Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent! I am sitting at my dining table with my watercolor paint palette, paint brushes, card stock and Christmas music playing. As I paint advent candle cards for a few special people I am grateful for this time of solitude and preparation for the coming of Jesus.
Doesn’t that sound dreamy? It was until my son wanted breakfast:) BUT as excited as I was about painting and being with God I was also excited for him to wake up because last night he requested this recipe out of the blue. I then asked him if there was anything else he wanted and he said “Can I have pretzel bread stuffed with Beef Wellington?” Insert question mark emoji here and internal screaming! Is this my son who is magically speaking to me in my language? There must be some mistake I was thinking because he has a very limited list of foods he enjoys compared to my daughters who love most everything. We were watching the Food Network Channel and there were some yummy recipes on at the time. I agreed to give both recipes a try. Well, recipe number one was a huge success so thought I thought I would share it now.
Even though we are SO busy this holiday season, there is time in all situations to prepare and wait even if just for a minute. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like your mind is racing during this season or you are being taken from task to task, with a little diligence God can be with you at all times. Whether you are in a queue waiting to pay for something, sitting in holiday traffic, cooking or painting HE can be with you. In fact, HE is always with us but it is up to us to engage HIM. Today, meet the season with a hush and not a rush and put HIM at the forefront of your thoughts and be guided by the Holy Spirit this season!
God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.
Maple Caramelized Turkey Bacon
This addicting bacon is very easy to double or triple. Perfect for Christmas morning:)
1 t maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
1/2 t dijon mustard
1 T brown sugar
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne (optional)
3 strips turkey bacon
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Prepare a baking sheet with foil and top with a small rack for the bacon
- Mix all the ingredients except bacon
- Add the bacon and with your hands coat each piece well. The bacon will not be completely covered with ingredients, don’t worry. Resist the urge to add more sugar
- Place bacon on the rack and bake for about 20 minutes. Cook an additional 10 minutes or so until dark brown and glistening.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly. As it cools the bacon will firm up.