Archive for August, 2012
But is better off with Patience!
My friend & I tried somewhere new last week. While I wish I had chosen a better day for me (blood donors can not drink for 24 hours!) I still enjoyed the experience.
Groupon as I have said before makes me so happy. There was awhile back a Groupon for paint n sip in my town, so naturally I had to buy it! It was a twofer special & I knew exactly which friend I wanted to bring. Our schedules were at odds until the last day possible (pretty much the story of my life) & so the date was set for a Tuesday. I had sangria chilling & visions of blue paint daubs floating overhead that morning. Then I donated blood, which I do not regret but wish I had thought through, and the chilled bottle of sangria flew out of the figurative window. So did my boxing workout sadly enough. (Another Thursday post there.)
We went to our painting studio snugly tucked down one of our many one way streets. The owner & shop namesake Patience, introduced herself & let us choose our work stations. If you have never attended a paint n drink place (e.g. G’nosh, Painting with a Twist, Tipsy Doodles etc) let me give a brief sketch of the layout: You pay for a two-three hour class that includes paint, smock, canvas, tutelage, brushes & bottle opener. They then show you step by step how to achieve something you can hang with pride & joy & happy tree-lessness. While your teacher is not guaranteed to have a qualifying fro, they will be able to help you succeed. Plus, the more you drink, the awesomer you are!
Patience taught us how to make our seas roll in & our beach chairs bright while her husband got us fresh rinsing chairs & more paint.
An enjoyable session & it had my friend thinking of ladies night dé arte in the near future. If you think this would be great fun for you & your friends, I suggest you look for paint n sips near you!
Okay, is that song now stuck in your head? It is in mine! I made these green things down below last night. I got the recipe from another blogger: http://www.eatliverun.com/
She made them for St. Patrick’s Day, but I made them just because! I really liked them.
Creamy Lime Squares
makes about 12 squares (I MADE REALLY TINY ONES)
(adapted from my Big Sur Lemon Bars, which were from My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family and Big Sur
Print this recipe! -Jenna of Eat, Live, Run)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cold
for creamy lime filling—
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp lime zest
green food coloring (enough to produce desired green color)
powdered sugar for serving
Preheat oven to 350.
To make the crust, combine the confectioners sugar, flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased nine inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
To make the filling, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest, lime juice and enough green food coloring to produce desired green color (but not enough to make your filling neon! watch out) and mix until everything is smooth and combined.
Pour filling over hot crust and return to oven to bake for another twenty minutes. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar.
Time: 1 hour
Changes and tips: Do not make the filling before the base is finished cooking. Otherwise, the egg whites separate slightly. Does not affect the taste, just the look.
I added a little key lime to the lime juice, and used closer to 3/4 cup. IT was DELICIOUS
Halloween food: Call it Ogre Snot and the kids will go gaga (unless they are already dressed as Gaga!)
Our Sunday Sermon discussed the sellout of David by his relatives, the Ziphites, part of the Judah tribe. This was a trust in the sovereignty of the Lord. So if you feel sold out… David can empathize.
1 Samuel 23:19-24 ESV
Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon? Now come down, O king, according to all your heart’s desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.” And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, for you have had compassion on me. Go, make yet more sure. Know and see the place where his foot is, and who has seen him there, for it is told me that he is very cunning. See therefore and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you. And if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.” And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul.
Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.
The Related Psalm:
Psalm 54:1-7 ESV
O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Jelly, nut butter
Mustard, rye, hot salami.
That’s all folks! Any food artist out there? Share your sandwich haiku!
So, I have been sister sitting this weekend, nothing new, done it before. This house is my great grandparents house & built in the early 50s. It creaks. Sometimes a lot. Did I mention it’s off a major highway in the woods? I know of seven animal groups that like to hide around the house. Armadillos, massive raccoons, deer, dogs, hens, sheep, vicious things I don’t want to know about… & odd people I don’t trust. So when things go bump in the night & the dog goes on alert & you’re figuring out where each knife & lock are located you taste a little adrenaline mixed with fear. But thankfully this verse appeared in my mind as I double checked the locks.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV84)
Isn’t he just great for when things go bump?
A little bit ago a fun friend & I went to a wine tasting place in Cow town respectively called, Cowtown Wineries. For those non-Texans Cowtown is what we all call downtown Fort Worth, Texas. One of the big cattle drive locations, it pays tribute to history & caters to the fancy cowpokes. Rhinestones, leather & silver abound & smancy western boutiques to browse it also gives you a place to rest your spurs during midday heat waves prominent here.
We had a Groupon for free cheese plates so we moseyed over for a little liquid courage minus the salt lick.
We each picked a local brewed creation & eagerly seeked nourishment with the chilled buzz. Your plate comes with four cheeses, a meat & individual boxed cracker. As you can see, I punned & made my babybel cheese into longhorn cheese… ha!
Tasty, glitzy, & snug little bar area it’s tres chic!
I love this casserole. It’s been a few years of love. My mother has always made this, and I’ve made it myself for many years. It’s a staple in my repoitre. It makes easily 6 – 8 servings depending on what you add to it.
I’m not even a big fan of chili or cornbread by itself, but it’s one of my favorite things when combined. Here’s the recipe as I make it.
Chili Campbell Casserole
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix (egg + milk)
6 slices American cheese
1 can drained corn
1 can chili (I used wolf brand)
1 can drained and washed black beans
green onion chopped (topping)
sour cream (topping)
shredded cheese (topping)
Preheat to 400.
Mix chili, beans, and corn and layer on the bottom of a 9×9 or similar size. I used Reynold’s dual paper, half foil/half parchment paper to line the pans, it’s great.
Layer the american cheese on top of the chili mix. I added this because it made it so much easier to add the cornbread mixture without mixing up the cornbread & chili. Cover the chili as completely as possible.
Create cornbread as it’s on the box, egg & milk and mixed until thoroughly moistened. Spread evenly across and make sure it’s not too thick in the middle. Bake according to mix instructions. Let cool, and cut to serve. I like mine for the next day, so I let it cool to room temp then stored. It’s easy to cut and reheat.
Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions. I even use fat free american cheese, 2% shredded, fat free sour cream & lean chili & it’s still delicious. I invite you do my favorite meal with your family!
So, this may not be considered spiritual but some but in this video I see God. There is a purpose for every being, every child, every human. Could you imagine a world where we all treat life as precious, no matterthe difficulty in communication? We are fearfully & wonderfully made, knitted together in our mothers womb. God knows all the hairs n our head & the days of our lives before we’re even conceived. How glorious is the Lord of Hosts?
…to bring you a breaking story. Ha, well, maybe that’s not true. But I will break to talk a little about city involvement. I went to a city planning meeting (the kind for the actual citizens) & it was worth making the contacts & being heard. If I run across my YouTube pro-city video I might just post it one Thursday.
But hey – end of soapbox, I’m going back to my tv show & popcorn. It’s been a looooong Thursday.