Monday’s Musings #231 & August Daybook

Monday's Musings #231 & August Daybook | What Joy Is Mine

Today is Sunday, August 28th.

The weather is nice and cool this evening with a slight breeze. I love this time of the year when things begin to cool down.

My garden is happily producing zucchini, bell peppers, basil and three types of chilies for our family to enjoy. I feel totally blessed by God’s provision. My mint has even come back after it totally died, at least I thought it did. The summer heat was more than I prepared for concerning our garden.

This weekend I photographed a beautiful wedding. I will be spending the week culling and editing photos to get them by mid-month. They were such a fun couple and so laid back. Loved being a part of their day.

Remember our new church? I mentioned at the beginning of the year that God had called us to help with a church plant and we opened our church doors to the public in January. Well, it has been so amazing what God is doing. We are counting our blessings that the Lord called us to worship and serve there. We’re watching Him bring new people weekly and are enjoying the new friendships we are making there.

I am excited about our trip to Kansas in September. I so enjoy family road trips. And this will be our first road trip in our new (used) car. Is it weird I am excited about that part? Tee hee.

Our daughter officially can drive the roads now. We are presently praying and looking for a car for our daughter. She has diligently saved over the last 10 months and we kick some in to help her. This is going to be strange for me when we find her a car. She is the last child I am driving around and then I won’t be needed for that anymore. Okay, it’s bittersweet for me.

In the kitchen, I tried a new power snack food. And loved it! It made a lot giving me enough to share with a friend. Here is the recipe: the Best Power Bars Ever from Deep Roots At Home blog.

Outside our window, we have enjoyed watching so many hummingbirds come to the feeder. At times, we can easily see three or four feeding at once. They are truly awesome to watch.

I am (still) readingThe Sovereignty of God” by A.W. Pink. I am about halfway through. If you haven’t picked this one up, I highly recommend it. It is one of those books I read next to another and don’t rush through. I have also started “A Tale of Two Cities” by Dickens.

I am watching the “Food Truck Race” on the Food Network station. And at church today it was food truck Sunday—where we invite one food truck to come and feed the church lunch after service. It’s a fun way to fellowship.

My new project is a jar quilt I am making for our daughter. I haven’t quilted in a long time so it’s going to be fun to make one after a long hiatus from quilting.

I am thankful for cooler temps, early mornings, fresh green chile, and prayer time.

Favorite quote:A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.” ~Stephen Charnock

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Monday’s Musings #230 & Some Favorite Family Meals

I do enjoy cooking. I have a for a long time. For me, its the fun of trying something new as well as making foods we enjoy regularly. I have a section here at WJIM called Friday Foods. It’s where I share the foods that my family loves to eat. And I thought it would be fun to post some of them here today for you to enjoy as well. Here you go:

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(Recipes are listed top to bottom, left to right in order.)

  1. Baked Mac-n-Cheese With Bacon
  2. Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes
  3. Crock Pot Mexican Posole
  4. Creamy Green Chili Chicken Potato Soup
  5. Quick & Easy Chicken Pasta
  6. My Daddy’s Collard Greens
  7. Minestrone Soup
  8. Tortilla-Vegetable Chicken Soup
  9. Baking Powder Biscuits

I hope you will give a few of these recipes a go in your home. And now let’s get to sharing and encouraging. I’m so glad to have you here. Thank you!

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Friday Foods: Baked Mac-n-Cheese With Bacon

Baked Mac-n-Cheese With Bacon | What Joy Is Mine

I know my Friday Foods are few and far between but I like to make sure what I am sharing with you my family loves before I post it. Well, my Baked Mac-n-Cheese With Bacon is one of them. I eat pasta once and a while and Mac-n-Cheese is not a dish I make often but, oh, I love it when I do. I prefer to make my mac-n-cheese as opposed to the box kind. Although for a quick mac-n-cheese fix, our daughter enjoys the Annie’s brand.

As I was preparing this recipe, I wondered to myself what the history of mac-n-cheese was? I did some research and found that it is English in origin. One site wrote that it is found in Elizabeth’s Rafford’s 1769 book titled “The Experienced English Housekeeper.” It is a Bechamel sauce made with Cheddar cheese mixed with macaroni, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, baked until bubbly. A recipe called “macaroni and cheese” appeared in the 1824 cookbook The Virginia Housewife written by Mary Randolph. Randolph’s recipe had three ingredients: macaroni, cheese, and butter, layered together and baked in a hot oven. From there mac-n-cheese gained much popularity. In the United States, July 14 has been branded as “National Macaroni and Cheese Day.” That’s a brief history of the macaroni and cheese. Now let’s dive into the recipe. (This is my revised recipe from one I found somewhere.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta ( I used Farfalle for this post because its what I had on hand but elbow, corkscrew or penne  would work, too. I also would recommend whole grain over white pasta if you have it.)
  • 1 tbsp. Better Than Bouillon chicken base
  • 3/4 cup chopped, cooked till crisp bacon (optional and recommended. We use uncured bacon.)
  • 1/4 cup real butter (Kerrygold is my go to here)
  • 1/4 cup natural white flour (Can use oat flour if you choose but since I don’t use much I’m okay with my natural white flour from Montana Wheat.)
  • 1 cup pasta water (flavored with chicken base)(Reserve before draining pasta!)
  • 12 oz. can goat’s milk (can use 12 oz. regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (Organic Valley is my choice.)
  • 1-1/2  cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (reserve 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (reserve 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1-1/2  tsp. garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions are as follows:

  1. Prepare pasta as directed on box adding the bouillon base to the water so the pasta cooks in the chicken flavored broth. Reserve at least 1-1/2 cups of the pasta water before draining the pasta.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cut up about 5-6 bacon slices and cook until crisp in a medium skillet. Drain the bacon pieces on paper towel and discard the bacon fat. DO NOT clean the pan. Set it back on the stove.
  4. Melt the 1/4 butter in the skillet you cooked the bacon in. (You want to steal some of that bacon flavor without using the fat.)
  5. Add the flour, ground mustard, and garlic salt to the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  6. Then, add the goat’s milk, heavy whipping cream and 1 cup pasta water and whisk together until smooth. Add more pasta water of needed but I usually don’t need more than 1 cup. Bring this to a low boil.
  7. Add 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese to the flour/milk mixture and stir until melted. Takes only a few minutes.
  8. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the pasta and stir gently until evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Then, add the bacon pieces to the pasta and stir gently until evenly mixed.
  10. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with olive oil and pour the pasta into the pan. Sprinkle the reserved Monterey Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese on top of the pasta.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted on top, slightly browned.
  12. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serve salad alongside. Enjoy!

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If you don’t want bacon, you can omit it. However, I think the bacon adds good flavor. You could even add a panko bread topping if you so desired. And I like to serve a green salad on the side to cut the richness of the dish. If you make it, be sure to let me know how it fares in your family. I can bet they will love you more for making it.

 

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Friday Foods: Baked Mac-n-Cheese With Bacon
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pasta
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Delicious pasta dish that your family will love. Serve with a favorite salad!
Ingredients
  • 1 box of pasta ( I used Farfalle for this post because its what I had on hand but elbow, corkscrew or penne would work, too. I also would recommend whole grain over white pasta if you have it.)
  • 1 tbsp. Better Than Bouillon chicken base
  • ¾ cup chopped, cooked till crisp bacon (optional and recommended)
  • ¼ cup real butter (Kerrygold is my go to here)
  • ¼ cup natural white flour (Can use oat flour if you choose but since I don't use much I'm okay with my natural white flour from Montana Wheat.)
  • 1 cup pasta water (flavored with chicken base)(Reserve before draining pasta!)
  • 12 oz. can goat's milk (can use 12 oz. regular milk)
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream (Organic Valley is my choice.)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (reserve ½ cup for topping)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (reserve ½ cup for topping)
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta as directed on box adding the bouillon base to the water so the pasta cooks in the chicken flavored broth. Reserve at least 1-1/2 cups of the pasta water before draining the pasta.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cut up about 5-6 bacon slices and cook until crisp in a medium skillet. Drain the bacon pieces on paper towel and discard the bacon fat. DO NOT clean the pan. Set it back on the stove.
  4. Melt the ¼ butter in the skillet you cooked the bacon in. (You want to steal some of that bacon flavor without using the fat.)
  5. Add the flour, ground mustard, and garlic salt to the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  6. Then, add the goat's milk, heavy whipping cream and 1 cup pasta water and whisk together until smooth. Add more pasta water of needed but I usually don't need more than 1 cup. Bring this to a low boil.
  7. Add 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese to the flour/milk mixture and stir until melted. Takes only a few minutes.
  8. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the pasta and stir gently until evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Then, add the bacon pieces to the pasta and stir gently until evenly mixed.
  10. Spray a 9x9 baking pan with olive oil and pour the pasta into the pan. Sprinkle the reserved Monterey Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese on top of the pasta.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted on top, slightly browned.
  12. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serve salad alongside. Enjoy!

Monday’s Musings #229 & The Unexpected Rescue

The Unexpected Rescue & Monday's Musings #229 | What Joy Is Mine

Most of us know this truth found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. Jesus had just finished feeding the disciples and the multitude miraculously. Jesus immediately made the disciples get in a boat afterwards and set sail to Bethsaida while He went up on the mountain to pray alone. This happened most likely in the late afternoon as evening found Jesus praying on the mountain alone. (Matthew 14:23)

When evening came, Jesus “saw that they were making headway painfully for the wind was against them.(Mark 6:48) At about the fourth watch, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. At first sight, they were terrified, shouting, “It is a ghost!” (Matthew 14:26) But “immediately, [Jesus] spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ “ (Mark 6:50, brackets mine) 

Jesus then “got into the boat and the wind ceased.” (Mark 6:51) The disciples “were glad to take him into the boat.” (John 6:21) Matthew’s version of this truth covers Peter’s “little faith” but we are not going to talk about that today. Right now I want to share how Jesus performed an unexpected rescue. Unexpected to the disciples, that is.

Our lives will be filled with many unexpected “storms” just like the disciples experienced. Yet we can have peace in knowing that God knows each one of those storms we will face. From the littlest ones to the ones that really shake us. The disciples didn’t foresee this storm they would encounter and definitely didn’t know the extent of its fierceness, but Jesus did. In the gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus saw their storm. God foresees our storms as well. Nothing is hidden from Him, friends. “And no creature is hidden from his sight.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Sometimes we are in the middle of a storm in life and begin feeling we won’t make it out. It tries every fiber of our faith and we begin to think we won’t survive. The disciples not only were shaken about by this storm but it was occurring at night. This most likely increased their fears about the whole situation. God’s people are not exempt from heavy storms. Yet we have hope. So did the disciples.

That hope is Jesus. See, Jesus did not leave the disciples to their fear and frightening situation. Instead, he came to them. Did you catch that? He came to them. He not only came but he walked on water to get to them. And he was not late about doing so. The account says Jesus came “in the fourth watch of the night.” That would be like 3 a.m. in the morning. It may seem like he waited too long but God’s timing is perfect all the time. Jesus knew just when to go to the disciples. We must trust the timing of God. He is never early nor late.

So, our Savior walked on raging tides at the peak of the morning to save His own. That’s what God does for us in our storms. He comes in the right moment to rescue us even when we aren’t expecting it. The disciples certainly didn’t expect to see Him. We can tell that by their terrified reaction. However, Jesus was there to deliver them. We can believe He will do the same for us in our tough times according to His will. When it feels like we will not be able to stand and walk through our storm or we feel we are alone in doing so, we can hold onto the fact that God is always on time and can overcome all. He does not leave us or forsake us. “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)  

This wonderful truth in the gospels reassures us of a faithful God. May you know His faithfulness today and always believe in the almighty power of an on time God.

Well, hello all! I got this post and linky up on time this week. Yay! Hope your week has been joy-filled. I have been revamping my planner this weekend and am so excited about that. I have found that my planner must change with the seasons of life so I change it. Anyways, what will you share this week friends? Thank you for doing so!

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

1. To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

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3 Blessings of My Prayer Time

3 Blessings of My Prayer Time | What Joy Is Mine

I have heard some people say, “If God is sovereign over His creation, why should we pray?” E.M. Bounds tells us, “Prayer is the most comprehensive approach to God.” All throughout Scripture, we read of God’s people praying to Him. From the very first prayer found in Genesis 4:26, “To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord,” to the last request in Revelation 22:20, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely, I am coming soon!’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer is a form of devotion towards God. Prayer is communion with our God. Prayer is access to a holy God. It is a time to praise Him, repent, express gratefulness, make pleas and enjoy Him. Prayer opens the door to deepening our relationship with God. What child of God doesn’t want a deeper, more intimate relationship with our heavenly Father?

Although we might go to our knees seeking, we ought to come away reassured and blessed. Today, I’m sharing three blessings of my prayer time.

1. It aligns my heart with God’s will. I am the beneficiary of a prayer that moves me to be in alignment with the will of God. Prayer is not designed to get us what we want but to direct our hearts to seek what God wants for us. Sometimes, it will be what we desire, other times it will not. Either way it will be God’s purpose that stands. “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.‘” (Isaiah 49:9,10)

2. It humbles me. To be humble is to have a low estimate of one’s self, meaning to be modest and not seeking acknowledgement. A humble heart never exalts itself. In prayer, our focus must lend itself to self-depreciation to God honoring. Prayer ought to begin with praising God, thanking Him, repenting of our sins then supplication. Notice how the beginning of prayer must focus on the Lord first, humbling the heart before His throne, before ever asking for anything. This is how it humbles me, by putting my eyes on the Almighty and His goodness, mercy and grace initially. E.M. Bounds writes, “That which brings the praying soul to God is humility of heart.” Psalm 25:9 reminds us that, “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

3. It places my trust in an all-knowing, all-powerful, always present Lord. Trust equates confidence. Prayer causes us to trust wholeheartedly in our God and His capabilities to answer as He sees fit for our good and His glory. When we fall to our knees, we are resting in our reliance on Him. When we bow our heads, we are confident in a perfect and wise Lord. He always knows what is best. The statements “Have faith in God” and “Trust in the Lord” form the foundation of prayer. (Bounds)  We demonstrate faith in God and trust in Him when go to Him in prayer. We know that “steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.” (Psalm 32:10)

Prayer affects us. It helps us recognize our need for a great God and the fulfillment of His plan for our life, those around us and the world. One final thought from E.M. Bounds: “God’s man—his life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were received when alone with God. Prayer makes the man.” Don’t disregard the power of prayer friends. Get on your knees and go there often. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

 

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