Recipe: Banana and Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert

Ingredients

Base:
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans

Topping:
250g cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipped cream
4 bananas, sliced
1 tsp. of lemon juice
1-2 cups strawberries, washed and sliced
1/2 cup icing sugar

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This Is Love

Remember that Christian couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for lesbians? They lost their business and had to operate from their home.

Well, the ‘enemy’ has stepped up and organised a fundraiser to help the Christian couple.

Gay Community Comes to the Aid of Anti-Gay Bakery Owners

This Is Love

“I Cannot Come”

Dr Deborah Haarsma of BioLogos recently went to bat for Dr Hugh Ross when Mr Ken Ham criticised him. Dr Haarsma then invited Mr Ham to join her and Dr Ross for dinner. Readers can leave comments on the blog. One can also leave comments on their Facebook page here.

Mr Ham’s response is on his blog here. Mr Ham does NOT allow readers to leave comments. However, he has also posted about it on his Facebook page where people can comment.

 “We have written a number of articles on the AiG website to warn people that compromising God’s Word in Genesis is an authority issue, a gospel issue, and, indirectly, a salvation issue.”

So, there you have it. Belief in Young-Earth Creationism IS a salvation issue after all! Thanks for clearing that up, Mr Ham!

No, I did not miss the preceding ten-letter adjective indirectly. When you think about it, everything ultimately is a salvation issue. Everything will either draw you closer to God, or draw you further away. The question isn’t “Is ‘x’ a salvation issue?” but rather, “How much of a salvation issue is it?” In this case, young-Earth Creationism ranks quite high on Mr Ham’s Salvific Index (SI).

We at AiG are busy “rebuilding a wall.” We are equipping God’s people to defend the Christian faith, and I believe we are doing a great work for God. We are busy being “watchmen”—warning people of those who undermine the authority of the Word of God. Now, of course, I don’t consider Dr. Ross a personal enemy (as Nehemiah considered some of his detractors)—he is actually a pleasant person. But he is what I would call an enemy of biblical authority. He already knows our views, and we know his.

Ken Ham’s response to the dinner invitation? Well, I was reminded of the song, “I Cannot Come” which I learned years ago. I’ve re-written it with different lyrics.

CHORUS:
I cannot come.
I cannot come to the dinner,
Don’t trouble me now.
I am building a wall,
I am keeping my vow.
I must hold to the Bible,
I will not succumb.
Pray, don’t change my mind,
I cannot come.

VERSE 1:
A certain man had a site
Where he taught from God’s Word.
To those who disagreed,
He called them all absurd.
“Compromising Christians,”
Is what they all read.
But when they asked to dine with him,
This is what he said:

CHORUS:
“I cannot come.
I cannot come to the dinner,
Don’t trouble me now.
I am building a wall,
I am keeping my vow.
I must hold to the Bible,
I will not succumb.
Pray, don’t change my mind,
I cannot come.”

VERSE 2:
“God has told us very clearly
How the world we see was made.
He made it all in six days,
By that I won’t be swayed.
I must work to warn others
Not to compromise His Way.
To enemies of His Word,
This is what I say:”

CHORUS

VERSE 3:
“‘Millions of years’ is the Big Lie
Satan wants us to believe.
We must stand firm on the truth
Though he tries hard to deceive.
To be sure, far more dangerous
Are those who claim to follow God
Yet believe in an old earth.
Indeed it’s very odd!”

CHORUS

VERSE 4:
“When my days on earth are over
And I go to meet my Lord.
I am sure He’ll say to me,
‘Child, come to your reward!’
Be encouraged, dear believers!
When sheep-clothed wolves come your way.
If get asked to dinner,
Be certain that you say:”

CHORUS

No Cake For You!

A few days ago, I came across an article about a Christian couple in Oregon who run a bakery. A lesbian couple ordered a wedding cake from them and the couple refused, because it violated their beliefs. As a result of this refusal, the lesbian couple decided to sue.

You can read more about it here.

Melissa posted a message that said they were vowing to stand firm in their faith. It read, in part:

“To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I, I want to say thank you. I know that your prayers are being heard. I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands. … Please continue to pray for our family. God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan.”

The Grammar Nazi in me feels it necessary to point out that it is incorrect to say “To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I…” It needs to be, “To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and me….”

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…

The article points out various instances where businesses were compelled to serve customers whose lifestyles are in violation of the business owners’ religious, ie Christian, beliefs.

Aaron Klein, the bakery owner, said that he and his wife will not back down from their Christian beliefs.

“There’s nothing wrong with what we believe,” he says. “It’s a biblical point of view. It’s my faith. It’s my religion.”

Okay, let’s talk about that.

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Malaysian Morals

A question on a Moral Test Paper.

For those not familiar with the Malay Language (99.9% of my readers), the question is:

* Priority to entertain guests
* Respecting elders
* Valuing good manners

15. The values above are part of the identity of Malaysian society. Which society is often associated with them?

A. Chinese
B. Iban
C. Indian
D. Malay

I like how the answers are in alphabetical order.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Oldest is 18

There are now three adults in the Yewnique household.

Eighteen years and one day ago, we went to the Birth Centre when the beginnings of contractions started. Twenty hours and a transfer to the regular maternity ward of a regular hospital 12 minutes away (but felt longer) and an epidural later, a six-pound-two-ounce baby boy was born.

Legally an Adult Now

Legally an Adult Now

 

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Banana Bread

Once again, the bananas were left too long in the fruit bowl.

I know about Banana Ice Cream (been there, done that), but I’ve been in a baking mood, and decided to try my hand at Banana Bread.

I found this recipe, which was rated Easy and had many positive reviews. I love how the internet has made information so readily accessible!

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature – this is about 113.4 gm
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

(I had SIX extremely ripe bananas, so I doubled the recipe)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

2. Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.

6. Spread slices with honey or serve with ice cream.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/banana-bread-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Banana Bread My loaf tin is a little bigger than the suggested size. What it lacks in height in no way diminishes the taste. Delicious with good vanilla ice cream.

Banana Bread
Delicious with good vanilla ice cream.

Egg-and-Bacon Breakfast Casserole

I got my inspiration from this recipe.  I omitted the salt because I felt that there was enough salty flavour in the bacon.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 9 slices of bread, cubed
  • 12 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Mix together eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard in a bowl.
  2. Spread the bread cubes in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the bacon and cheddar cheese over the bread.
  4. Pour egg mixture.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Bake at 180C for 45-60 minutes.
Egg-and-Bacon Breakfast Casserole Wake up to yummy goodness.

Egg-and-Bacon Breakfast Casserole
Wake up to yummy goodness

 

Easy-Peasy Chocolate Cake

I was in a baking mood, and what I wanted to bake was Chocolate Cake.

Problem: Not enough butter. (I know, I know, how could that happen?)

So I did a search for chocolate cake using vegetable oil instead and came across this gem of a recipe: Chocolate Oil Cake. Firstly, do not let the name put you off. It is a cake using oil instead of butter. One of the commenters suggested a name change. Let’s hope the author will take note.

Ingredients:

Dry

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Wet

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175C.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients. Mix by hand until smooth.
  4. Pour into 9×13 inch pan and bake at175C for 40 minutes or until baked through.
    World's Easiest Chocolate Cake (and very yummy, to boot)

    World’s Easiest Chocolate Cake (and very yummy, to boot)

    This cake was enough to provide dessert for our family of six over four nights. Not a bad deal, eh?

Understanding Creationism VIII

Continuation of Panda’s Thumb series on Understanding Creationism.

8.  New Perspective

An excerpt:

I think there are several different varieties of creationism activists. Some are obsessed with the presumed negative effects of evolution and secular humanism. Some are driven by suspicion for science and the certainty that a conspiracy must be afoot. Some use creationist apologetics to make themselves feel smarter and better-informed than the general public. Some are genuinely interested in science and want to know the truth.

I maintained young-earth creationism without much difficulty through college. The major objection to creationism encountered in earning a physics degree is the starlight-and-time problem, and I believed that the gravitational-well time-dilation model proposed by Russell Humphreys solved this problem. It never really came up in my classes. My ongoing exposure to the evidence against creationism came mostly in the form of continued argumentation and debate in various online forums, just as I had done before college.

I still wanted to maintain intellectual honesty, but I felt constrained by my religious belief. When I encountered questions and evidence I didn’t know how to answer, I retreated to a position of false humility: “Well, I don’t know how that works, but I’m sure that if I was an expert in that area, I could figure out how the evolutionary argument is wrong.” I knew that there were physicists and biologists and geneticists working for creationist organizations who rejected evolution; surely they understood how it all worked.

There’s not much you can do to challenge that particular approach. It’s the same response I get now from creationists after I’ve answered all their objections. “Well, fine, but science is always changing, and scientists have been wrong before, and so you never can be sure about any of this.”

As frustrating as this response can be, it’s difficult to counter because it’s sincere. They really believe (and, at one time, I really believed) that the scientific process is constantly in flux, that evolution is “just a theory”, that scientists are just taking guesses in the dark. They really think that science can’t provide truly useful answers.

Though I still firmly maintained a belief in young earth and special creation, it became more and more apparent that evolution was not, after all, a theory in crisis. The evidence lined up and made sense; the model worked; the predictions were good. I kept looking for the smoking gun, the telltale traces and shortcuts I would expect to see if evolution were really the junk science I had always believed it to be – but I found nothing. Evolution was, to all appearances, rock-solid science.

I didn’t feel like this discovery was something I could admit. I still claimed confidence in the whole young Earth creationism worldview. But I had confidence in the scientific process, too, and they seemed to clash rather strongly. Moreover, while creationism had only demanded my confidence, science had earned my confidence. It was a distinction I wasn’t terribly comfortable with.

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