11 May, 2012

How You Can Help Orphans This Mother's Day

   Mothers come in lots of packages. I have been mothered by more women than I can count and in more ways than I can even recall. It is unfathomable for me to imagine my life without one mother, let alone all the others. So, when I think about all the children in the world that don't have a mom to call their own, my heart wants to explode with hurt.

   Enter two precious girls that I have been blessed to know. These two just-out-of-college-beauties chose to delay the normal "get a job" "find a husband" life that most of us choose or fall in to and instead move to Botswana to become temporary mothers to 25 orphans.( Orphan Care Center ) I have tried to explain to them in words (that fail) how important this thing they are doing will be to those children. To give a child a home and a mom to call his own is such pure ministry.

   So, this Mother's Day, I am giving a personal gift to the Botswana Orphan Care Center in honor of my own mom, mother-in-law, and all the other women who have walked beside me and mothered me along the way. If you would like to join me, I've included instructions for online (or by mail) giving. No gift is too small, but if you can't give, pray. (Actually, if you do give, pray too!)

Here's how:
follow this linkFirst Baptist Church, Jackson, MS - Online Giving

  • pay as a guest or registered member
  • scroll to the bottom of the screen to "Designated Gift" and enter amount
  • type "Botswana Orphans Project/Allison Hunter & Kasey Ambrose" in the "Designated Gift to" line
  • enter payment information
OR send a check with "Botswana Orphans Project/Allison Hunter & Kasey Ambrose" in the memo. Mail to:
First Baptist Jackson
      Business Office
      P.O. Box 250
      Jackson, MS 39205-0250

19 April, 2012

Lazy-Day Quiche (otherwise known as a baked omelet)

Last week I had wonderful intentions of blogging about all the creative ways I had utilized our leftover Easter ham. Those intentions failed for many reasons. The most important of which is that I did not creatively utilize all of our wonderful leftover Easter ham!

Still, it did not all go to waste. I did freeze the precious bone (and I WILL post soon about making Ham Bone Soup). And the kids did have yummy sandwiches in their lunches for a few days. The one actual meal that I came from the leftover ham almost doesn't deserve to be posted...but then again, maybe it does.

My heart said that I wanted to make a quiche, but I just couldn't bring myself to make a crust. The result? I made a "Lazy-Day Quiche (baked omelet)." It was so quick to throw together, it baked in the oven while I did laundry and got the kids ready for church, and the whole family enjoyed it! This one is a keeper.

 Lazy-Day Quiche

09 April, 2012

Why Cast Iron?

Cast Iron is a true equalizer of southern heritage. It lives as contentedly in the great antebellum mansions as it does in the trailer out on mama and daddy's land (and every home in between). You would be hard pressed to find a southerner who doesn't own a cast iron cornbread skillet or stand to inherit one someday.

I personally feel a sense of "place" every time I use a piece of my (growing) collection. Many people dear to me have been nourished by these humble pieces of cookware - and that holds me near to my roots. Now my own children often help me make cornbread, and I love the feeling of past, present and future that collides in those moments...

The seasoning of cast iron is what makes it so useful and special. Just like our lives. God uses all of our history and stories and scorches and successes to sculpt something priceless out of an empty vessel. This blog is my way of sharing some of my successes as well as the scorches - and hopefully another person will be inspired or encouraged along the way.