Have Hope for a Beautiful Tomorrow
Having peace in your heart means you can be in the midst of trials and still have a calm about you. It means somewhere deep inside you feel hope for something good to come - even out of a tough situation. It is possible to see beauty from ashes. I've come thru some dark, tragic periods in life, and I've seen how God used even my lowest points to grow in me some of my best qualities and do a work in me for some of my greatest achievements. My children, my ministry and my show are a few of my greatest blessings that have come out of some real pain and hard work.
You have to stay hopeful, whatever it is you're going thru today. Billy Ray Cyrus and Dionne Warwick have a new duet together singing the message, "Hope Is Just Ahead." If you have not heard it yet, get a tissue, turn up the volume and listen. It's a timely and beautiful piece that speaks to the turmoil in today's world with a rock solid message that hope never dies. Hope can lift you up from the depths of despair and guide you thru the darkness to a beautiful tomorrow...
Hope Is Just Ahead
I wondered why I had the blues,
So I turned on the evening news,
Children runnin' from their school,
Because of some damn fool,
Had no morals he must prove.
Another kid laid in the blood,
Another town drowned in the flood,
Just a tragic trail of tears,
Lessons not learned through the years,
Heaven save us from our fears.
Hope is just ahead,
Sorrows just behind us,
From what the good book says,
The truth will never bind us.
Who's to say what we shall find?
I guess the proof will show in time,
Til then let's keep the dreamers fed,
For surely hope is just ahead.
Go download "Hope Is Just Ahead" and let it speak to your heart today. You can get it on iTunes where a portion of the proceeds will benefit Do The Write Thing - National Campaign To Stop Violence . May this song inspire you to pass on a message of hope to the young ones in your life, for they are the dreamers we have to keep fed. They are the ones we have to inspire, because they are the ones who will do great things - even out of tough situations. By spreading the message of hope and love, we can achieve a better world for our kids.
Start with Soufflé
Sophisticated soufflé is the perfect first course for a special meal. They add a touch of elegance but aren't that difficult to make. Go ahead and try it out for Easter dinner...you can do it! Just don't jump up and down in the kitchen 'cause they're fragile...
Gorgonzola Soufflé with Basil and Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette
Courtesy of the happy egg co.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Yields: 4 Servings
- 5 Free Range on Pasture egg whites from the happy egg co., room temperature
- 4 Free Range on Pasture egg yolks from the happy egg co., room temperature
- 5 Tbsp salted butter divided (use about 1 Tbsp to coat inside of ramekins)
- 1/2 cup grated Grana Padano cheese or any other dry aged cheese divided (about 2 Tbsp used to coat inside of ramekin)
- 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk, scalded
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 1/4 tsp ground marjoram
- 3 oz gorgonzola, crumbled
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup basil chiffonade
- 4 tsp Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:
- 1/2 cup Champagne or white wine vinegar
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 whole lemon zest
- 1/2 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 3/4 Tbsp salt
- 1 cup olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 400° F
2. Butter the ramekin bottom and sides all the way to the top edges (this will allow the soufflé to rise above the edges) and sprinkle the Grana Padano onto the sides and bottoms of each ramekin. Set aside.
3. Melt the remaining butter in a medium saucepan.
4. Slowly add the flour and blend with a whisk (no lumps allowed) and cook for a few minutes to cook off the flour taste.
5. Reduce the heat and slowly whisk in the scalded milk and then add the dry mustard, thyme and marjoram and continue to cook for about a minute until thick and smooth.
6. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the egg yolks. Then add the gorgonzola and the remaining Grana Padano cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Place this mixture into a medium sized bowl and set aside.
8. Place the egg whites and the cream of tartar into a large bowl and with an electric mixer beat the whites to firm peaks.
9. Into the bowl with the gorgonzola mixture whisk in about a cup of whites to lighten the mixture and then GENTLY fold the remaining egg whites into the mix about two cups at a time. You want to maintain the air in the egg whites as much as possible.
10. Divide the mixture into the 4 ramekins with a spoon and then smooth the top.
11. Place the four ramekins on a baking sheet, place them in the preheated oven and then close the door. Reduce the temperature to 375° and leave them in the oven for 15-18 minutes, try to not open the door.
12. To test if done, insert a knife in the center. It should come out clean, a little wet is fine, but the mixture should be cooked through.
13. Place each ramekin on a dinner plate and quickly top with 1/4 cup of basil chiffonade. Drizzle with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette and freshly cracked pepper. Serve immediately.
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:
1. Blend everything except the olive oil together.
2. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
3. Cover and refrigerate.
1. Stack the basil leaves, roll them like a cigar, and slice into thin ribbons.
For other mouthwatering egg-centric recipes, visit happyeggco.com.
Delilah Dilemma of the Week
I used to talk to my dad about everything. But our relationship took a turn for the worse when I got pregnant out of wedlock at the age of 20. He didn't say much about it. He didn't come to the hospital to see his new grandson. When I visited him, he wouldn't be in the same room as me or hold his grandbaby. I then moved closer to him so my son could be close to family. Still my dad doesn't acknowledge my son. I've tried talking to him but he refuses to listen. I understand I might not be the perfect daughter he thought I was but I'm a great mom and I'm learning from my mistakes. I just want the relationship I used to have with my dad and I don't want my son to be an outsider. But I feel like I'm out of options. Do you have any words of advice? Sincerely, "Feeling Alone"
Dear "Feeling Alone,"
Love is unconditional. If it is not unconditional, it is not love. If your father rejected you because you got pregnant out of wedlock, then chasing after his affection is not going to work. Your father is a broken, bitter, foolish man. He is letting his pride foolishly control his decisions and that is just plain nonsense. How anyone can turn their back on a newborn baby and their daughter and refuse to listen to reason, I don't understand. I tried everything with my own father who disowned me after I married a man of a different ethnic background - Christmas cards, letters, phone calls - but when someone has made up their mind to be a hard-hearted fool, you can't talk them out of that. All you can do is love your son and teach him what true, unconditional love is all about. And I suggest you surround yourself with people who will love you and give you wisdom and be there for you both. Good luck and God bless you. Delilah
10 First Loves of Spring
The first scent of a freshly mowed lawn.
The first time you get to wear sandals.
The first morning birdsong.
The first time you put the snow shovel away for the last time till next winter.
The first time you roll down your car window or travel with the top down.
The first stroll through the farmer's market.
The first wafts of barbecue from your neighbor's yard, or better yet, your yard.
The first evening bonfire.
The first time you get to dig in the dirt.
The first hike, horseback ride or bike ride thru a lovely meadow.
What do you love about spring? What are you looking forward to this season? Let me know at D@Delilah.com today. Or call and request the song that always puts the "spring" back into your step after hearing it. My number is 1-888-633-5452 and I'll be waiting to hear from you.
Have a beautiful week!