July 31, 2009

Celebration Fish

Celebration Fish

Makes: 4 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Wednesday, January 23, 2008
You'll raise a toast to this rich flounder dish. Keep a batch of frozen fillets on hand, and you can whip up this celebratory entree in a matter of moments.

1 pkg. frozen flounder fillets
1 grated onion
2 tbsp. butter
4 egg yolks
6 tbsp. light table cream
3 cups dry champagne
Parsley flakes

Melt butter in large skillet. Cook fish, onions and 1/2 cup of the champagne until fish is lightly browned. Remove fish and onions from skillet and keep warm. In separate bowl combine egg yolks and cream. Add to champagne in skillet. Stir over “low” heat. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups champagne. Sauce will thicken slightly. Pour over fish and onions. Sprinkle with parsley flakes to serve.

Additional Tips
Ready in 50 min

Friday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Friday, July 31, 2009

Going Fishing?

Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." --Matthew 4:19

While I am not in the ranks of great anglers and seasoned fishermen, I have fished a few times. I know that I need to use different kinds of bait for different kinds of situations, because different types of bait are required to catch different types of fish.
In the same way, as we share the gospel, we might bring up different aspects of it to speak to a person's situation.
To someone who is filled with anguish, we might speak to them of the peace that God can bring. If we are talking with someone on his or her deathbed, we would address the subject of death and the certainty of heaven for those who put their faith in Christ. Another person might be plagued with personal guilt, so we might speak to them about God's offer of complete forgiveness.
These are various types of bait, so to speak, to bring us to a decision for Christ. And for our example, we can look to Jesus, the Master Communicator, who never dealt with any two people in exactly the same way.
There was the woman at the well who had spent a lifetime trying to fill a void in her life with relationships with men. To her, Jesus spoke to her of her deep spiritual thirst.
Then there was a man who was an expert in theology and a great intellectual. With him, Jesus spoke in almost childlike terms as He told him, "You must be born again."
Jesus adapted to their situation and appropriately applied the truth of God's Word.
Jesus had time for the multitudes, but He also took time for the individual. And we should take time as well.

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Hope for Hurting Hearts
In times of tragedies and trials, certain things become evident:
This life will have its sorrows
God loves us
Jesus weeps in our times of pain
God can be glorified through human suffering
Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie's new book, examines these truths, revealing God's love and care for us, and shows how we can find hope, even in the midst of the most unbearable pain and sorrow.
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Creamy Coleslaw with Tofu Mayonnaise

Creamy Coleslaw with Tofu Mayonnaise
2 Servings
This healthy version of an American classic is good with sandwiches. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable providing indoles which may be related to a reduced risk of breast cancer.

4 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup tofu mayonnaise (recipe follows)
1 tsp celery seed (optional)

In a medium bowl, mix together the cabbage and carrot. Add the tofu mayonnaise and celery seed, if you use it, and stir gently to mix well.

Tofu Mayonnaise

1 cup tofu, regular or silken, drained
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey (or sugar)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil preferably
1 tsp herb blend

Mix all ingredients together until creamy. Refrigerate.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
99 calories
3 g total fat (0 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
16 g carbohydrate
5 g protein
5 g fiber
71 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

Lite Sausage & Egg Casserole

Lite Sausage & Egg Casserole

Makes: 12 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Downsize with this sausage and egg casserole. Using turkey sausage, reduced-fat baking mix, low-fat milk and cheese cuts back the calorie count on this casserole.


1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked and drained

1 cup onions, diced

2 cups Bisquick reduced-fat baking mix

2 cups low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tsp. ground mustard

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 cups egg substitute

4 eggs

4 cups low-fat milk

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Combine sausage, onions, Bisquick, cheese and spices.
In a huge bowl, whisk eggs, egg substitute and milk together.
Stir sausage mixture into egg mixture.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes until a knife inserted into center comes out clean.

Additional Tips
Ready in 1¼ hour

Pink Lentil Curry

Pink Lentil Curry
6 Servings
Lentils are a wonderful source of protein, calcium, and iron. They are a staple ingredient in Indian cooking, and combine well with many different seasonings. You may be most familiar with brown or green lentils, but there are lentils out there in black, yellow, red and pink. Look for these more exotic varieties in Indian and specialty food stores. Similarly, not all curry powders are the same, ranging from quite mild to very hot. In making this side dish, start with a small amount and taste it to be sure your dish meets the comfort and taste level of your guests!

1 pound pink lentils
1 tablespoon canola oil
2-3 cups chopped vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, cabbage and whatever vegetables you like)
Curry powder to taste
2-4 cloves garlic, mashed
1 tablespoon chopped gingerroot
Salt or soy sauce to taste
Hot cooked rice

1. Pick over lentils, removing any stones or foreign matter. Place in a bowl or colander and rinse thoroughly. Place lentils in pot with enough cold water to cover well. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cook, partially covered, until lentils become a thick mush (about one hour).

2. Meanwhile, heat canola oil in skillet, add vegetables and a little water, stir and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are barely tender.

3. Add curry powder, garlic, ginger and salt or soy sauce. Stir, then replace cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.

4. Add vegetables to lentil mixture. Toss together, correct seasonings, and simmer for 10 minutes to blend flavors.

5. Serve with rice.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
483 calories
4 g total fat (0 g sat)
90 g carbohydrate
24 g protein
18 g fiber
350 mg sodium

-Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 30, 2009

Thursday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Consumers or Givers? This devotional was written by Robin Dugall
Then he said, "This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods." --Luke 12:18
A few years ago my wife and I moved to a new state. It was a BIG deal. I don't know if you have experienced this type of transition in your life in recent years, but if you have, you know exactly what I'm talking about. In fact, just to mention the word "MOVE" strikes terror in most people's hearts. Moving is stressful...but it is more than that! It is also very revealing.
When the moving company packed up our "stuff" in the moving truck, I stood by the team of workers that labored that day. I kept an eye on all the boxes, furniture and household goods that were being carefully placed in the trailer for its 1000-mile trip. Hour by hour passed as I kept waiting for them to finish. In my angst, I decided to take a walk.
As I started out, I noticed a man with a beat-up van making his way to the large dumpster that was down the street from our house. I'd seen him before. The man showed up weekly in our neighborhood. He would park his van next to every dumpster in the complex and carefully sift through it to find anything that could be recycled for cash. He had been doing it for years. Watching him was a shock to my system. I kept juxtaposing this man and his beat-up van loaded with cans, newspapers and bottles with our HUGE moving van filled with "stuff."
The moving process helped me realize that I am an addict. I am a consumer who needs to carefully start to look at my possessions in light of the realities of the world, the Church, and the Kingdom of God. We live in a consumer culture. We consume goods, endless cups of coffee, worship services, sermons, Bible studies, church programs, food...the list is endless.
I'm convinced it's time to move from being a consumer to becoming a giver. I challenge you to join me. Instead of trying to get more things, how about if we decide, starting today, to concentrate on giving more...loving more...reaching out more... and looking at how the Kingdom of God can touch people's lives through us?
Jesus calls us to be givers rather than consumers. Remember, he said, "Freely you have received. Freely give." (Matthew 10:8)
How much "stuff" do you have in your life?
How is God speaking to you about your consumption habit? How can you change your focus toward giving rather than consuming?
FURTHER READING: Luke 12:13-34; Luke 14:7-11; Luke 16:19-31

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July 29, 2009

Wednesday - Prayer of the Evening

Jesus calls out to you everyday, you just have to be willing to listen.

The prayer written below is a "TRUE FACT" of my life now.
All by the Grace of God


Live first and foremost In My Presence. Gradually you will become more aware of Me than of people and places around you. This awareness will not detract from your relationships With others. Instead, it will increase your ability to give love and encouragement to them.
My Peace will permeate your words and demeanor. You will not be easily shaken, because My enveloping Presence buffers the blow of problems. This is the path I have set before you. As you follow it wholeheartedly, you experience abundant Life and Peace.

PSALM 89:15-16 PSALM 16:8 2 PETER 1:2

Classic Chow Mein

Classic Chow Mein

Makes: 6 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Chow down on this chow mein. Prepared in a crockpot, you won't have to slave over a hot stove for hours. Simply toss in the ingredients and serve when ready to eat. It's effortless yet oh-so-good.


4 oz. can mushrooms

1 1/2 lb. cubed round steak

4 stocks celery chopped

2 medium onions chopped

1 cup hot water with 3 bouillon cubes

3 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 lb. can Chinese vegetables

2 tbsp. cornstarch

2 tbsp. water

Cook 8-10 hours in crock-pot on low. One hour before serving add Chinese vegetables and cornstarch and water.

Additional Tips
Ready in 10 hours

Wednesday - The Sayings of Jesus

Luke 5:12-26
12) While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 13) And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him. 14) And he charged him to tell no one; but " go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people." 15) But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities. 16) But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. 17) On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18) And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19) but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20) And when he saw their faith he said, " Man, your sins are forgiven you." 21) And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" 22) When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, " Why do you question in your hearts? 23) Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, `Rise and walk'? 24) But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins " -- he said to the man who was paralyzed -- " I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home." 25) And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God. 26) And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."

Bible Study for Kids

Bible study for kids

2 Tim 3:14-15: "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (NIV).

Timothy was raised in a Godly home by a mother and grandmother who taught him the Scriptures. He had been surrounded by them "from infancy" in preparation for the time when Paul would lead him to salvation through Christ. This early immersion in the Word of God prepared him for the message of Jesus.

It's never too early for your kids to start learning the Bible. There are excellent storybooks with pictures for the very young and more sophisticated versions for older kids. Eventually, they can graduate to a Bible of their own. In fact, the early years are some of the most productive because your children will be excited to learn from you. Make an effort to lovingly introduce Scripture when your kids are young. This period of time does not last forever. It is much harder to do when they get into the teenage years.

It is never too early to start a "Bible study" with your kids.


Parenting by Design (www.parentingbydesign.com) was created by Chris & Michelle Groff with Lee Long, MA, LPC to help parents understand the Biblical model for parenting their children. It is a faith-based parenting series that compares current parenting paradigms to the ageless parenting principles in the Bible.

Chinese Green Bean Salad

Chinese Green Bean Salad
4 Servings
This bright green, crunchy salad is bursting with Asian flavors and is so easy to prepare. Look for fresh, plump organic green beans if you can find them. Cook them until they are bright green and still crunchy-tender. At this point you can keep the green beans refrigerated. Toss them with the dressing just before serving or the acid in the dressing will dull the bright green color.

Ginger root, one of the main flavors in this salad, is actually a rhizome, an underground stem of a tropical plant, Zingiber officinale, which is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and as a treatment for nausea. You can use ginger in many forms and reap its benefits. Look for other recipes that use crystallized ginger, the dried powder, the fresh form (used here) or even ginger tea.

1 pound fresh green beans, organic if possible
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 cup slivered red onion

4 teaspoons dry mustard powder
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dark-roasted sesame oil


1. Trim and cut the green beans into 1-inch lengths. Cook in rapidly boiling water, about 5 minutes or until crunchy-tender.

2. Drain beans, immerse in cold water to stop the cooking until they are cool, then drain well.

3. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk until well blended.

4. Toss the green beans with the ginger root, red onion and dressing. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
67.4 calories
2.4 g total fat (0.4 g sat)
0.0 mg cholesterol
10.9 g carbohydrate
2.7 g protein
4.2 g fiber

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 28, 2009

Deluxe Shrimp Salad

Deluxe Shrimp Salad

Makes: 4 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Friday, January 11, 2008
Lettuce provides the perfect bed for this tasty and elegant salad. Use fresh shrimp for best results. Don't be shellfish -- share some with your friends.

1 lb. shrimp, cooked, cleaned and diced
2 large ribs celery, diced
1 medium white onion, minced
2 hardboiled eggs, diced
1/2 cup sliced stuffed olives
Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/3 cup mayonnaise
4 fresh tomatoes
Salt, to taste

Toss together first 7 ingredients. Quarter tomatoes and place each in lettuce bed. Arrange salad on top of tomatoes.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup
4 Servings
This delicious, vegetable-filled broth can be served by itself or used as a base for other soups. The vegetables used in this soup are often just added to soup liquids for cooking. This recipe oven-roasts them first, enhancing their flavor. Your kitchen will fill with the aromas of the roasting vegetables evoking old-fashioned, home-style meals. Comfort food at its finest.

3 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon quality extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups water
1/4 cup dried mushroom pieces (Italian porcini, if possible)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and black or red pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place the carrots, celery, and onion in a small (8 x 8 inch) nonstick pan or dish with the olive oil. Toss to coat the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes.

2. Remove pan from oven, add the garlic, and toss again. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are browned.

3. Remove pan from oven, add 1 cup of water and stir to loosen any vegetables that may be stuck. Pour this into a pot with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Season to taste with salt and black or red pepper, and serve or use as the base for other soups, stews, or pasta dishes.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
92 calories
5 g total fat (1 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
12 g carbohydrate
2 g protein
3 g fiber
150 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

Tuesday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Week Five, Day Two

The Name

The Hebrew word raah (RA-ah, from which yireh is derived) means "to see." In this case, it is translated as "provide." Since God sees the future as well as the past and the present, he is able to anticipate and provide for what is needed. Interestingly the English word "provision" is made up of two Latin words that mean "to see beforehand." When you pray to Yahweh Yireh, you are praying to the God who sees the situation beforehand and is able to provide for your needs.
Key ScriptureAbraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." (Genesis 22:13--14)
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." (Genesis 22:13--14)
Reflect On: Genesis 22:1--14
Praise God: For his loving provision in your life.
Offer Thanks: For the way God has provided for your spiritual, material, and emotional needs.
Confess: Any tendency to live as though God's grace is cheap.
Ask God: To help you obey him without hesitation or compromise.
A real man, a real boy, walked up the mountain together--the young man bent under the wood for the burnt offering, the father striding behind, carrying the fire and the knife. "But where is the lamb for the sacrifice?" Isaac asked.
"God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son," replied Abraham.
We have heard the story before. We know how it ends. But what if we didn't? What if Isaac had been our son, the fulfillment of a promise God had made to us? Could we have traveled for three days to Mount Moriah, the place of sacrifice, dreading the moment and yet walking steadily toward it? Could we have taken the knife in our own hand, willing ourselves to obey the command we did not understand and wished we had not heard? It is hard to read the story without imagining how Abraham must have felt. Was his hand shaking as he held the knife? Was his mind reeling under the burden of the terrible command he was about to obey? It is not hard to imagine his agony.
But have you ever considered it from God's point of view?
Watching the man and his son, did God feel something tearing at his heart, knowing that what he asked but did not require of Abraham--the sacrifice of his only son--he would one day require of himself?
As you read and reflect on the story of how Yahweh Yireh provided for Abraham and Isaac, try reading it from God's point of view. Try looking through the eyes of the heavenly Father, who would one day make the costliest of all sacrifices, providing his only Son as the ransom for your soul.
For more from Ann, or to own your own copy of the Praying the Names of God / Praying the Names of Jesus devotionals, please visit www.annspangler.com.

July 27, 2009

Sugarless Nut Macaroons

Sugarless Nut Macaroons

Serves: 18

Created by The MDM Team, Sunday, October 28, 2007
C stands for cookie, and M stands for magnificent macaroons, a welcomed departure from the typical sweet treat chock full of sugar. Enjoy them without any guilt.

2 cups quick cooking oats
2 tbsp. granulated artificial sweetener
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine oats, sugar, salt, vanilla and oil. Stir well.
Add beaten egg and chopped nuts and mix well.
Measure one teaspoonful and pack on the spoon. Pat out to make a round cookie or egg shape. Place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool.

Developing a Passion for God

Developing a Passion for God

I remember a stained-glass window that adorned the library of my alma mater. It was situated above the stairwell at the second-floor landing. In leaded letters, the words in the window declared, "Knowledge is power."
Every time I ascended or descended that staircase I cringed at those words. I did not like them. There was something arrogant about them. I could not deny that the words were true. Knowledge is power. But the lust for power is not a sound motivation to gain knowledge. The Bible is right: Knowledge puffs up; love builds up (1 Cor. 8:1).
Even the pursuit of the knowledge of God can become a snare of arrogance. Theology can become a game, a power game to see who can display the most erudition. When it is such a game it proceeds from an unholy passion.
A holy passion is a passion inflamed by a godly motive. To pursue the knowledge of God to further our understanding of Him and deepen our love for Him is to embark on a quest that delights Him. Jesus encouraged such a pursuit (John 8:31--32). Jesus linked knowledge not with power but with freedom. Knowing the truth is the most liberating power in the world. Not the power to dominate; not the power to impress: These are not the powers we seek. But the power to set free--to give true liberty--is tied to a knowledge of the truth.
We all want liberty. We want to be free of the chains that bind us. That liberty comes from knowing God. But the pursuit of that knowledge may not be casual. Jesus spoke of "abiding" in His Word. The pursuit of God is not a part-time, weekend exercise. If it is, chances are you will experience a part-time, weekend freedom. Abiding requires a kind of staying power. The pursuit is relentless. It hungers and thirsts. It pants as the deer after the mountain brook. It takes the kingdom by storm, pressing with violence to get in.
It is a pursuit of passion. Indifference will not do. To abide in the Word is to hang on tenaciously. A weak grip will soon slip away. Discipleship requires staying power. We sign up for the duration. We do not graduate until heaven.
Coram Deo: Living in the Presence of God
Echo this prayer of the apostle Paul: ". . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death" (Phil. 3:10).
For Further Study
Romans 6:7: "For he who has died has been freed from sin."
Romans 3:23--24: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:32: He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries and Dr. R.C. Sproul is to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness. For more information, please visit www.ligonier.org or call them at 800-435-4343.© R.C. Sproul. All rights reserved.

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Creamy Salad Dressing

Creamy Salad Dressing
8 Servings
This delicious and easy soy-based dressing can stand head to head with everyone's favorite – ranch dressing. Look for silken tofu in shelf-stable cardboard containers. It has a different texture than regular tofu and is good for dressings and desserts. This dressing is good on a tossed green salad (remember to pick dark green salad greens), but equally at home on a baked potato or as a dip for raw vegetables. Add a bit of fragrant bleu cheese if you like.

6 ounces silken tofu (or soft tofu, drained)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a blender container. Blend until well mixed.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
33 calories
3 g total fat (0 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
1 g carbohydrate
2 g protein
0 g fiber
134 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 26, 2009

Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry

Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry
4 Servings
If tofu is prepared right, it's delicious. If not, it can taste like rubber. Tofu is curdled soy milk that's been pressed in a process similar to making cheese. You'll find tofu in natural food stores and many supermarkets these days. Several brands are available with varying texture from extra firm to soft (tofu's firmness depends on the amount of liquid that's been pressed out of it. In large cities with oriental markets you can often find tofu sold in bulk, usually stored in open barrels. Tofu sold this way has been found to occasionally be infected with E. coli bacteria, so be cautious.

You might also try the delicious varieties of baked, pressed tofu you'll find in refrigerator cases at natural food stores. These are already flavored and ready to eat without additional cooking. The idea behind stir-frying is to produce a mixture in which all the items are crunchy-tender and retain their colors and individual character.

1 pound firm tofu
8 cups sliced vegetables (we suggest yellow onions, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, celery, broccoli, asparagus, mung-bean sprouts, bamboo shoots)
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup natural soy sauce (low sodium if you prefer)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon corn starch

1. Slice the tofu in 1/2 inch slices. Press between layered paper towels or clean kitchen towels to dry well. Cut slices into 1 inch cubes. Arrange on a plate with prepared vegetables, separated by variety.

2. Combine sauce ingredients except for cornstarch in a small bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Mix cornstarch with just enough cold water to dissolve in a custard cup or teacup (you'll use less than 2 tsp water). Add to sauce, stir well and set aside.

3. Preheat a wok or large skillet. Add the canola oil and vegetables (add the sturdier vegetables first, adding the more tender ones like bean sprouts later) and cook over medium high heat until just crisp tender, stirring constantly.

4. Add the tofu and stir very carefully until the tofu is heated. Stir sauce and pour around edge of wok. Stir vegetables around in sauce as it thickens. Remove from heat as soon as sauce is thickened and serve over rice.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
351 calories
11 g total fat (1 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
49 g carbohydrate
15 g protein
6 g fiber
750 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

White Velvet Chocolate

White Velvet Chocolate

Serves: 6-8

Created by The MDM Team, Sunday, December 30, 2007
Creamy, dreamy and oh so sweet. That's the best way to describe this out-of-the world dessert experience. Garnish with raspberries or strawberries for an even better punch.

8 oz. imported white chocolate, chopped
1 3/4 cups whipping cream
4 tbsp. light corn syrup
3 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
Mint leaves

Stir white chocolate, 1/4 cup cream and 2 tbsp. syrup in saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour into a bowl and allow cooling to lukewarm. Beat 3/4 cup cream with electric mixer to firm peaks. Fold cream into the white chocolate mixture in 2 batches. Divide mousse among 4 custard cups. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Bring remaining 6 tbsp. cream and remaining 2 tbsp. corn syrup to simmer in heavy saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, add semi-sweet chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature. Spoon enough sauce over each mousse to cover completely. Garnish with mint leaves, and with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream.

The right kind of fear

The Right Kind of Fear

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7 HCSB

Do you have a healthy, fearful respect for God's power? If so, you are both wise and obedient. And, because you are a thoughtful believer, you also understand that genuine wisdom begins with a profound appreciation for God's limitless power.
God praises humility and punishes pride. That's why God's greatest servants will always be those humble men and women who care less for their own glory and more for God's glory. In God's kingdom, the only way to achieve greatness is to shun it. And the only way to be wise is to understand these facts: God is great; He is all-knowing; and He is all-powerful. We must respect Him, and we must humbly obey His commandments, or we must accept the consequences of our misplaced pride.

A healthy fear of God will do much to deter us from sin. -Charles Swindoll

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else. -Oswald Chambers

It is not possible that mortal men should be thoroughly conscious of the divine presence without being filled with awe. -C. H. Spurgeon

It is an act of the will to allow God to be our refuge. Otherwise, we live outside of His love and protection, wondering why we feel alone and afraid. -Mary Morrison Suggs

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, others have expectations of me, and I have hopes and desires for my life. Lord, bring all other expectations in line with Your plans for me. May my only fear be that of displeasing the One who created me. May I obey Your commandments and seek Your will this day and every day. Amen

July 25, 2009

Dill Pickle Appetizers

Dill Pickle Appetizers

Serves: 14

Created by The MDM Team, Monday, October 22, 2007
Have boring snacks got you in a pickle? Prepare this creamy spread flavored with onion. You may want to double the dose though... because it disappears quickly!

8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. of mayonnaise
1 tbsp. of onion juice
1 tbsp. of grated onion
1 lb. of loaf white bread, crusts trimmed
22 oz. of baby dill pickles in a jar

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion juice and grated onion.
Spread the mixture thinly on the white bread slices. Roll 1 baby dill pickle in each slice of bread. Place in a medium glass baking dish with the seam side down. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
To serve, slice each bread roll into 1 inch slices.

Additional Tips
READY IN 8 Hrs 20 Min

Saturday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

July 25-26, 2009God's Scriptural "Benefit Package"2 Timothy 3:14-17
This world offers a variety of financial plans, weight loss programs, and a host of other opportunities which all claim to yield beneficial results. But nothing is as profitable to us as Scripture.
God's plans for you do not stop at salvation. His goal is that you become conformed to the likeness of His Son, and the tool He uses to achieve His purpose is the Bible. Today's passage outlines His comprehensive program for your spiritual transformation.
The foundation is laid with the teaching of Scripture's basic truths. These fundamental doctrines about God's character and work anchor our souls during the storms of life and protect us from deception.
Since we all have certain flesh patterns, perfection is impossible, and we at times fall into sin. Then Scripture offers reproof, and we sense conviction about our wrongdoing.
This is followed by correction. The Lord never convicts us and leaves us in the mess we have made. He provides the instruction that we need to make things right.
The final step is training in righteousness. Think of this as a one-on-one discipleship course with the Word of God. If we heed the instruction and discipline of Scripture, we'll grow in obedience and godliness and eventually will find that we need less reproof and correction.
Full participation in the Lord's scriptural benefit package involves three steps: 1) read the Bible each day; 2) believe everything God says in His Word (Heb. 4:2)--not just the parts that appeal to you; and 3) do what God says. You will become equipped and qualified to fulfill His purpose for you.
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Apple Oat-Bran Muffins

Apple Oat-Bran Muffins
12 Servings
Oat bran binds cholesterol in the gut and blocks its absorption. These muffins can help you move toward a healthy daily goal of 40 grams of fiber, which is about twice what most Americans consume.

Expeller-pressed canola oil for oiling the muffin pan
2 large green cooking apples
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 1/4 cups oat bran
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 12-ounce can apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 cup water

1. Heat oven to 325° F. Lightly oil muffin pan. Peel and core apples; chop them coarsely. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, stir together pastry flour, white flour, oat bran, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. Add thawed apple-juice concentrate, chopped apples, and enough water to make a light batter.

4. Mix just enough to moisten all ingredients. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake till lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.

5. Remove muffins from cups while hot.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
Calories: 208.4
Protein: 5.6 grams
Fat: 1.4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.3 grams
Monounsat Fat: 0.3 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 0.5 grams
Carbohydrate: 48.7 grams
Fiber: 5.3 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 19.5 IU
Vitamin E: 0.7 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 3.1 mg
Calcium: 25.1 mg
Magnesium: 58.3 mg

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 24, 2009

Cucumber, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Cucumber, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

1 Serving

This simple salad is a version of an Italian standard. You'll find fresh, white mozzarella cheese in most delis or supermarkets - it's very different from the pale yellow, packaged mozzarella.

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp quality extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 large Roma tomato, sliced
1 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
3 leaves fresh basil, chopped

Mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. On a salad plate, layer slices of the cucumber, tomato and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh basil.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
137 calories
10 g total fat (1 g sat)
20 mg cholesterol
7 g carbohydrate
6 g protein
1 g fiber
27 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

Chicken with Prosciutto

Chicken with Prosciutto

Serves: 2

Created by The MDM Team, Monday, October 22, 2007 Description -->
If you have a favorite Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe, try this fresh gourmet version. You'll have a new favorite recipe that won't ruffle your feathers.

4 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil, divided1 oz. diced prosciutto2 cups fresh spinach1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided1 slice fresh mozzarella2 4-oz. chicken breasts, pounded thin3 pats butterGenerous additions of fresh oregano, thyme and sage2 oz. white wine1/4 cup marinara1 cup sliced exotic mushroomsChicken stock, as needed

1. Heat 2 Tbls. olive oil in sauté pan; sauté prosciutto until brown. Add spinach and 1/4 cup scallions; sauté until spinach is wilted. 2. Lay one chicken breast on flat work surface; top with spinach mixture, then with mozzarella. Lay other chicken breast on top and dust with flour. 3. Sauté in remaining 2 Tbls. olive oil until slightly browned. 4. Drain oil; add butter, herbs, wine, marinara, scallions and mushrooms. Sauté until chicken is cooked through; add chicken stock as needed for desired sauce consistency.

Additional Tips
To make this for a dinner party, par-cook the chicken until browned and place in large baking dish with a larger quantity of the sautéed mushroom/marinara mixture. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

What to do when you're suffering


[Paul and Barnabas were] strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22

Who can't relate to some form of suffering?
Whether it is:
a broken heart from rejection.
financial disaster from a job loss.
physical problems from sickness, disease or injury.
deep and lasting hurt from abuse or divorce or the death of a loved one.
we have all experienced suffering in our lives.
Paul, the great man of God, had more than his fair share of suffering. He was stoned, beaten, shipwrecked, lied to, lied about, and eventually beheaded for his faith in Christ (see 2 Cor. 11:24-30).
One day, after being stoned and left for dead, God raised him up to preach yet again. He encouraged the disciples to keep walking with Jesus saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22
What do you do when suffering touches down like a tornado and rocks your world?
1. Recognize that suffering is part of life. Suffering does not necessarily mean you have done something wrong and are being punished as a result. Paul suffered for doing what was right, not what was wrong. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered greatly on earth. Isaiah tells us that Jesus was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Is. 53:3). If Jesus did not escape suffering, why should we believe we will?
2. Realize that God has a plan in suffering. The Lord uses suffering to get us to depend upon Him more. We all have a great tendency to forget God when times are good. but we cry out to Him when times are bad. God allows the suffering to show us how much we really do need Him. Jesus said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5).
3. Accept the suffering as an opportunity for Christ to shine through you! In addition to all of Paul's external issues, he also had a physical issue. a thorn in the flesh that bothered him greatly. He asked the Lord three times to take it away. Hear what the Lord said to him about it: "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). Paul went on to say, "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10). You and I need to remember that weakness and suffering bring humility and dependence, the precise conditions for Christ to really shine through our lives.
Are you suffering today? His grace IS sufficient in your suffering. and He wants to use it for good. You will never shine more brightly for Christ than when you experience hardships with a joy and a peace that passes understanding. That gets people's attention faster than anything and helps them see the reality of Jesus Christ in your life!
I heard about a young husband and wife who came to Christ. They were asked how it happened. "Well," they said, "our neighbors, Tim and Julie are Christians. Tim lost his job a year ago due to cutbacks. We knew things are very hard for them, yet they hadn't lost their joy, their peace, and their confidence that God would take care of them. We saw through their hardship, a power that we did not have. and we asked them how we could have what they had."

Allow God to use your suffering for good. Paul's greatest river of God's power came through his suffering, his thorn in the flesh. The same can be true of you.

Jeff SchrevePastorwww.fromhisheart.orgjeff@fromhisheart.org1-888-811-8203
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.

Friday - The Sayings of Jesus

Mark 10:17-3117) And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18) And Jesus said to him, " Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19) You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20) And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." 21) And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, " You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 22) At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. 23) And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, " How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" 24) And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, " Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26) And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" 27) Jesus looked at them and said, " With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." 28) Peter began to say to him, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you." 29) Jesus said, " Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30) who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31) But many that are first will be last, and the last first."

Friday Prayer of the Evening


Nothing is too difficult for Me. I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your weakness is designed to open up to My Power. Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day's demands against your strength. What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources. When you face unexpected demands there is no need to panic. Remember that I Am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk with you through each challenging situation. I An not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you full to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting My Strength.


July 16, 2009

July 15, 2009

Where is your enthusiasm?

Wednesday 15th July
Isaiah 12:5-6
Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
There is great joy, excitement, and delight in the Christian life!
Do you sense the enthusiasm in Isaiah's heart as he writes these verses? Think of the things that God has done--this beautiful world, His creativity in the sunrise and sunset every day, the wonder of this vast universe and the beauty of the night sky, the way He has set up this amazing earth for us, the miracle of conception and birth. Truly, what God has done is "excellent".
But Isaiah is thinking more about what God has done for his readers and hearers. Think of what God has done for you. He has cared for you and brought you through all of life's difficult experiences. He reached out to you and began to reveal Himself to you. And the most excellent thing of all--Jesus suffered and died for you. "Let this be known throughout the earth"!
And the ultimate cry of joy for Isaiah comes from his awareness of God Himself. "Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel." Take a few moments and meditate (think) about the greatness of God. That God is "in your midst". Respond to Him.
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July 14, 2009

Tuesday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

July 14, 2009
For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
--1 Peter 2:6
Does your life feel like it's falling apart at times? Maybe even today it seems as if the world is crumbling around you.
If so, let's take a moment to think about the life and living hope that we have because of Jesus, the chief Cornerstone.
Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we've been set free from our past, fully and freely forgiven. Now, we've been given a life of purpose and significance.
In this life, we are no longer alone or isolated or living independently of God. We have been loved unconditionally and accepted into God's family. Which means we should live without fear of the future because we have this hope in Christ! He is sufficient for every hurt, for every habit, for every challenge and test in life.
But we must first choose to build our lives on the Rock. Our Scripture for today reminds us, "For it stands in Scripture: 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame'" (1 Peter 2:6).
Though rejected by others, if Jesus is the Cornerstone set in your life, there is consistence, strength, and significance.
Maybe you are wondering today why your life doesn't seem to fit together... why things aren't working out the way you had planned. If you're trying to build your life without Jesus, the Cornerstone, everything will ultimately fall apart.
As the old hymn says, "On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand, all other ground is sinking sand." Jesus is the solid Rock. So learn to consistently build your life upon Him... not on the things of this world!
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Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out
Dear Friend,
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way... even when your life is one big pressure-cooker. And in my new book, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out, I'll show you why.Based on the principles from Paul's letter to the Philippians and Psalm 23, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out will help you find true peace and rest in a world that is anything but peaceful and restful. It's the perfect "pause" button you need!So please request your copy of Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out when you give online today! --Jack Graham

Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

Created by The MDM Team, Friday, November 2, 2007
Homemade tomato sauce is a staple in much Italian fare. This simple yet scrumptious tomato sauce is sure to satisfy whether you're serving it in lasagna, over spaghetti or on a hot sandwich.

4 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp. tomato puree
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook onion in olive oil until translucent. Stir in tomatoes, cook until juice begins to thicken. Stir in puree, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes more, until rich and thick.

Ziti with Tomato-Pesto Sauce

Ziti with Tomato-Pesto Sauce

Makes: 6 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Monday, December 17, 2007
Get the best of both worlds with this mouthwatering Italian medley that combines the palatable flavors of pesto and tomato. Use your noodle and give this innovative recipe a try.

12 oz. ziti pasta
2 tbsp. pesto
1 (26 oz.) jar tomato basil pasta sauce
Salt to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together the pesto and basil tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer, and season with salt to taste. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Additional Tips
Ready in 20 minutes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
1 Serving
These are high-protein pancakes and quite a treat!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Start to finish: 10 minutes

1 egg
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 tsp canola oil
3 tbsp whole wheat flour

1. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a whisk until creamy.

2. Push the cottage cheese through a wire strainer into the egg in the bowl. Mix well.

3. Add the oil and flour. Mix well.

4. Lightly oil a skillet and place over low heat. When the skillet is hot, spoon the batter into the skillet making four pancakes. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

5. Serve with applesauce, apple butter or your favorite whole fruit jam.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
272 calories
11 g total fat (3 g sat)
217 mg cholesterol
20 g carbohydrate
23 g protein
3 g fiber
523 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

Chocolate Ricotta

Chocolate Ricotta
Two 1/4-cup servings
This high-calcium "pudding" has the benefits of cocoa and cinnamon - and the flavor of Mexico. Experiment with different brands of ricotta - they have different textures and flavors.

Prep time: 10 minutes

1/2 cup lowfat ricotta cheese
2 tbsp mild honey
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

2. Scoop into small dessert dishes and serve.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
145 calories
3 g total fat (2 g sat)
11 mg cholesterol
24 g carbohydrate
10 g protein
2 g fiber
100 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 13, 2009

Spicy Tuscan Ciabatta

Spicy Tuscan Ciabatta

Serves: 10

Created by The MDM Team, Saturday, October 27, 2007
There are sandwiches, and then there are these bite-sized ciabattas that are loaded with mouth-watering meats and cheeses. You'll want many of these minis.

1 loaf ciabatta, rectangular shaped about 12 x 6 inches
1/4 lb. genoa salami, sliced thin
1/4 lb. hot sopressata, sliced thin
1/4 lb. imported prosciutto, sliced paper thin
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 lb. provolone cheese, sliced
4 oz. mixed greens
3 oz. roasted red peppers, chopped and well drained
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Slice the ciabatta loaf lengthwise.
Prepare the sandwich by evenly layering the ingredients in this order, from the bottom up: Bottom slice of bread, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, mixed greens, salami, provolone, roasted red peppers, sopressata, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, top of loaf.
Be sure each layer goes right to the ends of the bread.
It's even ok if they hang over a bit.
Wrap sandwich tightly in plastic cling wrap with no openings.
Place on counter and press down entire loaf with a heavy cast iron pan or a couple of large books.
Let sit at least 4 hours to let the oil and vinegar mingle with the other layers.
Remove plastic wrap and, using a very sharp bread knife, cut into 2 in. squares or triangles.
Secure each slice with a toothpick and serve.

Additional Tips
No Cooking Needed

Spinach and Ginger Ricotta

Spinach and Ginger Ricotta
1 Serving
This light, low-carbohydrate breakfast or lunch dish combines two of Dr Weil's favorite ingredients - greens and fresh ginger. Baby spinach or other baby greens work great in this recipe.

Start to finish: 10 minutes

1 cup spinach leaves (or other greens) torn
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
1 tsp Italian or other seasoning mix
1 tbsp salsa

Tear up the spinach leaves and steam very briefly. (Put the torn leaves in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of boiling water, cover the saucepan, turn off the heat and allow to steam for about 3-5 minutes. Baby spinach leaves take just 3 minutes.)

Fold into the beaten eggs with the grated ginger, salsa and seasoning. Cook on a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray, turning as needed until the eggs are set.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
105 calories
5 g total fat (1 g sat)
187 mg cholesterol
3 g carbohydrate
10 g protein
1 g fiber
204 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

Monday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Enjoy Life!
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. --Philippians 4:6,7
Sometimes I work too hard and take life too hard. Last week I noticed flowers in my backyard in bloom, and I had missed the process of blooming, Life is too short. Sometimes we need to sit back and enjoy God's gift to us. Brother Jeremiah was at the end of his life when he reflected on his many years of Christian service. I keep close to my heart these words he wrote:
"If I had my life to live over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things I would take seriously. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets. I would do more walking and looking, I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who live prophylactically and sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day. I have been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, aspirin, and a parachute. If I had it to do over again, I would go places, do things, and travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would play more. I would ride on more merry-go-rounds. I'd pick more daisies."*
Reread Philippians 4:6,7. What is the result of not being anxious, but presenting our requests to God through prayer and petition with thanksgiving?
Sometimes we are anxious about life because we are sitting around thinking about it. What specifically can you do today to live life to the fullest? Do it today!
FURTHER READING: Matthew 6:25-34, Ephesians 6:18, John 14:27, Colossians 3:15
* Ted W. Engstrom, The Pursuit of Excellence (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982), p. 90. Used by permission.

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July 12, 2009

Sunday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Week of July 12


"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." ~ Psalm 4:8

God made His covenant of peace through Christ so that we may live free of hostility and enjoy life in complete security. God's original intent was that we live fearlessly and in safety. Of course, this requires obedience, following the voice of the Holy Spirit carefully and seeking God in worship above all things.

Proverbs 28:26 says, "He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe." May we exercise God's wisdom.

Proverbs 29:25 says, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." May we fearlessly trust God, not man.

Proverbs 18:10 says, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." May we run to the Lord.

Psalm 34:10 says, "... those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. May we seek the Lord.

Deuteronomy 33:12 says, "Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields Him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders."

May we rest in the Lord.

The enemy would like nothing more than to destroy us through eternal separation from God. Although we can rest secure in our salvation, consider how he could destroy our lives through tempting us away from worshiping and seeking God's face regularly as the Holy Spirit leads. The enemy can use distraction, complacency, overwork, untimeliness, fear and false responsibilities to lure us away from our first priority, thus causing us to not know God's revealed direction for specific assignments.

Seeking God's face and direction is an obedient choice we make. If we willingly choose to not seek His will, we may lean unto our own understanding, talents and gifts to make important decisions. Thus, God will not bless the work of our hands. Even though we may accomplish a bit, at some point, we will come to a screeching halt.

Throughout the Bible, God revealed unusual directives to leaders. Consider the Book of Joshua where the Lord gave Joshua a unique strategy for each battle in the Promised Land. What if Joshua hadn't listened and instead leaned on previous battle strategies (old manna) to get him through. What if he had looked left and right upon distraction and not kept his eyes upon the Lord? What if he had let fear control his actions?

Joshua would have failed because he would have been in disobedience against God and would have been fighting in his own strength. Much hinged upon Joshua's obedience, including his own life. But it wasn't just about him. It was about a nation. It was about God's will being done on earth as it is in heaven. It was about a Kingdom.

Clearly, obedience is key to our security and livelihood. God's mercy is new every morning. May we partake of His fresh manna and drink of His new wine daily so that we may enjoy life in complete safety.

Margaret D. Mitchell is the founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ. Check out the new God's Love at Work Businesswomen Select program and the Women's Fellowship gatherings.

July 11, 2009

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

Makes: 4-5 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Friday, January 11, 2008
Eggplant is an extremely versatile veggie. Try this mouth-watering dip on for size. With some very simple ingredients, you can whip up this dynamic dish that can be served with crackers or bread.

1 large eggplant
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1 to 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

Core eggplant and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until soft. Cool and peel skin. Chop eggplant and combine with salt, oil, onion, vinegar, sugar and garlic powder. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Season again if needed.

Working Together In Unity
"For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:9

How powerful it is when we work together in unity!
I was reading about how Canadian geese always fly in a "V" formation. Have you ever wondered why? Because the lead goose is moving the wind resistance for the rest of them. So while he is flapping real hard, the rest of them are cruising. After awhile, the lead goose gets tired and he falls back and the next goose moves up. Do you know what scientists have discovered in wind tunnel experiments? That geese flying in a "V" formation can fly 72% farther than one goose could fly by himself. Now who taught them to do that? God did.

What are you trying to do by yourself that could be more efficiently accomplished when the task is shared?

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July 10, 2009

Friday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

July 10
"And the lords of the Philistines came to her (Delilah) and said to her, 'Entice him and see in what his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him.'" Judges 16: 5, Amplified Bible

"Don't Dabble with Delilah"

"My child, flee from every evil and everything that resembleth it." Didache
Would I recognize "Delilah" if she or he walked into my life?
How would I define "Delilah" in my life?
"There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer." Seneca

"Evil is only good perverted." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The serpent was watching from a perch in a tree -- a beautiful, wily serpent. Patiently waiting for a moment to strike. Observing every move and persistently hunting for that vulnerable weakness when with her guard down, the unsuspecting Eve would fall into a well-set trap.
No wonder the Apostle Peter left us with this cautionary warning: "Be well balanced, temperate, sober of mind, be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring, in fierce hunger, seeking someone to seize upon and devour" (I Peter 5: 8, Amplified Bible).
Sadly, since that heartbreaking day in the Garden of Eden when God's two perfectly created children fell for the serpent's lies, God's precious kids have been succumbing ever after to the promises our enemy, the devil, throws out there. Like bait to a fish, we grab onto some tasty morsel and before you know it we ourselves are hooked by one of the serpent's lies.
Having ignored God's warning not to go to the Valley of Sorek and participate in the forbidden, Samson decided that dabbling with Delilah carried little risk. And this got me to thinking and asking my favorite question. "Why?" Why did Samson feel so secure, so strong, so self-assured.
I tell you why. Samson was strong. Time and again the Bible tells us that the power of God came upon him and he was able to take down a lion and snap the ropes that bound him as though they were little strings. Somewhere along the way, Samson began to believe his own press release! He began to believe his strength was his alone. He could rely on his own muscles and power. So coming up against Delilah, a woman no less, was a joke to Samson. He'd been able to conquer anyone else who had gotten in his way, he was certain he could make quick work against Delilah, too.
But what a terrible mis-judgment on the part of Samson, for Delilah was not like the other women for whom Samson had shown utter contempt. Delilah was different and tomorrow, we will find out that she was well-chosen.
In order to better understand what Samson was up against, I went to my Hebrew dictionary to find out what Delilah's name meant. In Biblical times, a great deal of effort was given to choosing a name for a child. Often names were given which described the child's calling from God. Other times names seemed to carry an almost prophetic description of a child's future. What I found out about Delilah supports the fact that the meaning of her name fittingly described her effect on those she met.
The Hebrew meaning of Delilah is "languishing." I didn't really understand exactly what this word meant so I checked my trusty Webster's Dictionary and was in for a surprise. "Languishing" means to become weak or feeble. To waste away. To exist in miserable and disheartening conditions. I couldn't believe what I was reading, however, I realized immediately that the reason God told Samson to stay away from the Valley of Sorek, the Valley of the Vine, was not that God was trying to be arbitrary or demanding or narrow. It was that God knew that Delilah lived in that Valley. God knew that "weakness" resided in the Valley of the Vine and God understood, even when Samson didn't, that on forbidden territory, Samson's strength would be turned into weakness. Blinded by his love for Delilah, Samson became weak -- unable to resist and flee.
As I read about the meaning of Delilah's name, I asked myself, "How many Delilahs foster weakness in my life?" For remember this, Delilah isn't just a woman in Judges. Delilah is anything in my life that weakens me and makes me feeble or causes me to "waste" my life -- a life that has a purpose, planned for me by my heavenly Father.
Frankly, I'd be very depressed right now as I think about Eve who was enticed, and Samson who was enticed, if the disciple Peter hadn't left us some of the most encouraging words in Scripture. Peter had his own "Delilah's" that brought him to his knees and caused him to realize we can't rely on our own strength. After telling us that the devil is seeking whom he may devour, Peter reminded us to "stay rooted in God." But rather than telling us we must depend on our own strength, Peter says, "...the God of all grace, who imparts all blessings and favor, Who has called you to His own eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be...." (1 Peter 5: 10, Amplified Bible).
What a relief! When you and I choose to put our faith in our Father, rather than foolishly depending on our own muscles and strength, we don't have to take on Delilah, for a wall of heavenly protection surrounds us as long as we walk on the path our Father has laid out before us.
If you and I don't want to languish in Delilah's clutches, then let's follow our Dad's advice and stay out of the Valley of Sorek! In the words of the Apostle James: "So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin" (James 4: 7,8, The Message).
Don't dabble with Delilah!
"Let your love be sincere, a real thing; hate what is evil, loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness, but hold fast to that which is good." Romans 12: 9 Amplified Bible

"O Lord, Seek Us"
O Lord, seek us, O Lord find us In Thy patient care; By Thy love before, behind us, Round us everywhere; Lest the god of this world blind us, Lest he speak us fair, Lest he forge a chain to bind us, Lest he bait a snare. Turn not from us, call to mind us, Find, embrace us, bear; Be Thy love before, behind us, Round us, everywhere." Christina Rossetti

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Ginger Almond Pears

Ginger Almond Pears
6 Servings
Pears are one of the few fruits that actually improve in texture and flavor after being picked a little green. You can store them in a paper bag for a couple of days to speed up ripening. A little softness around the stems and a change in skin color means they're ready. Bartletts, red Bartletts, or Anjou varieties have the best flavor and are good for cooking. When the time comes for thickening the pear sauce, I prefer arrowroot over cornstarch, although it is a little harder to find. Arrowroot comes from a tropical tuber whose root stalks are dried and ground into a fine starchy powder that's very easy to digest. Sauces thickened with arrowroot are a little finer than those thickened with cornstarch but you can use either.

The most potent ingredient in this dessert, and the one that gets it into my cookbook though, is the ginger. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known throughout the world for its tonic and spiritually uplifting properties. When used fresh, it's especially effective at improving digestion and calming nausea and indigestion — making it a great follow-up to any hearty meal.


5 firm ripe pears
3 cups apple cider
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger root
3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Salt to taste


1. Peel the pears, quarter them lengthwise, and core. Slice pears thinly and place in a saucepan with the apple cider and ginger root. Add a pinch of salt.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until pears are tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Dissolve cornstarch or arrowroot in 1/3 cup cold water and add to the simmering pears, stirring, until the sauce is thick and clear.

4. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Serve warm or cold.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
184.9 calories
0.9 g total fat (0 g sat)
0.0 mg cholesterol
46.7 g carbohydrate
0.8 g protein
4.7 g fiber

-Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

July 09, 2009

The Best Chocolate Cake

The Best Chocolate Cake

Makes: 10 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Sunday, December 30, 2007
This decadent dessert takes the cake. Oozing with goodness, it's a slice of heaven that's sure to satisfy the chocaholic in you. Bake this cake as fast as you can.

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. Jamaican allspice
1 egg yolk
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup superfine sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp. of water
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. dark rum
2 egg whites, whipped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 - 9 inch layer cake pans. Whisk together chocolate, milk, allspice, brown sugar and one egg yolk in the top of a double boiler, stirring until custard is formed and mixture thickens. Cool. Stir in baking soda and salt. Sift the flour onto waxed paper. In bowl of electric mixer, whip the butter, gradually adding sugar and two egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a cup, stir together 3 tbsp. water, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. dark rum. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the vanilla/milk/water mixture. Stir in the chocolate custard mixture and beat until smooth, approximately two to three minutes at medium speed of mixer. In a clean bowl, using the wire whisk attachment of your electric mixer beat two egg whites until soft peaks form; gently fold into cake batter. Turn into greased layer cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees. for about 25 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Turn out onto wire racks to cool. Level with a serrated knife if required, then stack and frost with chocolate frosting.

July 08, 2009

I'm back

I had a great vacation, I hope you had a great week/end :)

July 02, 2009

I am away until Wednesday

I am heading out of town for my true vacation.
I will be visiting my parents near Charleston, and then traveling up to NC to visit with an old friend from school.
Cya Thursday! Have a wonderful and SAFE 4th! Enjoy your Independence!

Phyllis Adelle

Thursday - A Dose of Daily Inspiration

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Why Pray?
Men always ought to pray and not lose heart. --Luke 18:1
If God knows what we need before we ask Him, why should we even bother to pray? If God is going to do what He wants to do and He knows what He is going to do, why even bother praying?
First, we should pray because Jesus told us to. Do we need a better reason than that? Jesus said, "Men ought always to pray and not lose heart" (Luke 18:1). That is not even to mention the blessings of watching our prayers being answered, such as the salvation of a loved one or a divine healing or a wonderful provision.
If Jesus said we should do it, then let's do it.
Second, we should pray because it is God's appointed way for obtaining things. God works in our lives through prayer. James 4:2 tells us, "You do not have because you do not ask." This means there may be things God wants to give to us that are not yet ours because we have not specifically asked.
Third, we should pray because through prayer, we overcome our anxiety and worry. The Bible says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6). When we are tempted to worry, we should pray.
Lastly, prayer is one of the ways we make ourselves ready for the return of Christ. Jesus said, "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is" (Mark 13:33). So pray in anticipation of the Lord's return.
Why not put these things into practice today?
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