Modesty

It looks like the Modesty Police in Malaysia is hard at work making sure people comply with attire that is deemed appropriately modest.

Make clear what is acceptable to be worn at govt premises

On June 8, a guard at the Wangsa Maju Road Transport Department office asked a woman to put on a sarong before she could be served.

On June 16, another woman was denied entry into the Sungai Buloh Hospital for wearing shorts, but was allowed in after she wrapped her legs with a towel.

Barely a week later, two women were denied entry to the Selangor State Secretariat building as their attire did not cover their knees.

On June 24, a woman was denied entry into Penang’s Balik Pulau Court Complex for wearing a skirt deemed too short.

On May 7, a man was denied entry into Kuala Lumpur Inter­national Airport’s lost and found department because he was wearing shorts and sandals.

 

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Foodful Friday: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies

I wanted brownies.

I wanted an easy recipe, ie, something that didn’t involve a lot of time and energy. The fewer ingredients, the better. The more just-put-everything-together-and-mix-and-bake the better.

I found the three-ingredient Nutella Brownies recipe that everyone was posting on Facebook.

Problem: I didn’t have Nutella. Don’t judge me.

Good News:did, however, have chocolate hazelnut spread. (Yes, it’s the same thing. Don’t judge me.)

Problem: I didn’t have enough. (I said, Don’t Judge Me!)

Potential Good News: I had Peanut Butter and Cooking Chocolate.

Question: Could I find a recipe for brownies using those ingredients?

Answer: Yes. Yes, I could.

I got the recipe from here. (And it’s in metric!!)

Ingredients:

  • 225g crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g bar dark chocolate, broken into pieces (I used dark cooking chocolate)
  • 280g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour

Method:

  1. Set aside 50g each of the peanut butter and chocolate. This will be for the topping.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
  3. Gently melt remaining chocolate in a pan. When chocolate is melted, remove from heat, stir in peanut butter.
  4. When peanut butter is well combined, add in the sugar and stir until the sugar is just about melted.
  5. Use a wooden spoon to beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in the flour and scrape into the tin.
  6. Melt reserved peanut butter in the microwave on High for 45 secs, or in a pan, until runny, then drizzle over the brownie. Bake for 30-35 mins until it has a crust, but the middle still seems slightly uncooked.
  7. Melt reserved chocolate, drizzle over the brownie, then cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly just-put-everything-together-and-mix-and-bake, but it was SO good!

I used crunchy peanut butter for the batter, and smooth peanut butter for the topping.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies

20 Years

Twenty years ago, two very young people were joined in marriage.

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Trekky Tuesday: Kokoda Memorial Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park

One of my Facebook friends shared this on her wall: 21 Melbourne Walks That Will Take Your Breath Away. It looked good, so I put it on my Pinterest for future reference.

Well, it’s school holidays (Term 2 break) now, and I thought going on the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk would be a fun thing to try. My legs and thighs may be complaining tomorrow, but that’s another story! The Memorial Walk is located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, about half an hour from home. It is winter now, but today’s weather was pretty good. Not too cold, and more importantly, not wet.   Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

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Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

We don’t often watch movies at the cinema because there are a lot of us and tickets are expensive, especially at the regular-priced cinemas. Also, we don’t mind waiting until the DVD comes out and borrowing it from the library when we can watch it with subtitles and the Special Features.

That said, when I saw the trailer for Inside Out, I thought it might be nice to watch it at the cinema. I’m still reluctant to fork out big bucks, though, so we watched it at the budget cinema — half the price of ticket prices at the regular cinemas, but no 3D option.

Friday being the last day of the school term, I thought it wise to grab the opportunity to go before the crowds flock to the cinemas during the Term Break. We went for the 1.45 p.m. showing and there were so few people, we had free seating! (LOVE Free Seating, but only if we get in early.)

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Foodful Friday: Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit-and-Jelly Topping

Note: When I say jelly, I am NOT referring to fruit preserve. I am referring to a gelatin dessert-type of food. US Americans refer to such foods by the brand name, Jell-O.

Now that I’ve got that cleared up….

I made this for my younger son’s birthday recently. He said he wanted a cheesecake and so I tried.

Ingredients:
Base:
1 1/4 cups sweet biscuit crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted

Filling:
2 x 250g cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 x 400g can sweetened condensed milk

Topping:
1 x 400g can mixed berries
1 x 85g packet jelly crystals (I used Port Wine flavour, but I reckon any berry flavour would work just as well.)

Method:

  1. Combine biscuit crumbs and butter, press onto the base of a 24cm spring form pan. Chill.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth, add lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk and beat well.
  3. Pour into prepared crumb crust. Chill until firm.
  4. Top chilled cheesecake with canned mixed berries.
  5. Prepare the jelly using 3/4 the amount of water the packet directions call for. I do this so the jelly will be firmer and not so wobbly. Pour jelly mixture carefully over the cheesecake.
  6. Return to refrigerator and chill until firm.
Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit-and-Jelly Topping

Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit-and-Jelly Topping

Candles are optional. ;)

Thoughtful Thursday: Answer This, Creationists!

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is God of Evolution.

His latest post is entitled 10 Theological Questions No Young-Earth Creationist Can Answer.  While I think the word “no” in the title might be slightly off — in his blogpost, he does mention some YECs attempts at some answers — the article is pretty spot-on. Perhaps a more accurate title would be: 10 Theological Questions No Young-Earth Creationists Can Answer Satisfactorily.

If you are not familiar with Tyler Franke’s style of writing, be prepared for some pithy humour which may, or may not, border on snarky depending on your tolerance level.

In summary, here are the questions:

1. What was the point of the tree of life?
2. If human sin is the reason animals die, why can’t they be saved?
3. If physical death is part of the punishment for sin, why do Christians still die?
4. Why was Eve named “mother of life”?
5. How did Adam and Eve know what death was?
6. If the punishment for eating from the tree was that Adam and Eve would physically die … why didn’t they physically die?
7. Can you name any other piece of literature in which the existence of a talking snake and trees with magical powers would suggest to you that it was meant to be taken literally?
8. Why do Genesis 1 and 2 contradict?
9. Why is incest wrong?
10. And finally, if it is so vitally important that Christians take Genesis literally, why did Jesus never once instruct us to take Genesis literally?

For Your Eyes Only

First there was defrauding,

Defraudnow, apparently, a woman can cause a man to ‘freak out’ and be ‘damaged spiritually’ simply by staring at him through the TV screen with her large eyes.

Avert your eyes, gentlemen, lest you be defrauded.

Avert your eyes, gentlemen, lest you become spiritually damaged.

 

Moody Monday: What’s the Deal with the Duggars?

I first heard of the Duggars when they appeared on a television special. There they stood all in a row in age order, smartly and modestly dressed, saying their names one by one for the camera. The youngest one or two at the time were too young to say their names, so one of the parents spoke for them and Michelle ended the lineup by putting an affectionate hand on her belly and said, “…and this is Jackson!”

They looked like such a sweet, adorable, Christian family! And they home schooled!!

What was there not to like?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.

At first I thought they looked so nice. A bit weird in the fashion department, but okay.

Later, I learned that they home schooled with Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute materials. Warning bells. And that they subscribed to Christian Patriarchy and all that entails. Huge warning bells. And then the television show that put them in the limelight. You know the tune.

“They’re a clean, wholesome family,” people said.

“The Duggars are upholding good, conservative, Christian values,” people said.

“I’d rather watch the Duggars than all that other junk that is on TV,” people said.

“The children are modest, well-behaved, role models,” people said.

Let’s talk about that. (Cue the “Good Mythical Morning” music. Or the “Twilight Zone” theme. Take your pick. I recommend the latter.)

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Stupendous Sunday: Happy 13th Birthday

I am now the parent of three teenagers! The days are long but the years are short.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

 

 

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