Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Comfort Food

Today started out really really bad. I had a migraine. I've had problems in the past with these vicious monsters, but not recently. For that I'm super thankful. I was awakened at 4:30 a.m. with the thought of head exploding through the face. Yep - that's my description. Getting up was not an option. I fumbled to find my phone and while blinded by that little bit of light managed to text Ashley for some assistance. Drink and Drugs. That's all I wanted - something to drink (Coke Zero) and any type of pain killer. (advil) The day was spent lying in bed - cold dark room. Now, of course, I feel worthless. The entire day spent laying in bed. Ugh. I hope the next migraine has several years between it and this one. I'm over it. Both literally and physically. I feel soooo much better and am thrilled to be up and about. So what comes next? Comfort Food!!!

What is your favorite comfort food? My favorite comfort food is Chicken 'N Dumplin's. I relate this food to either feeling bad or not being able to eat solid food. For as long as I can remember, if I went to the Dentist, my mom would cook chicken and dumplings. Food that I could eat without needing to really chew. Even after I was married she would feel sorry for me and cook some chicken and dumplings. So, naturally, I continue the tradition. When one of my girls was either sick or in need of soft food I would cook some dumplings. The only problem with cooking dumplings is that Mike does not like them. I know - he's not normal. Who doesn't like them? Just him as far as I know. Most people cook chicken soup - but not me - it's dumplings.

Some people are afraid of cooking dumplings. Hint! They are really super easy. I spent many hours in my mom's kitchen, so I learned lots of her cooking abilities. I love to cook so I don't fear tackling the hard stuff. I am a super picky eater so my cooking is limited. I really don't like that about myself. I wish I liked more foods. I wish I liked lots of healthy vegetables. I try - I really really do. More than anything - I wish that food was not a comfort for me. I wish that food never entered my mind when I feel blue or sick. I would rather desire to pick up my Bible and search scripture in order to feel comforted. I feel bad that I've passed along this same comfort item to my kids. But food is not just a comfort item - it's a celebration item as well. How I wish I would have said - hey you made all A's lets go for a walk to celebrate! Something other than let's go eat! We are sad - we eat. We are happy - we eat.

The Bible is full of comfort food. Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. He is my Rock. Why do I lean on other things? Why food? Just yet another tradition. Isaiah 40:18-31
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint
. He increases the power of the weak. Weak - it is in our weakness that His power increases. We will stumble, we will feel bad. Just have bad days - migraine days. They are guaranteed. If all of our days were rosy and perfect - would He be seen in us. Not me - I feel certain that when things are going perfect in my life - you see me and Not Jesus. As much as I don't want trials - I don't want to be seen - I want to show Jesus. I fail on a daily basis - and it's those times I cook dumplins! But I hope that I will cook them less often and feed on the Word of God.

What is your comfort scripture? Share it here. Want to cook some dumplings?

A couple chicken breasts - boiled and deboned.
Save the broth.
Season with Nature's Seasoning, salt and pepper.

Mix some bisquick (2 to 3 cups) with milk. Don't kill dough - let it be soft - I add flour to help mix after I've stirred the bisquick. Pinch and drop in boiling broth. Let simmer.

Love you all,

1 comment:

Ginny Marie said...

Mmmm--I love chicken and dumplings, too, but I don't make it very often!

Psalms 121 is very comforting to me...I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.