"A Better Bicycle" is #30 in The American Adventure Series. This book is set in Minneapolis, MN in 1896. The historical events covered in this book include the increasing popularity of the bicycle, the rise of alcoholism (and unemployment) and the work of the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union). Moral issues brought up in this book include working to earn money for an item rather than having it given to you, compassion for others, the effects of alcoholism on a family, prioritizing how you spend your money and choosing friendships wisely.
This was yet another book that blew me away with how much wholesome content could be packed into one chapter book, while remaining interesting and not "preachy" in tone. The author has a way of communicating the judgments, doubts, worries, and selfish thoughts that run through all of our minds, allowing us to ride along with the character as they weigh their options in given situations and reason out the best course of action.
We don't eat dairy during family meals due to allergies and I've been wanting more ways to incorporate foods with calcium into our kids' meals. I'm just not sure how much of the supplements or the added calcium in their nut-based milk is actually abosorbable for them, so I thought why not add more broccoli into our diets?
Maybe because we don't really like broccoli?
We tolerate broccoli in dishes, but we don't enjoy it. The best way for me to tolerate cauliflower is roasted, so I figured, let's give it a try.
And I'm so glad we did!
I found a recipe here which roasts cut broccoli with minced garlic, but the garlic falls right off when baking it. Here's what we did instead:
1. Wash broccoli, cut off florets and slice them in halves or thirds depending on size.
2. Drizzle grapeseed, olive, coconut or oil of choice over them and toss them.
3. Spread on a baking sheet, cut side down when possible (they get a nice brown that way).
4. Sprinkle heavily with salt and then garlic powder, then lightly with onion powder and pepper.
5. Bake at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes or until stalks are tender. Stirring them once at the 10 minute mark is a good idea and keep an eye on them because your oven may cook faster or the florets may be chopped smaller, etc.
6. Serve immediately (well, as soon as they are cool enough you won't burn your mouth!)
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!