I have to admit 2 things.
1. I did not find this on my own. It was sent to me by a fellow pastor and friend.
2. I have experienced these kinds of worship gatherings... and liked it!
I have to say with the video producer that this is just plain fun. we are all doing our best to honor God in our own circumstances and sometimes, a little parody helps us examine our progress.
Sit back. Relax. Laugh.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I have to admit 2 things.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This recipe came out of desperation. My mother made the most perfect traditional turkey stuffing with Rainbow brand bread crumbs, onion, and celery. When she died I tried several time to recreate the magic... to no avail. So, one Thanksgiving when I was cooking for my wife's family and knew there was nothing to compare it to, I tried to concoct my own recipe with the help of my mother-in-law. This is what we discovered together and just LOVE.
2 c. minced onion
2 c. pared, cored, diced apples (I like tart apples)
6 cups of stale sourdough bread cubes. (Overnight on a tray is enough. Once I toasted them in the broiler for just a few minutes after being out all night. Yummmmm!)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sage
Break sausage into small pieces and fry in large skillet over moderate heat about 5 minutes. Then, before the sausage is fully cooked, add onion and cook until tender, about 10 minutes on low medium heat. Add apples, and mushrooms turning over the mix for a few minutes as you add all the remaining seasonings. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir into your bread crumbs. I like to let these ingredients sit together and meld for a couple of hours before I stuff and roast my turkey.
(Resist the temptation to add more liquid to this mixture. The apples and mushrooms will continue to release their moisture as they cook.)
If you would like you can stir in a 1/2 cup of melted butter (only to the portion you are going to stuff into the bird) for a richer flavor. Stuff turkey loosely and sew or skewer neck and body cavity. (Oh, make sure one of the bay leaves makes it into the turkey.)
Rub skin of your turkey with fat, butter, or oil. Place in oven. Roast at 320 degrees uncovered 4 to 4 1/2 hours for a 12-14 lb. turkey, basting occasionally. Makes 10-12 servings.
To cook the remaining stuffing, bring about 1/2 cup of chicken broth to a brisk boil in a large pan. Add 2 T. butter. Then, remove from heat and pour in the remaining stuffing and stir constantly until all moisture is evenly distributed. Cover and let sit for about 30 minutes before serving.
Remove both bay leaves before you serve this dressing.
Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple
6 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 c. pineapple, crushed and drained
1/2 cup candied pecans, broken into small pieces
2-3 cups marshmallows (optional)
After potatoes are cool, peel them and cut into halves the long way. Layer into a greased 9x13 casserole and sprinkle with brown sugar. (If you like, you can sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon on top at this point. You may want to do this if you are going to opt not to use candied nuts.) Dot with butter and sprinkle with candied pecans. Bake in a moderate oven (325 degrees) for 30 minutes. Last 10 minutes of baking, top with marshmallows, also pecan halves and pineapple spears if desired. Bake until marshmallows are melted and golden. Makes 8-10 servings.
If you don't have time to cool potatoes completely, you could partially cool them, peel and slice, layer into pan, sprikle with sugar and then marshmallows. Then put the pinapple and nuts on top and bake the whole thing for only 10 minutes in a hot oven (375 degrees) on the lower rack.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Man I hate it when words come out of my mouth and say something that I don't mean. This usually happens when I am nervous. And I am usually nervous when I'm trying to impress someone. I think that is the real sting of foot-in-mouth. It materializes causing embarrassment at just the moment when you want the polar opposite to happen.
Well, I think I took about 23 minutes to talk my way into lucid thought again and then finally resorted to telling the 3 stories of epic members that most clearly represented the epic mission. Those stories restored order and foundation to the moment, and when they were done I made a quick exit. On Sunday morning I had the chance to redeem myself with another brief presentation and I think I managed to avoid a relapse.
Thanks to San Bernardino Community Church for 4 1/2 years of faithful financial support of the epic mission. We are so thankful for your investment and will continue to guard that investment by fervently pursuing the mission God called us here for. Thank you pastor Sam for your kindness and love. Thank you for your faithful shepherding of a flock that continues to mean a great deal to me. I honor and respect you for your faithful service to God in San Bernardino for the world-wide cause of Christ.
(Why didn't those words come out of my mouth under pressure?)