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Showing posts from November, 2011

Home for Christmas

Ah, that old familiar finals season pastime - trolling the internet for a million things you want to do over Christmas break.  
These are at the top of the list - I love them. 


Vegan Lentil Soup in the Slow Cooker

When my brother visited me a few weeks ago, he enthusiastically bought me a new slow cooker.  I'd never used one before, but it has quickly become my favorite toy.  Throw a bunch of things into it in the morning, turn it on, and return to an apartment in which something has actually prepared dinner for you while you were writing your exegesis paper in the library.

This was the new experiment recipe for today, and it turned out so well!

Whole-Food Plant-Based Lentil-Carrot-Parsnip Slow-Cooker Soup
2.5 cups dry lentils 8 cups water Two "Not-Beef" vegan bouillon cubes 1 onion, diced 1 tsp olive oil 5 cloves garlic, minced 3 big carrots, cubed 2 parsnips, cubed 2 tsp thyme 3 bay leaves salt and pepper
1.  I put one cup of water and the two bouillon cubes in a frying pan and smashed up the bouillon with a rubber spatula until it was completely dissolved.  The vegan ones can take a long time to dissolve, and I've found the heat and spatula-smashing is the most efficient wa…

The Burning Focus

Over the past few weeks, Greer and I have been preparing to make this Advent season a sort of mini-Lent.  We both observed the Lenten season intensely this year, and Easter morning was consequently one of the most meaningful days of my whole history with God.  There are things about celebrating Christmas that are distinctly different from Easter, of course: at Easter we focus on Christ's death and anticipate his resurrection; at Christmas we focus on God's human life and anticipate His death (and subsequent resurrection, of course).

I should note that I am particularly excited to celebrate Jesus this Christmas.  I love my class about the Hebrew Scriptures, but the amount of required reading from the Old Testament uses up my scripture-reading energy and I have thus failed to even crack open the New Testament since classes began.  Last week in my Aquinas class we read Thomas' close reading of the part of the Gospel of John that recounts people's first encounters with th…

The Advent Color - Repost

I wrote this post last December right at the beginning of Advent season (see the original post here on my old blog).  I reread it last night as a part of the preparation for Christmas that I am now beginning, and thought it was worth revisiting:

I heard a wonderful sermon this morning. Title: "On Hiding." At the moment of the First Tragedy, when man first disobeyed God, man hid.

In his temptation speech, the serpent promises that eating the forbidden fruit will make man like God. God knew all about good and evil; if we, too, knew about it, we would be just like Him. But evil always, always lies.

Adam and Eve immediately felt shame. Pastor Thompson said this morning that shame is what we feel when we're made painfully aware of the vast disparity between our idealized self and our actual self. The chasm between the two is so wide. Adam and Eve had been promised they would be like God Himself; I cannot imagine their horror when they realized how little like God they were. They…

Whole Food Vegan Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies

I found the recipe for these here and made a few modifications.  These are completely delicious, filling and utterly healthy, and have a nice Thanksgiving-at-breakfast feel.


2/3 cup sweet potato puree (I roasted two small sweet potatoes at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, removed the skin, and smashed with a fork)

2 tbsp ground flax seed 1/4 cup almond milk 1/4 cup canola or safflower oil 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup spelt flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 tsp ground ginger