My daughter and son-in-law have been living with me since the beginning of May. They're having a house built nearby but a little further away then the house they previously lived in which was only three miles away. It's been challenging because they hoped to be moved into their new home by now, but life, or having a house built, can't be guaranteed to always go according to schedule.
We'll all make it through the challenges, but I gotta tell ya, the cooking and baking around here has been pretty great lately.
|This Meatball Soup was outstanding! Recipe on Jenni's blog.|
|Jenni made this pumpkin bread a couple of days ago!|
|These energy bites have become a staple at my house. I use six ingredients.... oats, ground flax seed, vanilla, chocolate chips, peanut butter and honey. That's it! Easy.|
I bought just-picked eggplant and turnips from a local farm and made Eggplant Parmesan and also roasted turnips. Who knew I loved turnips! I don't think I ever had them made in a delicious way. Now I have.
There was also Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Paprika Chicken with butternut squash and butter beans.
And that was just in the last week.
Fall is finally in the air too... and that motivates me to do some organizing because I know the next few months will begin to get busy. The holidays are just around the corner proven by the fact that I've dragged out the autumn knick knacks.
I threw out my back pretty badly this morning. Yep, apparently drying myself with a towel after finishing my shower was too strenuous for me! Sheesh! I could hardly move. I remember laughing at a co-worker once who threw his out playing golf and another one who sneezed! The pain eased up for me as the day went along, but it still hurts and isn't right. I really feel for those with chronic back pain.
And finally... Grace. There are many quotes about grace but it really can't be defined. When you see grace... when you experience it... you walk away different. It's the most important element of Christianity. It's why the church is often seen as hypocritical and unloving.... because often they aren't very good at illustrating ... and living.... grace. Christians are unfortunately known more for what they are against then what they are for ...
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Life is full and challenging but opportunities for grace abound. You know, just showing a little more patience, a little more concern and a little more love when you could easily be judgmental or, sometimes worse, apathetic. There are times we need to throw back all the reasons why we shouldn't care and just... show someone who needs it that we do.
Just some thoughts, words, recipes, and photos of what's been cookin' around here....