Daniel Fast

September 07, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 21- We did it!!

I am sure you can guess what we ate for dinner... my husband's favorite, PF Chang's.  Steven and Eric were not home with the food at 6 o'clock but you can bet that I had an ice cold glass of Dr.Pepper.  It was so delicious.  Then Nicole and I raided my pantry.  We ate some peanut M&Ms and Baked Lays. 

Dinner was so delicious. I have not looked forward to anything like I did this meal since Christmas Eve as a child.  After dinner I made chocolate chip cookies.  Mmmm.

If you completed the fast, leave me a comment, I would love to know how you broke the it. 

To those of you who completed the fast, congratulations.  I truly believe that God honored your obedience by blessing our church with so many salvations over the past few three weeks!

Here are a few pictures of our dinner tonight...

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September 06, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 20- Spicy Spaghetti and Microwave Popcorn

I actually wrote this post last week and meant to post it while I was gone.  I must have had so much fun that I forgot all about it.  Anyway.  Congratulations, you get to eat tomorrow!!!  Here is one last meal that you can have tonight...

August 069 I found this spaghetti sauce at Walmart on Galleria Blvd.  Its all natural and totally Daniel fast approved.  Steven loved it.  I personally didn't care for it.  It tasted like somebody spilled Tabasco in the sauce.  I will say it was a nice way to wake up my taste buds which have had quiet the vacation these last 20 days.  I doctored the sauce by adding garlic, parsley, dried oregano and salt.  Oh, and tomato paste and 2-4 cups of water to make it go farther.  It is a pricey little jar.  Serve it over whole wheat angel hair, it tastes the least like wheat.

Have you tried the microwave popcorn??  I must say it is (relatively) delicious and very easy.  No oil, no dirty pan.  You just put 1/4 cup of popcorn seeds in a brown paper bag.  Shake some sea salt in the bag.  Role the bag down three or four times and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Stop it when you hear it stop popping.

Shake the bag before you pour it in the bowl to get the salt on the popcorn. 

Its not as good without butter, but its one last snack to get you through to tomorrow night.

September 05, 2008

I am back

I had a wonderful time in Miami.  It was so refreshing to make friends and share ideas with other pastors wives.  I rented a convertible and drove in the crazy Miami traffic with the top down.  It was great.  Doing the fast there was not as bad as I anticipated.  I made a salad dressing  before I left Charlotte (not the "creamy" avocado) and took it with me to the restaurants.  I also received a beautiful Edible Arrangement from a secret admirer ;).

I think one of my biggest take aways was something that Julie Richard said.  She said that their family never celebrates holidays on the actual day.  For instance, the Easter Bunny always comes to their house on Friday night.  The truth is kids don't care about the actual date.  They care about celebrating with their family. 

The kids did great.  A big thanks to my family for taking care of my boys!  Especially my dad!

We have had a great day as a family today.  The boys were so happy to see their daddy (and so was I).  Graham just recovered from a bloody lip (a result of horse play with his daddy and big brother).  I have to say he looked pitiful sucking on a passi with blood all over it.

Less than two days left on the Daniel Fast and I couldn't be more excited.

September 02, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 16 - Guest Blogger, Amy Corbett

 I asked one of my best friends in the whole world to blog for me about the Daniel Fast in her home.  Amy is actually the one that put together our guidelines for the fast and I think she will be relieved when the fast is over because everyone will stop asking her, Amy, can we have____?  Here’s what Amy had to say…

Holly asked me to share some of the things we have been eating on the Daniel Fast.  So, here goes…

 

For breakfast we are eating banana, honey & peanut butter on toasted Ezekiel bread.  Chunks says toasting it makes it taste better.  We also make oatmeal with unsweetened soymilk and then add honey and cut up bananas and strawberries…yum, really.

 

I have found that dinner is not filling Chunks up for the night and so I have been making popcorn to get him through.  Wow, is it good…just olive oil, kernels, shake, and sea salt.  Chunks says he never wants to eat the bagged kind again! Wait-that’s more work 4 me ;)

 

Lunch and dinner has been soups, chili, spaghetti with brown rice noodles, roasted veggies over noodles (one of Chunks’ fav’s), brown rice cooked in vegetable stock, Ezekiel wraps with hummus, tomatoes, avocado, sprouts, spinach, olive oil, and sea salt. 


Tonight we are having:

Grilled Portabello mushroom caps

Home Fries (baked in the oven with olive oil, sea salt, garlic and organic Italian seasoning)

Corn and lima beans (Chunks' fav)

Ezekiel bread toasted with olive oil and sea salt


It has been a challenging and rewarding experience.

 

Challenging because of the extra prep work and the fact that I am feeding the man who thinks about food just about every waking moment.  He calls me in the morning to ask what we are having for dinner so he can ‘mentally prepare’.

 

Rewarding because I have realized how much we look forward to our food around here.  And in those moments when there is no ‘pleasant’ food to look forward to, I really do find myself talking to God more.  And not just to get through it, but to really think about the things we have been reading in John (one chapter for each day of the fast).  I have loved the past two weeks of sermons at Elevation so much more because as I hear the sermon, I am fully aware of the context and have already thought in depth about the passages.  God is so good.

 

Chunks is already planning out our meal for Sunday evening.  He wants a takeout buffet.  You gotta love a man with a plan!  I must say I have planned out Monday morning’s breakfast…banana pancakes with syrup!

 

Amy Corbett, wife of Executive Pastor, Chunks Corbett

September 01, 2008

Fun in the sun

I am off to Miami tomorrow.  I am so excited.  I think this is my first time taking a trip alone since we have had kids.  This afternoon, I drove my boys to my parents house and I fly out tomorrow morning.

I am attending a pastor's wives round table hosted by Lisa Young of Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas.  I am so excited to meet with other women in my who understand the joys and pressures of being a pastor's wife.

The funny thing is, there's not much I can eat in restaurants.  Don't laugh but I cooked a bunch of soup and froze it.  I bought a cooler and have a stash in my suitcase.  This way I don't have to salivate over everyone else's food while I eat a salad.

I am excited to finish out the Daniel fast.  I am also excited to have a break from my kitchen.  I stocked the fridge with plenty of Daniel Fast friendly food for my husband who is a bachelor this week.  Only few days left!  Keep it up.

August 30, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 13- Good News and Bad News

Elijah loves to say "Mommy I have good news and I have bad news..."  I am not sure if he gets the concept but it is really cute.

So I have good news and I have bad news...

The bad news is my Creamy Avocado Salad dressing was terrible.  I soaked my almonds for more than over night.  I used my magic bullet and my food processor.  Unfortunately I spent 30 minutes and made a huge mess over nasty mush.  It was far from creamy.  Nicole tried it but no one else was even brave enough to give it a try.  Thankfully I also made the Herb Vinaigrette and it was good (relatively speaking).

The good news is our "dessert" turned out pretty decent.  Cut up about 5 slices of the cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, pour unsweetened soy milk over it (until each piece is soaked) and then top with honey and cinnamon.  Then spread some leftover stewed apples (see day 11) on top, and then top that with chopped pecans, more cinnamon and more honey.  Let it sit for about 15 minutes then bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

Don't get your hopes up.  Its still Ezekiel bread (a bread that I do not believe we will eat in heaven) but it may satisfy your sweet tooth for a night.

August 29, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 12- Tortilla Soup

Well, we're over the hump.  Less days to go than we have completed so far.  I made a tortilla soup that was delicious!!  The only thing I would do differently if I weren't on the fast is add bits of chicken and flour tortillas instead of corn.  Here's the Daniel version...

Ingredients:
1 carrot chopped
1 celery stick chopped
1 medium onion chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tbsp olive oil
8 c vegetable broth (the expensive kind has 2x the flavor- I found that out by accident)
4 c water
1 can of black beans (Libby's organic have no added salt, found them at Walmart)
16 oz frozen corn
1 red tomato chopped
1 yellow tomato chopped
1/4 c chopped cilantro
2-3 tsp sea salt
1 lime
6 corn tortillas (found at Trader Joes)

Directions:
Heat oil in the bottom of the pot and saute the first 4 ingredients until soft.  Add everything else except the tortillas.  Low boil for about 30 minutes.  Add tortillas.  Cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve topped with fresh chopped avocado and green onion.

Last night I made vegetable soup that turned out delicious.  I will share that recipe tomorrow.  Tonight we are going to try the creamy avocado salad dressing so we can  have leftover soup and salad for dinner and for "dessert", Lacy's bread pudding. 

Keep it up.  You are so close!

August 28, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 11- HALFWAY THERE!!

Well as of 6am this morning, it is all downhill from here.  If you are joining us on the Daniel Fast you have less days to go than you have already completed.

I went to Greenville for the day on Monday.  I stopped by a mountain fruit stand and purchased some apples.  Last night I stewed them they were delicious (relatively speaking you know).

Here's what I did...
Peel, core and slice 6 apples.
Place them in a pot with about 2/3c of unsweetened apple juice (cheapest I have found is the White House Natural for about $2.50) and 1/2c of water.  (This doesn't seem like much water but as the apples breakdown they add more liquid)
Add about 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon
Bring to a broil, reduce heat to medium.
Stew for about 15 minutes, checking and stirring every 5 min.
If you want your apples more firm, do less time. 
Be careful, they can burn fast.

Enjoy!

August 27, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 10- Guest Blogger, Tonia Bendickson

I asked my good friend Tonia Bendickson to guest blog for me today.   Here's what she had to say...



I just polished off a bag of Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix.
“Cashews, raisins, mangos, and more” it says on the package.
It’s delicious.  When I eat it, it doesn’t feel like I’m fasting.
And though that’s not the point, it does help ease the cravings I have for chocolate.
And coffee.
And sharp cheddar cheese.
And sushi.
But I’m embracing the Daniel Fast.  I’m getting more time with God and my family because I’m preparing simpler meals.  I’m saving money brown-bagging “fast-approved” snacks and meals.
I know I’m eating healthier.
And strangely, giving up sugar has made my teeth feel cleaner, all day long.
This has been the great thing about the Daniel Fast in my family.
All the surprising benefits, and the great foods we DO get to eat, while “fasting”.
 
Here are some of our favorites:
For breakfast:
Kashi Puffs and unsweetened soy milk, topped with fresh strawberries and bananas or peaches and blueberries.
Oatmeal cooked with chopped apples and raisins, topped with chopped raw almonds
Warmed leftover brown rice with raisins, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk and honey
 
For snacks:
Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread, toasted, smeared with unsweetened applesauce and sprinkled with cinnamon
Smoothies – banana, blended with frozen berries, unsweetened soy milk, ice, and unfiltered apple juice.
Apple slices dipped in raw almond butter mixed with a drizzle of honey
 
For dinners:
Red beans and rice topped with avocado, sweet corn, tomatoes, and cilantro
Vegetarian Chili
Baked sweet potatoes topped with chopped pineapple and nutmeg
Spinach salad with peach or mango chutney
Not-fried brown rice with tofu, snow peas, carrots, sweet corn, onions, and peppers, seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sea salt
Chopped Mexican salad with romaine lettuce, chick peas, peppers, black beans, tomatoes, jicama, corn, and avocado, topped with fresh cilantro and honey-lime dressing
 
Somehow this simpler, healthier fare has made me genuinely more thankful for every bite I put into my mouth.
Like this past week, as my son Asher tried pineapple for the very first time.
He declared loudly, like I’d never heard him before… “Mmmm…”
I’ll record it in his baby book as his third word.  A simple, clearly understood… “Mmmm.”
His pure pleasure in that pineapple tidbit reminded me how much I love great, simple food

August 22, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 5- Spaghetti!

I am very excited to tell you about the spaghetti sauce I found at Walmart.  The brand is called Alessi and there are not any ingredients in it that are not on our fast.  The bottle was a little pricey(just under $5 for 24 oz) but I added a can of tomato paste and about 3-4 cups of water and that made it more than enough for our family.  I also added several cloves (maybe 6) of garlic, pressed (garlic cooked down gives a little sweetness so it made up for the lack of sugar in the sauce), a handful of chopped parsley,about a table spoon of olive oil. 

We tried it at first over brown rice noodles.  These were good but still have the brown rice flavor which I am getting tired of.  Tonight we will have it again over whole wheat angel hair.  This is by far the most mentally satisfying meals I have cooked. 

On a funny note, yesterday morning I wanted some "toast" so I wrapped up a piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread in a piece of foil and threw it in the oven for a few minutes.  I thought maybe the bread wouldn't be so dry if I warmed it up.  At first it was good.  Then I gagged on the last bite.  Man that stuff is dry!

You guys are doing great!  If  you are joining us in the fast you are 1/4 of the way there!  I have heard of so many things you are trying.  A friend of mine put a mashed banana and some honey in his oatmeal.  Way to go Eric!  And his wife tried the homemade tortillas, very impressive!