Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hey, Joe! Long time no post!

Yeah, I know. But let me plead with you, my family. I had 8 services to prepare for, a few shut-in visits, a winkle, and a couple of hospital visits. All in all, I've been a bit busy since the 15th.

So, Saturday was church at Mt. Olive, with saturday school class (3 in attendance) and a confirmation class (4 in attendance). Both of which are going well. I introduced the Christmas program and handed out CDs with the memory work and music. This will let the little ones, who can't read really well yet, listen to their parts with the music. I gave the CDs to the big kids too. I figure they can use it on the school bus and wherever else.

Hospital visits on Fri and Sat. One which I can mention is Ragna. She's suffering from shingles. Matt came with on the visit. I got to several, but not all of the TR shut-ins this past week. I hope to get to Grygla this coming week.

Man, time goes fast. December is just around the corner.

Monday we had winkel in Hawley. I hadn't been to Our Savior's in Hawley before. It's a very nice building. I presented a study on Closed Communion that I'd written last summer. Our Christmas winkel is scheduled for the third monday in December at Lengby. After which we'll have our Christmas dinner at the Fireside.

Tues I tried to take a day off, but ended up making some phone calls and doing some sermon work. There isn't wed school this week. I'm glad I scheduled it that way. There just isn't time to do everything that needs to get done.

Wed afternoon I started developing a migraine. It lasted until late Thurs afternoon. I've also got another stupid health issue that I will probably have to see a doctor about. It's a boil that causes considerable pain and prevents me from being in one position for very long. Maybe that's too much information, whatever.

I did go to the chiropracter on Monday. That helped with the rib quite a bit. Now, thurs eve, I'm feeling the rib bruise quite a bit.

About Thanksgiving, try this from Martin Luther's Small Catechism

The First Article of the Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has made me and all creatures;

that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them;

in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods;

that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil;

and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me;

for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him.

This is most certainly true.

So, how was your thanksgiving meal? Here's what I cooked for noon today.
  • Mashed Potatos
  • Broiled Steak
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Oyster Stew.
I boiled the potatos and used the potato water as the base for the oyster stew. I also browned some butter in sauce pan. Browned butter is a wonderful thing. You need to do it on low heat over a long period of time so that nothing gets burned, but oooohhhh the flavor.

I took some of the browned butter and put it on the mashed potatos. The rest I put in the oyster stew.

For the steaks, after I opened the oyster can I poured the juice on the steaks while they were broiling. What a nice flavor.

The mixed vegetables? Well, I put them in a microwave dish and nuked them. Nothing too creative about that. But Stella loved them.

Now, for the oyster stew. This one was a wonderful gift of providence. I made it up as I was cooking.

Here's how I did it. First, I took the potato water from boiling the potatos. I added an equal part of milk. I added some, but not a lot, of butter. I put the oysters in. I sauteed onion, carrot, and celery together. After the sautee had started to brown I added pine nuts to the sautee. When those browned I put the whole thing into the pot for the stew. I reconstituted some dehyrated shiatake mushrooms with a bit of Cavender's Greek seasoning salt (lightly). And then I added the mushrooms. When this began to simmer I added the toasted butter and a bit of black pepper. Yum, Yum, Yum.

I know that not everyone likes oysters. For some of those who don't like them this would sound totally gross. But we liked it very much. It's hard to go wrong with a stock base of sauteed onion, carrot, and celery.

Someone remind me some time to put up my recipe for candied onions. It is also a wonderful thing.

Happy Thanksgiving