12.29.2014

A Lovely End

Good Morning! Here, let me help you get that snow off. The wind is coming up now, but it was such a beautiful Christmas card like snow last night and earlier this morning. The weather man is saying it will get a bit wild before day's end. So we'll need to hold on to our memories of last night's beauty. Won't we? Last night the snow fell as if it were auditioning for the perfect winter movie. It performed beautifully by the way. It is a rare thing indeed for snow to arrive all by itself without a ferocious wind as partner. Whenever it visits without the wind I savor every glance out of the window.

Thanksgiving and Christmas have both passed us by. Only a few days remain in the present year before the beginning of a new year arrives. The present followed by a new beginning, such a fine line of preparation to walk. Remaining fully in the here and now while adequately preparing, as best we can, for what is to come is a challenge at times to be sure.

Scripture verses have been going through my mind more than usual lately. It seems as if every situation brings another to mind. A wondrous treasure to revel in, one I ponder with wonder. Would this be possible if these same verses had not been first read and then learned? Could they be brought to remembrance had they never before been seen? Such are the ponderings of my soul.

One thing I know, no matter what the weather outside, or in, the hunger for God's Word is never satiated. The more I read and learn, the more I want to read and learn. The greater the revelations of truth, the deeper I want to study. More and more and still, it is never enough to satisfy this unquenchable desire for more, more of God, more of His Word, just more. The more I know, the more I realize how little I know.

As the remaining days of this year pass, the prayer of my heart is to remain hungry for more of God and His Word. Storms come in, they blow icy drifts, and artic blasts batter everything in their path, but God is always good. His Word is always true. No matter what the storm or firey trial, there is peace and safety, comfort and the warmth of grace in His loving embrace. Would you join me in this prayer my friend? Will you come alongside and together with me strive to fill the hunger of your heart and soul with God and God alone? Will you dedicate yourself to a commitment instead of a revolution?

I know it is time for you to head home now, but you have to get a hug first. Here's your coat. It's nice and toasty warm; it was hanging by the fire. Oooooh, feel how warm your mittens are! And your hat and scarf are just as cozy! Okay, all bundled up? Just let me tuck in this thermos of spiced cider and a little bag of cookies made from my great-grandma's recipe. They are the perfect accompaniment to a snowy blowy day. Well, they and a favorite movie along with a nap about mid-afternoon. Okay, maybe a good book beats out the nap around here. If it snows and blows enough an early bedtime makes up for the lack of a nap.

Oh! And DON'T forget the tea! A closeout sale at a local store added two new little pots to the cupboard here. We can barely wait to use them! Both of them will add a fun new touch to our winter teas. One of them is a sweet little snowman just large enough to hold cocoa or cider for one. The other little gem is a tea-for-one pot and cup combo. The simple beauty of it's Winter Berry pattern perfectly matches the regular-sized pot that sits on the shelf above the stove all winter. A pot for the family and another for just one. We're ready for all.

Good-bye dear friend! See you in the new year! Until then, praying more of Him for us all!
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

12.14.2014

Outside of the Waffle Iron Box

Hi! Isn't a cold, wet Sunday evening the perfect time for something hot and crispy from the waffle iron? I agree, completely. Sit down anywhere. Don't mind the clutter. Last weekend was a long weekend spent out of state at the wedding of My Beloved's niece. On the second day home, one by one the family got sick. By noon, everyone except Victorious Man of God was down. Five days later all are well again, still moving slow and sore but well.

Every day I say we are going to finish decorating for Christmas. We are going to finish tomorrow. Ahhhh, let's sit down here where we can see the fire and the lights from the village and tree. Would you like a cup of tea? The water's still hot. So, back to the waffle iron. Have you ever tried cooking anything other than traditional waffles in one? We hadn't until last year. One day close to lunch I realized we didn't have any crackers to eat with our chili, nor bread, nor corn chips, nor anything. There wasn't time to bake cornbread. Then, whoosh, this wild hare thought of trying cornbread batter in the waffle iron flashed through.

Not of this World and I decided it was worth checking out. Cornbread batter was thrown together while the waffle iron heated. The result? Nothing short of delicious. Tender insides with crispy outsides covered in little squares that were perfect for catching pools of melting butter and honey. Mmmmmm, I can almost taste it right now. I think we'll have chili for lunch tomorrow. Oh, yes we have tried other things besides cornbread. A waffle made from leftover holiday stuffing served as the perfect base for an open-faced sandwich of meat topped with a scoop of mashed potatoes, and don't forget the gravy on top. It was one of the most delicious ways to clean up holiday leftovers I know.

For one of my birthdays there were waffles made from chocolate cake batter, and tonight we had grilled cheese sandwiches cooked to perfection. Though we didn't have any tomato soup with our sandwiches, I can't help but imagine that the squares made by the waffle iron would catch tomato soup in the most delightful way. Little hands love holding the tiny squares each sandwich divided itself into. Of course the adult cooking the sandwiches needs to pay attention to where they place the bread on the waffle iron or the sandwich may end up dividing rather oddly. Experience is a good teacher. My favorite thing about tonight's sandwiches is that I could leave each sandwich in a little for a lightly crispy gooey mess of cheesy goodness, a long time for a totally crunchy cheese crisp experience, or somewhere in between.

Currently I am wondering what an unbaked cinnamon roll would taste like or what about chocolate chip cookie dough? Hmmmm, there are definitely more waffle iron cooking worlds to explore. Winter may be cold and sometimes long, but it will also be tasty, very very tasty. What's that? You have to get home and heat up your waffle iron? I know. It's calling out your name. Make sure you try the chocolate cake batter someday. You'll need some vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce to eat on top of it when you do and whipped cream. Promise you it's a dessert that will warm you clear through to your toes. Not only is it delicious, it's decadant and pretty enough for company too. All of that rich chocolate practically begs for the very best coffee you can find. Well, coffee or a cold tall glass of milk. Take your pick. And if you don't need dessert, it makes an incredibly extravagant breakfast or brunch.

Just now thoughts of banana bread or lemon poppy seed or gingerbread or pumpkin or oh my. So many possibilities! Did you hear that? It's sleet! Sleet in December! Can you believe the warmth after such extreme cold earlier? The lake is almost thawed in December! Thinking it won't be thawed long by the sounds of that weather. Love having you, but you'd better scoot before it gets any nastier out there! We don't want you caught out in a storm. Mmmmmm, thanks for the visit and hug! Here's hot tea in a mug to go. Love you! Praying for you! Hope to see you soon!

Loving You Because of Jesus!
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House