Friday, August 22

Friday Finds: New Swahili Bibles In Kenya

Hubby has gotten to be friends with a Kenyan pastor through the Navigator Discipleship Network online. (The Navigators is our missions organization.) Though, Pastor Davis isn't a Navigator, he is interested in discipling his congregation & helping them learn to disciple others. So he and Hubby share that interest.
 In case you don't know where Kenya is, it's a country on the east side of Africa just south of Ethiopia that has a border on the Indian Ocean.
Davis in a city, but out in the country and his "church" is a frame with a dirt floor and a canvas tarp for a roof. ( I just mention that so you'll have a correct mental picture and not imagine an actual building such as we have in America when I say words like "church" or "pastor.") 
Though official language of Kenya is English, the common language
is Swahili. 
(If you're a Star Trek fan you might remember that is the character Uhura's native tongue as well.)
The thing is, only a very few people in his congregation even own a their own Swahili language Bible! Most do not have their own Word of God to read. It's an expensive luxury in their culture. 
So, with our Air Forces kids who attend our base Bible Study, we put together sort of an informal giving project, so Davis could buy some Bibles for his congregation.

Today's find is the pictures Davis sent on Hubby's Facebook of those Bibles and some of his people with them:

First, a picture of Pastor Davis with the new box of Swahili Bibles he purchased:
50 Bibles.
 (Which involved a major road trip to get to a book store to even order!)

Next: A number of his church members with their new Bibles:

Last and probably most touching: 
This 90 year old man dropped to his knees with joy and tears, praising God for this, his first Bible, when Davis gave it to him.

Though they've only had these Bibles little more then a week, Davis reports many of these new Bible owners
have already nearly finished reading Genesis!
They are just so excited.
So where's your Bible? 
On shelf gathering dust or in your hands, being read, a privilege you see that not everyone in the world has?

Thursday, August 21

Mama Kat Thursday: Vintage Velveeta Recipe

The Mama Kat blog prompt for today is: "Share a favorite recipe from your childhood that you still make today."

Golden Meatball Casserole. It's a vintage Velveeta back-of-the-box recipe that my Mom made when I was growing up and that I still make!  Who can resist Velveeta?
 The hubby loves it. 
I usually make it for him for his birthday and generally fairly often during the winter months.
It's rich, cheesy and delicious skillet meal that only takes about 40 minutes to put together in total, including prep time--as long as you use frozen meatballs!
For this recipe you'll need either a large skillet,12-inches diameter size or a 16-inch size electric skillet. Either will work.

Golden Meatball Casserole Recipe:
1 bag containing 28-33 frozen regular size meatballs in either beef or turkey. (Italian is fine)
1 cup of chopped carrot. (1 inch chunks for regular size; 1/2 inch for baby carrots)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh green pepper (or multi-color frozen bell pepper strips)
1 cup raw, uncooked medium or long grain rice
3 cups of water
1 1/2 to 2 inches of Velveeta, which = about 5 or 6 quarter-inch slices. (can be either low fat or regular Velveeta). 
Salt & Pepper to taste.

First chop your 1 cup of carrots into chunks, then boil them in a small pan of water for 5 minutes to pre-cook them a little. (You can make the carrot water part of the 3 cups of water you add later.)

While the carrots are cooking, in a oil sprayed skillet: add onions, peppers, meatballs and raw rice. Give a light stir to combine and spread around pan. Give a shake of salt & pepper over top. Once the carrots have cooked 5 minutes, scoop them out of the water and add to the skillet. Now add 3 cups of water to the skillet (including hot carrot water). Give a light stir to combine. Bring the skillet contents to a bubbling boil over medium high heat, then turn down to simmer, cover with a lid and simmer 25 to 30 minutes until all the water has been absorbed by rice. (You make want to check and stir about halfway.)

Now you can turn off the heat. Remove the skillet lid, add your slices of Velveeta to skillet casserole, then cover again and let sit 5 minutes or until all the cheese is melted. (I break the slices up into small chunks to melt faster.) Once cheese is melted, give casserole one final stir, then serve. Makes 4 good servings.
That's it. My childhood recipe. Hope you try it!
If you don't like green peppers, substitute frozen broccoli or green peas. The kids will love it!

So, what was your favorite meal growing up?

Wednesday, August 20

Garden Pic Wednesday: Coneflowers

You know how people decorate bowling balls for the garden? 
We inherited a free bowling bowl from a military guy who was moving away, one that was useless because it was cracked between the finger holes. Having seen in Pinterest bowling balls turned into gazing balls with silver or chrome paint, I decided that's what I wanted to so with this one.
I was working on it today. It takes a couple hours of spraying, waiting, spraying, waiting, spraying & waiting to get a good look.
This project will be next Wednesday's post feature.

Today, though, I have Coneflowers!
Relatives of the common daisy, their formal name is "Echinacea."
They are a great flower for dry, sunny garden spots and bloom profusely from spring to fall. Also a great flower for bees and butterflies! 

Below is one of my Coneflowers with a small iridescent
 Green Sweat Bee on it:

Coneflowers are perennial and will grow back from the roots year after year, bushier and bushier.
Mine originally came from a packet of mixed "wild flower seed," and just stayed.

I ordered a packet of Coneflower seed for my Mother a couple years ago and here's a picture of her with her beautiful Coneflowers grown from that seed:

Hers is large and showy!
I gathered some seed heads from hers last fall and have
about 4 starts in my garden that are just leaves right now.

You can obtain Coneflower seeds from any garden catalog in a variety of colors: light & dark pinks, oranges, lavenders, yellows and greens and also in single or double petal heads.
That's it for today! Come to see what's up for Mama Kat!

Tuesday, August 19

Polyvore Tueday: Stargate SG-1 Cosplay

Sorry I'm late---it's been a busy day!
Today's Polyvore set is for one of the regular Polyvore non-prize contests themed on "a friend invited you to a Comic-Con. What would you wear?"
Well, I'd put together an SG-1 outfit, so I put together this set featuring Col. Carter & various items that would make an outfit!

Stargate SG-1 Cosplay

Monday, August 18

Good Eating Monday: Quick Reese's Brownies

After Zumba today, I worked on edging some flower beds, saved some seed & photographed some butterflies---not necessarily in that order. In Florida, this is butterfly season! I see more butterflies at this time of year then in spring. Buckeyes, Fritillaries, Black, Tiger and Giant Swallowtails!
It seems to be a good year for the Tiger Swallowtails. I've seen 3 just this week. Sometimes I see none.
The seeds I saved were for Blue Balloon Flowers & Blue Bacholar Buttons. I also have dried some nice zinnia heads for seeds and several of my largest Rubeckia heads.
The Rubeckia I'll start and plant this fall as they winter over nicely, then bloom next year.

Today's good eating recipe is one of my own invention:
Quick Reeses Brownie's.
I've made these twice and the Air Force kids at Bible studies devour every one!
This is a box brownie mix recipe made healthier with the use of applesauce instead of oil and a little extra roughage added, such as oats or unprocessed bran.
Ingredients:1 Family Size Brownie Mix for a 13x9 pan1 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips (or any brand peanut butter chip!
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (instead of oil)
3 Tablespoons of Water
1/4 cup milk (low-fat or non-fat if possible.)
1/3 to 1/2 cup oats or unprocessed bran (in increase fiber content)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (enriches the chocolate flavor!)

Basically you follow the box directions. Spray your 13 x 9 pan and preheat oven to 350.
Combine brownie mix, applesauce, water, milk, cinnamon, eggs, oats (or bran) and stir until  a smooth batter. Stir in 1 cup of peanut butter chips,  pour batter into pan and bake about 30 minutes--ovens differ, so test to make sure it's done in middle.
I usually have to bake mine an additional 5 minutes.
Cool, then cut.
Makes a cakey, moist brownie with peanut butter chip surprises in every bite!
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!
What's your favorite box mix fix up?

Thursday, August 14

Mama Kat Thursday: Something New I'm Trying

The Mama Kat prompt topic today is:
 "Write about a time you tried something new."

For a gardner, "trying something new" is a life motto.
I'm know I'm always have some sort of gardening experiment going on!
I currently have two new garden somethings underway:

My Suckers in a Pot
#1)  I'm trying out growing a new tomato plant from a pair of suckers I snipped off my older tomato plants, which haven't really thrived this year. 
My hope is a fall harvest of tomatoes, perhaps on a happier plant.
I saw this idea of growing tomato suckers on Pinterest and thought, "Why not?"

Sweet Potato in My Potato Bag
#2)  I bought a "potato bag," for growing a potato in, on sale from Park Seed earlier this spring that I was determined to use.
My efforts to get a red potato to sprout failed. (Though, the buggers sprout often enough when I don't want them to!)
Not to be deterred,  I put a sweet potato slip in water, rooted it, then planted that in mid-June.
Here it is in the potato bag in the photo above.
The bag has a see-through velco window for accessing the underground tubers, particularly for regular potatoes. 
I've never grown a sweet potato before, but I've discovered it delightfully easy and beautiful--since it blooms lovely lavender flowers!
I think I may have to have one every year.
(Picture of a sweet potato flower here, in yesterdays Garden Pic Blog post!)
So what was the "new thing" you've tried this year? In the garden or anywhere.

Thanks for visiting!