Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Counting My Blessings - Day Five

36. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables - I'm grateful to be able to get food from my garden, farmer's market (though I need to take more advantage of both of these) and my local grocery. I have a wide variety of fruits and veggies that are safe, affordable, and good for me.

Lately at the grocery I have been sad that fruit and veggie seasons are changing and my most favorites are either not available, too expensive, or poor quality. Tonight however, I tried a "new to me" veggie, butternut squash. A made an "inside out cabbage roll" recipe that called for it - had to watch the how to peel a butternut squash video on the internet and everything. All went well. I was surprised at how pumpkin-like the seeds and pulp were on the inside. I didn't need the whole squash for the recipe so I baked what was left with cinnamon and nutmeg and then mashed it with butter. Yummy!

Oh, the inside out cabbage rolls were pretty good too. (Aunt and I wanted to try them because we grew up with our Mom making cabbage rolls. She learned it from her German grandmother. I have made them on extremely special occasions.) Both boys tried the dish - here are their responses: L - "They're okay. Not the best dinner you've ever made Mom" and M "They're good." Of course he didn't eat a whole lot and now is looking for more food! I just love their honesty and that they ate green peppers, butternut squash and cabbage!
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  1. Yum! I really enjoy butternut squash :) Thank you for the reminder to pick another up the next time I go shopping.

  2. I'm enjoying reading through your blessings. Aren't the different tastes of fruits and vegetables just amazing - and how the same one can taste so different depending on how it's prepared? God is so awesome! I love your boys' honesty.

    Tonight I made tilapia. I'm not much of a fish person, but they were on sale 2/$1, so it was worth trying. It turned out well. I was most amused, however, with S when she came up to me with, "Mom, I was wondering... what *is* fish?" We eat a lot of chicken, so this one threw her off. It was really funny.

  3. Sounds great. My husband grows cabbage for a living so I am always looking for new recipes to try.
    Thank you for all your sweet comments on my posts. I have been without a computer while taking care of my daughter. Mly son in law set me up today. I will see how long this wireless set up lasts. Blessings to you.

    In Him,

  4. I love the statement at the top of your blog! It fits so well with what the Holy Spirit showed me in regards to the direction of my blog.

    Yummy squash! Mmmmm This was my first year to have a garden and I am still giddy over all of the blessings that have come forth from our labor.




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