He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life
Viable…..Happy First Birthday, Blog Baby!
Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 (KJ21)
Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 (ERV)
Who knew the voices living inside my head could have a life outside? Who knew my own personal version of talk therapy could help/bless/amuse anybody besides me?
My blog turns one today, and as I talked to its holy, fairy godmother (my irreverent, itinerant preacher, sistah in the spirit and co-knucklehead…she of the “Jesus is my homeboy” bumper sticker….) we agreed that it’s been a miraculous experience. I cannot thank her enough, along with my BFF, my “Gayle,” my daughter and entire family, and the sistah friends and village that has supported me as I’ve willingly jumped off this cliff.
Looking back, I’ve learned a lot. Looking back, I’ve written a lot. I took a deep breath and cast my bread upon the water. It has yielded more open relationships, provided clarity not only for me in writing but for many in reading and experiencing the process. I’ve got to give a shout out to my dog as frequent carrier of messages from the Universe…yes, God speaks to my through my pony (Godzilla dog, puppy…he has been called by many names…).
Today I am both present and thankful. Humbled, excited, and ready for more. Now that I know my blog baby is viable, I want to see her grow. I wonder what she might become. I’ve gotten numerous suggestions about what’s next, but today, I’m am present and thankful. I am enjoying here. Here is an accomplishment, if only a first step. And guess what, here is not where I’ll be this time next year, but here is good. And seeing today’s good, and envisioning tomorrow’s good, each in their own context, is a rich blessing; a rich reminder that God is Good.
Today’s feast: Baked Brie en croute (an appropriately celebratory recipe)
Back story~ Whenever I want an elegant appetizer fast, I make this baked cheese dish. According to my husband, men tolerate this, but my girlfriends LOVE IT! It never disappoints.
1 wheel of brie (about 6-8 inches across)
1 sheet of dough (you can use frozen puff pastry, or just as easily use Pillsbury crescent dough, which comes in sheets)
1T each chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries, dried cherries, golden raisins
½ C fruit brandy (I usually choose apricot)
Rehydrate the fruits in brandy (teetotalers may substitute warm water for the spirits) up to overnight, to ensure they are plump and juicy. Drain and discard any remaining liquid.
Lay the round of cheese on the pastry dough, rolling once or twice to remove any creases. Pile all the drained fruit on top of the brie. Gently gather the corners of the pastry sheet like you are wrapping a package, folding or twisting as suits you. Decorate with excess dough (I cut out leaves, or braid or twist pieces to make it fancy.
Brush the dough lightly with an egg wash (one beaten egg and enough milk to make “paint”. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 until the pastry is golden brown and flaky.
Serve with crackers and either a good (not too sweet) Riesling or Moscato.