Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Recipes!

I have a couple of new to me recipes for you ....

Kale Chips from my friend Jamie Thomas

Take a large bunch of kale and separate the leafy part and tear into bite size pieces.  Mix with olive oil and sea salt.  Spread onto a single layer on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam - it usually takes 2 baking sheets.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  The chips will be crunchy - watch carefully at the end.

Such a cool snack that is so healthy!  Kale is considered a wild cabbage and we only buy it in the organic form because  my perfect health food friend says that experts label it pretty high on the pesticide watch list in its non organic form.  


from my friends Darla Pharis & Xan Holub
Cheesy Egg Bake

This is great to make up and have in the fridge for a quick grab-n-go breakfast, brunch or lunch. It's versatile using any combination of herbs or cheeses you have on hand...a real clean-out-the-fridge type protein dish! Don't let the cottage cheese in it deter you from making this comforting melts into the batter and no one will ever know it's in there!

Vegetable cooking spray
6 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour *** I use my gluten free all purpose flour - I will share that recipe another day.... but it worked great!
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup milk
1 cup cottage cheese
4 ounces cream cheese cubed
1 cup cubed sharp cheddar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9-inch baking pan with vegetable spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Whisk in flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, seasoning, milk, and cottage cheese. Stir in cubed cheeses. Pour into greased 9x9 inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until puffed, golden and set. Makes eight servings.

Per Serving: Calories 202; Protein 16 g; Fat 12 g; Carb s7 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 272 mg
The last time I made it I did not use the cream cheese and I actually liked it better - while I love cream cheese I don't like to bite into a place that has only cream cheese when I am expecting egg!

These recipes will be over on my recipe page in a couple of days.  Enjoy!

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Maybe I Should Play....

One thing my parents have always known and shared with me is that my biological parents liked music.  I am not exactly sure how that information was shared because I haven't found it in my notes from Hope Cottage but nonetheless - music has always been a part of my life.

My mom made sure I took piano lessons - I even took lessons while in college.

I am really not all that good - and all that I ever really wanted to play was church music.  I guess in some ways that is one of the most ironic things about where we worship now - there isn't a piano for me to play!  But several years ago Kerry bought me a piano.  I don't play it enough but as I was cleaning tonight - I ran across some of my music.

My mom tells me that when life wasn't going just the way I wanted - she would encourage me to play.  My parents had a piano and I would go and play for hours.  I would also have my own church service and sing songs and talk about what the songs meant - how they could help someone in my audience... You know just like they did in revivals and summer camp.

One of my favorite songs - that I am sure I heard first at a church camp is Give Them All To Jesus by Bob Benson & Phil Johnson.

Are you tired of chasing pretty rainbows?
Are you tired of spinning round and round?
Wrap up all the shattered dreams of your life,
And at the feet of Jesus lay them down.

He never said you would only see sunshine,
He never said there would be no rain,
He only promised a heart full of singing,
About the very things that once brought pain.

Give them all, give them all
Give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, and broken toys

Give them all, give them all
Give them all to Jesus
And he will turn your sorrow into joy!

Joy seems to be a phrase that keeps occurring in my writing and reading.  Several things lately have related to joy.  As you know we as a family are participating in the Joy Dare ( - and I am saving our comments.  I decided that I could display them in this standing picture frame that my mom got me for Christmas several years ago.  It has turned out to be perfect.  I have copies of our "thankful messages" - pictures - and some quotes.

Probably one of the coolest parts is that when you are standing outside my door - you can see in the side window and read 2 of the messages.

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Do Love to Cook

One of these days I am going to have enough time to do all of these projects I have in my brain...... Well maybe not - but there are a few that I really must accomplish.  One of those is a cookbook.  I have been taking pictures for a while for my cookbook.  But for now - I have posted some recipes in this blog - over on the Recipes I Love page....

Speaking of cookbooks..... I have so  many!  I need to count them -

This is the cabinet where I keep "most" of my cookbooks - you can only see the front row
- there are more behind!

A gift from my mother in law many years ago - one of my most favorites.

This cookbook is from the owner of a tea room in Frederickburg - wonderful book!

I have more on a book shelf in my office - "Food that says welcome" is a great book to read when thinking of having people in your home, "The Paleo Answer" notice the lose weight part.... and "Mom's very best recipes" - I LOVE the Gooseberry cookbooks - I have several!

I even have an autographed cookbook!

Enjoy - I have only posted a few recipes - but I will post more!

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.