Daily Prompt: Mushroom

Found some mushrooms in a beautiful Fairy Garden one evening.  Magic Mushrooms I think they call them.

I just happened to saute some button mushrooms in butter yesterday.  I cook them the same day I purchase them so they are fresh and use them in various things such as sauces, soups or even by themselves.  I like adding them to egg drop soup and pumpkin curry soup as well as to my spaghetti sauces.

After knowing supposed mushroom experts that poisoned themselves when using kinds they picked themselves, I leave it to the markets for mine.  I don’t eat mushrooms all the time nor do I eat the wide variety out there.  Sometimes I don’t eat them for years at a time til they catch my fancy again.  Depends on what I plan on cooking and if any fresh are available.

Onions, Mushroom, Zucchini, chick peas, sauteaud in butter with various Mediterranean Spices of your choice sauteed in olive oil.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Summer

Shed no tear!  O shed no tear!

The flower will bloom another year.

Weep no more!  O weep no more!

Young buds sleep in the root's white core.

John Keats

Even more temporary than the flowers that bloom are the hues of Autumn.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Take a Peek at Psalm 23

Visual walk through the 23rd Psalm, one of my favorites.

Daily Prompt: Please Don’t Faint

Luke 18 1 yellow treesChildren of God, please do not give up.  Stay strong in the Word & in truth & always practice what you preach! 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge & Daily Prompt: Ghoulish & Rounded

Both will pertain to the autumn and Halloween that some celebrate.

I love to decorate for fall adding a few old time Halloween touches throughout, as cheaply as possible of course.  I wait to get my pieces in sales, sometimes from clearance the year before.

We will start out with emphasis on curves such as the altered glass plate from Ikea I hang in front of the lighted trellis.  The roundness of pumpkins, gourds & squash prevalent this time of year and various decorative items.

Now we come to the “good stuff.” The ghoulish or macabre. Not my cup of tea but many like this stuff, especially around Halloween.

 

One of my sons LOVES Halloween and really goes all out each year.  This is him as the crow and that is his own hair, no wig.  The other videos are some of the special effects that he uses.  Enjoy this very “ghoulish” display if you dare!

Enjoy my PhotoDraw animated slide show for Halloween fun!

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Daily Prompt: Is Enlightenment a Choice?

It appears that “enlightenment” or understanding that which was not previously known has everything to do with the heart of a man.  My grandmother once told me many years ago, she does not understand why some can experience the same things as others and not be damaged or defiled but stand strong, steadfast in their very soul and not be broken while others use it as an excuse to become angry, broken people.  I used to think that some were not trying, now I don’t really know.  I do know it has to do with intent.  Intent and need is everything.  When you cry to God in your heart, He hears you.  When you put up a spiritual wall He will not enter because He can’t unless he breaks it down and God does work like that.  Jesus talked about seeking and finding, knocking and the door being answered and it is written you will find God if you fervently seek Him with your whole heart.

Know in these end times, the only people “not getting it” ain’t trying.  They are the ones with evil intent or a delusional mindset because they choose not to know the truth.  If you seek the truth you will always find it.  It’s there, it cannot be hidden.  The human mind works that way.  It hides what it wants or needs to hide depending on the condition of the soul or what works in their favor if they are selfish.  Most refuse to humble themselves to God and pray for forgiveness and salvation because they think they are too good.  They care more for their own pride than they do their own soul.  Anyone who thinks they are better than God will never know God.  God is also able to block enlightenment at His Will.

2 Corinthians 4:4

Jesus is the Light of world and there has never been more proof in this world than now.  All those who shun and mock the true God of Love that Jesus explained to us are lost.  They always seem to have the same excuse of “that’s their choice.”  They’re right.  It’s not the right choice, but like all choices, it is theirs indeed, only many in the world suffer and die because of it and that’s not OK.  You can’t pretend to be a “good” person and not love Jesus or at least “get” Him.  It’s not possible.  There are great folks who were not raised to know Jesus and that is not their fault, also they do not mock or take away from others.  I do know that the most evil in God’s world mock Christ even to this day and show all just how unenlightened they really are.  They are still killing Christians around the world and “liberal” groups are working fervently to remove all signs of God and Jesus from this world thus telling the world who they serve.

Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips

I LOVE Autumn for so many reasons but the main one is that it cools down enough to begin baking again!  I’ve been trying to find creative ways to use apples, pumpkin and hard squash without all those excess carbs.  I have managed to cut them way down, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables which has helped me to lose a few pounds even after I stopped dieting on purpose.

Once you alter your diet to a more healthy one, you shouldn’t miss the junk food and I can say when you allow your palate to get used to clean, fresh, good organic sustenance you won’t enjoy garbage anymore.  We were never meant to eat the kinds of man made chemicals that most of the large corporations add to their mock foods to give them a longer shelf life.  I think their foods are going to last longer than us!

Enjoy the following recipe I have doctored from other recipes to have less fat, sugar, sodium and even cholesterol since I reduced the eggs from 3 to only 2 for most of my breads.

 Chocolate Chip & Walnut Pumpkin Bread

3/4 C brown sugar

1/2 C sugar

2 C fresh pumpkin puree (or 15 oz canned pumpkin puree)

3/4 C oil

1/4 C plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 C pumpkin spice flavor creamer

2or3 eggs

 

2 1/2 C Flour (your choice)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

dash cloves

dash cardamom

1 C chocolate chips

1 C chopped walnuts

Pretty simple if you are familiar with baking.  Combine all the dry ingredients & set aside to add to the wet once they are all combined.  Then fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts, place in a greased Bundt pan or divide for a couple of loaves if you prefer.  Bake at 350° for 45-55 min.  Try not to over bake.

You can also use this batter for muffins

I also love this recipe for Pumpkin soup. I hope to get more creative this year.

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