I hope that as you are reading this and as the Thanksgiving season has whooshed out, you have peace. If not, I sure do hope that by the time you finish this post, peace has found you.
I (Maggie) know how daunting it may have been to try to sit around the table with family and loved ones who, well, didn’t act very loving. I have spent many holidays more consumed by what was on the table, than who was at the table.
This year I am exceptionally grateful that I don’t wear those chains any longer. This is my first Thanksgiving free from the bondage of food obsession and shame.
In my house this year we actually have celebrated Thanksgiving twice. We called them First and Second Thanksgiving, in honor of the Lord of the Rings’ Hobbits and their breakfasts! It has been cute and fun and even festive. Not always the case in my family, maybe you understand.
Maybe you are suffering from a family induced emotional hangover, maybe like me for decades past, it was all about the food and that’s where your hangover is from, maybe you have numbed yourself and checked out because it’s all too much. Too much with the chaos and drama and past hurts, hangups and habits. Rest in Him and let Him soothe frazzled emotions and tattered hearts.
Let me just sit with you for a moment. If I could I would sit at the table and hold your hand and let you cry. It’s ok, to not be ok.
I want to share with you some of the things that Our Mighty God has been showing me lately. I want to have you sit and press into His word with me and draw comfort from the Great I Am.
You, who have served your loved ones tirelessly.
You, who have drifted aimlessly wrapped in your past pain.
You, who have spent days and weeks and years combating the loneliness, depression and feelings of inadequacies.
Today, everything can begin to change. Today, you can plant seeds that bring a different type of harvest into your life. God changes everything. [Right, Greg Dolan? 😉 ]
Maybe you are rejoicing in the victories that you have seen and experienced this past week in the lives of your loved ones. God is so good, isn’t He? To you, I say, don’t rush out of His presence this morning. Bask in His goodness and His grace.
I am sharing my own recipe for stuffed mushrooms. Funny thing about mushrooms, it seems you either love them or hate them. Well, in my house these things disappear very quickly. I promise every time I make them, inevitably someone walks in and asks where they went to and if there are more. Hence the name I have given them.
More ‘Shrooms / Stuffed Mushrooms
12-20 Large stuffing mushrooms
15 shrimp chopped up (optional but strongly suggested) cooked and cleaned
4-6 smaller mushrooms chopped up fine.
Pepper and garlic
Butter (let’s just say lots) probably 2 full sticks.
Parmesan cheese to finish (3-4 tablespoons)
4 sleeves of Ritz crackers, original flavor
In a 10-inch skillet, melt ½ stick of butter and sauté the garlic, shrimp and the mushrooms.
In a separate bowl, mash up all of your Ritz crackers. This is the binding part of the stuffing.
After the mushrooms and garlic and shrimp are cooked, add all the remaining butter and let melt. You do not need to simmer the ingredients, just let the butter melt
When the butter has melted completely, add to bowl of crushed crackers.
Stuff each mushroom and place on a baking tray covered with aluminum foil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.