looking back

I love those old fairytales. You know, the ones where the valiant knight saves the princess? The ones where chivalry and honor are boldly demonstrated and called for? Those ones.

It always makes me sad when I’m out grocery shopping and I don’t see men opening doors for women anymore, or helping them carry the groceries. Or even when I look at relationships where either the man is mistreating his girl, or the girl won’t let her guy be a man.

Don’t you see something wrong with this picture? How far society has strayed from the knights and ladies of old? Even simple etiquette is not as valued today as it once was. Women were graceful. Men were noble. Women weren’t feministic. Men were … well … men. And I’m not saying mankind was perfect then (certainly not!). But they at least valued good character. Hilary Clinton promises to further women’s rights. Men are supposed to kick back and watch as women take charge of the world.

Uh, what?

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true manhood

True manhood does not compromise a woman’s purity, but heroically protects it. How many times do we see in our culture the exact opposite of this?

Knights and princes protected women in those days … not hurt them. Did you know that one out of every three women will be abused at some point in her life? And that about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence? On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or partners in this country every day. Every day. What does that say about our country?

Also, you see in this generation how our young men aren’t getting up off the couch to work. To be honest, they’re lazy. You don’t see very many of them these days rising against the norm of video-gaming and actually doing hard things. Our young men truly have the potential to conquer some amazing –maybe even crazy — adventures God has in store for them. I love this quote by Raising Real Men by Hal and Melonie Young,”Manliness is much more than brute force, it’s a heart attitude of confidence and boldness to accomplish the mission given by God.”

And also, all those knights had a code that they followed, that should still be applied today, called the “code of chivalry”. If you’ve read books like The Song of Roland or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, you probably know what I’m talking about.

  • To fear God and maintain His Church
  • To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
  • To protect the weak and defenseless
  • To give succour to widows and orphans
  • To refrain from the wanton giving of offense
  • To live by honour and for glory
  • To despise pecuniary reward
  • To fight for the welfare of all
  • To obey those placed in authority
  • To guard the honour of fellow knights
  • To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
  • To keep faith
  • At all times to speak the truth
  • To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
  • To respect the honour of women
  • Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
  • Never to turn the back upon a foe

This is what a typical knight was to follow. And shouldn’t this be what Christian men should follow?

 

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a weekend in idaho

Part of the reason why I haven’t posted until yesterday. But here are a few pictures, if you’re interested 🙂

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Oh. My. Word. You have NOOOO idea how excited I was to find this book. The cute little bookstore I got it at was just as magical. ❤

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Visited Grandpa too, while we were there. RIP ❤

 

This was incredible. These guys didn’t even know each other, and they started to play together. 😀

 

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16+ hours in the car = reading time! I read both of these books during my trip there and back 🙂

What did you guys do this weekend?

 

how to make perfect eggs & not settle for less in life pt 1

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This blogging stuff requires a lot of multi-tasking. You get used to it after a while. Developing new skills every day.

This morning was consumed with taking enough good, perfect pictures of scrambled eggs.

With one hand. And my left hand, mind you. And with my arm bent crooked, my body hunched over the stove awkwardly, I took a good 50 photos *just* on the art of scrambling eggs.

I think my parents think I’m crazy at times. Ah, but they love me 🙂

They’ve supported all my crazy endeavors growing up. All my weird dreams. Even though they were next to impossible,  they are always behind me, cheering me on.

Give them a round of applause, yes?

And, might I add, my dad was the one who taught me how to fix the perfect egg.

But, anyhoo, I’ll stop chatting and give you the recipe.

Have you ever gone to one of those family-style restaurants, and order some scrambled eggs, but they taste like rubber? Ick. That’s not how you cook eggs.

You see, this recipe is for nice, fluffy eggs … the way they should be. 🙂

ingredients — {feeds one hungry girl like me :)}

–> 4 eggs

–> few tbsps of milk (opt.)

–> salt & pepper

–> dried parsley flakes

–> shredded cheese, for sprinkling

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That’s it! But make sure not don’t under-cook them. I’ve heard that E Coli and Salmonella aren’t too fun.

But, on the other hand, don’t overcook them. If you turn up the heat any higher than I have it, that’s how you get those rubbery eggs. If you cook them a little slower, they won’t do that. 🙂

gluten + dairy free pancakes

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(Don’t worry. This makes more than two pancakes.)

I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about waking up and having pancakes for breakfast. And I know it’s hard if you have allergies or are trying to eat better, so this is what I came up with. They are SUPER FAST and EASY to make.

Based on different recipes I’ve found on Pinterest, however, most of them I didn’t have all of the ingredients for. So I just kind of winged it.

These are the BEST with peanut butter & honey on them, for sure 🙂

ingredients

–> 1/2 cup brown rice flour

–> 1/2 cup gluten free flour

–> 1 tsp baking powder

–> 1/4 tsp sea salt

–> 1 egg

–> 2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

–> 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

–> 1/2 tsp vanilla

–> a kiss of honey (about a tbsp.)

–> olive/coconut oil for cooking

–> peanut butter & honey for serving

how to make them

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1. Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl. Then whisk together.

2. Heat a pan over medium heat, and add some olive oil. When it’s warm, use a 1/4 cup of batter to pour into the pan. (This makes one little mini pancake.)

3. Cook them til golden brown each side. This should only take about 2-3 minutes.

Voila! Done!

This … is my pancake fix 🙂

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