KIDS SAY THE DARNEST THINGS – LAUGHTER FOR THE SOUL

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Hello, everyone! Since this next month centers on love, courtship and couples. I thought I’d give you a few laughs and smiles. Here’s what our children think about courtship and marrigage.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE?

“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” — Manuel, age 8

WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT GET MARRIED?

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” — Tom, age 5

“[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn’t want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I’d figure something out. I’d just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing.” — Kirsten, age 10

WHAT KIND OF MAN DO YOU WANT TO MARRY?

“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and handsome.” — Carolyn, age 8

WHAT ABOUT MARRIAGE?

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” — Kenny, age 7

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MAN PROPOSES TO HIS GIRLFRIEND?

“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'” — Anita, 9

WHAT ABOUT FINDING A HUSBAND?

Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one.” — Angie, age 10

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT LOVE?

“Love is foolish…but I still might try it sometime.” — Floyd, age 9

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” — Regina, age 10

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” — Dave, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT KISSING?

“Never kiss in front of other people. It’s a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours.” — Kally, age 9

“It’s never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That’s why I stopped doing it.” — Tammy, age 10

“I know one reason kissing was created. It makes you feel warm all over, and they didn’t always have electric heat or fireplaces or even stoves in their houses.” — Gina, age 8

(on seeing a couple kissing) “He is trying to steal her chewing gum!” — Boy, age 6

THE GREAT DEBATE: IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them!” (Lynette, 9) 

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” (Kenny, 7)

CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE

“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” (Jan, 9) 

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF TWO ADULTS EATING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ARE IN LOVE?

“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s
in love.” (John, 9)

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food.” (Brad, 8) 

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are.. on fire.”
(Christine, 9)

HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE?

“Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” (Tom, 7) 

“Don’t forget your wife’s name…That will mess up the love.” (Roger,8) 

“Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.” (Randy, 8)

I can’t believe how smart our children are. When I was the age of these children, I knew nothing about love, marriage or kissing.  On second thought, I did have a boyfriend kiss me under the porch. Also, around eight or nine, the same boy told me, “I’ll show you my pee pee if you show me your pee pee.” I thought for a moment, “Okay” and giggled. He pulled down his pants and I looked. I think I said, “Oh my goodness,” and scurried out from underneath the porch.  This ended the boyfriend and girlfriend thing. Again in fifth grade, a boy named Dennis and I used to walk home from school holding hands. Not until I reached sixth grade and the girls and boys were each divided to view a movie on the “birds and the bees,”  did I learn anything about how babies were born.

Take care. Remember Jesus is our creator. If you don’t know him, CONFESS your sins. REPENT. ASK Jesus to come into your life. He will. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone you are now a Christian. ATTEND a church that believes in the Bible from cover to cover. John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.”

My next blog is tomorrow, January 31  on Bible Verses Food For the Soul and on Sunday, February 2, my usual blog. God bless you each and everyone of you. sle 

 

 

 

 

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SNACK RECIPES FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY PLUS THE MENU FOR THE DAY

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Well good Super Bowl Week to all of you. As I promised here are th snacks I’m serving for Super Bowl Sunday. Here is the menu. Best Ever Chili For Super Bowl Sunday or Anytime and Mini Man Burgers. For snacks, Tasty Guacamole with Home Made Corn Tortilla Chips, and Daisy Potato Skins. For dessert, I’m going to serve my Absolutely Divine Brownies. I hope you all try one of these if not all of these and let me know if you like these recipes or not. Until then, GO SEAHAWKS!!!

TASTY GUACAMOLE

When choosing your avocados choose ones that are blemish free and have a slight give when squeezed lightly. There are so many different varieties in which color is not a good indication. Sure this has a lot of fat in it, but it’s the good fat that our bodies need to keep are skin supple and our joints lubricated.

If you think you’ll have leftovers, safe the avocado pits and store them in the same container with the leftovers — that will keep it from discoloring & turning black.

If you want your guacamole super-chunky, blend & mix all the other ingredients first, then add the chopped avocados last. That way they will hold their shape better.

Another added suggestion is to use chopped jalapeno according to your taste. Make sure you remove the seeds and wear gloves as you cut them up. Wash your utensils used with hot sudsy water.

Either buy avocadoes in advance, or find a grocery store with a good Spanish-Latino cooking section. You won’t be putting up with slimy cilantro or rock hard avocados. What my husband taught me if you can’t find any ripe avocados, pick three of them and wrap paper around them. Place them in a darkened area like in a drawer, If you buy them today or tomorrow, they should be ready to be unwrapped by Saturday. Take off the paper and leave them open to air until ready for use. DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS

3/4 tsp ground cumin 3 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed  2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced (You can use any type of tomatoes if desired. )

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)

1 lime, juiced

1/2 teaspoon salt or according to taste

1/2 cup diced onion . (You can use green onions or other types of onions according to your taste.)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro(We love the taste of cilantro, so we always add more,)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt.

Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic.

Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately. GET READY TO EAT AWAY.

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You only need three stapled to make these absolutely scrumptious chips. They are oil, corn tortillas and salt. The chips are the most wonderful, fresh, crunchy, perfectly golden, tortillas. In fact, if you are cooking light, you don’t even need oil. So there’s no excuse not to make them, only every ounce of will power I possess.

There are three basic ways that we make homemade tortilla chips around here. The first is the classic way, fried in a little oil. The second is to bake them in the oven. The third is to bake them in the microwave. Fried in oil tastes the best (of course), but if we are in the mood for cutting back on calories, we’ll bake them. 

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Yield:

1 dozen tortillas yields 72 chips. You’ll need oil if you are frying the chips. If you are baking or microwaving, all you need are the tortillas and salt.

INGREDIENTS

About 3/4 to 1 cup canola, grape seed, or corn oil (a high smoke point oil), more or less depending on how many chips you are making Corn tortillas (get the standard kind, not the super fancy kind), each tortilla will make 6 chips, 12 tortillas will yield 72 chips, a good snack for 2 to 3 people.

Kosher salt

The tortilla chips will fry better if they are a bit dried out first. Either leave the whole tortillas out overnight, exposed to air so they are stale the next day, or dry them out a bit in the oven or microwave.

To dry them in the oven, lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in a 350°F for 5 minutes or a 200°F oven for 10 minutes. Or lay them out in a single layer (working in batches) on a paper towel in a microwave oven and microwave them for 20 to 60 seconds, depending on how strong your microwave is and how many tortillas you are drying. You don’t want them crisp at this point, just as dry as they would be if you left them out overnight.

1. Cut each tortilla into 6 triangle shaped wedges.

2. Pour oil into a medium skillet to a depth of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. (Make sure you are working with a completely dry pan or the oil will sputter as it heats.)

Heat the oil on medium high heat until a small piece of tortilla placed in the oil sizzles, about 350°F. (This is where an infrared thermometer comes in handy!) Do not allow the oil to get so hot that it smokes. (If that happens, move the pan off the heat immediately.)

3 Place a paper towel onto a large plate and have several other paper towels ready. Place a handful of tortilla triangles into the hot oil, in a single layer. Use metal tongs or a metal slotted spoon to distribute the tortilla triangles so that they aren’t overlapping and so that all sides get coated with oil.

Fry for approximately 2 minutes until the chips just begin to color and they are firm, no longer pliable.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon remove the chips from the oil to the paper-towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt. Place another paper towel over the top of the chips to be ready for the next batch. Note that as soon as you put the tortilla triangles into the hot oil, because you are working with such a small volume of oil, the oil temperature will lower. Usually I compensate for this by increasing the heat to high. And as soon as the chips begin to color, reduce the heat to low, so the oil doesn’t overheat in between batches of chips. Continue to cook the chips, working in batches, placing the freshly fried chips over a new layer of paper towel each time, and sprinkling with salt. When the chips are all fried, pat any excess oil from them with a fresh paper towel, and eat! These chips are best freshly made.

Baked Tortilla Chips

 Pre heat oven to 350°F.

1.Cut the tortillas into wedges

2 Spread the tortilla wedges out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the tortilla wedges for about 6 minutes, then use tongs to turn the wedges over. Sprinkle with a little salt, and bake for another 6 to 9 minutes, until they are just beginning to color. Remove from the oven and let cool. Sprinkle with more salt to serve.

Microwave Tortilla Chips

1 Cut the tortillas into wedges.

2 Line your microwave oven with a paper towel. Working in batches if necessary, spread the tortilla wedges over the paper towel in a single layer, with an inch or so between the wedges. Microwave until the tortilla chips are crispy, but not burnt. The time will vary depending on the strength of your microwave and how many tortillas you are cooking. In many microwaves, it’s about a little less than 1 minute per tortilla. But start at half of that and add time as needed. Sprinkle with salt to serve.

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Make your own baked potato skins–these are buttery, cheesy, filled with bacon, and topped with a dollop of Daisy (I use whatever sour cream I have that might be on sell) and a sprinkle of chives!”(don’t use chives. I use green onions. I prefer them.

DAISY BRAND POTATO SKINS      Ready in 1 ½ hours

INGREDIENTS

6 small baking potatoes

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (If you don’t have it. The skins taste just as good without it.)

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

3/4 cup Daisy Brand Sour Cream

2 teaspoons finely diced fresh chives

DIRECTIONS

1.Lightly grease the outside of potatoes, cut small slit in the top and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minute or until soft.

2. Let stand until cool enough to handle (about 15 minutes).

3.Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the cooked potato, leaving a very thin layer of potato. (Save the cooked potato for mashed potatoes or hash browns.)

4. Brush the outside and inside of skins with melted butter.

5. Sprinkle the inside with seasoned salt and Parmesan cheese.

6. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

7. Bake for 8 minutes or until crisp and bubbly.

8. Fill each with Cheddar cheese and bacon.

9. Bake 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

10.Top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of chives.

SOME ADDED SUGGESTIONS

You might have toleave it in the oven a little longer the second time (about 5 min) to get the skin crispy.

You can use some of the bacon grease to coat the potato inside and out (after scooping out the potato), and baked. Yes it’s more calories and fat, but there’s nothing healthy about it anyway. Use a measuring spoon to help scoop out the insides, works perfectly!

Also put melted butter inside the potato halves.

For some ovens one might need to bake at 450 for about 15 min to get crispy.

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I hope you have a wonderful Sunday eating, rooting for your favorite team. Remember, Jesus wants to be your friend and Savior. He died on the cross for you and me. If you have never asked Him to come into your life, all you have to do CONFESS your sins. REPENT. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone you accepted him as your Savior. FIND a church that teaches the Bible from cover to cover. John 3:16 “For God so loved he world that He give His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” God Bless you, all. My next blog is going to be January 30, Thursday on Humor; January 31, Friday Bible Verses For The Soul and February 2, Sunday my normal blog. sle

Barack Obama – Lies Given to Americans Out Of Over 500+ Fibs & Growing

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For me, I don’t know about you, I’m deeply distressed over the condition of our government and where my country is headed. I watch my countrymen demonstrate yet, some of them are like sheep lead astray marching to the slaughter. To date, Obama has lied to the Americans 537 times. I’m sure at the State of the Union Address, lies are going to fall out of his deceiving mouth. I’ve come to believe this man is nothing but a pathological liar.  I listed only a some of the lies he’s told. I don’t believe any other president has ever told more lies even when compared to Nixon and Clinton. Each one of these lies could be become a blog.

I’d like to hear what you have to say and what you think. To me it doesn’t matter if you agree to disagree. 

 

Sixteen months ago, a murderous assault took place at U.S. diplomatic outposts in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the savage slayings of a U.S. ambassador and three other heroic Americans. Numerous hearings and investigations have taken place. Yet the national new media has failed to continue to print and publicize about those guilty of this deception except for a few news networks. Those not afraid to tell the truth.

A stunning report from CNN claims that three dozen CIA personnel were on the ground the night of the attacks — several, the network says, were seriously injured. All were “secretly evacuated” and have been kept hidden from congressional investigators ever since.

Adding to the mystery is the fact that these personnel must submit to monthly polygraph tests. Why? To ensure they’re not talking to the media or members of Congress.

Such secrecy and intrigue demands answers — especially considering the fact that four Americans were slaughtered.

How many lies can one president tell and still retain any credibility? What you are about to see is absolutely astounding. It is a long list of important promises that Barack Obama has broken since he has been president. There is not enough space in this little blot to cover them all. Here are a some of the lies, he’s told.

If he had only told a few lies, perhaps the American people would be willing to overlook that. After all, pretty much all of our politicians our liars. Unfortunately, many of the lies that Obama has told appear to have been quite cold-hearted in nature. For example, Barack Obama repeatedly made the promise that “you will be able to keep your health care plan <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpa-5JdCnmo&gt;” under Obamacare. But now we are learning that he knew that this was a lie all along. Not only that, the Democrats in Congress knew that this was a lie all along too. In fact, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, said the following <http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/17/Gillibrand-we-all-knew&gt; when she was asked about Obama’s promise to the American people recently: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”

#1<http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/06/15/obama-if-you-like-your-doctor-you-can-keep-your-doctor/&gt;

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” Well , many of you realize this isn’t true especially if you are one of those who received a slip from your doctor telling you they could no longer care for you.

#2  <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment/&gt;

“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” Didn’t he say transparency. His administration is the most tightly kept administration. He uses social media extensively. Of course these are lies.

#3<http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-after-meeting-with-senate-democrats&gt;

“We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums…” Well my when did this happen? Maybe for those on Medicaid. 

#4 http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2007/11/-the-fierce-urgency-of-now/223719/

I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be the president of the United States of America.” Oh my goodness when did this happen. This has not happened. He first blamed Bush for evreything going wrong in his government and now he blames the Republicans for everything gone wrong. The concept sounded great. He is not like Clinton who did cross the aisle from the Democrats to the Republicans. It is his will or none at all!

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#5 http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=85080&st=&st1=

“We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country that governors and mayors are pleading to fund. And the minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.” Oh my, when did this happen? Our unemployment is highest its been since the 80’s.

#6 <http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=85788&st=million&st1=homeowners&gt;

“And we will pursue the housing plan I’m outlining today. And through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can afford-avoid foreclosure.” Hmm, from what I know the middle class continues to be squeezed more and more. Pretty soon, there will be no more squeezing. The middle class is going to disappear. I dare say most of those folks who lost their homes never did get a sure foot and had to say goodbye their home.

#7 <http://www.nationalreview.com/article/360617/obamacare-snake-oil-charles-c-w-cooke&gt;

“I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” All I can say is LIAR!

#8 <http://www.mediaite.com/online/look-at-all-the-pretty-things-the-democrats-promised-in-2008-and-failed-to-deliver/&gt;

“We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” To some people Mr. Edward Snowden is a traitor, but to others he is a hero. I feel he is a hero. The turn coast in this country lie in the Obama administration. The pass Secretary of State, “What difference does it make, Hillary Clinton who married to Willy- Bill Clinton experienced a difficult time keeping his pecker in his pants during his presidency. He brought dishonor to the position. Then there is Eric Holder, Attorney General. From all accounts, he needs to have his butt in jail. We have Kathleen Selegelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. By all accounts her butt should be in jail for Contempt of Congress and lying to the American public. Last but not least our wonderful Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who insists on not allowing our men to speak of God to own a Bible in their lockers. Yet, the military is allowing Muslims to have facial hairs and carry prayer beads and wear turbans.

   

#9 <http://www.nationalreview.com/article/360617/obamacare-snake-oil-charles-c-w-cooke&gt;

“For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.” You know what I have to say about this lie is Bull Crap.

#10 <http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/04/in-party-platform-democrats-soften-on-obamas-2007-promise-to-close-gitmo/&gt;

“We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years.” If I’m not mistaken we are fighting a war. All of those men unbeknownst to Obama are prisoners of war and should have been tried and convicted to face the firing squad. They are treated with kid gloves. For goodness sakes feed them pork seven days a week.

#11 <http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/71/allow-imported-prescription-drugs/&gt;

“Allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S.” According to the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987, it is illegal for anyone other than the original manufacturer to bring prescription drugs into the country.

#12 <http://reason.com/blog/2012/08/23/look-at-all-the-civil-liberties-democrat&gt;

“We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn constitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.” This is what the Patriot Act allows. Secret FBI and police searches of your home and office without your knowledge; secret government wiretaps on your phone, computer, and Internet activity; secret investigations of your bank records, credit cards, and other financial records; secret investigations of your library and book activities; secret examinations of your medical, travel and business records; freezing of funds and assets without prior notice or the right to appeal; the creation of secret “watch lists” that ban or restrict those named from air and other travel activities. 60 Minutes discovered that the list included the president of Bolivia, dead people, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), political activist Naomi Wolf and dozens of common American names like Robert Johnson and John Williams. This out-of-control list stands at 917,000 names as of March 1st, 2008 and, according to a report issued by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, has grown by 20,000 a month. http://www.buddylogan.com/newlaws.html

Nov 10, 2013 – The Patriot Act would have been a nice reversal but, not only did that remain intact, Barack went and signed the National Defense Authorization

 

#13 <http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/30/end-no-bid-contracts-above-25000/&gt;

“Will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.” Liar, liar pants on fire. Contracts are awarded to his cronies and to those who support him and paid large amounts of money towards his runs for president.

 

#14 <http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/will-democrats-strip-civil-liberties-from-their-2012-platform/254896/&gt;

“We reject sweeping claims of ‘inherent’ presidential power.” On a sunny day on a wednesday afternoon in Cleaveland, Ohio, the President announced his plans to act in total and utter disregard of the U.S. Constitution <http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/the-constitution-of-the-us&gt; with his illegal appointment of Richard Cordray to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

It’s an astonishingly reckless exercise of executive authority that Heritage’s Todd Gaziano described <http://blog.heritage.org/2012/01/04/a-tyrannical-abuse-of-power-obama-attempts-to-appoint-cordray-to-cfpb/&gt; as a “tyrannical abuse of power.” Never before in the 100-plus years of precedent on the recess appointment power has a President taken such an action while the Senate was still in session. Yet notwithstanding that fact, President Obama yesterday decided that he would be the first.

Here’s why the President finds himself so far outside of constitutional bounds. Under Article II, section 2, clause 2 of the Constitution <http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/the-constitution-of-the-us&gt;, the President has the power to fill vacancies that may happen during Senate recesses, as Gaziano writes <http://blog.heritage.org/2012/01/04/a-tyrannical-abuse-of-power-obama-attempts-to-appoint-cordray-to-cfpb/&gt;. In this case, President Obama was seeking to fill the vacancy in the CFPB, a new agency that has come under significant criticism <http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/06/consumers-need-protection-from-consumer-protection-bureau/&gt; given its unparalleled powers <http://blog.heritage.org/2011/06/02/new-evidence-reveals-vast-powers-of-consumer-finance-bureau&gt; to issue expansive regulations with virtually no accountability <https://www.askheritage.org/how-is-president-obama-abusing-presidential-power/&gt;

On November, 2013 with a sweep of a pen, Obama now has control of climate change policies. This does not reflect all the abuses Obama has committed by using executive order as a guise to gain power.

#15 <http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/24/end-income-tax-for-seniors-making-less-than/&gt;

“Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors – saving them an average of $1,400 a year- and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.”

As of  today senior citizens are double taxed because they paid taxes on their income the first time and now they continue to be taxed every year for the Social Security monies received.

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<http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/11/list-23-famous-obama-quotes-turned-broken-promises-cold-hearted-lies/&gt;

Take care. Remember God is in control. If you have never accepted Christ as your Saviour, CONFESS your sins.REPENT. ASK him to come into your heart. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone of your decision. FIND and ATTEND a church that believes the Bible from cover to cover. Until then, God bless you. sle.

My next blog will be on January 28, Tuesday, Snacks for the Super Bowl; January 30. Thursday, Laughter is the Best Medicine; January 31, Friday, Bible Verses Food For the Soul and Sunday, February 2, Super Bowl Sunday, my regular blog.

BIBLE VERSES FOR THE SOUL

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Hi everyone,

I thought these Bible verses would be appropriate because the Super Bowl is drawing near as well as the Olympics. Tell me what you think of these verses and your thoughts on them. I loved to hear what you have to say.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize

Here is from the Message. You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out

 

Here is a little history of the Greek Stadiums during Paul’s time, the writer of this book. Now the Greek word for the chariot place where they raced horses was a hippodrome: a hippos, a horse; an adromos, a course; a hippodrome. And the Latin name for the same thing was a circus. Circus is a Latin word; hippodrome is the same thing in Greek. It was a large arena with tiers of seats all around and a little partition in the middle. And they drove those chariots in the races round and around that middle partition. And the people, being above, could see the course of the race.

Now a stadium was different from that. A stadium was a place where they had their games of physical prowess, and most of it racing, most of it running. A stadium was always built exactly the same. The course never varied. It was 600 Greek feet long, or 606 three-fourths of a foot, English feet.

Now there were two places in ancient Greece that were the most famous for those stadium games. One was at Olympia, the Olympic Games. They have taken that word Olympian and made it Olympic. The name refers to the big, international physical contests that are held every four years. This is one of the famous Greek stadiums, the one at Olympia. Now the other one was at Corinth, the Isthmian Games they call them there, from the little isthmus connecting between Peloponesis and Attica, at which place the city of Corinth was located.

Not only were those stadiums there in Greece, but they were everywhere. All over the Mediterranean world, wherever the Greek civilization, the Roman civilization went, there you would find the stadium and those games. So, when Paul uses the figure here, he was using a figure that everybody had witnessed and everybody shared in, “Know ye not that they which run in a stadium run all,” they all run, the contestants run together, “but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may win it, so run that you may obtain it.”

Now the way that the stadium games were held is this; they had a kerux, the Greek word for preaching, for heralding, not just quietly talking.

Now the kerux is a herald- the announcer. The herald comes forth, and he announces the contest is to be run. And then he leads all of the contestants around the course before all of those thousands of tiered spectators. He yells, “Is there anyone here can lay anything to the charge of any of these contestants?”

For ten months they had to go into rigorous training. Have they been faithful in their training? Have they been guilty of any crime or depravity in life or morals or manner? The herald leads them around and announces to the spectator, “Does any spectator know anything?”

Then when the time of the race comes, the kerux, the herald, the announcer, the master of ceremonies introduces each contestant by his name, by his country, and by his city. When the race is run, he stood at the end of the course with a garland of victory in his hands. In the case of the Olympian Games, wreaths was made out of wild olive leaves. In the case of the Corinthians, the Isthmian Games, it was made out of pine leaves.

And that honor was the most coveted honor in the ancient Greek world. To win this race brought honor to the country, dignity to the city and glory to the contestant. The victor was escorted to his home and escorted to his city with great pomp and ceremony.

And they didn’t deign to let him enter the city through the regular gate, but they made a breach in the wall. They tore down a section of the wall in the city in order the Greek victor of the games might ride triumphantly into the city. His name was immortalized in poetry and in song.

This was the most coveted honor in the ancient Greek world to win in these stadium contests.

And there is an interesting Greek word, agonizomai. We have the English word agonize. “Every man that strives for it, presses for it, agonizes for it, is temperate in all things.” This is a good translation of the word. He is self-disciplined, he is continent, he is abstinent, he practices self-control, he is getting ready for the race. “Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown.” How long would a crown of olive leaves or pine leaves last?

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To me this is what these four verses but mighty in meaning say to me. We as Christians need to practice as the athletic. We need to read the Bible, pray, run and not walk on the path or righteousness, We need to keep our eyes on the goal. We are sent here for a purpose to use our individual talents God has given each of us to tell others about Christ. We need to become strong. Our desire is suppose to be centered on God’s wants. This is to tell others. We are to live a life which is pleasing to Him. All the time, realize our rewards are not going to occur on earth but in heaven. Yet, as the angels rejoice when a person is saved, so we too can dance like David and sing to the Lord in celebration of someone accepting Him into their hearts. 

Like the sun which rises and sets so does our day of living end. We can know we fought the good fight. We did everything He wanted us to do and our just rewards are now waiting in heaven. What a wonderful knowledge to know our life doesn’t end at death, but our soul leaves our lifeless body to reign in heaven forever.

To all who do not know him. ACCEPT the gift of eternal life. REALIZE Jesus died on the cross for you and me. REPENT. CONFESS your sins. TELL someone you became saved. FIND a church which preaches and believes in the Bible from cover to cover. My next blog is going to be on Sunday, January 26, my normal blog. sle

 

HUMOR FOR THE SOUL

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Well hello again! Yes it is the time to give a smile and laugh for a second or second or two. Maybe even share this with someone. I hope you like them. I searched high and low for these jokes. If you have any you can share by all means do so. J   By the way let me know if you liked the jokes as well. 

                                                  GOD AND FOOTBALL

Peyton Manning, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Colts flag in the window. “This house is yours for eternity, Peyton,” said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.”

Peyton felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the sidewalk, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a blue and red sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Patriots logo flag, and in every window hung a red Patriots towel.

Peyton looked at God and said “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even went to the Hall of Fame.”

“So what’s your point Peyton?”, God asked.

“Well, why does Tom Brady get a better house than me?”

God chuckled, and replied “Peyton, that’s not Tom’s house, it’s mine.”

 

One day the Devil walks up to God. the devil says god I challenge you to a football game. God says, “Why I have the best players,”.but then the devil said, “I have the refs.” 

 

                                               WOMEN AND FOOTBALL

Anyone who thinks women…

Anyone who thinks women talk too much has never sat through a six-hour Super Bowl pregame show.

—Nora Barry

Miss World Kicks Off

The reigning Miss World – from Brazil – was invited to start The charity football match by performing the ceremonial kick-off.

After an excellent game, which raised a great deal of money, a dinner was held.

During the speeches which followed, Miss World made the evening for all present when, in broken English and with great charm, she said,

‘It eez great honour for me to kick off your ball; I will be pleased to come back any time to English football clubs and kick all your balls off.’

 

                                            How To Annoy During TV Football

1) Take the batteries out of all of the remote controls

2) Show a sudden interest in every aspect of the game, especially have him define the offside law for you, many times

3) Tell him that there is no popcorn in the house.

My Wife Should Be A Goalie

“My wife would make a great goalie,” one man said to his friend.

“I haven’t scored for months.”

 

 

What Are They Doing

A football widow decided to take an interest in the game in order to share her husband’s pastime. One Saturday afternoon she accompanied him to the local match. It was a good game: plenty of open play, good attacking movements and strong defense.

She was enjoying the game when suddenly all the players except one froze and stood like statues. The active player grabbed the ball and shoved it up his jersey.

Then he too remained motionless. The woman looked at the referee to see what action he was going to take, but he too was in a statue-like position.
‘Whatever are they doing?’ she asked.

‘Oh, they’re posing for the “Spot-the-Ball” competition’, replied her husband.

 

                                    She’ll Let You Do Anything

Ron and Terry were talking about football in the bar after work.

“Are you going to the Raiders football game on Sunday?” asked Ron.

“No,” replied Terry. “My wife won’t let me.”

“It’s easy to get out of that,” said Ron. “About an hour before the game, what you do is pick her up, take her to the bedroom, rip off her clothes and make mad, passionate love to her. Then she’ll let you do anything you want.”

“OK, I’ll try that,” said Terry.

All You Think About Is Football

Wife: ‘Football, football, football! That’s all you ever think about! If you said you were going to stay at home one Saturday afternoon to help with the house’ work, I think I’d drop dead from the shock!’

Husband: ‘it’s no good trying to bribe me, dear.’

 

  

                                           ADVICE FROM WOMEN TO MEN

1. The reason why our bras don’t always match our underwear is because WE actually change our underwear;
2. The next time you and your buddies make jokes about armed women in combat, take a poll to see which of you successfully aim at the toilet rim;
3. If we’re watching football with you – it’s not bonding – it’s their butts;
4. Whenever possible, please try to say whatever you have to say after the movie;
5. Lay off the beans several hours before bedtime;
6. Please don’t drive when you’re not driving;
7. If you were really looking for an honest answer, you wouldn’t ask in bed;
8. The next time you make jokes about female drivers, research the number of accidents caused by rubber-necking mini-skirts;
9. If only women gossip, how do you and your friends keep track of “who’s easy”?
10. Stop telling us most male strippers are gay: we don’t care;
11. When you’re not around, I belch loudly, too;
12. We don’t mind if you look in the mirror to check your appearance – in fact, please do!
13. When you’re out with us, please wear “our” favorite outfit rather than “yours” – the torn jeans and dirty T-Shirt will last longer that way;
14. If you must grunt in reply, please develop a system to indicate a positive vs. a negative grunt;
15. Don’t insist that we “get off the stupid phone” and then not talk to us;
16. Eye contact is best established above our shoulder-level;
17. Cleaning the house is not necessarily “women’s work”; besides, most of the “dirt” and clutter is yours anyway
18. Yes, we know most of the great chefs are men, why is it then you never want to cook?
19. We go to the Ladies Room in groups to talk about you;
20. Yes, we know you can probably beat us arm wrestling… however, very few raises or promotions were gained by arm wrestling

   

 

Remember Jesus saves and He wants to be your Savior. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” CONFESS your sins. REPENT ASK the Lord to come into your heart. ACCEPT the gift. TELL SOMEONE. FIND a church that believes in the Bible from cover to cover. God bless you

RECIPES FOR GOOD EATIN’ FOR THE SUPER BOWL

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Hii everyone!

First and foremost, I have to get this of my chest! GO SEAHAWKS!! They’re headed for the Super Bowel. Guess whose eyes are going to be glued to the screen. Yup, yours truly.

I placed the best chocolate brownie at the top. Dessert comes first. This is the way I belive.

I looked and looked for a good slider or mini hamburger and these are absolutely delicious. They are just in time for fixin’ on Super Bowel Sunday.

I hope you like them. Let me know. Do you have any slider or brownie recipes you can share with us?   

ABSOLUTELY DIVINE BROWNIES

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cold large eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (2 1/2 ounces)

2/3 cups walnut or pecan pieces (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325. Spray an 8 X 8 baking pan with cooking spray,

2.  Then line it with parchment paper so the parchment hangs over the sides (this way you can lift the brownies right out). Spray the parchment too.

3.   Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium metal bowl and fit the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water. Stir, watching the butter; if it’s not melting quickly enough, turn up the heat. Keep stirring until the butter’s all melted and you have a paste. Stick your finger into the paste and when it’s hot enough that you’re like “ow,” remove the bowl from the pot and allow it to cool a bit.

4.  Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. Add the flour and stir until it disappears, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with a wooden spoon (I suppose this develops the gluten a bit and helps give those brownies structure? Just a guess). Stir in the nuts and spread evenly in your lined pan. (At this point, you can sprinkle the batter with flaky Maldon sea salt, if you’re into that kind of thing.)

5.  Bake until a cake tester comes out mostly clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

6.  Lift up the parchment on to a cutting board and cut the brownies into squares. Makes between 20 and 25 squares; I say, “Bigger brownies are better” so make 9 big brownies.

Variations 

Add a splash of coffee. This ups the baking time but gives a subtle hint of coffee flavor. For a quicker way to introduce coffee flavor, stir in some instant espresso. Just a little bit’ll do the trick.

Preparation time: 25 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 9

 

MINI MAN BURGER

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pound ground chuck

8 (3-inch) buns or rolls, split in half

2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Directions

1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees F. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Line a jellyroll orsheet pan with parchment paper and place the ground chuck in the middle of the pan.

4. Cream the meat with a large sheet of plastic wrap.

5. Roll meat with a rolling pin until it covers the surface of the pan; it should be very thin. 

6. Remove the pladtic wrap and sprinkle the mat with the seasoning mixuture.

7. Fold the meat in half, from side to side, using the parchment paper. Use a pizza wheell to cut  the meat into 8 even squares. Here is where the kids can help.

8. Wrap the buns in foil and place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the burgers on the griddle. I use a cast iron skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

9.Remove the buns from the oven. Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on each bun and top with the burgerany other condiments as desired. Serve immediately.

HERE ARE SOME ADDED SUGGESTIONS

1.  Steam the hamburger over a bed of diced yellow onions, and used the onions and a pickle slice to top them. Tasted just like a slider from White Castle. Yumm

2.  Mix in grated cheese into the ground beef

3.  Grate Parmesan cheese and fried Bacon and place on the burger

4   Try crumble blue cheese on the burger.

5.   sauté some minced white or yellow onions.   Top with classic yellow mustard, but other options are endless. There are endless ways to fix these little burgers.

6.   Red onions can be sautéed  You can sauté red onions.

7.   Use American cheese and tomato, with Swiss and sautéed mushrooms.

Here is the next thing I’m fixing for Super Bowel Sunday. All finger food. East to eat while we scream and yell for our team!

 

Next week’s  are two recipes to fill the munchies stomachs.

Take care. Happy cookin’ and eatin’.  Remember Jesus Saves. If you don’t know the Lord, He died for me and you and arose again. He Lives. CONFESS  your sins or things you’ve done wrong. REPENT.  ASK Him to forgive you. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone.  FIND and ATTEND a church that believes in the Bible from cover to cover.

My next blog will be on Thursday, January 23, Humor for the Soul; Friday, January 24, Bible Verses Food for the Soul and Sunday, January 26, my normal blog. Until then God bless you all.

“The Lone Survivor”-THE COURAGE OF OUR TROOPS AND OUR GOVERNMENT MISTREATMENT OF THEM

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I’ve never reviewed a movie before, but I have to discuss the movie “The Lone Survivor.” Before I do, I want to wish Michelle Obama, Happy Belated Birthday. I hope she enjoyed my birthday gift I gave her. The money spent to fly her on Air Force One, to and from Hawaii by herself, could have kept my husband and I comfortable for the remainder of our lives plus helped disabled vets or homeless vets. What do you think?

The number of interviews by Marcus Luttrell, who the movie is centered on in real life, by various newscasters peaked my interest. Probably one of the interviewees helped to seal my determination to see the movie after some of the comments he made such as the movie glorifies war and the military. Let me suggest to you, fella, to don your suit, hang them on the hanger plus your business shirt in the closet and place your fancy shoes in the closet floor in exchange for a uniform and combat boots. You need to go through basic training and then the stringent training to become a Seal. You’re going to find your butt right smack dab in Afghanistan for a tour. I bet you never open your big mouth about glorifying war and the military.

The movie displayed the agony of war and the comradeship of a small group of men, and their dedication to each other who against all odds fought off the Taliban. I closed my eyes when the lone survivor was captured for a few minutes by the Taliban, and they were going to behead him. I cried as each of the men in the group lost their brave lives. I cried when the Afghanistan leader of his village bravely defended the life of the American survivor, and they met again after Marcus’s recovery,

Talk about bravery and courage. One doesn’t realize the life our men lead in Afghanistan, and their zeal to fight for a people who want their country back. Also, my heart went out to this simple, village man; he is only a small representative of citizens of his country.

I am so proud of these young men and women who gave up their lives for a people who want freedom.

Another thing which stirs my wrath is the way this government treats its military under leadership of a president who reflects no tenderness to these brave souls. An example of this is a change in the way the disabled vets are going to collect their disability. According to the VA this change is going to make it simpler for them to expedite the needed disability. One drawback is each disabled must fill out the form on a computer. Now you and I know about government questionnaires. One example of this is our income tax forms we have to fill out. They take an accountant to fill our forms. Another thing is according to what I read all documents must be in order before the disability checks can begin. In other words, the vet can’t collect any disability checks from the time of injury. As now, the disabled vets receive a large sum once the disability is filed. This to me is so unfair. What are your thoughts on this?

Why is it these young and women do not receive the best care? The best treatment? Why is it the troops do not receive a hero’s welcome from the whole country?

On top of this the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill which cuts most veterans retirement benefits. The founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America call this a total betrayal of those who served in the military.

Nearly 50,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were either homeless or in a federal program aimed at keeping them off the streets during 2013, almost triple the number in 2011, according to numbers reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The number among this generation falling on hard times is rising sharply even as homelessness among veterans of all ages and conflicts has been on the decline, according to the VA.

Advocates for the homeless say many of the estimated 2.5 million Americans who served in the two wars went into combat zones on multiple deployments, something many veterans of previous conflicts never had to endure.

“They’re coming home to a bad economy. The country is different. Their families are different. They are different. Plus they are dealing with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other issues around mental health,” says Gregory Scott, president of New Directions For Veterans, a non-profit assistance group in Los Angeles. So, what do you think is the cause of this?

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My heart goes out to the disabled, and the men and women who served this country. THANK YOU for your courage. THANK YOU for wanting to make a difference. And SHAME on the Congress and the man sitting in the oval office who doesn’t care about his troops. My prayer for you Mr. Obama is for you realize Jesus is Lord. He knew you when you were in your mother’s womb. He called you by name. He wants to become your King.

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!

For those of you, who don’t know the Lord; let me tell you Jesus died on the cross so all can become saved. He rose again. He lives.  CONFESS your sins. REPENT.  BELIEVE He rose again. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone you accepted Christ into you heart. ATTEND a church which believes the Bible from cover to cover.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.

My next blog is going to be on Tuesday, January 21 Recipes-Good cooking; Thursday, January 23, Humor for the Soul; Friday, January 24, Scripture for the Soul and then on January 25, my regular blog. God Bless You All. I welcome all comments. sle