Appetizer · Bread · Mentoring

Homemade Pita Bread

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If you’ve read my blog for more than a week, you know I love bread!  I love eating it, making it and I enjoy trying to bake lots of different kinds!

When I was planning a dinner this summer that included Greek Chicken, I thought about trying to make my own Pita Bread. I know you can buy it, but the last time I did, I could NOT get the pocket to separate so it could be stuffed with fillings!  Also, they’re usually dry and tasteless!  So I set out looking for a recipe that sounded perfect and doable!

Well, friends, that search led me to the best tasting Pita Bread I’ve ever put in my mouth! Honestly, every time I eat one I feel like I’m eating a pastry! The little bit of honey added gives it just the perfect taste of sweetness! Continue reading “Homemade Pita Bread”

children · Motherhood · refreshment at home

Mom, Show Love To Your Child

This week were some great reminders to slow down and take one day at a time. Being a Gigi is a blessing because I can stop everything I’m doing and just be with my grandsons.  When my girls were home, it wasn’t possible to do that every day!  There were meals to cook, laundry to wash, floors to sweep, school lessons to prepare and a million other things!  I was a busy woman, just like you, Momma.  Do you ever wish it was different?

It’s easy for moms to wish away their child’s life.

“Things will be so much easier when she’s walking!”  “I can’t wait for her to start pre-school.”  “I’ll be glad when these terrible 3’s are over!”

And so on.  Each day as a mom is challenging, but you can’t imagine how fast it will be before you attend their high school graduation and are staring into the face of a young adult.

I’m not kidding.

Everyone tells you those things, and you nod and smile because you’re going home to a toddler who will have wet their pants for the fifth time today, poured their finger paints into the toilet, and refused to eat a bite of anything because they consumed a whole bag of potato chips while hiding in the pantry!  But trust me, friend, the years will fly by and they will be gone.  Graduated.  Married.  On their own.

And you won’t lose your marbles about all that IF you spent those 18 years or so loving them, spending time with them, and teaching them about your Jesus to the best of your abilities.  Oh, you will know that you made lots of mistakes, but you know those are covered by God’s grace, and with that, you are okay!

In the meantime, you have today.  What will you do with it?  How about just love on those little and big ones?  How?  Let me give you a few suggestions:

  • Show loving gestures – hugs, pecks on the cheek, a pat on their back, a hand squeeze
  • Spend time playing with them each day.
    • Play a game
    • Go outside and push them on the swings
    • Ride bikes with them
    • Play store, library, or Sunday school
    • Have a scavenger hunt
    • Bake together
    • Work in the yard together
    • Work on a dinner for Dad together
    • Take a walk
    • Jump rope
    • Blow bubbles outside
    • Help them with homework.
      Just be together each day.
  • Leave notes of encouragement.  Write on their mirror with dry erase, or leave a sticky note where they’ll find it.  Leave a note in their lunch.  Mail a card to them.
  • Allow one child to stay up late for time with both Mom and Dad once a week.
  • Have a bed time routine that is special.  Tuck them in.  Read a book or Scripture.  Sing a song.  Pray with them about their concerns.
  • Do a chore they are assigned as a gesture of love.
  • Stop and pray with them in the day about something that is troubling them.
  • Talk to them and sing to them about Jesus!
  • Love their daddy!
So love on those children God’s given you and enjoy the day.  You don’t want to regret tomorrow what you wished you had done yesterday!
How do you show your child you love them?
 
With love,

denise a

Main dish. · Pie · Sunday Dinner

Southern Sunday Dinner

Today I’m re-posting an old recipe that somehow never got listed in my Recipe Index.  That’s really sad, because it is simple and delicious and a perfect Sunday meal.  It’s also a typical Southern dish!  Read on to see why!

Posted in 2008

We only had one guest for Sunday dinner,  the visiting missionary we’d had at church. There’s so much to learn when you have someone in your home that’s visited third world countries. He was full of interesting stories of the Lord working in places we’ve barely heard of.

Our guest was born and raised in the south, so I was glad my meal had a very southern flair. My menu was:

Pork Chop Casserole
Mashed potatoes
Butternut Squash Casserole
Green Beans
Biscuits
Apple Pie with Ice Cream

The pork chop casserole is so delicious and typically southern because it makes a nice creamy gravy that’s perfect to serve with mashed potatoes. I did all the prep work on Saturday and slid it into the oven before leaving for church. My oven has a self-timer, so I set it, prayed, then left. My worst fear is coming home to realize I’ve forgotten a step in setting the timer! If you don’t have this feature on your oven, cook this very low so it won’t dry up.

Here the recipe:

Pork Chop Casserole with Cream Gravy

3/4 Cup flour

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 pork chops (3/4 to 1-inch thick)
2 Tbl cooking oil
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/ cup sour cream, divided
1 can french fried onions

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper; dredge pork chops. Heat oil in a large skillet; cook pork chops for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned. Place in a single layer in an ungreased 13 in. x 9 in. baking dish. Combine soup, broth, ginger, rosemary and 1/2 cup sour cream; pour over chops. Cover and bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes. Stir remaining sour cream into sauce. Top chops with onions. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings

 

I make up my biscuits the night before, roll them out, put them on the baking sheet, then cover them and refrigerate them overnight. I wait and bake them when I get home from church. There’s nothing like the smell of biscuits baking in the oven!

I cooked my mashed potatoes in the crock pot as I described in this post a while back. My quick fix southern-style green bean were also posted there.

I baked an apple pie on Saturday night and warmed it in the oven while we ate our Sunday dinner. It tasted fresh-baked that way! I added a little warm caramel sauce over the ice cream. Apples, caramel…they just belong together!

 

What did you have for Sunday dinner? I’d love to hear about your menu!
With love from my country kitchen,
denise a
Christian growth · Prayer

God’s Hand At the Window

This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window.  I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day.  It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain.  Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this  past Sunday morning…

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Refreshment · summertime

Blessings In This Season

I’m sitting on the front porch in my rocking chair on this 54 degree morning.  I watched the sun pop up over the hill across the road.  The dew on the grass looks like silver glitter on green paper.  Morning sounds of people making their way to work and children piling onto  buses interrupt, but don’t stop the country’s slow awakening to a new day.

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Not only is this a new day, I also realize that we’re moving into a new season as August is coming to a seemingly fast halt.  How thankful I am for the summer season fading behind us.  It’s been full of blessings ~

  • Days at the ocean’s shores with sandy toes, foaming waves, bike rides on beautiful paths and breath-taking sunrises.
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  • Cookouts, ice cream cones, meals on the patio, while the sun melted between the hills behind us.
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  • Precious times with our twin grandsons included countless wagon rides, splashes in the the inflatable pool, watering cans, held by tiny hands sloshing their contents onto thirsty tomato plants and flowers. I remember little fingers reaching out to pluck off the ripened fruit from the vines, chalk drawings on concrete, Frisbee tosses, and cool streams from the water hose that trickled down refreshing sweaty heads.
  • Plenty of guests have entered our doors and filled our rooms and yard with laughter and with appetites for both good food and the nourishment from God’s Word.  Heads have bowed together in prayer while we stopped conversation with one another to talk and worship the God of our lives.
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I acknowledge His hand in this season of the year and  in the this season of my life.  He is so very good and so very generous.  May this season bring about people who are my “letter of commendation” written in my heart only if being with me helps move them to Christ.  What is the use of it all if that isn’t true?  It would be a season wasted.

Oh Lord, please use my life.  Use this new season we are approaching for Your glory.

May the Lord richly bless you as you use your days for His glory in this new season that is approaching ` and in each season of your life!

denise a