Saturday Sursee :: Welcome, 2015. Welcome, Chronological Bible

Chronological Bible 2015

Hello there!  What have you been doing these past few weeks?

I have been living life.  Had all the guys home and now, they are slowly leaving, going back to rich, full lives which makes me so happy.  I stayed up too late, ate too much, and laughed a bunch. Gave lots of head tickles and rubs.  Washed loads of laundry.  Cooked skillets and pots full of food. Baked and ate way too many cookies.  But, I was present.  In the moments. Not missing anything that the Lord was doing around me.  I did enjoy the little blog break.   I pictured you, friend, also living life with no time to read the ponderings of Sursee Gal.

Now, it is time to move on into 2015.

I have to start off the year with a reminder  about The Chronological Bible.  Please read about it here if you are unfamiliar with it. Join me this year as I start over reading through the Old Testament and New Testament in a year.  It would be such fun to know you were reading along with me.  Let me know in the comments below if you are joining us.

It really does help to know that others are reading through with you.  I have a few friends that text me favorite verses or things they are learning.  A little camaraderie is nice.

One thing I did new this past year was buy a pretty journal to go along with my reading.  I talked about the journal here. It helps me to stay focused and remember later in the day what I read.  I tend to forget. Do you?  I think physically writing it down- the verse that stuck out, the truth that encouraged- physically putting it on paper is good for the soul.

So for today’s Sursee, explore the Chronological Bible and consider joining us.  I think you will enjoy seeing how God has written His story of love and redemption that starts with a wedding and ends with a wedding.  It is not too late and it won’t be the same without you.


Quinoa Bean Salad :: A Great Christmas Salad Go-To

Quinoa Bean Salad

The salad before I added the Quinoa!

Hey there.

You know me, I am all about go-tos.  Whether it be a recipe or a shoe or a necklace.  I feel like sometimes I don’t have time to think about something new. I  need my go-to so that I can be creative somewhere else. So this year, I have been making a delicious and healthy Quinoa Bean Salad that has tasted good and looked purty on the spread I have at my various Christmas parties.  I think you will love it  because it has splashes of red and green and hint of lime juice, and it is good for you.

Here it is.  Would love to hear when you use it this season to give your buffet line a little Sursee!

Quinoa Bean Salad


  • 2 cups cooked Red Quinoa- (I used 1 cup of dry quinoa to 2 cups liquid)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 garlic glove finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime, about 2 Tbl
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 red bell pepper, quarter inch chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 green onions, root removed, white and part of the greens chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 handful of cilantro, rough chopped (about 1/3 cup)


  1. Prepare the Quinoa. While the quinoa is cooking, whisk the olive oil, cumin, garlic, lime, and salt together in the bottom of a large bowl to let the flavors marry while you chop the veggies.
  2. Rinse and drain the black beans
  3. Chop the veggies- make them the same size as the beans
  4. Add the cooked quinoa, beans and veggies to the bowl and gently fold all together with the dressing
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
  6. The quinoa can be warm, room temp or cold when you make the dish.
  7. Let it chill in the frig at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together
  8. Tastes best served room temperature or chilled
  9. To prepare the Quinoa
  10. Rinse it well within a fine mesh colander and let all of the water drain. And the rinsed quinoa to a pot and double the amount of water or veggie stock. ( e.g. 1 cup dry quinoa needs 2 cups of liquid )
  11. Bring the pot to a boil then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about fifteen minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the little tail of the quinoa has sprouted out. Fluff with a fork and reserve for your recipe.

The Chronological Bible and Advent

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday Sursee :: Pumpkin Bread

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Mentoring Matters :: What Does It Look Like to Celebrate Advent with Older Kids ?

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Saturday Sursee :: Write a Thanksgiving Note with A Freebie From Susan Branch

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Kids’ Artwork for Thanksgiving- A Must Have Decoration

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  I am dashing this off to you in hopes that you will take a moment to engage your kids and their artistic talents for a little Thanksgiving Art.  The point here is it doesn't have to take a lot of time.  Or supplies.  It doesn't have to be … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: A Little Music for Thanksgiving

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  I love music and I especially love music that heralds a season and helps get me into the mood.  Cue some "Silent Night,  Holy Night" and I get all dreamy for Christmas.   Oh, and the gorgeous strains of  "Christ the Lord has risen today … [Continue reading]