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Sunny Saturday

Today, I slept in late, got up, made a smoothie, watered the garden and the flower beds, and took a walk. I came back and mixed up two batches of bread dough, and set them aside to rise. (I’ll try to post pictures of varieties made in later posts.) Once again, the windows are open wide. I’m trying to see how long I can hold out before turning on the A/C for the year. So far, so good.

After a short nap (I obviously stayed up too late the last two nights), I made some Kashi and cod for lunch, while I sliced an apple, a pear, a banana, and a grapefruit to dehydrate. I also had a loaf and a half of sourdough bread that was no longer good for sandwiches, but it wasn’t moldy. So I cut into small squares, drizzled it with olive oil, and sprinkled it with garlic salt, parsley, and basil. I lined two trays of the food dehydrator with parchment paper and placed the bread cubes on them to make homemade croutons. Can’t wait for those! There was a small handful of bread cubes left, so I made a mini-egg casserole for breakfast tomorrow. (See the recipe category for my mom’s sausage-egg-and-cheese casserole.)

Then I started on my book reviews, while watching The Gospel of John on DVD. Now I’m off to workout. I think I’ll try a P90X video with my friends Rick and Jan.

Happy Easter! ~Melissa

Welcome, Spring! (Mar. 19, 2010)

It is an absolutely gorgeous day! Wish I were outside to enjoy it! But I will have to wait until later this afternoon. Maybe I will go for a run before our bonfire birthday party tonight.

This week has been an incredibly busy week, but overall it’s been good. Daffodils and crocuses are popping up everywhere, grass is turning green, the sun is shining and the skies are a gorgeous blue! My garden is starting to grow and I can’t wait to be outside tomorrow (as long as I remember to take my allergy medicine first). Yes, it’s that time of year. Hopefully I will be able to prep the ground for my second garden box this weekend. Looking forward to it!

New life springing up around me reminds me of the new life Christ sprung up inside of me. I am purposing to remember that with each flower I see blooming, each rain drop, and each sunbeam. Christ died and rose again that the winter of my life may end and blossom into springtime in my heart.

On Monday, I took a day off to study for a test to go back to school. I’ve officially been accepted at Greenville Tech for the Personal Trainer program. I’m very excited! Well, turns out I didn’t need to take the test after all (since I already have a B.A. in English), so I left there and went to this great little Mediterranean market and found some 100% natural jams (fig and apricot), dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. (and all at much lower prices than the grocery stores). Then I went home and sliced up some bananas, pineapple, apples, and a pear, and put them in my dehydrator. Haven’t used it in years, and now that I’ve done it again, I have NO idea why I’ve been waiting to use it. It’s so easy and I love dried fruit. I eat it as a snack at least once a day. Pineapple is my favorite, but they’re all good. I used all organic fruits, so I know it’s good for me.