Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Record of plagues can be found in many ancient religious texts. When hearing the term "plague" one might instantly think of Moses and the 10 plagues of Egypt (Think water to blood, locusts, death of first born...all that good stuff.).

Or maybe your mind turns to the Bubonic Plague, also known as Black Death. The most devastating pandemic in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. Thankfully, medical advances now keep us from experiencing a repeat of such a horrific plague. But, we are still left with what I call modern day plagues. 

There are a few things currently going on in our society that seem to be challenging countless families. One of which is Autism. April is Autism awareness month so I wasn't surprised to hear Diane Rehm discussing autism on NPR this morning. Cases of Autism are occurring at an alarming rate and no one seems to have concrete answers for cause and treatment. 

(Here is a link to Diane Rehm's site and a clip from the PBS News Hour series on Autism (Once on her page, just scroll down a bit and you'll find it.).

Something else I categorize as a modern day plague is depression. Depression has gone on as long as humans have existed, but it now seems more prevalent than ever. You can't find a person who hasn't been affected by it in some form or another (Whether it be that they themselves are suffering or someone they love is.). 

Both Autism and depression are very controversial topics. People have very strong and varied opinions on cause and treatment. There are many theories of genetic predisposition and contributing environmental factors as causes in both Autism and depression. Personally, I think it's a very unique combination of any number of causes for each individual. There is no blanket statement that can explain these "plagues" and why they occur nor is there a common cure that works for everyone. 

I also have another theory regarding some of our modern day plagues. Another component to add to our list of possible causes. There has never been a period in time when physical life has been easier than the modern age we now live in. Maybe...just maybe...God has given us these challenges so that we can be tested and in turn learn valuable lessons of patience, endurance, compassion, and strength. 

That may not be the whole reason, but it may be part of it. Something to think about.

On to another modern day challenge- excess fatage (Once again, I know fatage is not a real word, but it's a Jody there!). The cause of this one, in most cases, is clear. Eating too much junk and not exercising equals an unhealthy weight. 

Thanks to all of the delicious recipes you have been sending me, I am now in danger of major over-eating. But, I will live on the edge for the sake of experimentation and finding some great family dinners. I is hard. Please keep the recipes coming! I have no idea how I'm going to pick which ones to try. They all sound amazing! I may have to call a family council:).

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  1. Hi Jody, here's a recipe for you- this is one of my go-to recipes when i want something that tastes great but doesn't require much prep time. You can throw this together in 5 minutes! (You do have to sort of plan ahead for it though, because it takes a little while to cook- it calls for 1 1/2 hours, but I've left it cooking for much longer.) The meat falls apart when you cut into with a fork- yum!!
    Round Steak:
    1 can tomato soup
    1 can water
    1 pkg onion soup mix
    1 tsp garlic (I used the pre-minced stuff in the jar)
    oregano, to taste
    thyme, "
    round steaks
    mix soups and add seasonings. Put steak in mixture. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Serve over rice.

  2. Ok, I know I'm late on the recipe thing, but oh well!

    Healthy(er) Sloppy Joes
    2 lb ground turkey
    1 Medium onion (I use prediced frozen cuz I hate chopping onions)
    1/2-3/4 Cup brown sugar
    1 Tbsp mustard
    1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
    2 Tbsp ketchup
    Whole wheat buns
    Brown ground beef & onion in a large skillet. Drain. Add other ingredients & simmer for 5 minutes. Serve. Very easy & fast. We usually eat this with sweet potato fries. It's also a good freeze for later recipe.


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