Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Presence A Day: Homemade Casseroles: Day 10

Morning Pecan Casserole

Do you have a neighbor ( hint:  a neighbor is not someone that necessarily lives next door to you!) that is TIRED of cooking and you just LOVE to cook all the time ( I know this is a stretch, but bear with me!)?  Have you ever given someone an unexpected gift?  Do you give your mailman a present?  Do you give your Sunday School teacher a gift?  Do you give your Librarian a present?  Do you give someone UNSUSPECTED a gift?

YOU COULD!  Make them a covered dish!  It would give them a night off during this joyful but BUSY time of the year.  Here are a few recipes.  After the recipe is assembled, cover with the dish lid or with foil.  Give them a card and tell them what temp and how long to cook the dish made with love. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Increase the cooking time by 15 minutes if you have refrigerated it!!!!

Midwest Living has a great Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe here!

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Or make a breakfast or brunch for someone with this recipe:  Morning Pecan Casserole

Morning Pecan Casserole

Or make them Hashbrown Casserole (this has ham in it, so it will pass as MAIN MEAL!)
Hash Brown Casserole

Or do you want to give a pie that is a main dish?  Check out this Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie.
Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie

Luke 10:29 But he (the RICH MAN to JESUS), willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

We all have views of what a neighbor is, but what is Jesus' view?  He didn't answer the rich man's question, but he gave him a story (Jesus always wants us to decide what to do, he doesn't force us to believe his way). 

 A man, going to Jericho, fell among thieves.  They beat him and took all that he had.  Three different people passed by the beaten man:  Priest (man of high office/ranking), Levite (man from the lineage of Jesus Christ), and Samaritan (man that was reviled by most, lowly).  We all know the Samaritan helped the man in need.  Then Jesus asks the rich man this:  Luke 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  The rich man replies with this:  Luke 10:37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.   Then Jesus ends with this reply:  Luke 10:37 Go, and do thou likewise.

Did Jesus just pick these three guys out of a hat?  NO!  He chose one with high rank, one with the same lineage as himself, and one with no rank at all.  The rich man could be classified with the priest (my opinion), but Jesus asked the rich man, "who was the neighbour?"  The rich man said  "He that shewed mercy on him."  So no matter your class, you know what to do.  DOING it is the hard part.  So show mercy as much and often as you can....someone is depending on it!

God bless your Christmas!

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