Friday, December 08, 2006

Sinterklaas!!! Yusuf Islam - small kindness, Mom's flax crackers and three things

There really is a Sinterklaas! It’s true. When I went to work yesterday morning there was an ‘angel’ gift from Marie with a poem : ) ..And beside it there was another poem and a beautiful Jade bead necklace. The poem was signed from Sinterklaas and it has to be from him because I can’t figure out who else it could have been from. But I can tell from the poem he is very intelligent, creative and has a great sense of humour.
“Thank you Sinterklaas”

I brought the cd that my husband got from Sinterklaas in to work yesterday. I was really curious to hear it. It was the Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) cd - An Other Cup. This is the 1st cd he has put out in 28 years. & it was amazing.

Stevens converted to Islam in 1977, after a anear death experience. He adopted the name Yusuf a few years later and became an advocate for the religion, devoting himself to educational and philanthropic causes in his community.

He currently lives with his wife and five children in London and spends part of each year in Dubai. He founded, and is chairman of, the Small Kindness charity, which initially assisted famine victims in Africa and now supports thousands of orphans and families in the Balkans, Indonesia, and Iraq. Islam also founded the charity Muslim Aid and in 2004 he was given the ‘Man for Peace’ award for promoting international social justice and peace. (from wikipedia)

I would like to listen to the music of one of the back up musician-singers on the cd - Youssou N’Dour (Paul?)

My mom sent me two interesting e-mails lately – amongst many actually, but 2 that I want to share. The first had her recipe for flax crackers that she made up. She told me that they turned out amazing and they were the best crackers she has ever had.. and she’s tried quite a few.
(the other is a forwarded e-mail that she received and sent on to me: Three things)


You'll need:

* 2 cups flax seeds (I used mostly dark with about 1/2 cup of golden)
* 1 red bell pepper
* ? cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used about 2/3 cup and soaked them couple of hours)
* 2 cups fresh tomatoes
* juice of 1 lemon (mine was not a large one)
* 1 clove fresh garlic and/or ? onion, chopped (I used 3 green onions)

What to do:

1st Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. Add few drops water, if too dry (I didn't need to add any water)
2nd Press mixture flat unto teflex sheets in large squares or rectangles, making sure it is smooth and not too thick. ( The thicker the cracker, the harder to eat and the longer to dry)
3rd Score the size of cracker you want with knife or spatula (I used a pizza cutter after they had dehydrated a bit)
4th Dehydrate around 115 F to 125F overnight. Flip over unto screen once first side is dry. Dry to completion.
5th Store in airtight container. Keep handy for when the cravings strike !


Three things in life that, once gone, never come back -
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person -
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness T

Three things in life that you should never lose -
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable -
1. Love
2. Family & Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain -
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person -
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

pic from
(self portrait of O Carita?)

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