Galations 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galations 2:20-21

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Little Detour

Recently, my husband and his coworker snuck away after a visit to a job site to the shooting range. Here is a short video and a few pictures of their little detour. He has a pretty good shot for a first-timer, if you ask me. Can't wait to go with him next time. I love you, Babe!

"Pretty Well Dead I Think"

He is pretty proud of these-me too :)


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Creamy Pasta Recipe

I recently made a rotisserie chicken in the crock-pot. It was delicious and moist, but the two of us can't eat a whole chicken in one sitting. So, I decided to get a little creative with the leftovers. Here is the recipe as I made it. I just love creamy dishes

Creamy Herb Pasta

Roughly 2 cups of leftover Rotisserie chicken, shredded
About 12 oz Trader Joe's Fusilli w/ Flax Pasta*
2 cups 1% milk
3/4 cups butter
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 handfuls of Trader Joe's Frozen Artichoke hearts**
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tbsp Italian Herb Mix, dried

Cook noodles as directed on package. In a large skillet add the garlic. Cook for about a minute. Then add milk and butter until mixture had thickened a little. Also add the Artichoke hearts at this time to start their cooking process. Remove the skillet from heat and slowly stir in the cheese until combined. Add the chicken and put skillet back on heat for a few minutes to warm the chicken. Finally, add the noodles and herb mix and mix everything in the skillet well. Make a little garden salad on the side and you have dinner!

*Although, I love making fresh pasta by hand I just love Trader Joe's line of Flax pasta. It's high in Fiber and omega-3 and it only cost .45 cents for a pound of pasta! They have Penne, spaghetti and Fusilli shaped pasta to choose from.

**My mom turned me on to Trader Joe's frozen Artichoke Hearts and now I try to put them in anything I can. They are so yummy and very reasonably priced.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ebay Extravaganza

Hey Everyone,

As most of you know, I am currently unemployed. Recently, I have been selling a few things on ebay and craigslist to help with this situation. If any of you have anything you would like me to sell for you (with maybe a little cut off the top), please let me know. Or, if you just don't even want to deal with all that and would like to just "donate" stuff to my "cause," please let me know. It can be anything. Stuff you think is just junk, but is sitting your basement or garage. Thanks and God's blessing to you all!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Big Gripe

I don't make many posts regarding politics, but it makes me very uncomfortable when politicians use scripture from the Bible in their speeches.

In yesterday's case, President Obama said,
" the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

The bolded words from the quote above come from 1 Corinthians 13:11. Here's what it says with some context: "8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away
9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known."

The paraphrased scripture that Obama used was clearly taken out of context. I really have no idea why he had to use Scripture in the first place. It's like he decided that he needed to appeal to the Christians, so he picked some random verse. He, of course, fit it nicely into his speech. I still don't really understand why he used it.

You can't just pick and choose scripture to suit your appeal to Christians....or whatever his motive was. Scripture must be read in context...otherwise we would be stoning our children for disobedience. Why couldn't he have used "the time has come to set aside childish things" and left scripture out of it? To me, it is just disrespectful to God and Scripture and undermines Christians as people who read scripture only at the surface.

Since he likes using scripture in his speeches, maybe he can use some to back up the last part of the quote above about our God-given promise. Hmmm????

This sort of thing angers me to the very core of my being.

Now, I have many other "gripes" about his speech, but I will spare you...for now. This one, however, was one of the biggest issues for me.

Oh, and for all you people out there who think we just need to be more tolerant of each other...don't forget, that means you too.

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Blog

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that, if you are interested, I am starting another blog. The blog is geared toward the topic of my faith, God, and Christianity. You can view my new blog, Simply Faith, here. Subscribe if you'd like. I am not closing this blog, I am just starting one in addition to this one. Thanks...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wii Weekend Happenings

Dispite all of the snow, we had a good weekend. We definitely got a lot of exercise shovling....along with doing our Wii fit. We really got to test out our Wii this weekend. Friday we brought the Wii over to my parents' house and played Raving Rabbids and Wii sports with my mom and sisters. Afterwards, we watched The Chronicals of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I liked it for the most part. I have only read "The Lion the Witch and Wardroab and this movie made me want to read the rest of the books.

Saturday we went over to my husband's uncles house to celebrate his (uncle D.) birthday. His actual birthday was the day after our anniversary. We went over there a little early to play board games and brought our Wii over there as well....boy, did we have fun. I couldn't believe it, but Grandpa & Grandma even played. Mind you, they have never played any sort of video game in there lives. It was great! Uncle David liked it so much he purchased the extra Wii we had (long story). Here are some pictures of the fun...

Grandma doing the ski jump on Wii fit & Grandpa bowling. He got really into that game :)

My parents-in-law bowling. Looks like Rick is coaching her.

Grams & Gramps resting after all that fun.

Father & Son...I love this picture!


Monday, January 5, 2009

Two Years and Counting...

My husband and I get to bring in the new year with our anniversary. I can't believe it has already been 2 years! 2 wonderful years, might I add. I love you, babe!

We went to our favorite place for dinner, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. We don't go there often, so it was a wonderful treat. It really is one of the best places around to get good Italian food. I had an Alfredo pasta dish and Byron tried swordfish for the first time.
We don't really buy each other gifts on our birthdays or holidays, but we do buy something we can both enjoy as an anniversary gift to ourselves. This year we purchased a Nintendo Wii. My husband has been joking around about getting a Wii for the past year, but after playing my Uncle's Wii we both agreed we should definitely get one.

We purchased the Wii fit as well. I know there are mixed reviews out there, but so far it's worked out pretty well. I really enjoy the fact that most of the time you are playing games that are actually exercises. So you get a workout while having fun at the same time (B likes that too). Although I think the Wii fit game is good, it could be better (like being able to create your own workout program or have ones already created instead of picking & choosing exercises during your workout) and more of a challenge in some areas. Jillian Michael's from Biggest Loser has a game that was recently released that looks more challenging. I'd like to get that one.

The house rule we made is that we have to do the Wii fit before we can play any games that day. It's worked out so far! This is definitely a motivator to workout-everyday!

We also purchased two games that we would individually enjoy. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess-Him (He's really excited about this one) and Rayman's Raving Rabbids TV Party-Her. I just love this game. The "Rabbids" are cartoonie and very cute. It has a total of 50 games that are very well done and fun to play. My husband enjoys it too and it's multi-player so we can play together. If you get a wii or have one already, I HIGHLY recommend this game. My sister said it looks like a kid game, but it really is for everyone.

All in all we had a nice day and I am looking forward to many more years of marriage together.