Monthly Archives: April 2012

Rainy Day Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

Hope your gardens and flowerbeds are enjoying all this rain! It’s perfect weather for curling up with a cup of organic coffee and a good book, listening to the pitter patter of April showers. And I’m certainly looking forward to this week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics as the April showers bring in the May flowers this coming week!

This Week’s Basket Included: Lemons, Yellow Jumbo Onions, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cucumbers, Red Delicious Apples, Local Collards, Bananas, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Blueberries, Grape Tomatoes, Bio-Way Farms’ Garlic Scapes (the Curly Green Onion looking bunch), and Bio-Way Farms’ Lettuce.

This Week’s Menu Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Some New Recipes From This Week’s Menu:

Other Recipes can be found on the Recipes Archive page on the M&H blog.

Recipe: Kale and White Bean Soup by Melissa McKinnon

Kale and White Bean Soup

by Melissa McKinnon

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • water (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tsp. chicken bouillon (or 2 cubes)
  • 1 can cannelloni beans, with liquid

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, shallot, garlic, olive oil, carrots, salt, pepper, and herbs. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent, stirring regularly.
  3. Add tomatoes, potato, and kale and cook 3-5 minutes, until kale begins to wilt.
  4. Cover with water, just to the top of the vegetables, add bouillon, and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low, add beans with liquid, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are tender but still firm.
  6. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with a hearty bread.

Bon Appetit!

Product Review: Teeccino Caffeine-Free Herbal ‘Coffee’

I actually won a blog giveaway!

My mother in law introduced me to Teecinno a couple of years ago. It’s an acid-free, caffeine-free beverage that you prepare like coffee. Even though my personal preference is still coffee, if you want a similar flavor in the evening, or when you’re not feeling well or maybe pregnant, this is a valid alternative.

I won a package of the Southern Pecan Teeccino from Simply Life Blog (one of those blogs I follow almost daily–thank you very much for the sample!), and it came with some coupons as well. If I think of it as a nutritional beverage, I’m better off. For some reason when I think of it as coffee, my expectations are too high, and I end up disappointed. The Southern Pecan and French Roast were not my favorite, probably because they’re my two favorite coffee varieties, but they’re okay. I used one of my coupons on a pack of the Maya Chai and did not care for it at all (just being honest). However, the Vanilla Nut Teeccino I actually enjoy quite a bit (that’s the one my mother in law usually has around).

Do you drink Teeccino? What’s your favorite flavor?

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Ploughman’s Lunch Recipe by Ina Garten

I love Ina Garten! And if you don’t already, you will after this lunch spread! It reminds me of our Irish Pub Party, in a way. And it’s the perfect lunch for a Saturday picnic…or anytime, for that matter.

Here’s the ingredients from Ina’s “Recipe” from the Food Network:

  • Fig or lemon leaves, for decoration
  • Chunk of good English Cheddar
  • Jar of Chutney
  • Baked Virginia Ham, thickly sliced
  • Crisp apples, cut up
  • Celery stalks with leaves, cut in half lengthwise
  • Bunch radish, sliced in half
  • Soft Hard-Boiled Eggs (see Recipe here)
  • Baby carrots
  • Loaf of crusty bread, thickly sliced
  • Unsalted butter, softened

Spring Produce Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Baby Spinach, Broccoli, Star Ruby (red) Grapefruit, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Curly Parsley, Cameo Apples, Peaches, Hurricane Creek’s Bibb Lettuce, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Parisi Onion Mix, and Parisi Beets with Greens. Some baskets also included Kiwi.

This Week’s Menu Plan (via PepperPlate.com):
 Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Jesus and Religion

Are you a Christian? Did you know that “Christian” means “little Christ”? So often, it’s easy to put on a happy face and go to church and act like everything’s perfect, but we all have problems. Even after salvation, we need a Savior–a daily leader in this battle against sin! That leader–that Savior–is Jesus! It can be no other. Church is wonderful, and given to us by God. The Bible is His Word. But if you call yourself a Christian, remember who you’re living for.

A recent poem “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” was created by Jeff Bethke, uploaded to YouTube, and went viral! He presented an honest testimony of his conversion and how he felt about much of what is called “Christianity” or “religion”–the hypocritical, pious, superficial, and social meanings of those words–the ones that have departed from Christ and the Bible–not all religion, and certainly not all Christians.

The video created quite the controversy, and even got an article posted by Huffington Post. Kevin DeYoung, Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and part of The Gospel Coalition, wrote an excellent article called “Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really,” which breaks apart the poem line by line and compares it to Scripture. It’s very well written, and even Bethke wrote, “I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%.” But DeYoung didn’t stop there. He contacted Bethke and they exchanged several emails and had several phone conversations, parts of which are recorded in DeYoung’s follow-up blog post.

Are you living for your Leader Jesus today?

History, Politics, and the Church: Faith, Hope, and Freedom

This 10 minute video clip is worth watching. It starts with the above trailer and continues with an interview with Kirk Cameron (“Monumental” filmmaker) and Marshall Foster (President, World History Institute) by Glenn Beck.

Freedom starts with faith in Christ, serving one another, teaching our children truth at home, and going out and doing right over the long haul.

If you’re in the Greenville, SC, area, the movie Monumental, tonight’s the last night to catch it at the Hollywood 20 Theatre on Woodruff Road. We went Tuesday night and it was a very well done documentary. I loved it! For more information, and to see if it will be playing in a theater near you, check out www.monumentalmovie.com.

Further background of the history behind the documentary can be found here.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Hurricane Creek Farms‘ Romaine Lettuce, Parisi Farms‘ Kale, Local Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes (Wait until you see these Beautiful Italian tomatoes!!), Watsonia Farms’ Green Cabbage, Covington (NC) Sweet Potatoes, Lemons, Bananas, Red Onions, Shallots, and Cauliflower (Not shown, but in most baskets: Valencia Oranges, Kiwi, and Ataulfo Mangos; we received extra of other items instead).

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Featured Recipe of the Week:

Caribbean Sweet Potato and Banana Bread (contains coconut and pecans)

The rest of the recipes from the meal plan can be found on the M&H Blog’s Recipes Archive page. Bon Appetit!

Happy Easter from My Journey to Lean!

He is risen indeed!

BORN AGAIN TO A LIVING HOPE!

I Peter 1:3-9 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Acts 2:36 “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”


“Forever etched upon my mind is the look of Him who died–The Lamb I crucified, and now my life will sing the praise of pure atoning grace” (words by John Newton, adaptation and music by Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace.)

Happy Easter!