Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zucchini Slaw recipe

Zucchini Slaw

In Hickory, North Carolina, Nadeen Shrewsberry wouldn't think of squandering squash. "A friend gave me the recipe for this best-of-the-season slaw," she offers. "If you like the light taste of zucchini in a simple salad, you're sure to ask for a second helping of this one."4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling
2 medium zucchini, coarsely shredded and squeezed dry
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
•In a bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Cover and refrigerate
for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 71 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 249 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Edited to add: We had this tonight for supper and its really good.

Great coupon weekend

This weekend I got a chance to view the show Extreme Couponing and it was very interesting. I picked up a few tips on how to keep track of my coupons and such. I would never want to go to the extreme that these people do but I do want to save my family money and never pay full price for items I regularly buy.

I love shopping at Walgreens when they have good register reward deals. When I buy something that has a register reward and then turn around and use the register reward its like spending the same money twice. I love that.

This weekend I was able to buy some calcium supplements, icy hot cream, iced coffee, and Listerine to go packs and get register rewards for all but .99 of the Listerine to go packs and I had a coupon for the calcium to cover the .99 I spent on the Listerine making them all essentially free except for the tax.

I then turned around and bought paper towels, Kleenex and toilet paper with the register rewards. It was like all the first products were a bonus because I always buy the paper products. Plus they were on sale and I had coupons for some of them.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Orphans Unlimited Report

From: "Brenda Lange"Date: May 26, 2011 9:48:41 PM
CDTSubject: BBB Blog, May 27, 2011T
Yesterday was a record day for bean processing as Dave, Don, and I along with our 50 man crew moved 30.7 TONS in 5 HOURS!
Linda Stanley along with our 4 women interns gave out FOOD AND CLOTHING to over 300 kids yesterday.Needless to say, it was an awesome “God Blessed” day for all of us.

But my day had a few kinks, as we had a worker collapse in the first hour of work with malaria. Rushed him to the hospital where we was given treatment, and recovered nicely after several hours of rest. I picked him up at 4pm and took him home.
I also treated 3 children for malaria yesterday afternoon, and took our visitors to meet the woman who heads up our county, Administrator Elsa. This woman RULES and what she says “goes” with no questions asked. She greeted them all with a welcoming smile, and even used her limited English to ask them all their names.

The team ended the day WITH A PARTY for TWO!!!!
It wasn’t only MY BIRTHDAY, as one of our team members, REBECCA HARRIS from Rock Island, Texas, turned 19 yesterday.So we had a double party with Linda’s homemade enchiladas, and a wonderful cake. Linda even managed to make ICING, (yummy) which is very hard to do out here with limited ingredients. Sad to say there was no ice cream, as that would have taken an act of God (something along the lines of parting the Red Sea).

Well, it’s 4:40 a.m. as I write this and our work day is about to begin.Just 30 tons more and we will have all the beans properly sacked and in the bean barn. (they presently sit in the corn barn)
We got our corn buying permit yesterday, so are set for the June 1st “RACE FOR THE CORN”!We’ve distributed 6,200 feed sacks and our trucks will roll pre-dawn on the 1st to start bringing it in from villages all over Balama county.Keep us in your prayers.Blessings, BBB and the Balama “gang” J

Rebecca is the girl from my daughters bible school who went to Africa for a 3 month mission trip and took along the 28 dresses I made. What fun to spend your birthday in Africa doing God's work.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crochet dishcloths

I needed some new dish cloths so I whipped out my cones of sugar and cream cotton yarn. This is the pattern I used. With a G hook chain 31 stitches. Double crochet in second chain from hook and each chain. Chain 2 turn, double crochet in each stitch. Repeat until you have 16 rows. Add contrasting color if desired and single crochet around outside edge. Finish off and you have a nice dish cloth.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Free bandaids

I printed out $1.00 off Nexcare band aids and went to Wal Mart. They had them marked down for $1.00 each. Apparently in Texas you don't have to pay tax on some medical supplies and band aids is one of them so can you believe I got out of the store paying 000000? I was so excited, I have never not at least had to pay tax. Whoo Hoo.

Tough or Sweet?

Either the little dog is tougher or the big dog is just a sweetie.

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This n that

Mollie is getting ready to take a CNA class. That way she can be in the medical field since she wants to eventually become a physical therapist. I think I will take a CNA class as well so I can work part time. I am thinking I might like in home care. I need to check and see if I even have to have the course to do the work.

I made another batch of baked beans this morning. I really love this recipe and getting them done in the morning we can eat on them all day long. I made a double batch this time so they will last longer than one day. Thanks for the recipe Yolanda.

Its really hot here in the south already and its only May. The locals say just wait. I have to get used to hot and sticky instead of hot and dry like I have been used to all my life.

The garden is producing squash like crazy. I think I will plant a few watermelon and some canteloupe. I dont really know what the growing season is here but I think they will still make.

We are washing sheets today along with the regular laundry. Its hot outside already. There is a bit of breeze so maybe the clothes will dry fast.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Yolanda's Baked Beans

Baked Beans

2 cups beans (yellow-eyed or Navy)
3 quarts water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 medium diced onion
1/4 cup Sucanat
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 Tablespoon natural sea salt
1.5 teaspoons dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 pound diced bacon

The day before, carefully pick over and wash the beans with cold water. Soak the beans in 3 quarts of water with the lemon juice added ~ at least overnight, or up to 24 hours.

Drain and rinse beans. Cover them with more water and bring to a boil. Then, simmer them until when you blow on a few, the skins split.

Drain and rinse the beans and put them into a cast iron dutch oven or a good sized casserole dish with a lid.

Mix together all the rest of the ingredients and stir that into the beans.

Pour in boiling water, just enough to cover the beans and stir again.

Put on the lid and bake at 250 degrees F. for 8 hours. Check them from time to time and add a bit more boiling water if you need to. For the last 30 minutes, take off the lid.

You can visit Yolanda's blog here: http://simplyhomemaking60.blogspot.com/

I got this recipe from my friend Yolanda's blog. When I made them I did a few things different. First off I used navy and black beans and soaked them overnight in water with 1/4 c. whey. In the morning I rinsed them twice covered them with water again and pressure cooked them for 20-25 min. I then mixed in the ingredients and pressure cooked them for another 20 min. Living in this 5th wheel I don't want to heat the place up using the oven. That's why I used the pressure cooker. These beans are amazing. This recipe is a keeper.

Edited again to add: I forgot to mention that I used splenda instead of Sucanat and I also added 1 T. liquid smoke because I wasn't going to be baking these for a long time in the oven.

Joplin Mo. tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. – A massive tornado that tore a four-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 89 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood.
Authorities warned that the death toll could climb Monday as search and rescuers continued their work at sunrise.

This tornado was headed straight to where two of my daughters are. Kaleena and her husband were at home and Joy was at work at Wal Mart in Branson. Joplin is just a few miles from the bible school my 18 year old Joy just graduated from. The school has and has had many students from this area, so many of their families may be involved. My heart and prayers go out to the people affected. Also to all the people devastated by other events around the world.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Be prepared

The CDC says if the zombies come to head to the nearest refugee center. I don't think so. I think I will stay home and can some more food. You should can too.

End of the world

May 22,2011 Blog From Bush Bunny Brenda

From: "Brenda Lange"
Date: May 22, 2011 7:43:42 AM CDT

Subject: Blog, May 22, 2011

The 6 person team of 90 day wonders have arrived safely including all their luggage.
Orientation/training has begun and tomorrow we will start showing them the programs.
They received an awesome welcome by the kids at our church this morning. It only took the little ones a few minutes to figure out that these 4 young ladies had warm hugs and empty laps that needed filling.

ERIC DRY returned to us on May 20th’s plane.
With his new training program, he will soon be walking confidently once again.

On Tuesday, Dave and Don will begin their bean processing training along with our 40 man crew. Our goal is to process and properly sack the 104 TONS of beans now sitting in our barn. It will be a busy week as we must complete the bean processing and get them into the proper barns before the corn buying begins on June 1st. It’s a race against time.

The emergency food drop and clothing distribution was done last Tuesday, but did have its challenges. The road to this village is full of sand pits which trapped the smaller truck delivering the food. The widows caring for the orphans had to walk about ½ a mile to pick up the food and then carry it back to their village. They were so grateful for the food, that they said this was a minor problem compared to watching these kids go hungry.
More clothes are being made with the gifts received so far, as each child only got one set of summer clothes at this point.
Our team has never had to deal with such a large numbers of kids in such bad shape, and they were all visibly shaken by the children’s bad health conditions. The health department de-wormed the children so that our food would nourish kids and not intestinal worms.

Most of the children are in the homes of 15 widows. Thirty cooking pots were donated so that each widow received a set to better prepare meals for the children. Two of the children are crippled and unable to walk.
A water well is badly needed as area water is at a critically low level due to the elephants sucking up the surface water. My staff has contacted the water well drilling company who help us last year, and plans are being made to make this the first well drilled (hopefully in June if we can get the equipment up here).

At this time, photographs are not allowed of these children, nor are visitors allowed. Once the situation is stabilized, I plan to visit the village personally. Food buying will keep us all busy in June, so a July visit is planned.
Our orphanage manager will be visiting them again this week to deliver winter shirts to help keep them warm.
Our weather is quite cool in the mornings and June/July are our coldest months with morning temps in the low 60s at the moment.
60 Grass mats and blankets were distributed to be shared by the 111 children, as most sleep huddled together.
Sharing a mat and blanket is not a problem for them. More blankets just arrived, thanks to your love gifts, and these will be distributed at the next supply drop.

THANK YOU to all who gave to make these emergency measures possible. These kids are now part of our Orphans Unlimited family. Our ministry staff made it very clear to them that God and His son Jesus truly love them and heard their cry for help.
Now we need to pray in a pastor who is willing to live in this village and minister to them on a continual basis. The location of this village is over 40 miles from our Meluco mission station and no church exists there.
It is too far for our BBC team to visit them.

Blessings, BBB and Balama staff

Friday, May 20, 2011

Need a laugh?

Vegetable and Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Edited to add: I made this meatloaf and while it was not horrible and we ate it, it was not one I will probably make again unless I use 50/50 ground beef and turkey. To me the texture was more like tofu.

A deliciously low calorie meatloaf that will makes a great weeknight dinner idea, this Vegetable and Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is not only tasty, but quite healthy too. Made with ground turkey instead of beef, and loaded with veggies, this traditional American meal gets a healthy makeover.
• 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
• 1 medium yellow onion, diced
• 1 large zucchini, shredded
• 1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
• 3 medium carrots, shredded
• 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
• 1/2 lb mushrooms, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
• 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 2 tbsp tomato paste
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
• 1/2 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf sized baking pan with foil.
2. Spray a nonstick skillet with non fat cooking spray. Saute the onion until softened – about 3-5 minutes. Add in the carrots, celery, and bell pepper, and cook for another 3-5 minutes to soften the veggies. Add in the zucchini, mushrooms and garlic and saute about 3 more minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, oats, parsley, egg substitute, applesauce, tomato paste, paprika, salt and pepper. Fold in the veggies.
4. Empty the mixture into your baking pan, and shape mixture into a loaf form with your hands.
5. Bake until browned and meat inside is thoroughly cooked – about 1 hour.
6. Remove from oven and let stand about 10-15 minutes. Cut into 6 equally sized slices.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 6

This is what I am making for supper tonight along with baked sweet potatoes which I will serve with kefir cream cheese. I am baking this in the crock pot. If it starts heating up the house I will put it outside on a table by the door.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fermented Mango Chutney

photo from the web.

3 c. mango (cubed)

1 small onion ( chopped)

1 T. ginger (grated)

1/2 c. fresh mint (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1/2 bunch cilantro (chopped)

1 small jalapeno (chopped)


2. T. sucanet

2 t. sea salt

1/4 c. whey (fresh)

1/2 c. lime juice mixed with

1/2 c. filtered water


Mix the vegetables together. In a separate bowl mix the liquid and seasonings. Mix the liquid into the vegetables. Mash slightly. You don't need to pound. Place chutney into a mason jar and make sure the liquid goes to the top of the vegetables. Cap and sit on the counter for 2 days to ferment. After the second day you must refrigerate the mixture. This keeps refrigerated up to 2 months.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bible school graduation

My daughter Joy, graduated from Bible School on May 7th. I am so proud of her. She was at the top of her class both years and was the youngest student both years.
Unbekownst to us she had applied for a scholarship from the school for continued education and she won it. Its a small one but it will help pay for books. Joy wants to be a doctor. Here is the announcement I wrote up for her, minus any last names and our address. I wish it would have copied like I wrote it out, it looked so nice.

Jeff and Debbie *****
Are proud to announce the graduation
Of their daughter
Joy Malon *****
Apostolic Faith Bible College
Baxter Springs, Kansas
May 7th at 7:00 p m at
The Baxter Springs Apostolic Faith Chapel
335 West 10th Street
Baxter Springs, Kansas 66713

Joy is proud to be the daughter of the late Charles Michael ******* and wishes he could have shared her accomplishments and life with her.

Joy, a home school graduate at 16, began her Bible College career at Apostolic Faith Bible College in August of 2009.
Joy completed her first year at the Bible College at the top of her class with a 4.0/100.7 cumulative score. She was not the first student to attend at age 16 but she was the most successful student of that young age.
During her first year at Bible College she toured with the school on both the fall and spring choir tours. These tours enabled her to travel to Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama.
During Joy’s second year of Bible College she decided not to tour with the college on the fall tour but joined the spring tour where she traveled to Texas and West Virginia for concerts.
She ends her Bible College with a bang. Joy is again at the top of her class and while it is her second year at Bible College she is still the youngest student in the school.
Miss Joy plans to spend the summer with her sister Kaleena and brother in law Justin ****** who live in *******, Mo. She plans to work and earn some money for the coming year.
She then plans to join her family in Texas and attend a local college to get her prerequisites and then attend a college to get her doctorate. Joy’s plans are to become a pediatrician.
Her family desires a card shower to congratulate and acknowledge her on her accomplishments.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Outside my window

As you can see, we have sun blocking screens on our windows. It really cuts down on the heat that comes in but does not make for good pictures. You can see them better than the pictures show. IRL the view is fairly clear. I just wanted you all to see the sweet hummingbirds I watch every day.

Evening bike ride

This is one of the county roads we ride our bikes on every evening. Its so green, beautiful and pleasant here. I love it.

The green thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation didn't care enough to save our environment."

He was right: that generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind.
They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts.
Wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new things.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV or radio in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for them.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power.
They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.
They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked
instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.

And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

I wish you a smiling... Happy Day!!
Full of love, laughter, joy and a warm heart!

Another missinary story.

Les and Jane Zerbe
In the Heart of Alaska for the Hearts of Alaskans
356 Louise Lane, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
907-479-3779 zerbe@alaska.net
May 2011
Dear Friends,
What a surprise to see the right rear wheel of my 41 year old Dodge pickup pass me going down the road in remote Eastern Montana! This old pickup is more reliable that the new ones by the way; it made it all the way from Alaska to Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Southern Florida, and back to Montana when all eight lug bolts on the rear wheel snapped off right at the brake drum, probably from over tightening by the tire shop that installed the tires. I called Pastor Levi Durfey at Firsprefer not t Baptist Church of Baker, MT, and said that we’d be late, maybe 2-3 days late. We’ll need to order parts not available here in the country.

“Let me call a man in the church who owns the local Car Quest.” He called me right back saying, “He’s got them!” Pastor Levi arrived at my breakdown spot on Highway 7 in only 45 minutes. Thanks, Pastor Levi! With God’s help and my trusty toolbox, the rig was back on the road in two hours, not two days!

Now we are back in Alaska after our most productive furlough ever. Besides meeting with some really caring church people, we continue to work with our Liberian pastors who are facing tremendous challenges due to the long war there and its aftermath. We haven’t said much about our Liberian friends previously because the long war there made it difficult to communicate. With the coming of relative peace several years ago, cell phone technology reached Liberia along with Money Gram. I guess Mickey D’s is next.

Would you like to talk with an African pastor who has gone through war with his people? Pastor Moses Kpah will be in the U.S. until May 20. I encourage you to call him on his cell phone, 1-717-889-6025. Ask Moses about his life during the war, his schooling, the current conditions, or our missionary work there. He will not ask you for money, but just to speak to this Liberian Christian “warrior” for Christ is a rare opportunity.

Some of you have given for medical expenses of Pastor Bordor, the man who was severely burned in a hut fire in which one of his children died. These needs are immediate needs. In process of helping, we are not making “rice Christians, people who only come for the food. These are already faithful Christian people whom our Liberian pastors know well. They know exactly who needs the food.

Just recently I questioned Pastor Moses Kpah about his church families. He told me that in his church were three families that were literally starving to death. The majority of his membership are unemployed, and Pastor Moses has no regular salary. Jane and I were able to phone Moses’ wife Helene using Skype technology from our computer. We sent her $120 by Money Gram, which was enough to buy three 100 lb bags of rice and pay for the taxi ride to deliver it to the three starving families. You cannot imagine what this means to those dear African Christians to know that we over here have not forgotten them: that we are actually practicing James 2:15-17:

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Maybe some of you young people could do a car wash or mow lawns asking, “I’m raising funds to feed some starving Christian people in Liberia, West Africa, who have no jobs and no food. I’d like to mow your lawn for $35, which will buy a 100 lb bag of rice.” Then send your gift to the Caravan Connection account at CMC for a “bag of rice.” To those who have contributed already, Pastor Moses Kpah sent this message:

Right now these folks need our help. Pastors, please do consider adding one of these pastors for $35 per month for 3 years. Then review the situation. I can put you in direct touch with these pastors, if you would like. I know them, mentored and labored with them and, right now, they can carry the torch at $35 per month and are doing a very good job of it. If you do this please send to the Zerbe account at CMC and include a note for “African pastors.” On average, about 80% of their people are unemployed. Put yourself in their shoes for a day!

Additionally, Lord willing, we will soon have a radio station for the use of twenty pastors in the Monrovia area, donated primarily by one church in Florida. These pastors will record messages in their various languages. We plan to use solar panels to power a 12 volt battery and then use an inverter to power the transmitter. I’ll need to rely on some of you with broadcast experience to pull many details together. Then, I plan to fly to Liberia to set up the station and teach the pastors to use it. .

Prayer requests
1. Flying safety and an easy annual inspection
2. Funds for the radio station for Liberia, and travel funds to Liberia--Ticket around $2500
3. Solar panels--$ 1000, batteries--$ 400, and inverter--$ 450
4. Donations of $35 per month to support pastors or purchase rice for starving families
5. For at least one person who will go with me to Liberia.
Thank you for your generous faithful support.
Faithfully yours,
Les Paul Zerbe
“Far North Flying Chaplain”
Questions? Call my cell phone 907-322-8807. If you send an email, please include your phone number.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bible college promo video

My daughter helped make this video. She is in it. Can you guess which girl is my daughter? Leave a comment describing which girl you think is mine.

Yeah, we now have internet at home

Just a quick note to let you all know we now have internet at home. Hopefully I can catch you all up on what I have been up to soon.