This adorable, brown-eyed, cuddly, happy, smart, Mama’s boy turns one today!
“For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness;
his countenance doth behold the upright.”
Welcome to a new series: Make the Most of Your Leftovers. We plan to continue this, giving you ideas on how you can use leftovers.
Anna has developed quite an art of putting together leftovers into delicious soups or casseroles. When we rave over the casserole, she tells us to enjoy it that time because there won’t ever be another one just like it. I am trying to learn from her.
Here are the leftovers I had available:
Since there are only 6 of us at home now, we have downsized our casseroles to 8×8 pans.
First I greased the pan, and then put a layer of rice on the bottom. I would say about 1/3 the depth of the pan had rice.
Anna suggested I sprinkle a light seasoning of garlic salt on the rice to give it some extra flavor.
Our next layer was the meat we had picked off the spare ribs from a couple of days earlier.
Next, we added a layer of ham gravy that we had thinned a little so that it would seep nicely into the rice.
We put the casserole together and refrigerated it two days before we used it.
Before baking at 350 degrees for 1 hour, we topped it with the cubed biscuits and sprinkled parmesan cheese over that.
It really was delicious!
Trusting in Jesus,
“Who giveth food to all flesh:
for his mercy endureth for ever.”
One can assume his morning started as normal, yet this morning would end differently. Was he momentarily distracted as he drove down the highway so that he didn’t notice the truck turning? No one will ever know because he slammed into the back of it, and in a flash, his life ended.
Months ago, one pleasant summer evening, it was a perfect night for a bike ride. But as he changed lanes, a car struck him, in a flash, his life ended and the driver’s would never be the same.
Sudden. Tragic. Irreversible. One can’t guarantee they will live a full, long life. One may only have 21 years, perhaps 36 years, or fewer years on this earth.
Friends, the purpose here is not to focus on death, but life. May we not take even a moment for granted. May we rejoice in the life God has given us and invest it as He leads.
“But this I say, brethren, the time is short…”
(1 Corinthians 7:29)
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.”
And friends, if you haven’t, please settle the important matter of where you will spend eternity.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
I’m excited to share with you another guest post from Anna Marie, currently due with Baby #5 any day! As you busy moms know, when it comes time for dinner, it’s best to have a plan in place. How does one juggle meals, little ones, and homeschooling short of hiring a maid?!
My mother-in-law received a request for simple meals on a budget for busy homeschool days a while ago. When she asked me if I had any go-to recipes or ideas I could share, I said yes. Some of these ideas are gleaned from both of my moms; my mom taught me about freezing cooked meat ahead for quick meal prep, and Mom Maxwell has been an encouragement in the meal rotations and the idea of having a meal plan to reduce the thinking involved in both planning and answering children’s questions. Those of you who have read Managers of Their Homes will probably recognize that theme. 🙂
These are some of my go-to easy meals, and I’d love to hear yours below!
“That they may teach the young women to be
sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.”
Anna Marie worked on a fun baking project with the children yesterday, with some help from Mary and Christopher. We are looking forward to sharing the “final” photo (which reveals the baby’s name) with you when their baby arrives. Yes, that’s right—Baby is due any time now! We are grateful for your prayers as we anticipate this new little one’s arrival. Please also keep Elissa and Baby in your prayers as Elissa nears delivery. This makes Maxwell Grandchildren #11 and 12. Praising the Lord for His gift of life.
“I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.”