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From Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.
December 19, “Do NOT be weighed down by the clutter in your life.; lots of little chores to do sometime, in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them all out of the way, you will discover that they are endless. They can eat up as much time as you devote to them. Instead of trying to do all your chores at once, choose the ones that need to be done today. Let the rest slip into the background of your mind, so I can be in the forefront of your awareness. Remember that your ultimate goal is living close to Me, being responsive to My initiatives. I can communicate with you most readily when your mind is uncluttered and turned toward Me. Seek My Face continually throughout this day. Let My Presence bring order to your thoughts, infusing Peace into your entire being.” Proverbs 16:3, Matthew 6:33
Our third cookbook giveaway winner is Jill Harrison! Congratulations Jill and thanks to everyone who entered the drawing. If you haven’t won yet … it’s christmas giveaway week and Wednesday i plan to give away another of my favorite cookbooks! Stay tuned! Drawing done by www.random.org Entry LIST Winner’s List
I had actually planned to move on today from the sweet treats of Christmas to some of my favorite side dishes for Christmas dinner. However, last weekend I told a friend that mom and I would supply the two pies she needed to take to her church Christmas dinner. My friend was very busy last week and I wanted to do something that would bless her. She was pleased to have us make the pies. Mom made a homemade Apple Pie and I made a Walnut Fudge Peppermint Pie. The Walnut Fudge Pie was our signature dessert at Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast. I made that pie once or twice a week for 3 years. Sooooo, I decided one more sweet something before Christmas. I love sharing this recipe. The pie is dense with rich chocolate and nuts, but it isn’t so over-the-top that it makes you sick (which some too-sweet pies can do!) I typically serve it with a Chocolate Java Sauce, but this weekend I wrapped this awesome pie in a frenzy of white and dark almond bark and topped with crushed peppermints. Yeaaahhh!
This pie stirs up in about 10 minutes and bakes in 30 to 35 minutes. Another fast, easy, and yet outstanding dessert! The recipe is posted below.
One more thing … changing the subject… and thinking GREEN!For my entire adult life I have been throwing away yucky lettuce and spinach. I put it in Tupperware – and it turns brown in a couple days, I put it in plastic bags and it wilts, I buy super duper green specially made to preserve lettuce bags – and it doesn’t last a week! Then, one day I was surfing through some foodie websites and I read this blog post about how storing greens in a mason jar will preserve them for a week or two! “Oh ya, I’ll bet” I thought. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the website name, but I did put some newly purchased spinach and some newly purchased green leafy lettuce in jars. I put a plastic screw-top lid on them and set them in the fridge.
One week later I took them out and this is what they looked like —
I immediately made us all a nice salad for dinner (putting the rest of the lettuce and spinach BACK into a jar for another week.) The lettuce tasted fresh, there were NO brown spots and it was crispy. TWO weeks later…
I kid you not, this lettuce and spinach has been in those jars for two weeks and they look almost just like I brought them home from the store. I had one small area of brown in the center of the lettuce and that was it. Now, all of you may have already known this well-kept secret, but I DID NOT! I assure you, I will never, ever, have to throw away yucky lettuce or spinach again. The quart jars fit perfect in my veggie drawer of the refrigerator. I am so thrilled I just had to share!
Now, where was I? Oh yes, Christmas … Walnut Fudge Pie, Peppermint Walnut Fudge Pie. Have a blessed week and don’t forget about the cookbook giveaway on Wednesday!