I wrote a long blog and then erased it. The title says it all.
Jesus, I trust in you.
I had this idea a couple months ago that I was going to make my extracts. My yard has wonderful huge mint plants growing so I didn’t want to let those go to waste. I ran to the liquor store and bought the cheapest vodka I could find. I am going to experiment and see if there is a huge taste difference between the cheapest and the middle of the road vodka. Hindsight, I should have experimented with this batch. Anyway, 2.5 months later I cracked open my bottle to see how it tasted. It was super minty towards the bottom. I decided to scoop out the mint plants and put them in the food processor. They chopped up really well and I put them back to soak in the jar. I will check on it in one month and compare it to the other jar I didn’t touch. Here is my recipe:
I liter of vodka
Quart size mason jars
Freshly grown and washed mint plants
I filled the jar with the mint leaves( ditch the stems) and poured vodka over it. Everything I have read, tells me to make sure you have no plants that are uncovered. If you do, you will get plant rot and that will ruin your whole batch in the jar. I can’t stress that enough. Allow to sit tightly covered in a very dark place where the temperature is even. You don’t want to put it in the sunlight or have it in a cold place. I put mine in the back of my top cupboard. Leave it alone for at least 2 months. I will be doing coffee extracts next!!!!
Each day we are faced with obstacles. We can choose to deal with them or allow them to consume us. The truth comes out in the end. God has sent angels to help us. We just have to keep our eyes and ears open. Sometimes God chooses to use us to help another person. You have to be willing to help with his plan. We never know what will happen from one moment to another. I do believe in justice and I know in the end, justice will prevail. If not in this life, in the next. One moment your life can seem like it is falling apart and in the next, it changes. The mind is a powerful tool. We all have been gifts and talents from God. Some people choose to ignore them and others choose to share them. I believe you will grow interpersonally if you choose to share them. You really never understand the depth of your actions or the impact you have on another human being.
I am going to share what I just made. I recently have been cooking up a storm every Sunday and canning the food. I know that if I don’t do this, I eat poorly. I did some experiments in my kitchen and I will share this receipe I made up. It is soooooo good!
How I thought of this was I was cooking a ham in the oven, so naturally, I had to think how can I use the ham bone. I decided to high tail it to the store to pick up a bag of split peas. If I am going to go through the trouble of canning, I may as well make a ton! So, I picked up 2- 1pound bags and went home. I had never ever cooked this before, so with the help of the internet, I learned how to cook the peas. Whenever I cook, I always add my own flare to it. Here is what I did:
In a large, huge pot, I poured in 8 cups of hot water. Then I dumped the peas in it. I turned the stove on high and I boiled the peas for 25 minutes. I turned the burner off and let it sit for 1 hour.
In another pot, I filled it with 4 cans of sliced carrots, one cut up celery stalk, one cut up onion, fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. I cooked the veggies until tender, added the ham bone to the peas, and combined the veggies into the pea pot. I cooked the mixture until the peas were tender.
After I tasted it and like the taste, I removed the ham bone and threw everything in the blender. After it was pureed, I put it back in the pot. I thought it needed a little something, so I added some milk, a little more salt and pepper, then stirred it up. To Top off the soup I threw in small pieces of ham! Delicious!!
If you are going to can the soup, fill the hot soup into hot jars and boil in a canning pot for 40 minutes. Allow to sit and seal before putting it in the cupboard.
The next time I am in a hurry, I can pop open my soup and eat it!
Nutritional value of peas:
In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.
Green peas nutrition facts and health benefits
The neighbor invited us over to their house to make their great grandmother’s ravioli from scratch. It literally took all day and there were 20 people all helping. This family is a tight knit bunch. I was not only amazed at how well everyone got along, but at how loving they were towards us as well. It felt like we belonged there. The ravioli was an adventure in itself. After we made about 300 of these things, we ate some. The sauce and every detail was made from scratch. This event last night got me to think about my grandma. I loved cooking in the kitchen with her. I enjoyed helping her do everything. I miss my grandma. The sad part is, all the family traditions died with her. Last night was an eye opener for me. I realized if I am going to have family traditions, I need to start them. I will be the one to begin and hand them down to my kids and so forth. Traditions have to start somewhere. So, the neighbors do the ravioli tradition once a year and that is the only one they have. I suggested we do cookies before Christmas, they all liked that. Now we are starting a cookie tradition with their family and I will implement it in mine.
I woke up this morning in Thanksgiving. I had stayed up as my kid was sick last night. In spite of some of the things that happened, we were able to go serve the poor( minus the sick kid). I prayed for God to bless our day and our actions. We went and grabbed the food, which fit perfectly in my car. We brought the food in and began serving up plates. The folks were very grateful, some weren’t, and I reminded my kids that we just don’t know what is going on in their hearts or lives. Serve with a smile and be polite is what I say. We had over 110 people to serve. I thought we were going to run out of food. Guess what, some had seconds and took food to their rooms. We had leftovers still! So, we served up portions in to go containers, then set out to find those on the street who were hungry. This man on a corner looked so hungry. We asked him if he wanted a meal, he took it graciously and said please go before I start crying. You just never know what is going on in someone’s life or how they got where they are. It is not for us to judge them, just feed them. No matter what condition someone is in, we all deserve food. I was thinking that I think there are two conditions that are the worst and those are in my opinion hunger pains and being cold. We managed to put together 25 additional food boxes with the food we thought we were for sure going to run out of. I instantly thought back to the loaves and fishes story. When you ask God to bless your food and actions, he can and will amaze you. Another person we saw on a bus bench hunched over with a blanket covering her whole body and head, two of my kids went up to her and asked her if she would like some food. She took it and didn’t speak but was able to eat it. I plan on holding on to these memories of humanity. There are so many things wrong in this world but there are so many right things too. If we choose to see the bad we will miss the good. Prayer works but you also have to be willing to be God’s hands and feet to move and help those down here. We are all hurting in some way. Let’s spread love and crush darkness.
Matthew 25:31-46New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Today, I am thankful for those who are in my life. I am Thankful I have another day to serve God. I am Thankful for those my family will be serving today. WE go to a highrise and volunteer for the Union Gospel Mission. Those older folks that are waiting for us have taught us so many things. They have taught us their many life lessons. It is amazing what you learn through serving others. I would not have our holidays any other way.
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