If you really want to know….here’s a great link with a step by step walk through. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_caramelize_onions/
Why? During a conversation with my sister recently she said, “When I look at my tea in the morning, I see…..TEA. You see Jesus in your tea. Really, Joanne?”. And we both laughed. She is probably my biggest fan and encouragement on this blogging endeavor and I thank her for that. I assure you all that I am not sitting around my home looking for God in ridiculously mundane things like my tea- but HE IS showing Himself to me through seemingly mundane aspects of my day. He is everywhere. I can’t write this stuff. He has opened my eyes and changed the lenses. But, this conversation brought something else to my mind. You don’t know me. Even those who think they know me, likely don’t really know me. There is no other way for me to begin to share than one layer at a time.
There is a category on this blog called “The Onion”. This is where I will share my testimony- one layer at a time. You see, God is always working and this becomes obvious in the multi-dimensional layers that appear in our lives as He moves and works in them. He is always molding us…changing us. My testimony reflects that….and my personality is like that as well. Back to caramelized onions. Here is an excerpt directly from the link above.
“Caramelizing onions, by slowly cooking them in a little olive oil until they are richly browned, is a wonderful way to pull flavor out of the simplest of ingredients. Onions are naturally sweet; and as caramel comes from the simple cooking of sugar, when you slowly cook onions over an extended period of time, the natural sugars in the onions caramelize, making the result intensely and wonderfully flavorful.”
So, not only am I layered like an onion…I have been anointed in oil and have a natural sweetness that can be released over time. (Ha ha ha ha….sorry couldn’t help but laugh out loud on that one. Dawn, that was for you.) Yes, I AM the “simplest of ingredients”.
Because the purpose of this blog is for me to share how God interacts with me on a daily basis- that is what you get to see. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to share with you on a more personal level. Pulling back the layers, so to speak.
The lighter side…
I like art and am starting to explore it again….my favorite place to be is at the beach and it’s also the place I spend the least amount of time….I stay at home with my two kids…I haven’t colored my hair since last summer and am going gray gracefully….my house is straight but not clean…I love golf but am pretty bad at it….I don’t laugh enough, but when I do I snort sometimes….I have extremely goofy moments that may or may not include wearing articles of clothing in a manner other than intended…there are times when I may dash quickly into my bedroom and jump like a spider monkey onto the bed just to scare my husband as he’s easing into bed for the night….I sometimes play my kids video games while they are sleeping (“monitoring” their games of course)….HGTV…I make funny noises to make myself laugh…and find it hard to control my giggles when my daughter “toots” at inappropriate times…I like “family piles” when we all crawl on top of my husband and smush him with hugs…I like to joke and cut-up with my family…bounce houses and roller coasters rock with or without my kids…I once launched cake at my father from across the dinner table because he very sternly dared me to – and then laughed uncontrollably as the pieces that were sticking to his glasses fell to the table…I still know the lyrics of most 80’s and 90’s rap and R&B songs and would have been a ringer on “Name that Tune” if they hadn’t cancelled it on me….I was once “in love with” Adam Sandler, Harry Connick, Jr., and Sean Connery (what a combo, right?)…I prefer the scent of coconut and banana or vanilla over perfume…and prefer to be barefooted. You see…I am a dork.
The other side…
I take my walk with God seriously and want to be always moving closer to Him…I was a prodigal and am ashamed of that…thankfully forgiven…I grew up in 4-H…my mother taught me how to sew, cook, bake and keep a home -I am thankful for her influence in my life…I pray that I am raising my kids the way God wants me to…I am stern when I need to be…Hallmark commercials don’t get me, but the scene in “Mighty Joe Young” when the gorilla falls from the ferris wheel gets me every time (as does “Steel Magnolias”)…I cry -for myself and others…there are sleepless nights…I am a “Martha” like my father…I am steady in a crisis…I am learning to grow veggies…I have built a deck, refinished a basement, and demolished other things and enjoyed all very much…I love to cook and entertain…I’d rather spend a quiet night at home with my family than be anywhere else…I can’t just read one book at a time, so it may take me longer to read one…I take comfort in food too often which results in other struggles…I helped teach a marksmanship class at camp when I was younger and currently enjoy time at the firing range…I love deeply and have been hurt deeply…I love planning things and have control issues (my greatest strength is my greatest weakness)…I like to sing, but not in front of people…I am competitive…I am quiet and “to myself” unless I really know you- then you can’t shut me up….the news gets me fired up…I am my worst critic…dogs not cats…I have lost two children to miscarriage…and I get lost in Home Depot just as much if not more than my hubby…I am not perfect and will not pretend to be- but am making an effort to not make excuses because there are none.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, only scratches the epidermis of the onion. I am not always a deep, thoughtful person. As a matter of fact, I never would put those words anywhere near my name. I am a girl, a woman, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a manager, a teacher, a chef, a sportsman, a goofball, a cry-baby, a taxi driver, a general contractor and a child of the Lord God Almighty. If you’re looking for perfection- you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for wisdom- open your Bible. I can only share what I see, hear and learn and am so excited to do so. How is God talking to you? How is He working in your life today? I hope you’ll share with me as we get to know each other better.