Saturday, May 30, 2009

Think of Others in Tough Times - Some Suffer More!

On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, just after the earthquake, about 100,000 people in a county were trapped in a mountain due to the collapse of a bridge. The Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the relief troops on phone:"No matter what, I want you to ensure these 100, 000 people are out of danger."

Here is the Chinese version:
bù guăn zěn me yàng, wŏ dōu yào zhè shí wàn rén tuō xiăn!
No matter what, I want you to ensure these 100,000 people are out of danger.

生词 (shēng cí) Vocabulary:
努力 nŭ lì:adj/adv struggling
幸福 xìng fú: adj/n happy / happiness
安慰 ān wèi: v/n console / comfort
脱险 tuō xiăn: v get out of danger

Dearest Children, We labor for those friends that suffer greater calamities than our own!
Keep others in your thoughts and prayers and celebrate the goodness of God! We are blessed! - Oatmeal

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

1 1/4
cups very warm water
2 pkgs. yeast(not rapid rise)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup honey
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup white cornmeal to roll the bread dough

1. Mix the warm water, yeast, sugar, and honey.
2. Add the whole wheat flour very slowly.
3. Add the melted butter slowly.
4. Mix slowly for 5 minutes.
5. Pour out onto the cornmeal and carefully powder the outside of the loaf.
6. Place in a greased bread pan to rise.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
8. Lightly top with a little melted butter.
9. Serve! Delightful!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Commencement Address by "Dr. Dolly Parton"!

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born Jan. 19, 1946 in the town of Locust Ridge, Tennessee. She was the 4th of 12 children and had big dreams for herself and for others! At the University of Tennessee Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences on May 8, 2009, Dolly gave a moving address to the new college graduates. Enjoy!

1. Dream More - Dreaming is not like a wish. She gave the example of herself as a little girl putting a can on the end of a broom handle and pretending it to be a microphone. She pretended to be dressed as a performer and when she sang to the chickens, she envisioned a large audience. She said that the dreaming built convictions and demanded hard work. She emphasized that there must be a fire in your gut to overcome obstacles. She spoke about her own graduation from high school and how her graduating class laughed at her when she expressed her desire to become a great star. She said that you mustn't blame others if something doesn't happen for you.

2. Learn More - She spoke of her mother reading the Bible to her as a young girl. She said that you must work at making dreams come true. She said that people must take chances and roll up their sleeves and try to win. She encouraged reading and learning as much as you can in your lifetime.

3. Care more - She spoke clearly that you must do your best in life. In other words, do your best to look good! She asked pointedly - how do you prepare? Never disappoint others by not being fully prepared. She gave the example of memorizing her own lines and also the lines of the whole cast.
She spoke about keeping commitments and being on time to everything. She carefully reminded the audience to not judge other people and to remember the uniqueness of each individual.

4. Hope more/Be more -
She talked about counting your blessings and loving and caring for other people. Just like "The Little Engine That Could", she encouraged the can do spirit of caring the most! She gave special care to talk about her spiritual center - God. She said that heaven and earth met in her heart and she said that ,in that - "You will be special".

Dolly Parton is all that and more! She sang to the graduating class, of which my daughter was celebrated!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Carrie's Cheese Ball

1 8 ounce Philadelphia chive and onion cream cheese
1 pkg. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic
4 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, outside coating
Mix cream cheese and shredded cheese in a medium bowl. Mix in the seasonings. Cook bacon, chop and add into the mixture. Roll into a ball and roll in the walnuts. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
**I might add chopped celery and green onions and a little fresh basil and oregano from the herb garden!