Jesus in the Kitchen I find my soul connecting to the love of the Father, and my heart able to communicate to Him so easily [whilst in the kitchen] These are the cupcakes I make every spring. They are light, pretty, fluffy and gone before you know it—Like cherry blossom trees in spring! I made them this Easter Saturday and delivered the to many of our special friends here in South Africa. It’s one of my favorite things to do—bake and deliver to my friends. I actually meet with Jesus in a crazy deep way whilst in the kitchen. It’s therapeutic to hear the hum of the blender while I’m mixing up a batch of whatever I need to be baking or cooking that day. I find my soul connecting to the love of the Father, and my heart able to communicate to Him so easily. I usually walk away with…Continue Reading
Pizza nights are a great idea when you are gathering friends together. The only part I donʼt enjoy so much is making that dough. I usually make a grain free crust for us, but another great ( but grain filled!) option is slicing a loaf of focaccia in half for your pizza base. This week I bought day old loaves from our local farmers market, filled with olives and sundried tomatoes. They were perfect for a low-key family pizza evening. Here is South Africa we eat very seasonally, so there are just a few weeks a year when FIGS are available. Right now, they are everywhere and so luscious. I’m cooking with them whenever I can! You can follow this recipe and substitute apples and walnuts, or just plain old pepperoni for the figs etc if that appeals to you.
Oh the holidays! They are such a wonderful reason to bring dear friends together. One ʻcommunityʼ appetizer I love is Artichokes. It’s so filled with flavor, mainly garlic, that it’s deadly! Itʼs fun to patiently peel off one leaf at a time, taking turns and sharing. Artichokes take a while to eat, and so conversation begins to flow as we sit and share.
What is Christmas cooking without a good sugar cookie! I make them just for the fun of cutting out and decorating! This is a great way to gather friends together. Have a cookie party, decorate together and then deliver to local homeless people or even just pass out on the streets! We have done this the past several years with dear friends wherever we are and itʼs become our FAVORITE Christmas tradition. Oh my…Iʼm so excited to do it this year! Photos graciously provided by Hannah Siegrist
November is Adoption Awareness month, here’s a recipe with a story from my heart to yours. 7 years ago I married Jeff Reid, and instantly became Mom to his (then) 6 yr old son Elijah. And so began my journey into a new kind of step-motherhood—the journey of understanding how GOD adopts us. Early on in our marriage, after a particularly difficult bedtime routine, I turned to Romans for my daily Bible reading. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23 My heart was wrecked by the kindness of the Lord. By extending unconditional love to this little boy I barely knew, I was living out a human reflection of what God does to us. Together we are understanding what the Spirit of Adoption is.…Continue Reading
[one_half] Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas (smooshed – this is when kids come in handy) 1 egg ¾ c raw sugar (or regular brown if thats what you have) ½ c melted coconut oil (or butter, itʼs cheaper!) 1 tsp vanilla Mix together with a hand beater (or some elbow grease!) until very smooth and a little fluffy. Then sift on top: ¾ c. rice flour ¾ c. almond flour 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp xanthum gum (it holds anything gluten free together.. makes it less crumbly) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp sea salt Fold in the dry ingredients until just incorporated and no lumps are left. Spoon into lined ( or greased) muffin tins and bake @ 350° for 12-15 mins until just browned on top. [/one_half] [one_half_last] With a house full of children, hungry young people, athletic husbands, and visiting missionaries, I need to have healthy snacks on hand. Over the years I…Continue Reading
In more than 8 years of life and ministry together, Jeff and I have seen few things as impacting for building friendship and discipleship as the sharing of food. Who doesn’t love that? We’ve come to realized people aren’t just coming to us for food, it’s the way they are encountering Jesus around our dinner table that brings them back. Friends all over the world are experiencing this too—Holy Spirit parties and intercession breaking out over scrambled eggs and waffles! Butternut and Kale Baked Frittata Recipe Be sure and check out Bethany’s Blog called CommunityEats for more recipes Olive Oil I large bunch Kale, stalk removed and diced 1 small Butternut squash, grated 1 large Red Onion, diced 2 cups sliced Brown Mushrooms 1 cup crumble Feta Cheese ( optional) 20 Eggs 1 cup Coconut Milk 2 tsp Chili flakes 2 Tbsp fresh Thyme ( removed from stalks) Sea…Continue Reading
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