Tuesday, August 3, 2010

bring on the rain

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So...not exactly sure how to start this one (all the other posts have been about food and I have no idea how I'm going to weave that topic into this post), but here goes. Lately I have been feeling pretty dry. Not the kind of dryness where you reach for a bottle of lotion. I've been experiencing a spiritual dryness. It's not been a drought of sorts, but it's been awhile since I've felt the rain. Anybody get what I'm saying? During this time of dryness it's been very easy to let the everyday things distract me from really running after God and all He has for me. It's been easy to scoot my bible aside on the kitchen table in exchange for work I've brought home from the office. I find myself wishing for things I don't need and wondering why I'm not the person that I feel I should be when I look in the mirror. Tonight I had enough. It was time to get wet! I grabbed my journal and opened my bible to wherever it fell.....ok, Psalm 119. I paused when I came to verse 25, "my soul clings to dust; revive me according to Your word.". Can I get an amen? David took the words right out of my mouth. My soul has been clinging to dust!! REVIVE me according to YOUR WORD!! All the distractions that I had been focusing on during my dry spell were DUST. I can't think of a better word picture than that, can you? As I kept reading God filled my mind and heart with all sorts of nuggets from his word. Commandments, promises, affirmations....I felt the Holy Sprit so near for the first time in weeks. Ahhh...sweet rain.

God's word is POWER! It has the power to breathe life. It has the power to heal. It has the power to quench any thirst and tonight I'm drenched!! I'm not one for a lot of spiritual highs and lows, but I know that God takes us through seasons. Tonight I feel like a dry spell has ended. Tonight I feel so secure in knowing that God is my Father. He has created me as His daughter and no ONE will ever add or take away from that. He has prepared my home in heaven and no THING will ever add or take away from that. He is seated on His throne and He is glorious! If anyone reading this is going through a dry spell, know that you're being prayed for. You are loved by the Most High King and He wants you to know His full love. Here's to all of you getting wet as God rains on you!! Be blessed!

Monday, May 17, 2010

caramel corn coming out my ears

okay, so a while ago i had promised to share a caramel corn recipe that i love. i'm not a HUGE caramel corn fan, but i love this recipe. it's from paula deen's recipe collection and if you know this southern queen of cooking, she is not shy when it comes to butter, cream, mayo, and all things fattening.

i hope you enjoy this stuff as much as i do. sorry there's no picture. it didn't last long enough for me to get a one. send me a pick of yours when you make it! :)

when making this, i've discovered that it's best for me to give most of it away, otherwise my favorite person and i will eat the whole batch...we like the "grab a handful every time you walk past the bowl" approach best. ;)

1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 quarts of popped corn

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Make your popcorn and set aside in a roasting pan. I used a big stainless steel bowl.

Over medium heat, combine the first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. Stir well!

Pour over the popcorn and stir until the corn is evenly coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Spread out on waxed paper to cool and then.....enjoy!

Happy eating!!