Thursday, February 27, 2014

His vs. Hers Spaghetti Dinners

So I'm always looking for new recipes to try and since I've been married. Especially to my husband who loves to eat! I've actually started to enjoy cooking more and more.

Buzzfeed had an interesting post a few weeks ago with "19 Delicious Spaghetti Dinners" that looked so good I was tempted to try a few. So we both picked out a recipe for me to make that week for dinner. Jokingly but not jokingly, we teased each other on whose choice would be better. So here's our take on the recipes we tried!

His Pick:

Spaghetti with Olives, Capers and Roasted Red Peppers: Recipe Here
(We are gluten free in our house now, so both recipes were made with quinoa pasta.)

This recipe was super easy to make. The longest part was just waiting for the water to boil for the pasta!   Also, I only spent between $5-10 for the entire meal. The dish was very light, we both could've gone for more roasted red peppers in the dish and we did add a little extra lemon for more flavor. Also added a little parmesan cheese on top. I could've done with less capers, but he loves them.

We both felt like it needed a little something else more to it. I think next time I will add some lemon chicken breast with it. It would pair nicely and be more satisfying.

Overall: Good, but on the lighter side.

My Pick:

Spaghetti with Peanut Sauce and Snap Peas: Recipe Here

This recipe was also fairly simple to make, and very affordable. I substituted the neutral oil with butter. (we don't cook with oils) and also, we used gluten free pasta with this dish as well. I love dishes with peanuts, peanut sauce or anything of the sort so I built this dish up in my mind with how amazing it would taste even before I tried it. It didn't quite meet my expectations. Mixing the peanut butter and the soy sauce was kind of challenging and weird at first. I had to mash up the peanut butter with my whisk in the soy sauce to get it to combine.

This dish was very rich, and much more filling. I made the same exact portions as the last dish, but couldn't finish this dish at all, compared to still wanting more with the other dish. We both added extra soy sauce after tasting the dish. It was very peanut buttery. Almost too much, even for me. I would probably use half the amount of peanut butter for the sauce if I make it again. But it was pretty good! We both enjoyed it. Actually so did the baby!

Overall: Good. Very filling, and a little too much peanut butter.

The Winner: 
His Pick: Spaghetti with Olives, Capers, and Roasted Red Peppers. It just had the right blend of flavors and would go nicely with chicken or fish.

There are a few other recipes I am tempted to try, I will have to post those if I do!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Perseverance: Keeping the faith


Perseverance is one of those things that you want to have, you want to think you have it, however, is actually really hard to have.

My favorite all time passage of the bible is this, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of you faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything." James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Typically this is my "go-to" verse that I memorized many years ago whenever I was dealing with something difficult in my life, and it always encourages me.

However, when I sit here and read it and really look at it, James is writing some serious stuff here that is hard to swallow! We should be joyful when we face trials? Yeah, right! How many of us can say we react like that in our trials. Are we not crying out to God, asking for understanding? asking for him to get us out of the situation? We so quickly want the "quick-fix" the fast remedy to the situation.

What we don't understand is that sometimes things that may seem so hard and unclear can be good for us in the long run. They do test or faith, help us rely on God and develop perseverance. When we are so wrapped up in our own problems we often can't see them clearly the way God sees them. Just like, if you were to hold your hand directly in front of you face, it's blurry and out of focus, because just like our situations. That is all our eyes our fixed on. Now back your hand away a few inches, and it becomes more clear, you can see your whole hand in its entirely. Waiting on Gods timing and stepping away to trust God, allows us to see our situations and our trials more clearly. We rely on him for our Perseverance.

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"- Romans 8:31. God is on our side. He is there through it all. Therefore we DO consider it joy when we face trials of many kinds. Because by leaning on God and testing and developing our faith day in and out, we develop perseverance. So we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Remember the story of Job? He was "blameless and upright" and he was tested regardless of the fact he was doing everything right! In the end the Lord blessed him twice and as he had before. But what if he had just given up halfway because the trials were too hard, and he didn't understand? Or he thought it was unfair? He never would've received his blessing.

So I hope to encourage you today, that no matter what you are going through, remember God knows every aspect of your trial. He knows when your weak, and that you need him to get through your trials. Fix your eyes upon the Lord, and he will give you PURE JOY!!

God Bless,