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Friday, October 19, 2007

Processing Meat

Meatloaf and Meatballs

My grocery store had hamburger meat on sale. So I bought about 8 lbs and processed it up all at one time. I like to do this so that when I have a bad day I have stuff in the freezer that is easy for me to fix. Half the meat I browned in a skillet and divided up into bags and vacuum packed it. I made a few bags with enough for spaghetti or a casserole. Then I made a few little bags with just a couple of Tablespoons of hamburger in it for hot dog chili. My husband won't eat a hotdog without chili and, yet, we don't need much since it's just the two of us.

For the other half of the meat, I put it in my Kitchenaid mixer and started adding all kinds of stuff for my meatloaf and meatballs. Almost every time I make it, I make it a little bit different. It depends on what I have on hand or what I'm in the mood for.

Here are the ingredients that go in ALL the time:

hamburger (I don't buy anything leaner than 80% lean because you need some grease to flavor the meat and make it juicy. The breadcrumbs not only stretch the hamburger meat but it holds the grease to make it juice.)
egg (to help hit stick together)
fresh onions
salt and pepper
Worcestershire sauce

Here are the optional ingredients that I throw in as I think about it or as I have on hand:

shredded cheddar cheese
a little tomato sauce
fresh garlic cloves or garlic powder
fresh basil
fresh rosemary
fresh oregano or dried oregano
fresh thyme or dried thyme
fresh cilantro

I let the Kitchenaid mixer mix it all up and then I shape it into meatloaves and meatballs and vacuum freeze them (or use freezer bags). To cook, let the meatloaf thaw out, put in Pam sprayed baking dish, pour tomato sauce over the top and pop in the oven on 400F for about 40 minutes. For meatballs, brown them in a large skillet, add a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce and let simmer until meatballs are done all the way through. Serve over thin spaghetti.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Springs In The Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

October 14

"By reason of breakings they purify themselves" (Job 41:25).

God uses most for His glory those people and things which are most perfectly broken. The sacrifices He accepts are broken and contrite hearts. It was the breaking down of Jacob's natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe him with spiritual power. It was breaking the surface of the rock at Horeb, by the stroke of Moses' rod that let out the cool waters to thirsty people.

It was when the 300 elect soldiers under Gideon broke their pitchers, a type of breaking themselves, that the hidden lights shone forth to the consternation of their adversaries. It was when the poor widow broke the seal of the little pot of oil, and poured it forth, that God multiplied it to pay her debts and supply means of support.

It was when Esther risked her life and broke through the rigid etiquette of a heathen court, that she obtained favor to rescue her people from death. It was when Jesus took the five loaves and broke them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of breaking, sufficient to feed five thousand. It was when Mary broke her beautiful alabaster box, rendering it henceforth useless, that the pent-up perfume filled the house. It was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be broken to pieces by thorns and nails and spear, that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal ocean, for thirsty sinners to drink and live.

It is when a beautiful grain of corn is broken up in the earth by DEATH, that its inner heart sprouts forth and bears hundreds of other grains. And thus, on and on, through all history, and all biography, and all vegetation, and all spirituallife, God must have BROKEN THINGS.
Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in orldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken ofttimes in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and using for God's glory. "The lame take the prey,"Isaiah tells us.

O break my heart; but break it as a field
Is by the plough up-broken for the corn;
O break it as the buds, by green leaf seated,
Are, to unloose the golden blossom, torn;
Love would I offer unto Love's great Master,
Set free the odor, break the alabaster.

O break my heart; break it victorious God,
That life's eternal well may flash abroad;
O let it break as when the captive trees,
Breaking cold bonds, regain their liberties;
And as thought's sacred grove to life is springing,
Be joys, like birds, their hope, Thy victory singing.
--Thomas Toke Bunch

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