Eating the Bible: A Tree of Life

Today’s Bible excerpt comes from probably the most known story in the Old Testament – the story of Adam and Eve. Although popular culture has labeled the forbidden fruit as an apple, the specific fruit is never actually mentioned in the Bible. Rena suggests the other possibilities: grapes, figs, and citron.

“And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and it was a desire for the eyes, and that the tree could pleasantly make one wise, and she took of its fruit, and she ate, and she gave to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6

The Tree of Life, or the Tree of Knowledge, while always planted in Eden wasn’t ever a temptation for Adam or Eve – until Satan entered the picture. Temptation is one of Lent’s biggest challenges – whether it’s to cheat and have that piece of chocolate or to forget abstinence on Friday’s when it’s most convenient. Lent is to symbolize the 40 days and 40 nights Jesus failed to succumb to the Devil and his temptations. Lent is an ever present reminder that temptation is all around us; a 6 week practice in refusing Satan.

One of my favorite things about Eating the Bibleis that Rena provides alternatives to her recipes to contribute to your individual Bible study. While Rena created a “Garden of Eden Salad” with wheat kernels, mushrooms, raisins, and figs. I took her advice and used a different wheat product to make breakfast.

Cream of Wheat is a great alternative to oatmeal or grits. If it weren’t for Stuart’s wisdom teeth removal in 2010, I wouldn’t have known what Cream of Wheat is. It was his main request while still unable to eat solid foods. Here’s a bonus tip too: A day or two prior to wisdom teeth surgery eat an entire pineapple. The pineapple will help prevent swelling. My mom forced my brother and me to do this, and I to Stuart. It works. However, it also might make you hate pineapple for a while. If you can’t find pineapple, drinking pineapple juice will also work.

When I went to the store yesterday to grab some for today’s breakfast I discovered that it now comes in individual packets, just like instant oatmeal – including flavor options! I chose the box of 8 pack Healthy Grain Cream of Wheat.

Garden of Eden Cream of Wheat

Ingredients:

  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 C Cream of Wheat, or 2 pkts
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C chopped apple (I used Braeburn)
  • 1/4 C raisins, or 1 snack-size box

Steps:

  1. Bring milk to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scalding.
  2. Whisk in Cream of Wheat, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 1/2 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in brown sugar and cinnamon. Add in apples and raisins. (You could add some pecans too if it so moves you!)

Cream of Wheat

Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored by Cream of Wheat. This post contains affiliate links.  

How To Cut A Pineapple

About 9 months ago my husband drank the CrossFit Kool-Aid. (Really, I can’t complain!) The CrossFit gym on base has classes during the lunch hour, and if I don’t pack him a lunch he’ll run to Einsteins Bros. Bagels on his way back to his desk. In an effort to stay healthy, he always gets the fruit cup in addition to his bagel sandwich. (Fruit with lunch is an Everson household rule) The fruit cup has pineapple in it, and an addiction was born. He always examines all available fruit cups and buys the one with the most pineapple.

When you buy a pineapple from the store, there’s usually a tag on one of the leaves telling you how to cut the fruit. If you’ve tried this, you know as well as I do that it’s not as easy as the cartoon drawings make it seem. And I was determined to find an easier way if Stuart was going through a whole pineapple every 5 days!

For a while I’d cut the entire pineapple into circles, and then trim off the skin and cut around the core. Although this method is simple, it’s time consuming and very sticky.

Here’s how I do it now!

Here’s what you’ll need: a sharp knife

Here’s what you’ll do: Chop off the top and bottom of the pineapple and stand it up on the now flat bottom. Run your knife between the flesh of the pineapple and the skin. Cut the flesh of the pineapple away from the core. Cut into cubes.

How to Cut a Pineapple 1 How to Cut a Pineapple 2

How to Cut a Pineapple 3 How to Cut a Pineapple 4

Fun fact: Eating an entire pineapple 1-3 days before getting your wisdom teeth removed will help to prevent swelling! There is a chance that doing so will affect your taste buds’ opinion of the fruit though.