Friday, December 23, 2011

Love the Unlovable...

December 23,2011

This time of year is bittersweet for so many. Our hearts turn to home and all that it means. This is the sixth year of the passing of our father. Who knew the impact it would have on our family. His loss was devastating at best.
He taught us so many things. He and our Mother are shining examples of what is good in the world.
This year we wanted to share with you one of our Dad's virtues. (he had many). I think he may have really taken to heart the scripture John 13:34.some say it about sums up the whole bible.. “As I have loved you, love one another.” . A very short meaningful song. One of our favorites.

And so what follows is a little bit about “Whiskey Bill” that was his AA speaker name. We just called him Dad.

Generosity and the desire to always do for others is a gift in and of itself. It is the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a helping hand and a giving heart. To want to provide for others and expect nothing in return. Sometimes it is just a kind word or a smile, that will warm a cold heart.

Love the unlovable, they too have their story....I must of heard my Dad say that a hundred times...Dad had a million sayings, and this was one of them. Dad was a speaker in Alcoholics Anonymous...he traveled all over to speak. I can attest to Dad loving the unlovable. He picked up some VERY unlovable people and loved them sober...he showed such compassion and love and forgiveness to those broken people.. I can't remember how many times driving down the driveway of their farm and seeing an old beat up car or van in the driveway. I would go in the house and ask who that was out there, Mom would say “oh someone Dad is trying to help get sober. I truly never could understand how he could be so persistent and forgiving to some of the dastardly people he helped. Perhaps he saw a little of himself in those people he helped.  He had been one of those drunks that had been taken down by his disease. I think maybe one of his greatest attributes was his ability to put himself in their spot and feel their pain, a rare quality indeed. Something we could bear working on. ..

But now that Dad is gone I hear his words like a loud speaker in my ears...LOVE THE UNLOVABLE.... Why is it we seem to act the most unlovable when we need to be loved the most?... You see the unlovable everywhere you go...they can be the folks who have everything, but most times they are the people who are down on their luck...the people who's life has been hard. Who are friendless and their families have closed the door on them. It is the people that have lost their way. We all want to be heard, and understood. Maybe they burned too many bridges behind them to ever get back...they are out to take all their hurt and anger out on someone else...sometimes you might be the one that gets in their way...just love the unlovable they too have their story... It is easy to love the lovable, but can you love the unlovable?

We wish you the Merriest of Christmas's and a New Year filled with peace and contentment. Prayerful always that God will see that you have all that you need for health and happiness. Debbie and Mary

Cheers to Happy !!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Steak Sauce...

This recipe is almost to good to be true...I love to eat steak with steak sauce...I didn't used to, I wondered why anyone would cover up steak with a sauce...I never ate ketchup with fries either, but that is another story...I can see where you could easily tweak this recipe to make it very custom to your liking...but it was great as it is...

Steak Sauce
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons of Worcestershire
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste....

bring the water and raisins to a boil and turn off and let cool for 5 minutes, add them to a blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth...That's it!

boil raisins with water and then let cool...

put all the ingredients in the blender with the raisin and water...whirl...

that is it!!!

now that was faster than finding the car keys and running to the store!! and so flavorful and good!!!

Cheers to Happy  !!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gluten Free Pizza...

Oh how I love pizza and surely miss it since going gluten free...I have hesitated making it from scratch...I have been eating Garlic Jim's GF Pizza and it is great...I knew that anything homemade, even Gluten Free, is better that today was the day to give it a try....oh so good!!! So much better than anything you can buy in a store...and you can customize it just for you!!!! Make it the way you like will not be sorry, promise...

Pizza Crust
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp agar powder or Gelatin
3 tsp yeast
8 oz all purpose Gluten Free Flour
Place the salt, sugar, agar, and yeast in a bowl and add 3/4 cup warm water...whisk and let stand for 10 minutes...then add the flour mix and let stand for another 10 minutes....oil a pizza pan or baking sheet with olive the pizza dough on the pan and then put a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the dough and  spread the dough out with your hand to a 12 inch pizza shape...let stand for another 10 minutes. 
While you heat the oven up to 430 degrees, get your toppings ready...I chose pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, olives and choose what you like...I spread  pizza sauce over the could use an olive oil also....bake for 25minutes and then you have heaven on a plate!

the sponge, sugar, salt, yeast, agar and water...add the flour and stir...

wait 10 minutes and the let the party begin!...make the pizza the way you love pizza...for me it is pizza sauce....

then fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni...

25 minutes later and you have pizza!!! So Good!!!

the crust is thin and good, it does not have that 'slippery' feel that some GF bread products have...

this crust is a great vehicle for the toppings...

I so LOVE pizza, I topped this one off with fresh basil when it came out of the is so good...and as easy and fast as calling out for pizza delivery....go ahead and give it a try!!!!!!

Cheers to Happy  !!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Roasted Cranberry Sauce...

I have always loved cranberry sauce...all kinds, whole berry and the jellied that you cut off both end of the can and push out on a plate and slice...but when you have more that a minute and you are making a special dinner, it is fun to make a special sauce...This is a cross between cooked and raw cranberry is the perfect sauce for roasted can make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until dinner...I could literally just eat it by the could put in a good port or red wine or nothing if you would like, just the orange juice. it is the roasting of the orange, cranberries and the sugar that make the wonderful rich flavor...

Roasted Cranberry Sauce
1 orange
1 lb. fresh or thawed cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
a heavy sprinkle of cardamon powder
4 whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon
2 tablespoons grand mariner
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1. Heat oven to 450°. Using a peeler, remove peel from the orange, taking off as little of the white pith as possible. Cut peel into very thin strips about 1 1⁄2" long. Squeeze juice from the orange; strain and reserve 1 tbsp. juice.

2. In a bowl, combine peel, cranberries, sugar, olive oil, salt, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon. Toss and transfer to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Roast until cranberries begin to burst and release their juices, about 15 minutes.

3. Transfer cranberry mixture to a bowl; stir in reserved orange juice and grand mariner. Let sit for at least 1 hour so that the flavors meld. Remove and discard, cloves, and cinnamon before serving.

gather the few ingredients..

cut the peeling off, try not to get the pith (is that a word)

squeeze the orange....

slice the peels very thin...

put it all in a mixing bowl and toss...

spread on a baking sheet that you can line with parchment...

house smells great...

scrape it all in a bowl...

add the juice and grand mariner...stir and let sit at least an hour...


Cheers to Happy  !!