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new recipe – Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce December 3, 2007

Posted by abi in life, reviews.
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mp6184.jpgOn Friday night, I had a little time to cook – and made a meal that I really enjoyed.  I made this Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce.  It looked like it was going to be a little time consuming, but really turned out to be quite easy – only took 20-30 min.  I substituted dried dill for fresh dill/tarragon, and I used 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 skim milk (next time I may try doing it all with skim milk and see if I can still get a similar consistency).  It was so good and creamy – picky eater boyfriend came over and actually enjoyed it too!  I served it with rice and salad.  Enjoy!

technology that I’m thankful for October 2, 2007

Posted by abi in just for fun, life, reviews.
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So I’m currently loving 2 new technology items that have recently become a part of my life.   The first one was brought into my life through unfortunate circumstances.   Just another example of how God works things out for our good.  After my car accident in June, I was able to use the insurance money I recieved to pay off my totaled car, buy a used SUV from my father, and have a little $ left over to buy something I have long wanted and desparately needed.  I bought a great little GPS for my car.  His name is Jason (no, really – he told me so when I turned him on!)  and I am in love.  He gets me everywhere – even in mixed up, crazy places like the planned communities of Columbia!  He also has all sorts of great features like millions of restaurants, gas stations, cultural places, parks, schools….just about everything one would ever need he can find.  And my siblings and I also use him for entertainment purposes as we have discovered the fun of geocaching.  Below are a few pics from when Katie, Patrick, Andrew, and I went to find our first cache one Saturday a few weeks ago.

Here is a pic of my brothers and I trying to figure out how to use Jason to find the cache… 

and here we all are, excited after finding it!  So much geeky fun!

Another new toy is an ebay special….I have joined the ranks of busy people everywhere and am now the owner of a palm pda.  I got a model that is just barely out of date and is not wifi or anything – but it works for what I need it to do.  I am able to use it to keep up with all my scheduling better, contact lists are now not only on my phone, and it can store photos, games (Scrabble!).  I’ve even recently uploaded a Bible and some Bible search/dictionary resources so that I’ll have all that with me anywhere.  And I can track nutritional info through one of the programs.  It’s great!  And a great price – $40.00.  Gotta love ebay! 

Another intresting part of all that, was that when I got the palm, it wasn’t completely cleared…so I had to spend a little bit of time clearing off some of the previous owner’s stuff.  In doing that, I can across a few entries that were labeled “youth group”.  So when this guy emailed me to make sure I had gotten the palm ok, I asked him if he was a youth pastor or something.  He actually was!  I thought it was a pretty interesting coincidence, and we’ve actually chatted and emailed a few times about youth ministry stuff.  

a review – Evan Almighty June 6, 2007

Posted by abi in ministry, reviews.
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Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Wanda Sykes, Tom ShadyacLast night I got to go to an advance screening of Evan Almighty for free.  The screening was offered by Grace Hill Media partnering with Youth Specialties and was specifically for youth leaders and pastors in several theaters across the nation.  It was fun to see the movie a few weeks before its out – and free is always good!  There were several people from Universal Pictures there who talked a little before the movie and asked our opinions after it was over.  And there were a few guys taking pictures of the audience and my sister said that there was someone videotaping us.  It was an interesting experience.

About the movie – it was funny.  A little cheesy sometimes for me, but there were definitely some good parts.  I liked that it was really clean – its rated PG (2 words and “themes of destruction” or something like that on the website).  I think it was cleaner and more family-friendly than I remember Bruce Almighty being.  It was more geared towards families too, which is nice.  And I didn’t feel that it made fun of God or Christianity in any way.  It was interesting to see how they made you aware of how ludicrous building an ark would seem to everyone watching.  Put in modern day, in DC suburbs, it was an interesting comparison.  Overall, I wasn’t amazed by the movie, but I liked it and will probably recommend it to my youth and their families as a movie worth watching.  Its nice to actually have some decent movies out there and good to see that Hollywood is recognizing the strength of the Christian population and trying to put out movies that we can support.