Random Acts of Living


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Golden Wheat Chapter Fall Meeting

Today was the annual Fall meeting of the Golden Wheat Chapter AHSGR (American Historical Society of Germans from Russia).

We were all happy to see Karen, our leader, back with us today.




Sad to get bad news concerning Ralph Engelken. Ella opened the meeting with prayer.


As always, even with a small group, there's plenty of good food.






Our meeting began with Dennis reporting on the events at the State Convention and then he led the Election of Officers.


Our program was member sharing family traditions. Ella started us off with the importance of recording family history, the stories, not just the stats. Other members then shared their memories.




Another wonderful time of fellowship.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Golden Wheat Chapter Picnic

Today was the annual meeting of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) Golden Wheat Chapter Picnic. With our aging population our Picnic is held indoors in the AC.
Dennis began the meeting with Greetings from our intrepid leader, Karen. She regrets being unable to attend as she is currently undergoing chemotherapy which drains her of all her energy. She thanks everyone for all the cards, thoughts & prayers.



Ella #2 then led us in prayer.


Lots of good food as always.



Our program today is group sharing. Ella #1 started us off with a reading of a poem she wrote.


Ella #2 quizzed us on items from the past, what we were old enough to remember. Remembering items always brings up memories of events from the past. From items we went to memories of "fast food" and or going out to eat.



Then on to Momma's apron and a reading by Ella #2. Many memories of everything made from flour and sugar sacks. Ella #2 shared her grandma's tea towels with her embroidery work. Pat shared two different styles of aprons. Memories of many aspects of lives past.




It was a small gathering but a lot of good sharing.

Meeting Adjourned.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Big Salad


I LOVE salads. This cottage cheese salad is one of my favorites, more so now that I found a low fat, reduced sodium cottage cheese (now if I can just figure out where I bought it at). This is a BIG bowl, it's 8.5 inches wide.


Here's the numbers on the salad...

Calories-166kcal Carbs-17g Fat-5g Protein-16g Sodium-363mg Sugar-9g

4.4 oz Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Hiland - Cottage Cheese-low Fat, 50% Reduced Sodium
2.1 oz cherry tomatoes
3.5 oz diced cucumber
1.2 oz diced onion
1 tbsp Litehouse - Avocado Bacon Ranch Dressing

I have often eaten just the cottage cheese mix. LOVE the flavors. 

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese on a Tortilla

A while back one of the local news programs featured grilled cheese sandwiches during the food portion of their show. One of the sandwiches contained Pesto. This caught my attention because I've been looking for ideas to use the Celery & Almond Pesto that I made. So this is what I came up with.



Grilled Tortilla - Calories-287kcal Carbs-19g Fat-14g Protein-26g Sodium-364mg Sugar-2g

Broccoli - Calories-23kcal Carbs-5g Fat-0g Protein-2g Sodium-18mg Sugar-0g

I mixed a chopped up 3 oz. skinless chicken tender with a serving of my Pesto (linked above) and 1/4 cup Kroger shredded Mexican blend cheese. I heated up my little copper/ceramic fry pan and lightly sprayed it with canola oil. I placed a 6 in white corn tortilla in it and topped it with my mixture. Heat till the tortilla starts to brown and is soft enough to fold in half. It's rather stuffed so you have to do this carefully. I lightly browned both sides of the tortilla before plating. Top with a tablespoon of salsa. I use Newman's Own because it is low sodium. This will have to make a repeat performance, it was delicious.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Genealogy Meeting Golden Wheat Chapter AHSGR


Participants to the Genealogy Roadshow Workshop were greeted by Ella's welcoming smile.

Our Golden Wheat Chapter President, Karen Penner, introduced Mike Meisinger.

The workshop began with the history of Germans from Russia.

A nice size group just right for our library room.

As always there were delicious snacks to boost brainpower.


There were breaks between presentations to socialize...

...share information...

...ask question...

...and check out the displays.




Mike's second presentation was on doing the actual research, what is available online and how to access it.

After lunch Mike shared with us slides of his trip to Russia. Then Dennis gave an overview of the creation of AHSGR and the history of the Golden Wheat Chapter.

Karen, our Golden Wheat Chapter librarian shared the holdings, resources of the chapter library.

Members of the chapter can check out books at no charge. 

Non-members may contact Karen to arrange access to books at the library.

It was a very informative workshop. Lots of questions and answers.

Videos of the presentations are being made. Info TBA.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What's for Lunch?

Egg Salad Wrap

Calories-291kcal Carbs-23g Fat-14g Protein-20g Sodium-389mg Sugar-4g

1 tbsp Kroger - Neufchatel Cheese - 33% Less Fat Cream Cheese, 15 g
1 tbsp Chobani - Greek Yogurt - Fat Free - Plain
1/2 tsp French's Mustard, prepared
Paprika & granulated garlic to taste (dash each)
1 Egg, Hard Boiled diced
1 tbsp Onion Raw Chopped
2 oz English Cucumber - Seedless
2 oz Cherry Tomato
1 Santa Fe Tortilla Co. - Homestyle Whole Grain Tortilla
0.7 oz Kroger - Fresh Mozzarella, 
2 oz Romaine Lettuce

Soften the cream cheese in the microwave, about 12 sec, mix in the yogurt, mustard, and seasoning. Add any seasoning that you would like. Mix in egg, onion, cucumber, and tomato. Kroger fresh mozzarella is a really soft cheese. To get a good shred I freeze it first. The reason for the 0.7 oz is that is what I shredded at this time weighed (see small bowl in picture above). You can use more or less and adjust your counts accordingly. Spread shredded cheese on 3/4 of the tortilla, leaving ends and one edge to fold. I like to wilt my greens so I laid the romaine lettuce on the cheese and microwaved it all for 30 seconds. Spread egg salad mixture over the lettuce.


This was a really stuffed wrap. I didn't get a picture of it because I had my hands full eating it. I probably could have made two wraps but I didn't want the added calories and carbs. Here is the nutritional info on MY wrap...


For dessert I had a serving of raspberry sugar free gelatin with slices of a small clementine/halo.

Calories-50kcal Carbs-9g Fat-0g Protein-1g Sodium-50mg Sugar-7g

Enjoy your food! I DO!