Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My New Favorite App

Avocado-Corn Relish
We went over to sup with our youth pastor a few weeks ago and they served this fantastic appetizer.  It is my new favorite thing to make.  I personally have made it a half-a-dozen times since then and people are asking for the recipe.  I have adapted it a bit from the original...

Recipe Avocado-Corn Relish
1/4 cup of lime juice
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T olive oil
1 1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
3/4 t cayenne
1 bag of frozen corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
3-4 avocados

Whisk first 6 ingredients together.  Pour over corn, peppers, onion and cilantro.  Let sit for 1 hour (or overnight is fine too).  Add avocado right before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips.  I have also put this on burgers, grilled chicken or fish.  It's so yummy.  Needs to be eaten up because the avocados turn brown the next day.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NCCS Theater Fall 2011

THE BOOR.  Written in 1888, captures the essense of Russian comedy.  Anton Chekhov, a superb Russian writer, penned The Boor in a single afternoon.  Filling it to the brim with situational irony and subtle shifts of power from one character to the other.  The play addresses the problem of hierarchy and differences between masculine and feminine roles.
 Bailey played Popov and did her character justice with widow mood flare and bravery.
Smirnov was filled with wild energy and tenacity.

The Pretentious Young Ladies.  This comedy captures man's sinfulness when left to his own desires.  The pain and arrogance of the main characters had us rolling.

The Stronger.  This unique one-act has one actress with a speaking role.  The lead, Jenna, had to memorize a 15 minute dialogue, that is hard to do!!  The other actress fills her role with a myriad of facial expressions, also a most rigorous challenge!

Directors gathered on stage after the performance to take questions from the audience about the process of directing their first play.

 Mrs. Vass has been instrumental in the growth of our drama team.  She lends her expertise graciously and allows our students to make decisions.  We will miss her greatly!
Bumps in the road, you bet!  What a great learning experience to pull together a production.  Luckily, these upper classman enjoy each other and work well together.  Hats off to you all!

Coram Deo,

Dress Rehersal -A Night of One Acts

The pre-action takes place in the kitchen.  Hair and make-up and a bustle of nervous energy buzzing through the air.

 He directs, He acts, He composes, He plays the piano, AND learned to play the violin for this production.

 Last minute look over.  Stationed near the exit.  Sorry, you can't leave Caleb.
 Sound and light guy, they never get recognition.

 This is one way to handle your nervousness, just chill.
 Beautiful costumes, beautiful girls.
 Hair designer extraordinaire...on the phone while she cooks up some curls...
 Our pretentious young ladies.

 Marquise de Mascouille stole the show.
Break a leg!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Up on a Rooftop

As my teenagers grow their friendships become sudo important to them.  I prayed for years for the Lord to bless Douglas with a 'Jonathan' in his life. 

Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord." 1 Samuel 20:42

A true friend to journey with who loves and serves the Lord, one who has your back, one who will speak truth into your life.  The Lord in His infinite goodness has blessed my son with not one but several buddies who walk along side of him.  I am grateful.  I too enjoy having these hurkey boys around the house.  They are so sweet and helpful!  Climb up on the roof to put up Christmas lights, you bet.  "Hey, can I help do anything in the kitchen to get ready for supper?"  Sit and chat, yes, yes, yes!  What a joy!

Coram Deo,

Junior Ring Ceremony

 My junior received his class ring.  He did not want a tradition high school ring (who's surprised?).

Douglas is faithful to play the piano at Chapel every Wednesday.  The Headmaster said he is not going to graduate him so that he can continue to keep playing for chapel as well as most school events.  What a gift!  We all kind of take it for granted that Doug will play, and one day he will be in college and boy are we going to miss him and his music!  I am happy to report that his younger brother is now playing during memory period at the grammer school so hopefully the legacy will carry on.  I am so proud of my boys serving the Lord with their gifts and talents.

Coram Deo,

The Gift of Giving

 The spotlight is on my Gabanator again.  He collected 56 quarters to fit inside of that M&M container.  Those 56 quarters will be sent to Global Aid Network to then feed 56 children a nutritious meal.  It took him a few weeks to gather them but he perserved and was able to give a true life-giving gift.  Small hands can contribute and make a difference.  Way to go Gabe!

Gabe with his best girl Aidan.  They are two peas in a pod!

Coram Deo,