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November 1, 2008

Natural Healthy Toothpaste

I stumbled across a website called ThriftyFun.com. It gave several suggestions for homemade toothpaste. There were many combinations. I would like to try a recipe with baking soda, clove powder and cinnamon. Hopefully, it wouldn't be too bitter.

Pumpkin Soup Recipes

Taken from Cooks.com


1/4 c. finely chopped onion
4 tbsp. butter
1 can cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 soup can water

In saucepan, cook onions in butter until tender. Stir in soup, pumpkin, and seasonings. Gradually add water. Heat; stir occasionally. Garnish with parsley. Makes 2 1/2 cups.


2 cups pumpkin, cooked
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup light cream
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium apple, diced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Sauté onion and apple until tender. Stir in pumpkin, broth and spices. Remove from heat.
Process or blend until smooth. Return to saucepan and stir in cream.

Heat through and serve.


1. Prepare pumpkin by peeling and steaming until soft. Then puree pumpkin.
2. Combine: 1/2 gallon pumpkin, 3 quarts milk, salt and sugar to taste. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to avoid burning.

3. Mix together: 6 tablespoons of flour, 5 eggs, a small amount of cold water to form a light batter. Pour into boiling soup to form noodles.


Instead of the usual baked or steamed pumpkin for the holidays, serve it as soup. 1 sm. onion, peeled and minced 1 lb. fresh pumpkin, steamed, drained and pureed or 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can 2 c. chicken stock 1/2 tsp. thyme 1 bay leaf 1 c. cream 1/4 c. dry sherry Chopped parsley or chives
Melt butter in soup kettle. Saute onion until golden. Stir in pumpkin, stock, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook over low heat 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in cream and sherry and heat thoroughly. Remove bay leaf. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives.


1/2 c. butter
2 lg. white onions, sliced
1 1/2 c. sliced green onions, white part only (save greens)
2 (16 oz.) cans pumpkin
8 c. chicken stock or broth
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/3 tsp. nutmeg
4 c. milk
Few sprigs parsley
Salt & freshly ground pepper


1/2 c. sour cream or yogurt
1/2 c. minced green onion tops

Melt butter in soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft and golden brown. Stir in pumpkin, stock, bay leaf, sugar, curry powder, nutmeg and parsley. Bring to simmer, then reduce heat and continue simmering, uncovered 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer soup in batches to blender or food processor and puree. Return to soup pot and add milk, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes but do not allow to boil. Cut lid from a medium sized pumpkin and scoop out flesh and seeds. Reserve pumpkin shell.
Just before ready to serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place reserved pumpkin shell on baking sheet and heat about 5 to 10 minutes, or until warm. Transfer soup to warm pumpkin shell. Ladle into individual bowls and float dollop of cream on each. Sprinkle with paprika and top with minced green onion.


1 lg. onion, sliced
3/4 c. sliced scallions, white part only
1/4 c. butter
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
4 c. chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Several parsley sprigs
2 c. half & half
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Saute onions and scallions in butter until golden brown. Stir in pumpkin, broth, bay leaf, sugar, curry powder, nutmeg and parsley. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer soup to food processor in batches and puree. Return to pan; add half & half, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes. 6 servings.

November 3, 2008

A Prayer For My Words

By Tom Norvell, taken from Heartlight

The Psalmist writes:
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3 NIV). Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips (NLT). Help me to guard my words whenever I say something (CEV).

put a guard over my mouth when I am about to say something I should not say.
Whether it is a word that is untrue,
a word that is negative,
a word that is critical,
or a word that discourages,
Lord, stop the words before they come out of my mouth.
Close the door of my lips and prevent the words from leaving my mouth.

take control of what I say.
Help me think before I speak.
Help me pause before I speak.
Help me consider my audience before I speak.
Some things are inappropriate for some to hear.
Some things are inappropriate for all to hear.
Some things do not need to leave my mouth.
Father, guard my lips and control what I say.

help me guard my words when I say something.
Help me make sure that the words I speak are worth hearing.
If they are not, let me be silent.
Being quiet may be better than being foolish.
Being silent may be better than being critical, judgmental, or destructive.

sometimes there are words of encouragement that need to pass through my lips,
let them through.
Sometimes there are words of hope that need to be spoken,
let me speak them.
Sometimes there are words of exhortation that need to be shared,
please don't let me remain quiet during those moments.

there are times when someone needs to hear that I love them,
let me say those words.
There are times when someone needs to hear that I appreciate them,
let me say those words.
There are times when someone needs to hear something hopeful,
let me say those words.

Help me to guard my words whenever I say something.

there are times when I am afraid to speak.
Please remove the fear that prevents me from speaking on behalf of the weak,
the oppressed and the helpless.
Please remove the fear that keeps me quiet when a child is neglected, abused, or ignored. Please remove the fear that prevents me from speaking when someone needs to hear of Your love for them.
Help me never to miss an opportunity to speak for You.

Father, there are times when I need to speak,
and times when I need to be quiet.
Give me the wisdom to know the difference and the courage to respond accordingly.

guard my lips.
Open them when they need to be opened and allow the words that need to pass through them to pass.
Close them when they need to be closed and prevent any word that might do damage to another soul from passing through.

Help me to guard my words whenever I say something.

I promise you that on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken (Matthew 12:36 CEV).

November 4, 2008

3rd Culture~Christians Adapting

Here's a site that talks about loving, learning and serving as a Christian, even in the midst of discomfort. It is called 3Culture.tv A man named Dave Gibbons this idea of a third culture.

November 5, 2008

High Protein Foods

Here is a site that lists foods that contain the most protein. It is found Diet-Supplement-Review.com

November 7, 2008

Tulsa's Port of Catoosa

The Port of Catoosa is a big industrial park where products are shipped all around the world.

November 9, 2008

Fireproof the Movie

I like this movie, Fireproof. It kept my interest all the way through.

Fireproof my marriage.com is a site that helps marriages.

November 10, 2008

Persecuted Christians: Never Forget Them!

Yesterday, November 9, was the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. But that doesn't mean to not pray for oppressed Christian brothers and sisters today. Americans have life easy compared to those in other countries where Christianity is outlawed.

If you are a Christian, you should take serious other brothers and sisters in Christ that are being persecuted. . . Never forget them!

Voice of the Martyrs website

November 12, 2008

How To Whittle

Here's a site that gives you some good advice on whittling. Read the comments at the bottom. They also offer some practical advice.

November 14, 2008

Proverbs 31 Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please help me. Help me to live out the qualities of a virtuous, godly and industrious woman like the one in Proverbs 31. Help my husband, me and our children be known for our integrity. In Jesus name. Amen.

10 An excellent wife, who can find?

For her worth is far above jewels.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,

And he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

13 She looks for wool and flax

And works with her hands in delight.

14 She is like merchant ships;

She brings her food from afar.

15 She rises also while it is still night

And gives food to her household

And portions to her maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength

And makes her arms strong.

18 She senses that her gain is good;

Her lamp does not go out at night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hands grasp the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,

And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,

For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for herself;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,

And she smiles at the future.

26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,

And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and bless her;

Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:

29 "Many daughters have done nobly,

But you excel them all."

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

31 Give her the product of her hands. And let her works praise her in the gates.

November 15, 2008

Dominoes World Record 2008

November 18, 2008

The Love Dare Book

This book gives you activities to do for 40 days that will make you a better spouse. This book is from the movie Fireproof. If you like, you can buy a copy at Amazon.com

Reuben's Old Truck

When my brother was a teenager he got two old-timey trucks and pieced them together into one. For the parts he couldn't find anywhere he would order them from a catalog. There were a few complications here and there with the truck breaking down but it was an unusual and good experience. Here's an old truck I saw on Craig's List that reminds me of his. It's not the exact year though. The paint was also old and rusty.

November 20, 2008


This was taken from a famous show called Britian's Got Talent. Here's a guy most would assume is about as ordinary as it a person can be:

CouponMom Website

Here is a site you can join to give you some different ways to make your grocery bill lower. It is called CouponMom.com.

November 21, 2008

Bill Mitchell and the Great American Smokeout

Bill Mitchell is one of my favorite news reporters. He's been reporting news for awhile. I remember him from when I was growing up and in recent years he has been reporting for News Channel 8 again. In this last year he has quit smoking after 40 years! In the news story, they show him in the "disco years" of channel 8. Another news caster (sports), Chris Lincoln, is also in the old video clips. Here's the story. It's a good one:

If the video doesn't work here's the link to KTUL.com

Senior Citizens College Freshman Year

This was embedded from the CBS.com news site. It's a good story with a happy ending.

Watch CBS Videos Online

November 22, 2008

Venus of WKRP Explains the Atom

Take Venus' advice, stay in school. He also does a good job about describing an atom (4 min. 50 sec. into the video).

November 27, 2008

Psalm 143

Like David from long ago, this is my prayer:

Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance.

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,

Give ear to my supplications!

Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!

2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,

For in Your sight no man living is righteous.

3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;

He has crushed my life to the ground;

He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.

4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;

My heart is appalled within me.

5 I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your doings;

I muse on the work of Your hands.

6 I stretch out my hands to You;

My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.

7 Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails;

Do not hide Your face from me,

Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.

8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;

For I trust in You;

Teach me the way in which I should walk;

For to You I lift up my soul.

9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;

I take refuge in You.

10 Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

11 For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me.

In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies

And destroy all those who afflict my soul,

For I am Your servant.

Taken from Heartlight's SearchGodsWord.org.

Donate Your TV Time

Tis the season to give. Why not give a couple of hours a week to a charity that helps people who don't have enough right now. The Salvation Army is a good one!

November 28, 2008

When Mama Prayed by Randy Travis

November 30, 2008

Seattle Rain

Last time I checked it was foggy and 52 degrees in Seattle.

About November 2008

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