Monthly Archives: July 2018

07/18/18

Partners

If He wanted to, He certainly could.

He doesn’t need or ever would require our help, our support, or our strength in order to accomplish His plans.

But, instead, He wants us to join Him. To be His partners in the new and exciting works He has established. To come alongside Him.

He chooses us.

And that very fact astounds me.

In Scripture, when He parted the Red Sea, He could have done so in His own awesome power. But, He still had His servant, Moses, lift his arm, hold out his staff, and raise his hands as he called for a great miracle. And the water became a wall on either side of a large tunnel and the Israelites passed through on dry land. He could have easily slain all of Pharaoh’s army, but instead, taught His chosen people an important lesson in faith.

He did not view the Walls of Jericho as the seemingly unscalable fortress they appeared. They could easily have been swept away as chaff in the wind with a simple blow from His mouth or wave of His hand. Joshua, his armies, and the musicians were simply invited props into His overall great purpose. And they encountered His Spirit as they marched those 7 days.

In the New Testament, when our doubting Peter began to walk on water towards Jesus, God could have turned the wild waves beneath Peter’s feet into hard rock, couldn’t He? But instead, the waves remained rocky and a miracle was performed to boost the faith and trust in one of Christ’s most loyal followers.

He can easily wield power over the natural… He created it all after all! But we are invited in in order for us to more fully grasp His awesome power. He allows us to partner with Him so we can experience Him, and know Him more fully, more completely. To experience, to taste, and to see His mighty works, and worship Him!

“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are all your ways, King of the Nations,” — Revelation 15:3 

 

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07/12/18

Creamy Herb Dip

I like many of you, love a good dip!

It’s the ultimate party food and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to gather and gab around the dip bowl!

It’s the first thing to go at any party or gathering and, more often than not, you can make it in advance and store it away in the fridge. And the leftovers? Divine!

This Creamy Herb Dip is one of Ina Garten’s classic party recipes served the the veggie dippers of your choice. Serve this at your next get-together and watch it go fast!  For an engagement party or baby shower, I have doubled the recipe that you see below for a total of 4 cups of dip, but the recipe is very forgiving to make 1/2 the recipe size or to double or triple the amount as well. Make however much or little as you like!

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Creamy Herb Dip 

Yields 2 cups

{original recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook, 2004}

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 scallions, white & green parts minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Assorted crudites and/or crackers for serving

Directions:

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and blend.

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Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Serve at room temperature with vegetables and/or crackers for dipping.Engagement Party 046

Some favorites are cucumber, carrot chips, cauliflower, sweet red or yellow bell pepper strips or little baby peppers, and even classic Pita chips, or ultra-crispy kettle chips for extra crunch! But, other great options would be broccoli, sugar snap peas, endive leaves, cherry tomatoes… just use your imagination! The sky is truly the limit.

This dip would also be a sensational spread for toasted bread or even a great baked potato topper.

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It’s beautiful, colorful, fresh, and most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious!

You will be making this one all summertime long…Enjoy!!

XOXO…

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