Sunday, September 24, 2017

Will things ever change?

I found an old poem I wrote in 1995 and I realized I still feel almost the exact same way since I started going to church. I hadn't gone regularly since I wrote this poem.

part 1-

I see the stares all around.
knowing that I've been found 
feel I'm not a part of this crowd.

My stomach begins to tighten in a knot
afraid for I'm about to be caught
I've entered in this forbidden land
one whose land I have not bought.

I see the look in their eyes 
I want to be a part of their lives
if only they would let me inside.

The circle they stand in is drawn tight
Why must they always put up a fight?
Lord, is what they do all right?

Though I stand up and laugh 
I still feel the pain
people who dont know me
think I'm insane
my life is in chains.

They don't want me to get near
what about me do they fear?
I don't understand why I cry all these tears.

With these burdens I can't carry on 
i know you'll come and my fear will be gone
oh Lord, please come.

I try to hold back all my tears 
but the tears keep falling till I've cried
Lord lift me up come inside
Lift these burdens I can't go on.

remove these burdens I cannot bear
take the pain that I share.

to be continued...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scripture tote

I made this bag as a sample for a friend. A relative saw it and asked if I'd make her one. Sure! I agreed.
Then she told me to make it just like that one but bigger.

Ack! I looked all over Pinterest, Google and Etsy for a suitable pattern. They all had something about it I didn't like.

So after days of searching, I decided to draft my own pattern based on the dimensions the relative wanted.

I can't wait to show the finished pictures. And I'll even write up a tutorial for it when I get all the bugs worked out.

Here is the original bag that started this fun challenge.

Also on the works is an extra large project bag for sweaters. With a zipper.

And a project bag for my sister who has recently taken up crocheting!! Yay!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pad Thai 2

I recently tried some pad thai from Fit Cooks Couple on Youtube. I really liked it. Much better than the recipe I found years ago on the back of the noodle package.

I changed how I made their dish though and wanted to write it here so I don't forget how I made it. It's a wonderful recipe. Check out their Youtube channel!

Here is the ingredient list with my changes:

1 Tablespoon coconut oil 4 teaspoons minced garlic from jar. (I love this stuff)
4 green onions, chopped. Slice and separate the whites from the green parts. 1 pound cubed chicken breast, raw 3 large eggs, beaten 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp soy sauce 12 oz (225g) Thai- style wide rice noodles 3 cups water 1/4 tsp himalayan salt

Heat wok with oil and add cubed raw chicken breast. Cook until done. Add garlic. Push chicken to the side and add in the beaten eggs. As the eggs cooked, stir to combine. I like to mix the chicken and the eggs together at this point. Next add the noodles and water fish sauce, sugar and soy sauce. Cover with a lid. Cook until noodles are soft. Stir together. As it cooks,the water will absorb into the noodles. The first time I made this dish, I tried it hot from the skillet and didn't like it. But I put it into meal prep containers and heated it up the next day and it was delicious! Don't forget the toppings! I didn't think it needed so much oil especially since you are cooking the noodles from a dry state.
To serve (optional) Crushed Peanuts Chopped Cilantro Lime wedges --------------

Blessing bags completed.

The first batch of blessing bags have been completed. Here are the last of them. Next challenge is to make 25 more in a Christmas...