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The Ultimate Love Test is Anything
But a Love Test...
I said I wouldn't watch it. In
fact, I spouted off words of anger and disgust every time the commercial
aired for the disgrace of a show that is an 'Ultimate Love Test'. ABC should
be ashamed of themselves.
I mean, really, let's just spit in the face of the concept of love,
marriage, and faithfulness by using a group of couples who are living
together 'playing' at being married - and then throw them in with tempting
beauties to see if their love is real or not.
What happened to fleeing temptation?
What happened to saying 'no!'
Who threw out the concept of faithfulness and replaced it with 'freedom' and
NOT ME. And I certainly hope not you, either.
But, I couldn't help it. I had to turn it on for a few minutes to see if it
was just as awful as I had anticipated. And it was. I want to puke just
thinking about the 15 minutes of "love" that I saw.
This type of perverted unfaithfulness has become a 'norm' that is accepted
and what we are trying to protect our children from. Well, I pray that you
are protecting your children from that.
What's next? I hate to think how much lower human nature can stoop.
Anyway, enough ranting....
COOKING TIP OF THE DAY
In light of recent television premiere disgraces, take time today to show
the one you love how much you appreciate their love and faithfulness. Don't
take it for granted that they know how much you value and cherish their love. Make
today a 'National Faithfulness Day' and make your loved one a home made card
or cooking a goodie.
I hope that you will visit
http://abc.go.com/site/faq.html and click on the link of how to contact
your local ABC affiliate and email the audience relations department at
email@example.com . But, with their idea
of 'relations', who knows.
And then take a few minutes with your children and remind them of the
sacredness of relationships. Even if your divorced, even if you're a
single mom, even if your re-married - you still know the sacredness of a
pure, wholesome relationship that has love - and the pain one without love can cause.
Now on to some more positive and uplifting remarks from smart subscribers
Dear Laura, Thank you for the peppermint I.C. Recipe. I printed it and
left it on the table before my daughter came for breakfast. While at the
grocery store she called me on the cell phone and asked for whipping cream
and rock salt. I really need to do stealth teaching with her now that she
is 14, has a mind of her own, and hates being taught by Mom. Yours. Donna
L.B.: Donna, what a clever Mom you are! Now, I'm gonna remember that one
for when I have teens - the 'ole reverse psychology approach. I hope she
got her curiosity aroused and wondered how the rock salt made the mix
I have be reading your info. and am enjoying your everyday events and how
you see things. I think you are doing a wonderful job of including your
children in the necessity of cooking . The fact that you are able to
present to them the enjoyment of cooking is the key, I think. They will
find pleasure in the kitchen, since a good part of our life relegates us
to the kitchen, esp.as women. It is a great advantage for a woman to have
a cooking husband and the fact that your son is enjoying the creativity of
cooking will be of great value to his entire life, whatever he does.
Learning to enjoy cooking and eating healthy and the why's are of the
My life is very different from yours. I am separated from their father a
little more than 3 yrs.. I now have two teens to myself.. My son is l8 and
my daughter is 14. Their dad didn't see cooking as a family event. It was
all mine and a huge chore that I hated. I did like to cook once upon a
time, but my daily experiences of being alone in the kitchen, and the
grocery store etc. just put me on overload. I now know that I must feed my
two teens but they want very little to do with the prep. etc of our food.
I am alone with them and this whole cooking together thing would be a very
nice positive memory for us all. However, to get the whole ball rolling
seems to be near impossible this late in the game. Do you have any
suggestions? Thank you, Suzanne.
L.B.: Suzanne, you know, I never even thought about the value of my boys
enjoying cooking; and you are soooo right! And especially in your
situation, you just can't be expected to do it all! You know, with older
kids it's always a challenge; but I do have an idea that might work for
you. We've done a pizza party with friends where everyone makes their own
dough, puts on their own toppings, etc. You and your teens might enjoy
this - and it wouldn't really seem like 'making' them do or learn
anything. More of a 'let's all have what we want tonight', and maybe that
will give you some time for a little conversation and memory making.
Another thing that I did as a teen was have one of my friends over and we
made a meal for the family. For teen activities, our youth group would
have a 'dinner' night where the teens would make their own theme
restaurant, set it up, prepare food, and serve it to the community people
who attended. And it was also a contest to see who did the best, raised
the most funds, etc.
You know, I don't think it's ever too late. And you have a valuable
perspective to share with your teens; and a valuable perspective for us
all. And, you know, it doesn't even have to be related to cooking - good
memories are good however they come about.
Thanks so much Suzanne for all you shared! I hope maybe something here has
sparked an idea for you!
Well, I'd like to end with the thoughtful tenderness of Suzanne, who has
demonstrated the point completely and fully the value of love and family
in whatever situation we may find ourselves.
P.S. The pizza recipe I referred to is the one in the Homeschool Cookbook;
but just edited down and more playful for younger kids. But you know,
teens can get wild and crazy and have fun with it too!
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