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Remembering Mombasa Skies

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A very short video clip. I uploaded it for the sound of waves. Joining the wonderful meme, Skywatch  today .

Oatmeal - Molasses Bread

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After I cleaned out one of my closets the other day, I felt like making some bread. I used this recipe for some healthy oat bread. I used 4 cups of whole wheat flour, rather than the 3 cups white flour + 1 cup whole wheat called for in the recipe.  I also skipped the topping because I like to keep my egg usage to a minimum. Baking With Whole Wheat Flour - After I baked my bread, I read on line that if you want to keep your bread 100% whole wheat you should use vital wheat gluten so that your loaves are not dense and flat.  Vital wheat gluten is super-concentrated gluten flour, and it really helps to give low-gluten doughs better structure. Add one tablespoon of vital wheat gluten for every 2-3 cups of flour in your recipe. While I was kneading my whole wheat flour dough I did notice that the dough felt very hard. To make softer loaves, try letting the dough rest for about 20 minutes before kneading. This will give the flour time to absorb the water and soften the grains of

Going, Going, Gone!

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"When you have cleared all of your clutter, you can be of greater service to those around you. " Michael B. Kitson    "The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are." Mother Teresa Hello dear friends,  Decluttering may not be the most exciting activity but it is certainly an uplifting one.  I have managed to put together a huge bag of shoes, 3 large garbage bags of clothing and 2 medium size bags of magazines/books. These were all picked up by 1 person after posting an ad on the website for my local Freecycle chapter.  Within 2 and a half hours after posting on Sunday evening, I had my first response and she offered to take the entire lot. Starting at 6 a.m. the next morning I had 5 more takers.  This was great because it meant I had back up takers in case the first woman changed her mind. I gladly give to the Goodwill but since I shop at the thrift stores myself, I often feel my local thrift stores charge w

Missions of Hope

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Hello everyone, Jonah, of Missions of Hope (MOH), has placed his missions outreach on hold for the foreseeable future. As many of you know he has recently graduated with his Masters Degree in International Development and is currently looking for employment. While he puts his energy toward that, he will not be able to continue with his volunteer work helping orphans and widows.  That means his MOH blog is no longer available and he will not be taking any donations at this time. If and when the work resumes, I will let you know.  He wants to thank any of my readers who have contributed toward various initiatives over the past few years. Your contributions are not unnoticed and they mean far more than you know. To date, we have fallen far short of the funds needed for little Linet's cleft palate surgery. I am still hoping to proceed with this initiative but it will take much more time. We value your prayers for Linet, her family and her surgery need.  When I have something concre

Saturday

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"Anyone who has ever cleaned out a closet and taken stuff to Goodwill knows how liberating it is. You feel lighter, your mind feels clearer." Cecile Andrews (author and sustainability proponent) "I've been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn't serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it. And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas, I'm not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it." Jan Denise  Hello fellow blogging friends, I don't have anything exciting to write about or show today. The weather here is incredibly overcast with the cloud cover so low that I cannot see past the church steeple I often feature in my photos and blog headers. This kind of weather gives me a good excuse to

Beauty in the Sky

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A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them. ~Leonard Louis Levinson  God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. ~ Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther  And they were canopied by the blue sky, So cloudless, clear, and purely beautiful, That God alone was to be seen in Heaven. ~Lord Byron  Join here for Skywatch Friday. 

Memories

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Golden Rays

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The season is changing fast to Winter but I am squeezing out every last ray of sunshine and golden Fall leaves. These photos were taken just about a week ago. I am joining up with Mellow Yellow Monday Mandarin Orange Monday Our World Tuesday    

Pumpkin Muffins

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  Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup white all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2 cups canned pumpkin 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, or less if you want it less sweet. I probably used half a cup.* 2 eggs 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup nuts (I had leftover pumpkin seeds and some chopped almonds) 1/2 milk or just enough to make a muffin like consistency Directions 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2 Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl. 3 Whisk pumpkin, brown sugar (or Splenda), eggs, oil and chocolate chips in a second bowl until well combined. Stir the wet ingredients and raisins into the dry ingredients until no traces of dry ingredients remain. 4 Drop the batter by level tablespoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spacing the cookies 1 1/2 inches apart. 5 Bake the co

November 11 @ 11 O'Clock

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In Canada each year on November 11 at 11 o'clock, we remember the fallen soldiers. I think many countries have a similar Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Photo credit: Remembrance Day Canada The poem below was written by John McCrae, a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. - John McCrae

Now that I have seen....

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I am responsible. People often wonderful why I have thrown my heart and soul into Missions of Hope in Kenya. Though this video and song are about Rwanda, they express my heart for Kenya and my hopes for Kenyans. I have been to Kenya several times.  I have seen the poverty and the hardship with my own eyes, and now I am responsible. Lyrics to "Albertine" I am sitting still I think of Angelique her mothers voice over me And the bullets in the wall where it fell silent And on a thousandth hill, I think of Albertine there in her eyes what I don't see with my own Rwanda now that I have seen, I am responsible Faith without deeds is dead now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are I am on a plane across a distant sea But I carry you in me and the dust on, the dust on, the dust on my feet Rwanda I will tell the world, I will tell them where I've been I will keep my word I will tell them Albertine I am on a stage, a thous

I Went Searching for Sugarman

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I went Searching for Sugarman on Tuesday and found him! Just like many others in North America and around the world are now finding him. I hope you enjoy a peek at his life. I enjoyed the film a lot. I was inspired by the humility of this man, Sixto Rodriguez and by his philosopy toward life and art. An added bonus was getting to visit parts of the world where I have not yet been; the beautiful coastline of Cape Town, South Africa and the gritty streets of Detroit, Michigan. Another bonus was being able to understand the situation of apartheid from the white perspective, a little better.  Though this film is not about apartheid, apartheid is definitely wrapped up in the story.  This film came along for me shortly after having viewed " Come Back Africa ", a film about apartheid through the experiences of black South Africans. If you get an opportunity to see this film, I hope you take it.

November Images

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Diabetic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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After a evening of mending and another day of rain on Sunday, I felt like some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I saw some of these cookie recently on a blog but they didn't leave a recipel  I went in search of a diabetic recipe and tweaked what I found to better meet my pantry supply and to cut down on the sugar. DIABETIC PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup white all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2 cups canned pumpkin 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, or less if you want it less sweet. I probably used half a cup. * 2 eggs 1/4 cup canola oil 8 oz chocolate chips (1 cup) ** * Taste the batter before you drop it on the baking sheet to see if you need to add more sweetener. ** The recipe I tweaked used raisins (and less pumpkin and flour). Directions 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2 Mix f

My Day Today

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“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat  I couldn't resist a photo of the beautifully coloured orange leaves. But as you can see from the photo below, it was raining very heavily. It has been raining heavily here for some time. On days like this I like to stay home and make some hot soup or bake something comforting, read a good book or go to the movies. Today I went to see "Midnight's Children".  It was a rather long movie set in post-independence India, and based on the book and screenplay of the same name by Salman Rushdie.  I won't give away the plot but I did enjoy it.  It seems there are many good movies being released in November and December. It's a great relief to know that there are still good movies being made. The next one I hope to see is "Searching for Sugarman" (already released) or "Anna Karenina" (released