Would You Share And Help Christopher?

Can you help this family?

I shared with you about this little guy in my last post.   We are holding a fundraising party to help the family out on the financial end.  Would you please share this post wherever you can and would you please consider helping out?  This is a great time of year to get some Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.  All of my profits are being donated to this family.  The hostess gifts for this party will go to Christopher’s mother, Missy.  

If you are brand new to Lilla Rose and you buy 3 items, I can offer you an additional item for free (up to $16 value).  I will be happy to answer any questions you have and to help you choose the right size.  Here is a way to help you choose the right size and also a video to help you.  

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You can read more about Christopher on Facebook at this link:

Christopher’s Cancer Journey

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Please share it with as many as you can.  Let’s bless this family together!

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Oh Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

Think before you speak

I have not been blogging as much lately as I have in the past.  There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that I don’t want to blog just to have a post to put up.  I want to share my life and what I see and what is going on here at the farm.  But every once in awhile, something will burn within my heart that I feel I have to say.  Today’s post is one of those. 

This subject can be used in many areas of life, but I am going to share what sparked it for me as an example.  This is Christopher and his mom, Missy. 

Pray for Christopher

I knew Missy’s family when I lived in Florida.  She was a bridesmaid in my son’s wedding. The whole family is precious and they are helpers.  In June of this year, right after Christopher turned 3, he was diagnosed with cancer.  It is a very rare cancer.  In fact it is so rare that they have not given an exact diagnosis.  Samples of Christopher’s tumor have been sent to pathologists all over the country. One is considered by many to be one of the top 2 in the country. One doctor estimated that less than 5 children are like Christopher in the US right now.  Their whole world turned upside down with this diagnosis.  There is so much that goes into dealing with a family member with cancer.  I am sure none of us (unless you have gone through it) can feel the pain of watching your child suffer and having the unknown loom before you.  Having to look at that child again and tell him that there is another needle stick coming or a procedure that is scary and might hurt.  Then there is the financial needs.  Missed work, gas for travel to and from the hospital which is often over an hour away.  Having to stay overnight somewhere or stay for the week or even weeks.  Food that is needed for the family members who are there.  Having to deny yourself and your sick child fun opportunities that could be a compromise to their immunity.  There is so much more I have probably not even touched on. 

Christopher’s mother, Missy, had to make a post on Facebook that broke my heart for her.  That is what I want to share about.  Many people want to help.  They want to encourage.  They often don’t know what to say.  They will hear of some new treatment or something that they want to share with the family.  All of those are good things and the family appreciates them.  Some even say the wrong thing, but their heart comes through that they want to help.  However, there are some that are negative and say hurtful things that are totally uncalled for.  Their use of funds are being questioned.  They are looking at several options for an upcoming long extended stay for a round of radiation.  People are accusing them of wasting funds because they are looking at other options along with the Ronald McDonald House.  In her very sweet and loving explanation she shared some very valid reasons why the RMH might not be a good option for them this time.  She should not have to explain that to anyone.  People are refusing to help because they don’t have an exact diagnosis.  WOW!!!!  I can’t fathom that type of heart and I feel sorry for those people and I pray that they are never put in that situation.  If you don’t want to help, that is fine, but keep it to yourself.  Don’t reach out and hurt a family that is already struggling.  Where is your compassion? 

THINK BEFORE you speak.  It is one thing to ask if they have heard or thought about an option, but another one for you to tell them what they need to do.  None of us know all the circumstances. 

Read all the updates and pray for this family.  Many times people skim over an update or read the first line and then pass judgement.  I see this all the time on my Facebook page.  I recently posted a picture of a coffee cup from someplace in Canada.  A discussion came up about the McDonald’s coffee incident.  People made a judgment on what they heard in the news or from friends.  I shared this link with them that showed the facts of the case.  Many still lashed out at her and accused her of stupidity or lying.  Again… WOW!!!  They accused her of grabbing after money.  She originally wanted only $20,000 to cover her costs.  McDonalds refused.  They said she was stupid for putting the coffee between her knees to take the lid off.  Maybe a lapse in judgement, a mistake, but stupidity???  The coffee was so hot that she suffered full thickness burns (or third-degree burns) over 6 percent of her body, including her inner thighs, perineum, buttocks, and genital and groin areas. She was hospitalized for eight days, during which time she underwent skin grafting. She also underwent debridement treatments.  What if that was your mom?  She has been vilified through out the world for something that was an accident on her part.  Her settlement was reduced by 20% for her fault in the incident.  Her whole life had to change.  Where is the compassion?  People chose not to read the facts.  They saw what I wrote about and spouted off “their set of information” and condemned the woman.  

In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.  But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.   James 3:5

I am reminded of that children’s song …. Oh be careful little mouth what you say.  Oh be careful little mouth what you say.  For the Father up above is looking down in love.  So be careful little mouth what you say.  The Bible tells us that one day we will give account for our words…. ALL of them.

If you would like to help this family out financially, there is a page set up for that.  You can find it here.  I may be setting up a Lilla Rose fundraiser for them as well.  I am waiting to hear back from the family.  All of my profits will go straight to this family if the party is set up.  The hostess gifts will go to Christopher’s mother, Missy.  

Pray for this family as well. 

    

Don’t Judge A Soup By Its Looks

Don't judge this soup by how it looks... taste it!

I have heard people say some nasty things about this soup, yet they had never tasted it.  Do you have to have pretty food before you will taste it?  Are you willing to try something before you pass judgement on it?  This is one of those foods that gets a bad wrap because it is not pretty!

I was talking to my Dad and his wife one day and they told them that someone had brought them some soup.  A type of soup that they really liked.  Then when they went to warm it up and fix it for lunch, it did not look like they expected.  They expected a bowl of soup that looked like the one in the picture above.  They said that what they got was a clear broth with some veggies in it.  A few days later, my co-op order came in and I had gotten some green split peas.  I had really intended to make some bean soup, because I had a ham bone left, but those bright green peas caught my eye.  I decided to make Split Pea Soup.  I used to make this vegetarian style, even though I am not a vegetarian.  I must say that the ham really added to the flavor of the soup.  It is good both ways, so feel free to make it without the ham. 

I want to add one more little tidbit before I get into the recipe.  We ate the soup and loved it.  After we were done eating, I remembered that I had not taken a picture of it.  I decided to wait until the next day when I had left overs for lunch.  However, the next day, I would be going right by my Dad’s house on one of my errands.  I decided to pack up the left overs and deliver them to him.  I stopped and visited a few minutes and gave them the soup and then went on to do my errands.  When I got home, I remembered the picture part.  :)  I called my Dad and asked him to send me a picture of one of their bowls of soup whenever they fixed it.  He did that and even made sure it had some added touches in the picture. 

Split Pea Soup (with ham)

Put the oil in a skillet and turn on the heat.  I throw the onion, garlic and carrots into my Vitamix or you could use a food processor.  Put this mixture into the pan and saute them  until the onion and garlic are tender. 

Get out your crockpot and turn to high.  Add the water, peas, ham and the above mixture.  Add some salt and pepper and stir.  Then add the bay leaf. I do it that way, so it is easy to find and fish out when it is time.  :)  I let mine stay on high for a couple of hours and then I turned it to low and kept it there until supper time.  Before serving, fish out the bay leaf and your ham bone.  I then take about half of the soup and put it into my Vitamix and puree it.  I pour this back into the crockpot.  Cut any ham off the bone and make into bite size pieces and add back into the crockpot.  

Serve hot.  This soup goes well with cornbread. 

Life Is Too Short – Make It Right

Every year on this day, I share a reminder with you.  Love those who are around you.  Make things right with those who have a problem with you.  Call someone you love and tell them that you love them and why.  Hug those around you.  Take time out of your busy schedule to make it happen.  You never know if you will get another chance.  I heard a preacher yesterday say that if we are too busy to reach out to others, then we are too busy and we need to let go of some things in our lives. 

Nine years ago today, my Mom who we thought was perfectly healthy, did not wake up.  That is a phone call you never want to receive.  It changed my life.  It changed in the obvious ways, that I no longer had a Mom I could call and talk to, or go see or hug.  Another way it changed is that I was shown the importance of people and relationships.  I am very aware of how I leave things with people.  It is easier to not let things that people do bug me.  If my husband does something that used to irritate me, I think about how glad I would be for that irritation if he was gone.  I can then let it go. 

I also lost a friend last year on this day.  She died after fighting a battle with cancer.  I pray for her family on this first anniversary of her death. 

Who is on your mind right now?  Go call them before the urge goes away.

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Quinoa It’s Whats For Supper Or Breakfast Or Lunch…

This is just one of many ways to use quinoa

I was first introduced to Quinoa (pronounced keen’ wa) over 15 years ago.  It is an ancient Incan grain that is literally packed with nutrition.  It contains protein (50% more than wheat) and more iron, phosphorus, Vitamins A, E and B, and more calcium and fat than other grains.  Many people have tried Quinoa and declared it to be bitter and won’t eat it.  It has a waxy type coating called saponin.  This needs to be rinsed off.  It usually takes more than one rinse to get it all off and you need to do the rinsing under running water.  It is well worth taking the time to do this.  You can purchase pre-rinsed Quinoa, which might be a good place to start if you have never tried it.  It is the fruit of a plant that is related to Lamb’s Quarters.  It will quadruple in size when you cook it.  You can combine it with other grains like millet, bulgur or buckwheat to get other taste combinations.  It can also be substituted for bulgur if you make tabouli.

I love Quinoa but don’t often think about cooking it.  I found my jar of Quinoa way back in the pantry and it had gotten moths in it, so it became chicken feed.  My co-op had a tri-color Quinoa on sale and so I bought several bags.  It is so versatile that I like to cook a larger amount than we are going to consume with that meal.  It leaves left overs I can use all week.  I am going to share some of the ways that I use it.  

The first night we had it, I used it in place of rice.  I cooked 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water.  I had some left over round steak that needed to be used up.  I cut it up into bite size pieces and cooked it in a bit of oil along with a lot of onion and garlic and green peppers.  I added salt, pepper and some seasoned salt.  After it was done, I added a little bit of plain yogurt to make it a sort of stroganoff type dish.  I had already turned the heat off and just stirred the yogurt in and put a lid on it, so it would heat the yogurt with out making it curdle.  There was a lot of juice because of the peppers and onions, so it was not as thick as stroganoff.  I put some of the cooked Quinoa in a bowl.  

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I spooned some of the pepper mixture over the top and the juice made it even better.  :)  The picture at the top of this post is that meal. 

The next morning, I heated up some of the quinoa and then put butter and a little real maple syrup over it.  Oh my, it was so delicious and filling.  I had a friend tell me to add apple chunks and cinnamon to that.  I plan on trying that soon.

The next day I made myself a salad for lunch.  I sprinkled some of the cooked Quinoa over that.  It added protein, texture and flavor to my salad.  

You can use it as a side dish like you would rice.  It can be added to casseroles or soups.  Put some in your smoothie.  This is a great way to add some protein and nutrition to another dish.  

Here is the Quinoa that I used. I also had questions about the little rings you see in the picture above.  That is the germ ring and becomes visible when it is cooked.  :)

I would love to hear different ways that you use Quinoa in your house.  Please leave a comment below and share.  :)

 

These Could Be Yours

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  Most of you know that I sell Lilla Rose hair jewelry.  They are the only product I have found that keeps my hair up all day. 

 

You can win the 2 above by heading on over to Chaya’s page.  There is still time to get your name in the hat!! :)  You won’t be sorry!!

 

Do You Know This Man?

Louis Bromfield was ahead of his time

This is Louis Bromfield.  He was a man from Ohio who was ahead of his time.  He was a conservationist, but came up with many farming techniques that are still used today.  He wrote many books as well.  His farm is so beautiful.  We went there today.  It is called Malabar Farms.  Even though he died before I was born, his farm is still run in much the same way as he ran it. Malabar Farm was the location for the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  It is a beautiful place.  They have many interactive displays on many aspects of agriculture.  There is an observation hive full of bees that people can see right up close.  They have many different events set up through out the year.  They make maple syrup in the early Spring and you can go see the sugaring house.  They host square dances through out the year that are enjoyed by many.  There are cooking workshops and there is a Spinning and Weaving Guild that meets there and you can go try your hand at weaving and other fiber arts.  There is an old farm house that has been turned into a wonderful restaurant that serves local food.  The menu changes to reflect was in season at that time.  There are trails that you can hike and there is even a place to camp.  You can check out this page that shares their crop rotation that they do.  They also sell their grass based meats that are raised on the farm.  I told my husband he (Louis Bromfield) was the Joel Salatin of his day.  :)

Louis had a good friend named Cosmos Blubaugh.  Cosmos is part of my husband’s family.  My Father-in-law’s dad died when my Father-in-law was a young teen.  Cosmos would come and take him fishing after his dad died.  A friend of mine read about Cosmos in a book either by or about Louis Bromfield.  She asked me about him.  When I asked my Father-in-law, he told me his memories of him.  I love to have historical stories to go with family.  :) 

  You can tour the home or the barn if you like.  I think it is a wonderful place and I am glad it is close enough to visit every once in awhile.  Here are some pictures I took today.

 

This is his farm (house and barn) as seen from the top of a hill on the farm.

This is his farm (house and barn) as seen from the top of a hill on the farm.

These next pictures are taken at the top of the hill looking in other directions.

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Here are some pictures of foliage.  It is not at the peak of the Autumn color, but there were lots of bright splashes!

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Are the Autumn colors showing off at your house?  Let me know in the comments below.  :)