Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Delicious Orange Beef

Orange Beef - Yields 2 servings
  • 8 ounces sirloin steak
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 or 1 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • orange slices (optional)
Slice steak in 1/2 inch strips. 
Heat oil in skillet. 
Combine cornstarch and flour. 
Dip steak first in beaten egg and then in flour mixture. 
Brown meat until thoroughly cooked. 
Set aside and keep warm. 
Combine soy sauce, orange juice, sugar and water and slowly pour into skillet. 
Cook until mixture thickens then pour over warm beef and garnish with oranges. 

Parasol Napkin Fold

What you will need:

  • Cloth Napkin
  • Ribbon
  • Flower (optional)

So I'm guessing most of us set the table nicely when we have company over. 
You know, the starched and ironed linen is laid out on the table along with the cloth napkins, 
the silver serving utensils are winking from being perfectly polished 
and the expensive china is brought out from it's hiding place. 

One of my favorite things about having guests over to my home is being able to set the table 
with lovely and precise touches of beauty. 
My mom is the queen for setting the table with elegance 
and she made sure her daughters knew the art. 

Anyway, setting the table doesn't have to be only for guests, 
it can be an everyday enjoyment when it's just you, your husband or your kids. 
I find when the table is nicely set, the meal is more enjoyable and relaxing. 
Okay, you don't have to go all out with the linens, silver, china and crystal,
 but rather grab your everyday dishes, utensils, and napkins 
and create a unique setting for supper this evening.

What I did was make a 'Parasol' out of a cloth napkin. 
All you need to do is make accordion pleats with the whole open napkin. 
Then place one hand firmly over the center of the completed pleats and fold in the middle.
Use your ribbon and tie a bow halfway up the pleats 
and then fan out the top to make the parasol. 
Place flower (if using) in the center of the bow. 
Simple, but oh so pleasant!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Living in Faith

I have an older hymnal from 1954 and it has quite a few song's in it that I've never heard of 
so I like to read the words and play the song's on the piano. 
This morning I was reading one by James Wells called 
Living by Faith 
and the chorus nestled into my heart and has stuck with me.

"Living by faith, in Jesus above, trusting, confiding in His great love; from all harm safe in His sheltering arm, I'm living by faith and feel no alarm."

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Delights of a Tea Cup

"The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle,
to think warmly and to feel close."
~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen ~
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