Delicious Orange Beef

This is a favorite in our household.
The photo is. . .not that great, but trust me, the flavor is amazing :)

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

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. 

Setting the table doesn't have to be only for guests, 
it can be an everyday enjoyment when it's just you, your husband and 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.

To make a simple parasol napkin fold you need:
cloth napkin
fabri or real flower (optional)

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!

Happy dining, my friends! :)


Living in Faith

I have an older hymnal from 1954
and it has quite a few songs in it that I've never heard of.
I like to read the words and play the songs on the piano - it's relaxing and uplifting.

This morning I was reading a hymn by James Wells called 
Living by Faith.
The chorus nestled into my heart
and reminded me that it's a sweet joy to live by faith. . .

"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."


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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