Grilled Stuffed Pork Loin (Cook’s Summer Grilling and Raichlen)

The filling of this yummy pork loin is made with apples, cranberries, and spices. 

Ingredients:

Filling

1 cup of Apple Cider

1/2 cup Cider Vinegar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 cups of Apples sliced thin(no skin)

 1/2 cup packed dried cranberries

1 TBS of grated fresh ginger

1 TBS of yellow mustard seeds, or you can use dry mustard (Coleman’s)

1/2 TSP of ground Allspice

1/8 to 1/4 tsp of Cayenne (optional)

Pork

1 boneless pork loin roast

Butcher string

Grill

Wood chunks or chips for the grill (I used hickory chunks and then tossed some hickory wood and apple wood chips on the coals later)

For the filling:

Peel  and core about four apples (2 cups) and slice them thin.  Add all other filling ingredients with the apples in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat then reduce to low and cook until the apples are soft. (about 20 minutes)

Pour off the liquid and then try to squeeze out the rest of the residual liquid from the apple mixture.  I used a small plate in the bottom of the sauce pan to mash down the mixture and squeeze off extra liquid.   Simmer the liquid down to about 1/3 cup over medium high heat.  This will be used as a glaze on the roast at the end of cooking. 

In a blender or food processor (or by hand) coarsely chop the filling mixture uniformly. 

Cut the meat so that it’s about 1/2 inch thick.  This involves a roll cut. Holding the knife parallel to the cutting board and starting at the bottom of the roast make a lengthwise cut, cutting almost to the other side.  Unfold the top of the roast ( kind of like unrolling a roll of paper towels on it’s side).  Continue to cut and unroll.  You should end up with a large rectangle of meat that is about 1/2 inch thick.  You can use a rolling-pin or a meat pounder to flatten out any bumps or thick spots.

Start your coals. Wood chunks can go on top of the pile or in the top of the chimney starter.

While the charcoal is burning. lightly salt the meat and then spread the filling uniformly over the meat. Leave 1/2 inch all the way around the edge for rolling purposes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 Roll the pork loin back up like a jelly roll. Use butcher string to tie it together and hold it in place. Start with tying up each end so you don’t lose the filling.

 

 

 

 

The roast is cooked using indirect heat.  Heat the coals to medium high and rake to one side or make a pile on each side of the grill. Use a drip pain under the roast. Clean and oil the grate.  Place the roast over the drip pan fat side up and close the lid.  Remember to add wood chips on top of your charcoal. As the meat is grilling you can add more chips later.

Cook the roast for about an hour or more.  Internal temperature should be 160 degrees. You’ll want to turn it over about 1/2 way through.  About five minutes before the meat is done, coat with the glaze on both sides (you may need to warm the glaze again to make it spreadable).

I cooked it until it got to a bit over 150 degrees and then transferred it to a pan and tented it with aluminum foil.  The internal temperature went to 160 degrees while tented in the pan (about 15 minutes). 

Remember that tented in the pan is at the table not on the grill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the meat into 1/2 inch slices, removing the butcher string as you slice. We searved it with yellow squash!  Yummmmmmmmmmmm!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up

Today at Upward Cheerleading and Football, Greg Sweeney shared a GREAT devotional on the power of……YOU GUESSED IT!……….

ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I laughed and worshipped as he shared that life was meant for us to share together, and when one falls, a friend is there to help them.  He asked how could a football team work if only one person showed up?  We need each other to play the game.  We need each other to play the game of life!  I’m sure some very avid sports fans could write a terrific post on all the positions on a football team and relating that to life in general – when do we need a line backer?  A wide receiver? A Coach?  A defense person? A quarter back? 

Okay Spencer – is this yours to do? 🙂  Would love to hear!

The message was so moving that even the kids were hugging each other and saying – “You are my friend!”  And, at one point, Valentina was hugging on Abby and dancing with her.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  the gift of God’s Word and ENCOURAGEMENT!

As we were leaving these two little boys in the woods were making a fort – team work, having fun together, helping each other out!

P.S. – Sweet Abby (Valentina’s friend) came up to me and said out of nowhere, “You are so pretty.”  Considering some of my previous posts, and my concentration on encouragement, I just grabbed her and said, “Thank you! I think you are pretty too!”  Sweet little girl!  Encouragement comes naturally from the child-like heart.  May we learn from sweet Abby.  Just say it!

 

Confirming Our Time Together! GOD IS AMAZING!

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah 29:13

The above verse was my K-Love (radio station) verse this morning.  I smiled because it’s what we talked about yesterday!  Not only are we being more responsible with God’s Word in our personal walk with daily meditation, but we are also committed to encourage others.  So as I was typing that verse, I realized it’s very close to the verse we all quote and love, but we never go past that verse to the meat of how to make that happen:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Did you hear that in your soul?  He is saying to us – Call on me, pray to me, seek me with your whole heart (not this half way stuff), AND THEN I WILL BRING YOU BACK FROM CAPTIVITY……FROM WHICH I CARRIED YOU INTO EXILE.

Remember my daddy’s response of the Israelites being in captivity but then there comes a day in which HE CARRIES US OUT OF CAPTIVITY?!!!!!!  Okay – I got glory bumps because God is working in our lives.  It’s like God is saying, “Okay, talk about this, share this, and then tomorrow I will confirm it over and over in your lives!” 

I love how HE connects the dots – Synchronicity!  (yet another post we had)

Oh I love you!  I’m sitting here racing through this post because I just had to tell you, share with you.  My hair is wet, I’m late for an event…..but this could not go undone!  I’m like the woman at the well – FRESH ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS!  (which we learned was our goal to be unoffended in life – Blessed are those who are unoffend says Jesus).

 WOMAN RUNNING THROUGH VILLAGE SHOUTING HIS NAME! MORE ON THE 6:00 NEWS, BUT JUST REMEMBER YOU HEARD IT FIRST ON 12 AT 5:00!  LOL!

We may be exiled to this world, and God carried us here, tenderly in His arms.   He tells us to stay here for a while and worship Him, be His ambassador to a hurting world, but there will come a day in which I rescue you – carry you all the way home.  GLORY!  If I don’t see you here, I’ll see you there for eternity!!!!!!  That is our HOPE!  Don’t you love the fact that no matter where we go in life – God carries us there.  Go back and take notice of that in the verses.  Oh Jesus, THANK YOU, for holding me and carrying me.  Reminds me of that picture of Him holding the lamb.  I’ll find that and post it with this.

I love you!

GLORY!  GLORY!  GLORY!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up (I Thessalonians 5:11)

After re-reading the post today, I realized how we strive personally to reframe our negative thoughts by praying and applying God’s Word to our thoughts.  Then it hit me!  There are so many verses in God’s Word about ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER.  I’m not talking about flattery, but sincere encouragement.  How often do we face this world and so many measure us by our output and work. Why can’t we begin to see moments as opportunities to encourage and speak love, joy, blessing into someone’s life?  Starting right now, be mindful of your words and your surroundings and every time you encourage someone say, “Glory!” (That will give you some kind of mental check of your encouraging words.) I guess if you say discouraging comments you might want to say, “Hold up!”

I was affirmed in this thinking when I saw the most precious little teenage boy at Martin’s loading my groceries tonight.  He said, “See that worker over there?  She is so ecnouraging.  When I came to work here she went out of her way to help me, and get to know me. I really like her.  She made a difference in my life.”  I smiled and TOTALLY agreed with him!   Here are some reader responses of great encouragement for us all!

A Reader’s Response: (She’s the biggest CHEERLEADER ever!)

Love, love, love this post Anna!!! Gets right to the heart of the matter! We must saturate ourselves in God’s Truth, His Word so that the lies fade and lose their grip! Daily bread, daily feeding on His precious promises is where I have found healing and wholeness! Praying Psalm 19 this morning! “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul….The precepts of the LORD are right, giving JOY to the heart…The commands of the LORD are radiant giving light to the eyes…!” Read this entire psalm and be blessed!!

Another Reader: ( I thought this could be a song! I started singing it in my heart!)

You are beautiful. You are treasured. You are enough. You are worthy. You are extraordinary. You are a daughter of The Most High! And you’re my Aunt. =) I pray that, together we would claim these!!! Let these Truths overflow within our souls! May God captivate our hearts and may we never let go; even when the wind blows against us and we want to run, I pray that we’d cling to God with all we have. I love you.

Let’s close out praying and reading together Psalm 19:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Your Pilgrimage

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

As they pass through the Valley of Baka (weeping),

they make it a place of springs. (vv. 5 – 6 of Psalm 84)

Reframing. 

We are learning in my class at VCU how to reframe organizations.  Whereas you may have structured your organization under a certain framework, many things can cause the need to reframe.  When you break a pattern or something drastic happens you are called, or forced to reframe.  Reframing is looking at the situation from all angles and literally changing the way you view situations and events, and how you structure your resources and time.

I don’t know anyone in my life who is not going through some sort of change.  For some of my friends they are finding that they will be in the Valley of Baca (weeping) for a season.  God is there.  Jesus weeps with us and lifts us up.

The only way I see us being able to reframe some situations is to totally believe and count on that God is our strength, and we acknowledge that life is not easy, but a pilgrimage.  You don’t have to buy the ticket to Mecca and literally walk that dusty road.  Your little house in your neighborhood, the roads you take each day when going to work and carting children around, your walk down the hall at work, your relationships, your events, your circumstances – YOU ARE ON A PILGRIMAGE.  This life counts, and you may be one in a million, zillion on planet earth, but at the same time God calls you the “apple of His eye!”

There is no denying our past.  The footsteps we’ve taken on this pilgrimage.  They propel us on, but our eyes are focused on the road ahead, while learning from our past, and embracing the message of the road travelled.  We keep moving.  We press on.  Only through the power of God and His strength will we take this valley of weeping and turn the tears into a place of springs! God gave us brains that have the ability to store and remember, so I’ve never thought we had to work on completely forgetting our past, but how do we use God’s strength to reframe our past as we are moving ahead on our pilgrimage. 

One personal, yet profound example is years of self talk in my mind of how unworthy I was.  It was based on certain relationships in which I was emotionally and physically told how unworthy I was as a person, and my physical appearance.  Nothing hurts more for a woman, than being told how “ugly” she is.  Grow up in your adolescent years and younger childhood days with this knowledge it’s hard to dismiss, or reframe.  But with God’s strength, I’m learning how very special I am to Him, and that I don’t have to be anybody but me, God’s child, in His arms, loving me.  God can heal and set my feet on a pilgrimage of hope and healing.  I don’t need to be in this constant striving to be perfect or seek constant approval so that I am worthy.  I simply am worthy because God loves me.  Period.

Your tears, your pilgrimage will produce a river of life – springs of living water.  God’s Word promises that those who love Him will have a river of life flowing from them.

This whole concept that sounds too good to be true, too hard for some of us who are crying, weeping and can’t see past the hurt, and for some perhaps a ridiculous fairy tale.  If you would consider embracing this reframing of what your life can be – a pilgrimage of God as your strength, and the valley of weeping, a journey we must take at times, and the promise of the springs, I believe we can all press on with a more confident footing.

If the enemy, the father of lies, has sold you a lie: (Sometimes it’s good to just say that right out loud: THAT’S A LIE!)

God must be punishing me.

I must be a pretty bad person for this to have happened.

Nothing good happens to me.

My life is a disappointment.

I am not as talented as others.

I feel worthless.

I should give up.

If he has convinced you of any of those sentences, it’s time to reframe by using God’s Word.  There are so many verses to remind you of how much God loves you, He is for you not against you, and He wants good things for YOU.  Take your eyes off of Facebook, friends’ advice, this blog, your dirty house, television and spend time with Jesus in His Word and allow Him to work in your life.  As He speaks to you share it with others.  When you take the time to speak, write, reveal what God is doing in your life, not only are you claiming His work to others, but you are also ENCOURAGING others in their walk.  We learn from each other.

A great song/video:  Blessings by Laura Story – an honest song about our pilgrimage….(please click on box to hear)

 

Here is a good place to start:  Who are you in Christ?

http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=knowing_who_i_am_in_christ

Even Now

Do you put periods in your prayers or use conjunctions?  Check this verse out from Martha concerning her brother Lazarus who had been dead for four days. 

FOUR DAYS!  DEAD!

“Lord,…if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that EVEN NOW God will give you whatever you ask.” 

The word BUT is the most amazing miracle of this verse.  What if Martha had just ended the conversation with Jesus at died?  I’ve always been amazed at this true story in the Bible and The Circle Maker relating this story to our prayer life was moving to me. How many times do we lament to God (and He really is okay with that) but linger there so long we avoid, or maybe we are afraid to claim His promises?  We don’t say BUT!  Or things like EVEN NOW – I love those two words!

  • My child is rebellious Lord, but even now, today I know you can reach them.
  • My marriage is suffering Lord, but even now, today I know you can heal.
  • The doctor says I have cancer, but even now, Lord, today you can bring healing.

“REJOICE IN OUR CONFIDENT HOPE. BE PATIENT IN TROUBLE, AND KEEP ON PRAYING.”  Romans 12:12

You know the danger in reading Christian books like the Circle Maker?  We hurry over the part in the book in which the author shares how long it took their prayers to come to fruition.  You read the chapter and in about 10 pages or less, WOW! He was healed, the church was built, the money came in!  NO!  It took 15 years for that crack house to become a coffee-house church in Washington D.C. Mark Batterson prayed for 15 years!  Once he knew that the house would become a coffee-house he prayed 8 years with that knowledge. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  During that wait time, God produced a stronger prayer warrior, and protected them from many things.  He took our love for coffee and coffee-houses and turned it into a Java House of God!  In this building you can get some coffee, but you also will be having church! 🙂  (A link to their coffee-house:  http://ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/)

Ebenezer’s Coffee House (It used to be a crack house!)

As we live life unoffended (previous post) we can rejoice in our confident hope (fresh encounters with Jesus) and pray through.   God’s Word is a beautiful love letter to us, and it is meant not only to study, but also to use as a prayer tool.  Pray through the Bible. When you use the Bible to pray through you are uttering the very Words of GOD!  Pray with me….

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

OH GOD, TODAY MAY I DWELL IN THE SHELTER OF YOUR LOVE AND REST IN YOU.  MAY YOUR PRESENCE OVERSHADOW ME. LORD I PROCLAIM RIGHT NOW THAT YOU ARE MY REFUGE AND MY FORTRESS, AND I WILL ONLY TRUST IN YOU AND YOUR PROMISES.

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

DEAR GOD THERE SEEMS TO BE TROUBLE AND CONFUSION ALL AROUND ME.  SAVE ME!  GUIDE ME! COVER ME LORD WITH YOUR FEATHERS LIKE A MOTHER BIRD TO HER BABIES.  LET ME HIDE IN YOU, UNDER YOUR CARE. I LOOK BACK ON ALL YOU’VE DONE FOR ME AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS WILL BE MY PROTECTING SHIELD TODAY AND MY RAMPART!
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

LORD I WILL NOT FEAR!  YOU HAVE ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY!  THANK YOU JESUS! PRAISE GOD!  LORD, MAYBE IN THOSE DAYS THEY WORRIED ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS.  TODAY WE CAN KNOW AND APPLY YOUR WORD TO THE FEARS OF OUR DAY AND KNOW YOU WILL PROTECT US AND SHOW US THE WAY. LORD, RIGHT NOW I ASK YOU TO GIVE ME WISDOM IN ____________________________.  AND LORD, I PRAY DEEPLY FOR ____________________________________________. 

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

LORD THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE WITH ME WHEN “I’M IN TROUBLE” AND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME EACH DAY YOUR SALVATION!  I LOVE YOU JESUS! AMEN!