Check out the original recipe here over at The Recipe Rebel for a less sweet version and great info about cooking times if you plan to use bone-in or thawed chicken thighs. I tweaked the recipe according to our tastes and loved how quick this dish came together to melt in our mouths for a weekday lunch at home. Here's what I did:
“When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad,
you understand the lyrics.” - Frank Ocean
Music can sometimes help us find words or tones to express sentiments we do not have adequate ways to explain in conversation or writing. I am sharing with you some of the songs that were the cry of my heart during the very difficult time after our step-daughter moved out of our home in a wounding manner. I will give small explanations about my experience with each song below its video. The above song, "Worn" by Tenth Avenue North, clearly expresses how wretchedly miserable and exhausting the constant pain of grief is, especially after the first raw days, weeks, or in some cases, months, are over. The shock, the repeated traumatic experiences all come to a lull and you look around surveying the desolation.
My Favorite Dishcloth (Diagonal Dishcloth):
I use 100% cotton thread (Peaches & Cream brand, Ocean Stripes color) on size 4 straight needles, but this pattern is very adaptable. Everything between () will be repeated until the end of the row is reached.
Cast on 36 stitches with long tail cast on method.
Row 1: (K2P2) repeat
Row 2: (K1P2K1) repeat
Row 3: (P2K2) repeat
Row 4: (P1K2P1) repeat
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length is reached; bind off. Weave in ends.
I enjoy this dishcloth because the diagonal lines are pleasing to the eye. It has enough stretch and bumps to perform well for scrubbing dishes by hand. Just as important, the pattern is simple enough that when you are interrupted or set down the work suddenly, glancing quickly at the pattern will show you what you need to do as you are simply off-setting the knit and purl sets by one each time. Once you've knit the first 2" you should be able to see how the pattern continues without referencing the written pattern at all. This makes it ideal for me to work on while teaching homeschool. I'm able to look up, set it down, and still keep making progress without feeling my attention is divided trying to follow a pattern.
When I was asked what my favorite sports movie was, I had to pause. Sports movie? Are they even any good for someone like me who isn't into the whole cheer-for-your-team thing? I'm not the athletic type. I will happily go on a two hour hike with my family, and I enjoy paddling around in a kayak, but traditional organized sports aren't my thing. Then I remembered, there are some gems out there that are excellent movies. Sports shouldn't just be about athleticism or about team loyalty, they should also be about accountability, encouragement, friendship, perseverance, and more. The scene that came to my mind as a classic is the death crawl scene from "Facing the Giants." If you've never seen it, watch the whole movie, not just the snippet! Then my mind went to the movies Chariots of Fire and Woodlawn. These movies don't reduce athletes to physical superheroes or entertainers, they capture and convey much more and leave a lasting impact.
I just got word about a movie called Creed II that will be on my radar to watch in the future. The featured sport is boxing, and I used to watch boxing with my grandfather when I was young. It stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. I hadn't realized there were 7 films in the Rocky & Creed saga, so maybe a weekend movie binge with my husband is in order. Here's what I know about Creed II's plot specifically:
I usually stick to reviewing and suggesting family friendly movies only. I make NO promises this movie will be appropriate for kids. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm realizing my need to start watching some movies beyond the animated realm as my oldest son has approached the eye-roll stage so finding some movies that will eventually be acceptable and interesting to him is going to lead me to new territory. If you're interested, check out the trailer for Creed II below.
The ideal audience for this book would be a child between the ages of 5-10 with an interest in horses. I think an older child may enjoy the book as well, but it is a very quick read as I read it in under an hour. The fact that the front covers says "Horse Gentler in Training" gives us an accurate clue as to what to expect in this book and one thing I enjoyed is that the story itself is gentle. It has a nice, soothing flow to it even though there are conflicts and/or obstacles that the characters have to overcome. This could easily be a read-aloud at bedtime or an independent reader for those ready for chapter books.
While a goal of the author was certainly to impart some knowledge of horse care, it is integrated well for a child so the reader doesn't feel like new information is being thrown at them on every other page. Older kids with a real thirst for equine knowledge might be disappointed they didn't gain more insight, but hopefully this creates an interest for future books in the series.
Some facts a reader will learn include:
I appreciate that the characters in this book aren't Beaver-Clever perfect. The family mentions being concerned about paying bills, the daughter struggles with a boasting classmate and with getting upset and saying something she shouldn't have (not in a disrespectful to authority way, it was an argument between kids). There are solid morals represented without being preachy, the little girl, Winnie, realizes she when she's made a mistake and knows what she should have done instead. Winnie does experience some natural consequences, but she also displays a sense of responsibility and compassion toward her sibling. There are mentions of prayer and occasional other references to God. I think this book is a great find due to its combination of gentle learning and character building. Having read a lot of Christian children's literature, some books are 'preachy' and this one is not. It could easily be enjoyed by someone who does not hold to the Christian faith but is not hostile to the mention of God.
***In the interest of full-disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I am not required to give a positive review, my opinions expressed are genuine.
The only downside to this indulgent drink is that it takes a tidbit of patience the first time you make it because it calls for coffee ice-cubes and you may not have those waiting in your freezer. After you've made this once, you will want to keep an ice cube tray devoted to coffee cubes so you won't have to be patient again! It is SO good. It won't disappoint, my coffee-snob hubby even approves- and he has dairy in his diet. He's hooked on heavy whipping cream in his coffee and he doesn't miss the dairy in this drink!
1 1/2 cups of Silk Cashew Milk*
4 coffee ice cubes (make coffee however you prefer and freeze in a standard ice cube tray until solid)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. almond extract- this is not optional, it's the star of the show!
Blend it all together and enjoy!
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I am not much of a blog reader. There's only a couple I check on occasion:
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!