My Little Garden

I thought it would be fun to take a picture of my little garden every two weeks because a garden changes so much throughout the garden season. I did a great job at the beginning getting my pictures every two weeks, and then for some reason(s) I can’t put my finger on it felt like I lost all control and organization in life. As you will see, my garden reflects this craziness. Every two weeks went out the window. God is a God of order, so I’m fighting to get things back in control without becoming even more control freakish than I already am. Where is the balance?!

So I can quit trying to remember to take a picture of my garden every two weeks, here are the pictures up today. You will see no more after this.

 

 

Blackened Salsa

Julie:

I’m making a small batch of this today!

Originally posted on Small Town Nebraska:

In the spirit of tomato season, I present to you a fabulous salsa recipe. It originated from a cookbook of a friend. I’m so glad they introduced it to me. You can see pictures of the process here.

Blackened Salsa

3 lbs (~20 medium) Roma tomatoes (The bigger type tomatoes don’t work as well for this.)4-6 fresh jalapenos, stemmed (more or less, seeded or not seeded, depending on how spicy you like your salsa)
1 medium white onion, sliced
8 garlic cloves, peeled
cumin to taste
a little fresh cilantro
1 T salt and sugar (more salt than sugar)
1 T vinegar or lime juice

Place tomatoes, whole or halved, peppers, onion, garlic and really any other veggies you might like in your salsa on cookie sheet. Broil in oven until lightly blackened on both sides. Dump all of that (skins, seeds and juice included) into a pot and…

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RG3 Book Review

rg3In honor of tomorrow being the opening day of the NFL’s 2014 season, I bring you a book review on Robert Griffin III by Ted Kluck. I requested a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers during the last football season because I thought I would like to read a biography on a RG3. Well, this didn’t turn out to be as much of an biography as I was thinking. It was much more of book analyzing football through the life of RG3 – high school, college, draft, rookie season – and then speculating where RG3 will end up. I know football fanatics who would love a book like this. I like football, but I felt like I needed to be a statistic loving male to really get into some chapters, especially the one titled “Comparing the Quarterback Classes: 1983, 2004, 2012,” and the parts that describe football plays and players in detail. Don’t get me wrong, it does have interesting parts. Just think of if as a book for your Baylor or Redskin’s fan and not your biography loving reader. It does mention a few Husker players so that kept me interested. I also really appreciated the perspective mentioned in the introduction of the book, “…sports, and athletes, don’t exist to receive our worship; and when they do, it’s always unhealthy and disappointing in the end. Rather, RG3 and football should remind us of who it is that we really worship….There’s something in Roberts’s game that suggests that God made him to do exactly this, exactly now.” (p. xvi)

 

Unbroken

Now if you’re looking for a book for a biography loving, history enthusiast, I have the book for you. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is down right phenomenal. It is educational, detailed, inspirational, eye opening, and almost unbelievable. My dad says it’s one of the best books he’s read. I couldn’t read part of it after noon because it was rather disturbing and my mind gets anxious when I’m tired, but I would still recommend you read it; especially if you think you’re going to watch the movie of it that is coming out soon. Women, just know that if you give this book to your husband to read, he may turn into what you’re like when you’re reading a really good novel. That’s my experience at least.