Markland News 4-26-12

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Hello friends, here it is almost the end of April (not that you can tell by the weather) and at least, as I write this (Monday morning), the sun is shining. Saturday night I gave up and built a fire (just got that stuff all cleaned up too) and again on Sunday evening. Feels like I’ll do it again today also.

 I have put my ‘long johns’ away, and pulled them back out, so many times this Spring, I wore the lid out on the box. Think I’ll just leave them in the drawer, who knows it might snow in July.

Last week’s frost, in the dark of the moon, really did a ‘number’ on my Japanese maples, didn’t help the roses any either. Several of the fruit trees got their outer leaves ‘burned’ but those will come back okay. Can’t tell yet about the fruit.

I do believe this week might put an end to the frosts for this year, at least according to wise old ‘grandfather Black Walnut’ – he has finally begun to put on his summer ‘clothes’. In the 40 or so years I have lived here, he has never let his tender spring growth get frost-bit (of course, there is always a first time.)

Karen Nickell sent me some good tasting diabetic recipes (Linda give me a call), one of which is, “Western Style Breakfast Burritos”. I told you all that I would try any recipes I received but I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so I substituted for myself and it tasted real good.

How-some-ever, using biscuits for tortillas, butter for margarine, and eggs for ‘egg substitute, quite probably messed up the ‘good diabetic factor’ so I’ll give you the recipe as Karen sent it.

One-half (med.) bell pepper

One yellow onion

Two oz. Lean ham

Two tsp. Margarine (canola-based, trans-fat free)

One cup egg substitute (Kroger brand tastes best)

Two oz. Cheddar cheese, low fat

One-eighth tsp. Black pepper

Four small whole wheat tortillas (about 70 cal. each)

One-quarter cup salsa (Chi-Chi’s really good)

          (Mild, medium, or hot, to preference.)

Chop pepper, onion, and ham, finely and set aside; melt the margarine (in non-stick pan) over med-low heat. Whisk the egg substitute into the pepper, onion, and ham. Pour the mixture into the skillet, stirring until the eggs are set to desired firmness (about 2 minutes); sprinkle with cheese and season with black pepper.

Divide the cooked egg mixture evenly down the center of the four tortillas; spread each with one tablespoon of salsa. Roll each ‘burrito’ style and serve with fruit or berries, if desired.

On the ‘Diet Exchange’, it is all zero except: fat – 0.5, very lean meat -1.0, vegetable. – 0.5, lean meat – 0.5. Further information as follows: Calories – 200 per serving, total fat – 6 gm., sodium – 600mg., total carbohydrates – 25gm., sugar – 3gm., and dietary fiber – 3gm., protein – 17gm., vitamin A – 8%, vitamin C – 25%, iron – 15%, and calcium.

Thanks Karen, the recipes are much appreciated; anyone that would like a copy of the other two ‘main meal’ recipes, send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and I’ll send them to you. Maybe Karen will send us some good tasting dessert recipes next and any of you other ‘cooks’ out there, please send us some of your best recipes also to, 10128 Markland Pike, Vevay; (I’ll share, I promise.)

Wow, just reading the paper last week told of so many activities going on in our county this weekend I could hardly believe it; on top of all the other stuff (including – don’t forget – voting), Markland Baptist has the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday (28th) at 8 a.m. (all men invited), following that at 10 a.m., is the Community Service Project; on Sunday, Markland Baptist Church is holding our Fifth Sunday Pitch-in Dinner immediately after the Worship service. The main entrée is baked pork loin; make plans to come out and join us.

Bridge last week was at Ana Slover’s house (Bob always makes the coffee for us, then makes himself scarce – he is a great guy) and was attended by Debbie Turner, Rita Green, and myself.

We had a fun time playing cards and Ana had made a puff pastry dessert, with her own homemade chocolate fudge sauce (definitely not diet stuff but I’ll see if she will share her recipe – it is superb) in honor of my birthday. We usually do something, dessert-wise, for each girl’s (you understand, I use the word ‘girl’ charitably) birthday.

Rita Green was back from her ‘family’ Florida trip; the family came from different parts of the country to a ‘communal’ rental house in Florida and had a wonderful ‘reunion’ type holiday. Rita said it was fantastic.

Carolyn Green was absent; she and Ivan went to relative’s funeral on the other side of the state. Carolyn said it was kind of bad when the deceased looks better lying there than you do standing up; I agreed with her. I once asked Rodney Nay if he would do a ‘make-up job’ on me, before I qualified for a casket, (I don’t care about after I die; I get a new body anyway.) Rodney said, “Come on down, I think I can arrange it.” I think he was kidding.

Good news, Sam finally got his garden tilled (it was getting a little dangerous being around him since he was so frustrated not being able to get into his ‘gardening mode’.) Cyndi and I are both grateful that he got in time to get it done Friday. Isn’t our family a hoot?

I’ve been a little frustrated too; Wilma gave me some deck chairs that she didn’t care for (I love them) and it is too darn cold to sit out on the deck and enjoy them (I am not as bad as Sam though – well, for the most part anyway.)

Talked to Debbie T. this morning and she told me that son Alex went to the ‘Shawe Ninth Grade Retreat’ over the weekend at the Agape Center in Bedford. Debbie said he enjoyed it and got to know the other ‘freshmen’ a lot better.

After church Sunday, Marci Leap and I joined Mike and Mary at their home for an impromptu lunch of chili and meat salads; it was good and so was the fellowship. Wherever Marci is, there is lots of laughter.

Marci invited me to a ‘Thirty-One Party’ she is hosting this Saturday evening (naturally on the 28th – told you this weekend was crowded) at 6 at Mary Martin’s house (9371 Markland Pike – on the corner of Markland Pike and Tapps Ridge.) She is planning on lots of food and fun and if you would like to come, just call Marci at (812) 594-9192 or Mary at (812) 534-3942 and let them know. Thirty-One parties feature purses and I think they are planning to have some ‘Designs by Jessi’ jewelry there also.

Birthday greetings go out to little Miss Jordyn Hemingway on the 28th and to Pastor Bobby Brundige on May 1st; we wish each of you lots of  happiness on your special day and that the following year is filled with God’s sweetest blessings; Happy Birthday.

Charlotte Kroening was under the weather Sunday and unable to attend church – that is very unusual for Charlotte, so you know she was really feeling bad; remember her when you talk to the Lord this week please.

Howard told us that mom, Joy Hazeldean, was still having pain from her last medical procedure; they inserted a ‘port’ in her arm for medications. Do remember Joy and Eldric also; they have long been ‘practicing members’ of our community and we miss their involvement.

We had several folks mentioned for prayer Sunday morning: Charlotte, Mike Martin, Michael Martin and Justin Brindley and their families (temporarily working out of state), Louise Rayles, Vandora Bennett, Mary Davenport, Bob Baatz, Joy and Eldric, Betty Williams’ niece Adrian (new baby due anytime now), Susie Chatham, Service personnel and their families, all the victims trying to recover from the storms, Emmett Church, Debbie Bruce’s co-worker Chip Henderson, Norris Works (Cindy Anderson’s father), Micah Childs and family (Micah’s wife had the complicated triplet pregnancy and birth this spring and now he is facing possible surgery himself), Shyla Prince’s aunt Mary, Aunt Alice (on life support) and Uncle Kenny Wilson, Eighth grade class returning from D.C. (their safe trip), Safety during our Community Service project, and prayer always for all true Christian teachers.

We offer up to God our praise and thanksgiving for answered prayers and His continued watch-care over us and His blessed ‘Word’ for our instruction, assurance, and comfort; thank you Lord.

In Matthew 28:18-20, “Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In Luke 24:47-49, “With my authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: “There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me. You are witnesses of all these things. And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised.

Jesus’ commands are easy to remember (sometimes harder to accomplish, as least for me – I know you are the exception.)

Love God first (with everything you are and have) and your neighbor second; easy to say, harder to do (especially if some ‘neighbor’ keeps ‘poking’ at you (a neighbor is everyone other than yourself, this includes family.) Loving forgiveness is the key and to help us do this, God sent the Holy Spirit to teach, assist/guide, and comfort us.

Most of all, the Lord promises to be with us until the end of the age (read eternity) and He never breaks His promises. Think about it.

Until next week, may the Lord cause His face to shine on you, to bless you and keep you safe from harm; may He lift up His countenance and give you peace. Amen.