Friday, February 8, 2013

Feasting with the Father: Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua...

Feasting with the Father: Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua...:  Celebrate Yeshua!    What I love most about the Shabbat is that God commands us to rest! He doesn't suggest it. He doesn't say,...

Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua... and Coconut Macaroons!

Celebrate Yeshua!

What I love most about the Shabbat is that God commands us to rest! He doesn't suggest it. He doesn't say, " Okay, since you're not going to the office today,  go ahead, wash that car, catch up on that laundry, wash those windows and vacuum that carpet. Then sit down and rest awhile.....then, how about that lawn? " No, God actually requires something of us. He requires that we obey His 4th commandment, "Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy." He requires we rest and "come away with Him." Why? He requires we rest for our own good. We need to rest! " Didn't God say, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"( Mathew 12)?  I LOVE this! I love meditating (like a cow chewing its cud) on His Word. Just to spend time with Him is a blessing. And I don't have to feel guilty because I am not "accomplishing a task."; that I am not "getting things done." As much as I enjoy "getting things done," it's a treat to nestle in His loving arms and read His love letters to me. And He wrote them to me....... and you! I pray you get into God's Word today, relax and simply enjoy His company. After all, Yeshua IS our rest, our Shabbat Shalom! Isn't this marvelous!

What goes better with the sweetness of Yeshua than homemade "Cocoanut Macaroons" - one of Bruce's favorite cookies. Enjoy this recipe from "Tempting Kosher Dishes" by B. Manischewitz & Company (c) 1930. I bought this retro cookbook online at least a decade ago and enjoy making dishes from original recipes and ingredients.

Cocoanut Macaroons
You'll Need:
5 eggs
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Manischewitz Matzo Meal
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded coconut ( I use Baker's)
2 lemons, juice and grated rinds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Beat eggs well, adding sugar gradually; add and combine remaining ingredients. Drop by tablespoons on cookie sheet, greased and sprinkled with meal. Bake in moderate oven (325 degrees) 30 minutes increasing heat at the last to brown cookies. Makes 24 mouthwatering delights.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shabbat Shalom! One of Many Reasons...with Recipe

One of Many Reasons

One reason I deeply love my husband, Bruce, is his true and transparent love for the Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus, the Messiah.) And this is one of many reasons, mind you. As I type these words, he is on the phone with a Jewish brother who wants Bruce, a minister with the Assemblies of God, to baptist him. Rereading my last sentence, I'm aware of what a mind-blowing statement this is! What???? A Jew being baptised? What???? Well, God came to planet earth in the form of a Jewish man (John 1:14.) So, this makes perfect sense. When the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea (Exodus 15) and came out safely on dry land, God painted this picture for us as the perfect portrait of baptism - for both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14-15.) 
As I prepare a delicious shabbat breakfast for my husband (this is 'rest' for me....4th Commandment...and I do believe I'll have to reheat those organic cinnamon rolls.. but no matter), I can hear bits and pieces of their conversation. I am pleased Bruce understands that telling someone, in this case a Jewish person (whether they are a believer, or not a believer) what it means to truly be "a Jew born anew," as our Jewish friend, psalmist Marty Goetz sings in his song of same title, is more appealing to him than, say, ...eating! This is yet one of many reasons I love my husband!

Bruce will baptize our friend in the morning....thank you, God!

Bruce's Breakfast Menu
(which may have to be reheated is):
Scrambled eggs with havarti cheese and smoked lox
Beef bacon ( Pederson's, Whole Foods)
Steel cut oats with blueberries, pineapple chunks, and strawberries
Freshly baked organic cinnamon rolls
Freshly ground Trader Joe's Honduras Coffee
 I can hear him winding up his conversation. I better rattle those pots and pans....again; music to my ears and to the ears of our Messiah!

  Enjoy my recipe for:
Quick Cinnamon Rolls 

2 cups white unbleached flour
3 teaspoons Rumford Baking Powder (contains no aluminum)
1/8 teaspoon Hains Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cups whole milk
melted butter
1/2 cup raisins,or currants, chopped fine (ly)
2 Tablespoons citron (lemon) zest
2 Tablespoons (organic) sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine and mix well first five ingredients. Roll out to rectangular shape 1/4 inch thick, brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with raisins, citron zest, sugar and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll. (You may have to chill roll so dough is easier to slice.) Cut in slices 3/4 inches thick. Place in buttered round baking tin cut side down and bake in a hot oven, 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, butter a 10 inch skillet (I like cast iron), spread bottom with a generous amount of brown sugar, place rolls in skillet and bake. Serve caramel side up.
So, there you have it! 
BTW~ These cinnamon rolls are just as delicious reheated!
(Hebrew for 'good appetite')