Easy Skillet Potatoes

EAsy Skillet Potatoes

Today Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back with a comfy side dish for us!  My favorite part – you don’t have to peel the potatoes! Easy peasy!

Janelle writes:

This is a very simple recipe you can make during the weeknights.

I use peanut oil to fry potatoes because it makes them crisp!   You can make this side dish for dinner or breakfast.

If you are making them for breakfast, let me suggest to fry bacon in a skillet, then fry your potatoes in the bacon renderings. Then, crumble the bacon on top.

(*This is a naturally gluten/dairy/egg free recipe.)

Just like apples, not all potatoes are created equally. I chose Yukon Gold potatoes for this recipes because they are great fried and you don’t have to peel them!

potatoe 1

Wash and slice (I use a slicer) 8 Yukon Gold potatoes and one Vidalia onion.No need to peel the potatoes!

Potatoe 2
In a large skillet, add peanut oil and heat on med-high on the stove. Add potatoes and onions. Season.

Potatoe 3

 

I use PLENTY of this! It has garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. If you don’t have this- no worries! Just add plenty of seasoned salt, pepper, and some garlic powder to your desired taste.

Potatoe 4
Let cook for 2 mins, then flip- continue to do this until potatoes are tender (about 30 mins) I wish you could smell the aroma from these potatoes through this photo right now, Ahhhh… You will NOT be able to resist sneaking a bite at this point- especially the crunchy ones! YUM!

Potatoe 5

I simply made Marvelous Meatloaf with gluten-free breadcrumbs. To make this meatloaf even better, get your ground chuck from the butcher. I can definately tell a difference.

Potatoe 6
In case you were wondering- I used a bag of frozen sweet peas, added water and let simmer per directions. Then, drained the water…I added 2 tbsp of Earth Balance (butter replacement), 1 tsp of sugar, and salt and pepper. Tasty!

Now…back to those potatoes…

Easy Skillet Potatoes

Serves:6
Prep time:10 mins
Cook time:30 mins
Total time:40 mins

Ingredients
8 Yukon Gold Pototes
1 Vidallia Onion
3 Tbsp Peanut Oil
Garlic Pepper or seasoned salt/pepper/garlic powder -and plenty of it to your liking.

Instructions
Wash and slice potatoes (no need to peel), slice onions.
Heat skillet on medium high heat and add peanut oil.
When oil is hot add potatoes and onions and season.
Let sit for 2 mins and flip.
Continue doing this until potatoes are tender.
Season again to your taste.

Notes
For a breakfast side dish, fry 8 slices of bacon in the skillet first (omit the peanut oil). Take out bacon and place on a paper towel covered plate to let cool and crisp. leave renderings (fat) in skillet and add potatoes/ onion and seasoning. Cook as directed above. Crumble bacon and add to potatoes.

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Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”.

You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog.

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Did I Marry the Wrong Person? {Genesis 24-25}

Hopeless bride crying outside a church after being stood up on her wedding day

Do you ever have hard days in your marriage and wonder if you married the wrong person? Perhaps your spouse has failed to meet your expectations or completely changed into a person you do not recognize. Then what?

Today, we are covering the reading from  Genesis 24 & 25.  We see a beautiful love story as God orchestrates the finding of Rebekah to marry Isaac.

Abraham’s servant is sent to the city of Nahor. These are the words of the servant:

“Let the young woman to who I shall say ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camel’ – let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac.” Genesis 24:14

Before the servant had finished speaking – beautiful Rebekah appears and fulfills his words!

Boom – just like that we have a love connection!

And off to the father and brother of Rebekah the servant goes, asking for her hand in marriage.  The request is granted and not a day passes and Rebekah is whisked away to a new land.  Now watch this marriage as it takes place.

Genesis 24:64-67

64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Match made in heaven right?  Well, almost.

I mean it was clearly orchestrated sovereignly by God.  Rebekah had a beautiful trusting spirit that led her to leave her own family, at the drop of a hat, and marry Issac.  And all seems well until…the kids show up.

First, we see in Genesis 25, Rebekah is barren.  Once again, God’s chosen people are being forced to depend upon God for the opening of their womb.  After Isaac’s prayer, Rebekah conceives with twins. But her pregnancy doesn’t seem normal as the children are wrestling IN HER WOMB!  Bah!

Can you imagine?  And she inquires of the Lord why and He answers in Genesis 25:23:

And the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”

This was a prophecy of what was to come.  Esau and Jacob would be born and Jacob would steal Esau’s blessing.

And here’s the kicker, Isaac favored Esau over Jacob and Rebekah favored Jacob over Esau.  This laid the grown work for marital issues.

Rebekah orchestrated a plan to deceive her own husband and trick him into giving the birthright to her favorite son.

Deception. Manipulation.  Failed expectations.

In Genesis 27:33, we see how Isaac responds to Rebekah’s trickery:

 33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.”

Uh Oh – a match made in heaven?  I’m thinking that’s not how Isaac is feeling right about now.  But he did not marry the wrong person. We know clearly from how their marriage began, this was definitely the wife Isaac was to have.

Often times, marriage begins in wedded bliss but as the years pass on and conflict arises we can look at the person we married and think – what have I done?  I hear so many stories of women saying, he’s not who I thought I married or I married the wrong person – can I get out?

Marriage is hard.  As I read the true stories of Godly men and women in the Bible, I see that their marriages were a struggle too.  I see the pain and suffering that sin inside the marriage causes. I see flawed heroes in need of the same grace of Jesus as we need in our marriages today.

May we remember that no man – no matter how Godly he appears at the start – is perfect.  Stress and selfishness and sin can creep into all marriages. None of us are immune to the effects of sin.  Conflicts in marriage do not mean we married the wrong person.

Gary Chapman marriage quote

Let’s commit ourselves once again to the man we vowed before God and man, to love to the end.

Commit to work through the hard things and give grace for his short-comings.

Remember that our husbands are married to us – sinners. We fail them sometimes too and we need their grace in those moments.

Rebekah reaped some hard consequences for her poor choices and we’ll discuss those on Friday.

But until then ~

Chime In:

Do you relate to the changes that kids and stress bring into marriage? Have you struggled at times with the thought that maybe you married the wrong person? Do you see how the enemy would like to use these thoughts to break your faithfulness to your husband?

Rebekah was beautiful but she allowed her inner beauty to fade.  How are you working on your inner beauty for your husband?

 

Genesis 24 discussion question

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 4

**Disclaimer: If your husband is abusing you or has been unfaithful, please seek safety and counseling.

 

Making Your Home a Haven – Week 3 {Family Fun Night}

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As a little girl, every night my family ate a home cooked dinner around the dinner table. We weren’t allowed to watch television and my mom always took the phone off the hook so there were no distractions.

But on a few special nights, my mom would put a table cloth on the family room floor and she served dinner there. The change of pace, the ability to watch television while we ate, and a family game afterwards — made for much excitement in the eyes of this little girl.

And so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in our house.  Our dinner hour is always spent around the dinner table with no television or distractions.  But on a few special nights, I like to put sheets, blankets and pillows on the family room floor and serve dinner there.  The kids love it!

We eat dinner, watch a show or movie and then after dinner, we play a game –or two!  Some of our favorites to play are Trouble, Spoons, Life, Apples to Apples, Monopoly and Clue.

Game night

We played a game of Clue after dinner this past Friday –I won! And there were no tears. Seriously, we’ve come a long way.  I know that playing games can sometimes cause family brawls. Right? Lol!  Competition does not always bring out the best in children…but it’s a great time of character training and loving memories.

Clue

 

Week 3′s Challenge:

Keep your candle burning, the music playing and plan a Family Fun Night.

Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.

Work on kindness and joy this week.

Kindness and joy are both fruit of the Spirit and character traits that should be evident in a Christian’s life.  Let’s role model it for our children as they learn to walk in the Spirit as well.

Joy comes through our salvation.  It is not dependent on our circumstances. Joy can be hard to display in our homes when there is tension, worry, stress and discontentment.  We must fight for joy.  We must choose joy. Choose to slow down. Choose to smile even on days when everything just seems upside down.  Pause. Pray for peace.  Pray that God gives you a gladness found only in him, despite our circumstances.

Kindness is being friendly, generous and considerate.  One way we can show kindness to our children is through listening…and listening and listening.  Here are some conversation starters we can use this week at the dinner table, to get our children to open up to us:

Conversation Starters for kids

Did you know that Romans 2:4 says” it’s the kindness of God that leads to repentance“?  Sometimes we think we need to be strict with our children to get them to obey, but I believe kindness, listening, smiling and playing with our children will soften their hearts towards the love of God and obedience.

**Chime In**

How is the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge going in your house?  Do you have your candle and music going?

What is your favorite thing to do for fun with your family?

What is your favorite board game to play with your family?

Share a special memory with your family, from your childhood.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

 

This Week’s GMG Reading Plan {10.19.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

Are you new here and wondering if you can join us in the middle of Genesis?

The answer is yes – come on in! We’d love to have you join us!

The printable reading plan for the month is —->> here!

And if you are looking for the printable workbooks or past Genesis posts – you will find them here on the —->> GMG Resources Page.

Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 4

Most of you already know but for those who are new, here’s what’s Coming Next…

In the month of November, we will be moving to a reading plan that is 5 days a week.

This is what November’s Reading Plan looks like:

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And December’s Reading Plan:

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We will break on December 19th for Christmas and start back on January 5th, 2015.  During this time we will open the forum for new Good Morning Girls groups to form. So if you do not have a group and were wanting one – hang tight – it’s coming.

Until then, every morning out on Facebook we are gathering and sharing our insights from our daily reading – the fellowship has been AWESOME!  If you are looking for that daily interaction with your scripture reading – join us ——>> here.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Good Morning Girls posts go up on Sundays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Coming soon on Mondays and Thursdays in November:

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When Christianity and Culture Collide {Genesis 19}

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In our culture, the only wrong – is saying something is wrong.  Tolerance is held as the world’s moral standard.

But so far in Genesis, we have seen that God was not tolerant with Adam and Eve’s sin.

God was not tolerant of Cain’s murder of Abel.

God was not tolerant of the wickedness during Noah’s day.

God was not tolerant of the pride of those building the tower of Babel.

And in this week’s reading, God was not tolerant of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In God’s great mercy, He sent 2 angels to rescue Lot and his family before the destruction of the city – but look at how Lot hesitated:

Genesis 19:15-17

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

Why did Lot hesitate?

Was it his material possessions he couldn’t leave behind? Or his friends, perhaps his son-in-laws who refused to leave or the fun?

They were told “Don’t look back and don’t stop!”  but Lot’s wife was too immersed into the culture of the city of Sodom to obey…and she faced judgement for looking back.

God did not tolerate the sin and wickedness of the men of Sodom or even Lot’s wife —-looking back!

God rained down fire on Sodom and Gomorrah in judgement.

Genesis 19:24-26 says:

24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

In America, Christianity and culture are colliding and some Christians are giving in to the pressures.  As they immerse themselves into the culture in the hopes of leading some to the Lord, they themselves are being led astray. God calls us to not love the world or anything in it – and yet we hesitate.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
~1 John 2:15

This November, I am a part of an on-line Church Leadershp Summit discussing how to respond to the change of culture in America.  The title of this on-line conference is Culture Crash.

I wasn’t planning to share this video today – it was recorded and sent in and will be played during their conference – but I have a really bad cold this week and hardly any voice left.

So while I drink this:

honey and tea

Grab yourself a glass of something hot or cold too – and listen to my video I recorded last week –  on how I believe Christians should handle the collision of culture and Christianity in America.  I think it is relevant to this week’s reading in Genesis.

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**Chime In**

Do you feel there has been a shift in our culture in America?

How should believers deal with these changes?

What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 19 discussion questionWalk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

 

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