Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fresh Broccoli Salad With Craisins And Pecans

Our Thanksgiving involves lots of extended family mounds and mounds of food. Far more than we can all eat. Many of the dishes are traditional and must be there. So when I try a new recipe, & get requests for a repeat, I'm there to please. So here is the recipe for the broccoli salad I'll be taking to Mom's house for Thanksgiving. I use the Craisins.

Fresh Broccoli Salad With Craisins And Pecans

• ¾ cup mayonnaise
• ¼ cup sugar (or equivalent sugar substitute)
• 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
• 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 2 (12-ounce) bags broccoli florets (about 8 cups)
• 1 cup golden raisins or Craisins
• 1 (11-ounce) can Mandarin oranges, drained (optional)
• ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
• ½ cup sliced green onion
• 12 pieces bacon, cooked crisp and diced

Bring 4 cups water to a rolling boil. Put the broccoli florets in a colander and pour the water slowly over them to blanch. When cool, break apart larger florets so they are all a similar size.

Combine florets with Craisins and oranges, if using, and enough dressing to lightly coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Just before serving, fold in pecans, green onion and bacon. Makes 10 servings.

Source: Anne Greer McCann, Take Home Miracles
Published in The Dallas Morning News on May 8, 2007

Conversations with Your Daughter--Twilight

Chuck Colson brings some much needed insight to the latest fad:

Conversations with Your Daughter - Prison Fellowship

"... underneath the surface, there are some truly disturbing themes and ideas in Twilight. Chief among these is that old, dangerous idea that a “bad boy” can easily be won and tamed by a “good girl”—an idea that has brought heartache to untold millions of good girls. As a Christian, I obviously believe that redemption and change is possible for sinners. But I also know that human beings alone cannot change each other."

There are also some salient links after the article. I always enjoy the way Mr. Colson analyses problems so well. I find him very readable.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Writing Contest

I cannot tell you how strongly I feel about this statement: the socialist brainwashing being forced onto captive public school students, as evidenced at how easily people believe that Big Government will take care of them and insulate them from 'bad things," must be stopped. Just toss that Constitution--it doesn't give me "free" healthcare. Promulgating Bastiat's The Law is one way of counteracting this brainwashing, so I am glad to see the Foundation for Economic Education sponsoring this essay contest. First place wins $1000 & will be considered for publication.

Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom

FEE invites students to read The Law by Frederic Bastiat and address one or more of the questions below. Students participating in speech and debate are invited to reference their current debate topic as well.

Since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force cannot lawfully be used to do it. Why not? Why does Bastiat refer to such a use of force as a perversion of force?

Since the law organizes justice, why should it not also organize labor, education, and religion? What is the author's answer to this question? How does the law commit legal plunder when used to promote charity? Education? Morality and religion?

“Socialism confuses the distinction between government and society.” How, according to the author? Do you agree? Explain.

Bastiat asks on page 23, “How did politicians ever believe this weird idea that the law could be made to produce what it does not contain—the wealth, science, and religion that, in a positive sense, constitute prosperity?” How does he answer this question?

What is liberty? Give Bastiat's answer (pages 39–40). Do you agree? Explain.

“A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated” (page 51). Give the author's explanation of this statement.

Word Count
Essays must be 2,000–3,000 words in length
Midnight (EDT), January 15, 2009
The Foundation for Economic Education's 2008 Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom is open to high school and homeschool students.
The Law is available at no charge for contest participants. Available online here (pdf).

Go here for the contest rules.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Some Helpful Links for Thanksgiving

I wanted to share some Thanksgiving links that I hope will help you have a great day with little stress.

Thanksgiving at Fabulous Living is mostly about the food, but there are several links for table decor, crafts, & entertaining.

Old Fashioned Living has a lot of wonderful links under the Family Celebrations heading. You'll find not only Thanksgiving Dinner, but a Fall Tea Party, history, acorn & pumpkin crafts, and recycling crafts, as well. I really like this site.

Better Homes & Gardens Holidays page is chock full of links for Thanksgiving. You'll find recipes, entertaining ideas, crafts, & decorating for inside & out.

Thanksgiving at Kaboose also has clipart and coloring pages along with a myriad of links.

There's links galore at

Here, too: Thanksgiving @ The Holiday Spot.

Vintage Holiday Crafts has some free clipart and postcards, like the one below, for you.

I hope you enjoy preparing for your holiday.

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