Sunday, June 10, 2012

Soul Nourishment #4

"Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." -Psalm 143:8

"When the soul will have understanding to discern all the Savior's gifts, wisdom wherewith to estimate them, and time in which to meditate on them, such as the world to come will afford us, we will then commune with Jesus in a nearer manner than at present." - Charles Spurgeon

Doug Wilson interviews Mark Driscoll: Men and Masculinity (25 min)
"Massive cultural need = Masculine men"

"The greatest thing a wife can do for her children is love and respect her husband."

"She does him good." -Proverbs 31:12a

"The unkindest treatment of a child is to give him everything that he asks for." -H. Clay Trumbull

What Every Husband Should Know About Stay-At-Home Moms

"Apart from the gospel, I’ll whine more than I’ll worship. Apart from the gospel, I’ll judge people more than I’ll seek to understand them. Apart from the gospel, I’ll get my feelings hurt too easily, and I won’t consider serving others a privilege and joy. Apart from the gospel, I’ll waste this day, rather than steward it.  Apart from the gospel, I’ll react selfishly to irritants rather than responding graciously. Apart from the gospel, I’ll talk more than I listen. Apart from the gospel, I’ll think about me much more than I think about you. Apart from the gospel, I won’t risk anything; I’ll do just enough to get by." -Scotty Smith 

Soul Nourishment #3
Soul Nourishment #2
Soul Nourishment #1

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Beef Enchiladas

Just before getting married, my friends threw me a Pampered Chef shower.  Before the shower they sent out recipe cards to be filled out and all the guests brought their favorite recipes to be put in a box they made for me.  I'm so thankful for sweet friends as I often enjoy several of these recipes.  This particular one was given to me by my now sister-in-law, Emily.  She calls it Weeknight Enchiladas.  

1 lb ground chuck
1 small onion chopped (I use 1 cup frozen, chopped onions)
1 can tomato soup
1 can mild enchilada sauce
8 (7 or 8 in) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream, sliced olives, and jalapeno peppers (optional) for topping

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat until meat is browned.  Drain and return to skillet.
3.  Stir soup and enchilada sauce into meat mixture.
4.  Spread 1/4 cup meat mixture onto each tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and roll up.
5.  Place seam side down in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
6.  Pour remaining meat mixture over tortillas.  Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
7.  Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for 5 more minutes.
8.  Serve with toppings.

Caramel Cake

yellow cake
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla 

caramel icing
2 2/3 cups brown sugar
1 stick butter
7 Tbsp evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Combine milk and butter in small saucepan over low heat until butter is melted.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt wit a whick.
4.  In a large bowl, mix eggs and sugar and beat well at high speed until smooth and thick.
5.  Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix only until flour disappears.  
6.  Add milk mixture and vanilla.  Stir well and pour into a well greased 9 x 13 or 2 - 9 inch pans.
7.  Bake for 40 minutes.

To make frosting:
1.  In medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla.  Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring well.
2. Lower heat to a gentle boil.  Sir often for 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. 
3.  With a wooden spoon, beat frosting for several minutes until it thickens.

Recipe from: See Jane Cook

Sausage and Cheese Muffins

We love these muffins at our house!  They are great for cooking on Saturday night and warming up the next morning before church.  The recipe makes about 16 muffins so I use a dozen muffin pan and a half dozen pan for the other four.  Instead of using nonstick spray I like to use liners for easier clean up.  These muffins are very moist and one of our favorite choices for breakfast.  I got the recipe from the Southern Living 2006 Recipes Cookbook.

1 lb. ground sausage
3 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cheese soup
3/4 cup water

1.  Cook sausage on stovetop until no longer pink.  Drain and cool.
2.  Combine sausage, baking mix, and shredded cheese in a large bowl; make a well in the center of mixture.
3.  Stir together soup and water; add to sausage mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.
4.  Spoon into greased or lined muffin pans, filling to top.
5.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.


BBQ Beef Sandwiches

This is such a good BBQ sandwich recipe!  Thank you, All Things Delicious for the inspiration!  All you have to do is simply...

1. Put any size Roast you want in your crockpot for a few hours (depending on the size of your meat) and sprinkle it with your favorite dry rub or seasoning (I use Rendezvous).
2.  When meat is cooked, take it out and shred it with a fork.
3.  Put it back in crockpot and mix in your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's).
4.  Serve on your favorite rolls or buns, and enjoy some potato salad as a side.

Potato Salad

This was always my dad's favorite side dish growing up.  Early on in my married life when I asked my mom for the recipe it was one of those she didn't have a recipe for.  She just threw some things together.  So, that is what I also do today.  Not normally how I like to cook (my personality thrives on exact directions) but I have never taken the time to write down exact measurements.  I use whatever kind of potatoes I have on hand and decide how many based on how many people I will be feeding.

salt and pepper
pickle relish

1.  Peel and cut potatoes and cook them on stovetop until tender.
2.  Cook eggs in boilng water on stovetop and set aside to cool.
3.  Drain potatoes and place in mixing bowl.
4.  Peel and chop boiled eggs and place in mixing bowl with potatoes.
5.  Add mayonnaise, pickle relish, and salt and pepper to taste and stir all ingredients together.

*I like this recipe fresh and warm, but my husband prefers it after it's been refrigerated.  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Soul Nourishment #3

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." - Proverbs 16:24

"The point of being a keeper at home is to provide a haven for a godly family to thrive." -Carolyn McCulley

I not only want to be encouraged in my Femininity, but want to encourage my husband's masculinity, and this book was helpful in learning how to best do that - Reading Your Male: An Invitation to Understand and Influence Your Man's Sexuality

"Never has there been a generation of men with so little direct influence from their childhood by a strong and healthy male template." -Mary Farrar

"Mothers contribute uniquely to the process of preparing their sons to be great dads." -Mary Farrar

"A woman gives (a man) a reason to harness his masculine energy - to build a home, obtain and keep a job, remain sober, live within the law, spend money wisely, etc.  Without positive feminine influence, he may redirect the power of testosterone in a way that is destructive to himself and to society at large." - James Dobson

The Lost Art and Practice of Family Devotions
"Parents should instruct their children in the Word of God, and in the principles of our holy religion. The reading of devotional literature should be encouraged and every proper opportunity should be embraced for religious instruction." - Brad Winsted

"It's always about the people.  Making a home is not about the physical space; it's about the people who are coming and going from this place."

A good thing to do when our spirit is troubled. . . .
"I am a woman troubled in spirit. . . . I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. . . . and the Lord remembered her." -Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:15,19

"It is odd that a million Baptists of the South can furnish only three men for all of China.  Odd that with five hundred preachers in the state of Virginia, we must rely on a Presbyterian to fill a Baptist pulpit here.  I wonder how these things look in heaven.  They certainly look very (strange) in China." -Lottie Moon, 1873

"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." -C.T. Studd, 1885

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot, 1955