Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."I came across this verse this morning. I love it because it reminds us that just the fact of our salvation gives us immeasurable joy, and also that we should ask God to remind us of everything He's done for us. Beth Moore says in the Bible study "Breaking Free" that sometimes we aren't free because we don't want to be; we are too comfortable in our bondage, or too scared of what will happen when we let go. She says we can pray for God to change our "want to." I think that applies to other things too. Sometimes I just don't want to be patient with my sisters, or I don't want to volunteer at church for one more thing, or I don't want to help with the dishes. Even if I do it, my spirit is probably not willing. To me, this verse says that joy and a willing spirit go hand in hand. And it makes sense: if we are filled with joy from Him, our spirits will be willing to do what He wants us to do. We can ask God for joy to change our "want to's!"
Thursday, April 8, 2010
When I got home from Arizona on Monday, there was an envelope on my dresser with Taste of Home's magazine, Simple and Delicious. At first I thought it was just another advertisement to get me to subscribe to the magazine, but then I looked in the envelope and there was a letter in there. It said that I was a runner-up in one of their recipe contests, and my prize was a year's subscription to the magazine! I was so excited! I had entered the contest like last summer, and I had almost forgotten about it completely. But there was my recipe, with a picture and everything. I've never won anything like this before! Since it was in their magazine, it is now on their website too. My recipe was for "Banana-Berry Pie." I had the idea in my mind for a while, and when I saw they were having a contest for berry recipes, I decided to go for it. Now I am excited to try other recipe contests!
1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon strawberry gelatin
3/4 cup cold water
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup cold 2% milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix
Directions: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and ginger. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly. Arrange 1 cup strawberries over crust. Pour gelatin mixture over strawberries. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
In a large bowl, beat the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, milk and pudding mix for 1 minute. Spread over top of pie. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Garnish with remaining strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.