Rainbows

As a child growing up, my parents would always call us to the window or even outside to see rainbows. There is something so magical and captivating about them. If you are a believer in God or a follower of Christ rainbows are significant.

After the flood, as recorded in the book of Genesis, God showed his mercy by saying He would never again destroy everything. He illustrated this by using the symbol of the rainbow.

My oldest son is a liver transplant recipient. Driving home, after being released from the hospital after a three weeks stay, it was pouring rain. All of a sudden two rainbows, one on top of the other, appeared right ahead of us. It was surely a moment of praising God for His mercy and goodness shown to us over the previous few weeks.

From that moment on, I have felt such a powerful connection to the Lord when I see a rainbow. Life has been difficult for me, as it is for everyone. I read a quote the other day on Pinterest that said, “My life feels like a test I didn’t study for”. How perfect, right?

We each need the mercy of the God every day~

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23, New International Version (NIV)

Amen!

One Pot Pastalaya

Pastalaya pronounced pasta-lie-a (like jambalaya) is a cross between a pasta dish and jambalaya (the Cajun sausage and rice dish). Is that confusing enough? No matter Pastalaya is delicious! My family devours it, even in its whole food incarnation with whole wheat penne pasta.

Pastalaya (slightly adapted from Budget Bytes)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon canola oil

12-ounce package nitrate free Andouille sausage

2 cloves garlic

10-ounce bag frozen seasoning mix

15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes

1/2 tablespoon Creole seasoning

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon thyme

Freshly cracked pepper

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup water

1 pound whole wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1/2 bunch fresh parsley

1/2 bunch green onions

Directions:

Slice Andouille sausage into rounds.

Place a dutch oven on the stovetop. Add oil and turn temperature to medium. Once hot, add sausage.

Cook sausage over medium heat until it is browned, about 5-10 minutes.

Mince 2 cloves of garlic and add to dutch oven. Saute for a couple of minutes, until fragrant.

Add the bag of frozen seasoning mix and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes.

Add diced tomatoes with juices, Creole seasoning, oregano, smoked paprika, thyme, black pepper (about 20 cranks of the pepper mill), chicken broth, water and pasta to the pot. Stir until everything is combined.

Place lid on and turn the heat up to medium-high. The mixture will come to a boil. Remove lid, and stir.

Turn heat down to simmer and replace lid. Allow to simmer 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Stir the pot once every few minutes as it simmers to prevent the ingredients from sticking.

While the pasta is simmering, chop parsley and green onions.

Once the pasta is tender, most of the liquid in the pot should be absorbed. If it’s still a bit soupy, let the pot simmer for a couple of minutes without the lid to allow some moisture to evaporate.

Turn off the heat and stir in the cream. Stir in most of the chopped parsley and green onions, reserving some to sprinkle over the top.

Serve hot with a pinch of fresh parsley and green onions on top of each plate.

Enjoy!

Acorn TV

If you have a Smart TV or streaming device, you have the ability to subscribe to Acorn TV. The cost is $4.99 monthly. I subscribed on my Roku streaming device, however, you can subscribe through Amazon Prime as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my Acorn subscription. It primarily streams series and movies that are from the BBC (British Broadcasting Channel) but there are a few Canadian and Australian programs as well.

One of my favorite series is “A Place to Call Home“, which is set and filmed in Australia. New seasons are available periodically. Another series that my husband and I are currently watching is “Murdoch Mysteries“, a crime mystery program from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Channel). We are addicted!

Acorn TV, just like most streaming channels offers a free week trial. Head over here and give it a look-see, I think you’ll be glad you did!

Grilled Pork Loin

Pork Loin is an inexpensive cut of meat in our area and frequently on sale for under $2.00 a pound. Last night we had one in our refrigerator and my husband decided to throw it on the grill.

Once the charcoal was nice and hot, he pushed the coals to one side and placed the pork roast on the other side (cooking by indirect heat). It took a little over 1 1/2 hours to reach 150 degrees. He then brought it inside, tented it with foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

It was delicious! I was able to freeze the leftovers for other meals. Ideas include pork lo mein and also barbecue sandwiches. Yum!

Grilled Pork Loin (slightly adapted from The Kitchn)

Ingredients:

5 pounds pork loin roast

your choice of seasoning

Directions:

Remove pork loin from the wrapper. Pat meat dry with paper towels. Place on a large platter and season both sides generously. Seasoning options can be whatever you wish, as simple as salt and pepper, your favorite dry rub or be like us and use Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Place pork loin on your grill.

Cook over indirect heat (hot coals on opposite side of the grill from meat) and with grill top closed. Turn roast every half hour.

Remove from grill when internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Bring inside and tent for 15-20 minutes.

Slice thinly. (We served ours on hot rolls with Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard.)

Enjoy!

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