Seven Quick Takes, Volume 25

— 1 —

I’ve been reading a lot lately, something that has been my habit since before I started school, but that I left off a bit when I got married. I used to tend toward fiction:  fantasy and mystery, with a little romance thrown in now and then. Today, I prefer nonfiction, and my favorite subjects are food and health. I currently have the following from the library:

  • Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most
  • More-with-Less Cookbook
  • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
  • Refined to Real Food: Moving Your Family towards Healthier, Wholesome Eating
  • Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet—All on $5 a Day or Less
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
  • Hop to It: A Guide for Training Your Pet Rabbit (one of these things is not like the others…).

I also have The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, borrowed from a coworker. In addition, on my nightstand I have books that are mine:

  • Two Bibles
  • the Liturgy of the Hours
  • the Creighton Model NFP instruction book
  • Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition
  • Introduction to the Devout Life
  • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.

I generally pick up a book when I’m eating breakfast, when dinner is cooking, when my husband is watching a sport I don’t like, and when he’s brushing his teeth before bed. I always pray the Liturgy of the Hours after breakfast, after dinner, and just before turning the lights out at night.

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Wow, that wasn’t very quick, was it. This one is.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas gifts lately. I feel stressed by the thought because of our financial situation, but we also have a little money hidden away. I just wish I knew what to give people.

— 4 —

We got out our Advent wreath on Sunday, and we found four candles: two violet, two rose. I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s supposed to go. I hope to buy candles this weekend, so we can finally light it. Last year, we made an attempt to light it every night for dinner, and it definitely makes a more prayerful atmosphere. It helps you remember that Advent is not the name of a shopping season, but a time to prepare yourself for the coming of Christ.

— 5 —

I have a wedding picture on my desk and I can see that Brett has now lost more weight since the wedding than I have gained. Oh, good– I guess that means that I didn’t “find” the weight he lost.

— 6 —

Making lasagna with my mother-in-law (Thanks, Anita!) inspired me to start making spaghetti sauce. My winning combination: one pound of browned ground beef, cooked with one small onion and a clove of garlic, one 15-ounce can of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes (un-drained), one 12-ounce can of tomato paste, and enough spoonfuls of pasta water to make it into sauce. This doesn’t take long to make, and unlike most brands of prepared spaghetti sauce I can afford, it doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup or questionable oils. I even use tomatoes that come in cans not lined with BPA. Whole wheat pasta and fresh parmesan cheese would help make this even healthier, but for now, I do what I can.

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Have you ever tried a green smoothie? My breakfast may sound gross to some people, but I assure you, it was delicious: I made a smoothie with romaine lettuce, frozen mixed berries and sour cherries, a little raw honey, some plain yogurt, and a little water. The lettuce disappears, if you blend it well enough, you can’t see it or feel it. “They” recommend different varieties of greens, but romaine is what we had around the house, and Brett was complaining about the quantity last night, something about how he wasn’t sure that the rabbits could eat it all before it goes bad. So, I had some rabbit food of my own. I drank/ate it with a handful of almonds which I soaked and roasted myself. You’ve got to try these, too… so yummy! I think I can get used to healthier food.

May God bless you and give you a lovely weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes, Volume 25

    • I am hoping to train them to get their toenails cut without biting me. They already do a couple of tricks. They will pick up a set of baby keys for a treat (a raisin or a slice of banana) and Brett has trained Midnight to “nose” him (touching his nose to Brett’s). They are super cute! It would be good to train April just to let someone get near her, since she’s afraid of people.

  1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is pretty good. I read it twice while pregnant and in the time since. “On Being”, the NPR show, has a great interview with Barbara Kingsolver.

    • I haven’t started reading it yet, but I should start soon because I can’t renew it. 🙂 I’ll have to see if I can find that interview online when I’m at home (I do most of my internetting during downtime at work, but I can’t watch videos or listen to interviews).

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