Friday, August 3, 2007

This Week's Feast

This will be the first feast we have had in our home in a few weeks. We will then be at the beach for the following two weekends. We also have company arriving on Monday for a few days. Therefore, because of all of the busyness we will keep this feast very laid back and enjoy our family as we prepare for worship. I have a London Broil in the freezer. I will marinate that and grill it. We will have corn on the cob. Broccoli casserole and asparagus. We have been grilling our corn wrapped on foil with chili powder or Old Bay and butter on the corn. VERY GOOD!! There is also a garlic,basil butter that is really good on corn. I will copy that at the end of my post. For dessert we will more than likely go out for ice cream. If you are trying to find ways to make your everyday meals more special, there are an abundance of ways to do this. When you are doing beef just caramelize onions and mushrooms to serve with the beef. Then add feta or blue cheese. I have even done this to a hamburger. It is delicious and turns something simple into something special. My broccoli casserole is one on my most popular dishes, but it is nothing special. I will bake it in little ramekin dishes and the kids will think it is great to have their own individual servings. What are some ways that you dress up your everyday meals?

Garlic, Basil Butter

1 lb unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup basil, clean and dry,chopped fine
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1. Place the butter in a mixing bowl.
2. Add basil, garlic, and cheese and whip with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth and evenly blended.
3. Add salt to taste.
4. Pack butter into four crocks.
5. Allow flavors to blend for at least 4 hours before serving.
6. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why do We Feast? Part 3

Another reason our family feasts is because we just like the time it forces us to carve out of our week to devote to the family. I am thinking the entire week about how not only to make this a special time that prepares us for worship and how to set the day aside for God, but I am also thinking about each member of my family. I think of ways to include everyone in the celebration. From helping prepare the food, making center pieces, setting the table, and giving input about the after dinner festivities. I want this to be an exciting night for the entire family. My desire is that everyone would look forward to coming together to celebrate Christ. I realize this may sound overwhelming. It really is not. It does not require a detailed written out agenda. It simply means as you are thinking about your feast through the week, make sure you are taking mental notes to include everyone. As my son gets older my husband has allowed him to do some of the scripture reading. This is a great way to include the boys. We have also allowed him to be more involved in planning the after dinner fun. His suggestions range from just playing football or something in the yard to going out for ice cream or a game of Putt-Putt. Above all I just want to be sure they all feel included and are enjoying themselves. It defeats the purpose if it is something they dread.