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7 Reasons to Eat Soup

Need a reason or two to attend a CNC women’s soup potluck on Friday, October 7th?  Read on. And then call Debra to let her know you are attending.

1. Tribute. Haitians eat pumpkin soup January 1st to celebrate their Independence from France (1804). This soup is eaten early in the day “to celebrate unity and good fortune” (Missy Gauvin).

Missy relates that the French landowners had their slaves prepare pumpkin soup, but often forbade the slaves from eating it themselves. So upon the slaves successful uprising and overthrow of the French involvement in their country, the now freed slaves prepared and ate the pumpkin soup for themselves. The yearly tradition of eating of the soup continues as a tribute to the men and women who fought for and won Haitian independence.

2. Vegetables and Fruits. We’ve been told since childhood to eat our veggies and fruits because they are good for us. And they are. But sometimes it is hard to eat all that’s required for a healthy diet. Eating soup is a great way to get multiple types and 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruit into our diet. Try this quick and easy vegetable soup or Elise Gaube’s Ratatouille which is in our CNC cookbook. (You can buy a book from the church office.)

There are even great soup recipes which include fruit. There are many such recipes on the web, but here are two to get you started.  Peach Buttermilk soup is great for breakfast. This Watermelon Gazpacho also has tomatoes and celery.

3. Roughage. Beans provide roughage (as do veggies and fruits). “Meeting your roughage targets promotes the health of your intestine, combats high cholesterol and can curb appetite” (Ryan Devon). You can get packets of bean soup mix from the market. And of course the Internet has many, many bean soup recipes. One of my fave recipes is Sweet Potato Lentil Stew.

4. Diet Aide. Starting a meal with a healthy soup has been shown that the “eater” then consumes up to 20% less food. Soup fills you up some and so you are not as tempted to overeat. Bonus – you get extra servings of vegetables and fruits by including soup in your meal plan.

5. Body Coolant. I’ve read that taking a warm shower on a hot day is the best way to cool down your body. I’ve also heard that consuming hot and/or spicy food does the same. Make this Korean Summer Chicken Soup to test out the theory for yourself.

6. Overall Health. Consistently consuming enough fruits and veggies will positively affect your vision, heart, and blood pressure. It can also be a deterrent to getting cancer.

7. Community. A bunch of CNC women will be gathering on Friday, October 7, 2011 for a soup potluck. Go here for details. Contact me or Debra, if you have any questions. (If you don’t RSVP, come anyway.)

Your Turn  . . . What reason would you add to this list? Have a soup recipe to share?

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5 simple things bring gratitude

i have a notebook with purple pages. i have a flowy gel pen. i use these two to record a daily blessing. today is friday. i “belong” to susanne’s friday’s fave five. so i recorded 5 blessings from last week. easy peasy assignment since i have my
trusty notebook. here are my five.

1. my brother-in-law is a thoughtful, smart, patient, helpful guy. he connected my wireless internet. now i have uninterrupted internet connection anywhere in my home. i can connect with my laptop and kindle.

2. i spent time with my 9 y.o. niece TWICE last week. she helped me with some cleaning and cookie baking. we made lorna’s peanut butter cookies and reva’s pistachio thumbprint cookies. both were delish and are in cnc’s cookbook. we still have books for sale. (hint. hint. the cost is donation or $10-whichever you prefer.)

3. many ladies responded to my phone calls asking for their help. i wasn’t able to attend a dear friend’s
baby shower,  but i was able to find ladies to bring food, help with set-up and clean up and give a devotional.

4. i found my kindle. i read uncle tom’s cabin (a free ebook from amazon). (and glad i found a clear thinking brain – finally.) wow did that book affect me. i am embarrassed by america’s past position on slavery. i was horrified at how some of the characters were treated because i know they were based on real people and true events. i was touched by the gospel messages that was presented throughout the book. i want to be like eva!

5. advice from a friend is priceless. a dear friend that i’ve known for years came over to listen to my “problem” and then brainstormed some ideas with me. our time ended with prayer. she also came bearing gifts (bread and jam from 2 different ladies) and dove chocolate and pretty click pens from her.

of course there are more blessings than these: meals, one lady stayed with the meal to eat with me, a special lady is doing most of the children’s ministry oversight and another one is steering the speakers for women’s retreat. thanks to EVERYONE.

these are a few of my favourite things from last week. to share yours click here.

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6 Reasons to Buy a CNC Cookbook Today

26525_pile_of_cookbooksFood interests everyone. Especially tasty food. The CNC cookbook is available for purchase and of course has recipes for tasty food.

They are in the office during the week or in the foyer on Sundays.

 Below are six reasons to buy your cookbook today.

  1. 100% of the money goes to the Women’s Ministry fund. For every five books we sell, enough money is earned to give an average scholarship to women’s retreat.
  2. There are a limited number of books left.You don’t want to be the only CNC family member without one.
  3. This cookbook contains 350+ family-tested and family-loved recipes. You can cook any recipe and know that it’ll be a winner.
  4. The kid’s recipe section is darling.There are 24 unabridged recipes from CNC children ages 4-11. Here a few . . .
  • You’ll find a recipe for Seth’s Pizza Man (p. 248) which you’ll want to start today since it takes 30,000 hours to cook.
  • Hannah’s Super Duper Homemade French Toast (p. 246) is a must try especially for those milk lovers as it calls for 7 cups of milk.
  • John’s chocolate chip cookie (p. 244) ingredient list is easy enough with 1 c. flour, 3 c. regular milk and 2 c. chocolate chips.
  • Have a hankering for strawberries in your eggs? Check out Emily’s Scrambled Eggs on page 242.

5.       It only costs $14.99. At this price you can even buy one for yourself and one as a gift.

6.      Some are already gift wrapped. Be one of the first to pick up a wrapped cookbook.

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Bake Sale Opportunity Shows Our World Involvement

CNC is known for community involvement whether it’s in our own backyard or on other continents like South East Asia. That’s why I’m so excited about Sunday’s bake sale at church. The proceeds will go to field workers in Kurdistan to up grade their hole-in-the floor toilet to the decadent style of porcelain.

Please bring your baked good, sweet and/or savory, to Rudat Hall. We will sell the items between the two services and after the 2nd service. Be sure to bring money so you can take home food for Sunday lunch.

We are also collecting . . . . cell phones, used inkjet cartridges, DVD’s, iPOD’s and gaming machines. Even the broken ones.

Finally, if you’d like a great present, buy a CNC cookbook. 

All the proceeds from these fundraisers will go to missions. All 100% of the funds. Thank you in advance for supporting missions. Together we are spreading the love, mercy and grace of Christ.

Go to this post to see the three reasons why this fundraising event is important to you.

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What surprise ingredient do you put in your eggs?

. . . horeseradish?
. . . sherry?
. . . seaweed?
. . . pureed vegetables?
. . . any and every leftover?

My 4 year old niece has a surprising addition, if you are game.

Below is her recipe for Arnez Scrambled Eggs.
You will also find it in the CNC cookbook coming soon to . . .
a Women’s Ministry team member near YOU!

1. Crack in two eggs in a big bowl that’s clean. Throw away the eggshells.
2. Take a fork and poke at the egg yolks. And then stir it.
3. You can put strawberries in. [The surprise ingredient.]

4. Put the eggs in a pan that has a fire under it.
5. You get a spoon to pick up the cooked eggs to put them on a plate.
6. Put catsup but not Ranch [dressing] on the eggs.
7. Put everything away and wash the bowl and fork out.
NOTE: Orange juice would be a good match for this breakfast.

by Emily Arnez – age 4

The cookbook has other recipes just as darling!

Doesn’t that make you want to grab your checkbook and send in $14.99 to the church right NOW!

Seriously, how do you like your eggs?
I like mine dry with lots of white pepper and two pieces of buttered, wheat toast. Please smear one slice with marmalade. Oh, and a cup of English Breakfast Tea steeped for 3 minutes with a slurp of milk.

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Easy Recipe (Pasta Primavera) With Neat Tip




I found a way to make my new favorite summer dish (Pasta Primavera) a tich neater. 

Here’s my basic recipe.

  1. Steam frozen or fresh veggies (broccoli, carrots, zucchini, peas, corn).
  2. Sauté onion, mushrooms, and peppers. I cook whatever is on hand until I have about 3 cups of steamed and sautéed veggies.
  3. Make a white sauce while the veggies are cooking. I make 2 cups. This sauce is equally good with powdered milk, cow’s milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
  4. Cook 1 lb. of linguine. Drain.
  5. Put all the veggies and white sauce into the noodles.
  6. Fold in 1-2 cups of washed and roughly chopped spinach.
  7. Add handful of sliced cherry tomatoes.

Okay, here’s the neat tip: Before I pour the dry noodles into a pot of boiling water, I break the noodles in half inside the package.

Maybe y’all already knew this one. I just discovered it last week while whipping up this dish (again). Doing it this way ensured that I didn’t drop even one noodle.Works-for-me.

Click on over to Kristen’s blog where Works-For-Me-Wednesday has MORE tips to make YOUR life easier.


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Wahoo – It’s Day 6 of Friendship Bread Starter

According to the Friendship Bread Starter Recipe I get to . . .

“Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Squeeze bag several times.”

In the past I have not been very successful with taking care of my Starter. It would get too hot and die. It would get too cold and not grow. Or I’d forget all about it – especially when it was nestled in my sock drawer.

But so far so good and I have some Starter to share.

My sister declined taking possession of Starter because she was sure she’d fall into the “forgetting all about it” camp.

After explaining to Lorna the care and feeding of Starter she said, “It’s like taking care of a plant and I kill plants.” She also declined – for now.

J was willing to give it a go. After giving some Starter to J, she and hubby talked about what they’d do with Starter this week. They have plans to go to Redding. In the end, it was hoped that their upstairs neighbor would give Starter the necessary squeezes.

So how’s it going with your Starter?

Don’t have any Starter and want some? Go here for directions to make your own.

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Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

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