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Good Morning Glory

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For several weeks now these gorgeous morning glories have been greeting me first thing when I step outside. I just love them. Morning glories bloom in the morning and by midday they begin to wilt. Each day this process repeats with new blooms ready and waiting for the new day.

Flowers speak to me loud and clear. They speak how God works in our lives and in the world. He made it all, so of course His creation has a message. Creation speaks of His existence, His power, His love, and so much more. That’s why I enjoy sitting outside when I read my Bible. I feel a little closer to my Heavenly Father as I read His word.

This morning was a bit too hot though. It’s getting quite warm in Southeast Texas and I was dripping in sweat today. Not sure how much longer I will be able to sit outside in the mornings.

I’m just dropping in on you all to say good morning, or good afternoon, or good evening, depending on what time of day you read this. You are always on my mind and in my prayers. I haven’t written a post in several weeks. It was not intentional, it just happened. I gave myself a break. An unplanned break.

I have been blogging for over four years. I started this little blog after my book was released. At first, I was writing sporadically, then by my second year of blogging I decided to amp things up. I wrote a post once a week, and did so for almost three years. Rarely missing a week.

This may sound like no large task to you, but for me it was a big commitment that I stuck to. I have a family and plenty of responsibilities that require my full attention. I am a do, do, do type of person. It’s quite difficult for me to not be doing something all the time.

Lately though, I am looking around at how I am spending my time and energy, and wondering if I am making good use of both. Am I doing what the Lord wants me to do? I think it’s good to stop things every now and then to see if what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing.

It’s very easy to get stuck in routines that may, or may not, be good. Some routines need to change or stop entirely. Some routines need to keep going. For me, it all depends on what God wants me to do. I believe I am supposed to keep writing.

I want to check in with you. How are you? Do you need prayer? Please leave your prayer request in the comments or drop me an email. You are not alone. Every person is going through some level of difficulty, and we need each other.

The Lord has fresh new mercy for you every morning. What an awesome God who loves us so much!

Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!

Lamentations 3:22-23 HCSB

I pray your burdens are a little lighter today. Receive that mercy from the Lord and be encouraged that He is right there with you.

Love you all,

Meghan

meghanewhiteauthor@gmail.com

 

photo credit: Meghan E. White 

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Baked Feta Pasta

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This pasta is quite famous. Baked feta pasta gained stardom on Tik Tok in 2019. Blogger Tiiu Piret shared a version of the pasta bake on her blog in 2018.  Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrenin posted her version of the feta pasta dish on her blog the very next year and it went viral.  BAKED FETA PASTA – ORIGINAL RECIPE – Liemessä

With so much hype is it actually good? I say yes. After some experimenting and modifications I came up with my own version of baked feta pasta. It’s pretty much the same. I just made a few tiny changes like adding spinach and onion.

This simple pasta bake is creamy, savory, and a little tangy. Roasting tomatoes with olive oil, and garlic is always a winning combo. The addition of soft feta makes the sauce scrumptious. Cheese and tomato are great partners in any recipe. 

Baked feta pasta is a trend that lives up to its fame. It’s inexpensive to make and you can modify the ingredients to your liking. Change up your pasta recipes with this delectable dish. 

Happy Eating!

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 

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Baked Feta Pasta 

 

Yield: 4 to 6 servings 

 

Ingredients

1 lb pasta

2 pints grape tomatoes

1 (8 oz) block feta cheese 

½ cup olive oil

½ yellow onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced in half

¼ teaspoon red pepper flake

salt

fresh ground black pepper 

fresh thyme, chopped 

fresh oregano, chopped

fresh basil, chopped

large bunch of spinach, chopped

½ cup pasta water

 

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 400° 
  2. In a medium sized baking dish, place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme, and oregano. Pour about ¾ of the olive oil over the tomato mixture. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss everything to coat.
  3. Place the feta in the center of the pan and drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes until the tomatoes and feta are browned.
  5. While the tomatoes are in the oven, cook the pasta of your choice according to the package directions. Right before draining the cooked pasta, reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. Add fresh chopped spinach to the hot water, then drain. 
  6. Once the tomatoes and feta have cooked, take a spoon and break it up and combine everything. Stir in the fresh basil. Add the pasta and spinach. Stir in the ½ cup pasta water. Give it a taste, and add more salt and pepper to your liking, 
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

* Use any type of pasta. The original recipe used spaghetti. 

* The pasta water really helps thin out the sauce.

* Greek feta works best.

* Try cream cheese or goat cheese if you don’t like feta. 

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Jesus

Unflappable

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Recently, my youngest son’s golf coach suggested he watch some of the Masters Golf Tournament. We watched the highlights from the competition showcasing the best golfers in the world. A young man named Scottie Scheffler won. Only twenty-five years old, and a true master of the game. One reporter described Mr. Scheffler as unflappable. What a brilliant word that seems to have disappeared.

Dictionary.com defines unflappable as:

not easily upset or confused, especially in a crisis; imperturbable.

I love a great word, and unflappable is an excellent word that needs used more. It got me thinking about living up to such a quality. Am I unflappable? No. I can be, but many times I am not. Do I want to be unflappable? Yes. I think I have been more flappable in my life, then unflappable.

I have every reason as a Christ Follower to be unflappable, yet I struggle. The crisis comes and I crumble. I start out strong, believing God will make a way, yet as time goes on I start to doubt. Fear creeps in my mind and I collapse. But God, in His never ending grace and mercy reaches out His hand, and picks me up. He dusts me off, and gives me the strength to stand, once again.

Our foundation is on the Rock.

Every Christian has the potential to be unflappable when the hard times come. We won’t always hit the mark and will fall short, but the goal is to stand firm in our faith and not waiver. We must rely on Jesus to be unflappable. On our own we will falter. With Christ we can keep our joy, and peace, and hope because we know He will get us through the crisis.

And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:25, NASB

Jesus taught about the wise and foolish builders. The foolish man built his house on sand. When the storms came the house crashed because of its weak foundation. The wise man built his house upon solid rock, and his house withstood the storms. The wise man is the believer whose foundation is the solid Rock of Christ. The fool is the man who has rejected Jesus’ teachings, and has an unstable foundation of sand.

Our confidence is in the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ.

I took the picture of that massive boulder because it reminded me of the solid ground I stand on. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the rock is huge. I’m sure that rock has experienced some storms in its long life, yet it has survived, and probably learned a thing or two along the way.

I’m grateful for Jesus, my Rock. He is my sure foundation. He holds me up, and at times picks me up. I have gone through some pretty awful crisis in my life, and my Jesus has been faithful to see me through. He has never left me, not once. He’s not going to leave you either.

My goal is to be unflappable in this crazy world. I cannot achieve this just by thinking positively or trying really hard. I can do this through Christ. I will fail at times, but I will get back up as He holds my hand.

Eyes on Jesus. He is everything.

Love you all,

Meghan

Salvation

It’s Never Too Late

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I love biographies. Real stories from real people intrigue and inspire me. Recently, I was scrolling through Youtube when a video showed up on my feed that made me curious. It seemed so random since I had never searched for this. The short video was an interview with none other than the legendary founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harland Sanders, aka Colonel Sanders.

The Colonel did not get any real financial success until he was well into his sixties. He experienced many business failures before he achieved any great triumphs. Colonel Sanders shared that his ship came later in life, and maybe your ship hasn’t come in yet, but it will. What stood out the most to me, as I watched the Colonel’s interview, was his faith.

Harland Sanders placed his faith in Jesus Christ at seventy-seven years old. He shared with his wife that he “wanted to make peace with his maker”. Harland had achieved great wealth yet knew something was missing in his life. He was raised in a strong Christian home, and had been taught the truth from day one, but he went his own way for many years.

Harland was a hard man, who cussed like a sailor. He was known to get into some fist fights. Everything changed when he said yes to Jesus. Not a perfect man, but a follower of Christ, committed to doing good works with his money.

It’s never too late, until it is.

We are not promised tomorrow. We have right now. Our brief lives will end one of these days. Colonel Sanders got saved at seventy-seven. You might think you are too old, and too far gone to choose Jesus, you’re not. You might think that you have plenty of time to place your faith in Jesus. Don’t put it off another day, because you may not have another day. 

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. James 4:14, CSB

Honestly, getting saved is more than just hell insurance. You will never be the same. You will live a more abundant life, not with more stuff and money, but with peace, joy, and hope. You will have God’s Holy Spirit living inside of you. You will have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You will have full access to Father God. I could go on and on. 

It’s never too late to choose Jesus.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:9-10, CSB 

 

 

Love you all,

Meghan 

 

 

Photo credit: Meghan E. White 

 

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Mini Quiche

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The quintessential brunch food is quiche. It’s got a fancy name and it’s associated with a fancy meal. Quiche is actually very simple to make, and can be enjoyed every day. A flaky pastry filled with eggs, milk, and cheese are the base for this savory pie. 

Spinach, bacon, and onions are delicious in quiche. You can use a variety of cheeses, vegetables, and meats. Be as creative as you want. Making mini quiches is a fun way to customize them to your liking. 

They freeze well and make a great breakfast on the go. Mini quiche would be a wonderful addition to a holiday celebration. Quiche is a versatile dish. It’s filling and can be used in a variety of ways. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner time are perfect for these small pies. 

Happy Eating!

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

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Mini Quiche

Yield: 24

Ingredients

2 unbaked pie crusts (homemade or store bought)

6 eggs

2 cups milk

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Filling

shredded cheese (Swiss, cheddar, mozzarella, Gruyere)

crumbled cheese (feta, blue)

bacon bits

chopped ham

chopped turkey

spinach

onion

mushroom

tomato

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper until combined.
  4. Roll out the pie crust. Use a 3 inch round cutter to make approximately 12 mini crusts per pie crust. 
  5. Place each circle of pastry into the greased muffin pan, gently pressing them to the bottom and sides.
  6. Put a tablespoon of filling into each pastry shell. 
  7. Pour the egg mixture over the filling, being careful not to overfill. 
  8. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the quiche is puffed and the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes. Use a knife to carefully remove the mini quiches. Enjoy!

Notes 

*Use half whole milk, and half  heavy cream for a richer taste.

*Don’t worry if you overfill a few quiches. They will still cook well and taste good. 

* Store leftover quiches in the refrigerator.

* Cool the mini quiches before freezing. 

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