Monthly Archives: December 2013

12/04/13

Shaken

Sometimes something very familiar becomes exactly what I need to hear, exactly what I need to understand, and meditate on.

I am a lover of contemporary Christian music and one of my favorite bands is Building 429. I love their latest song that has been playing on the radio these last few months, “We Won’t be Shaken”. One of the choruses chants:

We will trust in you…

we will not be moved…

We will trust in you…

We won’t be shaken!”

 

This week has been filled with tragedy, sadness, and hurt in the lives of people close to me. They are in the valleys of this life right now. I hope that I can be a light and an encouragement to them so that they can stand and have the sort of faith that declares to “not be shaken”.

That is truly a remarkable gift; faith. I really believe that. It is believing in the unseen, trusting in intangible things you cannot hear, see, feel, or touch, and relying on someone, a supreme power so far greater than yourself to lead, guide, and direct you through the peaks and valleys. I pray that the Lord strengthens their faith this week, and mine. For this I know for certain… Life is shaky, but He is steady. Plant yourself on the solid rock who is immovable and unchanging. It really is the only way to weather life’s storms when they come.

 

If you want to listen to the song and sing along to the lyrics as they pop onto the screen, please follow the link below. I hope that this song blesses you as it did me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDYWOH-q-RI&feature=kp

 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”– Matthew 13:1-9

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12/02/13

Herbs de Provence Roasted Potatoes

I love easy sides.

Isn’t the sides what truly makes the meal? I mean that grilled chicken or baked porkchop is all well and good, but Ohhhh! Those roasted potatoes were to die for!

How many times have you heard/said that before?

If you are like me, tons of times! I love a quick, easy, and unexplainably delicious roasted potato dish and these, these are great!

Herbs de Provence Roasted Potatoe Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 small bag of baby red potatoes or baby yukon golds {I have used both many times}
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1 1/2 tablespoons herbs de Provence* {I am a little heavy handed with this herb because I love it… feel free to scale back to 1 tablespoon if you like}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wash, dry, and cut your potatoes either in 4 wedges or in half depending on size. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until evenly coated. Then toss with herbs de Provence until everybody is covered with those delicious herbs.

*Herbs de Provence is an enticing mixture of fennel seed, basil, thyme, and lavender. So amazing good!

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3. Place the potatoes in a prepared baking dish ready to roast!

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I love baking in my stoneware. Always conducts heat so evenly and browns potatoes beautifully.

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3. Slide into the oven and bake about 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and nicely browned.

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Serve warm with your favorite chicken, steak, salad, ice cream, whatever. It will round out any meal perfectly!

Bon apetit!

 

 

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