Thursday, 21 July 2011
Change . . .
Change. It comes to each of us at various stages in life doesn't it? Sometimes it is most welcome, but all too often . . . we fear it. It is the fear of the unknown I think, that causes us to dread it.
On a particularly windy and stormy morning a little while back, I looked out my back door and saw a mistle thrush sitting on the top of a tall tree in a neighbour's garden, swaying in the wind and singing it's little heart out, seemingly unbothered by the wind and stormy weather.
I remember thinking to myself that . . . if he could sing in such a beautiful way, despite the wind and stormy weather, then so could I. Perhaps that is the secret to getting through the storms of life and change . . . being able to sing our way through them. It may not change the outcome, but it will certainly change our attitude in how we deal with them. No matter how bad it may be, we will come out on top, singing.
Remember . . . no river ever flowed that didn't . . . at times . . . burst it's banks and take a new course. Life is a river, so go with the flow, not against it, and while you're at it . . . you might as well sing!
I had a message from one of Lura's daughters yesterday to say that her recovery had not gone quite as smoothly as expected, and that she was beiong kept a bit longer in the hospital. So, let's keep praying that her body is strong enough to recover without any more issues cropping up. She needs our prayers more than ever! I will keep you posted as and when I receive any more news! Thanks so much!
Yesterday turned out to be quite a gorgeous day!! Todd and I enjoyed ourselves in Chester City and I was able to walk the whole time with not a lot of pain, which was a joy to me! I can feel though today that I have another torn miniscus in that same leg . . . so I must have overdone it without realizing it. Grrr . . . it is hard to keep myself down when I feel like walking more! I must teach myself the art of compromise I think!
The last time I had a knee injection, I also had to go to the Dentist the day after and I had an injection in my jaw so that I could have a filling. Since then I have noticed that my left eyelid, which is on the same side of my face that I had the freezing injected, is twitching and feels lazy. It has been constant and seems to be getting a bit worse. I cannot see anything in the mirror . . . even though it feels like it is twitching, I can't see it twitching and even though it feels like the lid is dragged down, I can't see that it is either. I think I may need to make an appointment with my Doctor about it as it is getting to be a bit disconcerting. I think the two may be related, but am not sure, and I was wondering if any of you had experienced anything like this??? I do know that my ex-sister in law went to the Dentist one time and ended up going temporarily blind in one eye because of the freezing. (Horror of all horrors!) Needless to say she was terrified of the Dentist after that!
I have a bowl of cheerios for breakfast almost every morning. They are my favourite breakfast cereal. I was quite happy to find this delicious recipe for a snack type of cookie that you make using cheerios cereal! I think children would love these!
*Chocolate Cereal Bites*
makes 24 cookies
Quick, easy and bite sized! Moreishly temptingly scrummy!
For the crust:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Cheerios type of cereal, crushed
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
120 miniature marshmallows (about 1 1/3 cups)
For the topping:
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups Cheerios type of cereal
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4.
Using an electric mixer, mix all the crust ingredients (except marshmallows) together in a bowl, on low speed, until crumbly. Divide evenly among 24 nonstick mini muffin cups (about 2 level teaspoonfuls per cup), pressing firmly into the bottom of each cup.
Bake 6 to 7 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Place 5 marshmallows in each cup. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer until marshmallows just begin to puff. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Mix all topping ingredients (except cereal) together in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, just until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Immediately spoon the chocolate cereal mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls over the marshmallows, pressing down slightly. Cool for about 15 minutes or until firm. Remove from muffin cups, and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Baking in The English Kitchen today, a delicious Mozzarella and Basil Bread!