есть обязанность передавать их дальше всегда когда возможно. “Кому много дано, от того многое ожидается”. BecauseihavebeengivenmuchItoomustgive

Saying “Thank you” is good. Passing compassion and blessings along is so much better. My goal is to make life better for at least one person every day. Горовить “спасибо” – хорошо. А передавать сострадание и благословения дальше, на много лучше. Моя цель – это сделать жизнь лучше хотя бы для одного человека каждый день.

quote-dalai-lama-love-and-compassion-are-necessities-not-luxuries-956

 

What do you do to make things better for others? Have you ever been in a situation where you had an abundance and felt guilty for not sharing it?

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinrssyoutube