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Walking, weekend

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Another nice walk on the High Line canal, this time we turned right.

And on a different day, a walk at Fox Run park to see the Native American prayer/directional trees.

Found a cool stick shelter.

Stopped to see if CR had their trees up, they did .

Saturday James and I went on a drive to listen to our audiobook.

Sunday I went to church – Walk humbly – it’s not easy, it’s a continual process, it’s where God wants us. Humility is aligning yourself with Christ in such a way that your life honors God and others. We are prone to distraction and that leads us away from God, then we get comfortable in our distracted state and no longer reflect God to others. Pride creates distance, we show things off instead of sharing them. As we give our hearts, attitudes and actions to God we walk closer to Him. There is a difference between self-care and selfish actions. How do we choose humility? Submit, imitate Christ, and practice it. We were made for a relationship, so choose to do this so others can see and feel loved by God.

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

James 4:6 It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

Philippians 2:1-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Dinners this week – orange pork with rice and broccoli, crockpot chicken cacciatore, butternut risotto with leeks, spinach and side of sausage, tortellini soup with carrots and brown bread, Thanksgiving, leftovers, out

Butternut risotto with leeks and spinach

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups sliced leeks

4 garlic cloves, rough chopped

8 sage leaves, chopped

1 cup short-grain Spanish rice

2 heaping cups butternut squash, cubed

1/4 cup white wine (or skip it)

2 cups veggie stock

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2–3 handfuls baby spinach

OPTIONAL: 1/4 – 1/2 cup parmesan, pecorino, manchego, goat cheese, or stir in 1-2 tablespoons of butter or ghee, or a drizzle of olive oil. Optional: Maple Glazed Pecans

Set Instant Pot to the “Saute” function.Slice and rinse leeks, separating rings (rinsing will help them to soften faster) Heat oil in the instant pot, add leeks and stir for 2 minutes. Add garlic, sage and rice, stir for 2 minutes. Add butternut squash, and keep stirring for a couple of minutes, until there is a bit of browning on the bottom of the instant pot.Add the wine and scrape up the browned bits- a wooden spoon is good for this. Let all the wine cook off, about 2-3 minutes. Add the stock or broth. Scrape up more browned bits. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg, and give a good stir.Seal the instant pot and pressure cook on HIGH for 6 minutes. Naturally release for 5 minutes, then manually release.Stir the risotto, adding the spinach and cheese or butter if you like, or leave them out. As the butternut breaks down a bit, it will add a nice natural creaminess to the risotto. Garnish with optional cheese or maple glazed pecans.

Thanksgiving dinner – Greek salad, smoked turkey, wild rice with pecans and cranberries, sweet potatoes, Moroccan carrots, Italian sausage cornbread stuffing, dinner rolls, baked apples with puff pastry, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.

Greek salad

1 ½ cups crumbled feta cheese

1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced

2 cups diced roma tomatoes

⅓ cup diced oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, oil reserved

½ red onion, sliced

2 cucumbers diced

Tzatziki dressing to taste

Butter lettuce

Combine all and serve over butter lettuce

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Moroccan carrots

4 large carrots, peeled and grated

1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

½ cup raisins

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon chili powder

salt and ground pepper to taste

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Combine all except feta, cook lightly (or serve raw) add feta at the end.

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Wild rice pecan cranberry dish

1 shallot (diced)

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 cup wild rice (rinsed and drained)

2 ¾ cups vegetable broth (divided)

juice of 2 mandarin oranges (I used Cuties…they are super juicy)

½ cup dried cranberries

1.5 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp tamari

¼ tsp salt

½ cup chopped pecans

Saute the onion and garlic in ¼ cup vegetable broth over medium heat until they have softened. About 6-7 minutes. Add the rosemary by crushing it between your fingers as you sprinkle it in. Add the wild rice, remaining vegetable broth, mandarin juice and dried cranberries. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45-55 minutes until the rice is cooked through. It should still have a chewy bite to it, but should not be hard. If there is any liquid remaining, you can cook uncovered for another 5 minutes or simply pour off the remaining liquid. Remove from heat.In a small bowl, whisk together the the maple syrup, dijon and tamari. Pour into the rice mixture and stir until well incorporated. Add the nuts and stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

NIA, Hiking, date

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It’s been nice going to NIA twice a week. Hannah pretty much does school on her own, I help her and Grace every now and then, but I have 2 dedicated hours a week to NIA. Of course our county just went red on the Covid dial and the language for gyms is confusing – is it 10% of the gym capacity or 10% of the room capacity in each room of the gym? Once they figure it out I’ll get an e-mail. So, we’re either going to stay at 10 people max in the room or be at 4.5 people in the room (which means people will be trying to get there as early as possible to get a spot.) My other option is NIA TV which I haven’t looked at yet, but that might be nice to do on the other days. The girls watched Jack in the evening so James and I could go out. We finally stopped at the Pinball Pub, they had some interesting drinks (like PB whiskey with raspberry liqueur and Fireball cinnamon roll) and some cool pinball games. It wa fun, I hope they make it past the next lockdown.

Tuesday Jack and I went for a hike at a cemetery. That might sound morbid, but it was interesting. Dory Hill cemetery for Black Hawk is the oldest cemetery in Colorado (1860, 16 years before we became a state.) One grave of note is that of Jennie Golden, a slave from Missouri who came to Black Hawk, became a free person and a midwife and was the only African American woman in town. There were lots of children and babies, soldiers, old and young people buried there. Jack’s favorite part was the snow, it was a layer of crunchy snow that he broke through with each step and then fluffy snow underneath (he loves snow.)

Back at home I grabbed my drawing stuff and went to Riize, Jack came with me and found a nice spot on the floor to sleep.

Wednesday after NIA (and with the knowledge that shut downs were coming again for small businesses because, you know, they aren’t ‘essential’) Jack and I went to spread a little $ love to some small shops in Littleton. First up, Zoey’s, Jack knows this shop. They give him lamb lung treats (gross, but he really likes them.)

Next up was Willow a kind of unique craft market that has lots of vendors selling stuff. I found a few Christmas presents inside.

Next was In Tea, they have local honey (which I needed) and tea.

Next was the General Store, Jack likes sniffing around this place. They have games, CO items, candy and what-nots.

Our last stop (not that there weren’t any more small shops, there are, but I needed to get home) was Curds and Cheese. I’ve never been in before and that’s a shame because they have cheese, sandwiches, drinks, coffee and local pickles, honey, oils, etc. I had a Magic panini and Jack thought it was pretty good.

Grace spent the morning working on the ears for her cosplay, then she went over to Hudson to take pics. She said there were a lot of families there (I’m assuming taking Christmas photos) and the little kids liked her costume.

I took Hannah to the library, made dinner and we listened to an audio book instead of watching TV. Bethany is coming home tomorrow (I think just for Thanksgiving break), Hannah has another library study room appointment, Grace is working and I’ll be taking Jack for a walk.

Weekend

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Grace got to decorate a cookie at work for herself. That buttercream is so good.

James and I went to see the White House Christmas tree that was chopped down on the Grand Mesa (it’s headed for the West lawn.) I’ve never seen a WH tree on its way, so that was cool. We got out and took pics, but we didn’t get to sign the banner (instead we signed a sticker that got placed on it.)

We had planned on eating at Cheesecake Factory for dinner, but when we got to the mall it was 1.5-3 hour wait! So, we put our names on the list and shopped around to kill time. The mall was decked out, but Santa has plexiglass between him and every snotty kid.

It was about 2 hours of wait, so we were hungry, which made the food taste even better.

Sunday I went to church (they are doing 3 Sunday morning in person times to get people in, we’re only allowed 50 at each time) and then grocery shopped for the week.

From church – Faith in action – Love, mercy, compassion. Why do we have a hard time putting love, mercy and compassion into action? Love takes work, even if it’s people you naturally love, but even more so when it’s unnatural. To pray for those that persecute you and love your enemies, to have mercy on those that attack you and for you to show compassion to all – this does not come naturally to people. How to start – don’t bring more stuff to God without actions. Devotion, commitment, faithfulness, mercy, love, compassion come from walking with God. The point – God doesn’t want your religious rituals if they aren’t changing your life, it’s faith and then faith in action. He wants a heart determined to do good to those that God created – so, everyone. Religious practices aren’t central to God’s heart; faith, mercy, compassion and love are; they are transformational. As Christians we should live like we have been the recipients of mercy. Mercy and love are not just for the disenfranchised and the lost; they are for the people who rub you the wrong way, people who think differently than you, people who irritate you and people that you naturally love. Love from God is personal, it chooses relationship over ritual. God prioritizes love, you’ve been chosen and set apart, take the initiative to love and know this – to love, show mercy and have compassion is to love people without conditions.

Micah 6:6-7 How can I stand up before God and show proper respect to the high God? Should I bring an armload of offerings topped off with yearling calves? Would God be impressed with thousands of rams, with buckets and barrels of olive oil? Would he be moved if I sacrificed my firstborn child, my precious baby, to cancel my sin? 8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love…

Matthew 23: 23-24 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required…..

Matthew 5: 21-22 “You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill. 23-24 “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God. 25-26 “Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him.

Colossians 3:12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline…. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Then James, Jack and I took a drive to the Springs to eat BBQ and hike. I took them to Red Rock Canyon so James could see the old house there and the views and we got lucky and saw some deer.

Dinners this week – Shrimp fettuccine alfredo with garlic bread, sweet potato curry/pork/apple/radish/feta pizza or cheese pizza, artichoke chicken with garlic couscous and asparagus, mushroom spinach lasagna with cucumber bell pepper salad, cheeseburger pie with green salad, blackened chicken with garlic squash, out

Cheeseburger pie

1 lb. ground beef

1 cup diced onion

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup ketchup

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup Bisquick baking mix

1 cup milk

2 eggs (alternatives to Bisquick – drop biscuits, canned biscuits, puff pastry)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish (an 8-inch square pan will also work) with cooking spray and set aside.In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink (about 8-10 minutes). Drain. Stir in salt, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and cheese. Transfer beef mixture to the prepared pie dish.In a separate bowl, whisk together Bisquick, milk, and eggs, just until combined (it’s fine if you still have some lumps in the batter – do not overmix). Pour batter on top of beef. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cold hike and Holiday stuff

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It was very cold and windy, so we didn’t walk very far at Golden Gate Canyon SP.

Since I didn’t have my hiking poles I decided to not go too far in the snow. We came down a bit in elevation and hiked Mt. Galbraith, we turned around just after a snowy patch (again, no poles), but now I’m sad that I did that because I don’t think we were very far from the top and most of that side was in the sun.

Back at home Jack had a good nap on me while I read.

Friday I took Hannah (Grace had to work) downtown to see the holiday pop-up market. It wasn’t that great, but we did get to see some Christmas stuff going up and new murals.

Jazz, hike, NIA

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Monday, NIA, we focused on the up movement of every move and that made it a harder workout. Emmet had some good jazz in the evening.

It had snowed a little bit on Monday, just enough to make everything a little bit white. Jack and I found a nice hike in Louisville overlooking Boulder that had a great view. It also had snow covered yucca plants, which Jack thought were monsters and a field of prairie dogs that made Jack lick his lips.

Wednesday, the last International NIA, Grace went with me and we had a good workout. Today I am doing some reading and making Shakshuka for dinner (which is a good comfort food.)

Weekend

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Got a hankering for Bingo burger, drove to Pueblo, had a walk, nice drive.

Sunday, from church –

Faith in action – act justly (fair, equitable, open-minded, even-handed.) How do I know what God’s will is for my life, what does He want for me and from me? We overcomplicate, God makes it simple.

-God wants his people to live in a way that reflects His character

-Our challenge in reading scripture is to find our proper place in the reading, in this instance we are not the Micah, we are the drifting people of God

-What has God brought you out of, don’t forget what God has done for you, how do you respond to His continual reminding of how He moved you from despair to hope?

-There is a limit to what religious rituals can accomplish, God is more interested in relational principles – ‘to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’

-The Biblical idea of justice is working for those that can’t achieve justice on their own, this means working corporately not just individually, not just justice for today, but changing the narrative that allowed the injustice in the first place.

Micah 6: 8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.

Took a walk by the Platte.

Ended the day with some fancy drinks at EG.

Dinners this week – BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and corn on cob, chili and cornbread, chicken pot pie, shakshuka with naan, pork stir fry with udon noodles, baked potato bar with salad, out.

Walking

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Along the Platte with Jack, though he was confused when we went right instead of left (then I circled back around.)

Got my GirlTrek hoodie, just in time for cooler weather Sunday.

Today it was mural walk #3 in Berkeley, there were a few really good ones, still Berkeley, Lo-Hi and Highlands are no RiNO.

And Tocabe for a late lunch.

And it’s Friday and still no call on who won the election, but there will definitely be recounts – it’s super duper close in a few states.

NIA! Hike! Election…

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It’s affirmation week at NIA, that means we choose some slips of paper from a baggie and go around the room reading them. Here are mine:

Tuesday I took Jack on a hike to Red rock canyon open space (not Red rocks, this open space is across from Garden of the gods.) We’ve been to part of it before, but this time I parked in a different lot.

There was a shell of a 1950’s house on the property and their bomb shelter, it was a nice walk (and we saw a buck and doe, but the sun was in my face so I didn’t get a picture.) I would do this hike again in the snow (because it wasn’t very up or downhill) and definitely not in the Summer (very little shade.) I took Hannah to Explorers and of course it was election night. Not much to say on that topic since everything seems pretty close, even the next day.

30 days of Love your Neighbor

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It’s 30 days of love your neighbor, random acts of kindness, and gratitude month. Who is your neighbor? It’s the person with the Biden sign and the person with the Trump sign and the person with no sign in their yard. It’s the person who doesn’t look like you, the person who doesn’t live where you live, the person who goes to your church and the person who doesn’t. It’s the people who stock your store shelves, drive trucks, make fast food and staff your police stations, fire stations and hospitals.

You can start small – compliment someone, smile at them, leave a note, speak kind words, start a gratitude journal, donate to a food bank. Below are 2 links for ideas to get you started. We are in tense and uncertain times, but we can choose to do good and be kind no matter the circumstances.

https://gratitudehabitat.com/

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Weekend

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Grace had to work on Halloween, so Hannah and I went to our church’s Trunk or Treat. Our church had a kit to decorate the trunk and the candy to give out, so that’s a win-win for me. Hannah was a frog, I was the purple monster’s wife.

When we got home James and I took Jack to the Castle Rock fest.

Grace got her costume ready and they (Malia was with them) went out trick or treating, to Target and to look at some of the spooky houses.

Sunday morning James and I went to coffee then he headed out to Grand Junction to see Bethany while the girls and I held down the fort. I went to church on-line because thanks to ‘safer at home’ restrictions again, attendance was limited to 50 people.

From church – Advertisers are always telling you that you are missing out, there is something you need that’s bigger and better – their motive, create discontent. Paul has a different goal – to let others know how to be content and to know that God wants the best for them.

The secret to being content is knowing who you are in Christ and being empowered by Him.

Myth – if my circumstances were different then I would be different. You can have new circumstances and be the same old you. Truth – it’s not a matter of changing your circumstances, it’s a matter of changing your heart.

Do you feel like you can handle each and everything that comes your way? Do you put your trust more in yourself than in God – lean into Him and be secure. He will meet all of your needs. Every change in your life is made through decisions. Keep growing and going, moving forward in discipline and discipleship, learning and leaning into Jesus.

Philippians 1:6 I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah Yeshua…..1:21 For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain….3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or been perfected, but I press on if only I might take hold of that for which Messiah Yeshua took hold of me…..4:7 And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.

Philippian 4:10-14 I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.

15-17 You Philippians well know, and you can be sure I’ll never forget it, that when I first left Macedonia province, venturing out with the Message, not one church helped out in the give-and-take of this work except you. You were the only one. Even while I was in Thessalonica, you helped out—and not only once, but twice. Not that I’m looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity.18-20 And now I have it all—and keep getting more! The gifts you sent with Epaphroditus were more than enough, like a sweet-smelling sacrifice roasting on the altar, filling the air with fragrance, pleasing God no end. You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

21-22 Give our regards to every follower of Jesus you meet. Our friends here say hello. All the Christians here, especially the believers who work in the palace of Caesar, want to be remembered to you. 23 Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves.

Jack and I went up to Echo lake to hike.

I dropped a note/piece of art off to a friend and the girls and I had dinner/watched TV (though I went to be early, it was a long day!)

Dinners this week (explanation for tonight’s dinner – it’s girls night, the guys are gone and we picked 3 random things that we want to eat) – corn dogs, sushi, tamales and root beer floats, grilling hamburgers and italian sausage with corn on the cob, taco tuesday, jerk pork with fried plantains and rice, brats and sauerkraut with fried cabbage, basil pesto chicken pasta, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with salad.

Fried plantains

2 ripe plantains

2 to 3 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable oil; for frying)

Optional: salt

Peel plantains by cutting off both ends, and cutting a slit down the side of each plantain. Remove the plantain peel by peeling it side to side rather than lengthwise. It will come off in sections. You may need to use the knife at the edge of each section to help loosen it from the flesh.Cut the peeled plantains into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Diagonally is preferred because it provides a larger surface for caramelization; it can be cut straight across into rounds. Drizzle just enough oil into a nonstick skillet to coat the bottom of the pan, and place it on medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, but not smoke, add plantains (work in batches). Fry for 1 1/2 minutes on one side, flip and cook for 1 minute on the other side.Remove plantains from the pan and drain on paper towels.Continue frying in batches until all the plantains are fried.Sprinkle lightly with sea salt to give a sweet and salty taste to your fried ripe plantains.

What’s the Difference Between Green and Yellow Plantains? When shopping, you may come across both green and yellow plantains. They are the same fruit, but the color of the skin indicates the plantain’s ripeness. At its peak of ripeness, a plantain’s skin will be dull yellow with black patches, or completely black. Unripe plantains are green or cream to bright yellow in color.To ripen plantains at home, leave them on the counter; this may take a few days or a couple of weeks, depending on the current ripeness.