Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I enjoy chocolate. So much so that I will go out of my way to get it. Some days I feel I simply must have it.

When I say I enjoy chocolate, I mean sweetened chocolate of course. Chocolate on it’s own tests terrible. Really terrible. I gave a taste of baker’s chocolate to the kids once during a unit study on chocolate. The looks on their faces were of sheer disgust. Can’t say I blame them.

One day recently I found that the only chocolate in the house was a tin of unsweetened cocoa powder. I really wanted some chocolate so it was time to get innovative. It actually took a few days to perfect this recipe but the result is quick, easy and very chocolatey.

Grease a loaf pan and fill with about 4 cups of flaky cereal, such as Special K. Cheerios might work, too.  Set aside.

Melt a stick of butter over low heat.
Stir in:

3        Tablespoons of granulated sugar
  Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

Cook for about one minute until ingredients are well blended. Pour mixture over cereal. Refrigerate for 30- 60 minutes.


We found it delicious. Let me know how you like it.

What’s your favorite chocolate recipe?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Song for Sunday: For the Fruit of All Creation

We sang this song in church this morning and two parts grabbed my attention.

In our worldwide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God's will is done.


For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God.

The first, I suppose, is because of the spotlight those words shine on missions and justice ministry.  We are called to serve our neighbors, wherever they may be. 

 The second, because I have been reading An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'engle and that story emphasizes the mysterious nature of God. We really can't understand God fully. We must, for now, except some darkness in our comprehension of Him.

It is also a beautiful hymn, written in 1970 by Fred Pratt Green and using the tune of the Welsh folk song, 
Ar hyd y nos. I hope you enjoy "For the Fruit of All Creation."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Song For Sunday: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

This Rolling Stones hit was mentioned in the sermon this morning and so found it's way here as today's "Song for Sunday."

The sermon was based on Psalm 131:

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

It reminded us that God is our only source of true satisfaction. Mick Jagger's lyrics talk about the real and the phony, and make the right point, though without intentionally pointing us to the real God. Not getting satisfaction is a reality in this world. 

Oh, right and it's a fun song to listen, too. Here's a link to some facts about it. 

Here's the Rolling Stones, singing (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction