Saturday, December 16, 2017

Another couple of inches yestreday and overnight, i will be shoveling after I do up the morning dishes. Episode 8 later and then some local college basketball from Little Caesars Arena.

Praise God for His creation!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Chicken Soup Variation #3

I threw this together on a blustery December Sunday in Whitmore Lake. I had some cabbage and broccoli I needed to use up, so I grabbed some chicken from my favorite meat market on the way home from morning Mass and used our newly refurbished Whirlpool range to create this comfort food delight.


3 split chicken breasts
seasoning for stock: kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, parsley, sage, oregano, basil, tarragon, sage, bay leaves
1 onion diced
3 cloves garlic
2 ribs celery diced
6 chicken bouillon cubes - ala Ree Drummond

4 tbs flour
4 tbs butter

1/2 head cabbage shredded
3 crowns broccoli diced
4 carrots sliced
1 onion sliced
3 ribs celery sliced
I can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

I started with the chicken in my favorite stock pot covered with cold water, and added the bouillon cubes, seasoning, onion, celery, and garlic. The chicken was a bit frozen when I began boiling it, so I let it go about an hour total, at a rolling boil.

When the chicken was all cooked, I pulled it out, and poured the stock through a fine mesh strainer - discarding the solids. The meat I removed to a platter to let cool before taking out the skin and bones.

The stock I then put back on the stove at a medium simmer and added the can of soup, celery, carrots, onion, cabbage, and broccoli - in that order.

In my favorite Copper Chef pan, I melted the half stick of butter and whisked in the flour to make a nice roux, then added this to the simmering stock.

As soon as the meat was cool enough to handle, i removed it from the skin, bones, and cartilage, and chopped it roughly before adding it to the stock. With everything in the pot now, I let it simmer for about a half hour covered and stirring frequently (with that roux, the flour will cause it to stick to the bottom of the pot - be vigilant!)

The mushroom soup was the secret ingredient, adding enough saltiness and flavour to give this dish a ten stars rating.

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful meal; thank You for providing enough to share this afternoon. 
God be praised!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

1 Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

2 Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind:
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright
She bore to men a Savior
When half-spent was the night.

3 This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load

Sunday, November 5, 2017

DB, are you listening?!?!?

Via Father Joe, as outlined in the October 2017 issue of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing's Faith magazine:

... So, I'm going to share with you three things: the name of each of the heavenly virtues, what those virtues look like, and the deadly sin they counter.

Virtue: Humility
'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.' - CS Lewis
Putting others first.
Not drawing attention to yourself and what you do
Recognising that all yo have comes from God
Counters pride

Virtue: Chastity
Holding fast to our knowledge that we are children of God and that our body is a temple
Other people do not exist for my secual gratification
Not reducing other people to things I must have
Counters lust

Virtue: Patience/Forgiveness 
Enduring situations and/or people with dignity and a good spirit
A sense of peaceful stability and harmony
Giving the wounds other people have inflicted on us to God and asking Him to forgive them
Counters wrath

Virtue: Kindness
Compassion and friendship for others, empathy without prejudice for its own sake
The refusal to do harm to others
Counters envy

Virtue: Temperance
Constant mindfulness of others and one's surroundings
Self-control, moderation, delayed gratification
The proper response at the proper time
Counters gluttony

Virtue: Charity
Generosity, self-sacrifice, loving with our actions
Giving of ourselves
Counters: greed

Virtue: Diligence
Giving all we have in that hich we are given to do
Strong work ethic
Not giving up on our tasks because they are challengin
Using our time well and being on guard against laziness
Counters the sin of sloth

Read the list slowly and carefully, asking god to help you pick one (not two or more, just one!). Take your time on this. Clear your head. Don't 'run ahead' of God and decide which one you want to go after, wait for his voice in your heart to show you. When you feel that you've got the one you are to go after, write it down and carry it with you. Pray every day that God will strengthen that virtue within you. Ask Him to bless you as you pursue it.
Next, make sure that each day you practice the virtue in some practical concrete way.
Wash, rinse, repeat. Do this every day and realize two things:
One, sin is rarely, if ever finished in us. I don't know that any of us will get to a point where we can say that we have safely put a sin behind us. Be vigilant!
Two, don't give up. Never, ever give up. God will not give up on you When you fall, if you fall, get right to confession. Tell the priest what you are doing with these virtues and wait for the mercy and grace to come pouring down.
I pray that God bless your efforts and that you find great life and joy in taking these first steps toward becoming a saint.
Enjoy another day in God's presence.

Young Messiah 1990

Rich Mullins - Sometimes by Step

Friday, November 3, 2017

Father, speak to me this weekend; through Your creation, through Your sons and daughters, through Your Word speak to me. And help me, please, to listen. Not just listen, but really hear You. 
Change my heart LORD, change it because I am nothing without You.
You are our strength and courage; Your Word is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path.
Praise be to You always: Father, Son and Spirit!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

Snow this morning and oh i finally turned on the home heater last night as i crept into bed.

Tonight is Halloween and I have candy ready.... Skittles and Nerds and Gummis and other such brands that i am not particularly fond of, so as to avoid the temptation.

Dry out now but it has been cloudy all day.

Cold and cloudy. Need to make a fire tonight for sure. <3 p="">
Listening to George Winston, Mannheim Steamroller, and Windham Hill artists... it's beginning to sound alot like CHRISTmas.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cool and cloudy this week. About a week ago the forcast for to-day was sun and 62. As it is, it's cloudy getting ready to rain and maybe 50. I still have half of the deck left to finish painting and now I wish I would have started sooner (hindsight).
WS game three tonight, MSU plays at Northwestern 3:30 and Michigan hosts Rutgers at noon.
God is love