Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Moms and Friends Learn Lessons From the Poor Widow

I had a metal bowl of all different kinds of coins, from Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Europe, China, and the US. I looked up the conversions and told them the values of the coins. The largest were not the most valuable, and the tiniest were not the least valuable. I handed the tiniest two coins to Jerry and a handful to each of the other ladies. I asked them to put 2 coins into the bowl. All of them had coins left -except Jerry. That was my segue to the lesson of the widow's mite in Mark 12:41-44. The best part of the morning was when one of the ladies stayed behind to talk to us. She wanted to know what the Children's Home needed! I told her. She wants to give fruit once a week, some clothing, and some rice! Deborah took her to meet Aunty at the Home to discuss her gifts.She had tears in her eyes as she talking about wanting to help the kids. She said, "God has blessed me."

 Manju's twins come at 12:00 after pre-school. I had to buy another baby book so they wouldn't fight over it! They loved the banana bread their mommy and friends made.

Microwave Banana Bread
1 3/4 Atta (wheat flour)
100 grams of butter (1/2 cup)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup dried fruit: raisins, craisins... chopped apricot bits, apple bits..
2 eggs or 4 T Dahi (curd)
2 T honey
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 chopped nuts
1. Mix flour, cinnamon, and BP in a large mixing bowl.
2. Cut in butter with a knife or fork.
3. Add sugar, dried fruit, and nuts.
4. Stir in Dahi (or eggs) and honey.
5. Add mashed bananas to the mixture.
6. Blend together but don't beat.
7. Pour into a greased microwavable baking dish.
8. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then turn if your microwave doesn't have a turntable.
9. Microwave 3 more minutes and check for donenes. If not done, bake 2 more minutes.
10. Let stand 5 or 10 minutes before slicing* Note: this recipe rises a lot giving a fluffy -not dense texture.

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