Wednesday, March 18, 2009


With my refrigerator brimming with several left-over dishes from the past few days, it was time today to peruse the expiration dates and see what needs to GO today or tomorrow. Ahhhh, the ham soup.

Tonight for dinner I've thrown together one of my concoctions that I hope will taste good and get a "thumbs up" from DD and DH. My ham stock soup was originally very tasty--it had warmed the cockles of my being during the colder days of last week.

2 cups of soup
1 1/4 cups of ricotta cheese(skim)
1 cup of cheddar cheese/reduced fat
3 egg whites and 2 eggs
1 tbsp freeze-dried onions
Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle
Prepared pie crust

It all went in my large pottery plate and got sprinkled with Parmesan cheese when it went into my 375* preheated oven, for probably 45-60 minutes...'til the eggs were set.
Pray with me it comes out tasty, too!

Speaking of leftovers and concerns for not wasting things, this re-use of my previous entree reminded me of the importance of not WASTING opportunities to mix our lives with others and share what Jesus has done...not by standing on the street corner or going door to door with pamphlets. I mean in every-day discussions with our children, with friends, with spouses...when things are bumpy or uncomfortable or when we know in our hearts something needs touching in a special way.

Someone may think their problems are LEFTOVERS to only get thrown away.

Listen to your head AND your heart...
step into the unknown pot and say, "You know, something like this happened to me when...". Your personal spice of experience and your showing REAL concern may open their lives to a new RECIPE of Jesus' a bread-of-life kind of way! When Jesus is not brought specifically into a discussion, it could turn into a "throw away" moment of blessings for both of you.

In Bible class today we talked about Jesus' example of how He REALLY reached people...not through criticism and judgment, but by being WITH the people in need...rubbing elbows with them in REAL situations and listening to their needs. He was the living water that flowed over many as He shared what God had done for Him, would be doing for Him and what He wanted Jesus to share and DO for ALL of us.

WHERE HAVE YOU HAD A REAL ENCOUNTER WITH SOMEONE AND SHARED WHAT JESUS HAS DONE OR CAN DO, helping to reduce the "leftover" souls (HE chose to die for ALL of us 2,000 years ago)?

James 3:17 Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

update: from stockpot to pie pan!
Here's the needed a little more spicing up, so next time I will add more spices when converting.


Sassy Granny ... said...

I need to do a bit of perusing of my own, though I dare say my frozen oatmeal cookies might not compliment the Italian sausage I know I need to cook. But it's an interesting thought ...

I love the spiritual connection you've made, too. It's a good reminder to tie up the loose ends that will, quite likely, result in tenderized hearts. The best part? God gets the glory!

Now I'm hungry for soup sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.


Kim said...

My mom would throw most leftovers into a soup pot and we'd have "Gotta Go" soup once a week :-) That worked since we ate pretty plain fare. Since I like to mix it up in the kitchen, that's usually not an option. For some reason, mixing creamed chicken, sausage & sauerkraut, and spaghetti sauce just doesn't sound appealing. LOL

I long for the day when I'm competent enough in the language to share heart-to-heart with people about what Jesus is doing...and CAN do!

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is in English! Do you have cable? A few years back when we had cable we had the BBC as one of the channel options. I think HBO in the U.S. is also going to carry the series.

Greg C said...

Did my comments go through?

Greg C said...

I see my original post didn't make it and I hate to admit this but I forgot what I wrote. I hate getting old-er bu that is better than not getting older.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...!!!! When's dinner?!

Loved your thoughts about interjecting Jesus into our everyday conversations as we go and on the way! Just today, I had an encounter with the "produce man" at Food Lion. He was whistling Dixie...loudly. Bringing some cheer to a very empty store. When he saw me, he chimed his greetings and we had a powerful interchange, expressing the name of Jesus between us. Might have to blog about that one.

Love your new header and your continuing support of my thoughts in blogland. I needed it this day.


Susanne said...

Love how you blended the everyday with the spiritual in this post!

Thanks for your comments at my place!

lmerie said...

I like your thoughts and the verse you used! Your dinner looks yummy! Glad it turned out, even a little short of spice :)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I don't know what the "cockles of [your] being" are, but I love them along with you! This post is great, and that dish looks delish.