Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Me I Want To Be

Originally posted 2-2-2011 on wordpress
We had a 5 part series at church which was based on the book The Me I Want To Be by John Ortberg. It makes you take a serious look at Who God wants you to be and following through with His plan in your life. Not only following through, but understanding.

We get one shot at this life, why not live it to your full potential and to what God has called us to do. Our Pastor reminded us this week how much more we should grow on our strengths instead of our weaknesses. Isn't it awesome that we could be great at one thing instead of just ok at many others. Our life group meets on Tuesday nights in our home. I shared with them that I am not totally sure exactly what God's gift is for me, in unison they all said "cooking". That of course is what they get to see and taste each week. Now I would like to think it is my creative side, not just cooking, but being creative with my task at hand. And I have always wanted things just so. I figure if I am to do something, I am to do it to my full ability. I love the small touches on things, things maybe that just complete something: flowers on top on a serving dish, some rosemary tucked alongside a dish, a drizzle of dressing on a plate, a ribbon on a card, etc... And I know that those small things mean nothing in the big picture, but they to me complete what I was called to do: Be the best you can be. And do it with your best abilities. Your best abilities may not be the flowers on a dish, and that is ok. God has called you to be something else. That is the amazing part, we are not all the same, could you imagine if we were. Could you imagine if everyone of us thought, acted and said the same things? How frustrating and boring would that be. I am me, you are you. We are unique, I urge you to find your uniqueness and to share it with others. When you do not share you, you are taking away a blessing from someone else. Pastor John said at the end of this series, "God honors works, so honor God in your work".
Speaking of cooking, homemade spaghetti sauce, with homemade caesar salad and we got a scrumptious taste in dessert last night. Not my husband's favorite, he is a substance kind of man. You give him a thick, rich chocolate brownie dripping with chocolate sauce, nuts and a mound of homemade whipped cream and he melts. Give the man an angle food cake, and you will hear him say, just not for me. It was very tasty (ladies tend to love it),  lots of flavor but not that belly hurting goodness of a heavy cake. So next week, I will have to make sure I fill his tank with substance.  I want to share you with this light and fluffy treat. I hope you enjoy!
Blessings Friends!

Cherry Chocolate Angel Food Cake

From Diane's Collection
Log Home Mom

This recipe is so simple, you can just keep the ingredients on hand and make a last minute dessert with it
1 box of Angel food cake mix
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
prepare cake mix according to directions and fold in cherries and chips.
pour in bundt pan, do not grease pan. Bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes until slightly golden brown.
Invert pan on plate, let cool for one hour.
2 tbs butter
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
appx 7-8 tsp of the maraschino cherry juices.
On low heat melt together the butter and chocolate. remove and stir in sugar and cherry juices. You should be able to lift the spatula up and the glaze pour off of it, if too thick at more juices, too thin, add more sugar.
I keep my pan on the lowest of setting on my stove eye until ready to use. You will most likely have to run a knife around the side and inside edges of your pan to loosen the cake, once you do this, it should slide out on your serving dish. Pour the glaze over the top and garnish with additional cherries (the pretty effect).
This served 16, but they wanted more!!!

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