A very long but very worthwhile read:
A post from someone who claims to have insider information:
Younger daughter is now seven. SEVEN! Birthday was early this month. She was due on Halloween, and since the older three were all born before their due date, I thought she would follow suit. Nope. She didn’t make an appearance until nearly a whole week later. If she had been born on her due date, she would have her own birth month. As it is, she shares not only a birth month with her older sister, but a birthday with my younger sister.
The Girls’ Brigade had their Presentation Night 2013 and our girls won some awards.
Finally, there is Miss 15′s birthday. This girl was born three days before her due date (blogpost here). Had she been born on her due date, she would have had to share a birth month with her father. She now has to share a birth month with her younger sister.
She blogs, too. One of my favorite posts. (Shameless plug.)
Speaking of shared birth months, I noticed that even within small families, there is more often than not a shared birth month. In my birth family, my sister and my mother have the same birth month. In Mr Yewnique’s birth family, his parents have the same birth month, and Mr Yewnique is a twin.
In our family now, the two girls share a birth month. However, that didn’t happen until we had four children. (Almost happened with number two, though.)
So, how about you?
Well, it certainly looks like Vision Forum Ministries is really, really no longer operating.
The latest ‘This Week’s Episode’ on the Jonathan Park website has not been updated since Vision Forum Ministries announced its closing.
Part of me is sad that I may never know what happened in episodes 73-76 and 79, as well as all the episodes in Volume 9 (episodes 97-108). Then again, if I listened to the episodes, I’d feel obligated to write reviews for them.
Something I enjoyed watching this week:
Got my inspiration from this blogpost. I added 1 tsp. of orange zest to the recipe.
- 7 egg yolks
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, strained
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 7 egg whites
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- Mix wet ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Sift dry ingredients together into another large bowl.
- Pour wet ingredients mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
- In small batches, gently fold meringue into the batter.
- Pour batter into a 25-cm (10-in) tube pan. Bake in 160C oven for one hour.
- When cake is done, take cake out of the oven and invert immediately, slotting the tube part over a narrow neck-like structure. A bottle or a funnel works well.
- Let cake cool for at least one hour.
- When completely cooled, run a knife around the side and centre tube of the pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.
Four cakes in three weeks. I’ve run out of flour and sugar!
I must be in a baking mood. Three chiffon cakes in two weeks is not like me at all.
This time I attempted banana chiffon cake.
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tbps. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 egg yolks
- 6 egg whites
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, combine plain flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
2. In another bowl, combine mashed banana, vegetable oil, water, egg yolks and vanilla extract.
3. Make well in first bowl, pour contents of second bowl into the first. Beat until smooth.
4. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks. Fold gently into the batter.
5. Pour into an ungreased 25-cm (10-inch) chiffon cake tin and bake at 160C for 70 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and turn upside down immediately, resting on some kind of support. (I used a large funnel.) Leave to cool. This can take over an hour.
7. Remove cake from pan and enjoy.
From the AiG website:
Yes. It’s time! It’s the right time to rebuild Noah’s Ark. We believe that God has called AiG to construct an Ark according to the dimensions in the Bible, to remind people of the truth of God’s Word and call them to salvation. Follow the link to find out more about the Ark Encounter.
According to AiG, it took Noah 75 years (at the most) to build the Ark. Let’s hope AiG won’t take as long.
From the first article I linked to:
In an executive summary sent to its supporters, Answers in Genesis makes the bonds sound like a decent investment. The group is offering bonds with 7-, 11-, and 15-year maturities, at yields between 5 and 6 percent. A 7-year bond starts at $250,000, while an 11-year bond begins at $50,000.
Tempting as those rates may seem, there’s a small catch. As Answers in Genesis readily admits, the bonds “are not expected to have any substantial secondary market” and are “not an obligation of AiG.” Somewhat alarmingly, the bonds are unrated, an indication that they’re extremely risky—and almost impossible to resell. High risk, higher yield: These, in essence, are creationist junk bonds.
I asked Jie Yang, a professor of finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, for his opinions of the bonds.
“I would agree that these bonds are very high risk,” he told me. In addition to their lack of rating and a secondary market, the bonds are callable, meaning Answers in Genesis can collect on the bond at any point before it has matured. (The buyer has no such privilege.) Moreover, the bonds are secured only by the revenues and assets of the Ark Encounter project, not by Answers in Genesis itself.
“Should the project be unsuccessful,” Yang notes, “AiG holds no responsibility in meeting the interest payments of these bonds and the bonds may default.” If the project falls through, in other words, investors won’t just lose their interest payments: They’ll lose their entire investment.
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There is more unrest at Vision Forum as the Board of Vision Forum Ministries today announced the closing of Vision Forum (VF) Ministries. This announcement comes 12 days after Doug Phillips announced his resignation from VF as president, and allegedly nine months after Phillips stepped down from his pastoral role as "teaching elder" at Boerne Christian Assembly.
Read the comments!The sooner the truth comes out, the better.
This is my second chiffon cake in ten days. My first one, Pandan Chiffon Cake, was a good first attempt if I do say so myself.
Today, I decided to try my hand at Chocolate Chiffon Cake.
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 3/4 cups plain flour
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 8 egg whites
- 7 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
I followed the recipe found here, except I used eight egg whites and seven egg yolks (instead of the seven of each given in the recipe).
Verdict: Very nice, light and moist. Not super sweet, which is fine by me. You could always put icing on it to make it sweeter.