Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chickpeas

We planted a rapeseed field last summer and the field man for the crop stopped by the other day to take a look at the field, but this time he brought gifts!   I love gifts and these were very unusual ones, four bags of lentils and a recipe book.  It’s a good thing he brought the book, since I hadn’t ever cooked with lentils except from cans I bought in the store.  So, I decided to start with the chickpeas and make some hummus.

 

 

 

 

The Pea & Lentil Cookbook had all the information I needed to get started.  I soaked the chickpeas overnight, not really knowing how much they would yield after they swelled up, well, I soaked up way to many the first time.  After the fact, I read that 1 cup dry =2 cup cooked.  So I cooked them all up anyway and froze 2 pints for later.  That was a good thing too, because I had 2 containers of chickpeas ready to make hummus with, all I had to do was unthaw and mix.  So I will probably make that same mistake again, this time on purpose!

 

 

Dry Chickpeas

 

 

The recipe is in the book, so I really don’t think I should share it, but I did find lots of recipes on the web.  I had to look for an ingredient that I had never used before and that is tahini.  It is a sesame paste and it was in the grocery store, I just had never noticed it before, imagine that!

 

 

Soaked and Cooked Chickpeas

 

 

After soaking the peas and cooking them, I used my handy dandy food processor to mix the ingredients up and then I had hummus.  It was so easy and very good; we ate it all up in two days!  It’s good for you too, so much better than ranch dressing, although my son Jesse isn’t quite convinced!

 

 

Spicy Hummus

 

 

The other lentils were dry split pea, Red Chief lentil, and Spanish lentil.  I haven’t tried anything with these yet. Do you have any ideas or recipes?  I would love to hear them, just leave me a comment.  Oh, one other thing, if you ‘follow me’ in the blog you will get notified when I make a new post, just sayin!

 

 

Red Chief, Spanish Lentils, and Split Pea

 

 

 

We have been having a few thunder storms lately and I have been taking some pics and trying to figure out the right settings for getting the ‘perfect picture’.  Here is a couple that I shot.  If you have any pointers I would appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

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He Is Risen…He Is Risen, Indeed!

A couple of years ago, my friend Steve asked me to make him a banner that portrayed Christ surrounding and giving us the strength to live day by day with Him. I thought and prayed about it for quite some time and could see in my mind what it was to be , but didn’t have the ability to draw it out and knew I needed some help. So I asked an artist friend, Robin, to help me out. She drew out the picture and then I made it into this quilt.

 

Steve’s Banner

 

I am continually learning to grasp the strength that Philippians 4:13 describes. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” I am learning that this strength has a lot to do with the contentment I have when I continually walk with Christ and know that I can cope with anything that comes my way.

 

 

My Flowers are blooming!  Maybe one of you might know the name of this pretty little one.  I am no expert, I just know what I like and if it can grow in our region I will plant it!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Easter Day is going to be full with church, preparing Easter dinner and then sharing it with family and friends.  Hopefully the sun will shine and make the day even better!  My tulips are not blooming yet, so I bought some to enjoy.  Here is a picture with a lonely egg!

 

 

 

 

I love this Hymn,  especially Easter morning!

He Lives

I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He’s always near.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair.
I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian! Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.
Written by: Alfred H Ackley

Have a wonderful Easter!

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