A Tasty Snack


Have you ever tried this snack?  Kale chips.  Freshly made and delicious.

I discovered how good they are, after friends had asked if I had ever tried them.  My answer, of course, was no.  Today, I bought a bunch of kale and decided to try this tasty treat.

Remove kale from main stems.  Break into bite size pieces.  Wash and thoroughly dry.  Place on parchment paper on an oven tray; drizzle with olive oil and salt lightly.

Put into 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Be careful to not overcook.  Some recipes call for 40-45 minutes in a 200 degree oven, but mine turned out just fine.

Are they good?  I will only say this:  bet you won’t be satisfied with only eating one.   They’re crispy, light and decidedly yummy.

Try them yourself.



Four Letter Words


Four letter word.  The mere mention can conjure up one word that is complete profanity.  It is a word that I have always abhorred.  One of my uncles once described it as a word that is only used prolifically by uneducated people, because they cannot express themselves without its use.

Mm…..  well then, society, as a whole, must be lacking greatly, as it offends the ears, no matter where you are these days.

There’s another four letter word that can strike dismay into my heart.  A weather forecaster recently referred to it as winter precipitation: not wanting to mention it on camera.  Oh – you know – SNOW!  Ghastly, cold, winter ‘rain.’

I loved being outdoors in it, when my sons were young.  We would have immense fun finding hills to toboggan down.  We’d prepare a flask filled with hot drinks for all and off we would go, into the wild, white yonder. Our family had come from England and snow was a winter wonderland made to explore.

I’m not so enamored by it now.  It’s incredibly beautiful, yet treacherous.  Driving can be very difficult, walking well nigh impossible for some. I had the distinct misfortune of slipping on ice last winter; resulting in broken bones.  Now, I consider going out into white weather very carefully.  NOT that I’ve decided to become a recluse.  I’m quiet – not anti-social.  I do, however, choose to stay close to home if I can.  I find white winter weather is not harmonious to my psyche.

There’s another four letter word that can promote warmth and confidence within each of our hearts, if we choose to share it.  LOVE.  It’s God’s declaration and solution for establishing harmony among mankind.  So, while I look out my window and shake my head at the blanket of snow everywhere, I am more inclined to do the same at the state of humanity and the lack of love being shown around the world.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts our fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (NKJV)