Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spinach Lasagna's Guts Casserole

If you like the inside stuff of lasagna, you'll love this super easy, super healthy recipe.  I can scoop this stuff up like no one's business!  It's so good!

Spinach Lasagna's Guts Casserole

1 (10 oz) bag fresh spinach, rinsed, dried and cut into bite sized pieces
1 (24 oz) carton ricotta cheese
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
4 eggs, beaten
2 tsp dried parsley
dashes of salt and pepper

Preheat to 350.  Mix all ingredients and dump into a greased 9x13 dish.  Bake for 45-60 min until eggs are set.  Enjoy!

Book Review - The Voice

The Voice is a unique version of the New Testament. This Bible’s format is similar to a screenplay‘s. This is to enhance the beauty and story of scripture. It’s a narrative intended to provoke emotion and understanding in the reader that often gets lost in the translation process.

Thomas Nelson Publishers and the Ecclesia Bible Society joined together to create this Bible. A team of writers, scholars, poets, and storytellers have embraced the way a new generation processes ideas and information and used it to create The Voice. They argue that people today are more apt to interact with events and characters through observations involving emotions, tangible experiences, cognition, and spiritual sensitivity. They used that knowledge to create “a fresh expression of a timeless narrative.”

A few things that I especially liked about The Voice (besides it’s screenplay format and easy readability) included outline boxes which were scattered throughout to expand on the text, similar to Bible notes in a study Bible. This gives the reader background knowledge and cultural significance of what was happening in the text. They also used italic type to indicate words not directly tied the original language in order to remain faithful and as objective as possible.

This was a very creative and interesting Bible. I would strongly recommend it for casual reading or as a companion to a more traditional translation. I agree that The Voice brings about more emotion, understanding, and thinking than a tradition text. It reminded me of The Message in some ways. However, I would consider it an accompaniment and not be used solely for intense Bible study. I plan to use it as a nightstand reading tool to greater increase my love of scripture and ultimately, my love of the Lord.

This post was possible because I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing.  The opinions are my own.  I was not paid for reviewing this book for them.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fun Trash

If you have two minutes, you can make this trash bunny. 
It's something fun to do with the Sunday paper and a couple of grocery bags.
Hippidy-hoppidy, Easter's on its way!

Spring Break Zoo Trip

It's Treyton's spring break this week and we began by taking advantage of the beautiful weather by going to the zoo.  Treyton's friend, Michael, joined us. 
Galina made sure to scope out the scene by studying the map.
It was a fun morning for us all.
Here's Galina roaring at the lion.
And Treyton studying it.

Typical of their personalities, I'd say.

When we circled over to the giraffes, we encountered a zoo guy with a giraffe pelt.  The kids were able to touch it and become obsessed with what happened to the "dead giraffe".  Oh brother.
My two (big) babies and I at our first zoo trip of the season.  (Not pictured is Brielle hanging out in the stroller.)  What a major blessing to be a stay-at-home mom!  I wouldn't trade it for the world.