He turned 50 today!!!!!! Wow, that's old! Or young, it just depends on your perspective.
We had a party this afternoon, to which some of Dad's oldest friends (or at least, the oldest local ones) were invited. The main event was a BBQ, and included hot dogs and kosher Polish dogs (with sour kraut), two kinds of hamburgers, and salmon. Some of the favorite recipes from today were Ambrosia (otherwise known as "5-Cup Salad"), Chocolate Spice Cake and Lemon Meringue Pie. Yummy!
Ambrosia 1 cup flaked/shredded coconut 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mandarin oranges 1 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup miniature marshmallows Combine everything, and let it sit overnight in the fridge. You can mess with the proportions as much as you want (I like to triple the recipe and put in 4 cups of mini marshmallows). Best served chilled.
Chocolate Spice Cake Grease and dust a 9x13 sheet pan. Sift together: 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar Combine and bring to a boil: 1 cup butter 1 cup water 4 tbsp. cocoa Pour this over the dry mixture and mix in: 2 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla Bake at 400 degrees, 20-25 minutes. Icing Heat: 1 stick butter 4 tbsp. cocoa 6 tbsp. milk Add 1/2 - 1 box powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency and 1 cup pecans (optional). Spread on cake while hot.
Lemon Meringue Pie Combine 3 tbsp. cornstarch with 1 cup (scant) sugar in the top of a double boiler. Add grated rind of 1 lemon, 4 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp butter, and 3 beaten egg yolks. Mix well, then add 1 1/2 cups boiling water slowly. Cook over hot water until thick (should coat the back of a spoon). Pour into pre-baked pie shell. Meringue Beat until foamy 3 egg whites 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar 5 tbsp sugar (beat in slowly) until stiff and glossy. Do NOT under-beat. Heap meringue onto hot pie filling and spread - carefully sealing edges to prevent shrinking or weeping. Bake about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, or until delicately golden-brown. Cool gradually to prevent shrinking.
It sounds as if all we did was eat! Not so ................. There was a lot of talking, laughing, and remembering! We had a wonderful time celebrating Dad and all that he has meant to us. I do not think that it is possible to overstate the blessing of having a father who loves God, a father who seeks to know God ever better and deeper. Even more, one who prays for his children every day.
Thank you, Daddy, for teaching me about the Lord of your life and the world He so lovingly created. I love you Dad.
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not take them bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;//Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,//
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.//I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made the difference.
"These little moments ... matter, for they are where we live every day."
- Paul David Tripp