31 Days of Tying Up Loose Ends: Day 18: Tiny Moments

31 Days of Tying Up Loose Ends Oct 2011Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s ridiculous how fast the holidays have come up on us, isn’t it?

Last year I opted for a new sweet potato recipe. I love Guy Fieri. Long before he was hosting game shows, I really loved the way he cooked and I adore “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” So when I came across his “Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes” recipe I had to give it a try.

After all, I love sweet potatoes, love whiskey and I always dig cayenne pepper.

I followed the recipe exactly and sadly, it just wasn’t a good fit.

When FlyLady started announcing her Cruising Through the Holidays missions I flipped open my home control journal and found my mini-holiday journal for Thanksgiving! I had completely forgotten making it last year but there it was, menu and shopping list all ready to go!

The only thing I wanted to change was the sweet potato recipe. We discussed sweet potatoes and the “not much of a hit” recipe from last year around the breakfast table and I made a mental note to do a search for a new recipe. Then life happened and I promptly forgot all about searching for that recipe.

Over the past few years I’ve experienced moments that can easily fall under the category of “dark night of the soul” and through those there were moments that helped to restore my faith a little. I’ve had to work through a lot of heartache and I’ve had to rediscover my own sense of faith. What I’ve discovered, happily, is that whatever source you view out there as your own, whatever makes you feel more connected to something bigger than you and humanity – isn’t relegated to once a week or a few holidays a year. There is a magic to be found in everyday, little moments where you realize that you aren’t alone and you are always, perpetually connected to and working with something much larger than yourself. Even if it’s something as mundane as sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes momentarily forgotten I tripped over to the Avila Valley Barn website to see what sorts of things they had going on for October. They had section on recipes. I clicked and was happily surprised to find that they had only ONE recipe listed and guess what? It was Sweet Potato Casserole.

I got a little zing of gratitude and had another one just typing this out. I’m convinced, that sometimes God, the Universe, insert your own title here, gives you those tiny moments to support your faith and increase your trust for when the harder moments appear.

Loose end? Well, I’ve got my recipe for Thanksgiving and a delightful lesson in gratitude as well.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
2 Cups cooked yams, mashed
2 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup milk
2-1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Teaspoon salt

Topping:
1 Cup brown sugar
2-1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 Cup flour

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all main ingredients together and pour into a greased baking dish.
Blend all topping ingredients and sprinkle over sweet potatoes/yams in baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until brown sugar melts.
Recipe may be doubled or tripled.

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