Saturday, December 31, 2016

Simple Beef Jerky THM S Low Carb

I don't know about you, but I always thought beef jerky was SO hard to do.  So I never tried.  It seemed like every recipe I found was for expensive cuts of meat that I would never purchase.  Or for deer, of which I did not have.

But this year changed that. My son was able to get his first deer with the help of his cousin.  So our family has been blessed with meat, that we have never tried before. So out comes the recipes and the... wait a minute I have never had deer before so I didn't have any.

So in comes the University of YouTube. Okay admit it. ALL of us have attended a few classes from them. I mean if you want to make some cute craft.. youtube has the answer right?  So off I went.

Now, my brother has made beef jerky before, but he had a mix. Since I no longer use sugar or anything like that in it, that is kinda out for me. So I kept digging. Eventually I found this webpage that the directions were simple and easy, just like I needed.  But they were VERY simple. Salt, pepper, and seasoning. No measurements. That didn't work. So I played around with it and I came up with what we will be using with our ground beef and ground venison.


5 pounds of ground meat
2-3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
5 TBSP seasoning. I used Italian and it was wonderful. The smell... ahhh,

Now you can dehydrate the meat 2 different ways. I have done the dehydrator, on HIGH, and it takes at least 36 hours. When I use the oven I can do it at 190 and usually be done in 12 hours.

Now to prepare your meat for the process I mix it together and then spread it on parchment paper for the drying process. Kinda in strips like shown.

If using the dehydrator I put down parchment paper on my drying rack to dry out the jerky. In the oven I put them on cookie sheets without the parchment paper.   Depending on the meat, you may or may not have any fat drippings. Since I used the Aldi meat in the above photo I did have some left on the parchment paper.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jesus With Skin On

I have never been a "fantastic" writer or blogger for that matter. I lack the talent to allow the words to flow freely, and in an orderly manner.  I'll leave all the pretty words and fancy photo shopped images to someone else. I lack the talent.  

But I do have experience, not that I wanted it, with several life altering events.  Without going into too many details, because this is NOT what this post is about, I wanted to share with you what things helped me and kept me going in the midst of the trials that have forever shaped my life.

The title says it all. Jesus with skin on.  There are several people in my life that have been that for me.
When I was at my lowest point and not sure what end was up, they held up my arms like Moses's brother and friend Hur in the Bible during the battle (Exodus 17).  I had 2 friends in particular that would email me a verse in the Bible or something encouraging for me to read. Two of my friends did it for over a year. They also called and try to encourage me. My sister came and cried with me. She came and brought meals when I didn't even feel hungry.  I also had a group of friends that end me a "care package" just to let me know, that they were thinking about me. I still have the apron and Journal. Although I have yet to be able to write in the journal about what happened.

What WE DO NOT need to do. Tell those who are hurting.... 
It is a season.
Everything happens for a reason
Count your blessings
You will get over it

When someone is grieving, especially a loss, isn't helpful. They need a hug and your compassion. Not a sermon on how things will be just fine after you "get over it."

My challenge to you (and myself), this next year, is to BE the Jesus with skin on to those around you that are hurting. I am not always very good at it, I'll be honest. Even though I have been through some of the same things, loss of a loved one, loss of a child, etc., I am still cautious about giving that hurting person a hug.  What they really need, as I did, was a card or a simple note letting them know I am praying for them, or if they need a listening ear, they can have mine.  For some people, including myself, that is what I needed at the time when I felt so alone.