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What Does It Mean? February 28, 2010

Filed under: Catholic — alwayswithme @ 8:05 pm

Agnus Dei

Latin (Agnus Dei = Lamb of God) – Sung in either English or Latin. It is normally sung just before or during communion.

Latin BCW Traditional
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
grant us thy peace.


Been Ill, Haven’t Talked About It February 24, 2010

Filed under: Dates to remember — alwayswithme @ 3:43 pm

still not talking because I don’t know what I know yet.  The one test that I wasn’t worried about the C-Reactive Protein one is the one that came back high.  This link explains some about it uses.

The one test I thought would tell me I had a bladder infection came back contaminated with skin cells – phooey.    My LDL was up also, which I don’t understand.  It has been fine for a long time.  Thus, I don’t know what I know. 

I am to up my Fish Oil to 3 times a day and start taking Red Rice Yeast pills twice a day and recheck in three months.  Okay. . .


Making Your Own Chicken Stock February 19, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Recipe,Soup — alwayswithme @ 12:26 pm

I’ve been making my own chicken stock lately, mainly because DH needs me to watch his sodium intake.  I have enjoyed it thoroughly and DS, the younger and DH, really like the way it makes the house smell.  They also know that I will make something really good in the end.  Here is a recipe similar to what I do:

One 3-5 lb whole chicken (Look for sales for $.59-$.79 a lb)

16 cups of water

1 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

other leftover vegetables I have in the frig at a given time

Boil together for 3 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Then simmer for another hour.  Remove chicken from the pot and let rest until cool enough to handle. Debone chicken meat carefully and freeze in 1 cup portions for use in recipes.   Safe out a portion to make the guys something immediately.

Strain broth and refrigerate until fat hardens and rises to the top.  Skim off fat and freeze in 2 cup portions to use in soups and casseroles.  When using in a recipe, I heat the frozen portion in a sauce pan and I will add some water to it – just eyeball and tastebud it to make the amount I need. 

With the strained out vegetables, I pick through and get out anything unappetizing looking then blend them up with my stick blender, add it to my awaiting broth and do a soup of some sort.  The veggies thicken up the soup some and it just tastes good.


Fabulous Article In CSM February 18, 2010

Filed under: Conservative,Explanations,Media,Of Interest — alwayswithme @ 10:09 am

All in one place what several conservative groups are planning to do to get USA under control.  Hopefully when I research each document site I’ll find among other things, stop wasteful spending, balance the budget REALLY and HONESTLY, reduction in the size and scope of government, security of our country a top priority and a new, honest, dependable batch of leaders for those of us who are conservative with a clear voice about the fact that conservative doesn’t mean we don’t care about the poor, the meek, the hungry, the sick etc. just that we have valid ideas too about how best to serve the sometimes marginalized parts of society that doesn’t include mammoth federal government programs where power hungry bureaucrats create their kingdoms rather than addressing the nuts and bolts issues.


Black Bean Hummus February 17, 2010

Filed under: Appetizer,Recipe — alwayswithme @ 11:32 pm

I’m going to a crop on Friday and I like to bring something to snack on because all they have is chocolate.  Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate but I don’t need chocolate.  I weigh enough, thank you.   I was reading some blogs tonight and popped over to a Food Network Site and was reading through some recipes and this one caught my eye.   It is Lent and I’m not to eat meat on Friday so since I love hummus, trying this new one will be a simple and healthy treat.  

I’ll let you know what I think.   By the way, the recipe is courtesy of this gal 

  • Her name is Melissa and she won Food Network last season.


    SOUP February 16, 2010

    Filed under: Recipe,Soup — alwayswithme @ 7:54 pm

    We love soup around here and are partial to just plain ole chicken and noodle soup.  Generally, I will use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Pasta spaghetti noodles broken into small pieces with my broth, some precooked chicken and a few vegetables.  I found the following recipes, one using orzo and the pasta and the other is a cauliflower soup that I will try only I’ll us a mild cheddar or perhaps a monterry jack rather than swiss – don’t like swiss.

    Quick and Easy Chicken Soup

    Courtesy of College Inn
    Prep Time: 5 min

    Cook Time: 11 min
    Total Time: 16 min
    Makes: 2 Servings


    • 1 14.5 oz. Can College Inn Chicken Broth with Roasted Vegetable & Herbs
    • 1/4 Cup ORZO
    • 1/4 Cup CHICKEN finely chopped

    In small saucepan, heat broth to boiling. Stir in
    pasta and chicken. Reduce heat; simmer 9 to 11 minutes until pasta is cooked.


    • I’ll use my own broth when I have it or any other broth I have purchased
    • For a new twist on the classic, try swapping in orzo pasta instead of noodles for the perfect spoonful every time!
    • Love potato soup but not all the carbohydrates and calories? Try swapping in cauliflower instead. Plus no peeling required!

    Swiss Cauliflower Soup

    Courtesy of College Inn

    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 40 min
    Total Time: 50 min

    Makes: 4 Servings


    • 1 14.5 oz. Cans College Inn Chicken Broth 99% Fat Free 48oz Can
    • 1 Onion (large) chopped
    • 2 Carrots (medium) sliced
    • 2 Celery ribs, sliced
    • 1 Garlic Clove minced
    • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
    • 1 Box Frozen Cauliflower 10 ounces
    • 1 Cups Milk
    • 1 Teaspoons Thyme
    • Red Chili Peppers dash
    • 2 Cups Swiss Cheese grated


    In large saucepot, cook onion, carrots, celery and garlic in oil until tender. Add broth and cauliflower; simmer 30 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree in batches in food processor or blender. Return to pot; add milk, thyme and red pepper. Heat; do not boil. Stir in cheese; heat, stirring, until cheese melts.


    Sons February 14, 2010

    Filed under: Dates to remember,DS, The Older,Joy — alwayswithme @ 3:44 pm

    I was blessed with boys, love em.  One is 25 and one is 11.  I am forever calling them by each other’s names.  Swore I would never do it, but it happens – fact of life.

    DS, the older, and I have had a bit of a falling out since Christmas time – at least that is when it came to a head.  It has been difficult and my heart has been heavy but I have tried very hard to drop him and everything about him into God’s hands.  I was surprised on Friday evening by a text message from him that he was on his way to the All Star Game in Dallas.  He has been a huge basketball fan since he was in second grade and my dad took him to a Big 12 Conference game.  Needless to say, I was thrilled for him, but full of questions because he isn’t a college educated big wig with a great job.  He is, however, very friendly and has many people in his world who like to help him out periodically.  A friend’s girlfriend lives in Dallas and apparently through her employer she was able to get him a ticket to the game tonight.  On Saturday, he texted me a number of messages and I to him.  The most we have “talked” since Christmas really.  It was great, I felt like I was allowed in his world again for a time and I am extremely grateful.  God is good.  If anyone reads this particular entry, would you said a pray for my DS, the older, that he open himself up to a relationship with the Lord and that God place in his path, Godly people to show him the way? 

    Gratefully yours,



    Community Service Idea for Autism

    Filed under: Community Service Idea,Of Interest,Time With God — alwayswithme @ 3:22 pm

    I someone found myself at this blog entry and after looking around a bit, know that I wanted to leave myself a trail back to a wonderful idea using old IPODS.  I commented on the blog so that tells you my thoughts.  Go check her out and see if you, too, may be able to help someone in your community.

    HERE is the link for the IPOD idea

    The link on the first line leads you to a letter she wrote to Steve Jobs.  Great, great entry.


    I Can Do This February 11, 2010

    Filed under: Decorating,DS, The Younger,Frugal Ideas,Making Things,Wall Art — alwayswithme @ 5:06 pm

    Spotted this cute wall hanging on a blog called  Secret Pie Shoppe and I thought, I can do this!

    I will use the GW frame that the glass broke out of to “frame” it so that will be different and I’ll probably use some old scrapbook paper instead of the sheet music she used because I don’t have any of that but I do have scraps of scrapbook paper leftover from making DS, the younger’s valentines.  I’ll probably put the hearts on a piece of old posterboard we have and tape it to the frame then find a hole in the wall that needs something on it and ta da, there it will be.  (When I make it and take a photo of it, I’ll post it here).  Head over here to check out other clever things she has made with little to no money being expended.


    Lost, Final Season, Episode 2 (or 3 depending) February 9, 2010

    Filed under: Media,Of Interest — alwayswithme @ 11:33 pm

    A bit disappointed in this episode but that is how Lost flows sometimes.  Favorite line was Jack saying “I don’t even trust myself”.  Haven’t we all been there at one time or another. 

     Good to see Claire, except at the end – she turned into Rousseau!  Our family loved it when Kate was pulling stuff out of the diaper bag she stole from Claire and there was a killer whale.  DS, the younger’s whale like that is named “Whaley”, he was originally DS, the older so he’s practically an antique! and he’s been with DS, the younger every night for years.  We left him in a crummy motel (crummy only in that it was an old, old motel with none of the frills and buttons of new hotels but it had two beds and air conditioning so we stopped ) in New Mexico once.  We had driven probably five hours before we realized he was missing.  DS, the younger was so brave about it.  We called the motel when we got cell phone service again.  Had to leave a message on their machine.  We called again when we got home.  They had it and agreed to mail it to us.  Very, very nice.  When we got it back, they had even laundered it.  It was a lovely reunion.  If I remember the name of the motel, I’ll add it here, as they were good people.  Anyway, back to LOST, don’t remember if we had seen said whale before, but. . .black and white people, black and white.

    Miles had a couple of funny lines, “. . .we’ll be in the food court” and something like “. . .and Hurley’s in charge now”.  It was also funny when he (Miles) was interviewing Sayid, “. . .did you see any white light. . . .”