Finding Peace in a Family Menu Plan

Finding Peace in a Family Menu Plan

by Kimberly Amici

Every night the same scene played out at my house.

It was 5 o’clock; I stood in front of the refrigerator wondering what to make for dinner again. The kids were getting hungry and restless. As I stared at the food I thought, I hate this time of day. I walked back and forth to the pantry and waited for the audible voice of God to tell me what to cook.  I heard nothing.  20 minutes went by and I was still pacing back and forth trying to decide what to feed to my family. My children, now cranky, yelled from the other room, “Mommm, when are we going to eat?” [Continue Reading...]

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Today’s Feast: Mulligatawny Soup

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I gave my daughter my last dollar this morning.

Looking into my wallet, I thought, “I got nothin’.” I was expecting a deposit to hit my account this morning; it hadn’t arrived. (Good thing I didn’t make a pre-drop off production of getting to the bank; that could’ve proved embarrassing…)  Clearly I needed to remember from whence my provision comes. I sighed quietly. Clear that it was solely my business, and no one else’s burden, I gave away the cash. That’s what mommies do.

“I got nothin’.”  Not a good feeling.

In reality, I have shelter, food, a car that carries me where I need to go when I need to get there without incident, and I have gas, even at today’s prices. I am not empty, even if I feel that way. I work hard at being the loving mother, the supportive wife, the “ride or die” friend. I’m just wallowing in being human.

Lately, I’ve been paralyzed by my humanness. I believe that all is well, and know the anxiety I’m feeling will soon pass, but I think I need a break.

I’m growing weary.

I’m just guilty of being human. That’s why Psalms 139 is such a comfort and a blessing. It reminds us that we are never alone.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,

   for darkness is as light to you. Psalms 139:7-12(NIV)

Despite what we feel, we are not empty.

Suddenly, that realization is enough. I am sufficiently encouraged to get off my duff, get over myself, and go make lemonade with my lemons. Or, make dinner from what’s in my pantry (yup, that’s today’s feast, so stand by for the recipe). Having re-read Psalms 139, I’m looking up, instead of feeling down, and it didn’t cost me a thing. Thank You, Lord for pointing me once again in the direction of the obvious…my growing pile of evidence that God is Good.

When I’m feeling like I got nothin’, I go to my well-stocked pantry. This is lunch, and I haven’t spent a dime.

Today’s Feast: Mulligatawny Soup

3T olive oil

3/4 c diced onion

3/4 c diced celery

3/4 c diced carrot

3/4 c diced mini sweet peppers

2 heaping T curry

1t salt (only if necessary, taste first)

1.5 T flour

1 box (32 oz) chicken stock in the box (I use low sodium)

1 finely diced medium apple

½ c leftover cooked chicken

Leaves from one sprig of fresh thyme

2 T coconut cream

  • Heat oil in heavy bottomed sauce pan on medium high heat until it shimmers.
  • Cook the vegetables, allowing them to caramelize.
  • Add the curry, pushing vegetables to the side to allow the curry to toast intensifying its flavor.
  • Stir in flour to make a roux.
  • Add broth, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze and then reduce heat to low and cook for about a half hour.
  • Add the apple.
  • Now add the salt, if necessary (adding salt earlier in the cooking process may cause the vegetables to release their water, steaming instead of caramelizing them). It’s important to taste the soup at this point, because with seasoned leftover chicken, you might not need salt at all.  
  • Cook another 10-15 minutes, until apples are tender.
  • Finally, add coconut to finish.

When life gets particularly rough,

there is comfort in that

in an imperfect world,

a perfect God loves us,

and abides with us,

through all things 

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Rochelle Wilson

Rochelle blogs at Treat Me to a Feast about her life lived forward, reviewed backward, through the lens of faith. She’s a PK (Pastor’s Kid), who’s been a Baptist church musician since she was five. Always a dancer and athlete, as an adult she turned to liturgical dance to deepen her personal worship.  It worked. Rochelle laughs a lot, is married to her first love and prom date nearly 20 years ago. Together God gave them two children and a boxer who is the other love of her life, confidante, therapist, and physical trainer.

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Easter Story Cookies

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This past December, for the first time, I intentionally celebrated the Advent season with my children. In an attempt to have a more meaningful holiday, I followed along with Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands and participated in a daily devotional and craft with my little ones.

After seeing what a difference it made in the way my children viewed Christmas, I knew I wanted to do something special for Easter as well. 

My friend Jennifer introduced me to the Easter Story Cookies. This is a great activity to do with your kids while pointing to Christ and the reason we celebrate this holiday. 

You'll need:

  • 1 cup whole pecans    
  • 3 egg whites  
  • wooden spoon   
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch salt      
  • 1 tsp. vinegar      
  • Ziploc bag    
  • tape      
  • Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees     

Place pecans in ziplock bag. Beat the bag with a wooden spoon to break the nuts into small pieces.

Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 9:1-3.

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Open the vinegar and let each child smell it.  Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.

Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.  

Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar.  

Explain that eggs represent life; Jesus gave His life to give us life. 

Read John 10:10-11.

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Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  

Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.  

Read Luke 23:27.

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So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 cup sugar.  

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know we belong to Him.

Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

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Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.  

Explain that the color white represents purity. In God's eyes, we are purified because our sins have been cleansed by Jesus.  

Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

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Fold in broken nuts.

Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper lined cookie sheet.  

Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

Read Matt. 27:57-60.

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Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

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Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

Read Matt. 27:65-66.


Explain to your children that Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. They too may feel sad since they can't eat the cookies right away. They will need to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.

Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Point out the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!

Explain that on the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.  

Read Matt. 28:1-9

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Download a printable copy of the Easter Story Cookie Recipe HERE.


With a background as an interior designer Kimberly has is unique in her ability to be both creative and practical; now a stay-at-home mom she still enjoys exercising her creative muscles.  After God, her very active family is her top priority. Kimberly seeks to live a life that is spirit led with her husband Carl and their three young children in the NYC suburbs.

You can follow Kimberly in her journey to discovering the Sweet Spot of God’s success for her everyday life on her blog at Living in the Sweet Spot. or on twitter @kimberlyamici.Click here for her full bio.

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