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Home Sweet Home

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2 Corinthians 2:14

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

The first couple weeks of September Lee and I spent on a North Atlantic cruise, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  It was our first cruise together and very memorable.  We chose a very small ship (362 passengers) and I assumed part of our time would be spent meeting other people.  However, much to my surprise we spent a lot of time making new friends, getting to know them and really forging new friendships.  I believe in the short 14 days we were together we have made some new friends for a lifetime!  I am quite sure that several of the new acquaintances were by Divine guidance.  I look forward to a time when we can host our new friends “from across the pond” in our home. 
What this cruise meant for my blog is a couple things.  First, I wasn’t as attentive to the blog as I thought I would be.  We had internet access, but it turned out I was too darned busy making friends, eating, laughing, eating, playing cards, eating, hearing some great lecturers, eating … well you get the idea!:)    Secondly, I was wild about taking pictures of the beautiful food served aboard the ship.  I was lucky enough to meet several of the chefs on board and came home with loads of new recipes and some fabulous pictures.  I plan to show off the pictures over the new couple months.  As we dined with new friends they often times offered up their plates (before the first bite) so that I could take a picture!  It became a fun ritual as our meals were served.  Of course, my sweet husband was use to this being the case at home as he often “patiently waits” for just the right picture before diving into dinner.  He didn’t expect the wait aboard ship, but he was quick to join in the fun as his plate was often the focus of my camera too!
Our cruise started in England and via Ireland and Canada we returned to the United States.  Against all odds of 3 hurricanes in 2 weeks, we rocked and rolled across the North Atlantic through parts of Hurricanes Irene, Katia, and Maria.  As our ship sailed into the New York harbor early one foggy morning, it was with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye that I took in “my country tis of thee.”  There is never a moment quite like the one when I step back onto American soil and feel the great sense of home sweet home. 
God Bless America!
I look forward to sharing some picture and tales of my fun adventure!

Food For Thought Only

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No recipe tonight.  We went out for dinner!  🙂  While I don’t always post exactly what we ate for dinner, I had a crazy busy day, no time for blogging recipes.  However, I started this day out re-reading sermon notes from Pastor Allen’s message last weekend.  One of the questions he posed was, Where are you in relation to God’s purposes?  I have no idea why, but the Proverbs 31 Women popped into my head.  Years ago I read this scripture for the first time and about flipped out!  If we read this detailed description of the ideal wife and mother as the point-by-point standard God expects us to live up to, we’re bound to feel over-whelmed and exhausted before we even begin! But I believe the intention of this epilogue to the book of Proverbs wasn’t to give women an impossible to-do list, but to spread out before us the many opportunities we have to use our gifts, talents, and wisdom in fulfilling and productive ways.

What I have come to learn, that has actually saved my sanity,  is that “she” is not one women!  She’s all of us — and none of us.  The commentary in my Bible says that in a time when most women were not taken very seriously apart from childbearing, the writer of this proverb dared to present a picture of a woman as a glorious, vibrant, competent, and intelligent creation of God.  This imagery is as relevant today as the day he wrote it.  As we put this noble women’s character in today’s world, we recognize her in ourselves and our sisters!

So who wrote it in the first place?  This was an intense word given to King Lemuel by his MOTHER! (Prov 31:1). This God-breathed advice comes to the hearts of women straight from the heart of another woman. God knew and understood the need for women to influence one another; He created His daughters to be this way. Bottom line – He knew that while males can definately have a spiritual influence on us, only godly women can model how to be godly women.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  Proverbs 31:30

She will be remembered –long after she is gone — not as a woman who made great bread, beautifully knit a sweater, or successfully balanced a budget — but as a woman who sought the Lord first of all. When it is all said and done, that is the woman I want to be.

Blessings to you, my friend and sister.

She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.

Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.




A New Addition – GRAND!

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Exodus 20:12

 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Grandma Velma Paulsen

Today I am including a new GRAND! tab on my blog.  This is a page I have been working on in my spare time.  I plan to feature recipes that have come from all of my grandmother’s recipe boxes.  In some cases I have the original handwritten recipes, sometimes typed recipes, and other times I will copy a recipe and print it.  I hope to honor the memory of my grandmothers who were exceptional cooks!  I come from a long line of great cooks and I am thankful for that heritage. My mother and my grandmothers surely helped shape my lifelong love affair with cooking (and eating!)   In the future I plan to highlight various recipes by making them and posting pictures.  For my family members, my hope is that you will delight in taking a walk down memory lane with me.  In reading through Grandma Paulsen’s recipes I am taken back in time as I walked through her farmhouse door and was greeted by all the homey smells of fresh breads, jams, and cookies.  My recollection is that her cookie jar was never empty!

For my friends, I hope you will see some of your heritage and memories as you read through these recipes.

I am starting today with Grandma P’s recipes, soon I will post GRAND recipes from some of my other grandmothers.  If you have a special recipe from your grandmother — please send, along with a picture, if you can, and I would love to add it to our GRAND page!

Receipt is an old form that means the same as recipe. Both derive from Latin recipere, to receive or take. Receipt was first used in medieval English as a formula or prescription for a medicinal preparation (Chaucer is the first known user, in the Canterbury Talesof about 1386). The sense of “a written statement saying that money or goods have been received” only arrived at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

Recipe is the imperative, “take!”, from the same Latin verb. It was traditionally the first word in a prescription, heading the list of ingredients. This was often abbreviated to a letter R with a bar The apothecary's symbol for 'receipe', a capital letter R with a bar through the leg through the leg, a form that still sometimes appears on modern prescription forms. Recipe has been used alongside receipt since the eighteenth century in the sense of cookery instructions, gradually replacing it over time.

It’s by no means entirely defunct even today. It is often — but by no means always — a deliberate archaism. John Wilson noted, “It was used on British television, up to the late 1990s, on the programme Two Fat Ladies, featuring Clarissa Dickson Wright and the late Jennifer Paterson, who invariably spoke of receipts. She said this with (metaphorical) relish and I feel sure she did it for effect as a conscious statement of her background and style.”

It has survived until recently in parts of the English-speaking world, especially the United States. Douglas G Wilson confirms this: “I heard it routinely in the 1960s, though only from older people. The Dictionary of American Regional English seems to suggest that it became more-or-less obsolete around 1960. William and Mary Morris wrote in their column Words, Wit, and Wisdom in 1970, ‘Throughout New England and in rural areas in many other parts of the country, you will still hear receipt more often than recipe.’ So at least the Morrises thought it was still very widely current in 1970.”

Sue and the Amazing Victorio Food Strainer

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My heart is steadfast, o god, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make music.   Psalm 57:7

Jesus Christ stands at the door. He holds out His hands that are scarred. His feet are pierced, and He bears in His body the marks of death.  He says, “I know the pressure you are under. I understand the strain. I know the unfair abuse. But let me offer you some encouragement. Don’t be afraid. Look at life through My eyes!  Stop letting life intimidate you! Stop running scare.  Trust Me!.”                                                                    Charles Swindoll

I am so darned excited tonight that I can hardly settled down to write about my new Victorio Food Strainer!  Thirty-four years ago I met my friend Sue when I moved into the house next door to her.  Sue is a walking book of knowledge and I kid you not.  She was a home economics major in college and she probably has forgotten more than I’ll ever know!  All through the years whenever I needed information, help, a suggestion or was stumped, I called her for the answers.   Last year I shared with her my tales of woe, as I peeled, cored, cooked, strained, mashed and pulverized tomatoes to get some fresh tomato juice to make marinara sauce for our favorite Italian dishes.  At the time, she told me I just HAD to get a Victorio Food Strainer.  She raved about it and said I would just love it!  Well, please forgive me Sue, but I just didn’t even have time to think about changing gears because I was way too busy peeling, coring, cooking, straining, mashing and pulverizing everything I could get my hands on!

Finally, after a not-so-subtle email suggestion this year (a year too late I can tell you that!) I did a little online shopping and my new Victorio arrived just a few days ago.  Our tomatoes are coming in slowly and so today I felt I had enough to actually take this thing out for a spin.  Twenty minutes later I had processed all the tomatoes I had on hand (including two I was saving for lunch but just couldn’t resist!)

I ended up with 10 cups of  this absolutely luscious tomato puree that seemed to come right from tomato heaven!  The whole thing went so fast that I was tempted to head to the local truck farm and BUY some tomatoes so I could keep playing with my new toy!  Thank heavens reason overcame my insanity and I am going to patiently wait for our own tomatoes to ripen — which my husband assures me will be “a plenty!”

The really cool thing about the Victorio is that I can buy additional screens and a grape spiral to expand the many uses!  This food strainer comes with one cone-shaped screen primarily meant for processing tomatoes or apples.

The real time saver is that it automatically separates the juice and pulp from the seeds, skins and stems.  (How does it know?)  The box says that it is perfect for purees – which I can attest to – and also pie filling, juices, jams, creamed soups, baby foods and more!  Whew, I am going to be so busy playing, I mean, working with this new strainer!

All I can say is that if you do any of the above you just might want to add a Victorio to your kitchen!  I wish I had bought it last year — or years ago for that matter.

Once again, thank you Sue!  You are the best friend anyone could ever have!  Please come visit – I will make you some  homemade tomato soup and some Italian Burgers with homemade Marinara Sauce!

Oh, speaking of marinara sauce – tomorrow I will show you the end result starting with 10 cups of this luscious puree and ending up with … well, you will just have to stop back by tomorrow and see for yourself!

Tomato/Apple Screen comes with the food strainer and has a medium screen for making tomato sauce and applesauce.

Berry Screen has a fine screen for removing small seeds in raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. Ideal for making jams, jellies, and pie filling.

Pumpkin Screen has a coarse screen for processing pumpkin, squash, and potatoes.  Great for pies, breads, and side dishes.

Grape Spiral is used to process grapes for jellies and delicious juices.  Its shorter length eliminates jamming of seeds and skins.

Salsa Screen is a very coarse screen for processing salsa and chunkier recipes. Great time saver!

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