Blessed Be
Date: Dec 1st, 2004 11:30:10 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: flexible

Blessed be the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape.
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Date: Nov 9th, 2004 1:08:55 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: experimental

Well let's give thanks everyday...however..
For this Thanksgiving I hope to try and brine my first ever brined turkey.

Hubby doesn't care for turkey. Every year I end up making a turkey for me and some of my immediate relatives and a glazed honey ham for hubby and some of his.

While I will still have the ham this year, I thought I would try to brine my turkey to see if it is any more to hubby's liking.

If soooooo......Praise God..I will be able from that point on to maybe only do the turkey hereafter.

It will however be an experiment and this is the recipe I hope to use. It looks sweet plus salty which is very much the taste of a honey ham ( sweet and salty I mean).


Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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-- for BRINE
1 1/2 cups kosher salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
10 each whole cloves
3 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 1/2 gallons apple juice -- (6 quarts)
18 ounces beer
1 each tangerine -- peel (colored part only - not white pith)
3 teaspoons dried thyme -- or
3 teaspoons dried sage
-- for GLAZE
1/2 cup butter -- softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp lemon peel
6 oz apple cider
salt and pepper -- to taste

Combine all brine ingredients in a non-reactive pot, Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (partly covered). Allow Brine to cool completely.
Rinse turkey under cool running water, inside and out (remove giblets from body cavity). Pat turkey dry with paper towels, then immerse turkey in cooled brine.* Turkey should be completely submerged in liquid (place a plate on top of the bird if necessary to keep it covered with the liquid).

Cover the pot and refrigerate for 8-10 hours. Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry, and roast as usual.

*Be sure container for turkey in brine is non-reactive: use enamel, glass or crockery or stainless steel - never cast iron or aluminum. The pot should be just large enough to contain the turkey (so the brine will be sufficient

Prepare glaze:
Combine Butter, sugar, marjoram & lemon peel in a small mixing bowl. Place towel dried turkey breast side up on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Separate the skin from breast meat. Spread half the glaze over the breast meat just under the skin. Melt the remaining glaze & cool slightly, stir in the cider beer. Brush mixture over outside of turkey. Season with salt & pepper. Lace up the turkey, tuck in the wings and neck skin. Insert the type of thermometer that can stay in the oven the whole time during roasting process OR buy yourself a very nice instant read thermometer to use towards the end of your cooking time. Tent loosely with foil. Roast at 325 for 3 3/4 - 4 1/4 hours or at LEAST until the thigh meat reads 180 degrees F. Remove foil during final 30 min of roasting to allow browning process. Besides the temp test, turkey is done with drumsticks move easily and juices run clear. Remove turkey from oven and recover with foil and allow to stand for 15-20 min before carving. This is essential to allow juices to be reabsorbed from outside back into fibers of meat. Garnish with fresh herbs for presentation if desired.

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Date: Nov 5th, 2004 12:13:58 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: happy and cookin

My son's birthday was yesterday.

I took him to a mexican place to eat and found out that he loves Flan.

I have never made him flan. He learned he loved it when he and his wife went to Cancun.

Anyway I have decided to try and make a Flan for Thanksgiving because he likes it so.

I searched the net for a good recipe and here is what I hope to make.

I substituted some Splenda in the custard to reduce calories and the site where I found the recipe says that will work with good results although the original recipe just calls for sugar.

Mexican Flan (Baked caramel Custard)

Serving Size : 8
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1/2 cup sugar
6 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 cup Splenda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon orange rind -- grated
cherries -- Kiwi, strawberries or other fruit

1. Heat 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy skillet or saucepan, stirring constantly until it melts and turns a dark golden color.
2. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a 4 1/2 cup metal ring mold, swish it around so it evenly coats the bottom of the ring mold.
3. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
4. Stir in milk,1/2 cup Splenda, vanilla and orange peel.
5. Place caramel coated ring mold in another pan and place on an oven rack.
6. Pour egg mixture into the ring mold and pour the hottest tap water possible around the ring mold to a depth of 1 inch.
7. Bake at 325Ffor close to l hour or until a knife comes out clean.
8. Cool flan on a wire rack, Chill for at least 3 1/2 hours.
9. To unmold the flan loosen edges with a spatula, slip spatula down the sides to let air in.
10. Place the serving platter over the mold and flip to allow the flan to slip onto the platter.
11. Spoon the caramel that may remain in the mold on top of the flan.
12. Pile sliced fruit in the center and serve.

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Per serving: 156 Calories (kcal); 6g Total Fat; (36% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 17g Carbohydrate; 153mg Cholesterol; 87mg Sodium
Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates

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Date: Nov 3rd, 2004 9:44:07 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: advice stricken

Why do all people want to offer their advice?

Did I ask them for advice?

Did I say ...well so and so, how would you handle this?

No I didn't.

All things working together toward good... I can say that where ever I am at any given moment is where I am suppose to be.

To learn or take heed from the my own own time.

Not in someone else's way or time..but mine.

For everything there is a season.
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Feeling Small
Date: Oct 28th, 2004 1:19:00 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: small but hopeful

I'm feeling small today.

I tried something new yesterday.

I made my very own home made egg rolls.

I made the wrappers and all the stuffings and fried the babies up. I made a hot chili like dipping sauce. They turned out awesome.

Then I get to thinking about all the different foods I have never had the chance to make or even taste.

Just do a search on recipes and you can get my drift.

How could I ever cook all that could be cooked or go all where a person could go or experience all one could experience?

I not only am feeling small...I am small.

Just a little speck on the face of the earth. Just a little egg roll in the big roll call of life.

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Date: Oct 19th, 2004 4:24:47 am - Subscribe
Journal Walk: peaceful and serene

The beauty in fall.

The color in the trees and crispness of the air.

The wisp of leaves burning in my neighbors backyard.

The sences seem to be more alert than in the lazy days of summer.

Makes you want to make applebutter or pumpkin pancakes.

Then think of the autumn of life.

People themselves seem to become more colorful as they age. They have experience tucked under their belts...some tucked tidy and neat and some with an array of disrevelness.

Some age gracefully, some clumsy and forgetful.

But strange...the clumsy and forgetful seem to be the more colorful.

Kind of how the different trees color.

There is the birch that simply turns a rusty yellow and falls..and the maple that bolts out a bright red or orange against the brilliant blue skies.

Life is like that.
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Date: Oct 4th, 2004 3:34:32 am - Subscribe
Journal Walk: domestic and home loving


If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything
in its place, but have not love, I'm a housekeeper--not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative acheivements, but
have not love, my children learn cleanliness-- not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerpriints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the
child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I
glory in God's perfection of my child.

As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of
all is love.

~Author Unknown To Me~~

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the good of labour
Date: Sep 28th, 2004 2:23:16 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: eternal thinking

Ecclesiastes 3
13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

Whatever God does is forever.

It is not like our roof men fixed and now it is leaking again..alas!

To enjoy the good of ones labour is a gift from the Lord..Praise Him! Man can never take away from what God does nor add to what He does.

His work lasts for eternity. His gifts last eternally also.

While I praised Him for the would have lasted had He been the fixer. Jesus was a
grin.gif grin.gif Praise God !
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Long Time No Blog
Date: Sep 11th, 2004 8:29:57 pm - Subscribe
Journal Walk: blogged out

Summer has taken the blog out of me.
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hidden agenda
Date: Jul 29th, 2004 2:24:18 am - Subscribe
Journal Walk: pondering


adj 1: secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels" [ant: overt] 2: of a wife; under the protection of her husband n 1: a flock of coots 2: a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness" [syn: screen, cover, concealment]

Funny how the last two Pentecostal Churches I attended had this inner hidden agenda or covert activity.

A smaller circle within the larger operations that would scout out and report on the larger circle.

I always thought it a fear based operation.

They had signs on the highways that said "All Welcome", but in reality the covert activity was used to begin attacks on anyone that they deemed a threat to the "inner circle".

Attacks to try and make those "deemed threats" leave as if on their own. So in reality All were not Welcome.

Little things... like everyone within the covert circle would begin to ignore certain individuals..

...or hand picked coverts would "make friends" for the purpose of seeing what they could get newer attendees to say about others then turn on them reporting the facts to the whole church to their shame.

I hated it and while it was "under wraps" per say it was still very obvious.

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