Beef Empañadas

Yay, it’s the weekend! Well, if I am being honest a lot of parents in Hong Kong with teenagers usually dread the weekend. There is really no drinking age here so for a lot of high school kids that means going out to bars with friends. So for parents that means extra prayers and sms’ing each other until the wee hours of the night making sure our kids are home safely. Lots of blessings, though, none of them have driver’s licenses and Hong Kong is incredibly safe.

In addition to my Thursday Ladies Group I also attend Praying Moms at our church on Fridays. I think I have mentioned the book we use, The Power of the Praying Parent, but just in case http://www.amazon.com/Power-Praying®-Parent-Praying/dp/0736919252/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389309637&sr=1-11&keywords=stormie+omartian

Yesterday we talked about Being the Person God Created. How do we get our kids to embrace the idea that God created us, gave us each special gifts and to use them wisely?

First we need to remember faith or lack of faith is a journey. Think back on your own spiritual journey. Did you always have faith?  Second, we need to be supportive of our kids in their journeys. Yes, it is painful to watch them make mistakes especially life altering mistakes, but we are there to guide them through their good and bad seasons. Third we need to be Godly role models. We can’t talk about faith and not live faith in front of our kids. Remember it takes a village to raise kids and you are not alone! Relying on God and prayers is so powerful and very comforting!

We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ–Romans 3:12

God Bless,

Karen

Beef Empañadas
I have heard there is pre-made empañada dough in the US, but have never tried it. This recipe is easy and very yummy. The best part was you can bake these with great results! We baked ours in a 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes. Use leftover mashed potatoes with peas and cumin seeds for a vegetarian version.

Dough http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/masa-de-empanadas-empanada-dough-10000000689975/ Don’t worry about the strange directions in the 3rd paragraph under preparation. Form your dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut with a 3 1/4 inches pastry cutter or you can use a kitchen glass then roll again making the discs about 3 3/4 inches, fill with 1 heaping teaspoon of meat, fold over and crimp.

Filling http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Beef-Empanadas-239955

Preheat oven to 350F and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

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