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Feasts of Weeks – Pentecost

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost

As Christians, we are celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples found in Acts 2. But did you realize that the Israelites have been celebrating this same day since God instructed them to celebrate in Leviticus 23? Pentecost in Hebrew means 50 days. They were to celebrate on this day… 50 days after Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits. Called The Feast of Weeks.

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Rooting for Rhubarb

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It was the only sign that spring was on its way. I was watching my rhubarb carefully peek its rough leaves through the soil. I came back every day to see how much further the leaves had pushed out. Now the rhubarb stands quite tall, so I better get out there.

Rhubarb is very easy to grow. Come the fall or early spring, wander on over to your friend’s rhubarb patch and ask for some rhubarb crowns or bare roots. The best time to plant rhubarb is early fall or early spring.

Rhubarb I couldn’t part with

While on a trip back to check on our house before it sold, I unceremoniously dug up my rhubarb, threw it in a five-gallon pail with some soil and water, and shoved it into the back of the truck. There it stayed for 3 days before making the journey back to Minnesota.

My ‘Wina-sotan’ rhubarb now lives by the propane tank. I don’t like rhubarb much, but my husband does. I like to try different recipes each year. Enjoy the following variety of recipes!

The following recipes come from the Country Cooking, Bethel Christian Reformed Church Fellowship Society of Edgerton, Minnesota. I got this recipe book at a rummage sale and it looks as if someone got the cover and the first five pages stuck in a door or drawer and ripped off the bottom half. So, I can’t tell you what year it was published. It has a robin egg blue cover.

Rhubarb Cherry Crunch- Dawn Tinklenberg

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  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • 1 c. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups rhubarb
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. red food coloring
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling


Mix the first five ingredients and press in a 9×13- inch pan. Save 1/2 cup of crumbs for topping. Spread rhubarb over unbaked crust. Boil sugar, water, and cornstarch until thick. AD coloring and extract. Pour over rhubarb. Spoon pie filling over top. Sprinkle crust crumbs over top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Rhubarb Ice Cream- Jo Bouma

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  • 1-quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1 c. rhubarb sauce- see recipe below
  • Red food coloring- add to the desired effect

Mix and freeze. It almost tastes like strawberry ice cream!

Rhubarb Sauce Recipe


  • 8 c. (1 inch) rhubarb slices
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 water


Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Cook until tender and begins to fall apart when stirred. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Makes 4-5 cups.

Rhubarb Kuchen- Eunice Teunissen


  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. red gelatin
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/2 lbs. rhubarb, sliced=4 cups
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. flour


Combine the first four ingredients. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg, milk, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, and stir until moistened. Lightly flour hand; pat dough on bottom and 1 up the sides of a 9x9x2 inch baking pan. Combine gelatin, 1/3 cup sugar, and 3 tablespoons flour. Add rhubarb and mix well. Pour into crust. Combine 2/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup flour. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over rhubarb. Bake at 350° until rhubarb is tender and the top is browned. 60- 65 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Rhubarb Cobbler- Alice Swier

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  • 5 c. rhubarb
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. milk


Place rhubarb on the bottom of a 9×12 pan. Make a mixture of sugar, butter, and salt. Add flour, baking powder, and milk. Place over rhubarb. Then mix 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Pour over batter and pour 1 cup boiling water over all. Bake until light brown, about 40 minutes.

There you have it, friends! Some great rhubarb recipes to try. Till next time. Here is to good food, good friends, and a good life.

Plague of Lice

Welcome back to Time in the Word. Today, we embark on the third plague, the plague of lice. This third plague causes a bit of translation interpretation trouble. The trouble was whether or not this was lice, gnats, or mosquitoes. When I run into interpretive concerns, I go to my favorite Jewish websites and read what they have to say.

While researching various biblical things, I have to remind myself that I learned about the Bible through a Sunday School curriculum lens. Most children’s bible stories are shortened versions of a Bible passage, pulling out a single lesson to learn. As we get older and dig into the Bible more, we discover those children’s Bible stories were scratching the surface.

I liken my Sunday School experience to one of the teachers’ planting seeds that finally germinated in my late twenties. This is where I began to dig more into my faith and God’s word. The Bible is like a mansion with many doors, leading to many rooms. Waiting for me to open and discover the richness of their words and place in my life. I hope you have found this as well.

Plague Number Three: Lice

Scripture: Exodus 8:16-19– NIV, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+8%3A16-19&version=NIV

If you jump between the NKJV and the NIV, you will find that the NIV says “gnats” and that the NKJV says “like lice”- but let’s not worry about whether or not it was lice or gnats, let’s focus on what God asked Aaron to do with the staff. God asked Moses to tell Aaron to “strike the dust of the ground”.

The third plague of lice affected both man and animals. Making everyday living very uncomfortable. I would think the constant annoyance of scratching your skin, along with feeling something crawling on you, would be enough to drive someone crazy.

Interestingly, the Egyptian magicians, using their secret arts, could NOT duplicate this plague. The magicians even told Pharaoh that this was “the finger of God”. I’m often curious why God let the magicians duplicate the first two plagues. What do you think?

True to God’s word, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen.

Egyptian god or goddesses the plague confronted– Barnes Bible Chart pdf

  • Seb-https://ancientegyptonline.co.uk/geb/, god of the earth, dust

Interesting notes and insights

  • Moses and Aaron continued to be obedient to God. They did and said as instructed.
  • Pharaoh’s magicians could NOT duplicate this plague. Why do you think they could not duplicate this plague?
  • What purpose did the lice serve?
  • Did this plague occur in Goshen as well? This is questionable, as the Bible does not DIRECTLY speak of it affecting Goshen, where the Israelites live. Many scholars feel the first three plagues affected Israel as a tool to chasten them for assimilating to Egyptian life and worship of their gods.
  • What do you think is the significance of Aaron striking the dust? What does dust represent?
  • This time, Pharaoh does not ask Moses to pray. Why do you think Pharaoh didn’t ask for prayer?

Interestingly, God chose lice. If you’ve ever had head lice or body lice, I’m sure you found them to be very pesky! Do you have “lice” in your life? What irritations are they causing you? Unlike Pharaoh, you can enlist prayer and ask God to help you identify the lice in your life. He will show you how to get rid of them.

Till next time. Thank you for joining me here today, in Time in the Word.


Psalm of Mandy: Prayer for Protection a Pain Warrior, continued

But as for me—poor and in pain—

let your salvation protect me, God.

Psalm 69:15
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This scripture jumped out at me since I can totally relate. Pain most of the time. And we live only on Social Security. Thank God for Medicare and Medicaid or we could not make it. Especially with inflation the way it is. This portion of Psalm 69 needed little change to apply to my life.

This is a paraphrase from Psalm 69, continued. [First part here] David had many times in his life when he felt he was drowning in troubles. This scripture jumped out at me as I read “poor and in pain”. I can relate to both of these entirely. When I read this psalm of David I can feel my own soul praying this prayer with just a few changed words. As you read it, you may understand some of the things that chronic illness causes in our lives. My words are in [ ]. Highlighted words link to another post I have written concerning the issue.

Mandy’s Psalm continued…

Answer me, Lord,

for your faithful love is good.
In keeping with your abundant compassion,
turn to me.
17 Don’t hide your face from your servant
for I am in distress. Answer me quickly!
18 Come near to me and redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies.

You know my pain

19 You know the [pain] insults I endure—
my shame [flares] and disgrace [fatigue].
You are aware of all my adversaries [invaders of my health].
20 Insults [Unable to serve as I once did] have broken my heart,
and I am in despair. I waited for sympathy, but there was none;
for comforters, but found no one. [They came at first, but now, no one].
21 Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink
. [They say I don’t look sick and that I am making it up. This tastes like vinegar to me.]

Repay Them For What They Do

[ I’m a bit shocked when I read words like these from David, I am more inclined to ask God to open their eyes and understand my plight.]

22 Let their table set before them be a snare,
and let it be a trap for their allies.
23 Let their eyes grow too dim to see
and let their hips continually quake.
24 Pour out your rage on them
and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 Make their fortification desolate;
may no one live in their tents!
26 For they persecute the one you struck
and talk about the pain of those you wounded.
27 Charge them with crime on top of crime;
do not let them share in your righteousness.
28 Let them be erased from the book of life
and not be recorded with the righteous.

Prayer for Protection

29 But as for me—poor and in pain—
let your salvation protect me, God.
30 I will praise God’s name with song
and exalt him with thanksgiving.
31 That will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see it and rejoice.
You who seek God, take heart!
33 For the Lord listens to the needy
and does not despise
his own who are prisoners.

Let God Be Praised for His Protection

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them,
35 for God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah.
They will live there and possess it.
36 The descendants of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will live in it.


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Psalm of Mandy: a Pain Warrior’s Prayer

But as for me, Lord,
my prayer to you is for a time of favor. Psalm 69:13 CSB

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This is a paraphrase from Psalm 69. David had many times in his life when he felt he was drowning in troubles. People who suffer from chronic pain can often feel they are drowning in pain and sorrow. When I read this psalm of David I can feel my own soul praying this prayer with just a few changed words. As you read it, you may understand some of the things that chronic illness causes in our lives. My words are in [ ]. Highlighted words link to another post I have written concerning the issue.

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Show Time! Staff to snakes

Welcome to Time in the Word. If you missed last week’s devotional, you can catch it here, https://www.mandyandmichele.com/moses-and-aaron-to-the-rescue/. Moses and Aaron presented God’s terms and conditions to Pharaoh. Pharaoh, as predicted, said no. Now God has Moses and Aaron perfected positioned. Moses will be like a God to Pharaoh (See how God uses this? We have to meet people where they are!), and Aaron will be like Moses’s prophet. Show Time! Staff to snakes and other scary stuff are about to take place.

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Coffee Bean Barista Secrets: The Crema Revealed- Part Three- The Roast

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Welcome back to Coffee Bean Barista Secrets: The Crema Revealed-Part Three- The Roast. Grabbing a cup full of delicious, Arabica bean coffee, I holler out the window for you to get back in the car! I guess those two shots of espresso did their work. You’re pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! Time waits for no man or coffee drinker.

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One Last Cup

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Here we are, friends, drinking our one last cup of coffee together. Hopefully, these articles have been a fun ride for you, as we learned about the history of coffee, different types of beans, different types of coffee, grind size, and last but certainly not least, the different ways to brew coffee.

Today we will finish up with a few more ways to brew coffee. So, grab a celebratory cup of your favorite coffee and enjoy additional ways to brew coffee.

This, just in

If you have not been paying attention to the news, the Arabica bean from central and South America is in trouble. Beginning with a rare coffea bean rust in 2013 and the continual migration toward the USA of the poor- the working class to harvest the coffea beans. A coffee crisis is at hand. Keep calm my coffee friends. Let’s not panic, and let’s certainly not be grumpy.

More ways to brew

Two weeks ago, I left you with my short review of the Technivorm Moccamaster. Though it was pricey, which was the only thing I did not like about it, I still think the Moccamaster makes great coffee. And as all good Dutch housewives, I make good use of my Moccamaster. In other words, I totally justified my purchase. 🙂

French Press

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I bought a French press coffee maker five years ago. A French press coffee maker is an immersion coffee. I usually have this type of coffee on the weekends as I celebrate living at a much slower pace and savoring the process by which this coffee is made.

French press coffee makers are inexpensive. Bonus! They are easy to clean and deliver great coffee. Even better! The downside for some? There are a few more steps than an electric drip brew. Of great importance is water temperature. Just see this as keeping yourselves mentally fit and functioning!

You begin your French press adventure by adding hot water (check the temperature, 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit) to coffee grounds placed at the bottom of your French press. Let your coffee steep for 4 minutes before plunging (pushing the plunger down slowly, it’s the fun part) and pouring the coffee out. Four minutes is the sweet spot! Ahh! Enjoy savoring this full-bodied coffee.


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This type of coffee making is an oldie but a goodie. I can still see my grandma’s percolator on the stovetop, with the glass knob showcasing the coffee ‘perking’ inside. Check out this YouTube video to bring back some nostalgia and possibly a new routine in your coffee making, here.

As with the French press coffee maker, the percolation coffee makers take seven to ten minutes to make your coffee and are more labor-intensive setup. In addition to stovetop percolators, they still make electric percolators.

Moka pots are another form of stovetop coffee brewing. This process uses steam pressure from boiled water in the lower section of the Moka pot to pass through coffee grounds residing in the middle chamber. Brewed coffee then sits in the higher chamber.  Electric versions of Moka pots are available as well. I am still on the hunt for a Moka pot. Check out Moka pot reviews here.

Pod brewing

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We have arrived at the end of our brewing adventure. One of the most popular brands of pod brewing is the Keurig. I gave a Keurig to my parents four Christmases ago. Let’s say I held favorite child status for one whole year. My dad went bonkers over this Keurig.

Keurig’s are very popular. They come in all different shapes and sizes. From single-serve coffee cups to large pot brewing, Keurig has you covered! Check out their great products here. If you have ever been to a Duluth Trading Store, they have a commercial Keurig coffee maker. So fun to try out a cup of coffee at Duluth Trading.

Pod brewing is relatively simple. You fill your water reservoir, turn on your Keurig and the water begins heating. Once your water is heated, make your cup size selection, place your coffee cup on the drip tray, select a coffee pod, place that in the K-cup holder, close and let the brewing begin. This closing action pierces the coffee pod so hot steamy water can be injected into the coffee grounds and poured out the bottom of the pierced coffee pod into your cup below.

The upside to pod brewing is everyone can choose their own kind of coffee. Keurigs also brew tea and have a hot water feature for making tea, and a great bowl of oatmeal. My dad’s beef with the Keurig was the constant descaling maintenance and keeping up with the water filter, which is generally a water quality issue. Other than those two items, he loved the Keurig.

There is more to discover about coffee, but I rest my case here. Summer is upon us, and that means we need some rhubarb and asparagus recipes! Till next time. I hoist a cup of French press coffee and thank you kindly for riding along!

Plague of Frogs

Welcome back to Time in the Word. If you missed last week’s devotional, you can catch that here. This week we head into the plague of frogs. God is methodically attacking the top Egyptian gods and goddesses. Israel needs to see God at work fighting for them and their freedom. Pharaoh needs to submit to God’s authority, but Pharaoh’s hard heart gives God the time to display His signs and wonders.

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