Sunday, February 27, 2011

Banana Ice Cream

Wowzers, I must have other things to do! What else would explain two blogs in 3 days?
My favorite form of procrastination! Anyways, this will be quick. I mean Q-U-I-C-K quick!

Hold on to your hats, here we go.

We all know I LOVE ice cream. Seriously, I have an unhealthy passion for all things ice cream. BUT and this is a big but (like the one I'll probably get from all the ice cream I eat), I've never attempted to make it at home. Reason: you need a fancy machine (which I have no room for), salt, and the kicker: patience (which I lack when it comes to ice cream).

So why in the world am I telling you all of this? Because, there has been an answer to my problem! I can now make ice cream at home! Guess what, it's healthy too! (are you blown away yet?)

Banana Ice Cream: so simple I might cry.

Here is what you need:
Food Processor or Blender

Here is how you make it:
1. cut bananas (2 makes a decent bowl full, probably 2 servings)
2. freeze them
3. blend or process until smooth.
4. Eat your delicious concoction.

Can you believe it! I couldn't. I thought surely this would taste weird. I mean, where is the chocolate? The caramel? The 23 additives?

It. is. amazing. I do plan to try it with chocolate, caramel, and nuts sometime. You know, turn it into unhealthy ice cream. But for now I just enjoy it whenever I have bananas getting all brown and weird.

Go eat some now... I mean it.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Paper Hearts

I hope this post makes you think. I hope it gets to you. I hope this post breaks your heart, then gives you hope. I hope it makes you want to do something, to take action. I hope it gives you a deep desire to help others.

My dear friend Mindy works with Back2Back ministries in Mexico and she shared this video on her blog. Many of the people who read my blog probably follow hers as well, but I still felt compelled to share it in my own way.

This video talks much about the orphans heart, but the analogy is far more reaching than just the orphans in mexico. This analogy could be used for any orphan anywhere. Also, I think of the widows. Not just the widows who have had their husband die, but those whose husbands have abandoned them. Those who have been beaten down by a man, physically or verbally. Men who have had abusive fathers. Women who have been abused. The victim who has been blamed; "It's your own fault you don't have a job" "It's your fault you can't afford food." Children living with parents who don't show a trace of love to them. Those who have had addiction rule their lives. The homeless. The jobless. The single mothers. The drug addict. Your neighbor. Your friend. Your family member. You.

We all have paper hearts.

Psalms 10:14,17-18

You are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Isaiah 1:17

17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

Proverbs 31:8-9

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I feel like I'm in survival mode right now. Perhaps that is why I haven't blogged in over a month, it's not really on my mind. Don't get me wrong, I don't plan to make this post full of complaints. i just realize that I have been so focused on work and school and not failing statistics, that I have put almost everything else on the back burner. However, there is hope. The evening of May 3rd I will take my final final! I will have completed my Master's and I will be free. Then life will probably get crazy in all sorts of other ways, but I just can't wait to have my evenings and weekends and days back.

Even now, I'm just at a loss for what to write. Any thoughts that seem to make sense simply drift in and out of my head. By the time I'm ready to catch them, they have flown away. I'm left grasping for words and coherency.

The thing is, I know that from now on there probably won't be a time in life when I am not busy. When school is done I hope to find a job, from there maybe kiddos, and then who knows.

Wow, this is a bummer of a post. I think I've been a bummer to be around. Ok, that's it! Let's get some happy talk on this page before I drive everyone else away!

Happy thoughts, think happy thoughts.

Even though I have been terribly busy, life has been really good lately. I find myself falling more in love with my husband every day. In fact, over spring break we have decided that it is finally time to take a honeymoon. So, while all of you Hoosiers will be freezing your patooties off, I will be laying on the beach next to the best husband in the world.

God has been teaching me a lot about patience, trust, and forgiveness. I'm really grateful for that.

Today was warm. It was amazing. I went outside without a coat... it's amazing what going outside without a coat can do for your mood :)

I bought a new purse today. It is the first purse I have purchased in like 2 years. It's yellow. Yellow makes me smile and feel all sorts of warm inside. Now, I get to take yellow with me everywhere. Happiness in purse form.

This summer will be great! I already have a job possibility for the summer, and I plan to do lots of photography and lots of sewing!

Ok, I'm rambling. I need to go find stuff for the clothing exchange tomorrow!