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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Deceived into unbelief? Not likely…

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
   “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding
   you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
 For this people
s heart has become calloused
   they hardly hear with their ears,
   and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
   hear with their ears,
   understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them
Matthew 13:14-15

My husband has read the bible (Genesis to Revelation and the Apocrypha) at least twice, maybe 3 times?? He’s at it again.  I may be one of the few people on the planet who knows.  He’d never talk about it; it’s nobody’s business.  He’s just making certain to know what he knows…that’s who he is.  Like my husband, I know what I know; Monday will follow Sunday, the Sun does NOT revolve around the Earth (though a 1999 Gallup poll reveals that 20% of Americans still think it does), and after 23 days of praying for my husband and nearly 19 years of wedded bliss, he is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to be deceived into unbelief. 

I would not describe my husband as a skeptic.  Wikipedia defines skepticism as “an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object.  Nope.  He is certainly not a cynic, whom Dictionary.com defines as "a person who believes only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.  Nope, not him either.  He's a man of faith, reason, and logic, and because he is not easily deceived, nobody, not even someone well meaning but poorly grounded, is likely to get very far.  Not even me. 

The sudden news of my father’s untimely death from a heart attack 14 years ago was something nobody anticipated.  When I told my husband, he didn’t believe me-I was in shock, appearing sober as a judge...  He was supportive, but needed more information.  He called my mother (I’d gotten the news from my grandmother who’d specifically been instructed by Mommy to deliver the information to my husband, NOT TO ME) speaking gently, asking only what was going one…that we’d heard some difficult news, never taking his eyes of me.  He needed to get the information from the most reliable source.

I cannot remember my husband ever being deceived by anything for long.  I don’t bother surprising him.  He doesn’t like surprises...though he tolerates them graciously when necessary.  On the rare occasions when I am able to full something off, it’s such a rare and genuine pleasure that I don’t dare mess with it.  Why should I? Good is good.  Well, I guess I surprised him last night, with a new recipe for mac and cheese, from a crock pot.  He must have liked it, because when I gave him a taste from my plate, I didn’t get the plate back.  (Yes, I’m sharing the recipe) He doesn’t do that very often, so while I guess I don’t bother surprising him, he usually surprises me. 
I love surprises, and as you certainly know by now, I love my man.  And on a day when the sun is shining, and I have love abounding, my heart is filled.  As I smile, deep inside, I say, and it is  no surprise, God is good.

This isn't mine, but it looked this good.
Today’s Feast: Crockpot Mac and Cheese 

Backstory~I’ve been looking for non-standard things to cook in my crock pot.  There are several recipes for macaroni and cheese, but they either include cheese soup (ew…), Velveeta (ew, ew, ew…) or already cooked pasta among the ingredients.  I needed to keep looking.  Finally, I found, and modified a recipe from AllRecipes.com that was so tasty; I got mugged for my serving last night.

8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni
1 12oz. can evaporated milk (I used non-fat)
1 ½ cups milk (I used non-fat because that’s what’s in the house)
2 eggs
1 t white pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 T Ethnic Delights Garlic & Herb Seasoning (I’m not usually brand conscious, but this stuff is awesome.  Their chicken seasoning is “to die for”)
4 C shredded cheese (I blended extra sharp cheddar because we love it, but also mixed in a Mexican blend (Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla Asadero from Sargento…it was on sale)

Either brush or spray your crock pot’s interior with oil.  Set to Low.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk and spices together.  Fold in 3 cups of the cheese and the dry elbows.  Pour into the warming crock pot and top with the reserved one cup of cheese.  Cover and let cook for 4.5 to 5 hours, depending upon your unit.  Here’s the lesson in faith part….you will want to open it up.  Do not open; do not stir until at least 4.5 hours have elapsed.  It’s worth it.  


  1. Wow, that mac and cheese looks good! I will have to try it! My 7 year old is a mac and cheese addict...would love to get her away from the powdered stuff!
    And I love your post. :) Very well said.

  2. mmm that looks damn fine! I have given you a lil award, if you'd like to accept it just pop over and read my last post for info :)


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