"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you." James 4: 6-8
When this column comes out, we will have just said goodbye to April. Imagine that! And it's still rainy, still windy and still chilly. We've certainly had April showers. Actually, this past Thursday was a deluge.
At least the weather forecast for the 22nd didn't materialize. Praise the Lord! When I read it, my heart almost stopped! 100-mph winds? NO! That surely isn't correct. We'll blow away!
Whether it was actual fact or a misprint, I'll probably never know. All I care is it didn't happen.
Monday was beautiful. It was just a tad — well, make that two tads — chilly. But still, it was really nice to do laundry. I did mine in the afternoon and hung out every bit of it. It dried in a jiffy. What a blessing!
On this Wednesday afternoon as I am writing, the sun is playing hide-and-seek with white fluffy clouds. I am so glad the heavy gray clouds of the morning broke up.
This past Tuesday was dreary and chilly, but I don't think it did much to dampen the enthusiasm of the Lake Fork schoolchildren.
They had great plans for the day. They were going to ride a school bus to Sullivan. There they would visit the Moultrie County Beacon. That's the place for adults with developmental disabilities. After that, they went to the park to eat lunch and play ball. They were impressed with the Beacon, but I think the highlight was mostly the bus ride.
Speaking of the Beacon, the benefit on the past Friday evening was a success. I might say it was a roaring success. Otto Center was packed, standing-room only, and beware your toes! And it was noisy. I believe the people really enjoyed themselves.
I don't have any figures as far as dollar amount. I just have them for the grilled chicken dinner. They served at least 1,350 people, using 400 grilled chickens, 350 pounds of potatoes for scalloped potatoes and 48 gallons of beans. Over 13,000 fried pies were sold. Praise the Lord for a sharing, caring community and extended communities, friends and families. So, Lord willing, next year will be the 10th annual, same place, same time frame.
When I wrote about the children riding the bus, I had to think back. I rode the bus all eight of my school years. The first few years, the bus driver was a very kindly old man. Now I wonder, how old was he really? His name was Ernest Thompson.
I went to Cadwell School my first six years. We had a huge (it looked huge to me) oil furnace in the basement for our heat. So of course we had registers in the floor in various places. In the winter, we would put foil-wrapped sandwiches on these registers so we could have warm sandwiches for lunch. Yuck! I bet if we tried that nowadays, we would get food poisoning.
I also remember one time — this was not during the winter months — that I had fresh garden leaf lettuce on my sandwich and someone had not washed the lettuce properly. By noon, an invader, a gross alien, had made its way through the top slice of bread. I was devastated! Here I was, a very chubby second-grader with an appetite like a horse and no sandwich. And no one shared! How awful! They thought it hilarious! To this day, I will not eat leaf lettuce very willingly, not at all if I can gracefully avoid it.
I now have my first tour of the season behind me. I feel so sorry for the bus drivers. They probably wonder how this air-headed person got this job. At least this one didn't have to do any backing up. Giving directions has never been my strong point. I can't seem to talk and keep my left and right straight.
But I do enjoy the people; they are so friendly. Maybe by the end of the season I'll be good at it. Maybe.
In closing, honk if you love Jesus; text while driving if you want to meet him.
Are you on a wheat-free diet? Try these pancakes.
3 cups almond meal
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, light coconut milk or milk
2 tablespoons extra-light olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil or butter, melted
In medium bowl, combine the almond meal, flaxseeds, salt and baking soda. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk and oil or butter and whisk thoroughly. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture. The consistency should be similar to that of conventional flour-based batter; if too thick, add 1 or more tablespoon of milk or water until of desired consistency
Lightly oil a large skillet or griddle and heat over medium heat. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle. Cook for 3 minutes, or until bubbles form and the edges are cooked. Turn and cook for 3 minutes, or until underside is lightly browned. Repeat with remaining batter.
Almond meal pancakes can be delicate; if you encounter difficulty turning them, release all the edges first, then turn.