Proverbs Politicians Should Read

After reading the morning news and thinking back on debates, candidates, and other creatures of the media attention, for some reason, these quotes from Proverbs seemed to ring a bell . . . and not a gentle chime of a bell, either!

“The slothful hand hath wrought poverty; but the hand of the industrious getteth richer.”

“The mouth of the just is a vein of life; and the mouth of the wicked coverth iniquity.”

“As a tempest that passeth, so the wicked shall be no more: but the just is as an everlasting foundation.”

“The strength of the just is joy; but the hope of the wicked shall perish.”

“The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.”

Making Egg Rolls

The Chinese New Year was recently celebrated but I’ve never let a day legislate when I can enjoy Asian fare. This is a basic recipe my family has enjoyed for years and it isn’t all that difficult to make. More egg rolls and lest costly than a visit to a Chinese restaurant!

Egg Rolls
1 package egg or spring roll wrappers (usually in the refrigerated section)
1 egg, scrambled
½ cup shredded cabbage (you don’t need any special type)
1 cup cooked, shredded meat. (Keep an eye on your leftovers for this!)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese barbecue sauce or paste, optional but a great flavor enhancement
1 egg, uncooked
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
Combine the cooked egg, cabbage, meat, garlic, soy sauce, barbeque sauce, raw egg and salt and pepper to taste. Take one sheet of egg roll wrapper. Place a tablespoon or so on the narrower edge closest to you. Brush the beaten egg on the other three edges. Fold the long sides over about an inch on each side. Roll the egg roll up, securing the end with a little more or your egg ‘glue’. Set aside on waxed paper until ready to cook. While you complete your egg rolls, heat a deep pot of vegetable oil or use a fryer if you have one. Deep fry each egg roll until golden. Drain on paper towels. After they have all cooled a bit, deep fry them again until deeper brown. This is what insures a crisp egg roll. If you have a delay in serving, they will keep pretty well in a 350 degree oven for five or ten minutes. Serve as soon as possible.
The wonton wrapper are a third of the size of the spring roll wrapper. These can be used to make small, appetizer-sized egg rolls. They are made the same as the egg rolls only you end up with miniature egg rolls that even the children will exclaim over.

Leap year!

All that accumulations of seconds from the last three years have added up into an extra day. Don’t waste the gift!

“Happy Leap Day. A day where ‘this time last year’ and ‘this time next year’ does not apply.” — Anonymous

“Today is an ephemeral ghost…A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not ‘exist.’ In mundane terms, it marks a ‘leap’ in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!” — Vera Nazarian

Homemade Bread – You CAN do it!

Easy Homemade Bread

The longer the rise, the better the taste. Don’t give up if it is slow. The only thing that kills yeast is hot water!

2 tablespoons dry yeast
6 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
Water to form dough.

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup barely warm water and let stand a few minutes. Dump in flour and salt. Start stirring in the just warm water, mixing by hand when necessary to form a soft dough. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth and elastic.

Place kneaded dough in an large, oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, approximately one to one and a half hours. Punch down and let rise again until almost doubled.
Form dough into two or three loaves, making long loaves or round ones. Place on greased baking sheets sprinkled lightly with corn meal. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise once more.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes depending on size of loaves. Loaves should be well-browned and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom side.

Election Observation – shared from the Internet

Charity Hospital run by the sisters of Charity in New Orleans, along with the Upjohn company developed the plasma system in the 1930’s that saved so many lives in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and in the middle east now.
During the Civil War most of the nurses were nuns.

When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no hospitals. Today, one out of five people in this country receive their medical care at a Catholic hospital..

When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no schools. Today, the Catholic Church teaches 3 million students a day, in its more than 250 Catholic Colleges and Universities, in its more than 1200 Catholic High Schools and in its more than 5000 Catholic grade schools.

Every day, the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more people than any other organization in the world.

The new Obama Health Mandate could end all this and the tax payers would have to make up the loss.

Also, all Catholic adoption services will come to an end… a human disaster.

There are more than 77 million Catholics in this country. It takes an estimated 50 million Catholic votes to elect a president.

I am asking all of you to go to the polls in 2016 and be united in replacing all Senators and Congressional Representatives with someone who will respect the Catholic Church, all Christians, and all Religions.

Mr. President, you said, “The USA is not a Christian Nation”. You are wrong – we are a Christian Nation founded on Judeo-Christian values allowing all religions in America to worship and practice freely….
something that Islam will never do.

Oh, by the way, on MUSLIM HERITAGE IN America …. Have you ever been to a Muslim hospital, heard a Muslim orchestra, seen a Muslim band march in a parade, know of a Muslim charity, ever seen Muslims shaking hands with a Muslim Girl Scout, or ever seen a Muslim Candy Striper volunteering in a hospital?

One more note – most every church or synagogue I have ever been in the United States, I have always seen an American flag.

No mosque in the United States carries an American flag.

From the Mind of Antonin Scalia – Quotes to Ponder

“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” (Speech at Living the Catholic Faith conference, 2012.)

“Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.” (Commencement address, College of William and Mary, 1996.)

Barbara’s Mommy Chronicles – You Know It is Time to Hang up the Telephone When . . .

You Know It is Time to Hang up the Telephone When . . .
By Barbara M. Barthelette

1. The children seem taller and older.
2. The children have not bothered you for the last half hour.
3. The children have bothered you for the last half hour.
4. The seasons seem to be changing.
5. There is more than one newspaper on the driveway.
6. You run out of crackers to hand out to keep peace and order while you are on the telephone.
7. You notice bicycle tire tracks on the kitchen floor.
8. Dust starts to settle on you!
9. You discover the children have invited Jehovah Witnesses and a couple of Mormons into the living room.
10. You husband walks in from work with bags of fast food because he knows. .