David G. Whitcomb
d/b/a Dixie Trapper

Building this American's dream for his girls.

My opinion

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Within the article you will find my opinion on alternative cooking methods and substitutions. I hope you enjoy it and comment on it.



I have been experimenting with healthy (healthier) cooking ingredients and/or alternatives to the traditional cooking I grew up on for several years now.
My first culinary instructor challenged everyone to experiment in their kitchens constantly and instilled the knowledge of flavors and combinations to help us succeed in that challenge.

I have been doing that for about 19 years now. 
Whether for my friends, family, congregation or for an employer. I enjoy using everyone I can as test subjects. 
Not all are completely successful and some are not good at all. 
The trial and error of it all is quite entertaining and very educational for me. And I do enjoy sharing my success with everyone. And quite often share the disasters’ as well.

Most times when substituting ingredients in a recipe there is a bit of trial and error. For example in baking, substituting in Eggs with a liquid egg substitute (Eggbeaters, Eggstirs, Egg Blenders, etc.) the consistency and texture is most often affected as well as the amount say a bread or cake will rise. And when substituting Sugar with a sugar substitute (Splenda, Honey, Stevia. etc.) the flavor is affected.

I have found that no matter what the ingredient is that you are substituting nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing comes close to what God has made. So if you are using an egg substitute, use one that is derived from eggs. When substituting a sweetener use a natural product.

There are a lot of foods that are naturally sweet and quite often very effective at sweetening and adding a very desirable flavor. A few examples are Parsnips, Carrots, Peas, Apples, Pears, Bananas, Oranges and many others.

Parsnips for example are great with Pears in a desert. Parsnips are also great in mashed potatoes. Using resins in your apple pie will allow you to cut down on the sugar and taste really good too. 

So experiment a way and have fun with it, you’ll soon learn quickly what not to mix and what works well together. Get some good books for help and your education, one of my favorites is the Fanny Farmer. One of the best people to listen to is Alton Brown, check out his web site and his show if you can.

Thank you and happy cooking.

ספק שלי הוסר להתפוגג הפחדים שלי. שמחה היא הנשמה שלי כאמת ממלא את דעתי. היום זה היום של אומץ ללא ספק למימוש של אמת קיים במוחי כמו האוויר שאני נשימה.


James
  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 
That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. 
The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 
But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. 
In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. 
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 
When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 


My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 
uppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 
If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 
But you have insulted the poor. 
Is it not the rich who are exploiting you?
Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?
Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? 
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. 
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 
For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." 
If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.
Mercy triumphs over judgment! 
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 
You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[? 
Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 
You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.


Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. 
Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. 
Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. 
It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. 
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 
Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 
My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? either can a salt spring produce fresh water. 
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.


What causes fights and quarrels among you? 
Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 
You want something but don't get it.
You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.
You quarrel and fight.
You do not have, because you do not ask God. 
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?
Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
But he gives us more grace. 
That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 
Submit yourselves, then, to God. 
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. 
Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
Grieve, mourn and wail.
Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 
Brothers, do not slander one another.
Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. 
When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.
But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? 
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. 
What is your life? 
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 
Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." 
As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.


Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 
Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 
Your gold and silver are corroded.
Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. 
You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 
Look!
The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. 
The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 
You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.
You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. 

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. 
Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. 
The Judge is standing at the door! 
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. 
You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. 
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 
Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else.
Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned. 
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. 
Is anyone happy?
Let him sing songs of praise. 
Is any one of you sick? 
He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.
If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. 
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 
Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 
remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. 
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. 
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.


Romans 12
  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. 
Honor one another above yourselves. 
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
Share with God's people who are in need. 
Practice hospitality. 
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. 
Do not be conceited. 
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. 
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 
On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

You can't make everyone happy

“People live their life in fear and warp their actions and behavior on this fear that others will disapprove or belittle them… I, have learned that you will always upset someone. You can’t make everyone happy.”
There is a lot of truth to the above quote. I can’t control what other people think about me, my site, or my writing. What I can control however, is what I think about these things myself.
I enjoy writing. I also enjoy sharing things I’ve written. In creating this website, I’ve embraced what makes me fulfilled and feel confident that I could do this for as long as I want and never get tired of it. I’m very proud of myself for realizing my goals and making changes in my life so that I can peruse them, continue to create them and attain them. (This is a lifelong process)
The truth is, my goals do not involve an expectation to live in a way that everyone likes. I recognize how I can’t accomplish that, because I understand that nobody can accomplish that.
Don't get me wrong here, I enjoy making people happy. I think that most of us do.
You should therefore accept that you can’t make everyone happy either and know that it’s alright, because nobody expects you to. When you put yourself out there for the world to see, there will undoubtedly be people who will disagree with you.
You’ll upset people, make them angry, and once you do, they’ll do their best to discourage you. Don’t let them succeed in doing so. Let go of the idea that you can make everyone happy, and focus on what you know is moral, just and upright. That is something you can control. It’s up to everybody else to decide whether or not they want to be happy along with you or not.
I choose as you do each and every day how to greet the world. As each situation arises I choose how I am going to react to it. Sometimes I make the right decision and sometimes I do not. I have to deal and live with the decisions I make as do you.
I try to make decisions I can live with that are positive, helpful and beneficial. Do I always accomplish this? NO I do not, and I find myself rethinking some decisions and going over them in my mind and determining how to move forward. Sometimes that means swallowing my pride.
I have to except responsibility for me, my actions, my words and my life. And you do too.
If our actions cause more harm than good, that’s something we can control, and we should. We need to keep ourselves from thinking “me, myself and I” and think more along the lines of “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” If we all did we would find ourselves, our lives and our world much better off.
How can we know what is moral, just and upright if we know not God?



  My opinion on my life with Diabetes.

Diabetes is a dramatic life style change on my life and the lives of those closest to me. As it is with anyone that has Diabetes. As unhealthy habits are pushed away and healthy ones embraced. I do not feel overwhelmed by it or stressed. It has just become a new way of life.

Healthier eating habits and exercising are at the top of the list, as well as smaller portion sizes, educating myself on preventing any further negative affects it and my high cholesterol will have on my body. 

Blood sampling, pills and insulin all take getting used to, however are a necessary part of getting things under control. Not that it is enjoyable to put a needle into my flesh. I have had to deal with harder things in life and this is not going to depress me or make me a negative harsh person to deal with. 

My family has a long history of Diabetes and a lot of them had a very unfortunate end to their lives. From amputations to blindness and organ failure. Now I am doing everything possible to get things under control and prevent and/or lessen the negative effects of Diabetes. However the way I see it is if I should die of organ failure, legless and blind, do not pity me. Love and care for all the more the people that love me, as they will be affected more than I. Do not stop praising God, and do not be discouraged. For I have not even begun to get what I have earned for my sins. For nothing can be done to this flesh on this earth that even comes close to what I have earned by my sins. 

My only wish is that I be blessed with the opportunity to love deeper, positively influence more people and serve God better, each and every day I am blessed with. There is no greater desire in my heart this day then to grow deeper in love with my Creator, Master, Savoir, Lord, God. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit this web site and reading my opinion.

David. 



I'm Ready
I know each and every breath here on Earth is a blessing. 

I have to say if you believe so strongly in your ultimate destination then why is it such a blessing to live longer here on Earth?

Now don't get me wrong, I love life. I have a very loving and understanding Wife. A very good Job and things are very good.
I have comfort in knowing that no matter what happens God is in control and His will is best.
Perhaps I am being selfish, but I'm ready. I welcome the end as we now it here on Earth eagerly.
Is it such a tragedy that one dies so young, or is it a shame that they had to endure this world that long?

I do my utmost to do right each and every day, however despite my best efforts I seem to always fail. Give in to some sort of sin. For if it not for the grace of God I know my worth is nothing.
I know not why God has chosen me, nor can I understand His will.
I do know that I am ready to go. So don't morn when I'm gone, rest in assurance that I have gone home.