Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Marinated Brussel Sprouts

I'm doing something new this week... In light of one of my weekend purchases, I'm going to participate in Kim's Tasty Tuesday Party over at Forever Wherever!

I'm a big fan of marinated brussel sprouts. In fact, I could probably live off of these things. This most recent trip home to VA saw us going to numerous and sundry country stores where at one I stumbled upon Jake and Amos Sweet Marinated Brussel Sprouts! These things are to die for!! Check them out at Jake and Amos!

However, as good as these are, nothing tops my Nannie's old recipe! More sweet, not as spicy, a great compliment to any Spring/Summer cookout!

Nannie's Marinated Brussel Sprouts

2- 10 oz. Frozen Brussel Sprouts

1 cup Good Seasons Italian Dressing (prepared according to directions)

A Dash of salt

1 tsp. Dill Weed

Cook Brussel Sprouts according to package- do not overcook! Drain and put in plastic container. Add together remaining ingredients, pour over brussel sprouts and chill overnight. Lift from dressing to serving dish when ready.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Random Thought and Quote of the Day!

The older I get the more I'm aware of what true friendship is and means.  As a woman, it is hard to maintain good girl friends~ we're fickle like that.  But also, I think we understand all too painfully what it means for certain friendships to have seasons in which they were most meaningful.   Sometimes those seasons last a lifetime and sometimes those seasons end, with wonderful memories had and lessons learned.  The more I realize this, the more at peace I am with the good friends I do have.  I'm a lucky gal to be surrounded by so many thoughtful, creative, amazingly beautiful, grounded, faithful women.

Quote of the Day!

"What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean.  What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone."

- Anna Quindlen, Living Out Loud (as shown in April 2009 issue of Real Simple)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

Irish Dinner

In light of today's St. Patty's Day Celebration, I decided to come up with a dinner worthy of the homeland!

Erin Go Braugh!

My Menu:

Irish Beef Stew- Caraway Rye Bread- Killian's Irish Red Lager

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grass is always greener......

In this most recent Us Weekly Kate Walsh commented...

"Sometimes I come off as confident, but really I am a quivering little wharf rat underneath, who is radically insecure and deeply in need of love."

If SHE feels that way, what's that say for the rest of us!?!


I guess that puts all my insecurities into perspective though!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Making sense....

Have you ever read or heard something over and over that totally goes over your head?  Then out of no where  it clicks one day ~ only when you are in position that you REALLY pay attention, when you really listen.  It isn't worded any different, it isn't presented to you in anyway other then the way it always has been.  But because your heart and mind are in a special place at that particular moment, whatever it is finally makes all the sense in the world.

That's how it was for me today with this verse of Scripture.

Hebrews 12:2 (New International Version)
2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

How many times have I as a Christ follower been humbled by the fact that Jesus died on the cross for my sins?

But today, because God opened my eyes, I saw "who for the Joy set before him endured the cross". 

I am that joy.

Who for the "relationship and salvation and love of Kelli, the sinner" that was set before Him (all of my junk placed upon Him) He endured the cross.  Even as agonizing as the pain of my sin (the entire world's sin) was for Him to bare, He did it for the "joy" He faced with us as His children.

Wow.  That's not just humbling.  It will bring you to your knees.  As it did me.

I'm glad it finally clicked.