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Dark Days Can Be A Blessing

9 Apr

Have you ever been in the midst of something that you wanted to overcome so badly? Whether its a job situation, a financial strain, a less than ideal living circumstance, or something else less than “ideal”. You just begin to exist in your life praying that you will overcome your situation sooner rather than later.

Then, the day comes, something happens, God answers your prayers, the tides change, and the end of your trial has been determined and a new journey is beginning. Adios old job, hello better finances. Goodbye gray days, thank God for sunny skies ahead.

Then, days, weeks, months, maybe even years, pass and you realize those long ago gray days weren’t actually as awful as they seemed when you were in the midst of them. They were really just tests and trials that you needed to overcome to be the you God wanted you to be, He was molding you into the person He designed. You begin to thank God for your trial, for the dark days that you thought would never cease. And you realize in the end, your thankful for the dark times, thankful for how it changed you because even in the dark days, God was leading you…

Cheese Sauce

26 Aug

I am always making mac and cheese… normally not the boxed kind and I am always looking for new “mac and cheese” recipes. I usually just add different kinds of cheese and such but decided to attempt making a “rue” last night. I must say, it didn’t turn out too bad… and it can be adapted to use whatever cheese you like…. or mix two or three.

Ingredients

2 cups Milk

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

2 cups Cheese (whatever you prefer… or a mixture)

1 tsp Garlic Powder

Start Preparing

  1. In small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch; Set aside.
  2. In saucepan, stir 1 1/2 cups milk and cheese together on low until melted. Pour the milk-cornstarch mixture in and whisk for 1 minute. Add Garlic Powder.
  3. Mix in whatever pasta you prefer and enjoy.

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Tomato and Cucumber Summer Salad

20 Jul

This is a quick and easy salad that is great served during the hot summer months.

Ingredients

1 large cucumber

1 green bell pepper

2 tomatoes

Dash of salt and pepper

1/4-1/2 cup italian dressing

Start Preparing

  1. Cut all vegetables into 1-inch (or bite-sized) pieces.
  2. In a bowl combine cut vegetables with dressing and mix until each vegetable is coated.
  3. Can be refrigerated until ready to serve.

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

14 Jul

I had quite a few tomatoes that needed to be used and decided to see if I could make some home-made tomato sauce. It turned out pretty good. Cannot wait to cook some pasta to be able to use this sauce. Was even able to freeze some for use later.

Ingedients

6-8 tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, finely grated

1/2 tsp italian seasoning

1/4 tsp onion powder

1 green bell pepper, thinly chopped

3/4 tsp sugar

6 oz jar tomato paste

3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

Start Preparing

  1. Bring water to a boil in large pot. Place tomatoes into boiling water. Let boil for 1 minuter. Immediatly place tomatoes in ice water and let sit 1-2 minutes. Take out of the water and remove skin and core of all tomatoes.
  2. Roughly chop tomatoes in large pot so as not to lose any juice. then proceed to mash with potato masher.
  3. Add garlic, italian seasoning, onion powder, bell pepper, sugar and tomato paste. Let simmer for 1 hour; Sauce will be thin.
  4. Add bread crumbs to thicken.

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Fried Pickles

6 Jul

I am sure that I will revise this a little later but this recipe is not bad for a start. I thank my friend, Shea Ayers, for giving me the main idea of how to prepare these.

Ingredients

1 16-oz jar Dill Pickles

1 1/2 cup milk

1 cup flour

Dash of Pepper

1/2 cup Plain Breadcrumbs

1/4 tsp Celery Salt

2 Eggs

Oil for Frying

Start Preparing

  1. Place dill pickles in milk and let set for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare dredging ingredients by placing flour, pepper, breadcrumbs and celery salt in bowl. In seperate bowl whisk the eggs together.
  3. Place oil in pot and begin heating on medium-high.
  4. Remove pickles from milk and place in egg, then dredge in flour mixture. Shake off any excess batter and place in heated oil. Let fry for 1-2 minutes or until pickles are golden brown and floating.
  5. Repeat this process until all of pickles have been cooked.

::Serve with Ranch dressing::

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