While James and Bethany were on a tour of Mesa, the girls and I headed over to the Far East center for the annual dragon dance. This being the year of the dog (which is sad, since we don’t have one anymore), they had dancing dogs. Enjoy!
We ended up at Pho because Star Kitchen was insane. We headed back home and watched TV/played until James and Bethany got home. He and I went to Indulge to have some together time, then back home for sleep!
Sunday we went to church and Phil gave the message on our series in Timothy. Bottom line – don’t do things that make God look bad to non-believers. Older men and women – earn respect, don’t slander, be pure, be someone who mentors younger people, someone they can look up to, life your life to the fullest and for God’s glory. Younger men and women – don’t slander, be self-controlled, submit to one another in love, love your spouse and children, be pure and do it all for God’s glory. Why? Because people are watching.
Titus 2: 6 We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior…..7-8 But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around. …11 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!
Hannah went to a friend’s house to play, we took Grace to lunch, I cleaned out Grace’s fish tank and killed all of her fish. I don’t know what I was thinking, the tank had a huge algae bloom and I just wasn’t thinking about how the fish would feel going from that dirty to sparkling clean. They didn’t like it, by the evening one was clearly on his way out and the other three (and a snail) ended up not making it either. Grace was devastated, I was so sad and guilty about cleaning the tank and causing her such sadness. We have to cycle the tank, so it will be a month before she gets new fish, and now we know – 1 gallon of change per week with a bloom, no overfeeding, leave the fish and plants in the tank during the cleaning, get a real plant to help with the water quality and don’t leave the light on for more than 8 hours a day. Still, it was very sad.
What we’re up to this week – NIA, school, worship dance, Teacher’s day out (Cafe 180 and MOA), Girl scout cookies and drinks at EG, Creativity club, youth group, Teen science cafe (a Marine Biologist is talking about ‘sex in the sea’), leaving for Grand Junction a family visit to Colorado Mesa University, gondola ride in Breck, hiking, touring around town, working in the 3’s room at church, Gypsy jazz and swing dance at Mercury cafe.
Dinners this week – Moroccan salmon cakes with sweet potatoes, chicken soup with dumplings, TV dinner, Grand Junction (2 nights), lemon chicken with asparagus.
Moroccan Salmon Cakes with Garlic Mayonnaise
Garlic mayo: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/8 teaspoon paprika
Salmon cakes: 1/2 cup couscous
2/3 cup orange juice
1 (14.75 ounce) can red salmon, drained (We are using 12 oz of salmon cooked)
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach – thawed, drained and squeezed dry
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
In a small stainless steel or glass bowl, stir together mayonnaise, garlic, and paprika. Set aside.
Prepare couscous according to package directions using the 2/3 cup of orange juice in place of water.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked couscous, red salmon, drained spinach, egg yolks, garlic, cumin, black pepper, and salt. Form into patties.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and fry patties until golden brown turning once, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with garlic mayonnaise.