Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday in the Word-Tea time with God

I love hot tea. Do you? I like all kinds of flavored teas and I can't say that any one in particular is my favorite but for some reason I've always found hot tea to be soothing to the soul.

So pull up a chair and have a cup of tea with me today and let's share a devotional from one my favorite devotional books called "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

In a world of unrelenting changes, I am the One who never changes. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13)

Find in Me the stability for which you have yearned. I created a beautifully ordered world; one that reflects My perfection.

Now, however, the world is under bondage of sin and evil. Every person on the planet faces gasping jaws of uncertainty.

The only antidote to this poisonous threat is drawing closer to Me.

In My presence you can face uncertainty in perfect Peace. (John 16:33)

It is so good to know within the depths of my soul that no matter what happens in this world that I can have perfect peace through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. And oh I do need thee every hour....every minute, every second and every breath I take.

Just as a cup of hot tea can soothe my soul so does the Word of the Living God.
Have a cup of hot tea today my friend and allow Him to soothe your soul.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fish Dish and Fresh Bread

I want to show you a quick and easy fish dish to make on the grill along with fresh wholesome bread. VERY GOOD!

In my hometown we have a Smart Market owned and operated by some of our locals. Needless to say you can get all sorts of goodies there but they also have fresh seafood. I purchased two pieces of mahi mahi. They were nice size fillets. I seasoned them with Old Bay seasoning, tossed a few sliced lemons on them and sat aside. 

I had some potatoes so washed a few and sliced them up. I also had a frozen pack of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli). Thawed them out and sat aside.

So then I decided since I had plenty of time I would make a fresh loaf of wholesome bread; recipe from my friend Johnna Duke. I picked a little parsley, dill and a pinch of rosemary from my herb garden. I washed it, dried and then diced it up. Grabbed a few jalapenos from the frig. Can't wait for my jalapenos in my garden  to get ready. I make the best poppers EVER!  Dice up the jalapenos and set aside. 

Then I made my bread. Recipe at the bottom of post.

Mixed up my herbs and jalapenos in my bread mixture. Shredded cheese is good in the bread too (which I did not use for this batch) or whatever type of herbs you want to use. You can use about anything you want too in this basic bread recipe.

First 30 minutes of bread rising in oiled based bowl with dishtowel over it.

After the first 30 minutes I then place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and wrap a piece of plastic wrap over the top and let it rise another 30 minutes.

Bake and ooh...I bet you can smell my fresh baked bread can't you?

Next I took some dill, lemon basil and a sprig of rosemary and after washing it and patting it dry with a paper towel I diced it up for my dipping sauce for my baked bread.

Put your herbs in a bowl and add extra virgin olive oil and rice vinegar and give it a whisk. I also like red wine vinegar but LOVE using rice vinegar with Ramen Noodle salad. Another recipe for another day! I didn't measure the oil and vinegar. I would start out with equal parts of each. You can always add more of each if you don't like the taste. 

 So good on fresh baked bread!

Had some corn on the cob so boiled a couple of pieces of corn. Grabbed a banana pepper from the garden and supper was done. Matter of fact we had leftovers the next night!

Recipe for fish and veggies. (You can use any kind of fish you like) 

Line your cookie sheet with foil and sprinkle some olive oil on the foil. Place your fish in the middle. Potatoes went on one side and other veggies on the other side. Sliced a lemon and placed it on my fish and veggies. I drizzled a little olive oil over the fish and veggies, gave the veggies a dash of Nature's Seasoning and a dash of Old Bay. Covered with foil and pinched the sides of the foil good and tight so all the steam stays inside from cooking. 

Cooked on gas grill on low for about 17-20 minutes. Let it rest a minute before diving into it! (Cooking time depends on the thickness of your fish and potatoes)
Basic Bread Recipe: 
2 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour (I've used King Arthur and Gold Medal)
1 tsp. of Himalayan Sea Salt (fine ground) I have also used Natural Sea Salt too.
2 packs of Rapid Rise Instant Yeast (recipe calls for 2 1/2 tsp.) but I use 2 packs.
1 1/4 cup of warm water.
1 tsp of Olive Oil (you can use more if you like up to a tablespoon) .
Mix dry ingredients together and then add water and mix. Add your oil and mix. If it is too wet add a little more flour and if too dry add a little more water. (You don't want it sticking to your fingers) and if is too wet it will not form into a ball. Kneed for a few moments. Shape into a ball and place dough in a bowl that you have lightly greased with your olive oil. Cover with dishtowel and let it rise for 30 minutes.  Now it's time for the 2nd rise. Take the dough out of the bowl being careful not to tear it. Shape into another ball and as you shape....tuck the edges under all the way around. (wish I could show you this process) Now place it on a cookie sheet that you have lined with parchment paper and place a piece of plastic wrap over it. Let it rise another 30 minutes. Preheat over to 450.

Once dough has doubled in size bake for 10 minutes. Turn your oven down to 350 and bake another 20-25 minutes. My oven only takes about 20 minutes so I would begin to watch as it browns and take note. Take out and let cool before cutting. You can dip it in your dipping sauce or spread a little butter on it. This bread has no preservatives and is all natural ingredients. It will last about a week in the frig. However, it NEVER last a week at my house!


Added some pretty lilies, gardenias and wild fern from my back yard to the setting and Wala!

  Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Child Like Faith-Wednesday in the Word

To me there is something that is so magical about a child. Their innocence for one but their simplicity of life and their unwavering faith speaks volumes to me. 

They Trust...   
Children know how to trust without hesitancy.

Children are TRANSPARENT 
They are not good at hiding their flaws but they QUICK to confess their wrongs.

Children are CAREFREE...
They can focus and marvel in the moment because they are not entangled by the complications and distractions of this life.
Children are INSISTENT.
They never tire of asking questions and learning.

Children are SPONTANEOUS...
Children are always game for a new adventure. They do not want to put off until tomorrow what they believe can be done today.

 Children are IMAGINATIVE...
Children see possibilities where many may see problems.

Children are JOYFUL...
A child’s joy is not so much based on the circumstances about them as it is in the people they love being with them.

Children Love genuinely....
Without conditions.

Children are not afraid to embrace the unknown....
They are quick to reach out.
 Yes, there is something magical about a child....
The faith of a little one...should move us, inspire us and lead us.
 So many lessons we can learn from the children for LIFE....

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Jesus delights in child-like faith.

Our youngest grandbaby Kyleigh just celebrated her 4th birthday so a great big shout out to KY...

Hugs and blessings, Cindy