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.
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!