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Once the blinders are off, it’s rather hard to go back to seeing things the way you used to.

~ Mercedes Lackey



Cream of Something Soup (Without Corn Starch)


I learned that corn starch is calorie dense without any nutrutional value, so here is an alternate recipe using flour instead of corn starch.

2 cups dry milk,2-1/2 c. flour
¼ c. bouillon powder,
2 T dried onion flakes

[You can add basil, thyme, pepper, and whatever else seems good — garlic powder, celery flakes, parsley]

To use: Mix ½ cup mix with 1-1/4 c. water. Bring to a boil and stir, stir, stir (about 5 minutes to thicken).

Ginger Steak


My husband thought this was very yummy!


  • 4 (8 ounce) beef sirloin steaks, at least 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, basil, mustard and lemon juice until smooth. Place the steaks on a broiling pan, and pour 1/4 of the mixture over each one. Massage into the meat.
  3. Broil the steaks for 5 minutes, then turn over and cook to your desired degree of doneness.



“We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.’
What is that, grandmother?’
To understand other people.’
Yes, grandmother. I must be fair – for if I’m not fair to other people, I’m not worth being understood myself. I see.”
— The Princess and the Goblin

Winter of the Soul


I see the season of winter as an excellent example of the transforming work of the Lord in a Christian’s life. When winter comes, the vegetable world, it seems to me, reflects the image of the purifying which God does in order to remove imperfections from the life of one of His children.

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