Cooking Stew

 

I decided to watch a cooking show because they were making a stew, which I decided to make for a meal we’re invited to next week. The show was actually demonstrating how to cut vegetables and meat fast and safely by using a sharp knife and smart techniques. I paid attention so I wouldn’t cut myself, but mostly I wanted to see what went into his recipe.

He used three or four vegetables in addition to those that I normally choose: corn, mushrooms, turnips and green beans. His spices included garlic, eight cloves when I probably would have used two, which I haven’t in the past. He also threw in thyme and oregano, which I haven’t added in. He used stock instead of water. I usually add a touch of vinegar or cooking wine, he mentioned wine, but I saw him drink some, not put it in the pot.

I add salt and pepper; he put a good amount on the meat, steak which I don’t use. I buy a cheaper cut of beef already cubed by the butcher, called stew meat in America. Then he added more salt and pepper to the vegetables. My husband said if I were on a cooking show they would probably tell me that I under season my food. He adds hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce to a lot of his foods, even at a restaurant. So, we’re okay with our different tastes in spices, if there’s not enough he just adds some.

I made a soup last week in the Crockpot which magnifies the flavors of the spices and I used more salt than normal, plus I added French Onion soup cooking base and a small amount of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – similar to Soy Sauce – which increased the amount of salt.

Whooee! Talk about salty. I added stevia, water, corn and it still tasted like a salty mess. Years ago, my mom told me to put cubed raw potatoes into a salty soup or stew and after they’re cooked to remove them because they’ve absorbed a lot of the salt. It worked, somewhat.

Eventually, the soup turned into goulash because it cooked down and after a few days we were glad to come to the end of it. I haven’t had a fiasco like that in a long time. Lol.

That’s one advantage of eating raw foods. I rarely add salt to a raw food.

I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you. Keep looking up, our redemption draws closer. That’s according to Luke 21:28 when speaking of end times, which could be soon, or not. 🙂

There’s a Song

 

“God is on the move, Hallelujah, God is on the move in many mighty ways,” performed by 7eventh Time Down can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPB9ENSd1Xc. I love that song.

Craig and I went to a birthday party at 4:00 p.m. We caught up with friends, ate a wonderful meal and then gave gifts.  Before we knew what was happening, God began moving on the heart of one of the attendees. Seems there was unseen business to attend to. The person felt God was saying to forgive something never mentioned before. So after a bit of counsel and prayer, the burden got lifted. Joy filled this persons’ countenance.

Another person needed to pray for a release from bitterness against someone who might have been able to intervene in a difficulty they were experiencing, but for whatever reason, the authority figure didn’t approach the perpetrator. The hurting person wants God to show the individual in authority that those crying out for help need to be heard and possibly helped. Again there was prayer after counsel by another person in attendance. Then more prayer and a person with the gift of prophecy spoke encouraging words about turning to God for problem resolution.

There are no perfect persons in this world, but God moves on hearts. He can help a leader see their need to act or at least to say I hear you, I see you.

As I’m typing, I decided to listen to a Youtube video presentation of the WOW top songs of 2016 and I love these songs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcnIJYkgVS8&index=3&list=PLWvahZRxLnLMSWeULnub0CCeQzvxGM8hB

My husband and I received a word about our church that encouraged us both. That’s how God is, in my experience. When you go to bless someone else, often times you get blessed as much or more.

I truly feel God is on the move. How about you?

God bless!

United

Today, I went to a Bible study at a nursing home and we read John 17. It talks of believers being united. Jesus longs for His followers to be one in the Spirit.

John_15:12, (KJV) “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.

As we visited and read Scripture and prayed together, we came to realize we are family, sisters in Christ.

Then tonight, I got to see friends that I haven’t seen in quite a while. We sang songs worshiping God and caught up on our news, laughed and ate dinner together.

I told her that another reason I look forward to heaven is that I’ll get to see friends from different towns where we’ve lived. No separations in heaven.

Tomorrow, our denomination is hosting a gathering for women from different areas of New York. I’ll enjoy seeing people that once again, I haven’t seen in a while.

Isn’t it amazing how life goes along and then God provides opportunities to see others that blesses big time?

As a believer, we are told to get along with all of our family in Christ. When I’ve been on the outs with friends, it feels like a dark cloud follows me until I get things taken care of.

Really, the “Our Father” prayer tells me to forgive anyone I have unforgiveness toward. God helps me with this. I know, I’ve had to ask in the past.

God bless!