01 September 2015

a meal shared .. and seeing the unseen.

once that sweet man's lunch was ready for him to brown bag it to the office, and coffee brewed and set before him at the kitchen table, i sat opposite and he shared this passage from his devotional ::

"For this light  momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, 
but the things that are unseen are eternal."
II Corinthians 4:17-18


last night we enjoyed the company of a young couple who in their first year of marriage are delighting in one another and the sweet life growing in her womb. it deeply touched the hubs and i that they visited and the laughter at table was infectious, healing, and every bit of wonderful. this morning we were still mentioning little quips and memories of the night before. 

:i made a simple dinner:
baked chicken with shallots, citrus, herbs
whipped potatoes, and mixed salad
with quick stove top croutons..

i got a picture of the "before" chicken but not after.. 
though even the "before" shot looks yUmmy.

thyme and rosemary, lemon and orange, shallots, cracked pepper, kosher salt, parsley, and olive oil. i put this in my clay baker, added the lid, and set it in a 425 oven for a little over an hour. this offered a dish with gentle flavor. partnered with whipped potatoes (sour cream, butter, and heavy cream heated through then poured in the potatoes to mix), it made for a nice meal. alongside that was a salad of mixed greens (spinach, romaine of green and red, onion, heirloom tomato, cracked pepper and a touch of salt). 

just before our guests arrived i quickly prepared croutons on the stove top. leftover french bread, olive oil, butter, pepper & salt, parsley. toss well and cook just until nicely toasted. let cool and add to the salad. this crouton recipe is also delish on a winter soup - french onion, roasted tomato, or mushroom bisque especially. 

today i have home keeping necessaries to keep me busy, calls to my parents & one sister, a little project, and a few errands - one of which being picking up specialized hubcaps for the wheels on our 55 boles trailer. super excited about that errand as the hubcaps are swOonie and make my heart go pitter pat. yes, i'll share a picture. 



  1. What a delight this post is. Love poured out in good food, good fellowship, time together.

    One day you and I will share a meal and our hearts in person!


    1. i look forward to a meal shared with you deanna. {{{..hug..}}}
      the young wife, being 4 months pregnant and just until last week had terrible morning sickness, was hungry for comfort food i think. i was careful to keep the herbs gentle. we sent them home with enough food for tonight's meal in their little honeymoon cottage. they're adorably in love.

  2. I enjoy your blog so much, especially when you include food! I agree with the comment above, this is delightful.

    1. i'm so glad you visiting, susan. i wish you had a blog - i have a feeling you have much to share. consider it? :)

    2. Sadly, I'm deficient in certain areas - a low-tech gal in a high-tech world! :-)

    3. i actually get that.. :) took me a while to get the hang of things and even still i put myself through mini refreshers. well, if you ever would like to share thoughts on a subject, email me and we'll put together a guest post by you here on my blog. :) please consider.

  3. I'm catching up again after being away in a sweet place without connections to the online world. This post is an encouragement to me - the Scripture, your words describing time with a sweet young couple and simple 'instructions' for the delightful meal you shared.


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