Monday, December 14, 2015
Menu Plan: Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday
Rejoice! It is the week of Joy Sunday! This is a lovely reminder that our fasting and preparation are in joyful expectation of the Lord who has come, and who is coming. He will redeem the earth and resurrect the faithful to life. This is not a fast of strict penitence, but of self examination and preparation to meet our Savior with joy.
Aside from some fruit that we have left from our stockings, last week we ordered two 20 pound boxes of citrus, so we have grapefruit, lemons, limes, navel oranges, Valencia oranges, and tangerines. Plus apples and bananas and mangoes and some personal watermelon from our organic produce co-op. That is actually the only thing I don't like about it, while it's organic and the quality has been good, sometimes the produce is completely out of season, and not just for our immediate area which has a short growing season, but for our entire hemisphere. I don't mind going out of our county and even state for some of our produce at this time of year, but when we're off of our continent, or pretty close, I'm not too thrilled. But, in any case, it is tasty, and nutritious, and it is a nice treat for the kids and us when the rest of our menus are a little less bright. There are a few repeats from last week, and a repeat of my prayer request. I was seeing much improvement, but on Friday or so started feeling a flare up come again, and it is much worse now. Please pray for wisdom and for us to find an answer, as well as healing. We're waiting on some test results, and both we and my doctor are fairly sure that there are multiple things happening at once on my hand and in my skin.
This is a pretty busy week for us, with dress rehearsals and two recital performances for three of our four girls, plus a moms' night out for me. Between that and my own health issues, I've been planning meals and menus that can be taken over by Rich or the kids with ease, or that I can direct from somewhere else, while resting.
Below, I include our daily Bible readings which we use to read through the entire Bible each year. We read through all of the Old Testament and New Testament, reading the Psalms and Proverbs twice. Remember that the Psalms are according to eastern numbering in our daily Bible reading, also I Kings is the original designation, it is I Samuel in western Bibles (II Kings is II Samuel in the west, III Kings is I Kings, and IV Kings is II Kings, I Ezra is also called I Esdras in other translations, II Ezra is often translated as Ezra or II Esdras, though this is complicated by it sometimes being I Esdras being Ezra in modern language and II Esdras being Nehemiah, and in that case, there is a III Esdras, it really depends on which translation you read).
- Sunday - Feast of Saint Lucy Jeremiah 1-3, Psalms 107, Proverbs 23:33–36, Hebrews 8
Breakfast: Cherry Almond Oatmeal, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Loaded Nachos with Leftover Chili
- Monday Jeremiah 4-6, Psalms 108:1–20, Proverbs 24:1–6, Hebrews 9
Breakfast: Almond Butter Toast with Jam, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Beans and Rice with Salsa, Cheese, and Hot Sauce, Sliced Apples
- Tuesday Jeremiah 7-9, Psalms 108:21–31, Proverbs 24:7–12, Hebrews 10:1–18
Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Fried Potatoes and Onions, Buttered Toast, Canned, Sliced Peaches, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Carrot and Celery Sticks, Watermelon Wedges
- Wednesday Jeremiah 10-13, Psalms 109-110, Proverbs 24:13–18, Hebrews 10:19–39
Breakfast: Harvest Pancakes, Fruit Plate, Mint Tea with Honey
Dinner: Black Bean and Tortilla Soup with Lime Wedges and Sliced Avocados, Mangos, Oranges, and Tangerines
- Thursday Jeremiah 14-16, Psalms 111-112, Proverbs 24:19–23, Hebrews 11:1–22
Breakfast: Toast with Cream Cheese, Za'atar and Olive Oil, Bananas, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Italian Sausage Skillet over Rice, Grape Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad
- Friday Jeremiah 17-19, Psalms 113:1–11, Proverbs 24:24–27, Hebrews 11:23–40
Breakfast: Slow Cooker Rice Pudding with Apples and Dried Cranberries, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Beet Gratin with Fontina and Walnuts, Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Fruit Salad
- Saturday Jeremiah 20-22, Psalms 113:12–26, Proverbs 24:29–34, Hebrews 12:1–27
Breakfast: Tunisian Shakshouka (using sweet potatoes), Leftover Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Rich is in Charge of Dinner