Even though the liturgical season of Christmas isn’t over (not by a long shot!) I’m falling in line with the secular American way of doing things. The lights have come down; the wreath is off the door, and now the tree is coming down too. Last year in this house! It’s been a good Christmas.
Today I’m having friends over to celebrate the New Year with black-eyed peas and cornbread. I found my new favorite cornbread recipe at martysmusings.net:
- 2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
- 1 tsp. salt
- 16 oz. creamed corn
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until lightly brown.
As Ina Garten would say, How easy is that?
Today was Maundy Thursday. Our church held a modified Tenebrae service. Our choir performed “Song of the Shadows” – particularly fitting since Tenebrae means shadows in Latin.
We all wore black to mark the solemnity of the occasion. No one spoke after the service until we were in our cars.
Earlier, in rehearsal:
The program cover:
Four wonderful friends joined me for a cosy supper party tonight. I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do – buy an Advent wreath and light the candles. Last week I had a friend over for lunch, and we lit the first candle. Tonight we lit the second and read Mark 1:1-8.
Then we settled in for supper. Menu: Salad with black bread croutons, sun-dried tomatoes, almonds and balsamic vinaigrette, deviled eggs, Chicken Divan, Parker House rolls and caramel cake for dessert.
It was a relaxing contrast to last week. Last Saturday I realized I’d lost my can’t miss chili recipe and had to find something else. Sunday morning I opened the cover of the crock pot to find a disgusting burnt mess. What to do? I had no other food in the house; I HAD to go to church to sing in the choir – and my friend was coming over for lunch. So after church I skipped Sunday School, raced to the Publix and bought their deli-made soup. With 15 or so minutes to spare I got that on the stove to heat up and dished it up in the bread bowls originally meant for the chili.
We’re already well into the New Year as marked by the Jewish calendar …. 5772!
Over the past week (Sept. 28-30) Jews celebrated Rosh Hashanah.
I started this past week in a bad mood. Then I saw this video. I played it every day since I saw it. My bad mood went away, just in time for a new year. I may be a day late, but Shanah Tovah, y’all!
Easter Sunday 2011, the flowering cross outside Riverland Hills Baptist Church after the 9 a.m. service.
After church I cooked Easter lunch for Mom and Dad. The menu featured veggies from my first spring weekly share from my coop – Pinckney’s Produce. We had:
Spring Onion Soup
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges
Baked Ham Slices
Crispy Turnip “Fries”
Rolls with Butter
Angel Food Cake * Fresh Strawberries * Whipped Cream
Happy Easter, everyone.
Each year everyone thinks about what they’d like to do differently for the new year. Most (98.9%)* of those resolutions involve health, diet, losing weight, etc. This year in our Adult Bible Fellowship class (Sunday School for all you traditionalists) the guest teacher even asked us if we had any resolutions.
One guy said his resolution was to not make any resolutions. He had too much trouble keeping them.
That’s a copout, I wanted to say. But I didn’t want to start something in class so Continue reading “Resolutions for the New Year”
Happy New Year to the Three D’s in Jacksonville (and Jimmy Longstreet!)
The Nativity as seen through Gmail, Facebook, Yelp and more ….