Love is…

Love is patient

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love is kind.

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It does not envy,

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it does not boast,

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it is not proud.

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It does not dishonor others,

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it is not self-seeking,

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it is not easily angered,

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it keeps no record of wrongs.

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Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

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It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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 Love never fails.

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THE GREATEST OF THESE IS…….LOVE….

GOD IS LOVE…

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Halibut with Cocoa

Parish and I enjoyed a wonderful cooking show on PBS.  Between show choir sets we purchased some of the ingredients and made a wonderful Scandinavian dish.

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Victoria, Sam, and Valentina cheering on Vivian!

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Rhapsody!

Looking up the recipe was easy!

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http://www.newscancook.com/recipes-by-chef/halibut-with-cocoa/

Link to website with recipe above!

INGREDIENTS

Four 1/3 pound (150 g) halibut filets
1 lb. (450 g) carrots, peeled and boiled
1 ½ lb. (700 g) potatoes, peeled and boiled
½ cup (1 dl) milk
1 small red cabbage (about 1 pound or 450 g), finely cut
2 tbs. cocoa butter
4 tbs. cocoa beans, crushed, or 1-2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 orange
3 tbs. butter
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. sugar
Salt
Pepper

We had to search for Raw Cacao Butter, but we found it at The Good Foods Grocery Store! I wish I could put smells on this post.  OH MY GOODNESS!  It tastes and smells Divine!

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In our show about chocolate, we traveled to St. Lucia in the Caribbean to pick up fresh cocoa beans and to find inspiration for this dish.

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We could not find the cocoa bean, so bought this instead.

 

Fish and cocoa are an unusual combination, but it works out better than you would think – the cocoa is used as a spice, with no sweetness involved.

Serves 4

PREPARATION:

  • 1Mash the boiled potatoes. Boil the milk and 2 tablespoons of butter and fold in the mashed potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Our twist: I used my Ninja to mash/blend the potatoes.  I also added some left over rosemary butter that my husband previously made for a loaf of Artisan bread we purchased.

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  • 2Place the boiled carrots into a beaker with 1 tablespoon of butter and blend together using a hand blender until you obtain an even mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Our twist:  We did not have whole carrots so I used the bag of small bite size carrots. They worked great!  I also used my Ninja on pulse so I could keep the firm texture.

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  • 3Salt the halibut filets well. Season the filets with the cocoa beans and pepper. Fry the filets in the cocoa butter for 3 minutes in a frying pan over a high heat with the skin side facing down. Then fry the filets on the other side for 2 minutes. The filets will be ready when their core reaches a temperature of around 118 Fahrenheit (48 Celsius) for perfectly cooked but still quite rare.

Our twist:  We went to the Fresh Market, and they had run out of Halibut.  We laughed. I think it’s because everyone saw this special on PBS the night before! 🙂  So I asked him what fish would be “similar” in texture and cooking as Halibut, and he offered Sea Bass.  So we cooked this recipe with Sea Bass.

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Our twist:  We used a cast iron pan!

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  • 4Prepare a simple cabbage salad: fry the red cabbage pieces in the fish juice along with the vinegar, sugar and the juice of half an orange. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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God made such beautiful foods! That cabbage is so rich in purple , and the design a miracle!

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Our twist:  I used my Ninja to “cut” the cabbage.  I am loving my Ninja!  We also did not have an orange, so used orange juice.  You’ll notice in the video below that we caused a lot of heat and great aroma smoke in the kitchen.  Our smoke alarm went off! We were reminded that on the show the chef was cooking outside in Norway!

ENJOY!

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Someone got her own pound of crab legs!  A special treat!

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Just some dinner time humor!

That Which Was Lost

Our small group for Woman of Worth Mentoring Ministries is studying Share Jesus Without Fear Bible study.

During this Lent season, we often reflect on Jesus’ love poured out on the cross, and the disciples He called to work alongside Him. The Bible study shared that perhaps it was not the cross that killed Jesus, but our silence.

 No one spoke up for Jesus.  

When he was arrested and accused, no one defended Him, in fact, they all scattered, betrayed Him, and/or denied knowing Him.

“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” Matthew 18:11

Speaking up for Jesus, as we are learning, is not so your voice and opinions are heard (the activity), it’s about sharing what Jesus has so loving done in your life (the relationship).  Upon the realization of His love for you, what things or circumstances that were lost were then restored or redeemed by His love? We are quick to share a good vacation spot, restaurant, or a “you have to see this movie!”; yet, what about sharing what Jesus has done in your life so that maybe, just maybe, someone else can experience His love, too?

I heard a speaker share that her childhood was restored at 50 years old, when she began to study the love of Jesus–her heavenly Father.  For the first time, she knew what it meant to have the joy and freedom of knowing that her heavenly Father is someone she can trust!  She marveled at how child-like she became when she experienced His love and joy.  Although she had to fight, control, and fear as a child in her home, at 50 years old, she was able to experience pure freedom and joy through the message of Jesus, and daily reading of His Word.

Speak up for Jesus!  What a difference it could make in someone’s life!

 

 

The Chesapeake Inn

The Chesapeake Inn is a charming and quiet place to get away in the winter months. A typical summer spot, we enjoy our stay in the winter months, too.

Located at 250 Virginia Street in Urbanna, VA, the location is just right for a couple’s retreat.  My husband and I went last year for our 25th wedding anniversary, and returned for our 26th.  The manager of the Inn, Angela St. Peter, greeted us with a smile and a hug.  She remembered us from the previous year.  The rooms are beautifully decorated with some having king sized beds and bedding that hugs you–so soft and comfy!  Each room has its own style and unique decorating.

We took advantage of the regular sized refrigerator in the room to bring breakfast items, lunch meat, and snacks.  A local grocery store is just down the street.

Last year the restaurant was in the process of being renovated.  Included in our package was a gift-certificate for an appetizer at the restaurant called The Works Bar and Grill

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The restaurant’s decor is a “throwback” to earlier times. The bar pays homage to the Coca-Cola Bottling days with old Coke bottles and old signs on display. The hallway features old black and white photos of the plant in its heydey.

The menu had typical seafood fare prepared with unique recipes. I had their egg omelet prepared

Smoked Salmon

With caper, tomatoes and goat cheese

I was very tempted to get this

Crab Benedict

Sautéed fresh jumbo lump crab, biscuit, poached egg, topped with house made chive hollandaise

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The Chesapeake Inn offers other packages that include a romance weekend and/or a cruise with Urbanna Cruises.  What a great place to have special events with the restaurant right there on the property, and joining rooms if needed.  We were able to utilize a Living Social deal for a two night stay.

I was truly amazed at the passion I saw in Angela, and their tenacity to make the Inn a memorable place.

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We enjoyed other restaurants such as Something Different, Colonial Pizza, and a local Mexican restaurant, Mi Jalisco, that offered take out. The local post office, unique shops, and that old town feel made a long walk an adventure.  With the water’s edge close by, we traveled to a small park bench and marveled at God’s beautiful world.

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We also enjoyed the history of Urbanna, and the large Magnolia trees

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This anniversary was an adventure.  We received several cards with that word in it, and I realized, after 26 years, how much our life together has truly been an adventure!  My husband began giving me cards that represented 26 years of memories.  He started days before our trip away and continued throughout the weekend.

I was able to use the pictures my oldest daughter made for our wedding anniversary last year to decorate our room.

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And, yes, that’s our wedding topper from 26 years ago.

We headed home by way of Topping, VA to visit another favorite restaurant, Merroir

The tree you see pictured no longer is there, and we happened to have lunch while they were building a pergola to offer shade for the upcoming summer season.

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Our room, and stay, was a time of great conversation, laughter, practicing our duet for my oldest’s wedding in May, sleeping (we needed some naps!), Bible study, and remembering the importance of away time with your spouse.

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Daddy’s Girls

Daddy dance with me!  I want to dress up and go to the ball with you!  I’m your Cinderella, and you are my prince….

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Daddy, you are the first man in my life who will teach me how a man is to love, respect, and honor a woman. You teach me how to respect myself, to love others, and to know that I am loved.

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Daddy, hold my hand and guide me…

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Daddy teach me how to have fun and enjoy life….

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One day I will be someone’s wife….

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And, I want to remember these moments and treasure them in my heart

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Daddy, I’m looking forward to my wedding day and our father daughter dance…

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Daddy, thank you for loving my mommy….

Thank you for the “forever dance” with her…

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26 years, February 4, 1989

 

 

 

Message and Miracles

The power of Christ in His message to us as His beloved children far outweighs the power of His miracles.  We are often captured by a miraculous story in His Word, or in our personal lives, “but the greatest of these is love”.

God is love. (I John 4:8)

We’ve prayed to God to restore and heal, and year upon year He answers our prayers, only for us to, at times, minimize, forget, or move on to the next big need.  Miracles….

Because of our flesh and temptations, we often find ourselves in a place of “What next Jesus?”  and “Jesus I thought….”, or “Why Jesus?”  We live life awaiting the miracle, and forgetting the message.  God’s desire for us is to know Him, and live our lives according to His Word even if a miracle never comes.

His message of love is enough to sustain and strengthen us.

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…

The hope to which He has called you….

It’s the mercy given to someone who has hurt you…

The act of forgiveness and a fresh start…

The joy in the midst of chaos, a dirty house, and an irritable child…

The absolute trust in our Father when the future seems questionable and confusing…

The knowledge of self forgiveness, and His unrelenting love for us when feelings of regret try to take us over

When Jesus fed the 5,000 with a few fish and loaves a miracle occurred.  However, the message was not about the multiplication of food, but trusting in a God who will provide your daily needs.  The message.

 

Day in, and day out, year after year, decade after decade…..His message lived out….

Today, ask for God to help you live out His message and live in the confident hope to which He has called you. Miracles will come and go, but His message is eternal.