Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Green Bell Peppers, Garlic, Valencia Oranges, D’Anjou Pears, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Granny Smith Apples, Tomatoes, Local Strawberries, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Parisi Collards, Parisi Onion Mix (Carolina Sweet and Silver Moon).
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Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Parisi Root Mix (Rutabagas and Turnips), Hurricane Creek Cucumbers, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Hurricane Creek Tomatoes, Parisi Kale, Asparagus, Navel Oranges, Jumbo Red Onions, Green Beans, Lemons, and Gala Apples. (Some baskets may have received Kiwi in place of something else pictured above.)

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

What a beautiful story of siblings, one of which was adopted with Down Syndrome. Don’t miss the blessing of watching this video. God made each of us exactly as He wants us…perfect to accomplish His plan…and beautiful!

Recipe: Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing by Melissa McKinnon


  • 2 Tbsp. Smart Balance mayo
  • 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ tsp. anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • ½ Tbsp. capers

Making the salad:

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients from above vigorously (so as to emulsify the oil).
  • Combine shaved parmesan, shredded carrots and/or peppers, sunflower seeds and slivered onions (or whatever your favorite salad toppings are) to crisp salad greens.
  • Toss salad with dressing to coat.
  • Top salad with grilled chicken, fish, shrimp, or beans for an added boost of protein. Or, if you’re not in the mood for salad, try using the dressing as a marinade on fish or chicken before baking and serve over rice or couscous.
  • Serve salad within one hour of coating with dressing; store in fridge if necessary. Or make the dressing ahead and keep in your fridge for a week or so.

History Lesson: The Story Behind “Keep Calm and Carry On”

These posters are everywhere, with all kinds of trivial additions following “Keep Calm And…”, but there is a story behind them.

This video gives a little history lesson and shows the heritage and purpose behind the posters. They were meant for stability and inspiration during a time of war, and they continue to inspire thousands of people decades later.

Here are the three posters that were the original propaganda set:

On my bucket list: visit Barter Book Shop in England; 2. open a book shop. What’s on your bucket list?

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of Irish inspired feasting, recognizing the patron saint of Ireland for bringing Christianity to Ireland. There is wearing of green and talking of leprechauns and eating of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage.

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included traditional Irish ingredients, like Local Green Cabbage and Red Potatoes, Jumbo Carrots and Yellow Onions, along with some other seasonal goodies, including Parisi Farms Turnip Greens, Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Bananas, Valencia Oranges, Braeburn Apples, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, and Boston Butter Lettuce.

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Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan that aren’t on the M&H Blog‘s Recipes Archive Page:

Change of Plans

At the beginning of March, I posted some personal goals for the month regarding diet and exercise (see blog post). I tried the grain-free diet for about a week and just couldn’t do it. Part of the reason was that I just love whole grain bread, and part of the reason was based on a theological study I started doing on the biblical view of food and drink.

I began in Genesis and started writing down every time food or drink was mentioned. One thing that stuck out was that God gave grain to His people for food, and if God gave it, it’s a good gift. Now, we still have to watch that we’re not overdoing it or eating it in excess, but in moderation, I believe grains are a good thing, so I added them back in. (See Genesis 3:19; 14:18; 18:5-8; 19:3; 27:28, 37; etc.)

As for the exercise, I’ve done maybe half of the days as far as the Abs workout goes, but I’ve also added lots of walking (thank goodness for this beautiful weather!) and some yoga/stretching back in. Hoping to increase that, especially as it continues to get warm. The winter is always so hard for me to get motivated to exercise, but hopefully spring will be a refreshing season with lots of walks and maybe some bike rides.

So, that’s where I am. The thing with goals is that they’re just that–goals, targets, not death or life–and in life, target’s are always moving. So rather than beating yourself up about missing a goal, focus on the progress you’ve made. And even if you’ve taken five steps forward and four steps back, you’re still one step closer to the end goal, so be encouraged by that.

Dinner is Served: Quinoa Patties and Brussels Sprouts Slaw

I’ve been pinning delicious-looking recipes on Pinterest for months now, and finally took the time to actually try a couple of them!

Quinoa Patties with Asian Brussels Sprouts Slaw and Peanut Sauce

First, was the “Quinoa Burger” by Eating Well Living Thin. I prefer to call it a patty instead of a burger, but whatever you call them, I couldn’t stop eating them! Yum! Very good. I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I substituted greek yogurt, and it still worked well. I’m definitely making these again. They kind of had a falafel vibe. Yum! (Note: Make sure your oil is good and hot before you start cooking up the patties, or it’ll just soak in and stick to the bottom instead of acting as a barrier between the patty and the pan. Also, they cook better smaller than larger. Yea, the first batch didn’t turn out quite as well as the second.) 🙂

Then for our side, I made the “Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing” by Tina Jeffers on the Bliss blog. I used Brussels Sprouts instead of Cabbage. It was a nice topper on the Quinoa Patty or as a side dish. Caution: don’t use too much of the sauce – it’s delicious, but potent. Also, I used chopped raw peanuts instead of cashews, because I had them on hand. By the way, if you’re looking for raw peanuts, check your local Asian Market. They almost always have the best price.

The Plated Piece: Bon Appetit!

Commitment: Definition and Challenge

I’ve been meditating on what it means to be a committed Christian recently. So, I thought I’d start with a simple dictionary definition. Commitment is “the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; a message that makes a pledge.” To commit is to “give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause,” in this case, Christ. Then I came across this poster on Pinterest and thought it had some good ideas.

So, how committed are you? I challenge you to take an inventory of your own life. Take the 10 commitment areas above and rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 for each. Then pick one of the areas that had a lower score and ask God to grow you in that area over this next month.

I’m asking God to grow me in the area of being more committed to prayer. I’d love to hear what area you’re asking God to grow you in this next month! God bless!