Sunday, February 24, 2008

Apple Crisp Pizza

Preheat oven 350

Pastry for 1 pie
Apple Topping:

3 Tbls. Flour
4 apples cored and sliced
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon


1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup oats ( old fashion)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Caramel ice cream topping,

You will need pie crust or pizza dough. Roll it out to fit 12" pizza pan. Combine the apple topping mixture together. Arrange apples in a circular pattern to completely cover crust. Combine flour, oat, butter, sugar, and cinnamon, mix well, and sprinkle on top of apples. Bake at 350 for 35-40 min. until apples are tender. Remove and drizzle on caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Love Of God

The love of God is greater far
than tongue or pen can ever tell;
it goes beyond the highest star,
and reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to Win;
His erring child He reconciled,
and pardoned from his sin.

O Love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure:
The saints' and angels' song.

When years of time shall pass away,
and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
on rocks and hills and mountains call,
God's love so sure, shall still endure,
all measureless and strong;
redeeming grace to Adam's race-
the saints' and angels' song.

O Love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure:
The saints' and angels' song

Could we with ink the oceans fill,
and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
and every man a scribe by trade,
to write the love of God above
would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretched from sky to sky.

Frederick M. Lehman wrote " The Love of God " in 1917. The lyrica are based on a Jewish poem written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nenorai.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It's Greek to Me

I enjoy cooking and trying new things. I have been accused of not making things twice. This is one recipe I make all the time and my family loves it. My children smell it cooking and begin telling me how much they love me, what a great mom I am and give me hugs. So for all of that I will continue to make it. Oh, my husband after eating this always says, " That was a delicious meal, thank you for making it." I hope you will try it and like it!!

Greek Steaks, Burgers or Appetizers

1 1/3 lb. ground chevon, beef, chicken or turkey

1/4 lb. crumbled feta cheese

1 Tbl. steak seasoning ( I use a Canadean seasoning from Sam's Club. It is mostly course salt and course pepper . McCormick's Montreal Seasoning is good also.)

2-4 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil

1 box frozen chopped spinach thawed and water squeezed out well

Mix everything together and shape the meat like a steak, or burger. Drizzle olive oil on both sides. Get your grill really hot before putting these on. Place them on the grill, then turn the heat down. I have cooked these on the stove top as well. The time depends on the thickness of the meat. I generally cook mine between 10-15 min., until juice runs clear.

This steak is great with roasted potatoes and greek salad. It is also good as a burger. Just butter some bread and grill it , also make oven fries. Use the yogurt dip instead of the usual, mayo and mustard. You can also make an appetizer by rolling the meat mixture into balls and baking them on a cookie sheet. Serve them with the yogurt dip. These are good with veggies, hummas and toasted pita chips on the side.

Yogurt dressing:

1 1/2 cups Greek style plain Yogurt

3 Tbl. fresh dill

1/3 cup grated seeded cucumber

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander

salt to taste

Place in food processer. If cucumber is grated fine you could just mix everything up really well in a bowl and chill.

Roasted Potatoes

5-6 med. red or yellow skin potatoes cubed not peeled

2-3 Tbl. dried onion

1-2 Tbl. dried garlic

olive oil to coat well, you can also add a little butter

salt, pepper

*You can also add fresh dill, rosemary or thyme

I cut my potatoes small so they cook faster and the flavor is better. Mix all together. Bake in 350-400 oven for 30-45 min. covered. Potatoes should be done. Uncover them and cook until they begin to stick to the pan. This makes them have a little crunch, this is my favorite part. The time will very depending on the size you cut the potatoes and how crowded they are in the pan. I cook mine in a iron skillet ,but I have cooked them in a glass cassarole dish with good results. In the summer I put the potatoes in foil and grill them.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cracked Tea Cups

I enjoy a good cup of hot tea. I have all kinds of tea cups. Some I have bought, others belonged to my grandmother and my mother. Over the years some of them have become cracked, chipped or brocken. I have never thrown them out, they mean to much to me. I do still use them, maybe not for tea, but in other ways. Some have candles in them, others have dried flowers; I have even put office items in some. As I was looking over my cracked and chipped cups this morning, God reminded me that my life has been like my tea cups. I have been brocken and cracked and if you look you can see marks from these cracks and bracks. I was thinking even though I have been cracked through the years God has never thrown me away, I mean to much to him. He uses me in other ways. Maybe not the way he would have, but he still uses me. God can use imperfect tea cups like you and I. God most often delights in choosing the most unlikely people to do his will in this world. I am sooooooo, very thankful God uses cracked and brocken tea cups, aren't you?

Isaiah 55:8-9

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."