Friday, February 26, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

And cake-baking time for me tonight. February is the month for both my children's birthdays, so when I've just recovered from one party, there's another one to organise. Ah well, it's all good. After tomorrow, both parties will be out of the way until next year.

15 comment(s):

Keeping Stock said...

Evening all! Just settling in to watch the cricket ...

ZenTiger said...

Evening. Late home, but home at last. Last few weeks have mostly been spent traveling and working late into the night.

Have to check to see how much my kids have grown since I've been away.

Anonymous said...


I'd love a home baked cake, but about to settle down to BBQ London Pride Sausages, chicken nibbles, chili sauce and a good shiraz.

Ahhhh, Friday.

Lucia Maria said...

Hi to I2, Zen and LRO,

First half of the cake is in the oven. It's a chocolate beer cake. This one is with Carlsberg. All the alcohol evaporates in the cooking.

Don the Kiwi said...

Don't believe it. Actually finally got onto the combox.
Anyway, uummmmm.
Leave the alcohol in the cake Lucia, it'll feel better.

Andrei said...

Hi all;
Just finished watching "The Last Picture Show" with Nik.

Its supposed to be a classic, it good, interesting anyway. He didn't like it but its a school thing to watch it - he's a 21st century boy and black and white 20th century films don't cut it for the XBox generation.

Madeleine said...

Evening all. I've had one hell of a 24 hours as anyone who has checked my blog today will know so it is nice to be discussing cake!

My son's 15th birthday was on Tuesday but I won't be cake baking for 3 more weekends as he has his friend's parties this weekend and next so he wanted to delay his so as to avoid clashes.

You must share your recipe Lucia. I love trying unusual combinations and beer cake sounds like a goodie!

ZenTiger said...

Hi all. Madeline, I haven't even read our blog yet, and after getting home was called off to work and another couple of hours has evaporated like the beer in the cake.

That's not a good fate for Carlsberg, which is possibly the world's best beer. Still, if you can't have your cake and eat it too, what on earth is the point of having it in the first place?

Will read your blog first Madeline, then mine, but don't quote me on that :-)

Looks like Andrei has been fairly active in my absence!

I.M Fletcher said...

What ho, all! Nothing much happening here either. Off to watch The IT Crowd on TV in a few mins.

ZenTiger said...

Wow, not sure what to say after reading that. Just glad you have moved on. Hope your children are OK.

Great to hear Matt is distracted with work too! I hope he's enjoying it.

I.M Fletcher said...

Ps, interesting talk at link below that Francis Collins gave at Stanford University about evolution. Collins led the team on The Human Genome Project that decoded the human gene ("wrote it out" so to speak). He believes in evolution, but he is also a Christian and subscribes to a theory called Theistic Evolution.


ZenTiger said...

Sounds fascinating Fletch, I will be sure to watch it tomorrow.

Seán said...

Lucyna - it was disappointing to see the "Paul Henry's 'Unnatural' remark" thread shut down the other day. There was some interesting debate between PM, IMF and yourself. While some others were behaving at their immature best, why not target those individuals instead of just shutting it down? This can give to suspicion that maybe PM was gaining the upper hand... ;)

Anyway some targeting of the naughty children would be preferable in my opinion.

Have a good weekend.

Madeleine said...

Thanks Zen, it is good in a lot of ways and we are dealing with it but it has been a big 24 hours!

Matt is enjoying and not enjoying the job. Teenage boys can be awful to relief teachers but he has good support from the staff so he is surviving and some of his classes are good too.

IM Fletcher lots of Christians subscribe to theistic evolution. Matt is part of a group of Christian scientists and theologians who organise conferences and talks through the year. The group is called TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences in Aotearoa) and a lot are theistic evolutionists so some of the discussions at the events are very interesting along those lines. I'm not sure where I stand on how God orchestrated creation but I find the topic interesting.

I.M Fletcher said...

Madeleine, in one way it doesn't really matter scientifically to me how we got here I guess. What irks me is evolutionists using their argument as proof that God doesn't exist and science is everything.

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, I read only that they insist that the soul is created by God.

Concerning biological evolution, the Church does not have an official position on whether various life forms developed over the course of time. However, it says that, if they did develop, then they did so under the impetus and guidance of God, and their ultimate creation must be ascribed to him.

Concerning human evolution, the Church has a more definite teaching. It allows for the possibility that man’s body developed from previous biological forms, under God’s guidance, but it insists on the special creation of his soul. Pope Pius XII declared that "the teaching authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions . . . take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—[but] the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God" (Pius XII, Humani Generis 36). So whether the human body was specially created or developed, we are required to hold as a matter of Catholic faith that the human soul is specially created; it did not evolve, and it is not inherited from our parents, as our bodies are.

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