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Bettina’s Bread Pudding – the secret ingredient becomes public!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

In a large bowl whip two eggs. Add organic whole milk to the eggs whipping until they are melded together – enough milk to accommodate all of your saved stale bread. If you have none, but want to make this bread pudding anyway, an organic loaf of french bread makes a great substitute.

Add organic turbinado sugar – lots to make this sweet and lovely. ****Bettina’s keeps a canister of this sugar to which is added organic coconut sugar and any other organic sugar on the store shelves. That does not include organic white sugar nor organic brown sugar. This is the time to add fruit – mangoes, bananas, cherries, strawberries, whichever kind of fruit you have – preferably overripe. This is the step which distinguishes your bread pudding and it is also the step which insures your bread pudding will taste very different every time you make it.

Add a small – very small – amount of himalayan salt.

Add organic cinnamon, grated nutmeg – which you grate fresh over the bowl, and make sure the fruit you add includes a banana or two added to this mixture. It is also stunningly good with just bananas added – think New Orleans Bananas Foster. You don’t have to add rum to this bread pudding. The mixture of sugars produces an incredible flavor which goes way beyond any tastes added by using rum.

Take the bread, which you have saved from loaves not used and pull apart small pieces putting them into the bowl. We keep stale bread in the refrigerator until we have enough saved to make this bread pudding. You have to keep the stale bread in the refrigerator because otherwise it will become moldy.

Let the bowl with the bread soaking sit – preferably overnight and bake it in the morning after stirring the mixture, making sure the bread is well soaked and sprinkling some of your sugar mixture over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

What is the secret ingredient? The mixture of organic sugars. We never know what we will have in the mixture because we buy different organic sugars whenever and wherever we find them, mix them together and that is what we use whenever sugar is called for in any recipe. The difference this makes in your end product is amazing.

GOP and Global Terrorism

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The change Donald Trump’s presidency has brought to these United States is to join one of the political parties with the terrorists trying to take over countries to exercise power and control by any violent, destructive, death producing means necessary. In that he is very much like Bin Laden except Bin Laden was physically a part of the war he raged, Donald Trump doesn’t have his hands in the pie because he might destroy his manicure. He does his dirty work through others.

Not surprisingly, out of Texas has come the latest step in this Global War against democracy. and half of our Supreme Court are implicated. Who would have thought terrorists would be appointed to such a formerly esteemed body. But then, wasn’t it Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife who funded some of the buses for January 6th? And could she have done so without his involvement? And don’t we have the Rev. Danforth, Episcopal priest, to thank for Clarence Thomas being on the Supreme Court and Josh Hawley being in Congress? What does that say about what our current institutions produce and from where they see their benefits arising.

One of the strong tenets pushed by the GOP as it moves into the center of world terrorist groups is the anti-abortion movement. It raises the religious banners as do all of those so fighting. Nothing like claiming a god as your guide. But which god! The god who strengthens the greedy, the power hungry, the cold and heartless seekers after their own fortunes at the expense of others? Or the Jesus of the disinherited. Or the Buddha who was born a wealthy prince, but left it all when he saw the poverty and sickness beyond his palace. Or many more……..

The anti-abortion movement is simply about money, power and control. It is no different from what is going on with ISIS-K and all those groups which preceded. If you needed proof that the GOP is now a powerful terrorist organization alongside all those others, the anti-abortion laws out of Texas are stark in their reach, their methods, their oppression, their setting up the first legalized terror group in the United States sanctioned by the laws of their state.

There has to be those in society who are “less than” to create the “better than” mentality which is the food of the gods of terror, destruction, death by torture and so much more. Humans are very creative and when we use that creativity on the side of satan it is horrendous.

Some of us were outraged by this new anti-abortion law out of Texas, which did not allow abortions even for those who have been raped, are the victims of incest, etc. Why that should surprise anyone amazes us. A man’s power has always been in his claimed virility and what shows that best than many children scattered around the world who were created by one man’s sperm.

The worst is when organized religion gets involved and claims god is on the side of what they describe as “life” and is not with those they claim are the “killers’ of babies. That is quite a twisted theology and those who have studied theology know that, but aren’t able to come out with the claim because in that area, many are “better than” males who want to see the anti-abortion theology succeed, however spurious its claims may be.

If you are for “life” you are against abortion, murder, executions by the state, war, adding chemicals to food to increase how much you can grow and therefore sell, those forces which destroy the environment and cause long painful death to many, – the list goes on.

Those who claim to be against abortion because they are for “life” are generally also those climate change deniers; those on the front row to see the execution of many placed on death row; they fight to maintain the death sentence in the law; they could care less about making sure growers grow healthy food; …….

It has ever been so around the world and across the centuries. It has and is so in these United States, in Europe, in the Middle East, in South America where there are humans there is those dichotomy of those for and those against. Those for life are only pro-life in areas where they see themselves gaining power and control so life itself is not the issue. Those same people can turn on a dime and advocate and work for death – slow drawn out death or immediate murder doesn’t matter if they gain money, power and control.

The “space race” comes out of the same need. People are starving, homeless, destitute in great need and our current billionaires are satisfying the needs their penis dictates. Even the shape of the vehicles being used in this race to another planet are shaped like the male penis.

Oh, that’s not right, they say. We gave at the office. We gave one penny for every $1,000 we spend on space craft – or some equivalent. First solve the problems at home which your accumulation of wealth helped create and then go off into space with your new play toys. There is so much to be done and so few to do it. Especially with those trying to traverse the universe wrecking havoc with the world.

Will we ever turn away from evil towards the good? Will we ever question ourselves as to our real motives? Will we ever feel compassion, empathy, love? A few maybe, but the many are too busy polishing their images, building their worldly fortunes, living each day as though it is one of thousands more during which we can accumulate more and more. There should be not one billionaire in this world, on this earth. Look at the destruction they have wrought in the process of acquiring.

Maybe one day we will find God’s love . Hope that day comes before “the fire next time” arrives bringing the end to all – the good and the bad.


Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

If you are Christian you struggle constantly to understand and explain all those Christians who seem to purposefully take the Lord’s name in vain as they use it and much more to justify their greed, power needs and more by putting a Christian title on them. They not only justify but redefine what is right and live by a set of ethics, as Christians, that would make Jesus recoil.

If you are in the other group of Christians trying to live by the Gospels and more, you struggle constantly trying to explain and understand what this first group believes and how can they call themselves Christians. They have been doing that since they were slave owners, climate change deniers, genocidal to those not culturally and physically like them.

If you are not Christian you look askance at what you see and use that first group to say – Thank God I am not a Christian.

From what we have seen it all comes down to Love vs Sex. Reach out to someone in “love” and they will almost always translate that friendship overture as sexual. A friendship in this society based on love is practically non-existent. We don’t know such and can’t understand such so we push it away.

It took us many years to understand how love and sex are used in religion generally and Christianity in particular.

To a Christian – God is love! The beginning and end of the theology.

But the problems begin there because what does “love” mean? We think we know, but actually we define love to be what is most convenient to our lifestyle and generally that is using the term “love” to actually mean and talk about “sex.”

Love covers everything. Male/Female/Animals/Insects, etc. But we limit it to covering humans – male and female – and then we define and segment love into love of family, love of another human being and more. We then define sin by using love – defining the ‘wrong kind’ and then making those who fall into the categories we set up as living in sin.

It is quite a society we have created and we have blamed God or claimed our society is ordained by God and comes from God. Christianity blames Jesus.

We are just coming out of a huge fight over marriage. We claim marriage is of God and by God and more. Don’t know where that came from because marriage is clearly a state phenomena. You are married by the state. Even ordained ministers have to get a special license to marry people and those who are not ordained can apply for a license to marry others without being “ordained.” But we, this glorious society, which has defined everything in varying degrees of good or evil (sinful) according to that things’ cultural background, have been part of a fight to keep “marriage” as an institution only available to a “couple” defined as one man and one woman. That fight has pretty well ended, but others are beginning over “love”.

We have “illicit love”, “illegal love”, and so much more, which if we look clearly we would find none of what we talk about is what Christ defined as love in the Scriptures.

Christ talked about love – we denigrate the term by meaning the feeling we get when we are sexually attracted and we have used that belief to destroy, demean, discredit others. Love in our society is about power and control. It is about who is better than others because of who they “love” and who is less then and to be demeaned and sometimes even jailed for who they “love.”

Think about your use of the term “love” and the next time you have to deal with that concept see if you can seek out and destroy the “sex” that is there as a part of what you mean. Doing that over time one can come out with a pure love which follows biblical teachings.

Most people marry because of a sexual not a love connection. People come together in culturally defined groups because of a sexual attraction – “love of self”. How strong is it to bond with people who are like you. How difficult to maintain a friendship bond with someone who comes from a very different cultural background and has different physical features. How strong is it to feel a love for the other and the superiority of you and others in the group over those unlike you physically, politically, financially. Take a look at what those feelings really are about and sex is hiding in the corner.

It is no accident that the issues of the group of Christians who fight to take power and control to have their ethical base be universal generally look alike, think closely similar thoughts, and need to enforce their feelings, their ways of being on others under the guise of the superiority of their Christianity. What strips them of their cover and claim that they are taking the Lord’s name in vain comes from the fact that most of their issues within that group of Christians are about sex. Who can have sex with who and how. What does love mean and its existence only true amongst certain groups. The miscegnation laws came from that need. Abortion is the current issue and it is promoted with great vigor and lots of emotion. An issue claimed to be a Christian issue about love and what Christ ordained is really about power and based in sex?

A friendship between a man and a woman is suspect because if it is a close love relationship we don’t believe it exists without sex. In fact, very few of us believe there can be a love relationship between a man and a woman without sex. With the opening up of relationships we don’t believe there can be a relationship between same sex people without sex being the motivator or being involved.

It is sad that we are going further down the rat hole of abusing the term love to mean whatever we need it to mean to either sway some people or destroy others. May we repent our abuses of Christian love and live a life which moves us closer to being what God has called us to be – totally in love with one another without sex hiding in the shadows to destroy that love potential and grab it quickly to turn it into power, jealousy, destruction and more.

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