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Thursday, September 30, 2010

But what does it mean???

Layers upon layers of meaning can be extracted when reading Scripture, but that's not what I'm talking about.

When I was studying psych and sociology in college, we had a discussion group that invariably turned to dreams and their interpretations. Do they really tell us anything today, or are they just manifestations of the latest meal we ate?

I woke up in rather a strange mood due to my last dream.

For the past several years my jaw has been shifting. Don't know why, and I don't want to acknowledge that it might just be the aging process. Anyway, it has taken my teeth on a journey I really dislike!

So, before I awoke this morning, I dreamed I woke up, went to the mirror and gasped because I only had a sliver of a tooth where my left front tooth should be. It bled and fell out. I held it up to the light, and saw that inside was the image of an early stage pregnancy.

Oh, weird! But I started sobbing and sobbing and ran to tell Mark that I needed to get to a dentist right away to get my teeth replaced. He said I couldn't possibly go because he was sick and needed me there.

And that's when I woke up.

Any takers?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chocolate "Cheesecake"!

Just had to share this, courtesy of a mild tweak of Britany's pass-along recipe.

First of all, make the cake mix base...

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix (If you use low or no sugar devil's food cake mix, you can count the cake part as 2 points. I didn't know this when I started, and so made it with regular devil's food cake mix, which makes the cake portion 3 points.)
  • 1 box angel food cake mix

Frankly, I love the symmetry of that combo ...

Combine both mixes completely in a gallon ziploc pouch. Save for making an assortment of individual cakes.

Now, time to create the cheesecake surprise!

  • Place 1/3 cup of the cake mix in a large mug (I like to use a very large cappuccino mug)
  • Cut Weight Watchers reduced fat cream cheese brick into 8 equal portions. Drop one portion (1 ounce) into the cake mix in the cup.
  • Stir in 3 T cold coffee (hot works, too) or water. Stir until dry is incorporated.
  • Microwave on high for about 1 minute 10 seconds (play with your timing according to your own microwave and your desire for goopy or cakey cake.)
  • Allow to cool just slightly before digging in. MMMMM, the flavor of digging into that cream cheese in the middle of the cake is scrumptious.

Don't like cream cheese? Try dropping a single serving of sugar free chocolate pudding into the cake before microwaving. Voila, lava cake!

With sugar free cake mix combo... total is 3 points for the serving.
With regular cake mix combo ... total is 4 points for the serving. Worth it!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reading at Bedtime

I am admittedly and woefully behind in reporting on Pearl in the Sand. I finished it quite some time ago, in fact.

Well written, well researched, and brought me to tears - but I don't want to say at what point in the story, so as to give too much away.

It was a romance in the best sense of the word. Not sensual, although containing it. But the tending of the heart and soul...that is what was so touching.

Great work and I highly recommend it.

Now I'm on to Influenza Bomb. Quite a departure from a romance!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Books, books, and more books!

I am not a speed reader. I digest my books.

When I was in school, I learned skimming tricks, and outlining, and all the key idea grabbing techniques. But you can't do that with fiction.

In fiction, if an author is worth their weight in words, every thought needs to count. So skimming is a dangerous practice.

Right now I'm reading through Pearl in the Sand, by Tessa Afshar. It is getting rave reviews, and it is to my benefit to like it (since I *ahem* work for the publisher). I'm not normally a romance reader, so we'll see how this goes.

I have a stack of mostly fiction by my bedside, and as soon as I am finished with one, I stack it near the either send it on to my voracious-reading-relatives or to our church. Someone is about to get a whole bag full! Any takers?

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Yes, it's been a while

With the advent of Facebook's micro-blogging (i.e. saying whatever comes to mind whenever it happens), the true thoughtful extended blogging has taken a back seat.

Truthfully, this post is just a placeholder to point you to FB, and so that Blogger doesn't think I've dropped off the face of the Internet.

See you soon at one or the other.