Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Riblets and Repent

Some things perform well under pressure and a great recipe that results in tenderness under pressure cooking is my technique for making riblets. You can find out all about how to make them in my post, "In Which I Share My Pressure Cooker Riblets Recipe."

Yum!

We humans don't always perform well under pressure.  We mess up. A lot. In fact, the bible says there never has been anyone, nor will there be anyone, who does not sin. Jesus Christ is the only perfect person to walk the earth.

The awesome thing about God is He has provided an answer to the sin problem. If you are willing to repent - be sorry for your sin and TURN from it - and come to Him, you can become a new creation in Christ. He will give you the power to say no to sin.

I write a lot about mercy and grace. It's all true, every word of it. But if you won't repent, you've already judged yourself. You are saying no to the grace and mercy.

Friends, I beg you to join with Christ. The benefits are out of this world. The consequence of not doing so is unthinkable.

"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19 ESV

I want to leave one last thought with you. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Think about it, is it insane to keep going the way you've been going?





R is for Riblets and Repent is another post from my series, Feasting Body and Soul from A-Z.  I believe family dinner is important and I also believe food for the soul is just as important. Join me each day as I explore feeding both.


During April, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge.  Over  eight hundred writers (as of last count) will be posting in various categories. Visit here to see a list of all the fantastic bloggers – a veritable smorgasbord of entries to feast upon!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Quick Hamburger Skillet and Quit

My series has been highlighting recipes to help you serve family dinners more often. In today's world we are so tempted to run through the drive-thru and pick up something because our evenings are jam-packed with meetings and games. Or maybe we've had such a busy day at work, we don't even want to think about making dinner.

Quick Hamburger Skillet is recipe of mine made for just those kind of times. It's easy and quick - you can have it done in about 25 minutes - and it is cheap and has no preservatives like those boxed dinners you find at the supermarket. You can feel good about serving it.

Step One: Brown one lb. hamburger in skillet. Sprinkle in dried onion flakes to taste. When hamburger is done, drain grease and return hamburger to skillet.


Step Two: Pour into skillet 1 small can tomato sauce. Rinse out can with half cup water and add to mixture. Add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Simmer on low heat.


Step Three: Meanwhile, put on water to boil in 3 quart saucepan. When water is boiling, add approximately 8 oz. pasta. I usually use rotini, but last time I did bow-tie pasta and it was great. When pasta is done, drain and add to mixture in skillet. Mix well and bring to boil. Cover the top of the mixture with shredded cheese. (I usually use colby-monterey jack mixture.) Put a lid on the skillet and turn off the heat. Steam for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Now that we are fed and happy, let's think about my other "Q" word, quit. It's probably not what you are thinking,

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.1 Corinthians 16:13-14

What in the world does "quit you like men" mean? Most bible versions translate this phrase as act like men. My favorite is "Act like men (ready for battle)" in the Expanded Bible because verse 13 is really a rallying cry for the battle we Christians are in. The world hates Jesus and if you love Jesus, it will hate you. You can read in the news every day where this is becoming more and more true. 

But how does a warrior for Christ react? Verse 14 says it all. We must do everything in love. We stand fast in the faith, not giving in for an instant, but still reacting with love.
 
To do that, we have to lean on Jesus, because in ourselves? It's really hard to always respond in love.
 
My prayer for you is that you feast not only with your family, but feast on the riches of Christ that can be found in His word, in prayer with Him and in the community of His saints.




Quick Hamburger Skillet and Quit is another post from my series, Feasting Body and Soul from A-Z.  I believe family dinner is important and I also believe food for the soul is just as important. Join me each day as I explore feeding both.


During April, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge.  Over  eight hundred writers (as of last count) will be posting in various categories. Visit here to see a list of all the fantastic bloggers – a veritable smorgasbord of entries to feast upon!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Pumpkin Chipotle Soup and Perfect Peace



I know that here in the Mid-west, people are thinking spring and anticipating summer's fresh veggies right now.  Getting out the soup pot is the last thing on one's mind. Spring does have some rainy cool days, though, so you still might want to try this wonderful chicken soup, Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken soup with Barley. (Okay, Edie calls it Chipotle Pumpkin, but hey! I need a recipe that starts with P.)  It is my very favorite soup and it comes from the kitchen of lifeingrace's Edie Wadsworth, otherwise known as "The Soup Whisperer."  (I just love that name!)

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup {with barley and chicken}
Image and recipe from lifeingrace

You should go here and read all about it, and when you've finished with that, read her whole blog. She is awesome and you will love not only all her recipes but everything she writes. You're welcome.


One note to the recipe:  I only use 2 C of chicken because that seems plenty to me, and I leave out the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg because we are lame like that.

Don't leave out the chipotle, though.



Let's talk about things we should leave out in our lives - like worry.  I find that I tend to get anxious and worry when I've been focusing on the problem more than focusing on Jesus.



You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

If our focus is on Jesus, then we will be reminded of how much He loves us, and how everything will work out in the end to fit His plan for us. After all, if He gave His life for us, can't He be trusted to help?





During April, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge.  Over  eight hundred writers (as of last count) will be posting in various categories. Visit here to see a list of all the fantastic bloggers – a veritable smorgasbord of entries to feast upon!



Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for Orange Salad ... and Order


One of our family favorites we like to serve at holidays is Granny's Orange Salad. It's a great light and refreshing dessert after you have had so many other rich foods at a big meal.  It looks pretty in a cut glass bowl, too.



You can find the recipe here as well as read about my Granny who was a wonderful hostess. Her house didn't have to be perfect order for her to welcome you in and feed you at her family table. The main thing was you could feel the love.

I'm all about order. I think things go much smoother when everything is organized and in its place; however, don't let organization become a stumbling block to entertaining. If we wait for everything to be perfect, we will never practice hospitality.

Did you know God was a God of order? After all, He put the universe in place! He also will guide us in the path He wants us to take.


The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 NKJV

A good man here means a man that is in right-standing with God. He will direct someone who is obedient and seeking Him in the way he or she needs to go. I've heard it said, don't worry if you take the wrong path, God is big enough to get you turned around and going in the right direction.

One less thing to worry about!



During April, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge.  Over  eight hundred writers (as of last count) will be posting in various categories. Visit here to see a list of all the fantastic bloggers – a veritable smorgasbord of entries to feast upon!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

N is for No-Bakes & No Worries


When I was a bride, my Aunt Juanita shared her recipe for No-Bake Cookies and it has been a family favorite ever since.

Christmas 2013, I made a quadruple batch. You won't believe how fast they went ...



So, if you like chocolate - and no baking, this is a recipe for you!

You can find this recipe on my blog here.

What is better than no baking? Having no worries.


"Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear ... But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you." (excerpts from Matthew 6:25-34)

Instead of being a worrier, be a kingdom seeker.  You can't change anything by worrying but you can do yourself a world of good by seeking God.

Read the whole passage here. It will bless you - even better than no-bakes!





No Bakes and No Worries is another post from my series, Feasting Body and Soul from A-Z.  I believe family dinner is important and I also believe food for the soul is just as important. Join me each day as I explore feeding both.




During April, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge.  Over  eight hundred writers (as of last count) will be posting in various categories. Visit here to see a list of all the fantastic bloggers – a veritable smorgasbord of entries to feast upon!