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emma’s popovers

Emma has been exhibiting quite an interest in ‘helping’ while Jill or I cook, so when Jill found a DK Children’s Cookbook, she knew we had a winner Christmas gift.

As Emma paged through the book, she decided that she wanted to make every recipe. Fortunately, she settled-with some gentle nudging-on the Sausage Popovers. And, doggone it, they turned out really good.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2ish tsp chives
  • 1 Tblsp spicy brown mustard
  • oil
  • 12 sausage pieces-approximately 2″ each

directions:

  • Sift flour and salt into bowl. Make a well in center of flour.
  • Crack eggs into a bowl and mix lightly.
  • Pour milk and eggs into flour mixture. Beat together till smooth, no lumps. Add chives and mustard. Mix well.
  • Let rest about 30 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 425.
  • Pour about 1 tsp oil into bottom of muffin pan holes. Add one sausage piece to each. Heat for 3-4 minutes. (Our sausages were already cooked, just needed heating through. If they are not cooked, put them in the oven for an additional 3 minutes.)
  • Remove muffin pan and half-fill each hole with batter.
  • Bake  18-20 minutes till puffed and lightly browned on top.
We had ours with corn and onion rings. Delicious!

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Having studied…how companies become great and how companies fall, I’ve concluded that there are more ways to fall than to become great.”

Jim Collins – How the Mighty Fall: and why some companies never give in.

Collins, well-known author of Good to Great, while wrestling with the data of companies who failed, was surprised to find it far more difficult to draw general conclusions about the failing companies than it had been for the good-t0-great companies.

This simple truth ought not surprise us, but does. What else should we expect in a poor, fallen world? We ought to be intrigued that things actually work as well as they do. It is a testament to God’s creative power (Rom 1) that sin, with all its destructive effects, cannot completely shatter His handiwork.

However, this business observation reflects a far deeper spiritual reality. There is only one narrow path that leads to life, and impossible it is to tread out that path on our own. But wide is the path and easy the way that leads to destruction.

There are more ways to fall than to become spiritually great (Christlike) simply because each of us has a vividly, actively sinful imagination that constantly leads us astray, while God has one, lone, simple plan.

Who, indeed, shall rescue us from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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