Friday, February 27, 2009

Something's Fishy Around Here

I don't often post recipes on Mishmash.
I usually leave that type of thing to Mama Hollioni.

But we've had fish twice this week (which is also not typical) and I found the most amazingly tasty yet simple of recipes.

On Tuesday, I made the Potato Leek Soup that KerryAnne taught me. But while at the grocery store I spotted some awesome Chilean Sea Bass.

I haven't seen Chilean Sea Bass in forever because somebody was being naughty about over fishing, etc...

I don't know the ins and outs of the fish world. All I know is the fish guy at the store said they rejoined some fishing regulation entity and now we can get Chilean Sea Bass.


I have been wanting some really good Sea Bass cooked the way my friend Suzy's mom did it.
I was pretty sure I could wing it when Nana suggested I did a search for a recipe.

Ooooohhh. Epicurious has the most amazing recipe called
Sea Bass with Citrus and Soy.

Photo from Epicurious by Dasha Wright Ewing

• 1/2 cup pineapple juice
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
• 2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 4 6-ounce sea bass fillets

• Chopped green onions

Mix first 6 ingredients in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Add fish; turn to coat. Chill 2 hours, turning fish occasionally.

Place steamer rack in large skillet. Arrange fish on rack. Pour marinade into skillet under rack and bring to boil. Cover skillet and steam fish until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Transfer fish to plates. Remove steamer rack from skillet. Boil marinade until reduced enough to coat spoon, about 6 minutes; spoon over fish. Top with green onions.


We happened to have all the ingredients on hand because the genius that is Nana used some pineapple juice for a recipe and had extra. Instead of tossing it, she froze it in 1/2 C quantities.
Brilliant I tell you.

Also, because this was a last minute deal, our fish only marinated for about 1/2 hour (which was fine) and I steamed it over water while I reduced the sauce.

It was so good!


Tonight we had the scheduled Halibut and once again I did a search.
And once again Epicurious came through!

We had Roasted Halibut with Garlic Sauce

Photo from Epicurious by Romulo Yanes

• 1 3/4 pounds halibut fillet (1 1/2 inches thick)
• 3 garlic cloves
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/3 cup mayonnaise

• Accompaniment: lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle.

Put fish in an oiled shallow baking dish and sprinkle with teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Force garlic through a garlic press into a bowl, then whisk in oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Whisk in mayonnaise and spread over fish.

Bake, uncovered, until fish is just cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.

See what I'm talking about in the simplicity department? Oh, it was so, so good.

We served it with steamed broccoli and rice.

I know some of my Catholic friends are observing meatless Fridays in this season of Lent so I thought I would share the recipes.

Also, Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians is posting meatless recipes every Monday (so you have time to make them by Friday) during Lent.

Her first recipe was Italian Stuffed Shells and they looked yummy!



Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our Trip To The Farm

Wednesday we packed up the gang and headed out to Kookoolan Farms.

It was a really sweet day for the whole family. Even Nana and Papa came along.

When we pulled up, Farmer Chrissie was trying to coax five-day old Lady to drink from her bottle. We weren't there too long when Chrissie graciously allowed Brigitta to try her hand at feeding a baby calf.

Although it was a very fun and informative visit, we were there to tour the facilities and learn more about our future supply of eggs, chicken and raw milk.
Just to clarify the mystery around raw milk... in the State of Oregon it is legal to purchase raw milk if the consumer goes directly to the farm to buy it. The farm may not advertise or sell to a distributer.

If the thought of drinking raw milk completely creeps you out, you can visit the RealMilk site for more information or watch this video and/or this one.
While Brigitta and Kurt fed the calf...

Leisl was inside packing eggs into cartons after asking if she could help. Here are some of their beautiful eggs.

She would have stayed and packed all of them if she could have. She can't wait to go back and help again.

This trip was the first time I've ever looked at hens and thought,

"They are so beautiful."

I realized later that all the chickens I've seen on the news/TV were factory chickens. Since I had no frame of reference, I thought all chickens looked pathetic.

Seriously, I'm a city-girl and I had no clue that a chicken could be beautiful.

We came home with three dozen eggs and I cannot begin to describe the amazing smell and taste of these eggs. So, so good.

I think one of biggest highlights was meeting Zelda. She gave Brigitta a loving kiss upon meeting her...

... something about Brigitta and animals. She's also been kissed by a sea lion named Jake but that's another story.

We were so impressed with the great love and care Farmer Chrissie has for the animals. The extremely thorough method of cleaning, preparing and testing each and every cow, each and every time they are milked (which is twice a day), was impressive.

They go above and beyond the regulations to ensure their consumers get 100% whole, healthy milk.

We loved it from the first glass and everyone is so sad when we run out before Thursday (our milk day thanks to Kathy--{{{waving}}} "Hi Kathy!").

We found non-homogenized but pasteurized whole milk at Whole Foods and that is our back-up milk. But hopefully we can figure out our usage and have enough to last the week.


For those of you that have been around Mishmash for awhile, it's probably strange to hear me suddenly talking about the food we eat. But we have been making changes to our diet, slowly, for over a year but thanks to Papa's "incident" we are on the fast track to making changes to what and how we eat.

I'll be sharing here and there as we prayerfully implement changes. But you can be pretty sure our new changes will involve wonderful trips to the farm, farmer's markets and even attempting to grow a few things ourselves--very Lord willing.


All-in-all, it was a very good day.

Brigitta was so tired from having her eye-therapy that morning she fell asleep on her big sis during the ride home.

And it is ever so faint, but we even saw a rainbow on the home which somehow made the day just that much sweeter...


A Few New Friends

This is Lady and she is five days old in this picture.

This is the first calf I've ever petted. She was the sweetest little thing. She captured our hearts.

Here is Leisl with a dog named Skunk! That center white stripe says it all :)
And this sweet thang is Zelda!

I'll post more about our trip to the farm soon. I just had to introduce you to our new friends.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Again I Say Rejoice!

Rejoice with those who rejoice...
Romans 12:15

Brigitta has been working hard and getting so excited about finishing up her Singapore 3A textbook and workbook.

Earlier this morning she squealed, "I'll be finished today!"

It was so sweet.

So after we corrected her work and "graduated" her to the next level, Leisl presented her with a brand-new 3B textbook and workbook.

She was so excited and wanted to jump right into the first section.

It's moments like this, seeing siblings excited for each other and encouraging one another, that feel like "payday" for this home school mom. That coupled with seeing my kids have a genuine joy for learning... it just makes my heart sing.

Good job Brigitta! 3B here she comes :)

Is there something you are rejoicing in that we can rejoice with you?
We'd love to hear about it.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Over at miscel(Lainie)ous: Simple Woman

I don't know why I post these at Miscel (Lainie) ous but I do...

For this week's A Simple Woman's Daybook click here.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Sunday Bulletin

Once again I'm stealing from Pastor Jim (insert cheesy grin here).

This is the portion of our Sunday bulletin that he writes each week. I was particularly encouraged by this week's bulletin so I thought I'd share.

And now a word from Pastor Jim...

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day,
and not me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Paul to Timothy, II Timothy 4:7-8

There in a darkened dungeon of Rome, knowing that it was likely only hours he had left of his life, the apostle reflects back on his fight in the faith.

And he says it was a "good fight." What a rich perspective!

Perhaps in the world of athletics none understand this better than a wrestler... oh I do not write referring to the stagecraft of the supposed bouts on television, rather I refer to those who've wrestled in sanctioned bouts on a high-school or collegiate level.

For the spectator in the stands the contests, seemingly, are not long.

For the athlete on the mat those minutes of exertion and endurance feel like an eternity.

Folks... for some this 'round' seems like an eternity, the opposition towards righteousness and living godly seem to never let up.

Yet think of what Paul is writing from this spot of physical fatigue, isolation and difficulty.

1) Keep the faith... keep your confidence in God and His demonstrated love for you.

2) There will be a finish on this earth... and it will be sooner than we think. You parents, as you look at your kids, like me say, "Where did the time go?"

3) The reality of the crowns... on this side of Heaven we don't understand all of this, yet in Heaven we will be thankful for the crowns we are given!

4) The Lord, He is a Righteous Judge... when we see Him we will realize just how perfect His judgments are, and always have been.

5) As you live...look for His appearing... look at the above verse. By looking and loving His appearing it helps me in not only desire, but ability to live righteously and there will be eternal reward for such a lifestyle.

So, in living this day fix your eyes on our Lord and live with a perspective of Heaven.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Week 17: Highlights Including Jericho

Crossing the Jordan, Akhenaton and Queen Nefertiti, Achan and Ai plus King Tut. Yes we covered a busy time in history this week.

A lot of our focus was on the fall of Jericho.

Here are notebooking efforts:

Kurt (who was very excited that I let him use the typewriter. Yes, we still have an actual typewriter that I keep around for various projects)

Brigitta did her notebooking in the form on a newspaper article reporting the Fall of Jericho. It was very clever and nicely done...

And Leisl absolutely loves to notebook. Since there isn't as much "free" notebooking this year as there was last year, she really took her time. Here is her effort...

Because she loves it, we don't limit her (or any of the kids actually) to the 8 1/2 by 11 "box."

In case you are new around here, we're not really an "in the box" kind of family ;)


Our memory verse is Psalm 23, in music we are learning about Bach and our read aloud is still Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John.

I know there was "more" from this week but since we completed it two weeks I'm drawing a complete blank.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Midnight Chat: In Faith and Obedience

This week, the Lord made very real to us to Philippians 4:19:

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

It's nice and brief (just for you Kim :) and a zero on the tissue box rating system!

Lord bless you guys


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Take Two

I'm feeling very convicted about my complaining in that last post.

"Being content in all things" not so easy for me today. I woke up feeling great but the lack of sunshine has taken it's toll.

To quote that deep theologian, Annie, "The sun will come out tomorrow.."

Please allow me to try and have a bit more perspective...

Where Did The Son Go?
Lainie Magsarili

Where did the Son go?
The One from Calvary.
The One who was obedient
So that I could be set free?

Where did the Son go?
That shed His blood for me.
Who conquered over death He did
And provides Heaven for eternity?

Where did the Son go?
That raised up from the dead.
Ah, He's preparing a place for me
And coming back just like He said.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me.

Because I live, you also will live.

On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.
John 14:18-20

Waxing Poetic

Where Did The Sun Go?
Lainie Magsarili

Where did the sun go?
For I cannot see.
Behind thick gray clouds
It is hidden from me.

Where did the sun go?
Will it be back soon?
All I see are dreary gray clouds
That even hide the moon.

Where did the sun go?
Please send it back to me.
The sun, it needs to come out now
Because I have to make vitamin D!

I think having a vitamin D level of 18 is starting to cause brain damage. Okay, okay. My brain was already damaged but still...


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Barbie's Bungee Bumble!

This week in science the kids learned about gravity in a thrilling experiment involving rubber bands, a great big bowl of water and a recently rescued-from-the-Goodwill-bag Barbie.

Using a pile of big books and a yardstick, a jump-off point was constructed for the death-defying damsel.

After linking rubber bands together and securing one end to our yardstick, the other end was securely fastened (so we thought) to Barbie's perpetually tan legs.

Once the liability release form was signed, Barbie was ready to jump!

Her first and second attempts were successful so our over-confident coed attempted a third jump. That is when disaster struck the fair-haired maiden.

Apparently the bands secured to her feet gave way resulting in an unexpected plunge into the frigid waters below.

Barbie was quickly rescued and after being examined it was determined that she was miraculously free from injury.

The uninjured but emotionally shaken Barbie waved and reassured startled onlookers with a classic, though questionably sincere, smile.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love Is In The Air...

I did some research on Valentine's Day last year and this is what I learned.

Valentine from the Latin Valentinus from Valens and valere meaning to be strong.
(Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

Saint Valentine or Saint Valentinus refers to one or more martyred saints of ancient Rome.

The feast of Saint Valentine was formerly celebrated on February 14 by the Roman Catholic Church until the revised calendar 1969.

His birth date and birthplace are unknown. Valentine's name does not occur in the earliest list of Roman martyrs, which was compiled by the Chronographer of 354.

The feast of St. Valentine was first decreed in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God."

As Gelasius implied, nothing is known about the lives of any of these martyrs.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus who lived in the late third century, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II (died 270):

The Saints Valentine were strong in their faith in that they were willing to give up their earthly lives for the name of Christ.

As we exchange valentines to each other to show our love or fondness for each other it is a great time to remember that the best valentine or declaration of love has already been given to us.

God's perfect, holy Word is a love letter to us and shows us that He had and continues to have a plan for us to no longer be separated from Him. Jesus was "valentine" or strong in His determination to carry out God's will even when it was very painful and difficult to do so.

Another definition of valentine is "worthy of praise" (Merriam-Webster online).

Because of God's great love for us and Jesus' willingness to buy us back from the bonds of sin, They are worthy of our praise. 1 Chronicles 16:25a says.

"For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised."

And Psalm 63:3 says
" Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise Thee."

(both scriptures from the NASB)

Last year I had the kids tie small, written expressions of praise or love for the Lord to latex balloons and release them outside. The weather was a little uncooperative for one of our balloons which got struck in a tree. But we tried again and it finally went up.

I plan on having them do that again and thought I would share before rather than after in case anyone wanted to do this too. :)


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weather Commentary By Leisl

I came downstairs and saw this written on the whiteboard...

Apparently Leisl was as surprised as I was that we actually got and are getting more snow.

I'm so glad we hit the library and Freddies last night.

Yup it's me in front of the ol' fireplace today--scoot over Leisl!!! Stop shoving!

Hee hee--just kidding :)


Monday, February 9, 2009

Week 16: Highlights

I think calling this post "highlights" is stretching it a bit.

With our unexpected week last week, school was bare minimum for sure.

After a meeting with the Captain, we decided to just let last week lay and simply move on!
Thankfully, it was a light week with no major projects.

The Lord is so good!

We did keep up with the Bible and History portions covering several passages from Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua.

The top stories were The Twelve Spies, Water from the Rock, Bronze Serpent, death of Moses and Rahab.

We also read about early North American cultures, Olmecs in Mexico and the Chavin in Peru.

The Captain did some science about energy. I was at a Women's Breakfast gathering with the ladies at church and so Leisl took the pictures.

Here are a few:

In other news, I couldn't find our next scheduled Read Aloud (I hid it from Brigitta who wanted to read it in the beginning of the school year--apparently I hid it too well). So I borrowed it from Elaine (thank you Kim for offering too!) and we are now engrossed in Patricia St. John's Treasures of the Snow.

Art didn't happen but we did manage to listen to Bach's life story on our way up to the violin shop to get get Brigitta a larger violin (she's moved into a 3/4).

Speaking of violin, we are so pleased that our instructor now lives in our neighborhood and the kids can just walk over there!

I've never posted about their music studies and thought it would be nice to have a record of their progress...

• Leisl, who has played for 2 years,9 months, is working on Concerto No. 5 1st movement by Seitz (song #2 in Suzuki Book 4)

• Brigitta, who has played for 17 months, is working on Gavotte by Gossec (the last song in Suzuki Book 1)


• Kurt, who will have played for one year as of Feb 12th, is working on Perpetual Motion in D and Allegretto (song #10 in Suzuki Book 1)

Hmmm, I guess we had a pretty full week after all!

Week 17 here we come...


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Week 15: Highlights (Tabernacle)

This week in school covered Exodus 32- 40:35. Included in our studies was the building of the tabernacle.

We were supposed to build a model from card stock which we started to do when I remember that Mama Hollioni said she had a fun model that we could borrow.

Once she brought it over and I saw it I ditched our own construction efforts. The model was awesome!

Besides, I didn't have any 1/2 gallon juice containers to use as the main structure of the tabernacle. Instead I used boxes, that I have in abundance in my house, which were the perfect dimension but (no pun intended) because they were Fleets enema boxes I thought it was just plain wrong.

Yes, the borrowed model was just perfect and having that already constructed freed up some time for us to do other things.

Here is a picture of the model tabernacle--

I posted earlier that we talked about the Burnt Offering and the picture of the totality of Jesus' sacrifice.

We also talked about the Grain Offering.

It's funny, I had planned to discuss so much more but after our discussion of Jesus as our Grain Offering I had peace that it was enough for now.


The Captain did some science this week. One experiment was re-creating the Milky Way in a cup of coffee.

We gave each of our kids a cup of coffee and a spoon-

Then we had them stir, stir, stir then quick take out the spoon-

Pour some milk into the coffee and ta-dah, Milky Way

Here another little, tiny galaxy--

We did the usual core subjects and ended our week with praying through the tabernacle.

We also finished "Quest for the Ivory Horn" and will start "Treasures of the Snow" by Patricia St. John.

The girls and I have read this before but enjoy it very much and are looking forward to reading it as a family.

We have enjoyed all of Patricia St. John's books so far.


The Grain Offering

(This should have been posted during Week 15 but since I had so many internet problems it never happened)

When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour.
And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.
Leviticus 2:1

The second offering described in Leviticus 2 involves no bloodshed.
The "fine flour" being offered speaks of Jesus' life instead of His death.
Jesus the Christ lived a perfect, sinless life.
He lived out the sacrifice of flawless humanity.

The Bible says that Jesus was tempted just as we are tempted yet did not sin.
[Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15]

Even before the "mortar and pestle" of Calvary, He submitted, not to His will, but to the will of the Father.
[Matthew 26:39 & 42]

And with the oil of the Holy Spirit and the frankincense of His prayers, Jesus the Bread of Life of the finest flour-- lived a life that was pure, holy, upright.

In other words, perfect.

Yes, He lived that perfect life so He could be that perfect Burnt Offering, the perfect sacrifice.

As we break bread in communion and acknowledge that He traded His perfect life in substitution for our very less than perfect one, we are reminded again that God sees us in Christ.

He doesn't see our sins.

He doesn't see our faults.

He doesn't see our failings.

When we are covered by the blood of Jesus, hidden in Christ, God the Father sees the perfect life that Jesus lived for us.


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