Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!!!

Today is Easter and I am so happy that I am a child of the risen King! I went to service today and the scripture was Ephesians:2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

That scripture gave me whole new outlook on my life. Do you really realize that we are the children of the most high God?!

There have been so many times in my life when I have allowed people to make me feel like I am not good enough to complete something that I had started. There were many times that I succumbed to their peer pressure and allowed myself to fail. Then I would go home and be down and take it out on my children or husband. That would start a vicious circle of bad feelings that seem to just drag me and my family further down. For that I must ask them to forgive me.

Today I realized that nobody can make you feel down unless you allow them to. I had allowed people in the world to make me feel worthless. That is the wrong thing to do!!

I am a masterpiece of God! When I was born again I became a child of the living God. The royal blood of God flows through me. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. What a precious gift we have been given. I want to make sure that I just keep my eyes on Him and not on the world. We are well equipped through God to accomplish every task that we undertake. For we are God's workmanship, so whatever good work that we start will flourish. I will give all glory to God for all of my blessings!

So as children of God when you are out there pursuing your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough to make it. Keep you eyes on the Lord and you will do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. God Bless you all and enjoy you Easter Sunday!

Tonight I will be making an Easter feast for my family. I am going to prepare Roasted Prime Rob of Beef, Colcannon potatoes, beef gravy, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and roasted, crescent rolls and angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

I brought the prime rib out of the refrigerator this morning so I could bring it to room temperature. I finely chopped 3 large cloves of garlic, and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. With rosemary make sure that you don't get the woody stems in the mixture. then I place the garlic and rosemary in a small food processor and grind them up together, pouring a very good extra virgin olive oil over them. I process them until they become a coarse paste. I rub coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper onto the outside skin of the prime rib. Then I work my paste of garlic, rosemary and olive oil all over the prime rib. I place it on a rack in a large roasting pan and place it in the oven for at 350 degrees. I will roast it for approximately 2 hours checking it with a meat thermometer. I like the prime rib to be medium rare.

While the meat is roasting I will trim my asparagus and toss them in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Then I will wrap a piece of prosciutto around each one and get them ready to roast. They will roast for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. They are so flavorful that you will love them!

Peel and boil about 10 medium potatoes. While they are boiling clean your leek in a bowl full of water to get any sand out of the center. Then finely chop your leek and set aside to add to the potatoes later. After the potatoes are fork tender drain them, and place them back in the pan. I hand mash my potatoes and cube a stick of butter. Add the whole stick of butter and 1/4 cup of sour cream. Then add kosher salt and pepper to taste and add milk until you get the desired consistency for your potatoes. Use a rubber spatula and transfer them into a serving bowl and add your leek. I stir the leek in with a fork and then cover the potatoes with plastic wrap until I am ready to serve.

I let my grandson help me prepare the crescent rolls. I put a silpat on a sheet pan and cut out the crescent rolls. Then Alaka'i rolls them and places them on to the sheet to get them ready to bake. Follow the package directions for baking.

I prep desert early by slicing the strawberries. I use to large crates of them and I slice them into a glass bowl. Then I add about 1/2 cup of sugar and toss them cover the strawberries with plastic wrap and chill them until you are ready to serve.
I spoon the strawberries over slices of angel food cake and top with fresh whipping cream. It is the perfect light desert after such a large meal.

I hope you all enjoy the blessings of this Easter Sunday with your family and may God richly bless you and yours this week!

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