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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Timeless Messages of Hope and Praise

It is Well With My Soul

With the world on hold because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has not gathered together since March 13th of 2020.  But the music goes on every week, just as it has for the previous 92 years!  As a member of the choir, it has been a little bit heartwrenching to give up that portion of my life, of raising my voice in unity with 359 other singers every Thursday for rehearsal and every Sunday morning for the live broadcast.  

It has been a blessing though, to watch Music and the Spoken Word every Sunday morning and include it as part of my home worship service.  At first, it was difficult not to burst into tears with each and every heartfelt song!  But, in a way, having that stirring music fill my soul has softened the blow, as I know each and every other member of the choir has had those same yearnings to sing together.  And we can sing along from home.  The choir's messages each week have continued to buoy me up and bring a feeling of peace.  I still catch glimpses of myself each week and remember the words and the feelings as I sang lovely anthems, beautiful hymns, uplifting, positive, hopeful, inspirational messages. 

The choir will probably be one of the last groups to reconvene after a "herd immunity" has been established in the world.  The very nature of singing together, sitting so close, projection and forceful diction to achieve the ideal sound will restrict us from gathering.  So, I will continue to hope for the best and to sing along, to practice in the shower and in the car so that when we do reconvene, I'll be able to perform once again with this lovely group.

~ the Momma

Monday, April 12, 2021

What's for Dinner? Special Occasions

 Looking back through photos, I started to get hungry!  Here are a few of our family's favorite delicious dinners for St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or whenever!

~~ Crock-Pot Corned Beef ~~
Steamed Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes & Onions

What is it about this annual St. Patrick's day meal that just tastes so. darn. good!?  Must be the briny sauce from the corned beef poured over the veggies.  Just follow the directions on the Corned Beef package, and steam the veggies separately.  Delicious!

~~ Three-Cheese Ravioli (made with Gyoza Wrappers) ~~
 Homemade Bolognese Sauce & Basil/Pistachio Pesto



Evan was surprised it tasted so delicious! OK, this was an experiment, but judging from the quick disappearance of it at dinnertime, we'll be sure to repeat.  Recipes are from the 3rDegree Bakery's HOME COOKIN' Cookbook.  This one is good for any day of the week.  We tend to do Italian dishes on Sundays.


~~ Garbage Can Dinner ~~
 Severed Toes (Sausages)
Steamed Potatoes, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onion, Broccoli, Cauliflower
Dijon Mustard



Quickest meal in the West! Load up the steamer with a little water in the bottom, then comb through the fridge or garden for everything you can steam together, plus a few Polska Kielbasa sausages.  A little butter, salt & pepper, and a sprinkle of dill on the top, with a side of Dijon mustard, mmmm! The perfect meal on a Sunday afternoon, or for Hallowe'en.👻



~~ Thanksgiving Feaste ~~
Mediterranean Salad with Tomato, Artichokes, Cucumber, Feta & Ranch Dressing 
Lemon-Baked Braised Cornish Hens
 Freshly Mashed Idaho Russets with Cream, Butter & Nutmeg
 Balsamic-Glazed Carrots & Parsnips
Fresh Fruit Compote with Citrus Zest


This is the layout of a feast with two of my sisters who came for a mini Hen Party/Craft Day.  It wasn't quite Thanksgiving, but we laid out a fun spread and enjoyed delicious food and a fun time together!  We didn't use recipes, just grabbed stuff out of the refrigerator to put the dishes together.  Oh, yum!



Now, this post is making me hungry!  I wonder, what's for dinner??

~the Momma

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