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Memory Monday – Dad In The Kitchen

Tonight my oldest daughter joined me as I grilled burgers for supper.  As we sat on the tailgate of my truck I asked her what I should write about for Memory Monday.

We talked about several different ideas but somehow the conversation turned to what I remember most about what my Dad, her Grandpa, cooked when he made meals for our family.

There were 3 things that jumped out most.  The first would be stir-fry.   I’d make Minute Rice while my Dad whipped up the eggs, meat, and veggies to go on it.  I’m not sure whether it was for his birthday or Christmas but one time we got him an electric wok.

As a kid I watched intently as he worked. While he cooked he’d tell my brother and I stories about the stir-fry like foods he ate while he was overseas in the Army.

The way I make (and have taught my kids to make) stir-fry is pretty much the same way my Dad did.

Another meal my Dad would make would be chow mein.  This one wasn’t homemade.  It was the kind that came in a can.  Two cans taped together, actually.  He’d heat it up and serve it over crunchy chow mein noodles.  I was a fan of this meal.  Maybe because I like salty things and always topped mine with soy sauce.

The other thing I remember my Dad making, especially when Mom was working, was pot pies.  You know, the cheap kind in the little metal tin.  He’d let me use a steak knife to carve a C or B in the top of each one… indicating whether it was chicken or beef.

I loved those pot pies but didn’t love the fact that they took 45 minutes to bake in the oven.  My Dad used to like to dump his out on a plate over the top of a slice of bread.  I ate mine systematically. First the top crust, then the filling, followed by the side and bottom crust.

I’ve made the canned chow mein for my girls before but they weren’t fans.  When I told my daughter this she didn’t remember it and said she’d be willing to give it another try.

She did remember the pot pies I made for them once and said she wasn’t a fan and didn’t want to try them again.  That’s not going to stop me, though.  Now I’m craving a pot pie.

What are 3 things you remember your Dad cooking for you?


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Weekly Verse – Rest

It’s been an extremely busy Summer for my family.  I was hoping that our schedule might slow down with the absence of school but I think it’s actually been the opposite.

We’ve gone from one event to another without much of a break. There’s been softball, dance rehearsals, a trip to Kansas City for dance nationals, a family reunion camping trip, and all those appointments that we didn’t have time to get scheduled during the school year.

Most of that stuff was fun but our constant “on the go” status is starting to take its toll.  I’m ready for a break… and I think the rest of my family is too.

Our calendar is still pretty full for the rest of the Summer but it does look like it’s lightening up a bit… and I will be able to recognize the Sabbath for the next several weeks.  I really looking forward to that.

Keeping in mind the importance of the Sabbath, this week’s Bible verse is Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

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Memory Monday – Leaky Fish Tank

Lately, the joke around our house is that when my daughters graduate and move out that my wife and I are going to get two dogs… and that we’ll name them Peace and Quiet.

While it’s fun to laugh and joke about I really do think my wife and I will eventually have a dog.  I like the idea of having a reason to take a nightly walk together.  Plus, I’ve never had a pet that could show me any affection.

Growing up, the only pets my brother and I had were those that didn’t shed and could fit in an aquarium.  We had a salamander, a small snapping turtle, and plenty of fish.  At one time or another, we both had a fish tank in our upstairs bedrooms.

For several years growing up, it seemed like we always had an aquarium of fish.  Nothing fancy.  Just some of your typical aquarium fish; guppies, bottom feeders, swordtail, and others.

One particular fish I remember was one that was eel-like.  It had stripes and was cool to watch slither across the bottom of the tank. That eel-like one was also one of the last fish I remember.

You see, one time, while we were out, the heater malfunctioned on the aquarium that was in my brother’s room at the time.  It basically “cooked” the fish in the tank and caused the tank to leak.  20-30 gallons of fish water leaked onto the floor, through the ceiling, and down into the living room.

If that happened in my house today I’d be pretty freaked out but I don’t remember my parents getting too upset about it.  My Dad cleaned up the mess and then eventually patched up the living room ceiling.  Today, you’d never know it happened.

I do think that was the end of us having aquariums, though.

What’s a “pet” memory of yours?

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