The Blind Post classified news June 9, 2022




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June 9, 2022
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Contents for this month’s issue:



From the editor Lori Motis.

New and used

Wanted, to trade, or to give away

Announcements

Services and training

Business and employment opportunities



This month’s articles:



Article: This Blog was written in the summer of 2019. By Edward Cohen.

Driving Miss Donna: by Lynn Anderson.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:A mixture of recipes!

Uplift, inspirational: BE KIND FOR CHRIST’S SAKE” By Ruth Coleman.



From the editor:




Happy June!

Congrats to any graduates out there and Happy Father’s Day to all those dads!

Before I forget, I want to remind you all that there will not be an issue of the Blind Post news in July. The next issue will be in August.
Also, Donna Williams will be back in August with her column Living with low vision. She is in the process of grieving a loss of a good friend. You can always contact her at
livingwithlowvision@gmail.com



Summers were always a fun time for me as a child. I spent a lot of summers away from home with relatives. Several with grandparents, a wonderful time with my cousins when I turned fifteen, and many more adventuring. The summers that we were at home, my mom had us create notebooks for various things like a list of the books we read, day trips and other fun stuff. I came across some of these memories when I was cleaning out my filing cabinet. I was able to recognize what they were using my Seeing AI app. It was quite exciting for me to be able to see some of these items that were in this folder.



Speaking of the Seeing AI app, since they updated it, I can now read the product bar codes on all my grocery and personal products. The trick, of course, is locating the bar code. On most canned items it is close to the seam of the label. I have found it on my shampoo and conditioner and other items by slowly turning the product and when the app sees the bar code it starts making a beeping sound and then a little tune and reads the name. You can get more info and get the ingredients and sometimes even the directions. You then must back out of this to get back to where you can read another product. It makes sorting through my groceries much faster than using the short text option.



I will be taking the month of July to declutter my home and reorganize it. I have lots of projects on my list to do this summer. Walking and baking are on my list. I am enjoying grinding my own grains and making bread and other delicious items. I hope to share some good recipes with you all in future issues.


I hope and pray that you all will have a wonderful summer. Please stay safe and enjoy!

Lori AKA Food Lady


Lori Motis
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!

foodlady@theblindpost.com



New and used:




MERLYN THE MAGIC TURTLE: A STORY OF LOVE AND JUSTICE


A novel by Leonard Tuchyner / C 2022

In e-book ($4.99), paperback ($18.50), and hardcover ($25.00). 491 pages in print.
For sale on Amazon and multiple other selling sites.

For the cover image, a longer synopsis, author bio, and buying links, see the author’s website:

https://www.dldbooks.com/tuchyner/


When Merlyn the talking turtle meets Leonard the man in the summer of 1968, each of them proves to be a willing listener to the other’s story of a lost relationship. Will they be reunited with the girl and woman from their pasts? If so, what will they find? Complicating things for Leonard is that he has fallen in love again. Throughout the book, Merlyn the Magic Turtle remains true to himself: often smart–mouthed, but always smart, enriching the lives of all his human friends.



Your 25 favorite Scentsy fragrances are Back!!! Only available during the month of June

or they can be added to a Scentsy Club subscription.
A “Bring Back My Bar Bundle” of 12 of your choice for just $50. Some of the fragrances available are: Enchanted Mist, Root Beer Float, Flower Child, Forever Yours, Love & Happiness, Lemon Coconut Chiffon, Zeppelin, Pineapple Coconut Vanilla, Buckleberry, Berries of Paradise, Cutiepie Cupcake and many more. Don’t forget that most Scentsy Spring/Summer catalog products will only be available until the end of July and most will be 10% off during July as well. Contact me,
Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy SuperStar Consultant, 916-206-1151
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SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items


including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.
Candy bar greetings include Happy Birthday, Love You, Thank You, Have a Nice Day, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A variety of other chocolate items are available.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853
or
judydavis12@rochester.rr.com




Wanted, to trade or give away:





This is a great place to post items you want to give away, or maybe you are looking for a particular item.
Email your 75 words or less notice to me, Lori AKA Food Lady, at
foodlady@theblindpost.com

and I will include them in the next issue at no cost.



Announcements:




Coming Soon June 16, time: 7:00 p.m. eastern via Zoom
The Behind Our Eyes Book Launch program Presents
Author and novelist Ann Chiappetta


Interviewed by fellow author Peter Altschul
Highlighting Ann’s first novel, Hope For the Tarnished © 2022.
Ann and Peter will discuss the novel-writing journey, followed by an open Q & A.

About the author
Ann Chiappetta
Ann is an artist and often refers to her love of words as a natural compensation after losing her vision in 1993. Once a designer of acrylic displays and furniture, Ann trained her creative senses to flow over from the visual to the literary arts. Years later, she has become a poet and author, honing her talent in various mediums, including web content for nonprofits, regular bylines for online literary publications, poetry, anthologies and guest editing in online literary journals, just to name a few projects of which she has contributed.

The author of five independently published books, Ann possesses a Master of Science in Marriage and family therapy from Iona College and an undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle, both located in Westchester County, New York. A consultant and guest presenter, Ann visits schools promoting awareness and equality for people with disabilities. She is the 2015 recipient of the WDOM Spirit of Independence award and the 2019 recipient of the GDUI Leiberg-Metz award for writing.

Find everything Annie on the web:

https://www.annchiappetta.com/


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Time: June 16, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MOKA Conference for the Blind
August 4-6, 2022


Bentonville, AR

Come and join us for this four-state regional conference for the blind and visually impaired, serving Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas (MOKA) and surrounding states. Registration fee is $150 and includes meals. For more information, visit
https://mokacfb.com/



The Burkeville, Virginia lodge for the blind is now taking reservations for the spring and summer.


We have cleaned up the walking trail around our 4 acre fishing pond. We have low cost rooms with meals included. We have private and semi private rooms, swimming pool, screened gazebo, pianos and organ and large living room, too. We also have very good meals with seconds included. For reservations, leave message at 434 767 4080 and go to our website
https://vawb.org/index.html
For more info, call me, Richard at 757 468 0277 . We hope to see you soon.



Sermons on the Phone is always being updated.


Check it out at 773-572-6206.



IMPORTANT MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT from Aurora Ministries.


I am deeply saddened to announce that Aurora Ministries will be closing on June 30th.
Aurora Ministries will continue to offer NLS talking book Audio Bible cartridges until June 15th–or until remaining inventory runs out.

We unfortunately will not be able to accept any new orders for the handheld “Hear My Bible” or the J. Vernon McGee “Solar Bible Bus players.” However, you may still purchase these players directly from the manufacturer at AudioBibles.com

Where to order Audio Bible Players &J Vernon McGee Thru the Bible Solar Bible Bus Players ...
https://audiobibles.com/
or Call 800-219-1758
AudioBibles.com (MegaVoice) carries both the full J. Vernon McGee Thru the Bible Solar Bible Bus Player (The original players once provided by Thru The Bible with teaching and full Audio Bible) as well as our easy to use accessible, handheld audio Bible players called the Envoy S Audio Bible.



Eyes on success shows and podcasts:



2219 The Hosts as Guests (May 11, 2022)
Every week Peter and Nancy Torpey interview interesting guests from around the world for their Eyes On Success weekly podcast. This week, however, the tables are turned as Sonia Usatch-Kuhn, host of the North Carolina Radio Reading Services Community Connections podcast, interviews Peter and Nancy about their own lives and careers and show.



2223 Pet Peeves of a Blind Person (Jun. 8, 2022)
People who are blind have many ways of adapting in a world that consists of primarily sighted people. Sometimes though, being blind can be frustrating, especially when simple changes that could be made to make our lives easier are not made. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about some of Peter’s pet peeves as a blind person.


You can subscribe to Eyes On Success on our new YouTube channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/c/EyesOnSuccesswithhostsPeterandNancyTorpey

To listen to other episodes from our searchable archive of over 500 go to: https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

You can subscribe to the podcast or listen on your smart home device by saying “play the eyes On success podcast”.



Services and training.




Greetings Reader!



Galanos Consulting offers custom audio creation and editing using the popular multi-track recording software, Audacity. We also offer custom tutoring services live and recorded


If you wish to schedule a consultation or tutorial session, email GalanosConsulting@gmail.com

or call 713-396-3495.

Thanks!



Do you have a service pertaining to the blind community, or do you offer training such as computer training or guitar lessons? Now 75 words or less post at no cost. Longer notices can
also be placed with costs dependent on the word count. Email me for prices and guidelines. foodlady@theblindpost.com
Lori Motis Blind Post classified news editor.



Business and employment opportunities:





Do you have a business or a job opportunity that the Blind Post readers would like to know about?
Email foodlady@theblindpost.com
and I will let you know the cost and if it is suitable for the next issue. Now 75 words or less is free.

This Blog was written in the summer of 2019.



By Edward Cohen



Most days find me on the computer. Much of that time seems spent on my calendar business related activities. But here is what made one day so very unusual and fun.



I hadn’t turned on the computer all morning due to many household chores. That alone was unusual. At 11:30 my wife and I walked to a city-wide event taking place in the large park across the street. We first strolled past a scattering of classic cars of the 60’s. More than one brought back memories of my youth.



Then on to the food and music area which had been there all week. We had certainly taken advantage of the many food trucks that circled the running track. We even noticed that there was a beer tent. Grin.



But today was the day of the big parade. It had over 115 floats, loud vehicles, marching bands and organizations. As we finished lunch, those in the parade were assembling on adjacent streets.



Leading off the parade were two groups. One walking that promotes neighborhood efforts and one cycling that promotes bicycles. Since we are associated with both groups, we regularly are invited to join them.



With my low vision, I don’t feel safe on my old 2-wheeler, so some years ago, I bought a 3-wheeler that works fine for me. We went home and mounted our respective bikes and headed to our gathering spot.



It was a sunny and hot day. We are lucky that in our older, near-downtown neighborhood, much of the streets are mostly tree-lined offering welcome cooling shade.



My wife was asked to hold one side of the group’s wide banner and lead off the whole parade. I was again asked to ride behind them with boxes of flyers and litter bags sitting in the trike’s large rear wire basket. When the signal came to begin, the banner carriers set off and the whole parade began to lurch forward.



I, along with bicyclists of all ages and even a guy on a unicycle, slowly weaved back and forth across the empty streets as we smiled, passed out litter bags and tossed candy to the kids. You can guess how those litter bags mostly got used. Grin



As we slowly covered the one-and-a-half-mile route, I marveled at how nice it was to have the curbs lined with happy families and not cars!



As soon as we got to the ending point, we unloaded and took a less crowded route back home. With friends nearby, snacks and beverages in hand, we settled in as the 2-hour parade passed directly in front of our house! What a treat!



But that’s not all. At 4:30, I headed to do my volunteer stint at the entrance to the park pool and golf parking lot to urge others to park elsewhere. So, after that, I was hot, tired and ready for a shower and a relaxing dinner at home.



That evening, the distant sound of music from the band in the park floating through the open windows was a perfect end to an unusual and fun day.



Edward is the founder and owner of EZ2See® Products. They are the maker of the popular weekly planner designed specifically for those with low vision. Check it out at:

https://www.EZ2SeeProducts.com




Driving Miss Donna



“A Trip to Arizona”


Part 1
(Episode 28)

by: Lynn Anderson



Every now and again, for some unknown reason or other, I have tender thoughts towards my Uncle Jack, my Mother’s brother. I get this crazy desire to go and visit him at his home in Prescott Valley, Arizona and see how he’s doing. We have very few relatives in my family, and with the passing of my parents, Uncle Jack is pretty much it when it comes to older relatives. OK, so I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to take a drive back to memory lane for awhile! I have a lot of history with Arizona and felt it was definitely time for a road trip. Uncle Jack had also just let me know that he had recently lost the remainder of his central vision to macular degeneration, and I was worried that he needed some help. But I also thought it would be great to go and see the Grand Canyon, historic mining town Jerome, Arizona and also the Meteor Crater up past Williams, Arizona and other fun things to do in Arizona. A lot of these attractions are fairly close to where my Uncle lives. Plus, Uncle Jack said that he was feeling housebound due to his vision loss and would truly love to take a few road trips with us since he was no longer able to drive and missed being out on the open road, as his days were mostly taken up with Doctor’s visits.



So I talked with Donna and asked her how she felt about taking a road trip? Donna is usually one who will take a road trip anywhere with pretty much anyone, so I was a bit puzzled when she was hesitant. “You want to see your Uncle Jack?” She asked, her voice filled with doubt. “Well, uh, for part of the visit. I want to make sure he’s doing OK, since we have so few family members. Would you like to go?” I ask, not so sure she’s willing. After a long pause and many tense minutes, she finally agrees. “OK, but lets not spend the entire trip visiting your Uncle.” “Great!” I enthused, “I’ve already got a lot of places written in my travel book we can go see, so I think it will be a great time!” Not to hit you with spoilers so early in the story, but those were my final happy words during the entire trip.



So, we were leaving in a few weeks for Prescott Valley, Arizona. Donna had booked us a wonderful room at the local Hampton Inn, money for expenses was gathered, laundry was done, and we were ready to go! I called Uncle Jack and he was expecting us, and all was set! Then I said something to my brother, Mike, and the entire trip dynamic was changed in a nano-second or less. “Oh,” he said, “you and Donna are taking a trip to Arizona, can I come along with you?” Such an innocent question, so filled with hope. “Sure,” I responded, without thinking about it, “sure.” “Great!”, he said, “I’ll take time off from work and join you!” As I hung up the phone, reality sunk in with a loud thud. Did I just say sure to Mike wanting to travel with me? He hasn’t wanted to travel with me since we were both kids in high school and our parents forced us to take family vacations together! He is barely willing to drive to the end of the street with me! What is going on here, and what am I thinking? Then it hit me even harder, how am I going to tell Donna?



Now don’t get me wrong, I love my brother, truly I do, I keep telling myself that of course I do, don’t be silly! Donna was not pleased about the new arrangement, but then maybe she was as desperate for a road trip as I was, because she finally agreed that it would be OK. Plus, I would have an extra driver to help out because she isn’t able to drive at all due to her vision loss, and it is a very long drive. So, all was settled, or so I thought.



Problem number 1: Mike was not able to get off the week that we were going, would it be OK to switch to the following week? Donna and I are both retired, so we were able to be flexible around his schedule, but it did mean that Donna had to change our reservation at the Hampton Inn. The change in schedule meant, however, that we were not able to get the handicapped room, because it was already reserved for that week. That was a bit of a bummer, but Donna said she was willing to make it work out somehow.



Problem number 2: Mike needed to get a room at the Hampton Inn. When I told him about it, he said not to worry, because he was planning on staying with Uncle Jack at his home. That was an immediate warning flag, because Mike doesn’t like to stay with anyone, and staying with Uncle Jack was not the best plan, but perhaps his thrifty gene won out and he was willing to put up with, well, more about that later!



Problem number 3: I was planning on driving my own car on the trip, but since there were now three of us going with lots more luggage, I realized we wouldn’t all fit comfortably in my small car. Mike said, “no problem, we’ll rent a larger car for the trip, and all three of us can pay for it!” I was less than thrilled at this point, but he was right, we needed a larger car.



So the day of the trip finally arrived and boy, was I excited! An actual road trip! Donna had brought her luggage over to my apartment along with her walker and now we were just waiting for Mike. He finally pulled up in a beautiful rental car, a Chrysler 300, and we were ready to go!



Problem number 4: When Mike popped open the trunk for Donna and I to load in our luggage, the trunk was completely filled with Mike’s luggage and other stuff he apparently needed on the trip. This trip was for one week, not one month, but looking at everything Mike brought along, I was pretty sure he had prepared for at least six months! “Uh, Mike,” I said, “Donna and I need room for our luggage too, plus Donna has her walker that needs to go in the trunk.” Mike took a deep breath, mumbling under his breath as he cleared away a small space for our luggage. “Mike, Donna’s walker needs to go in the trunk first, then we can put in the luggage.” I said, as though this should be pretty obvious. “You can keep the walker in the back seat,” he snapped. “Well,” I said, my irritation growing along with his, “I’m sitting in the back seat, and I doubt that the walker and I will both fit there together!” Finally, he agreed to move all of his stuff from the trunk, we put the walker in and then fit in what would fit, and the rest of the luggage sat beside me in the back seat. Oh well, it was a start and we were on our way!



Problem number 5: I had forgotten that the men in my family don’t believe in stopping along the way to see the sights and even more importantly, make bathroom stops. When Donna and I travel together, we always stop, see the local sights, eat in restaurants, and just enjoy a long, leisurely trip. Not so Mike. He seems to believe that what road trips are about is making good time. You go from point A to point B as fast as you can to make good time. He explained to Donna and me that we would not be stopping to eat at restaurants along the way, even though our first day of driving to Kingman, Arizona was 10 hours, but that we would stop at a fast food restaurant to get a dollar menu burger and then would enjoy this sumptuous feast while we were driving, so that we would make good time. In other words, a bathroom stop only if absolutely necessary, and a drive through hamburger if or when we should get hungry. As he told us, “that is how I roll.”



Problem number 6: I truly do love my brother. If I didn’t love the little bugger, at this point in the trip, I would have taken all of his luggage, left it and him at a bus stop and then Donna and I could have continued on the trip happily without him! There was another problem as well, call it problem number 6-A. Mike held the car keys, and he didn’t want me to drive. I’m thinking he didn’t want me to drive so that he didn’t have to sit in the back seat, jammed in with the rest of our luggage! So to get the car keys so that I could abandon him somewhere along the way wouldn’t work out unless I could somehow overpower him, knock him to the ground and snatch the car keys away! Hah, like that would ever happen! Plus, I truly do love my brother!



Donna was mostly silent on the way, munching on her dollar menu burger, and mostly staring out the car window. Donna and I always play music on our car trips, to kind of break the monotony of driving through endless stretches of the California desert, but music was not allowed on this part of the trip. Mike said that he would rather talk, although he seemed not to want to talk during this part of the trip. Actually, that worked just fine for me, because I don’t think that my conversation at this point of the trip would have been up lifting and encouraging. So onward we drove in mostly silence, as we made our way to our stop for the night in Kingman, Arizona.



To Be Continued….



Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady



A mixture of recipes.





Hummus recipe in the Vitamix



Ingredients

• 2 cans (900 g) chickpeas, liquid reserved from 1 can
• one fourth cup (35 g) sesame seeds
• 1 Tablespoon olive oil
• one fourth cup (60 ml) lemon juice
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• one eighth teaspoon salt

Directions
1.Place chickpeas, liquid from 1 can of chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2.Select Variable 1.
3.Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
4.Blend 1 minute, using the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades.
5.Season to taste with salt.




Recipe from Donna:


This old fashioned, simple ingredient, easy to assemble dish is a wonderful variety of fresh tastes. When serving be sure to scoop clear to the bottom to get some of everything.

Seven Layer Dinner



Ingredients:
4 medium carrots, sliced
3 stocks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium potatoes, sliced
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 and one half pounds ground beef, raw
2 medium cans diced tomatoes, do not drain
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
in deep casserole dish layer ingredients in order of listing, starting with carrots. Crumble raw ground beef over shredded cabbage layer. Spread 2 cans diced tomatoes completely over top of layered dinner. Salt and pepper between layers as desired.
Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake in 350°oven for one hour and 15 minutes. For variety, you can use additional spices.



Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans Valerie's Kitchen





INGREDIENTS
list of 15 items
•1 pound dry pinto beans
•2 tablespoons vegetable oil
•1 cup diced white or yellow onion
•1 good sized bell pepper seeded and chopped (I used red)
•1 jalapeno seeded and diced
•2 teaspoons minced garlic
•3 to3-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth see recipe note below
•1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
•2 tablespoons chili powder
•1 tablespoon yellow mustard
•1 teaspoon cumin
•1 teaspoon oregano
•1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
•2 bay leaves
•1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
list of 4 items
Place beans in the Instant Pot insert and add enough water to cover by 2" to 3". Allow to soak overnight or for at least 6 hours. After the soaking time,
drain off and discard the soaking water and rinse the beans with fresh cool water, draining well. Set aside.
Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the SAUTE button. When display reads "Hot" add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes,
or until onion and bell pepper are beginning to soften. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute then press CANCEL.
Add soaked beans, broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, yellow mustard, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and the bay leaves. Stir well to combine. Lock the lid
in place, and turn the vent at the top to the SEALED position. Set Instant Pot to MANUAL and cook for 25 minutes.
When time is up, allow the steam pressure to naturally release which should take 15 to 20 minutes. After the natural release, move vent on top to the RELEASE
position to allow any remaining pressure to release before removing the lid. Taste and season with salt as desired.



Miss Beacham’s Raisin bread


I love this bread recipe I found from a mystery book I downloaded from the NLS website.
*Because I did not have any oranges, I substituted one teaspoon vanilla extract and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. It was yummy!

Miss Beacham’s Raisin bread
From the book “Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin” by Nancy Atherton.

1 and one half cup seedless raisins
1 and one half cups water
1 egg slightly beaten
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, I used olive oil.
1 table spoon grated orange peal*
2 and one half cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
One half teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Place raisins and water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature.
In a separate bowl, mix the next four ingredients. Combine mixture with cooked raisins and water.
Sift together dry ingredients. Add to mixture beating well.
Pour into a greased bread pan.
Bake about 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out just moist.



Oatmeal Carrot Cake Bread



It's a cake! No! It's bread! Well, whatever it is it's mighty tasty, especially when toasted and then topped with a brown sugar-sweetened cream cheese spread.


1 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
One half cup whole, 2% or fat-free milk
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
4 large egg whites or 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
One fourth cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Two and one half cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
One half teaspoon baking soda
One half teaspoon ground cinnamon
One fourth teaspoon salt (optional)
One and one half cups shredded carrots (about 3 medium)
One half cup raisins

Cream Cheese Spread (optional)
4-ounces regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
One fourth teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray bottom only of 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or grease lightly.
2. For bread: Combine oats and milk in medium bowl; mix well. Let stand 10 minutes. Add pineapple (including juice), egg whites, oil and vanilla; mix well.
3. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in carrots and raisins.
4. Add oat mixture to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not overmix.) Pour batter into pan.
5. Bake 60 to 75 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely. Store tightly wrapped.
6. For Cream Cheese Spread: Beat together all ingredients in small bowl until smooth. Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Makes 1 loaf (16 servings).



Pantry Cocoa brownies


Makes 16

Cooking spray
Two thirds cup oil
Two thirds cup unsweetened cocoa
One half cup all purpose flour
One fourth teaspoon baking powder
One half teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs
Two thirds cup brown sugar, dark
One and one third cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Arrange a rack in middle of oven and set to 325 degrees.
Coat a 9 ich baking pan with oil and dust with flour, set aside.
Heat oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat on low power for 4 to 6 5 second bursts until warm, not hot.
Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.Set aside for a few minutes so the cocoa will bloom.
Meanwhile mix the dry ingredients:
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
Wet ingredients:
Place eggs, powdered sugar and brown sugar in mixing bowl.
Beat on medium speed until fluffy.
Beat in vanilla until just combined.
Add one half of cocoa mixture and beat until smooth about five minutes.
Add flour mixture and beat until fully combined.
Add the rest of cocoa mix and mix well.
Transfer to baking pan.
Bake for 20 to 24 minutes. Longer up to 30 for firmer brownies.
Brownies will pull away from edges but a knife will not come out clean.
Let cool before cutting into 16 brownies.


Enjoy!
Food Lady



Uplift, inspirational stories.



BE KIND FOR CHRIST’S SAKE”




SUMMARY: Right now, in America and all over the known world, there is a famine of Kindness. It seems as though there is a rush to do as much to another human as possible. People, when you speak in the neighborhood, act suspiciously at your kindness. If you go to any open air market, people will all but knock you down and pretend that they don’t see you. It seems to me that the seemingly weak are actually picked on, rather than helped. We are in this world; but not of the world, and I sure am glad about that. It gives us something great to look forward to in the tune of the day.



Ephesians 4:32 KJV:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.



Many are openly speaking of the Lord’s soon return. They are telling those to whom they have no prior relationship that indeed ‘Jesus is coming’ as they casually speak of the terrible headlines, the out of control crime, warnings about the weather; but not too many can honestly tell their gossiping partner that they have prayed for any of the present calamities. Readers, where are we? Shall we join the popular talk of the day, or shall we do what we can to promote a world that is hungry for a Good Word, a Kind Word, a ? Promise Word, a Word of Hope?



Yes, Jesus may come back today, tomorrow, or a thousand more years from now. No matter when He comes you will be held responsible for today, your conversation your poor Prayer portfolio, your loose lipped spreading of your gossip of untruths, saturated with zero Biblical reference. You will be held responsible for the times you should have shown kindness to a fellow Sojourner on this treacherous trail of life, even though, at the time, you were given so few minutes in an hour, it seemed more expedient, to keep moving; and so you did just that-kept moving toward your empty, worthless and quickly fading poorly compensated goals.



Readers, let’s suppose:
Suppose, instead of being born in one of the foreign countries that are now suffering at the hands of vicious Dictators you were and are born in a country that is now experiencing peace from foreign terrorists. You don’t have to carry a rifle everywhere you go; you do not have to run and hide when sirens go off and loud dangerous mistles fly over your land; but GOD hasn’t left you out of the whole. He, instead, has introduced to you the most powerful weapon in the universe, and He expects you to be faithful and use it as much as needed . He has entrusted to you a quiet corner, in a warm house, in winter and a cool place in summer. He has given you a powerful reference book that you don’t have to hide to read, and can look up situations and Words to use in all circumstances. Where as many would say that you are so lucky, are you? Are you lucky to have this much authority and have so many dependent on your expertise and instead you observe the war on your T.V. in comfort, and when you tire; you turn it off. Its over in your mind; but is it? You may not have gun powder on your hands, your knees may not be raw from crawling on the ground, you may not be suffering from the loss of weight due to exposure and hunger as you fight this war; but you are in this even more than those that are obviously fighting. Yes you are!

Well, you ponder, how can that be? We are miles and miles away from the war in that foreign nation, yes, we are physically a great distance from the war; but thanks to modern technology we can be right in the middle of that disagreement. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ASSOC. PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES -do these acchronyms look familiar? They all stand for a News medium intent on bringing the coverage straight from the front lines of the war into your living room. Now, we can say that it is all a grand hoaxor that it is fake news; but the question is will you be held responsible for something that you knew and did not even take it to the Throne Room of GOD? Will you be held responsible for never firing your spiritual weapon and allowing it to rust on the shelf because you would not believe that your weapon was necessary or important?



Question: What spiritual weapon do I possess and how did I know about it?
Answer: Your spiritual weapon is PRAYER! You may not carry a rifle around with you; BUT the weapons that GOD has entrusted to His children are powerful.
2Corrinthians 10:4-15; (KJV)
4 (“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,”



You don’t have to have a Prayer Language that brings down the roof. You just need to give your heart to GOD in Jesus’ Name and kindly pray for others. The people you pray for, may, on this earth never be encountered, but in Heaven we’ll know, even as we are also known. And please, please place the people in Texas, who have endured great hurt, pain, shock, loss, grief and disbelief; please open up your spiritual weapons and compassion to pray for them all. Jesus will never tell us that we pray too much, or that He is tired of hearing from you. He is always kind and I believe that He desires that we be kind to others. I’ll see you at the Throne of Grace, where we shall both come boldly with all of our concerns and requests.

IN CHRIST I REMAIN … Ruth.



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