Lamb and potato stew, with fresh carrots and mushrooms; homemade strawberry ice cream, and home black walnut ice cream (my personal favorite). Perfect season fir lamb. Perfect time of year for cranking out some homemade ice cream. Labors of love, all.
Our community outreach ministry, 2 and 2 Possibles strives to prepare and serve home-cooked, nutritious meals, made with love, that we would serve to our own families, and this one meal is an example.
Thanks to very generous donations, we were blessed with the funds to pay for enough lamb and fixin’s to make a special community outreach meal for Easter/Resurrection Weekend. We used ground lamb, lamb chops, and leg of lamb (which took forever to carve, because I am a total novice). I trimmed off some of the fat, but left a generous amount, because, as the man said, “Where there’s fat, there’s flavor.” I also decided to brown the meat that was left on the bone, and use the bone to help make a savory broth. Other fixin’s include steamed cabbage, cornbread (by special request), apple pie, and assorted beverages.
As for choice of main course, lamb seems appropriately symbolic, as it keeps us mindful of Christ as the Lamb of God, and the special significance of this holy weekend. The recipe says that stew should simmer on stovetop first, then is supposed to finish slow cooking in the oven for the next few hours. I’m praying that the oven rack holds the weight of the pot, and it all turns out well. 🙏🏾
Thanks, as always, to everyone who helps us to continue this in this ministry, including the members of @idig.llc. We are blessed by you, and grateful for you.
Our March meal was scrumptious homemade chicken with homemade herb dumplings, plus fixin’s. My first time making dumplings from scratch, but the ROE far outweighed the labor. My goodness! And our guests (we served almost 30) loved it! I onky wish that I had added more dumplings. They really enjoyed the dumplings!
2 and 2 Start Our New Year in Continued Outreach to the Community: January and February Meals Served!
Whew! This new year is almost through its first quarter, and we're already playing catch up on posting updates. Here are a few photos of our January and February meals from our food ministry.
By God's grace, in January, we served our monthly lunch meal to guests at Re:Center Ministries here in Louisville. By request, the main course was fried fish. We chose whiting. We added our own finishing touches that included homemade cornbread, seafood pasta salad, chow-chow relish, orange-butter pound cake (also called Orange Lightning Pound Cake), along with beverages and condiments.
In February, our lunch meal included three meat chili (ground beef, stew meat, and chorizo sausage), jalapeno cornbread, buttered rice (not pictured), multiple pies, beverages and condiments.
Our February sack lunches for The Forgotten Louisville contained 27 sandwiches of honey-baked turkey, ham, and Swiss, plus snack-size bags of Cheez-Its, Welch's Fruit Snacks, and Cuties (small oranges), water, and condiments.
Our goal is to post our meals and other service activities at least once a month. Here's hoping to do better at taking better photos and keeping y'all posted in March and beyond! Please keep us and our ministry in your prayers and good thoughts.
Serving Joyously and Signing Off...
A huge shout out to @kingsleycaters here in Louisville, Kentucky, for two beautiful roasted and sliced turkeys for our Thanksgiving community outreach lunch. I ordered at the last minute, and they took great care of us. We also served some awesome homemade dressing (courtesy of Bertha Clark), green beans, rolls, and sweet tea. And an equally huge debt of gratitude is owed to the generous veteran (who wishes to remain anonymous) who donated a $100 Visa gift card to help cover the costs. Our ministry, 2 and 2 Possibles, continues to be blessed with good people doing good things. We are grateful.
Our donor wishes to remain anonymous, but granted us permission to share this donation, for which we are very grateful, along with this card and the beautiful words of encouragement written inside. I added the 22 cents, just to keep it even. I think we should continue the trend, so that whatever donations we receive, and whatever deposits we make, we will add enough to make sure our balance ends with 22 cents.
Please continue to keep 2 and 2 Possibles in your prayers, positive thoughts, good vibes, and kindest regards, as we strive to keep our efforts aligned with God's will for us and our organization.
To God Be the Glory!