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The Big Five-Oh!

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Here’s where it all began for me. My first professional photo shoot.  A photographer was going door to door, and my mom agreed to have my two-month old photos taken. The photographer positioned my chubby little arms in different poses. I was a very calm baby so I cooperated. The pictures are some of the few baby pictures I’ve got. I am the fourth of five children, and we were lucky to have any pictures from childhood at all. When I was young parents did not chronicle every single moment of a child’s life. You got the highlights and that was good enough. 

I am fifty years old as of Thursday, November 24th, 2022. My birthday just happened to land on Thanksgiving this year. I celebrated by having a delicious turkey dinner with all the fantastic sides. It was a low key day, and I loved it. I am a pretty low key kind of a person. I don’t enjoy a lot of attention, so a chill day with my family is a dream day. 

Back to turning half a century old. I suppose I should feel bad, or sad about aging, but I don’t. I feel good. Actually, I feel great. I still feel like myself, but better. Not better because I am so wonderful. I am comfortable in my skin, even if it’s a bit more wrinkly. I am just grateful for this life God has given me. My pastor used to say, “That breath you just took, you can thank God for that.” 

My life is in God’s hands. He has already decided when my life will end. He has not given me the knowledge of an exact date. I am to trust Him, and know that He has a plan for me. So I do my best to trust Him, but I’m not always good at it. I am a planner and not knowing the future has tested my faith time and time again. The Lord knows this about me, and graciously walks me through my challenges, fears, and doubts. He is faithful, even when I am not.

I’m still breathing as of this writing, and God is not done with me yet. It could be tomorrow when He calls me home, maybe another ten years. Or maybe in fifty years! Which seems so strange. On that day, will I hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,”? That’s my prayer, but I fall short often. Thank God for His amazing grace. 

For some, turning fifty means it’s all downhill from here. The best years are over. I disagree. I’m just getting started. I’m ready for what’s next. I know who holds my future. I know who will carry me through every trial. I know who will never ever leave me. His name is Jesus. He is my Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus for saving my life, and giving me hope. Thank you for my birthday. Thank you for today, and each day you have blessed me with. I don’t want to waste what You have given to me. Life is a beautiful gift. 

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. James 4:14, NASB 

From one vapor to another, have a great day.

Love you all,

Meghan 

Food

My Favorite Pumpkin Pie

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I love pumpkin pie. I grew up with my mom making pumpkin pie using sweetened condensed milk, which is very good. Many years ago I was given this amazing pumpkin pie recipe using whipping cream, and I’ve never looked back. You’d think all pumpkin pies are the same. They are not.

Many store bought pumpkin pies are bland, and just not that great. I always prefer homemade over anything store bought. My only exception to this is the infamous Costco pumpkin pie. Those are delicious. The reason I love this pumpkin pie recipe is it makes a light, fluffy, and perfectly spiced custard pie, with just the right amount of sweet. Pumpkin pie can be a bit gelatinous, and this amazing recipe is light, creamy, and fabulous. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will praise God’s name in song and exalt Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

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Pumpkin Pie

Yield: 1 pie

Ingredients

¼ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 (15oz) can of pumpkin

1 cup whipping cream

1 unbaked pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Beat in the eggs until the mixture is fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin, then stir in the whipping cream. 
  3. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into a prepared pastry filled pie pan. 
  4. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  5. Cool completely and enjoy!

Notes:

  • The pie will rise in the oven and get fluffy while cooking. Once it cools it will shrink down a little bit. 
  • If the crust is getting too dark while cooking, cut a 4 inch circle in the center of a square piece of aluminum foil. Loosely place on the pie while it finishes cooking. 
Food

Roasted Lemon Rosemary Cod and Potatoes

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This recipe is a great way to add nutrition packed fish to your diet without being boring. The potatoes are perfectly crisp and brown, almost like a chip. The cod is tender, and flavorful with lemon and rosemary. It’s a winning combination. 

A variety of herbs will work for this fish. I used the herbs I had on hand from my garden, rosemary and garlic chives. Tarragon or thyme would be tasty. Use what you’ve got, or what you prefer for herbs. Like any recipe, tweak it to your liking.

I love simple dishes that cook in one pan. This meal delivers with wonderful texture and flavor all while giving much needed Omega-3 into your diet. You’ll get a tasty, appetizing dinner, that’s easy to make and satisfying to eat. Enjoy this lovely fish supper!

Happy Eating!

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

 

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Roasted Lemon Rosemary Cod and Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

4 cod fillets (6 to 8oz. each)

1 to 1 1/2 lbs. russett potatoes, skin-on, thinly sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

7 tablespoons total salted butter, (3 T. melted butter for potatoes, 4 T. cubed for fish)

2 garlic cloves minced

4 sprigs of rosemary

1 T. fresh chopped rosemary

1 tsp. fresh chopped garlic chives

salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 lemon thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Slice potatoes into thin rounds and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter and toss to coat evenly. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, garlic, chopped rosemary, and chopped garlic chives. Mix it all together.
  3. Spread potatoes into four piles, fanning out each potato wedge so they overlap slightly. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, pat cod fillets dry with a paper towel. Use plenty of salt and fresh ground black pepper on the cod. 
  5. Place a cod fillet on each cooked potato pile. Add 1 T. cubed butter on each fillet. Then place a sprig of rosemary, and two slices of lemon.
  6. Bake the cod and potato piles for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Use a spatula to transfer each cod/potato pile to plates.
  8. Remove rosemary before eating, and squeeze the lemon slices over the cooked cod.
  9. Enjoy!   

 

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Marriage

27 Years Ago

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These two were in love and having a great time on their honeymoon in San Francisco. After twenty-seven years, these two are still in love. We may be a bit older, with a few more wrinkles, but hey, we’re still here by the grace of God. 

San Francisco was not our first choice for a honeymoon destination. We wanted to go to Paris. We were researching going to France, from books. Remember books? Ha ha ha!! This was the early days of the world wide web. My dad offered to send us to France if we exchanged a big fancy wedding for a much simpler one. That was incredibly generous of my dad. Thank you Dad! 

The decision ultimately came down to me. I was a very young, soon-to-be bride, who wanted my dream wedding. So I chose the beautiful, fancy wedding over the fantasy honeymoon. I don’t regret my wedding at all. I do regret not choosing Paris. I would like to tell twenty-two year old me, “Go to Paris, you dummy!”. My choice was made, and we had a fantastic honeymoon. Lots of great food and fun in an amazing city. 

We have nothing exciting planned to celebrate our anniversary today. Tom is working 12 hour night shifts right now, and he works tonight and all weekend. But that’s life. And sometimes, that’s married life. You go through challenges and challenging times. You have mountaintop experiences where you are high-fiving each other because you made it with the Lord’s help. And when you are in the valley together, you hug each other, and hold on to one another, and trust God to make a way. And He does make a way, every time. 

So today I celebrate my husband, Tom. He’s a good, Godly man, who leads our family, and works tirelessly to provide for us. I also celebrate the wonderful gift of marriage. God made marriage and it is good. Thank you Lord for carrying us all these years. It is by Your amazing grace that we are here today. You get all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise!

A little side note. I keep every card Tom has given me over the years because the words mean so much. He has always chosen the most gorgeous cards and I cherish them. I am a card hoarder. I feel better now that I confessed. Here is one of the anniversary cards he gave me, several years ago. It’s so pretty! 

 

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And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

Thanks for coming along with me today!

Love you all,

Meghan

Food

Cheeseburger Sliders

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Sometimes a cheeseburger just hits the spot, and these sliders are no exception. They may be small, but still pack a punch with loads of flavor. Big things can come in little packages. Like the great taste of a savory burger with melted cheddar cheese delivered in a smaller size. This means you can eat more of them.

These sliders are simple, delicious, and a great way to feed a group, like your family. Any leftovers are easy to heat up. I decided to use the classic ketchup and mustard combo on some of the sliders, and chipotle aioli on the others for a spicy option. Both are so tasty! You can customize the burgers to your liking. Here is how I made them. Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

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Cheeseburger Sliders

Yield: 24 

Ingredients

2 lbs. ground beef

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 to 2 onions, diced

24 Hawaiian rolls, or slider rolls

12 slices medium cheddar cheese

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Optional toppings:

ketchup

mustard

chipotle aioli sauce 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
  2. In a 15 x 10 inch baking pan, place the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well with your hands. Press the beef mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish, to fill the pan. Bake the ground beef in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. While the beef is in the oven, cook onions over medium heat in a skillet with a little oil until the onions are translucent.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil. Place the rolls on the baking sheet. Slice them in half, cutting the tops off, and placing them to the side.
  5. Put ketchup and mustard on half of the roll bottoms, and chipotle aioli sauce on the other half. 
  6. Cut the cooked beef in half, and place each half on the two separate slider roll bottoms. 
  7. Spread the cooked onion on top of the cooked beef halves, then place 6 slices of cheddar cheese across the top of each half. 
  8. Place the roll tops on the cheese. Brush melted butter across the rolls. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over the butter.
  9. Cook the sliders in a 350° oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the rolls are browned. 
  10. Slice into individual sliders. Enjoy!

Notes:

*After the beef is cooked, take it out of the baking dish and place it on some paper towels to absorb some of the fat. Do this before you place it on the roll bottoms. This will help the rolls from getting soggy.

* The ketchup, mustard, and aioli are not required. You can just as easily leave those out, but I highly recommend a little topping. It adds another delicious component.

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