Monday, February 27, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham

My healthy Seussian approach to breakfast.

2 eggs
2 whole wheat or whole grain English muffins
2 TBSP plain Greek yogurt
2 TBSP prepared pesto
4 thin slices of ham or prosciutto
1/4 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers

Poach eggs while toasting the English Muffins. Mix together the yogurt and pesto. Heat ham slices until warmed through. Once muffins are toasted, place ham on one side of each set of English muffins. Layer roasted red pepper and egg. Finish off with a dollop or two of the pesto mixture and top with remaining halves of the muffins. Serves 2.

Become a Rogue Prayer Warrior 4 America

Today our world is being carried on a rushing torrent of history that is sweeping out of control. While the United States is blessed by God is many ways and we do know His favor, many evidences of ruin and the effects of sin still remain: poverty, violence, addiction, crime, injustice, homelessness, gangs, family breakdown, division, strife, broken relationships, fear, isolation, hopelessness, and lives lived separated from God’s ways and His purposes. What was once the most prosperous nation that the world has ever seen has been steadily shrinking and is in a state of decline today.  Today the world’s highest standard of living is not in the United States as it once used to be. Based upon the gross national product, the U.S. isn’t even in the top 12 list of the fastest growing nations of the world. America’s walls both morally and economically are literally crumbling before our eyes.
But this crashing down of walls is not a new 21st century problem. We see it happening throughout the course of history. Look at the example found in the Old Testament in the Book of Nehemiah. Israel was in serious trouble.  The walls of Jerusalem were crumbling.  The gates had been burned by fire.  The gates of ancient cities were where most of the commerce of took place. The gates were also where the seat of government and leadership resided.  With the gates burned with fire and the walls broken down, it was only a matter of time before the nation followed suit.
Nehemiah heard a report about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem which said that, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire” (Nehemiah 1:3). Nehemiah 1:4 recounts Nehemiah’s brokenness at the devastation of Zion.  Jerusalem was not simply his home, the place where his father’s were buried (2:3); it was the footstool of God, the place where God sealed his name and dwelt with his people.  So, when Nehemiah was told of its ruination, he was grieved beyond words.  Nehemiah’s heart grieved for the brokenness of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4-11). In response to the cry of his heart, the Lord put a desire in Nehemiah to rebuild the ruins of Jerusalem. Nehemiah however wasn’t “just moved” – he was moved to the point of action. He prayed. He wept. He fasted. So many of us shake our head at what is going on in our nation, then carry on reading the newspaper, or turn the tv channel onto something more light, without allowing God to speak to our spirits causing us to respond in prayer and intercession and of course action. We pay lip-service to the thought, “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” We post it on Twitter and Facebook, but it needs to be more than just a saying. We have to breathe life into those words by taking action.  Let’s look to Nehemiah’s passion to undertake the restoration and reformation of Jerusalem as a blueprint for how we can restore and reform America. Nehemiah was successful in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem because he didn’t just pray. Nehemiah made prayer a habit.

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Pray for America

A new site for you to visit where you can become part of a movement that will change America. Become a prayer warrior for our country. Visit Prayers4America and become involved in restoring our country to her Judeo-Christian roots.

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Join us in discovering things about America, yourself and your rag-tag army of fellow Americans in this fight for America …and in this ultimate fight of good versus evil.
We want your experience with P4A to be one of inspiration, confirmation and self discovery. Not only is P4A’s main purpose to bring people from all over the country to pray for America and to take action as a result of those prayers, but P4A is also a place for us to rediscover who we are as Americans and who we are as God’s children. The two go hand in hand.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mostly Guilt-Free Deep Dark Brownies

These are extremely moist- not cakey at all. From watching an episode of Dr. Oz one day, I discovered the idea of substituting pumpkin puree for the butter or oil normally used. Result is super moist, decadent brownies with a lot less calories and guilt. The strawberries baked in also add to the moist quality of these treats. Perfect for a chocolate fix now and then.  

Yield: 15 brownies
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 30 min


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin, I usually grab the canned variety
3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
5 ounces dark chocolate bar(70%), finely chopped
1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp truvia
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 to 1 bag of frozen, sliced strawberries(unsweetened), thawed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray  an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.
3. In a large saucepan, combine butter and espresso powder. Heat on low and stir until butter has melted. Add chocolate, and stir constantly until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in Truvia until combined. Let cool slightly.
4. Whisk eggs and vanilla and keep moving the batter around until combined and no longer grainy-looking. Add flour mixture to batter and stir just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Stir in thawed, sliced strawberries
5. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a greased spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a just a few moist crumbs attached (28 to 30 minutes). Don't over bake! Let cool completely. Cut into pieces and serve or store.

Book Review: The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee

Author of several books, Dr. Richard G Lee writes with authority, based on extensive research. He proves that our nation's founders were Christians who knew the importance of God's leading. Re-constructionist historians say our country was not founded on Christian principles, but Lee refutes that decisively. He relates early US history and the paths of our country's growth. The causes of the Revolutionary war were similar to conditions in the USA today-- loss of freedoms and excessive government controls.

Dr Lee begins  with an introduction that briefly explains the downward spiral our country seems to be headed in and hence the beginning of discontent that many Americans are feeling with the present Administration in Washington which has resulted in the rising up of the Tea Party movement.He then describes our country's founding and the fight the Colonists engaged in against the King of England in order to become a free and independent people in their new land of America. That fight resulted in the Constitution of The United States and the Declaration Of Independence which guaranteed the people the freedom of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that people were endowed with by God, rights that cannot be taken away.

He explains that especially during the 60s and 70s, the social, religious, and moral values this country once new began to slip away until, today, America is hardly recognizable.Dr Lee goes on to explain the disastrous left-wing, socialist policies of our current president, Barrack Obama, and how, unless stopped, they will destroy what America was intended to be. In the last chapter he lists what he believes we as citizens can, and must, do to effect the changes that will right the wrongs done and put America on the right track. He says there is still hope for the country but we need to act soon or it will be too late.

Dr. Lee credits American spirit as what made us a productive and creative nation. He wonders if liberal and left-wing influence in our schools and on our young people have killed that spirit. But he has hopes common people will work together and return us to independence and creativity.

The author lists ten ways to peacefully regain our country, number one, by praying, second by voting and third urging others to vote. As Dr. Lee encourages, it's time we the people stood together and reclaimed our nation.

With just 212 pages, Dr. Lee speaks volumes and I highly recommend this book to all Americans who want to help return America to her Judeo-Christian roots.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."