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Of Pie and Piano

This morning, Grandma and Ole were in our neighborhood for a seminar and so we invited them for some lunch and piano music. We didn’t tell them that they were going to be our guinea pigs for an experimental dish! They were good sports as they sampled my newest creation and some old favorites as well. The photo is of Aunt Nellie’s Pumpkin Pie recipe (one of the Sample Recipes posted on this site) – we’ve made this many times, but today, Brody prepared it and made a more artistic crust than I generally do since we wanted to post a photo of it. 🙂 He did a great job with that recipe while I was working on a variation of the Chicken Pot Pie recipe (also a Sample Recipe). Grandma and Ole also tried my latest variation of hummus – maybe next time, we can have some crackers ready to eat with the hummus… today we ran out of time to prepare the crackers. My experimental dish turned out acceptably – I used lots of fresh herbs to flavor some red beans, pork and shredded brussel sprouts, and baked it in the crust as I do for the Chicken Pot Pie. It tasted great, but I think I’ll let Brody enjoy the leftovers since I don’t enjoy pork as much as he does. I made a large batch of Meatless Minestrone yesterday, so that will likely be the main dish for me these next few days.

Brody’s latest piano piece is a medley of 3 variations of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” by Mark Hayes. I love how Mark Hayes designed the arrangement to remind the listener of a trumpet fanfare for the arrival of the King. What a blessing Brody is! His piano playing will put an uplifting tune in my head and help me keep my focus on honoring my King with my attitude, thoughts and words, even as I am washing the endless supply of dirty dishes. If you are a caregiver right now, remember that nothing lasts forever on this side of Heaven. The difficulties you face today won’t be exactly the same tomorrow. If tomorrow comes, God will give you the strength to face tomorrow’s difficulties, and it is possible that the one you are caring for may improve to the point you can hardly remember how sick he/she once was. I am still amazed at how much Brody has improved in many ways after being so careful to avoid the ingredients which don’t work for him. I am thankful that now we can work as a team with the kitchen chores. In addition to working full time, he also has energy now to exercise, prepare to teach the Men’s Bible Study at our church, and play the piano, among other activities instead of simply surviving and working his full time job. If you are just beginning the journey of finding which ingredients work for you or your loved one, don’t give up! You may be incredibly surprised at the substantial physical and mental improvements you may experience from good nourishment and avoidance of problematic ingredients. And remember, God always gives His people daily spiritual nourishment, just as He provided the Israelites with daily physical nourishment in the form of manna. He will sustain you through whatever trials you are facing today.

5 Years and Counting…..Chicken Pot Pie to Celebrate!

This past weekend, Brody and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary of our engagement! He brought home two dozen beautiful roses – you can see one in the photo that I cut short to wear in my hair one day and then I set it in the cup of water to revive it a little. I made Chicken Pot Pie (page 120-121) tonight and we enjoyed the texture and flavor all over again. When I made this recipe for one of my taste-testers a few moths ago, she was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out! I really like the crust – it’s tender, but still sturdy enough to hold up and not become soggy. 

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the pressures we feel in this life. When I remember that the pressures are from a gentle Potter’s Hands as He molds me into the image of His Son, the difficulties feel less burdensome. When I focus on His wisdom in designing each of my trials, I am amazed at how He works in my life. He brings the trial and provides a kindness to help me bear up under the pressure. For example, years ago, my headaches did not cause me as much pain as they do now, but, in recent years, Brody has rediscovered the piano and has eased my suffering many times by playing songs that minister to me. On the other hand, he suffered from digestive challenges for years and when these difficulties became severe, God also helped me to figure out some recipes that would not make him sick, would provide him with nourishment, taste good, and have an acceptable texture. We are thankful for how God has provided for both of us in our marriage. May you also see God’s kindnesses to you today!