Thursday, August 30, 2018

Incredible Chicken Stew

This stew is really good but ya gotta start with roasting some chicken pieces. Here is my recipe for awesome roasted chicken:

Tim’s Roasted Chicken


3 chicken quarters – bone in, skin on
Olive oil to coat
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ Teaspoon ground thyme

Pre Heat oven to 475° F
Rub chicken with olive oil on both sides. Mix all spices together and sprinkle liberally onto both sides of chicken.
Roast for 1 hour and check for doneness. If juices run clear remove from oven and let rest, If not cook an additional 20 minutes. For bone in, skin on thighs cook for 20 to 30 minutes then check them.

After the chicken cools, debone it using your God-given tools: Your hands! then once all the chicken is off the bone your ready to make this stew. It is SO good I am telling you. This stew could also be used as Chicken pot pie filling by just adding some frozen peas at the end. Or you could add a bit more stock and drop in rolled dumplings and make it into Chicken and dumplings! It is really versatile. 

OK now let's make some stew! 

Tim’s Chicken Stew


3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tbsp. olive oil 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins 1 small onion, large chop 1 stalk celery, chopped Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 lb. Roasted Chicken, deboned and shredded.

1 bay leaf 3/4 lb. baby potatoes, quartered 3 c. low-sodium chicken broth ¼ Cup freshly chopped parsley, divided

1.  In a large pot heat olive oil to medium high heat. Add carrots, celery, onions and half the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2.  Add flour and stir until the vegetables are coated, then add thyme, bay leaf, potatoes, and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 min.
3.  Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes 
4.  Garnish with parsley before serving.
A good dinner to be sure. Have a great day and remember to thank God for His provision. :) 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Iced Tea and Lemonade made better

Summer is the time for doing things outdoors, swimming, fishing, bicycling, golf... the list goes on and on and with all that outdoor fun we get thirsty and need some re-hydration. Water is obviously the best way to get re-hydrated but sometimes ya just have to have a big ol glass of Iced Tea or Lemonade. 
And they are so good in the summer! Depending on where you live in the U.S. one or the other is the go-to drink of the summer months. 

Making good iced tea or lemonade is not really all that hard, just a simple recipe for either and it is done in under 5 minutes. However I have come up with a way to make both way better and no it does not require a trip to the liquor store! 

The secret is: lemon zest.
You can add it directly to the water you use to make either drink and the oils in the lemon zest make tea or lemonade way better than just using the juice. Here is how I make both drinks: 

Tim's Awesome Sweet Iced Tea with Lemon

You'll need: 

  • 2 cups water
  • Two long peels of lemon zest with no pith. 
  • 4 to 5 tea bags
  • half cup superfine sugar (If all you have is regular sugar you can place 1 cup in a food processor and pulse for 3 or so minutes, this will make about 3/4ths a cup of superfine) 
Place water, peel and bags into a large enough pan and bring just to a simmer, do not allow to boil! Turn off heat and allow to steep for about 8 to 10 minutes (remember we are going to add more water to the pitcher so the tea has to be strong). 

Remove tea bags and and discard, leave peels in for at least an hour with the lid on. 

After 1 hour remove peels and discard, add to pitcher through a strainer then add sugar to taste. Add ice and enough water to fill the pitcher and enjoy! 

Lemonade is similar in the recipe you just add some zest to the water that you are going to make your lemonade with and bring it to a simmer then cut off the heat, cover and let it sit for 1 or 2 hours. It is so much better than just with the lemon juice.  

Have an awesome day everyone and remember summer ain't over yet! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"This Too Shall Pass."

So I have been one to say the following quote from what I thought was a bible verse; "This too shall pass." but I have discovered that the exact phrase is not in the bible. 

According to Wikipedia the phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets (Click here to read the Wiki article). I think these poets had some of God's wisdom when and if they created the phrase. 
However the thought can also be found in the Word of God, just not in the exact format. 
In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 we find the following: "17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (For context read the whole chapter here). Paul is expressing that all we go through is just temporary (in regard to our faith and persecution because of it), that it will be over once we get to heaven when all is revealed. All that we go through on this earth as Christians shall pass, sometimes they pass while we are still here on earth, such as illness or job loss or other trials that we may go through. But ultimately in the end when we are lifted up to be with God forever none of these things will even be a memory. 

Another cool verse that basically gives us this promise is found in Romans 8:18 "18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." When we compare anything we are going through here on earth to what awaits us in heaven it (heaven) far outweighs it! That is a comfort. 

Another cool verse that says He will help us through anything is 1 Peter 1:6-7 "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Again a promise that it (trials or illness or whatever you are going through) will not be forever but is just temporary. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Have you ever seen Christ in the flesh?

    Have you ever seen Jesus in the flesh? Has He ever appeared in front of you?

    Have you ever wished He would? Well I don't know about you but for me it would be nice to see Him from time to time just for affirmation that He is real and alive. I know what you are thinking; I am supposed to have faith and not need affirmation, but sometimes it would be cool just to know that He is out there, watching over me, watching over you and that things are not as bad as they seem...
    We all know that Jesus is alive and well, and that He is in control, and that He loves us and is taking care of things for us when we ask Him to and give them over to Him. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20 Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah was informed by some of his men that the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites and the Meunites were coming up to battle against him so he set his face to The Lord and commanded all in his Kingdom to do the same and God heard his prayer and fought the battle for him by telling King Jehoshaphat to go down and stand against them and that He would fight for them. And He did, those armies fought against each other and were defeated by themselves in what I can only call Holy confusion! 

    So have you ever seen Christ in the flesh?

    I can say that I have seen Christ in the flesh, every time I see someone helping a stranger load something heavy in their car or stopping to help a stranger who has a flat tire, or someone helping a stranger with directions, or those who give to help some stranger in another country hear the Gospel... Yup I call it the Good Samaritan Syndrome (See Luke 10:25-37) and I try to make sure I am infected with it every day. It is not always easy but as long as I trust God with my day and start with Him I find that it is easier and easier...How about you?


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Worship Matters Conference

Recently a few of us from church (River Ridge Neighborhood Church) Attended the Worship Matters West conference in Santa Ana, CA. To say it was a blessing is a gross understatement. It was one of the best conferences that I have been to and I learned a lot about serving for God.

One of the things that hit home for me was practicing what you do for the service. I personally run words (Power Point, Pro Presenter, Media Shout) and I do make mistakes from time to time. The speaker said not to practice where you are weak but to master the whole thing. That way you are a pro at all of what you do and not just some parts. This to me made great sense and I am going to master every aspect of Planning Center and Projector app (We use an iPad to run our service).

As I go through the materials I will post more on this topic. So stay tuned!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What He did

Jesus, He:

Created, appeared, was prophesied about, hoped for, called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (And mightily lives up to all of those even today), was born, lived a human life, honored His mother and earthy father (and His real Father too), never killed, swore, had no other God before Him, never had or worshiped a carved image, never took His name or His Fathers name in vain, kept the sabbath day (As it was meant to be kept by God's rules and not man's), never committed adultery (He was never married, but He also never committed fornication), never stole anything, did not bear false witness against anyone, never coveted anything that belonged to someone else, worked with His hands, was called, baptized, baptized (once by water and then by the Holy Spirit), fasted, prayed, was tempted, called others to follow Him, made plain the teaching of God, upset the phonies, healed, loved, gave all of Himself, befriended sinners, longed for those lost, taught, lived what He taught, amazed many, commanded demons, entered Jerusalem on a colt, was stalked, betrayed, arrested, claimed He was that I AM, given an unfair trial, humiliated, mocked, crucified, laid in a tomb, RAISED TO LIFE, is still alive today, has a free gift of salvation, beat Satan, will come again on the clouds, take His children home, destroy sin, start a new world, live forever, give us everlasting life and He is real, really.