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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. What an awesome idea, Robin! And, boy, do I have recipes to share! Every Friday on my blog I give a new family favorite, but I’ll link to this one because it’s special. See, my dear friend and neighbor, Amy, brings a meal whenever we’ve been on a long trip (I do the same for her). We also stock each other’s fridge with basics like eggs, milk, and bread for the next morning. A few years ago my family returned home from a missions trip to Switzerland and Amy was there with this amazing roast chicken, and it was the greatest blessing to my tired and hungry family. So easy and so delicious!

    http://www.shellywildman.net/2010/10/fabulous-friday-food-amys-roast-chicken.html

    • Shelly,

      What a WONDERFUL act of friendship! What a GREAT idea to serve others! It makes me wanna find a friend and begin this tradition :). Thank you for sharing that AND this yummy sounding recipe! You’re a good one, ya know? 😉 🙂 xo

      • I love this tradition too! We’re moving to the city at the end of the summer and I’m so excited to make friends with neighbors so that I can serve them in this way!

    • Jen,

      Yes ma’am and it always makes me happy to find those who are intentional in this as ministry to family and friends. It’s the kind of thing that has ripple effect :).

  2. Jesus said ‘ feed my sheep’ (john 21:17). I am using the vinyl letters and putting it in my kitchen.

    Loved this!

  3. Sharing a meal…providing a meal…making a meal in remembrance of someone…it’s all Holy Sweetness. Sacred.

    This is by far the most touching outreach and worship for me…making meals for people, sharing time with people, preparing something someone made for me…it’s honoring. And holidays, like His Resurrection, are special opportunities to envelope others into our opened up space.

    Your post was so touching. I’m so blessed today because of what you wrote!

    • Amyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…your comment is lovely. Thank you :). I absolutely love how serving others becomes worship for you. That changes everything.

      (I’ll be thinking about this the next time I cook or make a meal for someone else.)

      xo

      • Robin! It’s this…it’s taking my insecurities that I’m not good enough (of a cook, of a host, of a person…), and that my house isn’t good enough, fancy enough, updated enough, or that our family is too boring or too compulsive or too perfect…and it’s choosing to invite people in anyway, and to love on them, and most of all…to be loved through them accepting me and my invitation to love on them! A circle of trusting and embracing…this is where my heart of worship is – in the muck and yuck of my heart that becomes softened and beautified through Christ alone!

  4. You are so right on with this! It is such a blessing when your community of believers, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ serve you in such a way with cooking and food. And for the one cooking and serving the food, it is just a much a blessing! What a touch and inspiring post.

    And now, I am cravin’ me some macaroni:)

    • Melissa…just so you know, my sister-in-law has the BEST mac & cheese dish in the world (I’m not exaggerating) and I have GOT to get that thing posted! I totally changed the way I felt about the dish!!

    • Me, too, April :). As I was writing this, it occurred to me to ask a bunch of Church Ladies (aka incourage readers 🙂 ) for their recipes because you KNOW they’re gonna be good!! 🙂

  5. I love to cook and I loved this post. I’ve really been thinking about God gifting me to be able to do something with my life that I love doing. This has just been one more confirmation that that is true.

    A dear friend, Jack, had us over one night for jambalaya. I had never had it before and was leary, but it ended up being the BEST THING I HAVE EVER EATEN. We ate it with bread while listening to Bruce Springsteen’s The Seeger Sessions and even though I was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the middle of winter, I felt like I was down on the Bayou in the middle of the summer. That’s what food can do. The night was magical and I asked for the recipe. Now every time I make it, I think of that evening.

    Jack’s Jambalaya:
    1 green bell pepper, diced/ 1 medium onion, diced/ 8 oz. sliced mushrooms/ 1 garlic clove, minced/ 1 celery stalk, diced/ 1- 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes/ 2 c. chicken broth/ 1/2 t. thyme/ 1/4 t. cayenne pepper/ 1/2 t. salt/ 1/4 t. black pepper/ 1/2 c. uncooked rice/ 1 lb. uncooked shrimp/ 1 lb. smoked sausage, thinly sliced into rounds

    Sautee pepper, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and celery in a few teaspoons of olive oil. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, add rice and cook, covered, until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Add smoked sausage and shrimp a few minutes before serving and cook just until shrimp is opaque.

    • Jenny,

      Oh, my…how thankful I am to be a part of a work being confirmed in your life!! Thank you for sharing that in your comment :).

      What a special friend you have in Jack, too; I love what he did for you and it’s precious even to me how he continues to “minister” to you every time you enjoy this recipe. It’s very close to the recipe I use for Jambalaya, maybe a bit easier! I think I’ll try yours/his next time I get a hankerin’ for Bayou cookin’ 😉 :).

  6. A couple of years ago, I had surgery about two months after moving to a new town. (I learned I needed surgery exactly one week before the move.) One of my mom’s friends came to help (she lives 2 hours away). She brought with her a gift from their Sunday School class – gift cards to restaurants. I think I didn’t need to cook for two and a half weeks – more than enough time to rest and recover and still feed my family! It was also perfect for my family because we have several different food allergies. No one had to learn a different way of cooking for us; we could choose what was best for each person. It was such a blessing – and from people I didn’t even know!

    • Wow, Rachel. THAT is a beautiful outworking of the hands and feet of Christ! And a wonderful way of looking at the sacredness of a meal. ALL of your restaurant meals were God-gifts :).

  7. All the love pouring out here is terrific! I’d share a recipe, because I LOVE to cook, but I’m almost a recipe-free cook – I use the recipes for jumping off points only. But I love the love!

  8. I love to cook…. especially when I am at my mother-in-laws house. We do it together. We both love it when we are cooking for someone else or a special event. But I haven’t talked about it on my blog at all.

    Sometimes when it is just me or my husband (who is so picky it is hard to try new stuff on him) it is best if I go visit with her and try it out up at her house.

    A favorite she taught me, then I tweaked it is comfort food of ham and beans. Cut up ham and onion and cook in pot until browned. Deglaze pan with chicken broth. Add canned northern beans. I don’t have measurements or amounts because the more ham I add the more beans I add. I

  9. Oh, Robin! Now, NOW you are speaking one of my love languages!! 🙂

    Can I just speak up for a minute on behalf of my military peeps? With deployments running rampant, most folks know at least one person who is fighting the good fight on the homefront while his or her spouse is deployed. One thing that is always, always appreciated by those keepin’ the home fires burning are meals. While it isn’t always possible to have the family of a deployed service member over for dinner in your home, perhaps it is possible to take a meal to them. Even just a casserole that can be frozen and taken out at the family’s convenience goes a L O N G way to feed their soul as well as their stomachs! 🙂

    Fabulous post, Robin! As usual, your Jesus heart shines!

  10. As a military spouse, I second what Kristen just said up above me. 🙂 And since I love to cook or bake, I am thankful for all these recipes so I can bless my fellow military spouses during their deployments and TDY’s, etc too. 🙂 This was a great idea, Robin, and I’m so thankful for it, and for incourage as a whole. Blessings to you! (I posted #14 and 15) 🙂

  11. I can’t participate as I am a terrible cook and I don’t think I’ve ever posted a recipe on my blog…. wait, does a picture of sunchips and a cut-up avocado count? That’s about the extent of my culinary skills 😉 … But I am forever grateful to our friends and family who brought over meals after we lost our sweet Evie. There wasn’t really words to say, but they showed an outpouring of love with their actions. I will never forget it.

    Any way, I love this post, and I love to eat- so I’ll definitely go salivate at all the shared recipes =)