Recipe For Love

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Today is our 20th wedding anniversary.  My husband and I have been blessed to have survived and thrived in a “blended family” and a second marriage.  When so many marriages fail I can tell you truly that having a Christ centered marriage has been essential for us to have a long term relationship filled with love and respect. Life can be hard — but having a partner who walks beside you, loves you, laughs with you (and sometimes AT you) makes everyday a day to celebrate all the joys and blessings we are given!  Happy Anniversary honey, I love you!

Recipe for Love
Ingredients

  • 2 Hearts Full of Love
  • 2 Heaping Cups of Kindness
  • 2 Armfuls of Gentleness
  • 2 Cups of Friendship
  • 2 Cups of Joy
  • 2 Big Hearts Full of Forgiveness
  • 1 Lifetime of Togetherness
  • 2 Minds Full of Tenderness

Method
Stir daily with Happiness, Humor and Patience.
Serve with Warmth and Compassion, Respect and Loyalty.

 1 Corinthians 13

 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Golden Onions, A Keeper Recipe

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Psalm 22:8

8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
“let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”

I was recently visiting friends in Western Nebraska and my friend Cheryl prepared a wonderful onion pie to accompany steaks on the grill for dinner.  As we discussed various recipes for baking onions Cheryl told me about this recipe, Golden Onions.  She said it is really the very best, but knowing we are all “watching our weight” she opted to make a lighter onion pie for us.

However, ever since then this recipe has been burning a hole in my psyche.  I just HAD to make this and give it a taste.  So, I invited my husband’s brother and sister-in-law over for steaks on the grill for a taste test!  Oh my word, I can’t wait to make it again!  This is one of those recipes that will go with just about any type of meat and with fresh Vidalia onions so plentiful right now, you too will find this a keeper recipe!

Golden Onions

  • 6 medium Vidalia or sweet onions sliced in thin rings
  • ½ cup butter

In a large skillet, melt better and sauté onions over medium heat stirring frequently until they are transparent. Place in a buttered 2 quart baking dish.

  • ¼ cup flour (or 2 tablespoons cornstarch, if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bullion granules (or beef)
  • ¼ cup burgundy wine, dry vermouth, Madeira (my favorite)
  • French bread or ** 2 cups torn up pieces of bread

In a large saucepan or microwave container melt the butter, whisk in the flour (or cornstarch), salt, pepper and bullion.

Add the milk and thicken

Then stir in the wine (any will do, but I used Madeira).

Pour sauce over the onions and sprinkle with ¾ pound of grated Swiss cheese.

Melt ¼ cup butter and slice a baguette (or whatever comes along) into ½ inch thick slices**.  Dip one side into the butter and place that side up covering the sauce entirely.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

For a 9×13 plan – double the recipe.  You should probably double it anyway as this goes fast!

**  During the 4th of July weekend I remade this wonderful recipe, but instead of the sliced baguettes,  I used 2 cups of torn up pieces of bread (any kind will due) sprinkled with the melted garlic butter.  This made a wonderfully crispy, tasty, brown top while making it easy to dish out the onions instead of  a whole piece of bread with each serving.

Butter – My recipes don’t specify whether to use salted or unsalted butter.  I generally use unsalted, but in most dishes, it really won’t make a big difference which type to use.

Happy 4th of July!

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Proverbs 3:1-2

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

 1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.

I was surfing the net reading different commentaries about our heritage and particularly Christian heritage intertwined with American’s heritage.  I came across this writing by Grant Swank, and I am fascinated by the quotes he has included from past Presidents.  Maybe you will find some of them quite interesting as well.
Tomorrow I am back to including a recipe with my blog page.  In the meantime have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!  God Bless America!

A blessed 4th of July: America’s Christian base

By Grant Swank

President George Washington wrote a prayer addressed to “O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ” and ended it with this: “Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word. Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Bless O Lord all the people of this land.”

President Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis — a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

President James Madison: “Religion is the basis and foundation of government. We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

President Andrew Jackson: “I nightly offer up my prayers to the throne of grace for the health and safety of you all, and that we ought all to rely with confidence on the promise of our dear Redeemer, and give Him our hearts. This is all He requires and all that we can do, and if we sincerely do this, we are sure of salvation through His atonement.”

Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, property, and freedom of worship here.”

President Abraham Lincoln: “The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension. ‘Who by searching can find Him out?’ God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless, my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us.”

President Grover Cleveland: “All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purist patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.”

President Woodrow Wilson: “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scriptures.”

President Dwight Eisenhower: “Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Begin is the first — the most basic — expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus With God’s help, it will continue to be.”

A day of sweet remembrance…

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My youngest son, Christopher, was born early in the morning on July 3rd.  This is one of my sweetest remembrances of all time.  Chris has always had a kind and gentle spirit.  Today he is a grown man of God and a child after my own heart.

Happy Birthday Chris, I love you!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.   Psalm 32:8  (NASB)

Train Them In The Way They Will Go

Children are a gift
From our Lord Jesus Christ
And they need all the love
We can give them all their lives

They also need some boundaries
We set for them to grow
That will keep them all safe
And will teach them to know

What values that we have
And what’s right in the Lord
To raise them Heavenward
Is a task we’ve all been called

As parents from the Lord
We need to raise our young
To always trust in God
And to believe upon His Son

To always walk with Him
Until their days are through
To know the plan he has
And what God has called them to

For we will always reap
The amount that we have sowed
So we must train them now
In the way that they will go

© By M.S.Lowndes

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