Seder Dinner actually happened April 18th. Seder is a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner. While we were eating, Jason & Bethany read back and forth through a printed out packet of the traditional script of a Seder. Though none of us are Jewish (that I know of) we celebrate Jesus and everything He has done for us. We had to eat strange foods that symbolized things. For example we ate slices of horseradish to symbolize the tears and sweat of the slaves of Egypt. Also we had four glasses of wine throughout the dinner (Kadeish, Kos Sheini, Kos Shlishi, and Kos shel Eliyahu.) Yes, four.
It was a good time learning the traditions of Seder and spending time with close friends. And it turns out I like horseradish a little bit, even though my grandpa tells his grandchildren it puts hair on their chest.
In the middle of making cookies and I had no brown sugar.
"Meredith?! Oh no! You had no brown sugar?! Did you have to go all the way to the grocery store to get it??! Don't tell me you made brown sugar?! I thought you have to get that at the grocery store?! Wow Meredith! How did you do that!?"
No my friend! You do not have to make a trip to the store for brown sugar!! Just add 2 tablespoons of molasses to a cup of white sugar and there you have it! Sha-BAM, a cup of homemade brown sugar!
Now the question is, if it's so easy to HOME-MAKE brown sugar who in the whole wide world would decide to sell pre-made brown sugar in a box? Makes no sense to me.
(cookie dough in the photo on the left is where I used my home-made brown sugar -just your ordinary chocolate chip cookies, the dough on the right is chocolate-cookie cookie dough which didn't require any brown sugar, just a ton of unsweetened chocolate!)
Thanks mom for my Easter flowers! I walk around the house with them so they are never in a room alone. And so I can see them constantly. Tomorrow is Easter! Happy Easter! Last night I sat in bed thinking where Jesus was exactly on the second day. "And on the third day He resurrected" But what was he doing on the second day after his crucifiction? Was he nervous about coming back? Probably not. What he excited to see everyone again? ...Yay! I get to visit all those people who wanted me dead!..
Was he having a great time with God, having deep conversations in ..where ever God's favorite hangout place is.. before he had to come back to Earth? Do Jesus and God even have conversations? Aren't they supposed to be the same thing? Wouldn't it be like talking to yourself?
Arugula Soup. Whoever thought arugula soup was a good idea is crazy. I could have had 1/2 pound of delicious arugula salad this week, but now I have a mason jar full of green slop.
Hip hip horray, tomorrow is a new day!
Hopefully then I'll have an idea that doesn't involve me and my mason jar trying to hold down green soup.
My dad made real cocoa for my brother and I a couple months ago. When I sipped a sip of this delicious steaming hot cocoa he had made, I exclaimed "This tastes just like the real stuff!" My dad laughed a devastated laugh and replied "What! This IS the real stuff!" I guess me and my youthful nonsensical thinking had thought that nestle hot cocoa packets was the earliest origin of hot cocoa. Ridiculous I know, but I know I am not a fool. You are only a fool if continue in your foolishness. So, here I am correcting everything I thought about hot cocoa.
Recipe & Directions for REAL Cocoa:
Add a spoon full of natural unsweetened cocoa powder
Drink and smile.
It seems to me that cocoa is directly proportional to the viscosity of the beverage. So you want a thicker more chocolaty cocoa? Just add more cocoa powder! Or are you a wimp and can't take a rich tasting anything? Just add less cocoa.
Also sugar is directly proportional to how sweet your cocoa is. Imagine that! So you are a two year old and love deathly sweet cocoa? Just add a box or so of granulated sugar. Or are you a foodie (or try to be) and appreciate the finer things in life? Don't add any sugar and taste cocoa and milk at it's core.
Sip and savor, maybe even read about your savior! Ha.
I bet you are thinking..."WOW Meredith! That looks so DAMN good! I wish I could make that!" Well kids, I'm going to help you out. So quiet down and read carefully, this is a recipe you don't want to screw up.
Red bell pepper
First cut up bell pepper and tomato. Then put into a bowl.
*If you want to get really fancy put some black pepper on it. I didn't put any pepper on it because I was just so tuckered-out from my 30 seconds of cutting up pepper and tomato.
Enjoy this bowl packed full ofcarotene and other life-extending agents!
Today I made arugula soup from farmer's market arugula!
Two onions (I used one yellow and one red..because that's what I had)
4 cloves garlic
1/2 pound Arugula
2 cups Vegetable Broth (I actually used chicken broth)
Along with some olive oil, cook finely chopped onions and all four whole garlic cloves until vegetables are soft in soup-pot. Add arugula and broth to soup and cook until arugula is wilted and soup is hot. Add milk or cream (I used 2 percent milk). When soup is fully mixed and hot, little by little puree the soup. When all the soup is pureed then heat soup until it's at the temperature you like your soup at. I initially put in 2 cups of broth, but after I pureed the soup I added more to get the thickness that I wanted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I got the recipe from a blog called The Gracious Bowl
I changed the recipe so I didn't have to go buy cream, more arugula, celery, butter, and vegetable broth. Also I made the recipe much smaller, but since I added more broth towards the end to thin the soup out there's still about 6-8 servings of soup!
It's strange how just a small amount of vegetables can make so much soup! I recommend my version soup for anyone that likes arugula and healthy tasting food. My version of this soup doesn't really have a creamy/buttery taste. So if you like yummy buttery/creamy soups then I say click that little blue link in the paragraph above.
Either way, I hope you grow some balls and try out this very very green soup.
Which woman is wiser? A. A woman that invests her whole life savings in a house and dies a month later? B. A woman that invests her whole life savings in a vacation and dies a month later? C. A woman that invests her whole life savings in a charity and dies a month later? (question asked at Catalyst church tonight) Catalyst Church Website Link
Am I unrealistic to think we should all choose answer C?
Is charity the answer I'd say I'd choose so the person asking would think I'm a good person?
Why do I go out to coffee when there is two bags of local coffee beans in my freezer? Why do I drive to church when I can walk to church in less than 15 minutes? How do I have the nerve to flush 1.6 gallons of water every time I use the toilet when people are dying from the effects of thirst every day? Why do I buy things that support unfair trade and unfair working conditions?
If everyone on earth lived like I do, we would need 5.4 earths, according to the ecological footprint quiz. http://myfootprint.org/en/ I thought that was terrible. I'd like to think once I get out of college and am in control of my own money I'll spend hardly any of it, the few cents I spend I'd spend wisely and fairly and the rest will go towards helping the world out.
Have you ever seen the documentary No Impact Man? It's about how a man and his family attempted to live with no impact on the world. Looks very hard to do in a city but it was interesting to watch.
I gather all the food I have in the fridge and pretend it's a meal...
This time I think it turned out pretty well.
I bought coffee today along with some spicy salami. I actually wished the salami was spicier. Oh well!
This week is a nice change from my very chaotic (but still very fun) weekend. I'm glad to be able to calm down about everything. The twitching under my right eye has died down. I feel a little more normal. I've taken the last day and a half to just relax, besides attending class. Tomorrow I need to get back to work! I also should be hearing back from a couple of jobs that I've applied for, so this week should answer a couple of my questions about where I'll be going in the Summer.
I need to pick up my banjo again and start feeling more comfortable with it. That's another thing I need to do.
This is a disorganized blog post, no real theme or plot, just sort of thinking as my fingers type out some of the thoughts bouncing around up there in my Wernicke's area.