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Y is for Yogurt and Yield!

Yogurt or yoghurt or yoghourt; is a dairy product (nut milks, such as almond milk, and coconut milk can also be used) produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as “yogurt cultures”. Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang.[Wikpedia.]

Yogurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk. Lactose-intolerant individuals can sometimes tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products.

To offset its natural sourness, yogurt is also sold sweetened, flavoured or in containers with fruit or fruit jam on the bottom.

Nondairy yogurts -Since at least 1977 yogurt has been made from soymilk.

Yogurt is pretty much enjoyed all over the world.

DEanas Yogurt

I love yogurt with fruit/granola or wheat germ. More and more my family enjoys Greek yogurt or yogurt made from goat’s milk.

In today’s society of nutritional awareness Yogurt does not yield to sugar.

Yield – one amazing often troublesome word.

Yield  may refer to [so says Wikipedia]:

Physics/chemistry

Earth science

Finance

Other uses

BUT what does Yield really mean:

  • to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required
  • to give up possession of on claim or demand
  • to surrender or relinquish
  • to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
  • to give (oneself) up to a temptation or habit
  • to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority)
  • to be fruitful or productive
  • to give up and cease resistance or contention -submit
  • give way to pressure, persuasion
  • to give way under physical force (as bending, stretching, or breaking)
  • to give place or precedence or acknowledge the superiority of someone else
  • to give way to or become succeeded by someone or something else

In this self-usurping/self-sufficient/don’t tell-me-what-to-do society; Yield is a very difficult word!  Don’t go off the cuff let’s slow down just for a few moments. Yield is not necessarily a bad thing.  Yes I agree in some rare cases it is.

In its place there is nothing wrong with a surrender or submit (oneself) to another:

In New Brunswick I came to a covered, one lane bridge with a yield sign on both end. Yes yield signs had been placed at both ends of the bridge. Drivers from both directions were requested to give right of way. It was a reasonable and gracious way of preventing a head-on collision.


I personally try my best to follow the commands of the Bible one of which is to “be subject to one another”- it is simply a reasonable and gracious command to let the other have the right of way and avoid interpersonal head-on collisions.

In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.

The word ‘Yield’ is also obedience to what is right. Here is a funny; hilarious story.

Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament, was once giving a group of his constituents a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the course of the visit, the group happened to meet Lord Hailsham, then lord chancellor, wearing all the regalia of his office. Hailsham recognized Marten among the group and cried, “Neil!” Not daring to question or disobey the “command,” the entire band of visitors promptly fell to their knees!  You get it NEIL not KNEEL.


Back to the thought of submitting/surrender or acknowledge someone of superiority.

When I say I follow God and the principles of Jesus Christ it does not absolve me of my responsibilities in life nor the consequences of my decisions or lack thereof. There are so many variables and uncertainties in life we need the power of heaven to guide us.  To follow an example of perfection always helps and guides and produces growth.


Open to learn and change.

Be open to learning and change no matter where the advice comes from. Simply this; when we are criticized we ought to ask ourselves is there any truth to the criticism. If it does, we should learn from it, even when it’s not in the right motivation or right spirit. IF you acted wrongly; admit and go on with a new vigor to change.

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Surrender your walk, journey, lessons, reputation to please the creator and bring honor to yourself and your community and family.


There are some things we should never allow to dictate how we should live our lives and succeed.

CRADLES OF EMINENCE

In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, entitled Cradles of Eminence, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. These 300 subjects had made it to the top. They were men and women whose names everyone would recognize as brilliant in their fields, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Gandhi, Einstein, and Freud. The intensive investigation into their early home lives yielded some surprising findings:

* Three fourths of the children were troubled either by poverty, by a broken home, or by rejecting, over possessive, or dominating parents.

* Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16 of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children, they saw tense psychological drama played out by their parents.

* Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs characterized over one-fourth of the sample.

And yet from such poor circumstances, God was able to bring success.

SOURCE: Cradles of Eminence by Victor and Mildred Goertzel. Little Brown & Company, June 1962

There are some things we never yield to. There are some pressures we never bow to. To give way to dysfunctional pressure, abuse, violence, demeaning behaviour where we find ourselves lost and undone.  WE can learn to be fearless in the face of fear, abuse and dysfunction.

The flip side to this is when a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place of joyful learning where we share our deepest secrets. Where we are willing to sacrifice to give without losing who we are as individuals but making the family unit beautiful and loved.

I love what J. Dobson says. “By learning to yield to the loving authority…of his/her parents, a child learns to submit to other forms of authority which will confront him later in his life, his teachers, school principal, police, neighbors and employers.”

Gandhi said that all compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.

“Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  Winston Churchill

Tozer speaks of faith. A surrender that does not demean or loss but enhances.  Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.

True Godly surrender and worship is more than singing and praising God. Worship involves us doing, not just singing. It involves us caring for others, and meeting the needs of others. If we truly worship God, we will be involved in the activities of kindness, compassion and love selflessly. What God can do with a life who loves and lives in humility. Nothing but amazing.

Rick Warren said that The heart (core) of worship is an attitude of complete surrender to God, which is an unnatural concept in light of today’s competitive culture. But it is the natural response of the Christian into God’s love and mercy.

“God is a Lover and a Liberator, and surrendering to Him brings freedom, not bondage. When we completely surrender ourselves to Jesus, we discover that He is not a tyrant, but a Savior; not a boss, but a Brother; not a dictator, but a Friend.” (pg. 79) Purpose Driven LIfe.

I know there is a certain amount of faith and trust required to trust God to be a major source of living life on this beautiful planet.

For me God is amazing and God’s love is amazing and God helps me be a better me.

The ‘yield’ is more than progeny but the yield of our life. If our yield is great we leave some wonderful memories behind.

May you be blessed this week with wonderful experiences.

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broadbordered beehawk moth estherPhoto by Esther Hull-Saunders

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T is for Turnip and Trustworthy!

The turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous downward growing root or taproot. In northern India, in Hindi language, it is called Shalgam . Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.

In the north of England and Scotland, the turnip is called neep; the word turnip itself is an old compound of neep. Neep often also refers to the large, yellow rutabaga root vegetable which is also known as the “swede” (from “Swedish turnip”). Where else Wikipedia

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Turnip leaves are sometimes eaten as “turnip greens” – The turnip root is high only in vitamin C. The green leaves of the turnip top (“turnip greens”) are a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium. Turnip greens are high in lutein (8.5 mg / 100 g).

cooked Turnip_greens

In my homeland of Newfoundland and Labrador Turnip greens is a TRUSTWORTHY delicacy.  So many long for the summer months to get a taste of these delights for at least two months of the year.  Turnips are eaten year round but turnip greens is hard to come by.

I simply love boiled turnip mashed in butter.  I actually could make a meal out of turnip alone. Nothing like an home cooked meal with mashed turnip and turnip greens. Scrumptious!

Yip the Word is trustworthy More precisely trustworthiness.

Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue.  A trustworthy person is someone in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility – and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. The responsibility can be either material, such as delivering a mail package on time, or it can be non-material such as keeping an important secret to themselves. A trustworthy person is someone that you can tell your worries and secrets to and know they won’t repeat them without your permission. In general, in order for trust to be earned, worth and integrity must be proven over time.

Trustworthiness comes to mind when we see advertisements featured.
Someone said: Never trust a restaurant that has a sign that reads, “Mama’s home cooking.” Especially, if there are no cars at that restaurant.

With that in mind; I remember when we would go on holidays and we would travel to different cities or towns we would always stop wherever the truckers stopped…we proved it time and again truckers knew where to eat.

Trustworthiness doesn’t always apply to the many sayings we frequently hear.

Yesterday TV advertisement said, “Watch out for number one” – meaning of course yourself. Is that a trustworthy saying? It is to some people but not many, because we are never to be only concerned about ourselves. THAT’S SELFISHNESS. And, the Creator I think, created us to be selfless at times.

trustworthiness


So what does the face of Trustworthiness look like?

Here is what I believe is trustworthy qualities.

  • Trustworthy people are honest
  • Trustworthy people are loyal
  • Trustworthy people are not prejudiced
  • Trustworthy people are reliable- they keep their promises
  • Trustworthy people are accountable
  • Trustworthy people are cooperative
  • Trustworthy people must be truthful
  • Trustworthy people have integrity –  you say what you do and you do what you say
  • Trustworthy people stay away from gossiping – gossip betrays
  • Trustworthy people learn to be transparent – let other people feel with clarity what you are about-what you are and what they can expect from you
  • Trustworthy people forgive and ask for forgiveness
  • Trustworthy people are compassionate and sensitive

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Trustworthiness is a tall order but hey it is necessary.  In these uncertain times and stress: we each deserve trustworthiness.  Being trustworthy doesn’t mean we will never let others down. Rather, it is an attitude and a pattern of behavior that honors the trust placed in us.

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While researching a project I serendipitously found this article.  I think you will find it most interesting.

If you are a person who is easily embarrassed, you may find comfort in what researchers from the University of California, Berkeley report in a paper published online this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: they suggest moderate embarrassment is a good thing, because it means you are also likely to be more trustworthy and generous.

Lead author Matthew Feinberg, a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology, told the media that “moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue”.

“Our data suggest embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight,” he added

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/235233.

trust

 

Quotes I am pondering!

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalm

 

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. 

George MacDonald

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On a hike with my family.  I kept my promise to go on an outing with them.

Bad hair day but very much a fun filled day!

Beverley fall2

Q is for Quiche and Quirky.

Quiche (/ˈkʃ/ KEESH) is a savory, open-faced pastry crust dish with a filling of savory custard with cheese, meat, fish or vegetables.  Quiche has a pastry crust and a filling of eggs and milk or cream which, when baked, become a custard.

quiche-lorraine

My favorite is Quiche Lorraine and I like the added twist of spinach that is not in the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quiche-lorraine-i/

Quiche Julia Child way.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/2012/08/21/recipe-for-quiche-lorraine/rWKZiFtm9PGjAvdOxdb1BL/story.html

Now don’t get to excited Quiche is not just for women.  It is not a sexist dish. Quiche is a quirky type dish that has lots of charm and nutrition.

That’s an unusual trait: Quirky. Characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits: “quirky charm”.

We can’t be perfect although we strive to be our best self. However what makes a person SO interesting is the quirky characteristic.

Quirkiness definitely first and foremost has these 6 qualities:

  • Curiosity about world
  • Find positive in things
  • Fully engaged in the moment
  • Gracious
  • Passion for LIfe

These 6 above then kick starts into the following:

Believe me it takes no strength to be a hater – real strength is pushing beyond your past, present, the flaws, and letting stuff go and embrace the positive more important virtues. In spite of all the virtues we should strive for, you don’t have to be a cookie cutter  person you can have your own quirky ways to display love, kindness and optimism.

To be quirky means a more original, to think out of the box some would say a little off the wall. Now don’t go overboard and become so freakish people will run when you walk down the street.

I think quirky means a uniqueness.  Be unique in representing the creator. Be unique in the way you love. Be unique in your creativity.  Be unique in a way you make your imprint on this planet.

It’s the humor and tenderness combined.  It’s the sensitivity and stalwart combined.

A truly quirky person does not, I repeat does not have to fall in line with current commercials and advertisements and society’s expectation of what is beautiful in body image, size or color schemes.  Not focused on mass media and trends not changing to please everyone except the creator. To know yourself well. To follow true to excelling in vitreous living.

Of course quirkiness has to allow for individual daily ways of living or rituals, likes and dislikes.

My quirks

Can’t sleep without 3 pillows
Love the feel of Clean sheets
Don’t spring out of bed Wake up in the morning very slowly
Love clean for others
Love clean floor

Love mirrors
Like neatness
Don’t like people yelling
Prefer children’s cartoons
Like to lay on the beach wrapped in quilt who am I kidding I love being wrapped in a quilt all day long
Love sitting on lazy boy chair with my laptop
Love the words ‘I love you’ – some days I may say it 50 times
Love licorice
I always announce that I have to go the washroom
Won’t drink after anyone [using the glass belonging to anyone] else not even my husband
Won’t use a facecloth used by someone else
I always have a ‘To do’ list
Must shower before housecleaning

I must know major parts or sometimes the ending of movies with a lot of suspense or I can’t watch them

I could say more but you might think I’m crazy 😀

How quirky are you?

Quirky Facts:

  • The leg muscles of a locust are about 1000 times more powerful than an equal weight of human muscle.
  • A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 mph.
  • The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles.
  • There are between 100,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,000 stars in a normal galaxy.
  • By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand. [haven’t tested it though]
  • Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man.
  • On average, Elephants sleep for about 2 hours per day.
  • Shark’s teeth are literally as hard as steel.
  • Two out of every three couples turn their heads to the right when they kiss.
  • Talk about a rush! Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters in our brains as parachuting, bungee jumping, and running.

Quirky Quotes:

 

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”   ~ Ronald Reagan

 

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

 

Originality is a by product of sincerity.  – Marianne Moore

Quirky Videos

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O is for Onions and Optimism!

The Onion (Allium cepa), which is also known as the bulb onion, common onion is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium.  Wikipedia

When an onion is cut, certain compounds are released causing the lacrimal gland in the eyes to become irritated, releasing tears.

Here is a list of some of the different types of onions: baby, pearl, bermuda, cipollini, egyptian, red, green, purple, boiling, leeks, maui, scallion.

onion-white-pro

IN spite of the fact that I cry many times peeling onions; I love onions.  

There is nothing like an onion to give optimism to any food dish.

So there it is; OPTIMISM.  Yeah.

Optimists have a tendency to make lemonade out of lemons, and see the glass as half-full when it’s half-empty.   

Putting a positive spin does not change the situation but it can certainly reduce damage and put things into a better perspective. Optimism is an admirable quality, one that can positively affect mental and physical health.

 

Optimism
 
why down in the mouth?
why a frown?
why a negative thought?
 
aim high
hope in the darkest
focus in the brightest
never give up
setbacks are fleeting
so start every day, first
by encouraging others
see the good in every-thing,
and
remember in the darkest sky
there’s lots of stars
each day
an opportunity
in every difficulty
a blessing in dis-guise,
 
get up
with a smile
I bet you’ll go the extra mile
run around, dance or play
have a fun filled day….@

beverleyhoyles

jan 31, 2013

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Quotes to Ponder!

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can do all things through God who strengtheneth me

I LOVE THIS STORY:  A small boy had a positive attitude while out in the yard playing by himself.  He said to himself, “I’m the greatest batter in the whole world.”  Then he threw the ball into the air, took a swing … and missed.  Strike one!  He said it again: “I’m the greatest batter in the whole world.”  He threw the ball in the air, took a swing … and missed it again.  Strike two!  He repeated the process for the third time … swung … and missed.  Strike three!  Unwilling to be defeated of his optimism, he thought a minute and said, “Wow, I’m the greatest PITCHER in the whole world!”

Watch this video by Dalai Lama

TD Jakes on Optimism

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M stands for Mushroom and Meekness!

Hmm mushrooms. Grown in most unusual way; usually mushrooms are grown in compost including straw and hay.

mushrooms

Mushroom
A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Wikipedia

It is known that edible mushrooms are consumed by humans as comestibles for their nutritional value; Mushrooms have Niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D, potassium, selenium to name a few.
They are occasionally consumed for their supposed medicinal value.

The Humble Mushroom is waiting in the shadows to be picked. The meek and mild mushroom waiting for our table but don’t be fooled there are poisonous mushrooms out there so be careful.

We can be valuable and sought for like edible mushrooms or we can be toxic like poisonous mushrooms.

We choose who we want to be. Yes there are circumstance in our lives that would drive faith away, drive away love or un-nurtured love, bitterness, anger, fear, confusion; the list is endless. In acute situations it could involve counselling. However there comes a time we Must face the demons and seek after that which is good. Like Meekness.

Meekness is not exactly a sought after attribute nonetheless an important one.

How would you describe Meekness?

• Humble, patient, kind, gentle even under provocation from others
• Don’t repay evil for evil
• Person of good conversation, live a good life, good deeds done in humility without fanfare.
• Calm temper not easily provoked
 • Bridles anger -Anyone can get angry
• Linked to humility not prone to jealousy or envy
 • Goes against human pride and the ills of humanity of grabbing, greed, climb the ladder and knock the-other-person-off-the-rung-  if-you-can kinda a mindset
• So I’m told that meekness “literally means “strength under control
• Meekness is not weakness, but strength harnessed for service
 • Not wimpiness or spineless as some would suggest
• Doesn’t create collateral damage
• Not survival of the fittest by force
• Exercised in Compassion
• Concerned with the interests of others
• Gracious

What practical example can we give for meekness.  The kid who sits alone at the lunch table; join him.  I am sure you can think of others.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
 -Abraham Lincoln

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 “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a … feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them.”
-John Riskin

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Poem by Abraham Lincoln

Meekness is not weakness

Meekness is not weakness its strength under control,
Don’t think of me as weak, shy, reserved, or timid.
I’m a child of the king the half has not yet been told.
No! You can’t walk all over me and treat me like a door mat,
I’m not trying to straighten out the world and that settles that.

I refuse to respond to every critic and I won’t let it bother me,
I may have the power to do something about it, but my time
Is too valuable you see: I’ll keep my focus and stand tall doing
What I’m called to do. My strength and power is in God’s control
Meekness is not weakness, blessed are the chosen few.

yellow flowers forest

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The horn shaped vegetable usually orange in color is the Carrot.

Love Carrots.

Carrots are a goldmine of nutrients including carotene. I love to take a fresh carrot from the garden, wash it and eat it raw. It’s a delicious treat. The sweetness of carrots allows the vegetable to be used in some fruit -like roles. Grated carrots are used in carrot cakes  [my favorite] and puddings.

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Yes, Carrots are good for your eyes.
Have you ever seen rabbits wearing glasses said dad with a grin. ☺

I often receive recipes including recipes using carrots courtesy of Chef Mr. C.

‘Courtesy’ wow that’s a cool word. Courtesy is the excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
If you are gracious and courteous to strangers surely you are laying a wonderful character foundation..

Courtesy is a form of respect, and being considerate of people’s feelings, culture within reason, and values.
 • IF trying to help don’t overdue to the point of being pushy.
• Be aware of where you are; what is acceptable.
• Don’t leave someone with a soap pad in their mouth. You never know you might see them again.
• It’s nice to Be Nice.
• Don’t hog the conversation; ask questions about others in the room.
• A laugh, a handshake, a giggle is good so don’t panic.
• Don’t be anxious of etiquette & courtesies in greetings, conversation, eating but don’t be something you’re not. You don’t have to get weird.
• Hold a door. Help Clean Up. This has nothing to do with gender but kindness.
• Use of Thank you and You’re Welcome.
• Speaking softly.
• Waiting for a turn.
• Interrupting in a mannerly fashion.
• Letting someone pass.
• Giving someone your seat.
• Keeping appointments or calling to cancel.
• Pull your pants up.
• To be good at it you must practice.


We are in the midst of a super-efficient era, pressured business, a more direct-oriented society. The world is becoming demanding and rude. Unfortunately it has infiltrated business, church and home and affects human interaction.

We don’t have to be Courtesy Robots but I think it’s a good practice. Whether children are courteous or not, hug them.


Eat Your Carrots and Continue in Your Courteous Way!

Courtesy, a Smile, a Hug makes a smoother Day!

♥ ☺ ♥

Quote I am pondering today!

“Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed.” Erastus Wiman

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