Nothing like a little last minute get together with some of my mom and second dad’s neighbors. They and their neighbors are SO grateful Florence spared them and were very thankful for the continued efforts of all the officials and volunteers in “The Carolinas”. I am sick with worry about all my friends in Hong Kong! They are all safe and have days, if not weeks, of cleanup and recovery.
I made these Warmed Spiced Olives, homemade and canned Raspberry and Jalapeno Jelly with Cilantro over cream cheese, and some addicting Bourbon Spiced Pecans.
But about these olives! They are SUPER easy to whip together for guests. I love how they are warmed which makes them so much better than a cold undressed olive sitting on the table!
I’m still hanging out in Williamsburg helping my mom take care of my second dad, but I am ready to get my own place. Unlike last nights spur of the moment get together some things in my life seem to take SO MUCH time. I don’t want to rush time away but gosh when I want something to happen sometimes I begin to lose my trust in what God is supposed to be doing. Here are some ways I am trying to slow things down and not rush!
—I want to be transformed into Jesus’ image and not be consumed by information and things (I have failed at “things” already. Went to Target and bought 3 cute ceramic pumpkins that have built lights:) UGH! See! This really is a work in progress for moi!
—I need to remember that God really does things pretty quickly
—I want to meditate more and then I can be open to what God is telling me
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.
–1 Kings 19:11-12
Warmed Spiced Olives
Anyone can do this and it takes about 5 minutes!
1 1/2 t fennel seeds
1/2 C olive oil
3 strips lemon zest
Couple of shakes of crushed red pepper flakes
1 5.8oz jar green olives,pitted
1 5.8oz jar Kalamata olives, pitted
Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- Toast fennel in a saucepan until fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients and gently warm for about 5 minutes.
I did this early in the day and reheated when guests arrived.