Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday Dinner (non-fasting) and a new favourite Saint Story

Worcestershire Sauce
White wine
Onion, Garlic, Celery
Soup Stock
Onion, Potatoes and Carrots under the chicken
in the slow cooker.

Did I tell you that
Mr. Husband says that
Garlic and onions are signs that God loves us
and wants us to be happy
Mr. Husband loves garlic. 

Cooked on low for over 10 hours.

A perfect late Sunday dinner for us.

I have been so pleased with this just-before-the
Nativity-Fast dish.
Leftovers fried up really nicely
in our cast-iron fry pans
that I love.

Notice the knitted hot plate under the bowl?
It is from my early undergrad days
from a woman who worked
at the Calvin Archives when
I was a young student
before going out West in BC
to finish my undergraduate degree.
Notice the blue and white knitted
hot plate?
I just love it. 
A gift from a very dear friend of mine
(who reads this blog :) )
made it for me for my wedding.
The blue flowered napkins
are my everyday use and wash very often
from another dear friend who also
reads this blog.
Hi friends :)
Mr. Husband and I have been enjoying
some nice meals together
and I feel really blessed.
We are going to be busy with 
American Thanksgiving preparations
and other things that will last well into the weekend,
so if I don't blog as much here,
please do not be concerned
just busy having fun
and working in the kitchen!
Will report back on it all after the flurry of activity
is done!
Please meanwhile
continue to keep my dear friend Mara in your prayers
and also Noah and his family, including his 
Mother Kate,
as they continue to have some very real struggles. 
A few days ago I discovered a new Saint
whose story in the Prologue of Ohrid
I just love.
I felt so comforted by reading it...
So I am posting it here in closing-
hope you love it too!!
1. The Venerable Ioannicius the Great
The great spiritual light Ioannicius was born in the village of Marycata in the province of Bithynia, of his father Myritricius and his mother Anastasia. As a youth, he was a shepherd. While tending his sheep, he would often retreat into solitude and remain in prayer the whole day, encircling his flock with the sign of the Cross so that the flock would not stray and scatter. Later, he was taken into the army and displayed marvelous courage, particularly in the wars with the Bulgarians. Following his military service, Ioannicius withdrew to Mount Olympus in Asia Minor, where he was tonsured a monk and dedicated himself completely to asceticism until his repose in great old age. He lived in asceticism for over fifty years in various places, and received from God a truly abundant gift of wonderworking. He healed all sicknesses and pains, drove out demons, and tamed wild beasts. He especially had power over snakes, could cross over water as on dry land, could be invisible to men when he so desired, and could foretell future events. He was distinguished by overwhelming humility and meekness. His outward appearance was that of a giant-massive and powerful. He took an active part in the destiny of God's Church. During the iconoclast controversy, he was deceived at first, but later tore himself away from the iconoclast viewpoint and became an ardent champion of the veneration of icons. He had a great friendship with Patriarch Methodius of Constantinople. Ioannicius lived for ninety-four years and entered peacefully into rest in the Lord in the year 846. He was a great miracle-worker both during his life and after his death.
found here


E Helena E said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you both! :-)

Matushka Anna said...

You set such a lovely table! And the cooking! If you could see how Father and I ate when we were first married...Lord have mercy. It's a wonder we didn't starve.

(Agree wholeheartedly on the onions and garlic.)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Emily H. said...

The chicken looks delicious!
Have a merry Thanksgiving!