Anna has been working on another set of matching jumpers for us girls. When I came in the house after being outside for a little while, I found Honey laying on the fabric. 🙂 My camera was nearby, so I grabbed some pictures.
Meanwhile, the bus work continues, and other ministry projects! Life is full and busy. Dates are still being added to our September trip.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12).
On Sunday, July 26th, we will be giving aÂ concert at Calvary Baptist Church (in Leavenworth) at 7:00 p.m. If any of you live close enough to join us, we would love to see you. We have learned several new pieces that we are excited to begin using. Plus Nathan is able to play with us when we are singing in town.
We were blessed by another chance to share at an assisted living facility yesterday! It is always our joy when we can share Jesus with those people there through music and testimony. We look forward to this time of singing every month! It was a special treat to have Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail with us also. Normally, on the road they donâ€™t travel with us, but since this was in town they were able to join us. Abigail brings a special delight to the faces of the residents! Below you will find a glimpse into our time with the residents.
“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
One of our neighbors generously shared some of their fresh, homegrown zucchini with us! We had not cooked with zucchini before, so Mom looked on the Internet for some recipes that used zucchini. She found a few, and we tried this one first. With a bit of modifying, this beef/zucchini pot pie turned out excellently, and every one greatly enjoyed it!
Beef/Zucchini Pot Pie
Pastry for 2 crust pie, homemade or purchased
1 lb ground beef
1 rib celery
5 mini carrots
1 small zucchini
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup tomato sauce
½ cup (heaping) Parmesan cheese
1 scant teaspoon dried leaf thyme
2 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp garlic powder/to taste
1 tsp onion powder/ to taste
1 tsp cumin/ to taste
1 tsp chili powder/ to taste
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Prepare pie crust; divide dough in half for top and bottom crust. Wrap dough portions in plastic wrap; chill for about 30 minutes (a little longer is fine). Prepare filling. In large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. In a mini food processer chop/grind onion, celery, carrots, and zucchini (I put in a little of the tomato sauce to help it grind better!) Drain excess fat from meat leaving a few teaspoons (there wasn’t much fat when I made ours so I just left it). Add ground onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and zucchini, into the pan with meat. Cook, stirring often! Add spices. Cook until softened about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in flour; stir and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Set aside while rolling dough.
Roll half of chilled dough out on a floured surface to a circle about 12 inches in diameter; place on an ungreased pie pan. Spoon beef filling into the dough circle. Roll out remaining dough to a circle about 11 inches; place over filling. Fold edges of bottom crust circle over the top circle; pinch to seal all around.
Bake beef pot pie at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes. After cooking about 30 minutes, cover with foil for remaining time if the crust is becoming too brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.
“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth” (Psalm 104:14).
Almost every year, Nathan and Melanie host a July 4th neighborhood breakfast picnic. This year due to certain circumstances they changed the picnic to July 11th! Also it was a little different in that many of the neighbors who had been invited werenâ€™t able to come, but we had a delightful time with those who did!
Nathan and Melanie provide sausage and drinks, and everyone else brings a favorite breakfast dish. This year Sarah offered to decorate the table. She did a very nice job, and since she bought some of the decorations the week after the 4th she got them 50% off. We always look forward to this special time each year!
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:35-36).
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