James went to work, Hannah and I went to ukulele lessons at the Aurora History museum. The guy that leads it like to say that we are all beginners, but Hannah and I were really beginners at this class!
James and I went to The Arvada Tavern to hear Stephen Brooks and band play some jazz. It was so packed (and there were no dinner tables ready) so we walked down the street, had pizza, then came back to the ballroom and got an up front seat. That was nice, but I like it when they play at EG, it’s cozier.
Sunday, church – Is God powerful? He can make something out of nothing, nothing can stop Him from doing His will, but He can’t do things outside of His nature. He can’t lie, He can’t tempt with evil. But, if God is powerful, why are there moral and natural evils? Sin literally broke the world, it created a darkness that taints our physical, spiritual and natural world. God is powerful, but what we expect Him to do might be different than what He ends up doing. Why did Jesus forgive the paralyzed man of his sins first? No one could see that his sins were forgiven, but the spiritual was more important than the physical. Jesus said He would give us rest for our souls if we come together with Him, He didn’t say there would be no weight in this world or that the burdens would never be there – He said if you follow Me, burdens will be easy and my way will be light, not impossible, not heavy, not crushing – but also life will not be always happy, always easy street, never a care in the world. The thing is, God could change everything. He is that powerful. But, how we expect God to react may not be the path He chooses. The thread of faith is that I believe God is powerful enough to do anything, and I will submit to that power.
We grocery shopped, James BBQ’d a ton of food and Grace, Hannah and I went to Holy Glowga (glow+yoga), it was fun! Heather had a great devotional about how when we are broken we can shine brighter for Jesus. Through the broken times is when we lean on Him and through that we shine brighter.
Goings on this week – school, NIA, worship dance, zentangle art co-op, babysitting, youth groups, Walk to Connect walk, living history days, church, brunch art walk.
Dinners this week – (starting tonight) chipotle salmon with sweet potatoes, baked bacon mac and cheese (Hannah), sweet and sour meatballs with broccoli (Grace), sweet potato masala, chicken soup with gnocchi, pork chops with caramelized onions and mushroom soup (I got a whole bag of ‘ugly’ mushrooms for 99 cents!), beans and sausage, penne pasta chicken bake.
Cheddar-Bacon Mac and Cheese
1 3/4 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
3 slices t Bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/2 onion sauted
1 TBSP garlic minced
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook macaroni as directed on package. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour; cook 2 min. or until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk; cook on medium heat until mixture comes to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer on low heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese; cook and stir 5 min. or until melted.
Drain macaroni. Add to sauce with bacon; mix lightly. Spoon into 1 1/2 quart casserole; top with remaining cheese.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through.
Sweet Potato Masala
4 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon clarified butter
1 cup diced onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1-1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pint crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup rough chopped cilantro
1/3 cup Greek yogurt, full fat
Rough cut the sweet potatoes and place in crock pot. Heat the clarified butter in a three quart lidded stockpot or saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until well caramelized. Add the coriander, cumin, cardamom, garam masala, and ginger and toast in the butter and onions for a minute or two. Add tomatoes, salt, and place all in crock pot Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir in the yogurt and cilantro and cook for five more minutes at end.