Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Advent: One Lady Waiting


I recently participated in an online  discussion on Advent. It made me think.

During Advent, we remember Christ’s first coming. Also, we look toward His second, for which we are waiting. Waiting — that is something I am familiar with.

As a single woman, I am waiting for marriage. I may be active in doing things to help marriage happen. I may be praying boldly for God’s intervention. But all the same, I am waiting. And though I may try to just not think about it at times, it’s hard to forget for very long.

Yet, I often forget that I am engaged in another sort of waiting. As a part of Christ’s Bride, I am waiting for the return of my Husband. 

Am I actively preparing for His coming? Do I pray that the Father would send Him quickly?

Do I even remember that I am waiting for Him?

This Advent and in the coming year, I want to live more intentionally within the reality of this waiting. I am waiting for the advent of my King.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Easy, delicious lemon cheesecake

Tis' the season to bake. A lot. Here's a super easy treat to serve up when you are in a hurry!

Ingredients:
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons squeezed)
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:
Beat cream cheese with condensed milk. Beat in juice and zest.


Pour into pan. Chill. Top with whipped cream and serve!



You can view the original recipe here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'Tis the season for hot food: slow cooker stew

We made a double batch of this stew for one of our Bible studies a few weeks ago. It's so good -- the perfect finish to a cold early winter day.

Ingredients:
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package stew seasoning mix
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
2 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes
4 carrots
1 stalk celery


Directions:
Put meat in slow cooker.


Mix flour, pepper, seasoning salt, and salt. Toss into meat.


Chop veggies. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Mix.


Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours.


Enjoy!


You can view the original recipe here.