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Swing Away

I was thinking about my "Spring Resolutions". Like New Year's resolutions except in the spring .. Spring is about new starts, flowers bloom, people get married, opening day for baseball … I really don't like spring because I sneeze from April till July, so I stay inside a lot. But, I love Baseball and especially baseball movies. Two of my favorites are "Field of Dreams" and "Signs" (you didn't know that "Signs" was a baseball movie?). "Field of Dreams" is about a man who's trying to do what he's been "called" to do, but he feels like a failure. He looks like a failure to his family, everybody tells him he's a failure, he's sure he's a failure. Then one day his kid comes in the house and says there's a baseball player out in his baseball field and he sees the beginning of what he was called to do, he sees that his calling was true and now he can go on to the next step.

"Signs" wants you to think it's about space aliens taking over the earth, but it's not. It's really about faith and baseball. It's about failures and lost gifts waiting to be used and why things that seem bad now will be used for good later. In the movie, Mel Gibson's brother holds the record for the longest minor league home run, 500+ feet. When he hits a baseball he can crush it. The only problem is that he rarely hits it. So his trophy from a failed baseball career, the bat that hit that monster home run, hangs on the wall never to be used again, he thinks! At the end of the movie he uses it again when his brother tells him to "Swing away" (You'll have to get the movie to find out what I'm talking about, I don't want to give it away).  It changes the lives of the whole family.

God's like that: Did you ever wonder why you are here, why God called you to be a Christian and why you had to go through those bad times in your life, or maybe you're going through bad times now. Maybe you have an idea of how you can help someone get through their bad times. Maybe a failure where you learned something or a gift or talent that you thought was lost. Maybe it's been there all along just waiting, like that bat on the wall. Maybe God will use you to change someone's life. He's got you here for something???? That's a funny thing about most people, the things we've messed up the most, God uses. And the things we thought we were really good at, don't seem very important.

Faith and Baseball ...... Swing away!


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Mediterranean Diet:
So you're sitting at home and you're looking for something healthy to cook that's actually easy,  or how about a great breakfast dish, or lunch, or dinner. For Breakfast, just put a fried egg on top. For lunch/Dinner serve with a salad.

Rant on fish: If you can smell it, don't eat it!!!!! If you smell ammonia, Don't eat it!! If it's floating in white milky stuff, don't eat it! Fresh fish smells faintly like the ocean, not like dead fish. ALWAYS, ALWAYS ASK TO SMELL IT AND ASK HOW LONG THEY HAVE HAD IT OR HOW LONG IT HAS BEEN UN-FROZEN. (several types of fish (Black bass) are frozen at sea.. i.e. no such thing as fresh.) .. If they say anything more than 2 days, don't eat it!! (really should be 1 or less) You don't buy rotten eggs or old milk or moldy vegetables at the grocery store, why are you expected to buy old smelly fish at stupid prices. If you're going to pay $15 - $20 a pound for fish, it better be good. If it smells bad, go buy chicken instead….. Rant over…   

Pan-Roasted Salmon-and-Bread Salad (((I've got no idea why they call this a salad)))
(Keto: This is very Keto. Use low carb multigrain bread)

Eight 1-inch-thick slices of ciabatta (from a 12-ounce loaf), cut into large chunks (((any good crusty bread works)))

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 pints grape tomatoes, halved

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped

1 lemon, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced

1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pounds center-cut skinless salmon fillet, cut into 2-inch chunks

Preheat the oven to 450°.

In an iron skillet, toss the bread chunks with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the bread is lightly toasted.

In a large bowl, toss the tomato halves with the garlic, capers, lemon, parsley, crushed red pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Stir the tomatoes into skillet with the toasted bread. Roast in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften and break down.

Meanwhile, in the same bowl, toss the salmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Nestle the salmon into the bread and tomatoes, spooning some of the tomatoes on top. Roast in the oven for about 6 minutes, until the salmon is just cooked through. Serve right away. (((This is a world-class breakfast the next morning…serve with and egg on top and some Sriracha(Kroger… Hot sauce with a rooster on the bottle, green top) on top. it will wake you up!!!)))


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 8:52 AM