Monday, July 19, 2010

Completing Him - Through the Ordinary


Make your husband a priority. Ask him what his favorite dinner, dessert and drink are. Be sure to serve him all three one night this week. Bonus: cook his favorite dishes all week long!


That is the Completing Him challenge for this week!  Doesn't sound too hard does it?  Or does it bring to mind that nagging thought "why do I have to wait on him hand and foot?"  As Christians, God's Word tells us to "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:4.  Since marriage consists of a whole lot of give and take and there is not much room for selfishness, our love can be shown through the small tasks as well as the larger ones.  By training our heart to love through acts of service, these selfless acts get easier and our mindset can be that to "look to the needs of others". 

So....his favorite dinner, washing his favorite shirt, packing his lunch...all these are tasks that must be done.  What would be the result if we did these tasks (that we have to do anyway!), with a little extra. love, care and effort?  Making his favorite dinner, making sure his favorite shirt is clean, packing him a fabulous lunch etc., can show extraordinary love through ordinary actions!

So for my home this week, one of our meals will have to be fried cubed steak with rice and gravy!  Now we are a pretty health conscious bunch and our meals although hearty, consist of being baked or grilled with a big helping of vegetables and salad.  This is that one meal that is fried served with plain white rice (no nutritional value!) and lots of gravy, but it is my husband's favorite! 

Here is the recipe: 
4 or 5 cubed steaks
1/4 to 1/2 cup flour
seasoned salt
ground pepper
oil
water (begin with 1/2 cup)
onions

Mix the flour and seasoned salt and pepper together.  Dredge the steaks through the flour mixture.  Put a few tablespoons (enough to cover the bottom) oil in a frying pan and heat to where a drop of water will sizzle.  Add steaks.  Cook until brown and crispy on bottom and then flip.  Place on serving plate.  (Put paper towels on serving plate to absorb extra grease.) 
Sprinkle remaining flour in the pan, use a fork to mix in with the grease drippings.  Stir in and then slowly add water. Allow water to come to a boil while continuing to stir.  Add more water to get to desired consistency of gravy.  For added flavor, you can add a beef bouillon cube.  
If time allows, place steaks in gravy to simmer.  You can also brown onions or mushrooms to top steaks with and add extra flavor.

5 comments:

  1. I love this kind of practical blogging and ideas! I am thinking of my Sweetheart all day most days and sometimes I need a reminder to step it up more. He is so worth it! Isn't God so good to give us such awesome guys? Thanks for the reminders!

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  2. Well done in the challenge! I pray that your marriage continues to be blessed!

    Many Blessings,
    Melissa

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  3. Great post!!! :) My husband also loves fried cube steak with home made gravy. I hate cooking it b/c of the mess,but I do it for him!

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  4. I had to laugh, because my hubby's faves are not foods we eat regularly because of their {lack} of nutritional value ... but I'm looking forward to making them for him anyhow :)

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  5. I am beginnng to think that men just love cubed steak!! It is certainly one of my hubbie's favorites - and I hear the same from so many of my friends! Who knew:)

    Great post - and a yummy recipe too!

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