Monday, September 22, 2008

A Simply Wonderful Sunday Night...

Last night was a perfect night. Not because anything special happened. It was in fact - quite ordinary. I was just sitting on the couch watching my husband play with our grandson. Mega Blocks were scattered across the floor. The room was awash in a an amber glow from the single lamp that was lit on the old table that sits in the corner. It was early evening and we had just finished dinner.

I can't really describe the emotions that had enveloped me except to say that I was at perfect peace. It didn't matter that I still don't have a teaching job. It didn't matter that a stack of bills were resting on the kitchen counter that didn't care if I had a job or not. Nothing really mattered except the moment.

Have you ever had one of those times that defy all human explanation? Where in the midst of the storm, God's love surrounds you and get a taste of that peace that surpasses all understanding? It's awesome. To be in the center of God's will and be content.

Perhaps I've finally learned to let go of my wants and embrace that part of the Lord's prayer that says Thy will be done. At least for now I have. Imperfect woman that I am....I have to remind myself repeatedly.

Dinner. Now that was awesome too!

I've been trying to be very creative with the abundant supply of zucchini that our garden is readily supplying us with. (I told hubby not to plant so much!) We've given lots away - but still - each evening I find another couple of the green monsters on my kitchen counter begging me to do something with them. The freezer holds many bags of shredded zucchini to use in future loaves of zucchini bread (when the ones already made and frozen are exhausted.)

We've grilled 'em, baked 'em, fried 'em.....and frankly...I'm zucchini'd out!

Until I came across this recipe in one of my healthy cook books (Eat Well -Live Well). It's called zucchini pie and it is incredible! Even hubby (my meat man) who balked all the way to the table - asked for seconds and raved about it! It's definitely something I'll make again. And again!

If you want to try it - here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

4 c. zucchini, thinly sliced

1 c. onions, coarsely chopped

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder (I used 2 tsp fresh minced garlic)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 TBS. fresh chopped parsley or 1 TBS. dried

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. dried basil (I used 3 TBS. fresh, chopped)

2 tomatoes, chopped (I used 1 can of diced tomatoes)

2 eggs, well beaten (or 1/2 c. egg substitute)

2 1/2 c, part skim mozzarella, shredded

Saute zucchini & onion in oil until tender (10 min.)

Stir in dry ingredients and continue cooking 1 minute.

remove from heat.

Add tomatoes.

In separate bowl, blend eggs & cheese.

Coat pie pan with non-stick spray.

Pour mixture into pie plate.

Stir into vegetable mixture.

Bake 20 minutes or until knife cones out clean.

Let stand 10 minutes.

Serve in wedges.

For those doing WW (or similar) - 1 serving is 2 proteins, 1 complex carb, 1 simple carb & 2 fats.

It's awesome guys - truly awesome!


new*me said...

I love those kinds of moments. I had one like that this weekend when decorating for fall with the kids and then when I chatted with my Grandmother at her birthday party yesterday....92! So much wisdom that comes with age :)

grammy said...

Good for you. God is blessing you with peace. Now I will have no excuse not to use those 4 green monsters. I do love it, but like you said, enough already. I will try it. Son is testing for three different departments. yikes. I just worry that he would be so heart broken if it does not work out. Do you think God is telling me to just have some peace about this and let Him work it out. It's hard.

CactusFreek said...

What about carrot and zucchinni cake? It's tooooooo yummy! Or Zucchinni slice to have with salads etc?
Last summer we had heaps of them too. I made a lot of cake for church each week! Luckily everyone loved it! lol

I really felt the moment you described with your grandson and husband.
My hubby doesn't play with our son often. So when he does, i really pay attention.
Perhaps God was telling you, "Be grateful for the life i have given you.Then trust in me and i will give you a life more abundant."
He says that to me sometimes, when i forget. I'm grateful that he reminds me coz i forget a little too quick!

Manuela said...

It sounds and looks delish--will definitely give it a try as I'm not normally a huge fan of zucchini.

Thanks so much for sharing your peace with us. Those are truly the best moments in our lives and I think we need to find more of those times in this crazy, stressed out world.

Hope you're enjoying some nice weather your way :)