Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Saturday 7

1. I tried making roasted chickpeas this week. The internet raves about them and calls them a fantastic replacement for chips. The internet lies. They were disgusting. Mealy and disgusting. Fail. I'm going to try kale chips next.

2. I did pretty well with eating vegetables this week. Mostly carrots and spinach. I've been putting spinach in everything because it's so tasteless. I put it in pasta, in sandwiches, salads, etc. I also made dinner every night this week and tried to make sure it included vegetables every time. I really wanted to make roasted Brussels sprouts one night. Justin's mom makes them all the time and I love them. But I couldn't bring myself to pay $3 for 15 little sprouts at Meijer! Maybe I'll have to try frozen.

3. One of the meals I made was homemade chicken fried rice. It was so easy and yummy!
I am so NOT a photographer.
4. Last night Justin and I went on a date. We still had a Celebration Cinema gift card from Christmas, so we decided to go see a movie. The only thing that wasn't rated R and looked semi-interesting was Catching Fire. (At the cheap theater.) I'd never seen the first Hunger Games because that's totally not my thing. But for Justin's sake I looked it up on Netflix and watched it real quick. I actually really liked Catching Fire.  Now I feel the need to read the books so I can find out what happens!! 

5. Of course both Lucy and Lena were screaming as we left the house. Lucy was actually crying, "Mommy, don't leave me!" Ugh. I hate it. And then 10 minutes after we left she puked her guts out. Alllll over the place. My poor mom had to clean up piles and piles of puke. Lovely.

6. I actually don't think I read any articles this week. So much for the new "Articles I Read" feature. I did read something interesting in the Bible, though, that got my wheels turning. I'm in Mark 10 in The One Year Bible. One night this week I read the story of the rich young ruler who came to Jesus asking how to get eternal life. This story has always bothered me. I've never understood why Jesus didn't just say, "Believe in me." And I've always wondered if his instruction to the rich ruler to sell everything he has and give it to the poor is a requirement for all believers. Apparently the disciples felt the same way, though. When Jesus said it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the rich to be saved, the disciples replied, "Who then can be saved?" I know what they mean. How can anyone be good enough or give enough away or live up to enough impossible standards to be saved? Jesus answered, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." (vs. 27) For the first time, I wonder if Jesus gave that instruction to the rich ruler to show how impossible salvation by works truly is. Which is why God doesn't ask that of us. He makes a new and better way to receive the kingdom of God: salvation by faith alone. 

7. The One Year Bible has me read part of the Old Testament, part of the New Testament, a part of Psalms, and a part of Proverbs every day. I just started Numbers in the Old Testament. Oy. I'm pretty sure that's when I gave up last time. Numbers is not the most riveting book of the Bible. I will say, though, that it makes me grateful for that salvation by faith alone and not through all those crazy laws and sacrifices! 


  1. I can't believe you like Brussels sprouts... I like most veggies, but those are nasty!

    I think that's a large part time of the point of the old testament: we need salvation through Jesus because it is IMPOSSIBLE to earn it! I struggle reading a lot of the old testament too... It's just hard for me to pay attention enough to understand things.

  2. You are braver than I! I can't think of anything that sounds more repulsive than roasted chickpeas (okay, maybe a few things...). I find kale chips can be good...if you don't think of them as chips and give them plenty of seasoning.

    I just read that the author of a cooking book I'm reading finds frozen brussel sprouts better than normal ones! So good luck trying those. My favorite preparation involves them fried with bacon and a little balsamic vinegar (it kind of glazes them) in a cast iron skillet.

    Doesn't it seem like there are never any good movies out to see these days? I'm glad you two were able to find one to enjoy :)


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