I don’t know about you, but I’m having fun planning my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus! Cooking gluten free, and avoiding dairy when possible, makes the prep time a little more involved so I try to get a jump start on it. If you’re interested in seeing some of the ideas I’ve collected, here’s my Christmas Dinner & Breakfast 2013 Pinterest board.
My favorite special holiday recipe that I started making a few years ago is Corn Souffle. I originally got it from a church friend (Mary S) and improvised it a little. Here’s my gluten free version. I stole the picture above from Cinder Says because I keep forgetting to take a picture of mine, but it usually comes out looking about like that, although I like to brown the top a little more.
This is a delicious side with turkey, ham, or roast beef dinner. It’s like a very moist, creamy cornbread. I don’t love cornbread but I love corn souffle! Grated cheese can be added, and the milk and sour cream amounts can be changed depending on your taste. It’s a pretty fail-safe dish, but bake-time can vary so allow for some extra time. Enjoy!
Gluten Free Corn Souffle
1 1/3 cup and 4 teaspoons Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix
1 can cream style corn
1 can regular corn, drained
1/2 c. sour cream
1 stick butter, melted
Mix all ingredients until blended. Pour into a CorningWare baking dish or similar. Bake in 350 degree oven uncovered for 1 hour, or until top is golden brown and knife comes out with crumbs instead of batter. Best served hot, but it reheats well.
There is so much to thank God for, all year round, and I love the heightened emphasis on thankfulness that comes with November and especially this week. I’ve not kept up on the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, but I’m going to keep pecking away at it into December until it is done. It’s a nice thing to add to quiet time when I want a little something extra.
Last night was our Thanksgiving service at church, during which we focused on the work of Jesus, specifically His ascension. Jesus’ return to Heaven after His resurrection isn’t an event zeroed in on often, so Pastor John’s reminders of all that it marks were a great way to encourage thankfulness for our amazing Savior going into this week. Here are a few of the things His ascension does:
- Marks the completion of Jesus’ earthly work.
- Signals the sending of the Holy Spirit.
- Establishes Christ as the ruler of all things and Head of the church.
- Marks the start of Jesus’ High Priestly ministry.
- And much more…
After singing “Jesus, Thank You” by Sovereign Grace Music last night, I can’t get the lyrics out of my head…and I really don’t want to. Take a listen; it’s one of my favorites right now.
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
Would you like to join me in a 30-Day Choosing Gratitude Challenge?
I’m so excited to be sharing this project with my sem wives discipleship group and I’d love for you to hop on the band wagon, too! Each day includes a passage of Scripture (usually quite short), a few devotional thoughts, and a specific challenge or prayer prompt. For example, today’s suggestion is:
Ask the Lord to cultivate in you a more grateful heart over these next thirty days. If you have realized that your “Gratitude Quotient” is not what it should be, confess your ungrateful spirit to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you and to transform you into a truly thankful person.
What could come of this but good? Additional reading from God’s Word and encouragement in the area of gratitude to Him. Sign this ungrateful heart up!
Here’s the link: Growing In Gratitude 30 Day Challenge
I’ll kick off this challenge with a public thank you to the Lord for providing Andrew as my life partner. Recently I have been working through a handful of challenging circumstances and Andrew has been right there next to me in each one, encouraging, counseling, listening, and gently correcting me as I stumble along. He chooses to take the time I need to talk through issues that arise even though the demands of the semester are expanding rapidly as December draws near. He’s making the conscious decision to prioritize me and my emotional and spiritual needs above homework and other responsibilities. That’s love in action. And that’s just one of the gazillion reasons I’m grateful for him.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for matching me up with a man perfectly suited to do life with me! I am blessed far beyond what I deserve!
Your turn. What are you thankful for? Direct your gratitude to the One Who deserves it all!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)