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I was almost killed this morning

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Small Changes: Ice Cream

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Don't Try so Hard

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You're lovely even with your scars

Small Changes: Popcorn

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What better snack is there than popcorn? It's one of my favorites and if I'm ever stuck on a deserted island somewhere blissfully away from sociopaths, it's on my list of few things I get to keep with me.

Popcorn is easy to make, is filling, and is full of fiber ,in case you're having problems in that area, it will *ahem* move things along.

 Here's a bag of popcorn from the grocery store. Already popped and ready to eat. The ingredients don't look too bad at first glance. Then you read that it, "Contains: MILK" and yet that isn't in the list of ingredients. Hmmm....what else are they not telling you about?

Today is April 17th. This bag of popcorn has a date on it of May 28th. So it'll "be good" for at least another month. When exactly was this popped? Wouldn't you rather eat popcorn that was fresh? Because you know what that bagged stuff is going to taste like. It's going to taste like artificial flavors and salt.

That takes us t…

That's all

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It must be love

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My husband recently came home from a 10-day missions trip to India. This is what he brought back for me. This man knows me. And I love it.

Discoveries

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Comments

In case you wonder why I've enabled "accept/reject" on comments and have to view them myself instead of them automatically publishing, let me show you why.
This comment just appeared on a book review that I did:

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so that the fаn doеѕ nοt become so looѕe that it
might fall. Depending оn the homeoωnеr's choice, they can either have up lights or down lights in them.

Okay, now you know.
What does that have to do with the book I reviewed?
The characters in the book didn't even have ceiling fans....

Chinese Church

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This past weekend my daughter and I visited a Chinese congregation in a nearby town. We'd been wanting to do this for a while and the timing was never right. The English service was set to start at 9:30 so we arrived about ten minutes early and went inside. Before entering the sanctuary we visited the bathroom.
I've since been told that this building used to house a Christian school and I suppose that those were the folks who painted the ladies bathroom to look like this:

Is that not lovely? I melted when I saw it. What an excellent reminder for young women (and old ones...)

After finding a seat we were surprised that there weren't many people there. Right before the service began the white pastor came up to us and welcomed us, mentioning warning that they ask visitors to stand and introduce themselves. When the time came I stood and gave our names and where we were from. Soon we were greeted by almost every person in the room, which had filled up over time. People kept arriv…

Small Changes: Taco Seasoning

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This is a packet of taco seasoning. Look at all of those ingredients. Did you know that anything labeled, "natural flavor" could be anything? You probably don't want to imagine what they mean by that.

Did you know that you can make your own taco seasoning at home, thereby eliminating the "natural flavor" and controlling the amount of salt that's in it.

It is one of the easiest things to make, and you can play with the seasonings to customize it.

Homemade taco seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 


And here is Rachael Ray's recipe for taco seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 tablespoon crushed red pepper 

Remember: Just because they sell it in the store doesn't mean you should eat it.

Small Changes: French Fries

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This is a bag of frozen french fries. Check out that ingredient list. It isn't very long, but do you know what those extra things are? Shouldn't fries just be potatoes and oil?

They can be.

I make my own oven baked fries. 
I make them at least twice a week.
Sometimes more.

It's super easy and takes only a little longer than the frozen bagged ones, plus they taste better.

I use a Pampered Chef bar pan (stone ware) because they are pretty much non-stick without being poisonous. They are easier to make the fries on than a regular metal cookie sheet.

You can use any kind of potato that you want. My favorite are the golden potatoes. They have a rich flavor (I usually get the organic ones when I can). You can use white ones, red ones, or russets.

I keep the skin on. Wash the potatoes and then slice them into the size and shape that you want.

Put them on your pan and then drizzle with olive oil. I prefer olive oil because it's heart-healthy and tastes great. 
I've recently become a…