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Meghan 

Food, mustard seed sentinel

Onion Gratin

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Are you tired of the same old side dishes? Would you like to try something a little different and still very good? Look no further. Onion gratin will add excitement to your tried and true sides. We can all use some variety in our cooking. Variety is the spice of life.

What exactly is gratin? It’s a really fancy sounding French word, au gratin, that means to cook a dish with a topping of buttered bread crumbs and cheese. The gratin is cooked under the broiler to make it crisp and brown. It’s that simple. Most of us are familiar with potatoes au gratin. Onion gratin is a bit of a departure from the traditional potato dish.

Sweet onions and Gruyère cheese are what make it special. This onion gratin recipe has a similar flavor to French onion soup. I love to pair these onions with steak. Onion gratin is paired well with chicken, fish, pork, or even vegetarian dishes. You could easily add this recipe to one of your holiday meals. Try something new with this savory onion accompaniment. 

Happy Eating!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 

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Onion Gratin 

Ingredients

2 medium sweet onions thinly sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil 

3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

3 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese (about ½ cup)

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 cup croutons 

1 tablespoon chopped parsley 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 casserole dish, or pie pan, with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Thinly slice two sweet onions. Place one sliced onion evenly on the bottom of your baking dish.
  5. Drizzle half the olive oil mixture over the first layer.
  6. Place the second sliced onion evenly on top of the first layer.
  7. Drizzle remaining olive oil mixture over everything.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl place the bread crumbs and drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Add ½ cup Gruyère cheese, ½ teaspoon salt,  ¼ teaspoon pepper, and 1 tablespoon fresh parsley. Toss everything together.
  10. After 25 minutes, take the foil off the casserole dish and sprinkle the crouton and cheese mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper over the top and a pinch of salt. Add a little more fresh parsley as well.
  11. Bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.
  12. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

Notes

If you can’t find Gruyère cheese, Swiss cheese works well.

Add more cheese if you prefer.

Double the recipe for a larger group.

 

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Ministry

The People We Meet Daily

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I waited in the tiny car rental office. It was time to return my first car rental after my accident, and get another one. As the woman behind the desk entered my information in the computer my mind drifted to all that was happening in my life. A totaled vehicle after a head on collision. My husband was in the hospital with acute kidney failure, and dangerously low hemoglobin (not related to my accident). Nonstop tests, and several blood transfusions, with so many unanswered questions. 

The kind clerk offered to give me a ride to the collision office on the other side of the car lot. I was grateful for her generosity since the car lot was quite large. In our short drive I shared with her a little of what I was going through. She was kind and empathetic and then began to tell me that her young husband had a recent cancer diagnosis. He was very scared.

In an instant I was reminded that I was not alone in my suffering. This sweet young woman was dealing with her own crisis, yet was completely gracious to me. I asked for her husband’s name, and told her that I would pray for them and their family. I made sure to write down both of their names when I got home so I would not forget to pray. 

I just came across the small card with their names and prayer requests. It was a reminder to say another prayer for them. I will never see her again but I will never forget our brief interaction. I don’t believe in coincidence. We were meant to cross paths, even if it was just for a moment. 

Every day there are opportunities to be a blessing to someone. It could be a neighbor, or a coworker, or a family member, or even a complete stranger. There are so many blessings in the everyday ordinary exchanges between humans. There are countless chances to do something seemingly insignificant, but with God involved it becomes extraordinary. 

So many times we are looking for the extra special. Those big moments to offer help in a grand gesture. Some of us will get those big moments to do big things for the Lord. But the small interactions can be sacred as well. It can be easy to overlook the simple moments that God gives us to make a difference. They are there each day, we just need to be available and aware.

That sweet woman at the car dealership blessed me greatly. By sharing her story she reminded me that people right in front of me are hurting too. Then it gave me the opportunity to show Jesus in a very simple way just by offering to pray. It helped take my eyes off of my own troubles and give me perspective. 

God wants to use us to further His Kingdom. We get the amazing privilege to be a small part of what He is doing. And it may be a million little things that make a difference for the Lord. It’s humbling and God gets all the glory. 

I pray today, and every day, you know how much you are loved by the Father and a blessing to those in your life, and those you come across just once. I’ve seen the statement, “You may be the only Bible someone reads”. Those daily small interactions are opportunities to plant seeds for the Kingdom. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4, NIV 

 

Love you all,

Meghan

 

Worship

Stop Everything and Praise the Lord

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The world is exhausting. We have access to any amount of information that we want, and plenty that we do not need. This evil world is broken, and getting sicker by the minute. Now add to all of that our own every day trials and responsibilities, and you’ve got the perfect formula for hopelessness. 

We have hope because of Jesus. We may not always feel it, but it’s always there. No matter how crazy the world gets, or how crazy our lives are, we always, always have hope. One really simple way to get our hope and joy back in seemingly uncertain times is to turn our hearts toward the Lord. Praise is a powerful weapon in our spiritual arsenal. 

I’m talking about singing and praising God. Absolutely no talent is required, just an honest heart worshipping God. Our voices sound like angels in God’s ears when it’s sincere. That’s just my opinion since God is concerned about the condition of our hearts above anything else. Sing even louder if you are in deep pain. Praise to God is so powerful in our trials. 

Praising the Lord takes our eyes off our circumstances and fixes them on Him.

Do you need to put the brakes on the insanity of our world? I know I do. It’s just too much. We are not designed to bear heavy burdens, only Jesus’ burdens are meant for us. Those are the light ones. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Step one is to turn off social media, news, emails, and pretty much everything that makes noise. If you’ve got young children you may need to be creative and use nap times, or just have them join in the praise. Those little ones, and big ones, will learn so much from some sweet worship at home. 

Step two is to turn up the worship music. Whether you have a piano or another instrument, and can play, by all means play. Use cd’s, Spotify, Youtube, or whatever format you get your music from, and play only worship music. A cappella is lovely too, if you’re up for that. There are hymns, and modern worship music, and everything else in between. 

Step three is to sing out loud and praise God. This is the best part. Fill your mind and heart with the greatness of God, and let Him know it. You can even dance around the house if you feel comfortable doing that. Just go for it, and give God full praise right in your kitchen, or bedroom, or anywhere. 

David danced before the Lord. 

Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 2 Samuel 6:14 NKJV 

Dancing is not required, but it may spontaneously erupt out of sheer joy from the Lord. David is such a beautiful example of uninhibited adoration and worship of God. No wonder he’s called “a man after God’s own heart”. 

Something so amazing will start to happen as you lift your voice to the King of Kings. You will get your hope back, you will remember who is in control. Burdens will lift. You will see just how big and awesome God is. Our omnipotent God is still on the throne no matter what government’s do, no matter what the news says, no matter how pervasive evil is. God will never be dethroned. And justice is coming.

Praise Him today. Praise Him everyday. Take a break from all the crazy and give God your best praise and worship. It will fill your heart and give you joy knowing that no matter what you are facing God will help you. Let’s praise the Lord for He alone is worthy of our praise.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7, NKJV 

Love you all,

Meghan 

 

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

Meghan E White

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s pumpkin time. If you are a pumpkin fan then you will enjoy these mini pumpkin cheesecakes. They are scrumptious. Not too much pumpkin for the non-pumpkin fans, yet just enough for the pumpkin lovers.

This pumpkin cheesecake is light and perfectly sweet with just the right amount of spice. Toasted pecans add fantastic flavor and texture to the graham cracker crust. Each bite of these tiny goodies has the perfect mix of creamy and crunchy.

The portions are the ideal size for a sweet treat. No fork required. These would look so beautiful on a cake stand for Thanksgiving. But you don’t need a special occasion to make these mini cheesecakes. Every day is a reason to be thankful so why not celebrate with pumpkin cheesecake.

Make this simple yet impressive dessert for the holiday season or any time…

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