Pan Fried Cajun Chickpeas

Pan Fried Cajun Chickpeas

A fun way to serve up chickpeas as a snack or salad topping!

Ingredients

  • 1 (400g) can chickpeas
  • 2-3 tsp corn-flour
  • 2-3 tsp Cajun (or Berbere or similar) seasoning
  • 2-3 T. olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse and dry chickpeas on paper towel. Be sure to dry completely.
  2. Heat oil in a non stick skillet over medium high heat.
    Combine corn/flour and seasoning in a small bowl or plate.
    Roll chickpeas in seasoned flour until lightly dusted.
    Carefully add chickpeas to skillet, in batches, cooking for a few minutes before gently tossing them around in pan.
  3. Cook chickpeas until they look crisp and lightly browned.
    Remove from pan and serve warm.

Warning :: addictive!

Children Eating Vegetables

Fruit salad and tortilla wraps for a healthy lunchNote that there is no hyphen in the title : Children eating vegetables. It would be tragic if it was : Children-eating Vegetables.

It was never difficult to get our children to eat vegetables.

We taught them the colours of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) by what’s on the plate (good thing we had a blue tablecloth).
Meals are habitually at the dinner table.

:: Also if they weren’t keen on first taste: “That’s OK, we’ll try again another time.”
No stress attitude; add in the fun of trying new things … no problem.

:: No menu was offered. Eat what’s on the plate, one reheat, and, if not finished within two minutes of the last adult, finished! and what’s left on the plate is the first thing you eat next meal. Not surprisingly, I think that only happened twice.

Happiness Blockers and Boosters

responsible happiness

Happiness Blockers

  • perfectionism – never good enough
  • materialism – never enough
  • entitlement – it’s my right

How to Harness More Happiness

  1. Declutter you mind. Clean up small messes – develops willpower. The state of your bed is the state of your head.
  2. Listen to music – whenever you’re down
  3. Stick to a routine. Familiarity gives some security
  4. Practice gratitude

Happiness Boosters

  1. Fake a smile – put a pencil in your teeth
  2. Get out in sunlight
  3. Eat Omega 3 – good food
  4. Yawn – several times, makes you more alert
  5. Hugs – at least 8 lingering hugs per day (will be asking the Counsellor for an increase here!)

http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-general-health/dr-oz-practicing-gratitude-raising-happiness-review/

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/how-harness-more-happiness?page=2

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Guest, You’re Welcome Here

Guest, you are welcome here,
Be at your ease.
Get up when you’re ready,
Go to bed when you please.

We’re happy to share with you
Such as we’ve got,
The leaks in the roof
And the soup in the pot.

You don’t have to thank us
Or laugh at our jokes,
Sit deep and come often…
You’re one of the folks!

J.P. McEvoy, 1925

(Buzza Motto)

 

I’ve had this verse hanging on my fridge for about 30 years. It’s all faded and I wanted the words to recreate the banner.

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It Matters Whom You Marry

Girls’ version

THE CHRISTIAN PUNDIT

My husband and I were once with a youth group. There were three kids sitting across from us at a meal: two guys and a girl. The one guy was a computer geek with glasses. The other one was a college student with slightly cooler hair and no glasses. The girl was obviously with him. But while the computer geek was busy serving everyone at the meal, clearing plates and garbage, the college student got angry with the girl for a small accident and poured red juice over her leather jacket and white shirt. She picked the wrong guy, and the juice didn’t seem to change her mind. She is in for some grief if that relationship continues and especially if it leads to marriage.

So to all the young, unmarried Christian girls out there, listen up: who you marry matters.

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Guys, It Matters Whom You Marry, Too

Guys version

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And here’s the girls’ version :: https://bankwhitt.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/it-matters-whom-you-marry/

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THE CHRISTIAN PUNDIT

Just as a woman must think carefully about a potential husband, you must be careful about a potential wife. Careful evaluation in a number of areas will save you a lifetime of frustration. Right now, you might think she’s pretty, or playful, or nice to you. It’s not enough. One pregnancy can alter a figure, responsibilities at home can reveal laziness, and a disagreement about money can turn her against you. The church in North America has many men who are hampered in their abilities and success because they were distracted by a pretty face who now seems to bring more trouble than bliss.

Just as a girl can’t imagine how much of an impact a husband will have on her unless an older woman is very frank with her, so you can’t imagine how that attractive girl you know could impact your life unless someone is very frank with…

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National Association of School Lunches Takes Aim at Those Who Dare to Eat at Home

by Valorie Delp

The National Association of School Lunches today, in a bold public statement, expressed their concern over untrained mothers serving lunch to their children. Says one source, “The problem is wide spread. We have mothers, who are untrained in how to serve lunches, feeding their children, in their homes. Something simply has to be done.”

The National Association of School Lunches warns parents of the possible ramifications of feeding their children at home: Children will be deprived of the social experience of eating in the cafeteria. Some important social rites of passage, such as food fights, will be completely skipped.

Students who eat at home may not get to learn how others students in other parts of the world eat. Exposure to chopsticks or eating on the floor will be completely diminished.

Students who eat at home may not get the full range of foods that are available only through the school cafeteria.

There is no quantifiable way to measure the nutritional standard of the food being served. Surely parents need to be told what foods their children must eat. Lunch eating is serious–moms could never figure this out on their own.

But the biggest argument put forth by the National Association of School Lunches is that mothers are untrained in serving lunches. They strongly feel that in order to serve school lunches, one must have taken important courses and be certified in things like serving techniques, placing the food properly on the tray, anti food-fight tactical manoeuvres and how to dollop mush. Although mothers serve their children lunches every day from birth until that child enters school, once the child is school-aged, the parent must be trained or their lack of training could be a detriment. Previous experience counts for nothing in the hard core, fast paced world of school lunch serving.

Another key concern are health and safety standards that are required by law in school cafeterias. Although I cannot explain how the phenomenon might occur, apparently home is clean enough for breakfast and dinner but during the lunch hour, homes everywhere must be attacked by germs and bacteria thus necessitating state produced standards for cleanliness for the lunch hour.

Finally, school lunch personnel everywhere are concerned about accountability. Should children have to prove that they’re getting adequate nutrition or perhaps should mothers have to submit meal plans for the year to be approved by the state department of school lunches to check and make sure that the food that’s going to be served meets nutritional standards.

Come back later as I have a feeling that there might be more from the National Association of School Lunches.

http://homeschooling.families.com/blog/national-association-of-lunches-takes-aim-at-those-who-dare-to-eat-at-home