Glory's Reflections

random thoughts about life

Hope you didn’t hold your breath waiting for this one! Third one… July 1, 2011

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Energy Bars

Okay, I’ve been reminded that it’s been many months since I last posted an entry.  Not a good way to build a following.  So here’s one for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath…all one or two of you out there.

This recipe is from another very special lady in my life, my mother-in-law Helen Yoshida.  She has spent decades being a loving, supportive and caring wife, mom, grandma and now great-grandma to three generations of people.

In a month or so she’ll be 89 years old.  She will undoubtedly celebrate with her loving family around her, amazed that she is so loved.  There are some things she can’t do because of normal physical limitations that come with age; she’s frustrated about that.  But one of the things she can still do very well is make her famous energy bars!

I’ve made these for my boss, Rob McWilliams, when he leads the mission teams to the Dominican Republic for many years, and he always enjoys them on the way over, while there and on the way home (if there’s any left!).  As he says, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but he can do pretty well with energy bars!”

So here’s to my mother-in-law Helen.  Her energy bars are as durable and long lasting as she is! (Sorry, couldn’t get a focused picture, but you get the idea.)

Energy Bars

2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

2 cups Quick Quaker Oats

1 cup raisins (can also use dried cranberries or blueberries)

1/2 cup peanuts

Mix all ingredients in large bowl and heat in microwave for one minute.

1/2 block butter (1/4 cup)

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 10 ounce package large marshmallows

Melt three ingredients in large pot on low heat, stirring often, until completely melted. Remove from heat.  Add cereal mixture and coat evenly. Spread evenly in 9 X 13 pan that has been sprayed with Pam.  Use butter to grease hands as you press firmly into pan.

Let cool for several hours or overnight (cover loosely with dish towel).  Cut into 32 pieces and wrap with wax paper.

Hint:  Lift energy bars to loosen from pan before cutting.  Turn pan over and tap to loosen onto cutting board.  Use a pizza cutter to cut into bars.

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At last…Second One! December 16, 2010

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Sorry for the long delay.  Many Thanksgiving and Christmas events to help out with at work so now I’m playing catch-up.  Working on getting all the presents bought (almost there!), the cards addressed and letter written (finally!), and spending more quality time with the Lord (I’m trying!).

So, here’s the next recipe I want to share with you and the story of the special person who willingly parted with it.

Since the holidays are here, I thought this would be a good one to take to one of the many parties you’ll be going to.  It’s called “Cream Puff Cake,” and it was given to me by one of the shortest people I know!  Her name is Karen Kimura, one of several hundred people with that name probably, but she is as unique as anyone.

Karen, with white lei, surrounded by her family. Am I right? Beautiful smile and short!

Karen is, first of all, a daughter of the King of Kings.  She’s also fairly new to the title of “Grandma,” a role she has eagerly waited for ever since her children left for college.  I know she is supremely proud of earning that title, as she is as being known as Erin and Russell’s mom and Randy’s wife.

I believe that she will be known for many things–best friend, thoughtful and thorough, her smile and easy laugh, a heart of hospitality, maker of outstanding comfort food, party planner extraordinaire, fun on two legs–but I think one of her greatest legacies besides her children and grandchildren, of course, will be her relationship with her students.   Not just the ones she has this school year, but ALL the ones who have had the privilege of having her as their teacher over the last thirty years or so!

Trying walking through Windward Mall with her and see if you can walk more than 50 feet without one of her former students running up to her to give her a big hug or tell her about what’s going on with them since she last saw them.  It’s almost impossible, and you will both take twice as long to get where you were going as you thought.  Her students have experienced her love and dedication to teaching and to them individually.  One day, to no one’s surprise, she will be named “Teacher of the Year” somewhere.

Cream Puff Cake from Karen Kimura

1 cup water

1 block butter

1 cup flour

4 eggs

2 pkgs. (3.4 oz) chocolate or vanilla instant pudding

2 1/2 cups milk

1  8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 container Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Boil water and add butter.  Cook until butter is melted.  Add flour all at once, stirring until well mixed.  Add eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition.  Spread mixture in greased 9 X 13 pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Cool.

In a bowl, with electric mixer, mix pudding and milk until thick.  Add softened cream cheese to pudding and mix until smooth.  Spread mixture on cream puff cake.  Top with Cool Whip.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

 

First One: Scones & Julie September 19, 2010

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Julie Dorsey and her husband, Steve, are missionaries in the Dominican Republic.  Julie is also one of the best bakers that I know.  Since I’ve never been a missionary nor have I been to the Dominican Republic, Julie and I bond over baking (and Jesus, of course).

Since her mom lives right behind me, whenever Julie comes home to Kaneohe, she and I once again become over-the-fence friends.  It’s usually she who blesses me with her amazing creations that she passes over the fence.  Currently, she is lovingly caring for her mom as she undergoes chemotherapy so we have a chance to be over-the-fence friends for longer than usual this time around.

Julie doesn’t have children of her own, but she is the “mom” to many needy children in the little town of El Catay.  She is a reflection of the love of the Lord and the beautiful, submissive wife of a man who is faithfully following the call of Jesus. I’m very blessed to know both of them.

Here’s one of her recipes for you to enjoy.  Maybe we can become “over-the-internet-fence” friends!

Scones:  From Julie Dorsey

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

3 T. sugar

1 T. baking powder

5 T. butter

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, raisins all work well;my granddaughter Kailey LOVES them with mini chocolate chips!)

Combine dry ingredients.  Cut butter into dry ingredients with pastry blender.  Add dried fruit and mix.  Add whipping cream and mix well.  Form into circle and cut into 8 pieces or into rectangle about 9″ X 7″ and cut into 12 pieces.  Brush with whipping cream and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 13 minutes on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Cool on wire rack.  Store in airtight container (if there’s anything left!).

 

A Week to Forget…or Remember August 18, 2010

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Last week is one week I would like to forget.  I got myself in trouble by using my church email address to forward a political email.  Wrong!  The firestorm that followed caused a lot of sleepless nights, a mass emailing of apologies and a knot in my stomach the size of a basketball.  By the grace of God, my boss’ words seem to have come true:  “By Monday, they’ll move on to the next thing.”

Well, as evidenced in this morning’s paper, they did move on, even though it took until Tuesday.  I wouldn’t bet my house on it, but it seems like it’s behind me/us now.

Now the part I need to remember.  Number one:  Never use your work email (especially if you work for a church) to forward political email.  Number two:  God is indeed good and gracious even when we make BIG mistakes (or small mistakes that have BIG consequences).  Number three:  I am privileged to know a lot of loving, gracious people.

Maybe it wasn’t such a bad week after all…

 

A Great Time in Beautiful Seattle! July 22, 2010

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The one place that I’ve been to the most on the mainland is beautiful Seattle, Washington.  Dean and I just returned from there a couple of days ago.  He was invited to play in a golf tournament for work, and I got to tag along!

Whenever I go somewhere, there’s one thing (well, maybe two) that I love doing:  eating as much of the local stuff that I can!  I did good this time around!  Got to eat pecan crusted salmon at Gordon Biersch, a most delicious linguine con pollo (chicken and asparagus in white wine sauce) at Il Fornaio (voted best Italian restaurant in Seattle this year!), zeppoli (Italian doughnuts similar to andagi) at Pike’s Market, a refreshing and healthy muesli with yogurt right in our hotel’s restaurant, and the best mocha latte ever (plus tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake) at a mocha cafe in Westlake Mall which is attached to our hotel!  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water again!

Our hotel was in the perfect location, just a couple blocks or less in any direction to something great, Pike’s Market, Macy’s, H & M, shopping, monorail to the Space Needle.  It’s the Mayflower Park Hotel, and it’s on the National Historic Places list which means it’s older but still very nice.  Big room, small bathroom.  I’d stay there again.

Also visited Trader Joe’s for the first time where we picked up most of our omiyage,  a Snoqualmie area ski lift during the summer (green grass instead of snow covered mountains) and a beautiful upscale shopping complex called University Village near the University of Washington campus. Didn’t have a single cup of Starbucks while we were there!  Too many other good things around, and I can always get one at home.

Praise God for our brand new GPS which Dean won the last time he played golf during a work related meeting in Idaho a few months ago!  That incredible device took us everywhere with amazing accuracy!  If you every have to drive on the mainland in unfamiliar territory (and for some of us, even on Oahu!), it’s the best must-have tool you could possess.

God really blessed us with that mini-vacation!  He knew just what we needed, and He graciously provided all of it, just like always.  Thanks, Dad!

P.S.  Can’t provide any pictures because I didn’t want to take my big camera.  I’ll see if anything that comes off my phone’s camera is worth posting.  Sorry! (But we really DID go to Seattle even if I have no visual proof!)

 

Walking on Water April 23, 2010

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At MiniChurch last night, we were discussing this past weekend’s sermon on Matthew 14.  It’s the recounting of the time that Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water to Jesus who was there to calm the sudden storm that frightened the apostles in the boat.

Some of the things that came out of that discussion:  Jesus calls us very often to get out of the security of the boat during stormy times.  It takes faith–sometimes LOTS of faith–to get to the edge of the boat, then to put your foot in the water, then the other foot, and actually stand up and start with the first step.

As we leave the security of being in the proximity of the boat, we get to see that we can do it; we really CAN walk on the water of new adventure and be part of the miracle as we keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus.  Then, even if we lose some of that faith, He’s always there, close enough to grab our hand before we drown in our own doubts, and is ready and able to rescue us and enable to walk on water again.

The important thing to note is that if we don’t take that first step of faith into uncharted water, we will never be able to see the miracle of what God wants to do in our lives.   So take the step out of safety, security and same old same old into the amazing and sometimes scary blue water of challenge!  Jesus did promise to never leave us or forsake us!

 

Discipling Nations March 31, 2010

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Since 2003, I’ve been involved with an organization called “United in Prayer.”  It began at Castle High School when a high school student returned from a conference believing that the Lord could use him and other Christians to impact Castle for Jesus.

The focus would be on prayer, it was revealed.  With unwavering persistence, that one student inspired others who were willing to believe God to do the same.  That group of students who stood unashamedly before their fellow students, their teachers and administration started a movement that reached across the state of Hawaii, to pockets on the mainland and, finally, around the world.

Today that movement is called “E Pule Kakou” or “Let’s pray together,” and we are planning for the next series of prayer directives.  From the beginning, Hope Chapel has been on board.  Why?  Because we believe that Jesus called us to disciple nations, and that’s the common goal.

In our staff meeting today, we discussed chapter 9 in Pastor Ralph’s latest book, “How to Multiply Your Church.”  The title is a little deceiving because what Pastor Ralph writes so passionately about is not just how to multiply a church but how to multiply yourself as you make disciples who follow after you as you follow after Jesus.

What struck me in this chapter was the sentence, “if we read the New Testament as a manual for revolution, our own personal walk with God will accelerate far beyond what we would glean if we only read it for comforting thoughts.”  Reading the Bible as a manual for revolution rather than as just for comforting thoughts.  How often I stop at the comforting thoughts instead of realizing the fact that Jesus really is challenging and commanding us to be revolutionaries, changing the world (read:  people) around us through evangelism and discipleship.

If I take this seriously–and I intend to–then my attitude and actions, strategies and tactics, even my very heart, has to make some adjustments.  How exciting!