Baked Irish Soda Bread to Have with Lunch Today – I Switched One Ingredient – from Wheat to Gluten-free Flour – The Conversion Was a Success – This Recipe for Irish Soda Bread with Raisins Comes from -

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorite quick breads. I made it for the first time in Texas. I found the recipe at Now I used the same recipe to make this bread, but I substituted Jule’s gluten-free all-purpose flour for the wheat flour called for in the original recipe. I baked it in my cast iron skillet, but a baking sheet may be used.

Along with switching to all-purpose gluten-free flour, I made deeper cuts across the top of the bread to allow the heat to get to the center of the dough better. I wanted to make sure that the center would get done. Next time I may not make the deeper cuts since the dough baked perfectly this time. (If I don’t make the cuts deeper, the center may not get done. I won’t know until I try it.) I also lowered the temperature from 425 to 400 degrees to keep the top from browning before the bread finished baking. This was a necessary adjustment that I have learned working with gluten-free flour.

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My Irish Soda Bread was a success. (Those are golden raisins, if you are wondering. Steve likes them better than the dark ones.) We enjoyed this bread with lunch and again as a night snack. I cut myself a thick slice and covered it with butter. Steve had his with peach preserves. I will definitely make this recipe for Irish Soda Bread again.

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Curtain Call – One More Night with the Frogs – Gingivitis Healed after Many Years of Not Worsening – Relief Was Only a Prayer Away – Now Gingivitis Is Gone – Praise to Jesus – Healing Is Part of His Redemptive Gift to Us – For By His Stripes We Are Healed -

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I compare my failure to pray for immediate healing of Gingivitis fifteen years ago to Egyptian Pharoah’s failure to ask Moses for the plague of frogs to be lifted immediately.

Moses asked Pharoah when he should pray for the frogs to go away, and Pharoah said tomorrow. Egypt spent one more night with the frogs. I spent fifteen more years with Gingivitis, because I didn’t know any better at the time. Now I know. Here is the story:

I have endured a mild case of Gingivitis for at least fifteen years. A dental hygienist told me I had it when she was cleaning my teeth. She asked if my gum was sore in the affected area around one tooth. I said that it was sensitive and it bled if I scraped it with my toothbrush. She explained that I should use a toothbrush with soft bristles so I wouldn’t aggravate it.

I went home that day concerned. I always brushed my teeth several times a day, and I didn’t expect to develop gum disease. I prayed about it. I asked the Lord never to allow it to get any worse. This small area of Gingivitis has been there all these years, but it’s never gotten any worse. God is faithful. He gave me exactly what I asked.

Now that I know God wants to heal us, I prayed a different prayer. I asked that my gums be healed completely of Gingivitis. The next day I noticed when I brushed my teeth there was no sensitivity and no blood! I brushed this area the same way I brushed the rest of my teeth. What do you know! There was no discomfort and no bleeding. This happened about a week ago. This condition has completely vanished. There has been no sign of it since. God is SO good and willing to heal us.


Exodus 8:9-10 – The Bible (KJV) – And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

And he said, Tomorrow.

And he said, Be it according to thy word…

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Good Morning from Chelsea – Yesterday She Was Groomed – Not What She Really Likes – She Gives Us the Disapproving Look as Her Groomer Carries Her Away – But She Comes Back Looking Beautiful and Clean -

Chelsea Groomed thrice

Stretching in the morning hours, Chelsea is clean and trimmed. She can see better than she could from under her bushy brow. Did she complain about her bushy brow? Not sure, but if she knew grooming would solve it, she wouldn’t say a word. Yes, Chelsea talks. She speaks Bichonese. Most of the time the message is FEED ME.

Chelsea Groomed 1

Not hungry yet, she opts to take a run in her 3/4 acre yard. Any time of day or night, Chelsea comes and goes.

Chelsea Groomed twice

Nothing bores Chelsea more than having no appetite. This happens to her now and then. She looks longingly at her food but walks away for another hour or so until her appetite returns. Chelsea loves to eat.

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We Like Catfish – I Have It On Hand – Tilapia Not So Much – I Used a Recipe for Broiled Tilapia to Broil Catfish – So – I’ll Call Mine Broiled Catfish Parmesan – Instead of Broiled Tilapia Parmesan – Another Good Recipe from -


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This large catfish fillet was broiled in the oven and served in a very short time.

Steve and I both like catfish breaded with Jules Gluten-free All-purpose Flour, but I’ve been presenting too many meals high in carbohydrates, so today I put on the brakes.

Catfish Broiled with ParmesanHere is a link to the recipe that made our catfish special today. It’s entitled Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, and tilapia will work as well as catfish. It took only ten minutes to put together the ingredients, which included Parmesan cheese, softened butter, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, dried basil, black pepper, onion powder, and celery salt. I broiled the fish three minutes on one side, two on the other, and two more with Parmesan mixture spread on top.

Custard Bread Pudding DessertWhile I said that I put on the brakes with carbs, I confess that I served a dessert that contained some starchy carbohydrate. Two gluten-free biscuits cut into cubes went into the custard bread pudding.

I poured some cream over my dish of pudding. There are no carbs in heavy cream but some very hefty calories. Steve preferred his dessert as is.

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Mystery Remains Unsolved – The Case of the Missing Ground Beef Patty from Olive Garden – Chelsea – Our Bichon Frise Pet – Appears to be Innocent But Remains as a Person of Interest -

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Excuse our remodeling zone – floor under construction

Circumstances: Steve ordered a takeout ground beef patty at Olive Garden restaurant for Chelsea, the household pet.

Said ground beef patty was transported in a Styrofoam box from Olive Garden to the home of Steve and Carol Ann. Half of the ground beef patty was cut in pieces and presented to Chelsea on a paper plate. Another quarter of the patty was likewise cut up and given to Chelsea as a night snack. The remaining one-quarter ground beef patty, intended as breakfast for Chelsea, was reported missing by the pet owners. Chelsea, although appearing innocent, was designated as a person of interest in this case.

Investigation revealed that no Styrofoam box could be found in any part of the refrigerator. A search of the household trash proved that it held no Styrofoam box of any kind. A search of the entire home turned up no Styrofoam box. Pet owners, Steve and Carol Ann, stated that Chelsea had never eaten a Styrofoam box before and they doubted that she ate this one.

Since there was no evidence that a Styrofoam box from Olive Garden containing a ground beef patty ever existed, this case was closed and filed under unsolved mysteries.

Carol Ann donated her leftover pasta with marinara sauce to Chelsea for breakfast.

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Baked Gluten-free Custard Bread Pudding – Made for a Party – We All Had Fun – Lots of Food for Everyone – And Plenty for the Few of Us Allergic to Wheat -

Custard Bread Pudding

Steve and I attended a party at the home of one of our friends. Each person brought a dish. I made a gluten-free custard bread pudding from a five-star recipe on The only substitution I made was switching from bread made from wheat to biscuits made from gluten-free flour.

Biscuits for Bread PuddingI sliced the biscuits into cubes and spread them out on the bottom of the pan. I added raisins and cinnamon. The ingredients for the custard I put directly into my blender, half and half, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. The custard ingredients were too much to put all of it into the blender at once.

I discovered this fact the day before when I prepared half a recipe for Steve and me to be sure the dish would turn out well for the party. Half the recipe was all the blender could hold and process. Fortunately I learned this before trying to prepare the full recipe. If you decide to make this delicious custard bread pudding, simply cut the custard ingredients in half and put them directly into the blender. Process until smooth and pour over the biscuit cubes (or bread cubes if you are not allergic to wheat) and raisins. Prepare the second half-recipe for the custard the same way and pour it into the pan, also.

The baking dish of custard bread pudding must lowered into a larger pan of boiling water. The boiling water should come halfway to the top of the baking dish. This step keeps constant moisture in the oven, which allows the custard to set up properly. The oven temperature should be 300 degrees. I used our turkey roasting pan for the boiling water container. (See the recipe link above for ingredient amounts.)

Custard Bread Pudding dishI added one egg to the called-for ingredients, because our eggs are small. If you use large eggs, this addition would not be necessary.

This is a very easy recipe to prepare. There are few ingredients. However, if you make the gluten-free version, you must first bake gluten-free biscuits to substitute for the bread. The custard pudding makes this dessert very moist and delicious.


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A Different Kind of Curtain Call – God Pulled Back the Curtain and I Saw What I Didn’t See Before – I Had Received What I said According to Mark 11:23-24 – Even When I Was Unaware of the Awesomeness of It – We Can Have What We Say Believing – Because of Jesus’ Redemptive Work on the Cross -

Red Theater CurtainAt the conclusion of a performance an audience showing extreme enthusiasm for the presentation may inspire a curtain call. The curtain opens again, exposing the leading actor, player, or artist, allowing spectators to offer yet another round of applause.

I’ve been studying healing in the Bible, and during these months, God has reminded me of past experiences in my life. As though pulling back the curtain He has shown me what I didn’t understand or recognize at the time. He has brought to my mind, one at a time, healing episodes, remembrances that I am naming curtain calls, our Faithful Lord being the performer worthy of my extreme applause.

Although I hesitate to make public my past infirmities, especially this one, I do it to praise the Lord for the truth of His promises. I’ve made a journal of these revelations and may share them one or two at a time.

This is the first: I experienced several hallucinations over a period of time beginning in about the year 1967. They did not come from God. In my opinion, the origin of them was most likely an evil spirit or maybe some unresolved disturbance buried in my sub conscience mind. I did not see a doctor, so no there was no diagnosis.

As I was about to drop off to sleep, I would see something startling that was not a dream. I would break free from it moments after it started. The first hallucination came as the appearance of man in a trench coat and a hat. He raised himself up at my bedside, looked at me as I looked at him, and then stood up and ran out the door. I could hear the sounds of his trench coat swishing as he ran.

I’d never had a hallucination before, so I thought there really was a man that got up and ran away. My husband finally convinced me it wasn’t real when he asked me what he looked like. I realized then that the man didn’t have a face, just a hat, a trench coat, and running feet, but no face, even though I’d look at his face. (Yes, that was a chilling moment for me.) Over a span of years I experienced several episodes, all different, some frightening, but none lengthy, and I knew they were not real.

However, one day I had one that frightened me so much that I said to the Lord in prayer, “Lord, I never want another hallucination for the rest of my life.” I thanked God right then and there for making sure I never would have another one, and I never did have another one. They stopped in about the year 1978. This is year 2014, so I’ve been free of those unwelcome visions for 36 years.

I received exactly what I said that day, just as promised in Mark 11:23-24. I prayed it, believed it, and received it. Yet at the time, I gave no thought to that verse or principle, because I had not understood the essence and truth of it at that time in my life. Having a relationship with the Lord and a strong desire, I spoke it, believed it, and received it. God answered my prayer of faith that day, and He healed me from that issue.


Mark 11:23-24 – The Bible (KJV) – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover – Awesome – Is This Not True Anymore -


sunWe can trust the Bible to be true. Know the truth and the truth will make you free. Free of what? Sickness, confusion, fear, any spiritual or physical evil.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18 – The Bible (KJV)

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away. Matthew 24:35 – The Bible (KJV)

These verses (Matthew 16:17-18) remain in effect unless some verse in scripture specifically says that they do not apply to believers today.

I’ve heard a few verses interpreted to indicate that some of the gifts and miracles that belong to the church no longer operate. There are no verses that even remotely say any of God’s promises are null and void. The only time any gift does not operate is when we do not believe it happens anymore.

The verses quoted below were part of Paul’s message telling that love (translated here as charity) is more important than all other traits or characteristics or gifting of Christians. These verses (the ones purported to say that some of the early Christian miracle gifts like divine healing, speaking in tongues, and miracles) are italicized so that you may decide for yourself whether or not they clearly say that signs and wonders are no longer a valid part of the Christian experience for today.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 The Bible (KJV) – Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

These verses say that some of the prophesies we hear may fail (prophesies made by people), some speaking in tongues may not continue, some knowledge we depended upon may vanish away (not Bible truth, which remains forever), but LOVE (God is Love) never fails. Paul’s message on love starts earlier than the first verse I quote. Check it out. Begin at chapter 12 and read through chapter 14. Even more clearly you will see that the message had nothing to do with the verses spoken by Jesus in Mark 16:17-18.

If we expect to be healed by faith, we must believe that God is still in the business of healing. I believe God heals. I believe God has His hand in anyone’s healing. I believe He blesses what doctors do in many cases. I believe that God blesses surgeries and heals people’s wounds. God is good and He is our Healer.

I also believe that God blesses anyone’s genuine faith to be miraculously healed. I believe God supplies the faith if we believe He will heal as in the beginning of the church. It still happens today. It happens when people are able to believe. Hearing that God does not heal causes people to doubt. Believe the truth and receive the healing you want and need.

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Mid-October Sunrise in Arizona – Blessings to All – Sunrise – Sunset – Sunrise – Sunset – The Lord God Is Faithful –

Sunrise Mid OctoberJust a hint of dark cloud surrounded by light and beauty. Look at the expanse of sky and the size of trouble. Our God is always bigger than our troubles. We are blessed.

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Garden Trimming Continues – Cutting Away Jungle-like Growth in Arizona Desert – Steve Has Given Me this Permanent Job – I am Honored – Killer Steve Continues to Wrestle with Monster Algae in our Pool -

Garden Trim

I trimmed the garden plants around the tree and limbs that were lying on top of the plants. Steve has released me from weeding, perhaps because I hate it so much. I also scream bloody murder if an ant bites me, and they like my blood a lot. After an ant bites me, I quit for the day. Now my permanent job is trimming, and I would like to trim the tree in the middle of the garden (above photo). Steve has some doubt about it, but we will find out. He is probably right. Climbing the ladder might change the way I feel about trimming the tree.

Pool ProjectSteve is still working on regaining control of the pool. The time period between the worst pain in his old hip and healing of his new hip put all efforts in pursuit of Steve’s super-animated version of home ownership in a halted state. Now he has to put in long hours everyday to get all things back on track. All things include pool recovery and maintenance, weeding 3/4 of an acre, tree trimming, and home renovation projects such as flooring, painting, and wall-busting. I hope he is finished wall-busting.


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God Loves Children – He Cares for Orphans in a Special Way – He Sends Believers to Care for Them – God Funds Their Ministries when in Faith they Believe Him – Faith is a Gift – God Gives Faith to Those that Want to Believe – All This Because of Jesus – Our Savior and Lord -


I’ve been reading and studying a book written by a missionary in Guatemala named Becky Dvorak. She and her husband believed God called them from their home in the United States to a city in Guatemala in Central America. They depended on the Lord as their Provider, and they were not disappointed.

They ministered to street children in Guatemala. The photo above shows some very happy children. This was not what they found on the streets of Guatemala. They found abandoned orphans, dirty, wounded, diseased, and downhearted. I cannot imagine getting close to such a situation, but this couple continually brought these children food and told them about Jesus. They spent many years in Guatemala caring for orphaned children, not only on the street but in a homelike situation.

The Bible teaches that God will give believers what they ask for, in faith, praying in the name of Jesus. Here is another real life example of this principle:

This same missionary couple believed that God wanted them to construct a building in Guatemala to house and care for orphans, as well as infants and children infected with the HIV virus. The mortgage payment for this edifice cost $10,000 dollars each month, money they didn’t have. Trusting God by faith, this couple received this mortgage money and were able to make the payment each month until the the debt was paid. Not only did God provide the funds, he healed the children they cared for in the building.

We need faith to believe God for His promises. If we want faith, God will grant it. Faith is a gift that God gives to us. If you are a believer in Jesus, God gave you faith to believe the gospel. God is good. He will grant faith to us the same way he gave it to Becky Dvorak and her husband.

Matthew 18:10-14 – The Bible (KJV) – Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Ephesians 2:8 – The Bible (KJV) – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…

Books by Becky Dvorak:
Dare to Believe

Greater than Magic

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Telephone Booth – Once a Common Sight – A Useful Tool When on the Road – Where Are They Now – I Haven’t Seen a Phone Booth in a Long Time – The World Is Always Changing – But Jesus Is the Same – Yesterday – Today – and Forever -

Phone BoothHebrews 13:8 – The Bible (KJV) – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

Living on our revolving earth where circumstances, patterns, and lifestyles change constantly, we may lose our balance. Knowing that our Lord never changes is more than a comfort to us. He is our compass and our foundation, our guide and our hope. His promises are as good today as they were when we first learned them.

If you do not see God as He is, all knowing, all powerful, and always present, you are missing the truth you need to sustain you in this present life and in the life to come. Any other concept of God is not big enough to meet our needs.

Luke 1:37 – The Bible (KJV) – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

I count on that verse being true. I have never had a valid reason to believe otherwise. When doubt comes, blow it off like dust. God is love. He loves you. God made the worlds and He owns them all. Your God will deliver you. Count on Jesus. Compared with Almighty God, the devil is tiny.

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Blue Fan Palm Trimmed – Steve Worn Out – Ten Hours of Hard Work Standing on a Ladder – And Carrying Palm Fronds to the Curb for Pickup – Is This Another Saguaro Cactus – Yes -

Blue Fan Palm Trimmed

There is the Blue Fan Palm with all the lower branches trimmed away. Ten hours of tree trimming and hauling palm fronds to the curb has exhausted Steve. It is possible for Steve’s energy to run out. Who would’a thought.

Notice another tall cactus is still standing in our yard. We look at the Saguaro Cactus in a new light now. Before we saw a mammoth tower of strength; now we see a threat to the van and the car in the driveway should another monsoon storm cause it to fall. What to do? We have to think about that.


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My Father Owns the Cattle on a Thousand Hills – I Said to Him – Oh – I Didn’t Know that – Was his Reply – My Heavenly Father Owns the World and Its Fullness – Why Should I Worry – Because of Jesus We Have Hope -

Grazing Cattle

I’ve lived through a chapter of my life when provision was slim. Most of the time I felt safe in the arms of the Lord knowing that we would have enough. Sometimes I worried, but something always turned up to fill a need when there seemed to be no way. Life was simple in those days. A lot of material wealth complicates life; yet, I’d rather have complication than poverty. I’m sure you would, also. I never felt that we lived in real poverty. We had enough. Some would have judged otherwise and said we didn’t have enough. I won’t argue. Life was difficult at times. I would have liked having more.

Gradually in my Christian walk I learned that the Lord provides what we ask for and what we need. There is enough in His storehouse to go around. I only needed to ask. I know that might seem ridiculous to many people. There was a day when it seemed ridiculous to me, too. But it is true. God is able to give us more than enough. Sometimes we don’t have what we need because we don’t ask Him; sometimes we ask for the wrong thing, and God gives us what we need instead.

The birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus not only saved us from sin’s condemnation and gave us eternal life, as though that were not enough, His completed work on the cross broke the chains of bondage, the curse of poverty, gave us healing, provision, and many other blessings. Praises to the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

I don’t remember the exact circumstances of this conversation, but it had to do with a lack of money. Someone asked me how I was going to survive with the financial problem in front of me. I replied, “My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” This person was someone who didn’t know me well. He said, “Oh, I didn’t know that.” He thought I meant my earthly father was rich, a cattle rancher, no doubt. I explained that I referred to my Heavenly Father, and he gave me one of those looks people give when they think you are being silly. But it was not silly. Worry is a waste of time. Believing God’s promises and trusting Him to be faithful and true is worthwhile. God is good.


Psalms 50:10-12 – The Bible (KJV) – For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

Matthew 6:25-26 – The Bible (KJV) – Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

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Fennel Soda Bread – Served with Soup Today – Original Recipe Called for Wheat Flour – My Altered Version Used All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour – Delicious – Moist – Original Five-Star Recipe – Converted with Only One Substitution -

Fennel Soda Bread

Early this morning I baked Fennel Soda Bread, a five-star recipe on It turned out well and tasted delicious even though this was my first try at developing a gluten-free version of it. I felt that it browned on top just a little prematurely, while the inside could have used another few minutes to produce perfect texture. I will decrease the oven temperature just a bit on my next attempt. If this does not produce exactly what I expect, I will still use the recipe as I have developed it today. We enjoyed it very much.

If you are not sensitive to gluten, the original recipe will work well for you. I miss the days when I could fill my longing for breads and desserts by shopping at the local grocery store bakery. Those days ended for me when I discovered my long-standing wheat allergy.

Tip: Even though the recipe says serve warm, if you use gluten-free flour, allow the bread to cool for at least ten minutes before slicing it.

Tip: I used an 8 inch X 8 inch square pan. If you use the 10-inch round pan as the recipe directs, very likely no adjustment to the temperature will be needed.

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My Brother Jeffery Is My Favorite Cook – My Adviser on the Subject of Cooking – I Miss Him – I Moved to Arizona to Meet Steve – My Husband – Now We Must Travel to Visit my Brother -

If one is good, ten are better

If one is good, ten are better

My brother’s motto concerning cloves of garlic in cooking is this: If one is good, ten are better. My brother Jeffery is an excellent cook. He could have been a chef at a fancy restaurant in my estimation. One time I asked him why he did not pursue a career as a chef. After all, he loves cooking, I thought. He corrected me on the spot. He said, “No I don’t love cooking; I love eating well.”


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Black Bean Soup Prepared from Base of Homemade Vegetable Broth – Had Company – Soup Delayed – We Enjoyed It When I Finally Finished Cooking It -

Black Bean Soup

After the broth finished simmering, I strained the vegetables out of it and discarded them. All the flavor from those vegetables was deposited into the broth.

I sauteed chopped onion, carrot, and celery, just until tender, and added them to the broth. I browned some ground sirloin and added it along with a little tomato sauce and cream style corn (didn’t have whole kernel), and black beans. I put some of the black beans in the blender to thicken the soup just a bit. I meant to add chili powder and ground cumin to the pot. I forgot. It was delicious anyway. I served it with biscuits and black grapes.

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Making Black Bean Soup Today – But FIRST – Making My Own Vegetable Broth for Flavor and Nutrients –

Vegetable Broth

This morning I thought of my grandmother’s homemade beef vegetable soup. My children and I were guests at her table many times. She often served us her delicious soup. She used her pressure cooker to make it and could produce the soup in about an hour. I haven’t decided whether I want to invest in a pressure cooker again. I haven’t had one for several years.

My grandmother’s soup may be made without a pressure cooker but not without soup bones. I phoned the local grocery store only to find they had quit carrying the beef marrow bones that make the soup taste so good. I switched my menu for the day to black bean soup. I wanted to use my own vegetable broth to give it flavor and nutrients. It’s simmering on the stove now and will be ready when I start to make the soup.

Making the broth I used our Brita filtered water (the water is very hard in Arizona), added onion, carrot, parsley, cabbage, sugar snap peas, ginger root, pepper corns, and a clove of garlic. Why did I choose those particular ingredients? I had them in my refrigerator. I really like the flavor that ginger root adds. I can’t wait to taste the broth. I am hoping that my choice of vegetables will produce a nutritious and tasty base for my soup.

If you make your own vegetable broth, you may choose the vegetables from your refrigerator, too. The basic ingredients would be onion, carrot, parsley, and pepper. Add others you think you might like. Experimenting is a good way to learn. Checking out online recipes helps to show how other experienced cooks make what you plan to cook. Find the basic ingredients and add others, enhancing the flavor with your own special touch.

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I’m Glad to Help with Gardening – The Work Is Overwhelming until We Get Caught Up – I’m Not Used to Being This Busy – Steve Never Slows Down – He Hated Waiting for His Hip to Heal So He Could Start Back to Work – Gardening Is Temporary Work for Me – SMILE – I Can’t Wait to Take It Easy Again –


There he is trimming the Blue Fan Palm again. After he spent three hours on the palm, he cut up the Little John bush the cactus killed as it crashed to the ground. Multiplication is Steve’s best mathematical skill. He multiplies his doctor’s orders by three each day. If one hour is allowed, three is better. I guess that’s how it goes. As soon as he finished the outside work, he came inside and began the flooring project again.

Gardening 2My part of the gardening work today was trimming another Yucca bush. I thought it looked fine without being trimmed. It had very tall stalks shooting upward. They looked like Christmas tree decorations. (I should have taken a photo of it before I cut them off.) I could picture the beautiful baubles and beads draped over a Christmas tree, if the stems were not so stiff. Steve says they were flowers. Flowers? Brown flowers? With balls and little ornaments? Arizona desert plants are strange compared with the kind I was used to seeing in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas. Arizona is a mystery. I keep learning more about it as life happens here in this arid southwestern state of the USA.

Now Steve is painting. What happened to flooring? Go figure. I am mesmerized by the boundless energy that makes this guy of mine sprint from one job to another nonstop. (He has corrected me. He is not painting; he is plastering.) Steve is a blessing to me. God is good.

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My New Biscuit Cutters Made Great Biscuits – But Using the Wine Goblet or the Cap from the Laundry Soap or Any Circular Cutting Edge Works as Well – Biscuits Seem about the Same – Delicious – Not Mile-High Biscuits – Just Biscuits -

Biscuits with cutter

I had to find out and I did. I appreciate using my new biscuit cutters. They came in the mail on Friday. I tried them out today. Baking two zucchini loaves, biscuits, meatloaf and frying zucchini patties caused an extreme mess in the kitchen. My heart skipped a beat when I surveyed the disaster in my kitchen. Here it is 5:30 p.m. and I finally finished cleaning it up.


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