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Stuffed Green Peppers

reblogging since my WP is being kinda odd…

Recipes, Talk, Healthy and Tasty Food

Caveat: This lo-cal, high protein meal is a great amount of food (one pepper? I can eat 1/2 and be stuffed).

This beautiful recipe I wrote back in… 2004 and it hasn’t failed to garner oohs and ahs. It’s packed with rice, ground beef, sauces and onions and more, and is another forgivable recipe you can tweak to your food preferences. I have replaced the ground beef with corn and other vegetables for a vegetarian option. Calorie count will be different, however.

One of the things I like about this dish is if I don’t feel up to stuffing the peppers, I can chop the peppers up, toss them in with the mix, and be done with it in a shorter period of time. Oh, but they are so pretty when they full of goodies and and baked.

Image result for stuffed bell peppers with tops

Let’s get to it so you can enjoy it!

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Book… Work… Sorta…

So. Here’s the thing.

I’ve no idea why but around 3:30 p.m. I now apparently need a senior nap. This really messes with my ability to finish working on my book.

Okay, similar with social media.

But that is not the point! I get through approximately oh, say, 6 chapters of my last edits before I send to my grammar cop and then (no matter what I am working on, my eyes flutter shut and my laptop sliding from my lap is the only thing that wakes me. Then, I go lay down and hours (no not power napping, rats) later I finally come to, get dinner ready, exercise, shower, then hit the hay early.

Yeesh. I used to: get up at 7 a.m. or thereabouts, go to bed at 2 a.m. almost religiously. Now bedtime is 11 p.m. and rising is maaaaaybe 8 a.m.

I hope and pray I never end up in a nursing home because rising time is 5:30 a.m. and bedtime is 3:30 p.m. Well, who knows. By then that may be a welcome change.

Maybe because I know the grammar cop is after me.

Friends

What happens when one loses a spouse and can’t afford to live in his home any longer? Is a disabled veteran?

Roger Peterson does what others have not: donated his home to other disabled veterans, having paid out of his pocket for much of the construction while awaiting a 503 charity status.

I know Roger, I recalled when his wife passed away. He hardly had funds for a basic funeral and was lost without her. Now, he is giving from his heart.

These are days when it is tough to give, especially to someone you don’t know. I know where my finances stand and I can barely scrape enough money together to pay my bills, but I will give what I can even if it’s 5 bucks. And, spread the word. There is surely a good soul out there or many who have a heart for the disabled veterans.

This is the GoFundMe page to help him finish work on the home for vets.

https://www.gofundme.com/donna039s-place

 

 

 

https://www.gofundme.com/donna039s-place

Ah… back to reality

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So…

Because my posts float here to there to back again wherever, I am going to get a thousand other blogs. Yarp.

So I will post here my new blog sites, etc., so it will only be mildly confusing. Sound good? Am I insane? Shush.

I am going to (before I take off and do ‘other’ stuff i.e. make other WP sites) post what I read in the Tanakh today, specifically chapter 10. The Israelites again (and recall, if you will, that the church does the all the time. Not just one denomination, but all. And also, we individually do this. So don’t make the assumption that I am picking on Israel) messed up and immediately started worshipping other idols.

Particularly Baal — that is Dagan (Zebul) which was once renamed in derision by Israel as ‘lord of the flies.’

But back to falling into this idol worship. An idol is that which is anything or anyone that is worshipped above God. Hey, that’s just a reminder.

God had saved them over again, constantly each time they did this, from running from Egypt and on, because of His compassion and His promises. I suspect (though He already knew what was happening and that it would happen again) He heaved a sigh and said, ‘Have it Your Way,’ like the Ole Blue Eyes song, I Did it My Way.

Israel (past, present and future) were taken captive and sold to the Philistines (not Palestinians… Philistines–ya, forget it, I’ll explain another day) and Ammonites, and thoroughly crushed and oppressed, physically and spiritually. I see this spiritually in my ‘now’ as Satan trying to steal my joy, my devotion and my Promised Land. To destroy my faith.

I actually have been there. Done that. Got the tee shirt. Went to the conference called…’Been There.’ Sadly, just like Israel, more than once. Tsk.

The enemies even crossed the Jordan taking the Israelites captive from the Promised Land, that which they’d live for already more than a century.

If you know anything about human trafficking, being sold into enemy hands never turns out well.

The Israelites knew how God so often saved them (suddenly He was convenient again and they wanted Him to wave a magic wand–how many times are we just great with our own idolatry of stuff, but when something BIG happens, we remember to say God help me?), but superficially, not spiritually. Just as in the times during Rome, the leaders didn’t give a whit to changing their hearts, what they wanted was to keep their arrogance (their idolatry = themselves).

But God says, ‘let your gods save you.’ Reminiscent of Romans 1:28-32 –the future of not just folks hanging out on earth for whatever reason but for the church who follows suit. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A28-32&version=NIV )

Finally… another sigh from God, he hears them cry out again, and saves them from themselves out of compassion. By His arm. Again, another reminder of the NT, Ephesians: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+2&version=NIV

I implore you, look into yourselves. What is YOUR idol? I have many days by the way when I need to stop and remember who is God… me? No. My stuff? Not so much. And on and on.

So… that being shorter than many of my posts on the Tanakh, I now go to set up more sites…

eee gads

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Here’s the problem. I stay up late anyway, got age-related insomnia. I suspect.

But yesterday, was out and about, without access to my awesome well water and the city water was pukable. So, thinking I was wise in my own eyes, I made a gallon of tea and drank the whole thing. The entire morning, afternoon, and evening.

Yep.

Which meant a lot of er, interruptions. Add to that, multi-tasking at lightspeed, dancing to rap (which I highly dislike), then on social media, hush… while typing without looking at my computer, and wide, wide awake until 3:30 a.m.

Well, after all the fun below it was 4:30 a.m.

Thankfully, no sugar was added to this or things might have been much worse. Still, had upset tummy from this and after trying to get hubby to stop snoring and my tummy under control, headed for the way-too-short couch to sleep. Then comes hubby bright-eyed at 7 a.m.

“Whatcha doin’ out here?” or some such. I mumbled something and felt well enough to plant my face into bed. Needless to say I slept like the dead. Coming off a clearcut high and crashing.

wot?

I’ve never had illicit drugs (or legit drugs that do this) but wowsa if this is like what drug addicts go through, then my heart goes out to those jonesing. Kind of like what I am doing for just a hit of tea.

Should I find a twelve-step program? “Hi. My name is Claire and I am addicted to Lipton tea.” Would that fly?

Just curious.

So, when I did drag myself from the bed I ended up drinking 2 pots of coffee, not 2 cups.

That was a zone I have never experienced before, and will probably never do this ever, ever again. With the exception of finishing off that one… glass… of tea.

Avoiding the Edit (yeesh)

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OKAY YES. I am in denial, dodging the final edit of my WIP which is really the very, very last time to look at the MS having only 20 chapters left (out of 41).

Instead, I have been fiddling with social media. Browsing Amazon. For stuff I really don’t need. The whole time. Nevertheless, there on Amazon I fondle thoughts of the ‘yeah… that would come in handy. Should I pay a bill, first? Nah. Wait. Maybe.’

Yes, Sally. The whole time. I do my best (no, no, the worst) browsing for stuff on Amazon at night. As an insomniac, it is what I do, and thankfully, not for a living. Oh, if only. I have to admit that purchasing a Ron Popeil’s Ronco Rotisserie from some TV ad was the hands down best purchase I have ever made. I’ve had 3… one too small, the next my son accidentally broke, and the next, he bought and we share. Now twice as much $ as when we bought them.

yee haw!

Along with things like lights for when the electricity goes off and we’re left in the dark (TV ad). OH. And beeswax for candles which I hand-roll for Christmas presents Amazon). And some useful appliances, most of which are non-electric (for those times when there’s no electricity, I mean, coffee is essential to life! I have a wood stove so cooking is a cinch. BBQ in the summer). See? A few things come from there. Over the past 19 years <cough>.

Lest you think I am lazy at all things, I did read Judges, chapter 9 today, which is a cool read. So, lemme get to it.

Verse 2, I just want to point out archeology has found this site and identified as Israel’s land.

Next and unfortunately, after the death of Gideon, the leaders and the entire city fell back into complete, utter slavery to evil. Abimelech became arrogant, power-hungry, murdered all but one of his brothers, and destructive of the Jewish faith by worshiping idols (sounds familiar, like ‘the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy) and decided he’d take power from God as king for himself. He destroyed the fields by salting them so the faithful would have nothing.

He went onto campaigns of murder by going after the faithful, killing men and women warriors (like martyrs of Old and New testament and even today’s world). Those faithful who fled to a stronger tower (‘resist the devil and he will flee’). A woman pushed a large ROCK (Jesus?) onto Abimelech’s head (crushing it like in Genesis 3?)

The rest of the enemies were freaked out, understandably and fled where they were destroyed (hell?)

Anywho… that is my read for the day, praying that it is correct in the interpretation.

Now, I am off to exercise self-control over social media.

Caught up in the moment…

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I got caught up over the understanding of Christianity yesterday and didn’t share on chapter 8 of Judges. What I saw. So I will post both chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 8 is a bit longer, 9 is short.

In chapter 6 as recap, Gideon was told to take on the Midianites. Even he doubted.

Chapter 7 continues. Gideon had amassed 22,000 men willing to go into battle. God said, cut that amount to 300… against a huge military might of the Midianites– those who stopped at the stream to drink first. God ‘sifted them,’ I suspect by faith in God vs. their own arrogance. Hmm. Us? Our church leaders?

So, this small band (needed Living Water… ) and on their own were small and weak (reminds me of those in Philadelphia, the city near the modern city of Manisa in Turkey mentioned in Revelation, also called the ‘seat of Satan,’ in chapter three).

The Israelites were surrounded by evil, evil people, cruel and brutal (the same people in Genesis who sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt). The numbers were so great they were unable to count them. God gave one man a dream that Israel was about a loaf of barely. Barley was considered the inferior grain.

When he told Gideon, this encouraged him, again like in Revelation to the church of Philadelphia. Gideon separated the 300 into 3 companies with empty jars they smashed (breaking chains of evil?).

At the sound of the jars being destroyed and the trumpet (shofar), God’s very presence threw the Midianites into complete confusion and then they turned on themselves, killing one another. This original army was 135,000 give or take. The remainder of these invaders dropped to 22,000.

confusion of the Midianites

Many, but not all believers joined, encouraged. They captured the evil leaders of the Midianites and too the to the rock (? um… Jesus typology?), killed them (Jesus’ death on the cross, nailing sin/evil to that cross?) and brought the heads (yuck) back as a sign to the Israelites as God’s victory over demonic forces.

The weak are only strong in God. This is reiterated throughout the Tanakh and the New Testament. “The victory is the LORD’s,” “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty… and ”And He said to me, “My grace suffices you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” ‘Therefore will I boast rather most gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’

Now, in chapter 8, like the time of Jesus, Jews at that time refused to 1. give help to Gideon and 2. did not recognize God as royalty with the wealth and riches of the kingdom to come and freedom, as did the Gentiles. Gideon pronounced the final judgement for those who rejected God and returned to idol worship– with their death. Sad. But historical.



“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” ~ Yeshua

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A lot of people do not understand Christianity. I didn’t for a very long time. I thought it was just another religion just like every other one.

not like every other ideology

            It’s not. It is the only religion that does not demand of you to be perfect, to spend all of your life and soul and even in some religions your blood or the blood of animals to erase your sin. It is the only religion where Yahweh is mentioned throughout the Old Testament (i.e. the Tanakh) and the New Testament. Reading the Tanakh is paramount to understanding Jesus’ words, which often seemed harsh and unbelievable.

It is the only religion that tells us that Yahweh loves us without condition, ‘and does not want anyone to perish but to come to the saving knowledge of Christ’ by saying simple words: ‘confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead and you will be saved.’

            It is the only religion that says we are saved by faith and that given to us by God, not our own boasting. Prophetic from the word ‘go’ for the ultimate fulfillment in Yeshua (in Hebrew means ‘Yahweh saves.’ And Yahweh means, ‘I am who I am.’ Prophecy from Genesis 1:1, on. Jesus did not write the New Testament). Jesus didn’t start Christianity. He wasn’t the “first Christian.” He was born as a Jew in Bethlehem that has always been in Israel, not by any other ‘name.’

He was not a gentile that lived in an occupied land by Israel. He did live in Israel occupied by Rome (who hated Jews so much they renamed the entire country and burned Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon to the ground in 70 AD).

What Jesus might have looked like

            His ministry was first to the Jews, though he never turned down a gentile who showed faith. The Jews condemned him spiritually, and the Romans condemned him to the most brutal of deaths, that is on the cross. His hands and feet brutally nailed so he could not stand, causing severe pain, dislocation of the shoulders, and heart failure. Yet, he willingly died for us. Every human on earth.

Yet many have refused only to condemn themselves. Many have not heard. All will hear and still have that choice.

            If you’ve not read the Koran, I highly recommend it. It is all about not displeasing allah, but making sure one sacrifices as much as possible to follow that law, where martyrdom is the best option for those 72 virgins, killing infidels, and women are subjugated, considered a mistake and evil, 1/2 worthy of a man, and the reason why men rape… (Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’” Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.’” Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles. Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. Image thanks to Charlie Garrett of the Superior Word.            

ISIS Sex Slaves for the Market

This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell). A reminder: if you wear a hijab, you are submitting to that sexism, the concept that you are worthless and a mistake, and you’ll go to Hell because you aren’t a virgin, submitting yourself to an ideology of hate, to a man’s whim, and ultimately, you’ll be wearing a burka, too.

does this make me look…. Fat?

Much to be said about other religions including humanism (from Dictionary Online: “The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans (does that mean like, a serial killer is okay?). An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics (Is cannibalism ethical? Asking for a friend…). An example of humanism is planting vegetables in garden beds (like, with a composted corpse?)” Nihilism, here: (from Online Dictionary: *PHILOSOPHY: extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence (i.e. your atoms may simply be floating around doing what they want?). *HISTORICAL: the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order, which all depend on great deeds we do as humans that don’t count in the end (like, unless you can provide forced labor?). This is likely why Stalin had such success murdering upwards of 20 million people without compunction.

            Oh yeah, good works are great, but faith in Yeshua must come first. Demands for money and works are simply not there. You count. If Jesus didn’t believe you were worth squat, He wouldn’t have taken on everyone’s sin, whipped, nailed brutally to the cross, bleeding, dying for us. Are you worthy of heaven? It’s a different word, and no we are not.

            We serve the only God, Yahweh (not ‘a great god’ as some modern songs say). And the Trinity, many do not understand in a child’s eyes, the Trinity, even though they are Bible-believing Christians. 

            So, as you walk the talk and have faith, make sure you understand the Bible, ask for His help to understand His Word, to teach your children, to explain the faith, and for your kids to pass this habit of reading and prayer along with the defense of their belief.