Gratitude, Main Dish

Elections, Salmon, and Afghans

1. Living in the midst of an election season can be draining. We are bombarded with speeches that tear down, blame, and provoke fear. Sometimes people feel entitled to write foul language on other’s facebook pages when they carry a different political view. It can feel burdensome. Yet, I want to say that today I am thankful to experience free speech in a country that has peaceful elections.

During my senior year in high school, I lived in Kenya, a country that was experimenting with their first multi-party election. The election was accompanied by riots and violence. My school was informed that a naval carrier was offshore to air lift us out if the danger became too great. At 18, I was caught up in the excitement of the dramatic situation, not really understanding what was happening around me. Our graduation was nearly canceled because of the riots and potential danger to the families who planned to attend.

This is a challenging time. No matter what happens in November, one thing is for sure. We still have one another, a God who loves us, and so many beautiful little gifts that make life worth living. I am thankful today for this election.

2. Salmon– This is a delicious, easy recipe that my kids love. That is saying a lot for a nutritious fish recipe! It is especially great for anyone who is nervous about cooking fish. The only change is that I halve the salt. Just click on the link and it will take you to the recipe.

Salmon II

3. Afghans – All through the years, I have loved to crochet beautiful afghans. Life has been so busy these past couple of years that I have not had time to enjoy this hobby. Today I decided it was time to pick it up again. I found a lovely pattern and cannot wait to get started. The afghan in this picture is one that I made for my daughter when she was a little girl. I loved the trellis and flowers effect. So feminine.

Thank you for sharing your blessings via facebook and the comments section. It makes my heart smile to share God’s blessings with you.

What are you thankful for today?

Main Dish, Turkey

Spicy Smothered Turkey Cutlet Chops

This is a yummy substitute for smothered pork chops and ooooh so good! Enjoy!

Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 min.

Ready in: approx.2 hours

Makes 6 servings

1/3 cup olive oil

1 T minced fresh garlic

1 c panko or gluten free panko

1 T minced fresh parsley

1 tsp Salt

½ tsp ground red pepper

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

6 Turkey Cutlets

1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

½ cup milk

1/3 cup white wine

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 15 X 10 casserole dish. Rinse turkey cutlets and pat dry.2. In small saucepan heat olive oil and garlic. When garlic starts to sizzle, take off burner.3. In shallow dish, mix panko, parsley, salt, red pepper, black pepper and onion powder.4. Dip chops in olive oil, then coat with crumb mixture. Arrange chops in casserole. Drizzle with remaining oil. Cover with foil.5. Bake in preheated over for 1 hour. While baking, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, and white wine in a medium bowl. After the chops have baked for an hour, cover them with the soup mixture. Replace foil and bake for another 25 minutes.Do not remove foil for 10 minutes after chops are finished baking.