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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Taste and see...Devo Ap

First course the appetizer  enjoy this plate of 3...

Psalm 63:2
I have seen you in the sanctuary

and beheld your power and your glory.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.

John 11:40
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Miracles are not always visible to the naked eye, but those who live by faith can see them clearly. Living by faith, rather than sight enables us to see God's Glory.
Just believe, and listen and look and taste and see and share ...release that Glory...think about that with Jesus in our hearts...it is a matter of releasing Him...Letting Him go...Like God's Word never returning void ...rest assured  Jesus will "return"  we are not throwing away we are letting go ...releasing Glory!  And its coming back  ;)    
Get ready to receive!

Are you ready?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

With the upcoming holiday speeding towards it is time again to reflect on ..well...what it is....    
 Happy 4th!  
Happy Independence Day!  
No matter how you label it… It means something special to us who not only live in this country but who have fallen in love with a country and served even unto death for that connection to the founding spirit that makes patriotism real.  We have shared the same faith walk of the founders of this country…and found God in our Love and devotion to our country.  Yes like politics they argued…that religion and politics sometime meet and agree so we also  in our walk testifying and sharing the Good News…the same good news I may say that the founders of this country came here to express…each group in their own way But one thing…one thing remains from that day…what we have in common is the journey and legacy of religious freedom to worship, and a new beginning …It would seem to be very hard to express what that means in one thought.  After reading writings from the Founding fathers it occurred to me that it’s all about one thing …a person named Jesus.  They were all  called out to be Christians…and what they believe in is justification by faith - that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ…as revealed in the Bible and testimony of many followers who have gone before us.    They believed God in His Word and when they read in Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” They knew the key to success of this fledgling country was in founding it firmly on His principles …they felt God had brought them here …that they were chosen for His own inheritance… God So loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…Jesus so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  
     Now I was blessed to live for a season near the Jamestown colony and got to visit and study the cuisine of those first settlers. Also ate colonial inspired dishes in Williamsburg.  So I humbly submit this recipe as it is one of my favorites.  I hope eating something like this could inspire dinner table conversations about such a time when people who made gigantic sacrifices to be free...and how God was there  working His plans for us, and seeing the Love for country begins with true Love …and we know God is Love…Independence?  Yes! but by Dependance on Our Father’s provision... “O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”  Psalm 34:8. 
This colonial recipe is called Apple Tansey.  If you have cooked an omelet this will be helpful.  But I have some tips to make this recipe more…user friendly?  I quote from the originalThe Compleat Houfewife: Or, Accomplished Gentelwoman’s Companion,1742 ( the first cookbook published in the US)
 “Take three pippins, slice them round in thin slices, and fry them with butter; then beat four eggs, with six spoonfuls of cream, a little rosewater, nutmeg, and sugar; stir them together, and pour it over the apples; let it fry a little, and turn it with a pye-plate. Garnish with lemon and sugar strew'd over it.” 

The tips being: 1) if no pippins are available any sweet apple with a little tartness.  Core them before slicing.  ;)
2)Over a Medium Hot burner in a large (10"inch) straight sided saute or cast iron pan
3) Use 3 tablespoons of butter & heat till melted and starting to get to the "tan" stage... add apples and turn often till apples start browning.  
Now making a custard…beat eggs and heavy cream. Don’t worry about the rosewater it is a delicate flavor if you have some make sure it is CULINARY rosewater only about 1/2 teaspoon.  About a third of a nutmeg or a good teaspoon of already ground, and 2 Tablespoons sugar.  OK so now you are making an omelet or frittata... reduce heat to medium and stir it often till it starts to come together, check for brownness on the underside.  Flip it or turn it by putting a pie plate over the Tansey and turning it over in one quick motion, then sliding it back into the pan. Make sure it is very brown.  You want this a little darker than Golden)
For a no flip option place it under your oven’s broiler until the top is very brown. remove and slide off onto a plate. 

 Now personal tips...( If you are at home) since I had to get a ½ pt minimum of cream for the 6 teaspoons for the Tansey, whip the rest of it as sweet as you like and top the Tansey with that or powdered sugar and serve with small lemon wedges to garnish. 
Ask your guests to squeeze a little lemon over the Tansey…And remember the struggle where a well cooked meal or treat, dessert made your life special.  Love food!  Oh yeah...Don't forget the Fireworks!  Oooooooooo  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh  

Thanks to Tori Avey and her blog/website "The History Kitchen" for the pic...