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.
This year, I’m whipping 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’ll send (most of the) deliciousness up north with Dave but you can be sure I’ll 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 of the day: “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
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.