“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
First off, let me apologize for my lack of blogging during the past several days. I’ve been overwhelmingly underwhelmed- I’m not used to having nothing to do! However, idle hands are idle hearts, and we well don’t want that, now would we? Anyways, I’m back, y’all.
Mmm. Like trials, persecution isn’t reallllly something we enjoy experiencing- much like Chemistry class or cleaning our rooms. However, don’t we have to experience those things to help us get where we’re going?
It’s the same with persecution. Most Christians (notice I did not say “all good Christians.” What is a good Christian?!) have faced and will face persecution throughout their lives. It’s natural for us to be judged and ridiculed, but you know what?
Haters gone hate.
We should want to be persecuted; we should want to be judged and ridiculed for our actions for The Lord. Blessed are we when we are persecuted because of our love for Him, for ours is the kingdom of heaven.
And if ours is the kingdom of heaven, what more could we want?
Baked Beignets + Honey Marmalade
This picture does these no justice. sorry- I’m working with an iphone and no natural light, here Now, I’m no Cafe du Monde. But I must say- for a healthier version of the Cajun fried doughnut covered in a snow of powdered sugar (that’s basically what a beignet is for those of you whom have been living under a rock), these are pretty rockin’.
Also, I didn’t make the traditional chocolate Cafe du Monde dipping sauce to go along with these beauts; I made something (which I consider to be) better: honey orange marmalade. Yum.
serves 20 (you could definitely cut this in half); beignets from Eat Live Run
1/4 cup warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon honey
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put water in a small bowl and empty the packet of yeast into it. Let it sit for 5 minutes; it’ll get all foamy and sciency-looking. Cool stuff!
2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Cut butter in with a fork.
3. Whisk together egg and buttermilk and add to dry ingredients, then add yeast. Mix together and cover with Saran Wrap while the dough rises for 15 minutes.
4. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut into squares or other shapes (like my hearts and butterflies!) and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover beignets with Saran Wrap again and let rise for 45 minutes.
5. Bake for 10 minutes and dust with powdered sugar. Eat warm with honey marmalade, which consists of mixing the bottom two ingredients together.
Tres bien! Enjoy!