Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tea for Two, Bible Wheel October 25, 2015

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I'm updating my former matcha tea gelatin recipe with two new tea flavors.  I make tea gelatin because I have an intolerance for most fruit, and also want to have a sugar-free diet as much as possible for the health benefits.

Rooibos tea makes an excellent-flavored tea gelatin.  If the tea is high quality it makes a slight tingle on my tongue.  Rooibos tea is also a very healthful tea.  Organic Facts says it cures- "nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging."  This site also lists health conditions tfor which Rooibos tea would not would not be beneficial.

Recipe Rooibos Tea Gelatin

*Boil 1.5 quarts / ~1.5 liters water
*Add ~10 tsp. / ~50cc of Rooibos tea
*Optional- add 1 tsp. whole cloves
Brew for 10 minutes.   I like to intensify the flavor myself by putting the pot on a low simmer for the 10 minutes, and keeps it hot to make the gelatin dissolve.

Make Gelatin-
*In a 3 quart / ~3 liter bowl, put 6-7 Tablespoons / ~100 cc ( I use 1.5 scoops with a 70 cc scoop from a whey drink) Beef Gelatin
*Add sufficient cold water to liquify the gelatin, stirring rapidly, then immediately pour the hot tea into the bowl, so that the gelatin completely dissolves and leaves no lumps.
*Add the amount of Stevia that you desire for almost 3 quarts of liquid.
*Add 1 tsp. of citric acid.  (I had a lot of citric acid on hand and looked up uses and one is to make gelatin, it adds a little acidity that is really beneficial especially when making fruit gelatin from scratch.  Sometimes gelatin reacts with fruit to make a greyish color.  The addition of citric acid will miraculously turn the gelatin a lovely color of red instead.

Hint: To shorten the chilling time, I usually put 4-5 handfuls of ice cubes in at this point and stir until they are all melted.   Then I add water to bring it up to a suitable level in the bowl.  Stir well.

Refrigerate until firm.  When I want a little sooner, I put some in a small glass bowl and put it in the freezer, then wait ~20 minutes until it is firm.

My second tea is to make Holy Basil Gelatin.  Here is one among many articles about health benefits of Holy Basil,.  The recipe is the same as for Rooisbos tea, amount of tea is the same but brewing time would be shorter, 5-10 minutes without the simmering, though it also needs to be very hot to make the gelatin dissolve.  Optional additional flavoring would be to add some lemon extract at the end.  Here's the tea after adding the hot water-

It is a brownish tea, but after adding the citric acid, it changes to a pretty pink color-

To make it look really impressive, you can put it in a goblet to chill-

Gelatin would have a range of firmness according to the proportions of beef gelatin and water, so you can alter the firmness to whatever you desire.  I hope you like the gelatin and there are plenty of other teas that could be used as well, along with added extracts like almond or peppermint.

For the devotional part of my post, I'm exploring more of the concepts from

This time about the organization of the book of the Bible.  Some people think the books of the Bible may have been selected by men, and therefore maybe some book should have been included or excluded.  I admire someone who can see patterns in the Bible that are amazing, the original source is  The Bible makes a pattern with the Hebrew alphabet that is amazing.

If you have doubts about God and His plan for your life, it may help to see how incredibly He planned and organized His Word.  He inspired the structure of the languages of the Bible.  He breathed the scriptures into the writers word by word.  He caused the choices that resulted in our present canon of books to include in the Bible and even their order.  If you have doubts about whether He will answer your deepest desires, consider the things He has done, and His promises.  A favorite chapter of mine is Psalm 21 about "the king".  Jesus is the King of Kings, so it can be about Him, but He also has made His redeemed ones kings and priests according to Revelation 5:9-10, so it is also about us.

Psalm 21:1-7 (Interlinear Bible)-
1. The king rejoices in Your strength, O Jehovah (Yahweh);
     and how greatly does he rejoice in Your salvation (yeshua, Jesus' name that means salvation).
2. You have given him his heart's desire,
    and have not withheld the prayer of his lips.
3. For You will precede him with the blessings of goodness;
    You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
4. He asked life from You;
    You gave to him length of days forever and ever.
5. His glory is great in Your salvation (Yeshua);
   You have laid honor and majesty on him.
6. For You have set him blessings forever;
   You have rejoiced him in the joy of Your face.
7. For the king trusts in Jehovah (Yahweh);
   he shall not be moved.

What can we do to receive His promises?  Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."   John 15:7

So stay in His Word, the marvelous Bible, and trust in Him.  I look at the stars, the wonders of what He has made, and know that He is able also to do the things I ask.  Another comforting, and totally mind-blowing scripture, is Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)-
20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21. to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I say these words to myself every night as I go to sleep.  What wonderful promises, they make my faith "gel".   Meditate on His word and relax.    Hannah

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sweets for the Sweet October 18, 2015

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I want to share one of my recipes, Chocolate Coconut Cup, that I make for my sweet husband.  I am allergic to all of the ingredients myself, but he likes them.  They are sugar- and gluten-free.  They use properly refined and extracted coconut oil which is a very healthy fat and even useful in dieting.  To prepare them I use egg poaching cups arranged on a dinner plate.   I was able to find several sets of egg poaching cups on ebay or thrift stores.    Poaching is my favorite method of cooking eggs.


6 oz or 180 ml of coconut oil, melted, 
2 oz or 60cc scoop of xylitol
4.75 oz or 140 cc of raw organic Cacao powder (2 70cc scoops) 
raw organic coconut flakes


Measure the coconut oil into a small saucepan and melt, I usually just estimate 7 spoonfuls close to what I think the egg cups hold.

Stir in the scoop of xylitol and 2 scoops of Cacao powder and mix well.  The xylitiol crystals will remain at the bottom.   Other sweeteners could be used instead if xylitol is a problem, such as Stevia or perhaps honey, I'm not sure what that would do to the texture.

Spoon the chocolate mixture into the egg cups, usually about 3 spoonfulls per cup, trying to get the crystals on the bottom evenly distributed.

Spoon some coconut flakes into each cup, approximately 1 heaping teaspoon per cup, and press them into the chocolate with the spoon.

Chill in the refrigerator to harden.  Dried fruit or nuts could be added instead or in addition to coconut.  My husband usually cuts the chocolate into quarters with a knife to eat them.

The round shape of the poaching cups makes me think of math formulas relating to circles, they involve a very important and pervasive formula constant, Pi, Greek letter ∏.  Recently I found a marvelous website that presents a positive proof that God authored the Bible, it involves the first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1-  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  
Genesis 1:1 standard gematria

The formula is based on the gematria of the Hebrew words, which is based on the numerical value given to each letter of the alphabet, which added together gives the value of the word as above.  How this proves the divine authorship of the Bible is explained in this wonderful website with lots of mathematical information about numbers in the Bible and the formula to derive Pi to the 5th decimal place.   

A parallel is found in John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word."  The gematria of the words in this verse, based on the numerical values of the Greek Alphabet, are used in the same kind of formula to determine the value of a higher math constant known as "e", used in calculus.  Both formulas are demonstrated in this website, from which the inserts come-

John 1:1 standard greek gematria

Another series of websites address these formulas in addition to other geometric marvels from the Bible, which show forth an intellectual basis for belief in God's supernatural authorship of the Bible.

I would hope if you are an intellectual person and in need of some intellectual proof of the existence of God and divine authorship of the Bible, these websites would help you.

As for me, I started as a small child to observe God in nature.   I studied the plants, and the animals, and  at the same time learned about God from my parents and church.  I was able to see the hand of my loving God in all of His Creation.  I grew up to study Biology, but having to learn about and study Evolution could not extinguish what I knew of God in my heart.  I can feel and have experienced many times His loving care.  Twice in San Diego He warned me, through a still small voice, of the hidden presence of rattlesnakes in my yard, and three times where I live now He warned me of deer on or by the road so that I slowed down and passed them safely.

If you never had the privilege of growing up being taught about God's great love for you and plan of eternal salvation, or you have been taught different beliefs instead of the Bible, ask yourself if you are willing to risk your eternity when God demonstrated such proof of the truth of His Word and wants to surround you with His love and adopt you into His family, when you accept His grace extended to you through His Son Jesus, whose Hebrew name is Yeshua, meaning Salvation, who Himself took our sins and diseases away when He suffered for us on the cross, and paid in full, even overpaid, the penalty for the sins of the world, so we can come boldly before God's throne as His sons and daughters.

Accept His grace and new life today.


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