be fresh ,)

These are a few of my favorite things:  peaches, pho, fresh coffee, clean sheets, snuggling with my kids, a good read, a heartfelt conversation, prayer,  . . . . . And one generality that holds true for all of these things is “staying fresh”.  For example, I recently bought like two boxes of peaches because I know that we are coming to the end of peach season & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE peaches.  But the problem is that these peaches are getting “tired” – not as good as when they’re at the peak of freshness & season.  Pho is another example of keeping stuff fresh – whenever I bring home leftover pho & it sits in the refrigerator, it gets gross.

I think this is also true in our relationship with Jesus.  A stale, old and tired walk with Jesus can get pretty ugly.  So here are a few ideas that could be helpful in keeping fresh with Jesus:

  • Bible reading:  change your translation from time to time
  • spiritual conversations:  talk with a friend about Jesus and what you like about Him
  • take a bath:  sometimes we need to wash off some dirt & road wear;
  • fasting / prayer:  periodically, it helps me to do something extra (fast a meal or a few days, take a lunch to pray, look for someone for whom to pray
  • time:  it always takes my breath away when I consider that God considers my presence to be a present ,)

recipes and grilling

 This summer I’ve been grilling lots more than a normal Summer, probably because we didn’t really turn on the air con for the Summer.  Consequently, I’m more interested in keeping the heat outside rather than raising the heat inside 🙂

Nonetheless, I thought I’d pass along some thoughts & a few little recipes from the grill:

  • chix breasts – marinade in italian salad dressing overnight if possible & grill (very tastey).  This idea also works well w skewers
  • grilled peaches, but not so whippy on the grilled apples;  the peaches are nice w balsamic vinegar, but the apples I’ve got to work on & figure out how to improve
  • veggies – any & all;  I tried grilled beets last night & they weren’t too bad;  all with olive oil & salt
  • garlic – I tried grilled garlic last night (with olive oil & a touch of salt);  they were ok as long as I made sure that they were really well toasted
  • fish – my weak spot is that I can overcook the fish & make it dry
  • flank steak – again marinated in salad dressing & grilled to medium rare
  • pork chops marinated in soy (tastey)
Things I’ve thought about grilling, but decided to forego:  celery, lettuce, carrots, avocados, cucumbers & eggplant.
One of my kids favorite things to do with my husband when the coals are pretty spent is to whip out the skewers, grill some marshmellows & make smores.
Can you please help me with some more ideas?  As you can see, I’ll try just about anything – very few things are too zany for us ,)