So I have recently been warned of the fact that adverts have been appearing at the bottom of my posts for awhile. I had not seen them, been warned about them, and actually have a wonderful extension called Adblock which means I don’t see adverts ever, at all, I like it this way.
However, for those of you who have seen them I do apologise, I do not endorse them and many of them repulse me. I would suggest Adblock, or a similar service, so you don’t have to deal with any of the rubbish anyway, but otherwise I have a few plans to deal with it:Continue reading
How do you make a cookie even better? Crown it with brownie!
Over the last 6 months much of my cooking has been about making a lactose-free diet appetising for my cheese- and dairy-loving husband, Bear. This has been made easier by a wonderful variety of goat and sheep cheeses, creams and milk, but it is also wonderful to find products that don’t include the normal unnecessary inclusion of whey/milk protein/milk powder, etc. However, even with progress in the world of the lactose-free, there is still the need to work through recipes and create yummy tasty things that make bought chocolate bars, cakes and biscuits less tempting (or at least less distracting). One of these recipes is of the cookie related quality: Cronin’s Crownies. This is a three-part recipe (which means you could actually separate them instead for normal cookies and brownies if you so wanted) and this is how I made them:Continue reading
Christ as the apocalyptic Lamb. Santi Cosma e Damiano, Rome. Chancel mosaic, C6th.
Over my lifetime and experience of Christian life (in many forms and denominations) I have learnt many things about leadership with some great… and not so great examples of leaders within the Church. They are also often things that members of a congregation, or those outside of the church family, should remember about those standing in front week after week. All of them center around the truth of leadership being mainly about being the leader sheep and notthe Good Shepherd, and here’s why:
Be warned: your life changes in all sorts of ways when you have a child, but before you get too scared I thought I’d share some funny and strange things about being a parent that I’ve noticed over the last month.Continue reading
Grace is obviously something hard to comprehend most of the time, and even harder when we bring in the law also set down in the Bible. We are told both that the law is fulfilled by Jesus, but that none of it is removed, and even more so that grace covers our sin, that is us disobeying or breaking God’s law.
My favourite passage to remember that helps me se some way through the fog is this one:
““All things are permissible,” but not all things are beneficial.”
1 Corinthians 10:23
This awesome image was created by Caitlin Carson in a competition on “Mila’s Daydreams” blog where Adele Enersen first started to show her imaginative pictures created around her child as she slept. It is well worth looking at the images which can be found by clicking on the image above.
It is remarkably instinctive to talk and (attempt to) sing to your child. However, it is also unfortunate that when you are finally in the position of needing to get your child to sleep it is likely that your sleep-deprived mind can barely remember how to string sentences together, nevermind what lyrics go with which tune.
However, I’ve been lucky enough to firstly be spoilt with the suggestions of music, and secondly know lots of talented people in my life to inspire me. Below I have listed some of my current favourites, even if just to hum, and they tend to be working remarkably well so far for calming down my little one.Continue reading
Breaking from my weekly routine is due to a piece of news that I only received at the weekend and I felt needed marking: Maria Von Trapp, the last member of the family singers (before the three later children were born to the Captain and Maria) that inspired The Sound of Music, died at 99 years old. Having studied this classic whilst at University I fully believe that the arts can provide great lessons about God, ourselves, and humanity’s relationship with Him. Below are five lessons based on the 1965 film adaptation of the story that I feel are well worth looking into.Continue reading