I finished the Chronicles of the Kings series by Lynn Austin. King Manasseh’s story was VERY different from King Hezekiah. With Hezekiah, you have Isaiah and Micah along with some fictional characters that you can’t help but love. Manasseh was truly horrible. His enemy and the supposed good-guy, Joshua, was so full of anger that you couldn’t really love him either. It was easy to get sucked into that mindset that Manasseh had to pay for all the complete horror. When the story ends with forgiveness and mercy, we are totally with Joshua and feeling let down for this seeming lapse in justice. But that’s where it pricks your heart. The whole Christian story is supposed to end in forgiveness and mercy for if we all received justice then none of us would have any hope.
I wanted to go back through and read the Old Testament. I have read 7 books now based on the Old Testament so I think it’s time for a refresher. I thought about doing The Bible in 90 days again. The best reading plan that I have found for the Catholic Bible was the Bible and Catechism in a year that I did once before. I figure I can read 2-3 days at a time if I want to do it in less than a year. So far, I’m on day 5. I lost the checklist once before so this time, I’m keeping it in my cell phone cover so it’s with me wherever I go. I’ve also put one Bible and Catechism in the van. I spend time in the van waiting in the car riders line and waiting at taekwondo. With my checklist with me and the books wherever I am, then I can use extra moments to read through a day or two.
Today was a real productive day. I went through prayers. Went to the gym to work out. I added more verses to my Scripture typer list. I made sourdough to rise for bread tomorrow. I started refried beans and fajitas in two crockpots. I helped David with school work. I practiced piano. I cleaned house. I crocheted pot scrubbers from plarn (yarn made from plastic grocery bags). Katie Rose got Leader again for good behavior in class at school. I read books to the little ones. I took the kids to taekwondo class. I went to the library to pick up a few more books.
Just to keep me from getting too proud of all I accomplished, John Micah had a knock-down, drag-out temper tantrum because James beat him to elevator button. It literally took both James and me to get him strapped in the double stroller and out to the van. Probably need to have a little more down time as a priority on the days he has school. I did find last week that an early bath does a lot of good to calm nerves after a busy school day. May do that again on his next school day.
The fajitas tonight have never been better. I use my huge slow cooker since I can spread the meat and veggies over the bottom so they cook evenly. I slice up 2 onions and 4 bell peppers and drop in the cooker. I add a bag of frozen chicken breast tenders. This seriously couldn’t be easier. All that’s left is marinade. I add olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and a little oregano. The fajita marinade is based off the recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook but I have made it so many times that now I just eyeball it instead of worrying with measuring spoons. I cooked it on medium-low for 6 hours.
I cooked the pinto beans on high in the small slow cooker til soft. I used the wire whisk with my kitchen aid mixer to pulverize them. I added cumin, chili powder, salt and a few pats of butter. If I had a little extra time, I would have sauteed some onion in the butter and added it to the beans. Butter makes everything better! And it doesn’t take very much at all. Since the fajitas and beans were well-seasoned, I thought plain rice would work best. We love fajita night!