Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jeremiah the Intercessor

Intercessors for Israel
International Prayer Conference - Jerusalem 
January 23-30, 2012
Jeremiah the Intercessor
Devin Mitchell


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cooking with MY Kid

Inspired by one of my favorite mom blogs, Cooking With My Kid (CWMK), Aviel gets in the kitchen with me quite a bit. The mom behind the blog set out to do 365 kid friendly recipes in 365 days, with her son as her Sous Chef. She also happens to be a Jewish Mother so she often posts recipes that are very timely for the Holy Days.

Since Abba is quite a chef, and I have a love of making, cooking is a big part of our family life. Aviel is always very interested in what's going on in the kitchen. Its a rich learning environment where he can see different ingredients mix, colors change, textures form... and as the CWMK mom observed about her own son, if Aviel helps make something, he's more likely to eat it!

We do some spontaneous cooking together as meals are being prepared (Aviel is now quite the expert at scrambling eggs), but sometimes I like use cooking as an opportunity for a planned activity. This week we decided to make oatmeal cookies, so we thought we'd share the adventure.

One thing I've learned is that cooking, as an activity, works best with a little prep work the night before. Its much more efficient if I'm very familiar with the recipe, and if I measure all of the dry ingredients out in advance...

So I put the flour (which I mixed with the required salt, baking powder, and cinnamon), raisons, walnuts, sugar, and oats and flax seed in recycled humus containers, and gathered up the rest of the ingredients (butter, eggs and vanilla) just before we got started.

Chef Aviel was very happy to "dump" the ingredients in the bowl (and I like to use the BIGGEST mixing bowl I have!). Here he is "dumping" sugar.

Then he whisked the brown and white sugar together...

And added the butter. We had a little spill here, but I always measure just a little bit more of the ingredients than the recipe calls for to account for a little toddler messiness.

Next we "dumped" and whisked in the eggs.

Then the flour/cinamon/salt/baking powder.

Look at that face!

He wanted to taste the flour (remember it was cinnamony). No worries... he didn't get any raw eggs.

Next the oats. He always "dumps" toward himself. We think that's funny.

Whisking the oats took a little bit of work...

So he tried to use his hands.

Then we added the nuts, raisins, and flax seeds.

After adding the vanilla and folding it all together, we used a wooden spoon to "scoop" the mixture onto a our greased baking tray.

This took a little assistance from Ima...

And a little tasting from Aviel.

After baking for about 15 minutes (our oven is slow!), here's how they turned out!

And what good are oatmeal raisin cookies if we can't eat them while running around the apartment!

Thanks for cooking with us today!


I found the same recipe on several different websites, all with good remarks, so thought it was a good one to try. I cut the white sugar in half and added a 1/4 cup of flax seed. They turned out great, even with less sugar. The recipe made about 2 dozen.


Oatmeal Raisin Coookies

* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 3 cups quick cooking oats


1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in sugar.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 218 | Total Fat: 8.8g | Cholesterol: 38mg


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Friday, January 13, 2012

Mold and Mildew... Ew.

I have just spent the last two days de-mildewing our apartment. Icky-gross-slimy-grimy mold and mildew have been growing along all of our window sills and on the floor of our shower. With rain on the next 8 of 9 days on the forecast, I wanted to get it under control before the wet weather made it worse.

I work hard at cleaning. I promise. Its just the nature of living in Israel. The construction methodology and poor ventilation of our buildings, paired with a wet and dry season, make keeping house challenging. Its mildew in the winter and dust everywhere in the summer. I'd take the dust over the mildew any day, though. Mildew is just plain gross, and beyond that, it can make the inhabitants of a home sick. In the technical classes required for my nearly ten years worth of architecture education, we would often discuss something called Sick Building Syndrome. This is a when building inhabitants develop a set of symptoms that disappear when leaving a particular built space. While the cause is unknown, its likely related to poor ventilation and... dun dun dun... mold.

Mold is a serious contaminant in a home. In Leviticus 14., its actually spoken of as Leprosy of the house. The Hebrew word used in this passage, Nega (lexicon H5061), means stroke, plague, disease, mark, plague spot, stroke, or wound. Great detail is given for how the house should be cleansed and atoned for. While a moldly house is not something that makes us unholy before the Lord, isn't it prudent living to trust His command to avoid this icky substance? This is something I'm learning to call living lawfully, or abiding in the wise principles of Torah to live a life of wellness. Mold wounds us. It strikes those in the home with poor health. The Lord knew this and gave provisions for how to deal with something that would harm His people.

So... I will continue to wipe our walls, tiles, and window sills clean. Meanwhile, I will also be investigating wall sections and natural ventilation methods more suited for this climate. Maybe this will be my great architectural contribution to Eretz Israel: The mold-free home.

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