Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Chili Lime Corn on The Cob

I just love the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons so I'm gonna start this post with a Thanksgiving 2013 story!!

          I have so much to be thankful at all times!!! I especially enjoy expressing thanks to my Heavenly Father, family and friends during the holiday season! I come from a pretty large extended family who loves to gather during the Holidays and eat, and eat, and eat some more.....like for real! Our Thanksgiving "dinner" usually starts around 1pm and folks usually graze on the plethora of delicious southern food all afternoon, evening and night lol!

          This year, we had an unexpected power outage on Thanksgiving day. As my mom and I got up Thanksgiving morning to start preparing for the day, every light, TV and anything else in the house that requires a surge of electricity went completely out......Yikes! My dad got up to flip the breakers - no luck. We called around to the neighbors/cousins - they had power and we didn't. The next call was to the electric company to report the outage. We expressed to them that Thanksgiving dinner was planned for our home in a couple of hours, it's cold outside and without electricity to give us heat inside we were starting to get cold inside. We need electricity to cook the food for all the family and friends coming over........you get the picture.

          Once the power company workers came out to take a look at the electricity coming to the house, the first thing we hear one of the guys say is, "Hmmmmmm, this doesn't look good at all!" He dips his hand down into a puddle of transformer oil on the ground and let's us know the transformer that supplies all energy to my parents home had completely blown!!! He goes on to say the only way we are going to have electricity will be for them to replace it with a new one which could take a couple of hours or maybe even a day!

           My initial reaction -->What??? All these people are coming over and we may not have electricity until the next day?!?!?!?!?

          My reaction once I calmed down a bit --> "Father, today is a day of Thanksgiving. Even though there is no electricity coming into the house right now, you have given us an abundance of gorgeous, natural sunlight shining through the windows of my parents beautiful home that allows us to see everything we need to. Even though it is frigid outside and the central heat is not working, you have provided a warm natural gas-fueled fire place that is keeping us warm and toasty. I am here with my mom, dad, sister, brother and adorable niece and even without some of the comforts like a working flat screen TV to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, we are enjoying each others company as we sit around the kitchen counter eating cereal. We have each other and that is such a blessing. You've blessed us with the financial means to buy an abundance of food for today's Thanksgiving Dinner that we will share with family and friends. Above all, Lord, if you don't do a single, additional thing for me ever in life, You have already done enough!! So instead of complaining, I will say Thank You Lord!"

           And as God often does when He is speaking to us and/or teaching us a life lesson, He waits to (what we think is) the last minute and reveals Himself faithful! Our dinner was scheduled to start at 1pm and the lights came back on around 12:45pm! You should have heard the screams of joy in the house lol! We had to push the dinner back a couple of hours, but we still had dinner, everything worked out fabulously and we enjoyed time spent with family and friends!

Life lesson #1---> Even while we didn't have any power in the house, my mom and I kept working and preparing the food that could be prepared without the use of electricity. Even when there is a monkey wrench thrown into your plans, keep working toward your goal, it will eventually work out

Life Lesson #2 ---> Count it all joy and praise God no matter the circumstances. I used this experience as an opportunity to hold hands with my 3- year old niece and teach her that we can pay to God about anything :-)  She loves praying to God and made me repeat the prayer 4 times.......true story!

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          I threw a couple of new dishes into the mix this year including two flavors of corn on the cob - Chili Lime and Garlic Feta ( recipe coming soon). Here's the recipe that I adapted from the A Beautiful Mess Blog for the Chili Lime Corn on the Cob.....super easy and super good!


Time: 45 min total
Yield: 3-4 ears of corn (If you prepare more like I did, just multiply the ingredient amounts accordingly)

Ingredients:

3-4 ears of corn
1 Lime
1 Tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili Powder

1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1-2 Tablespoons melted Butter
2-3 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Instructions:

■ Remove husks and threads from Corn

■ In a small bowl, combine the chili powder and cumin

■ Brush the corn with a mixture of melted butter and Olive Oil

■ Sprinkle on the spice mixture and wrap each cob in foil

■ Bake corn at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes

■ Zest the lime then combine the lime zest and salt.

■ Once you remove the cooked corn from the oven, brush a bit more butter/oil mixture and sprinkle with the Lime Zest and corn mixture

■ Serve with Lime Wedges

■ Enjoy!












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-Dr April

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