The Great Exchange!

The great exchange between man and wife is rooted in the love Jesus has for His church.  When we accept the love of Jesus, we become His beloved.

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine… Song of Solomon 6:3

We have watched Victoria and Spencer in their first year of marriage live out the great exchange! Spencer protects, provides, and loves deeply.  Victoria has become a woman of grace and beauty as wife and soon to be mother. She is preparing a home and a haven for her family through the power and strength of Christ, and the daily example within in her husband.

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.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ephesians 4: 9-12

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Today, if you’ve been married one year or 50 plus years, take the time to reflect on the positive.  What has your marriage, the union, provided that only two can accomplish?  As an individual within a marriage, we can often resort to the “What about me?” cycle of thoughts and actions. Take the time to say, “What about us?” and thank God for the great exchange!

Happy one year anniversary sweet Lambs!

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Homemade Pasta

We took an adventure out to Wegman’s Grocery Store to purchase steaks and potatoes for my daughter and her husband’s one year anniversary.

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While there, we found some other things that we just could not leave without purchasing.  My husband loves to cook new recipes.  Have you ever made your own pasta?

He followed the basic recipe on the bag.  Let’s get started.

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour

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1/2 Teaspoon of salt (optional, we used the salt)

2 eggs or three egg whites, beaten

2 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Combine the flour and salt. Add the beaten eggs (or egg whites), water and oil.

Mix to make a stiff dough. Knead 10 minutes or until dough is elastic.  Wrap dough in a towel and place in plastic bag and let rest for 20 minutes.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out to desired thickness and cut as desired.

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Bring large pot of water containing half a teaspoon of oil to a boil.  Add pasta and cook until tender.

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Serve with your favorite sauce or pesto, or toss with olive oil, or butter, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

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