It’s Foodie Friday (Goulash)

Well it’s the perfect time for a big pot of Goulash!

 

There is one ingredient that I use that makes a little twist on it…

 

1 lb. ground beef or turkey or chicken

 

1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

 

1 small onion

 

1 lb. medium shell or elbow noodles

 

1 can V8 or tomato juice

 

about 2 or 3 Tbl. brown sugar

 

Dice the onion and place it in a skillet with 1 tsp. butter. Brown meat with the onion. Drain. Cook noodles as label directs. Drain. In a dutch oven, place cooked noodles and meat. Pour in crushed tomatoes and about 3/4 of the tomato juice/V8. Then the twist… sprinkle in the brown sugar. This helps to cut down on some of the acidity of the tomato content. It gives a deliciously sweet taste to a wonderful comfort food. Let simmer together for about 30 to 45 minutes, then serve with some warm bread or rolls and butter and watch a great fall movie. Enjoy!

Why I like the movie Shrek

Father in Heaven, may these words glorify Your name. In Jesus name, Amen

 

Welcome back to the table friends. Hope you have had a good week so far. Let’s dig in to today’s blog.

 

Do you remember the first Shrek movie? Oh my stars, I think I once knew every line by heart! My son was about two years old when the first one came out. He saw it for the first time when he was about five.

 

We bought it on VHS (showing my age here) and he decided one day to watch it six times in a row… yes… six! He hit rewind and played it over and over.

 

Oi, if I had to hear Shrek yell at Donkey one more time that day I might have accidentally dropped the video into the washing machine, thereby rendering Shrek from shrieking anymore!

 

But alas, I couldn’t do that to my sons favorite movie.

 

But as I watched it with him a time or two…thousand, I realized a message that was being told was actually a good one. I’m not sure that it was the intended message but I chose to see it this way.

 

In all the Disney princess movies (or any princess movies) the damsel in distress has always been this lovely slim beautiful girl who had beautiful rosy cheeks (no make up required) and perfect red lips (maybe not Maybelline). She has beautiful long hair in shades of blond, raven, walnut, or flaming red. Shiny gorgeous locks spill over her shoulders that are perfectly shaped and her dress is usually expertly fitted to her size two waist.

 

Does all these attributes sound familiar? Do you remember watching the Duke slip the glass slipper on to Cinderellas perfectly shaped size five foot? how about the prince kissing Auroras full red lips in Sleeping Beauty? Even a fictional figure like a mermaid had flowing red hair and a size nothing waist.

 

All these fabulous princess beauties lived happily ever after right? What about the size twelve or size eighteen girl with hard to manage hair? What about the girl who wears a size eleven shoe? How about the girl who has skin that wants to react to everything she tries to put on in the way of cosmetics or skin care?

 

Proverbs  31:30 “charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

 

This is where I see the positive message in Shrek. The princess in this movie, Fiona, started out being one of the “typical” princesses, then we learn she has a secret. At night she turns into an Ogre. This, she sees, as a terrible thing. But when it comes time for the “spell” to be broken, it wasn’t the GQ inspired prince who saves the day and rids her of being an ogre. No, it was the unlikely spell breaker named Shrek, another ogre, who rescues her from the tower and frees her from her secret identity.

 

One expects to see her turn back into the beautiful princess she was during the day light. However, she remains an ogre. She is disillusioned and says to Shrek “I don’t understand. I’m supposed to be beautiful.” Shrek answers her by saying, “but you are beautiful.”

 

They saw past what the world deems beautiful and attractive and found love in the heart. Shrek saw her “realness” and loved her for it. She saw protectiveness and strength in Shrek and loved him for it. They didn’t ride off in a horse drawn carriage to the castle and all it’s glory. They walked to a shack in the swamp and lived their happily ever after.

 

I love that beauty is being displayed in a real life sort of way in this movie. It’s not only the beauty queens who live happily ever after. It’s not the Prince Charmings of the world who find the love of their life.

 

Jesus loves each and every one of us no matter our circumstances, financial status, height, weight, shoe size, hair color, eye color, position, or anything in between. He has a happily ever after for all of us. It’s found in Christ alone. Not in what the world says is valuable.

 

Beauty fades… money is spent… positions are replaceable. Love never fades or fails. The love of Jesus can never be destroyed no matter what!

 

   I think if we could take a lesson from Fiona and be who God intended for us to be, we might be able to begin letting go of trying to measure up. God uses no ruler, no measuring stick. He just uses the measure of His love for us. Remember that you are a princess, you are a prince, because you are a child of the King!                                            Crown

I’m just thinkingout loud here…

Hi all! Surprised to see me in your inbox this morning?

 

Well I am just sort of thinking out loud here and wanted to get my thoughts down for review. I also wanted to get some honest feed back from my beloved readers here at the table.

 

My first love will always be the Lord and sharing the messages He lays on my heart each week for all of you. I love being able to share God in a “real life” kind of way… through everyday experiences. This will be something I look forward to doing.

 

I also enjoy feeding the body as well as the soul which is why I started doing the “Foodie Friday” segment of the blog. But I have yet another love…

 

I absolutely love crafting! I know that seems over flooded in the YouTube and blogging industries but this does not water down my passion and love for it.

 

Now I’m not talking about major projects like refinishing furniture or building tables or anything like that. No, I’m talking about re-purposing cabinet doors into lovely memorable pieces that are fairly easy and reasonable to do.

 

Let me explain a little more my thoughts behind this…

 

When you think hand made items, do you automatically think that a blind person made it? Probably not right?

 

scissoirs   When you think of using glue guns and scissors or sewing needles and stitching, your mind most likely does not envision a blind person behind these projects.

 

But I do these projects almost on the daily. It’s not that I go to craft fairs or even sell items on line or anywhere for that matter… I just love to see how the Lord opens up new possibilities for me! That’s kinda my point with where I’m heading with this.

 

I want to be able to inspire those people who are of the mind set that “I could never do that”. What ever the “that” is, I want for people to say… hmmm, maybe I can.

 

I’ve taken the long way around this to share what has been on heart with you all. I have been toying with the idea of a YouTube channel that marries my love of devotional writing and my love of crafting.

 

I would have a inspirational word to start with, then move into a craft project. This of course is only in the thinking phase and I have some praying to do on the matter, but I thought some feed back from all of you as we sit around the table together, would help me in that process.

 

I would even love to hear some suggestions of names for a channel if anyone is so inspired to offer one.

 

Well, this is my thoughts and I look forward to hearing from all of you on what you think.

 

Oh and by the way… please don’t be shy about telling me that this idea stinks if you don’t feel it would be a good idea  🙂  I can take it!

 

Anyway, love to all of you and go ahead and start sharing your thoughts with me.

It’s Foodie Friday! (In-A-Pinch Garlic Bread)

Hi all! I have a great tip for you! Ya know… the kind of tip that helps a dinner be complete when you realize you’ve forgotten the garlic bread… again.

 

We usually always have hamburger or hot dog buns on hand. Each bun will give you two pieces of garlic bread. So without further adieu…

 

In-A-Pinch Garlic Bread

Bun Pic

Separate one bun into two halves. Spread each bun with real butter. Sprinkle on (to taste) onion powder, garlic powder, and dried parsley. Place buns on a cookie sheet and bake on 375 degrees for about 9 or 10 minutes. Just keep watching them to keep them from burning. They can be a little unpredictable the first time or two you make them. But be forewarned… you may end up preferring these over regular garlic bread! Let me know how you all like them

Here’s the goin’s on ’round ear!

Father in Heaven, may these words be uplifting to those who read/hear them. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Well hello there fellow table talkers. What’s that? Sorry, can’t hear ya very well…

 

Yes, my surgery has been done and I am now packed tight in my left ear and everything is muffled. Rather, everything is blocked out in that ear.

 

I must say, it’s quite bazaar to have my own voice reverberating back in my ear that is blocked. It’s tunnel like I guess. Try plugging one ear then talking out loud… weird huh?

 

It is a little frustrating to be constantly asking “what did you say?” But I know after a couple months, I’ll be able to hear better and it will have been worth it… I hope.

 

Have you ever been able to see your circumstances as a blessing? To be able to see your disability or that of someone you know or love as being a positive thing at times? It’s really a matter of perspective to see the silver lining in a particular situation you might otherwise see as a struggle.

 

Most would agree that blindness, deafness, paralysis, cognitive, emotional, psychological, or any form of disability that alters how we do everyday life… most assuredly has it’s pitfalls. But, we don’t always have to see them as pitfalls!

 

When I hear people talking negatively about the way someone is dressed, I want to thank the Lord that I can’t make that “book by it’s cover” first glance kind of decision.

 

When I read a post on Facebook about someone over-hearing two other people bashing their spouses, I can appreciate my ear being packed tight.

 

If someone makes a comment about the look on another persons face and is making the assumption that said person is making judgement’s on others, I can blissfully be unaware of the assumed offending look and not make any assumptions at all.

 

Of course I can and only would speak on my own struggles and silver linings. But if we could try and look for our own silver lining moments within our struggles, I feel like it could change our whole perspective on life.

 

It can be very easy to ask the question “why me God?” and I’ve asked it many times myself. Not so much from an angry “I don’t deserve this” standpoint. More from a “could ya help me understand why You’ve asked me to carry this God?” standpoint.

 

The hearing loss I’ve had for the last twenty-six years, or so, has primed me to (all be it unwillingly) block out certain negative talk.

Now that I’ve had my ear  repaired and as long as it turns out correctly, I feel like God may be asking me to still be deaf to that negative talk. Maybe even more so.

 

I have been asked many times that if there were a surgery to correct my vision, would I have it done. My answer has always been… I don’t know. On one hand, my independents would increase astronomically. On the other hand, I would see things I wished I hadn’t. If such things would change my view of God or what He created, I wouldn’t want that.

 

God has a mapped out purpose for me and He has one for you. The map may have lots of twists and turns and it may have lots of thorny brush or full on “Fire swamp” (Princess Bride reference) terrain to get threw. But there is a map.

 

Your map may be marked with a disability in your life somewhere; yourself, a child, a parent, a spouse…

 

Or it may be marked with struggles of another kind.

 

If you knew there was a treasure buried under the X on that map, that contained riches beyond anything you could imagine… wouldn’t you travel that terrain to get to the treasure?

 

Friends there is such a treasure!

Map

John 14:2  “In My Fathers house are many mansions, if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

 

Jesus Himself has prepared the treasure and has given us the map. The map has marked along the way, the silver lining moments and we just need to ask God to help us recognize them.

 

Keep checking the map (Gods word and prayer) and strive for the X. Oh and just so there is no misunderstanding about the treasure… no treasure chest on this earth could contain all the riches God has in store for you!

 

 

 

 

It’s Foodie Friday (Your Turn)

OK y’all, I am probably in surgery by the time most of you will be reading this. If it is before 7:00 a.m. then I’m not yet, lol.

 

I won’t be able to eat anything crunchy or chewy or solid for about two weeks. I am having the bones in my ear replaced with prosthetic ones. So I will be having to eat a lot of soup…

 

This is where it’s your turn!

 

I would love for you all to send me your favorite soup recipes. This is a great season to have to be on a soup like diet and I’m always looking for a good new soup to try.

 

You can comment here or just send it in an Email at:

 

aroundthetable365@gmail.com

 

I look forward to gathering some new recipes into my collection! I will see you all here at the table soon! God bless my friends. xoxo

 

I think the devil did it, in the living room, with the rope!

Father in Heaven, I pray You surround each word and each sentence and display them how You would like them to be seen and heard. In Jesus name, Amen.

Pull up your chair to the table friends, and let’s dig in!

Let me start by asking you a question… have you ever felt like “someone” or “something” just had it in for you?

Maybe it’s a co-worker, maybe it’s a neighbor, maybe it’s even a family member or what you thought was a friend. It can feel so heavy to learn that what was once viewed as a good friend has turned out to be the one who has wounded you the most. It also feels that way if it’s a family member.

I remember co-hosting a baby shower years ago with a friend. She had asked me to please “help” her put together a shower for our mutual friend at our churches fellowship hall. I happily agreed.

We went over a menu in which she completely left up to me to decide the food and make all the phone calls to ask certain ladies to make these dishes.

We went over the decorations in which she said what ever I wanted to do was fine with her. She gave me money from the funds and told me to go and purchase what I needed.

We briefly discussed the door prizes and games to play in which she told me… yeah, you get the idea.

Along comes the day of the shower and everything went well. After I covered all the tables and set out the decorations and food, the guests arrived and we ate, played games, and the guest of honor opened her gifts. All the ladies Awed and squealed and all the adorable outfits and toys she received. I had over-heard some ladies talking about how delicious the food was and how cute all the decor was and such. Feeling happy with how everything turned out, I was fine with having done most of the work myself. But then it happened…

A group of ladies approached my friend who was supposed to be partnering with me on this, and me, and said “Oh Katelyn, (not her real name) you did such a beautiful job putting this shower together!”

My “friend” looked them squarely in the eyes and replied with “Oh thank you so much!” and left it at that.

Now I didn’t do the shower for my friend with the baby to get a pat on the back, but I didn’t expect another friend to stab me in it either. When it came time to plan another shower for someone, the ladies of the church went to her because “she did such a beautiful job on the last one”.

I have had many many experiences like this with “friends” over the years and it doesn’t hurt any less when you have poured yourself into something and someone else tries to grab all the credit. Or when you may have an opportunity to advance at work or ministry but another person steps right in front of you. These can feel like knives cutting pretty deep.

Often times we don’t know who has been apposing us but we feel the effects. It can feel a bit like the game of Clue trying to figure out who has been sabotaging our plans or opportunities. Who did it in what room with what weapon?

I can tell you that it is one enemy using a multitude of weapons to thwart our plans. The devil does not want to see people of God succeed. He will use what ever methods he can to keep us discouraged. Even using family, friends, co-workers, whoever he can. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we leave ourselves open to being stepped on by certain people just because we know it’s the true enemy behind the actions. We must protect ourselves by keeping certain people at arm’s length and loving them from a distance.

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But I have recently discovered a very personal application to this verse:

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgement, this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from Me declares the Lord.”

If God has said that the weapons people are using against us will not succeed, then no amount of negative talk, credit stealing, spotlight hogging, opportunity swiping weapon will prevail! It may seem as though they are, but God is the General of His army. There may be many battles in which lots of weapons are used, but Gods soldiers will win the war.

Put on the armor of God every single day and place His weapon called “The Sword of Truth” in your heart and mind and let Him fight your battles.

Always hold onto the promise that NO weapon that has been designed to be used against you will succeed! Keep on moving forward in Gods plans for you and don’t let the actions of others cause you to put down your own sword and surrender. You can read more about the armor of God in Ephesians chapter six. Remember who the General of the army is, trust His leading. No need to try and figure out the Clue game.