Easy recipe · Valentine's Day

My Husband Cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner!

I married a guy who has learned to handle himself in the kitchen at breakfast time with great variety and expertise. I’ve been the recipient many times of his French toast, scrambled eggs or egg sandwiches, but to expect that he could make a supper beyond grilled hamburgers was beyond wishful thinking!

However, this past Monday night I got a text early in the morning,

Valentine’s Dinner will be served tonight at 5:00 in front of the fire place.  I will be wearing jeans and a jacket.

What?!  I could hardly wait for suppertime!!  I went out in the afternoon to run some errands, and when I came home, this is what I found waiting for me ~

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His menu came from Food Network and were Ree Drummond’s recipes.

Steak with Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Frites with Easy Hollandaise
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Toasted Bread

You can find the whole list of menu items and the recipes he used here.

I’m telling you, a restaurant meal couldn’t have touched what my husband made!  The steak, the potatoes, the salad…it was all absolutely delicious!   Be sure to check out the simple recipe for Hollandaise Sauce.  It made those potatoes out of this world (and I even dipped my steak bites in it!).  Wow.  So good!

 

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The pitcher below was full of that delectable Hollandaise Sauce!! (There was lots left over!!)Valentines 2019 2

What steakhouse could do better than this Wedge salad?

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These cute salt and pepper shakers were a gift to me from Dale several years ago.  I thought it was so sweet that he put them on the table.

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The chef himself…

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After supper we played a game of Take 2 – a shortened version of Scrabble.

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Valentine’s Dinner at home is the best! Why?

  • You get that “good table” by the fireplace
  • It’s quiet
  • It’s cost effective!
  • You get to pick the music that’s played
  • You can sit and relax at the table as long as you want without being glared at by a waitress who’s ready for you to leave!
  • You get to eat the leftovers the next day!
  • You get to spend time together unhurried and reflectively to play a game and just chat.
  • You get to see that your husband is an outstanding chef AND that there are great sites out there to help any fledgling cook!

This guy sure surprised me!  Who knows?  He might start a recipe page on his blog!  Just kidding, but I’m sure proud of his loving efforts.  It’s just proof that if you really want to learn to cook, you can!  He said the Food Network instructions were easy to follow and helped him make a successful supper!

I just had to brag on my sweet husband.  Thanks for letting me share our special time together. What’s keeping you from learning some new tricks in the kitchen?

With love from his country kitchen,

denise a

Crock Pot · How-to Video

Make Good Use Of a Leftover Chicken Carcass

I just hate to see good food go to waste!  That’s one reason I’m the Queen of the Freezer!  Leftover baked potatoes get scooped out and frozen for future pots of Potato Soup.  Leftover Chicken Carcasses get cooked in pots of herbed water so we can enjoy homemade chicken stock.

Last week when I used five chickens to feed a group of people, the Lord brought a spiritual truth to my mind. Even greater than wasting good food that can be used for a future meal, how tragic it is when I waste a lesson He has taught me.  It’s so crucial to journal the truths that I’ve learned by means of a trial, sickness, or difficulty so I won’t forget them – this would be the boiling of the chicken bones!  I need to get down to the bottom of what I’ve learned.  That takes prayer, quiet and then time to write in a journal.

The next step is pulling it back out and reminding myself of the Truth on days when I need it.  Preaching to myself is something that happens frequently because my mind likes to dwell on things other than truth (ever been there?).  I’ll flip back to my journal and reread what God did in my life, what He taught me or how He answered a prayer request and provided a need and I have food to go on for that day!  This is the freezing process of the stock making lesson.  I can pull that frozen stock out and make a meal with it such as Chicken enchiladas, pot pies or Golden Winter Soup . I’m always so thankful that I took the time to make the stock!  I’m doubly glad to have that truth hidden away to encourage my heart.

Sometimes I also get to make a meal for someone else with that stock!  I love to give other people good food.  The spiritual application here is that sometimes I get to take the lessons God has taught me and share them with others.  When I do that, I’m giving them Divine view point rather than my human view point.  That will help them so much more than my feeble words ever could!

If I threw that chicken carcass in the trash I would be wasting something good.  If I finish a time of trial and simply breathe a sigh that it’s over, I’ll be wasting those precious lessons God has graciously given to me.  It wasn’t a waste of time in my life, so I should value it enough to hold fast to it so I can benefit from it in the future!

Here’s a simple video and pictures of the process I go through to make my own stock.  It helps you make good use of the whole chicken, plus it’s a real money saver, considering that a can of broth is a dollar or more and you get less than two cups in each can!

Do you ever make your own stock?  

What spiritual lesson has the Lord recently taught you that you could share with others or remind your own self of in the days ahead?

Don’t waste it!

denise a

Dates · Dinner · Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Pizza At Home

Since Thursday is Valentine’s Day, I know most are thinking about recipes for all things chocolate, right?  If you want a yummy treat to bake up for your sweetheart, you can go here to find some yummy treats, a couple that do indeed include chocolate!

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Bread · How-to Video · Mentoring

Making Sour Dough Bread & Mentoring a Life

I’ve been making Sour Dough Bread for many years.  I often think to myself that if people knew how easy it is, everyone would be baking these loaves in their ovens!  You just can’t beat the taste of Sour Dough.  I especially love this bread toasted.  I love it for my morning toast, BLT’s or grilled cheese.  But honestly, you will never go wrong with this yummy gluten!!

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Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

When Your Marriage Hits “Hopeless Highway”

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I’ll never forget one of the first big disagreements my husband and I had shortly into our marriage.  I truly don’t even remember what the issue was over, but I do remember that my heart was crushed.  I was sure we were in a desperate state.  It seemed like we were miles apart. Icy words had been spoken.  A wall had been erected and I wondered if Continue reading “When Your Marriage Hits “Hopeless Highway””