Saturday, October 2, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
|Photo from Tastes Better from Scratch|
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
we were traveling home
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Always, wherever we are …
our place of quiet retreat,
Not limited to time or place;
Your Word, Your Presence.
Where do we go for rest, for refreshment, and renewal? The photo above was taken at one such place we've been at many times, with beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in view. And ocean view, or lake view are also favorite places of ours.
But what is an everyday place, within reach at all times? Where we can go on a daily basis to be renewed in our spirit, to find the rest that we long for and that we were made for?
"Cause my heart to bow before Your words of wisdom and not to the wealth of this world. Help me turn my eyes away from illusions so that I pursue only that which is true; drench my soul with life as I walk in Your paths." (Psalm 119:36-37)
"Reassure me of Your promises, for I am Your beloved, Your servant who bows before You." (Psalm 119:38)
"May Your tender love overwhelm me, O Lord, for You are my Savior and You keep Your promises." (Psalm 119:41)
"My passion and delight is in Your Word, for I love what You say to me! I long for more revelation of Your truth, for I love the light of Your Word as I meditate on Your decrees." (Psalm 119:47-48)
I am finding in even deeper ways than before, that it is most important, above all else, to fill our minds and hearts with truth, to “be truth-filled”, as author Ruth Chou Simons describes this. For with each passing year, there is even more noise, and more voices in our culture and world that attempt to draw us away from what is most important.
Let us fill our minds and hearts - our souls - with His Truth. Continually, day-by-day, through each day. Listening deeply to His heart as we read His words, depending on His Spirit to give understanding. Letting Truth soak deeply into the soil of our hearts, so that we will bear beautiful, lasting fruit.
This is how we are renewed in our deepest places, and this is the center, or “the bullseye” (in author Christy Nockel’s description) from which all else flows.
Above all else,
guard your heart,
for everything you do
flows from it.
Verses from Psalms in this post are from The Passion Translation.
Friday, May 21, 2021
I've always been a lover of freezer meals ... homemade freezer meals, made with favorite recipes. Though my methods have changed over the years, I still love to keep a supply of freezer meals on hand for the days that I don't have time to prepare a meal, or days where I just prefer not to cook.
When three of our four daughters still lived close by, we would occasionally get together for what we called "Freezer Meal Days". Occasionally a son would join us, as well! So much fun! You can view some of those days here on my blog ... click here, and scroll clear down to the bottom of the page to see some links to some of our "Freezer Meal Days"! So many sweet memories on the posts listed there!
Things have changed over the years, as more family has moved farther away. And I still love to prepare meals for the freezer, for just the two of us, or to have on hand to share with others. My easy method to prepare freezer meals now is to still make the same amount of food from my recipes ... never preparing half the amount, but preparing the full amount, and often, even doubling the recipe. That way I can put meals in the freezer!
Here are a few examples I've done recently ...
Italian Spaghetti Bake (click here for my recipe)
My recipe makes two 9x13 pans. My method is to prepare the recipe in four 8x8 pans. One for our supper meal that day, and three more for the freezer.
Garlic Beef Enchiladas (click here for my recipe)
My recipe makes one 9x13 pan, and just this past week I doubled the recipe, and again used four 8x8 pans. One for our meal that day, one to give away (dear friends dealing with a severe illness), and two more for the freezer.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
- 1 1⁄2 cups oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1⁄2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups flour
- 4 cups apples, chopped no need to peel
- Caramel Topping:
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream oil and sugar together, add eggs and vanilla and mix together.
Add dry ingredients and mix.
Stir in apples (and also add some chopped nuts, if desired).
Spoon into greased and floured bundt pan (or 9x13 pan).
Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.
For caramel topping:
Mix the five ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Drizzle over cake when serving.
Monday, January 18, 2021
My first post of 2021 (click here to read) focused on the joy I've had at the start of this year as I've been spending time "In the Kitchen". There has been a lot on my mind and heart, and on yours as well, as we navigate our way through grief and concern all around us. Though we all may (and do) have some differing political persuasions, and we may be concerned and grieved about different things, it is true that we all carry concerns on our hearts at the start of this year. And spending time in my kitchen has been one of the things that has given me joy in the midst of all that is going on around us.
But in this post I'm going to move on and share about two more places where I am finding so much joy in the midst of stressful times ...
My favorite spot these days and weeks is right here (photo above). My view is our peaceful snow-covered yard, our new electric fireplace stove, some candles and soft throws on the couch, and yes, our Christmas tree still up! The decor of our tree covered with mini white lights and a variety of silver balls just blended right into the January landscape, and it just seemed right for it to be part of our winter decor for awhile yet!
In the Word
This peaceful setting is where I most often spend time "In the Word", pausing from my tasks, taking time to rest, feeding my soul. For nothing is more important than this. I'm sure you need and experience the same.
Above all else,
guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
(Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
Here's what I'm focusing on to help me guard my heart and soul during this winter month of January:
- Starting out on a two-year Bible-reading plan with our Citylight community of friends (click here to follow along if you're interested). The readings are starting out in Genesis and Matthew this month, one chapter from each the Old Testament and New Testament each day.
- Journaling daily as I read and listen to His Words. Feeding on Truth, as I also pour out my heart to Him in response. Somehow, I learn best and integrate what I am reading best, when I also am writing out words of Truth, letting them soak down into my heart.
- My large collection of 3x5 verse cards of favorites from over the years. I like to take a few each week from my growing collection of verses, and keep them close to my heart, letting God's Truth and Love soak in deeply. (left photo below)
- Using the seasonal topics in the Gracelaced book each week. Reading the devo reading and verses that are set in beautiful artwork, and thinking on the main topic for that reading through the week. Last week's word was "Dwell" ... how can I dwell in His love and presence this week? And this week's word is "Lean". (right photo above: my second time through this book)
- And this month I'm reading the newly published book, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot. A very fascinating biography written by Ellen Vaughn. There is much to learn from Elizabeth Elliot.
- In all the above, asking for His help, continually being reminded that nothing I read can have lasting impact on my heart without the grace of God, through His Spirit, giving insight and wisdom.
Friday, January 8, 2021
The New Year 2021 is here! What are some of the main things that are on your mind at the start of a new year? What is pulling on your heart for this year?
I have so very many things on my mind and heart as this New Year 2021 begins! However, I am purposely choosing to enter into the year slowly, and to take just one step at a time. There is so much going on in our world, in our country, as well as in each of our individual homes, families, as well as in our hearts. Calling for me to pause, and to ask for God's help and perspective in every area of life. How I need Him. How we all need Him, for He is the Light that is needed in the darkness all around us.
So I will be entering in here on my blog slowly, as well. My heart focus these first days of January has been to spend even more time being quiet before Him, listening and learning, depending on Him. And sharing from my heart from what I learn from Him is the primary focus of this blog.
But for my first post of 2021, I'll quietly invite you into my kitchen, for one of the things on my mind and heart continually (and another focus of this blog) is to look for opportunities to love and serve others - family and friends - from spending time "In the Kitchen".
We'll start out at the beginning, at the start of this year ... with a great breakfast recipe that my dear hubby and I both love. And I am a blessed gal, as he loves to make breakfast food!
He made Oatmeal Breakfast Cake earlier this week. And not only did he make enough for the two of us, but he multiplied the recipe by FOUR times! The original recipe fits an 8x8 pan, but doubled we always put it in a 9x13 pan. And multiplying it by 4X, gave two 9x13 pans.
Of course, two pans is entirely too much for the two of us. Which is exactly what I love ... having food to put in the freezer for another day, and/or to share with others. This recipe works really well to divide into individual size portions, slip into small sandwich bags, and then put into gallon-size ziploc bags for the freezer.
For a quick and easy breakfast, take one of the individual sized portions out of the freezer, put it into a cereal bowl, and heat in the microwave. Add some milk, and enjoy!
This Oatmeal Breakfast Cake is filled with good, nutritious, and of course, yummy ingredients ... crushed pineapple, raisins, oats, and more.
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup pineapple, crushed
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- Mix wet ingredients.
- Then add dry ingredients. Mix.
- Add raisins, mix again.
- Pour into greased 8 inch square pan.
- Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.