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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Equip Academy meets Veritas at Home, Part III

Have you had a lamb roast dinner? We have roast beef pretty regularly, and pork roast on occasion, but never lamb roast. It is far more common in Australia, and our guests Jeff and Sharon made a delicious lamb roast for us on Monday night. Since I had fallen asleep on the couch when they made the final preparations, I failed to get a picture of the beautifully cooked leg of lamb, but here you can see our family eating the savory dinner.

To prepare the lamb for roasting, Sharon and Jeff cut small slits across the meat and inserted slices of garlic and sprigs of fresh rosemary. They served roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and onions with the meat. All of the kids loved it, especially the lamb.

Jeff and Sharon brought a beautiful book on Australia, filled with color photographs and organized by state. Lane and Toby in particular loved looking through the book and listening to Jeff tell stories about the various places.

Jeff also had stories of living as a teen on an atoll in the Pacific. He told us amazing tales of playing on the coral reef, finding debris from World War II on the beach and around the reef, and surviving a small cut from coral that poisoned him.

This prompted Lane to spend some time exploring the area via Google Maps. He looked over the atoll and then searched several Australian cities, such as Darwin and Sydney, zooming in and looking at street views. Lane could spend hours on Google Maps if I didn't limit him.

On Wednesday the girls and I prepared a traditional Thanksgiving meal for our Aussie friends. Several months ago, as we planned their visit, they mentioned they would like to have an American Thanksgiving meal since they don't have the same tradition in Australia. Hope and Sydney helped me make the stuffing (Sydney is shown here chopping celery--I didn't get the camera in time to snap a picture of Hope chopping onions and bread cubes).

We cooked a 13 pound turkey, my family's traditional stuffing recipe, the American classic green bean casserole, along with cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. We skipped some of the other dishes we usually make, such as jello salad, a green salad, and rolls, but for a Wednesday night before AWANA it was quite a feast.

And what Thanksgiving meal is complete without pumpkin and pumpkin-pecan pie?


Sharon said...

And it was sooo delicious! It was great not just swapping recipes with you but actually swapping meals!

However, I have to let you know that Jeff did remark a few hours out of Wichita how sad he was to realise we forgot to take a slice of pumpkin-pecan pie with us "for the road". You (and Mr Edwards) will not be surprised to hear how pleasant he found our stay with you, despite any of our dear husbands' previous concerns (and those of our loving family and friends). Rarely does anyone find such a good friend as you are for me and, my dearest Amy, I am very thankful to God that we met online, and thankful again for Him enabling us to meet in Kansas.

Thank you God for your unmerited grace and favour to me. Thank you so much for the blessings of friendship and for the wonderful, delightful way you have enabled Jeff and I to share the lives of the Edwards family for this short time. Please bless them for the hospitality and gracious love they have shown to Jeff and I, and for the glory and honour they give to You in their lives. Amen.

Mrs. Edwards said...


Sorry about the pie! I forgot too. I'll email the recipe and you can make your own, assuming you can get pumpkin.

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