Feasting on Faithfulness

 

Mr. 4-Ever loves to be out in nature and he does all the hunting and fishing stuff.

Our freezer is full of interesting menu options. Just last week, we had pheasant for dinner (tastes like chicken in case you’re wondering).

November 15th is opening day of deer hunting season here in MI, and traditionally, Dave spends the week up north with his buddies. They sit in trees all day, waiting for the perfect trophy buck to wander into sight so they can kill it, eat it and hang its head on a living room wall. In the evenings, they hover around huge camp fires, belly laughing at bad jokes and good memories, swapping stories about the one that got away. 

While our men are gone, we deer hunting widows (wives of the guys at deer camp) enjoy not sharing the remote, not shaving our legs, and not contending for toilet seat dominance.

As much as Dave loves being outdoors, I relish being in my kitchen. The 10,000 hours I’ve spent planning meals, prepping food and serving my people gives me a sense of God’s pleasure and personal satisfaction.

Being faithful with little, ordinary, unrecognized things, is good practice to be faithful with even more.

 

A friendly competition

There is an unspoken rivalry among the wives of our deer hunting men for the tastiest contribution to the deer camp fare.

We’ve sent pies, cookies, even casseroles, but we know better than to send anything resembling a salad or even a vegetable up to camp.

I usually whip up some deliciousness for the fellas that will have me contending for the best-wife-blue-ribbon-treat at deer camp.

Forget-Me-Not-Candied Nuts travel well, are super easy to make, always disappear in a flash and make your house smell wonderful while they’re in the oven.

I send (most of the) deliciousness up north with Dave but you can be sure I always tuck some away for me to enjoy as I watch chick flicks and home renovation shows in his absence.

 

Where do you experience God’s pleasure?

Leave me a comment. I read every single one.

 

Oh, and I’ve included the recipe below**. You’re welcome. 🙂

Verse:

 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” -Luke 16:10

Prayer:

Oh Father, how we delight in your creation.

Your majesty abounds in the limitless number of plants and animals. All this, you created for our pleasure. A feast for all our senses. Thank you Father for your extravagant provision. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Forget-Me-Not Candied Nuts Recipe**

  • A pound of nuts – nuts with grooves like pecans work best.
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon of water of which 1/2 teaspoon is vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Whip egg white with water and vanilla till foamy.
Add nuts, stir to coat.

Mix sugar, salt and cinnamon.
Shake over nuts.
Stir till coated.

Dump on an ungreased cookie sheet and separate the big clumps. If you line the pan with parchment paper, you’ll thank me later. 

Bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool about an hour.
Store in airtight container.

Taste-test liberally.

8 Comments

  1. Carol Kerry on November 26, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Dear Robyn,
    Thank you for the Candied nuts recipe. I will try it for the holidays. It sounds delish. Thank you also for your letter. I love hearing from you.
    Carol Kerry

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Carol, for your comment. They are definitely delish and I hope you enjoy them! Love, Robyn

  2. Lorie Zoellick on November 26, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Dear Robyn,
    Thank you for continuing to write even though I’m not very good at responding. Thankfully you got that from our Heavenly Father ? I am sitting with my feet up this morning (Sunday) waiting to go to church and watching some beautiful snow flurries out my window. I spent these last 3 days cooking, cleaning, hugging, laughing and sharing the way I remember holidays of long ago. Even though my feet are sore and my legs were kind of yelling at me through the night, I am content in knowing I have the privilege of sharing with my 6 grandchildren, 3 sons and their lovely wives and other family and friends God’s abundant blessings.
    I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving and treat yourself with plenty of Grace before the next big event! Love your notes ??

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Lorie! Sounds like it was a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope will be a very blessed Christmas. Love, Robyn

  3. Jill Gibson on November 27, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Robyn, I saw you at the Winning Women conference last month. You had such an impact on me. I have read your book and am currently going through your devotionals – all so very good. I also bought and read “10-second rule” and am trying to follow that rule as much as I can. I find God’s pleasure in so many things, mostly to do with music, whether listening, singing in the choir or playing the hand-bells. But lately, I am trying to find His pleasure in doing the little things he “checks my spirit” to do and remembering that all acts of kindness and love are big in His eyes, even though they seem small to us. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 28, 2023 at 2:16 pm

      Jill, so glad to hear from you! The little things add up, so love hearing your response to His promptings. Thanks so much for your note. Love, Robyn

  4. Cara Marshall on November 27, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Dear Robyn-
    Thank you so much for your emails. I enjoy reading each one. I understand your joy of having the house empty to putter around, picking out chick flicks and shows. I love watching HGTV style renovation DIY shows, too!

    My house was full about all week before Thanksgiving…my grandsons we’re raising (5 & 11) we’re home for most of the week…they have Thanksgiving break from Wednesday on. My husband also stayed home from work since Tuesday on to use up his vacation days for the year. My daughter has been staying with us since August and is trying to get on track with her life and our son lives with us and is 25…he’s high functioning autistic who loves online gaming. Whew! We have a busy house.

    It was a busy Thanksgiving week.

    Again, thanks for your emails and God bless your work.

    Sincerely,
    Cara Marshall

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 28, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Cara! Glad to hear Thanksgiving was full and happily busy. Love, Robyn

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