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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

world wide poetry movement

I entered the world poetry movement contest.

here's the poem i entered:

We prayed for the families
Who lost men in arms.
Who's loved ones had all gone
Serving Stripes and Stars.
All those many soldiers
In Afghanistan.
We prayed for the people,
down to the last man.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

hello

Sorry I haven't posted in a while.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

The first poem of the school year

Every year, we students at the Kjos Academy are all given a poem to memorize. it's usually one poem a month. This month's poem, which I have already memorized, is Edger Allen Poe's "Annabel lee".

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love -
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulcher
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me
Yes! that was the reason
(as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In the sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Friday, August 19, 2011

a sad departure

A dreary day,
A dreary departure.
Whatever you say,
this sad picture
will stay in my mind,
will forever torture.
I wish I could rewind
this last day together.

At the piano I play
A song so sad,
To match this day
That I have had.
And so to match
a day not so glad,
today I catch
a dreary cold.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We Prayed For the Families

We prayed for the families
Who lost men in arms.
Who's loved ones had all gone
Serving Stripes and Stars.
All those many soldiers
In Afghanistan.
We prayed for the people,
down to the last man.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

sunday, august 14th

Malachi 4

 1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
 4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
 5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Friday, August 12, 2011

double shift

A double today
that's what I work.
what can I say
I'm addicted to work.
No time for play
when I must work
To balance trays
(now THAT is work)
among the fray
That I call work.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

photography

Here is today's post. It's a picture that I so artistically took. ;)

It's a picture that I took while down in SOuth Dakota last June. We were in Deadwood, and this was a restaurant at which we ate.

Monday, August 8, 2011

blueberry scones


Blueberry Scones

adapted from Cooks Illustrated
makes 8 scones

8 Tbsp unsalted butter, frozen solid, plus additional 2 Tbsp, melted for brushing
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. With the large holes on a box grater, grate the 8 tablespoons of frozen butter. Place grated butter in freezer until needed. Melt 2 tablespoons of remaining ungrated butter and set aside. Place blueberries in freezer until needed.

2. Whisk together milk and sour cream in medium bowl; refrigerate until needed. Whisk flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest in chilled medium bowl. Add frozen butter to flour mixture and toss with fingers until thoroughly coated.

3. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; fold with spatula until just combined. With rubber spatula, transfer dough to liberally floured work surface. Dust surface of dough with flour; with floured hands, knead dough 6 to 8 times, until it just holds together in ragged ball, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.

4. Roll dough into approximate 12-inch square. Fold dough into thirds like a business letter, using bench scraper to release dough if it sticks to countertop. Lift short ends of dough and fold into thirds again to form approximate 4-inch square. Transfer dough to plate lightly dusted with flour and chill in freezer 5 minutes.

5. Transfer dough to floured work surface and roll into approximate 12-inch square again. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over surface of dough, then press down so they are slightly embedded in dough. Using bench scraper or thin metal spatula, loosen dough from work surface. Roll dough, pressing to form tight log. Lay seam-side down and press log into 12 by 4-inch rectangle. Using sharp, floured knife, cut rectangle crosswise into 4 equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle diagonally to form 2 triangles and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet.

6. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake until tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18 to 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

a favorite hymn.

  1.  Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
  2. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
  3. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
  4. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
  5. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
one of my favorite hymns by henry f. lyte.

Friday, August 5, 2011

piano concerto no. 1

here is Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no. 1, one of the best ones there is.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chicken enchiladas!

Here is the awesome recipe for Chicken enchiladas:

1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup.
four cooked chicken breasts.
4 oz chopped chili peppers
2 cups shredded cheddar  cheese
7 flour tortillas.

save out a little cream of mushroom soup in a bowl. we'll get to that in a minute. mix all ingredients (except the tortillas :]) in a bowl. add milk to make it kinda runny, not too thin.

add a little milk to the cream of mushroom soup that you saved out. mix.

butter a 9x13 pan. put cream of mushroom soup and milk mix in the bottom. divide the enchilada sauce onto the 7 tortillas. 
fold the tortillas and put in the oven @350 for about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

OK this is kinda stupid, but I wrote a lullaby. I made it up and sang it to my niece, and she seemed to like it (shes 2 by the way).

Lay your head 
upon your bed.
go to sleep, my baby.

dream a dream
while you sleep
close your eyes my baby.

may your sleep 
be very deep
rest you need my baby.

the Lord will keep
you as you sleep
He's there for you, my baby.

Monday, August 1, 2011

5 minutes...

I have just 5 minutes.
I don't know what to say.
5 minutes of this day
to post this on my page.
I'm sorry that I'm slacking,
This page, my posts are lacking
and so this one I'm tacking
to my page in just 5 minutes.

So sorry that didn't have form. It rhymed at least. Gotta fly, gotta go to work!