A message

 

Wounds of the wounded are never to heal.  They are spent days, mostly in anguish and lost in translation to their maker. 

You live your life as that of a harlot.  Spreading your legs for all men to view your nakedness.  To have their way with you at every turn.  

You drink strong wine and alcohol to numb the pain of your ways, hoping that the drug of choice will finally bring an end to your regret and sorrows.  

Yet, it does nothing but cause more sadness.  

Your actions are those of a harlot.  One who spends her days enticing the naive and feeble minded, attempting to find joy when there is none to obtain.  

Like a wailing Jackal in the wilderness who has lost her young, your desires are not fulfilled.  

I have set a Standard in the high places.  One on whom you can look and be fulfilled, but instead, you spend your wasted days looking to the fields which cannot fulfill; looking to the weeds which cannot produce fruit.  

Turn to the Lord, the God of Heaven, and He will give you the rest you seek, but your head will not turn, your eye will not move.  

Look to the One who’s mercy and love will never end, but your eye has found another lover and your heart has lost its way. 

You!  The harlot of your people.  You seek to raise children and offspring who will worship God, but in spite of all your work, you only raise up more harlots among your family.  

Your children are harlots of harlotry!  Cursed among the people and left to their own desires.  

They are far worse than you as they have no one to guide them for the blind guides which I have not sent, lead them down the wide road of destruction.  

Their mouth is filled with indecency.  They are not chaste.  They have not learned righteousness or how to be holy as I AM.  

They stretch out their hands to the wicked and beg for unrighteousness.  Their plea to those who can never bring justice is futile.  

The wickedness of their hearts is against Me, says the Lord of Heaven and Earth.  

How would you want me to answer you?  How would you desire that I set you free from this bondage?  

Have I not provided a way in which to release you?  Have I not been open and truthful about My plans and purposes?  

I gave you a key to freedom and what did you do?  How did you react?  

I provide a way of escape and what was your decision?

You blame Me for your faults and your lack of fair judgement, but am I not the one who is innocent in this matter?  Haven’t I answered you in the past and given you freedom?  

Yet, you rejected My free gift. You spit in My face. You mocked Me.  I set you free and you cursed Me.  

You did not want My abundance.  You did not want Me to be your savior.  

Because of your pride and arrogance, you looked to the stars to save you.  You looked to men, who cannot save, because they have muscles and pretty eyes, a flashy smile.  

Have I not told you that this life is not for the swift of foot, nor is it for the strong or self-willed?  Have I not informed you that horses and chariots will never save you in a time of battle?  

Many days have gone by and My patience is wearing thin with this obstinate people.  

I will not contend with you forever.

You have prostituted yourself to other gods which are not gods at all, and your children have followed in your footsteps.  They too have become harlots just as their parents before them, yet they are worse.

How should I deal with your disobedience?  Should I not judge you with righteous judgement?  

Should I, the Lord of all creation, not have the right to lift My hand against you for your disobedience?  

Tell Me.  

State your case that it may fall on My ears so I can hear your rationale.  

If I did not let My people, Israel, go free from their iniquity which they committed against Me, then why should I let you go free?  

The days are coming, declares the Lord of hosts, that I will judge the whole earth for its deeds.  The great and small will stand before the judgement seat of My calling and I will either be their end, or I will be their life.

Choose wisely, oh sheep.  

Make haste to wash yourselves in the pool of my radiance, for I can make you clean.  I can wash away every stain from your soul.  

Your name will be changed to a righteous name if you would only look to me and turn from your wickedness.  

I Am the Lord.  The Son of the Living God.  The One who is and who is to come.  

My name is Holy.  

Be holy, for I Am Holy!

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A Dire Warning to Demoralcrats

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When you look at the above picture, what do you see?  

A dirty kid?  

Filthy?  Sullen?  Stunned?  Dismayed?  Lost?  

When I look at the above picture I imagine the souls and emotional state of every person around the world, and I imagine they all must appear very much like that picture in the eyes of a compassionate God.

Growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s was difficult enough, but now. . . I can’t imagine being a kid in this pathetic basackwards society and having to try and decipher the truth from all the lies being spread by pathetic people who wouldn’t know the truth if it were branded on their butt with a nail gun.

There was a time when tattoo parlors, body-piercing places and sex-toy shops were only found in the “rough” parts of town.  They were only found in the dark, dingy back-alleys of society where filth and disease were common place.  These establishments had a stigma that only criminals and pathetic classes of society were their clientele and if you frequented one of these places you were considered to be a delinquent, lawless, a miscreant.

Also, let us not forget that not that long ago the idea of men sleeping with men and women sleeping with women was also considered disgusting in the minds of humanity.  

To have one of these ‘relationships’ a person had to find a seedy establishment in the dark, dingy back-alley of society where those who were like-minded would frequent.  These establishments were also considered to be covered in filth and disease.  Only visited by those who dared to choose a life of disgust and demonic decay.

There was a time when illegal drug use was considered a horrible thing.  If someone wanted to buy or sell drugs they had to go into the dark, dingy, filthy parts of town to find an establishment where like-minded people would do it.  It wasn’t mainstream like it is today where state and local governments are making it legal to setup literal drug stores on every corner.

And while were at it, let’s mention Gambling.

This ‘money making’ scam has been brought to the lime-light every election since Warren G Harding.  It’s a criminal activity that was once committed in the dark, dingy, back rooms of seedy places like tattoo parlors, bars and brothels.  Filthy places where like-minded drunks, addicts and sexual perverts would hang out.

If you were to frequent one of these establishments you were considered lawless, a malefactor, a hoodlum.  

But today…

Today, these establishments are no longer constrained to the dingy, murky back-alleys.  These places are within a stone’s throw of every home and school.  Heck, it’s impossible to drive five miles from your home without seeing one of these establishments on a local street corner or their advertisements on a billboard hanging high in the air for all to see.  It’s common place for all of society to frequent these places without ever considering the consequences.

Furthermore, men sleeping with men and women sleeping with women, thumbing their noses at what is deemed to be righteous behavior…NOT in the sight of man, but God…and giving up their natural functions for what is unnatural.  Living unholy lives without care to how degrading their choice is to the human soul or the rest of humanity as a whole.

Matter of fact, the so-called acceptance of this kind of behavior by society…democrats especially…has led to girls being girls unless they decide at some point they want to be a boy, at that point of self-revelation they think they are ‘boys’ even though they don’t possess a penis or testicles and will never be able to produce sperm.

Of course, they are only a ‘boy’ in their own minds until they decide to change their minds and want to be girls again, in which case no one actually knows what they are so to make it “easier” society…democrats especially…decide to do away with gender pronouns that have existed since creation began…

Likewise, it’s the same with boys who suddenly think they are girls and decide to announce their new gender to the world which somehow instantly converts them to the female gender.

However, these newly proclaimed ‘girls’ are still boys because they have a penis and testicles which never allows them to have a menstrual cycle; and they never will have a menstrual cycle because they don’t have ovaries to produce an ovum every month, but they still want to be known as girls even though basic biology clearly states that they are boys . . .

Therefore, society…democrats especially…oblige, and trying to be what they deem to be “compassionate”, make the decision to do away with gender pronouns that have existed since creation began…

Sex shops, tattoo parlors, illegal drugs, bars and casinos…all with only one commonality . . . They are all choices that can be addictive to the human soul, and each one has been discussed in every town, every legislature, to be made ‘legal’ for various reasons.  Most of all…tax revenue.    

Quite pathetically, many cattle who read this won’t see the addictive commonality of all the things I’ve listed.  Instead, they’ll only read the negative connotations that I included with each of the above choices, and quite possibly, chastise me for labeling these things as being evil and degrading to the morality of society. 

This has been made prevalent in our society by the degrading passions that are put on parade by none other than the democratic party.  Of which I now refer to as, “Demoralcrats”. 

They believe that freedom is living in bondage to the very thing that is addictive.  To give in to the demonic is somehow liberating.  So…they create laws to make that which was once illegal…legal.  However, making legal what was once illegal is saying that what is evil should be good and what is good should be evil.

There is a stern, dire warning against such behavior that is found in the Bible.  A book that most demoralcrats misquote and misrepresent.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”  (Isa. 5:20)

And that isn’t the only warning that passage contains…

“Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!” — (vs. 8)

“Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!  Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LordNor do they consider the work of His hands.” —  (vs. 11-12)

“Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes; Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!”  — (vs. 18-19)

Also, each woe that is mentioned here comes with a promise of judgement from God for their disobedience to His laws.  And though you may believe that judgement isn’t a righteous act…God would disagree with you…   

“But the Lord of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.” — (vs. 16)

To not take heed to the dire warnings of a Holy and Righteous God is bringing folly upon not just your own head, but the heads of all your family. For God is not mocked, whatever a man sows he shall also reap.  If seeds to flesh, the corruption of the flesh; but if seeds to the Holy Spirit, eternal life.  

You don’t make the rules people.  God does.  He always has.  He always will.  

I’m only a messenger.  Appointed as a watchman by God to deliver a message of warning and hope to you and your family.  

That if you turn from your wicked ways and seek Him with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength and all your soul; and repent of your sins by confessing with a humble and contrite heart…God will hear you from Heaven and show compassion to you.  He will forgive you, and you will sow seeds to the Holy Spirit which profit you life everlasting.  For He is a God that delights in executing lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the whole earth.  

Likewise, if you refuse to hear His words of hope and refuse to act upon them by repenting of your sins and turning away from them for good, you will suffer the punishment that is due you for acting out against a Holy God.  Your rebellion will be sowing seeds to the flesh which will reap a harvest of corruption and ultimately, death.  Separated from God for all eternity.  

No matter what you’ve done in life…no matter how many times you think God can’t or won’t forgive your past…believe me, He will.  But you have to come to Him, HIS way…not yours.  

Lay aside the flesh, and give your life to God by seeking His only begotten Son, Jesus.  Who died on a cross to save all of humanity of their sins.   

Ask the Father to reveal His Son to you…and when He does, don’t deny Him.  Trust in Him. Accept Him.  He’ll make your way straight. He’ll clean you up, dress you in festal robes and put His signet ring on your finger.  You will be His everlasting possession.  

A trophy of His Grace, His Power, His Love.  

So, if you’re gonna be a follower, choose to follow the One who can lead you to eternal life and stop following the ways of the demoralcrats.  Their pathetic way only leads to death, even though they make it appear that it leads to life.  Never forget that the devil disguises himself as an angel of light.  

Don’t be deceived. 

 

 

Impress Me

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The other day I happened to read a pathetic post about what men should do if they want to impress a girl they find attractive.  

The post contained things like…“be honest”, “show her you have a skill”, “make her laugh”, “be confident”, “show her that you’re able to protect, but don’t be domineering and possessive about it”…all of which is convenient for the pathetic, lonely guy who still lives in this mother’s basement, but for all the other pathetic men in the world. . .

Not so much!  

The truth is, as I was reading the post, I became more and more agitated because the post made it sound as if men — being the lumps of coal they are — are in no way deserving of a pretty girl to be on his arm unless he can prove he’s worthy.

It reminded me of those old fairy tales where the main character has to validate his existence and substantiate his might for the beautiful princess by trudging his way through a dangerously dark forest, across a vastly arid desert, galumphing up the side of a very steep mountain only to come face-to-face with a pathetically mighty dragon who breathes excruciatingly hot fire.

And as I thought more about it, I felt compelled to ask a few questions. . . .

Why are men expected to do this?  Let alone…why do men feel the need to do this?  

Also, why is it that men should have to impress any woman?  

And in reality, shouldn’t it be the other way around?  Shouldn’t the female gender have to impress the men?

I mean, in all honesty we men would like to know what characteristics or traits a woman can provide to a relationship that would convince us that we should choose her and not someone else?

After all, nowadays we men…(me, personally)…bring a hell of a lot to a relationship, and if you don’t believe me, here’s a list (please note that these are traits and characteristics that I possess, so not all men can provide these same traits because all men are not really created equal):

I know how to cook and bake and follow a recipe.

I bathe every day and try not to smell funny.

I’m clean and organized.

I have proper oral hygiene.

I’m financially responsible, and save money.

I have a good, steady job.

I’m college educated.

I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

I don’t and never have done illegal drugs.

I don’t lie or cheat.

I don’t gamble.

I don’t have tattoos or piercings.

I have a relationship with Jesus, and He IS my LORD and KING. 

I pray and communicate with Him and God the Father every day. 

I know how to work on automobiles.

I know how to fish and camp. 

I do my best to be respectful and considerate of others around me.

I can plant and tend a garden.

I have never had sex…yes, I’ve fooled around, but never done the actual deed, so I don’t have any sexually transmitted diseases or illegitimate children.

I know how to hang drywall.

I can work on plumbing and electrical.

I’ve never cheated on anyone I’ve dated and never will.

I’m a patient person who has the will-power to resist the things I know aren’t beneficial to a healthy, productive life. 

I can rebuild a computer from individual parts to a fully functional operational device.

I have a decent singing voice.

I’m good with kids, I like them and they seem to like me and I’m not afraid to discipline when needed.

I clear the table and wash the dishes by hand or load the dish washer when needed.

I spend time with my family, especially my mom and dad who don’t get out much these days because of a physical illness.

I have compassion for others.

I open doors for women, walk closest to the curb when needed and provide a safe environment for them.

And I try my best to stand up for those who don’t have a voice.

There are many other traits I bring to a relationship, but these are just a few that came to mind.  So … again …I pose the question. . .What makes a woman think she’s good enough that I should choose her?  

Can she provide safety and comfort to our children?  Is she compassionate, kind and loving?  Can she change a flat tire on her own?  Does she mind getting a little dirty? Would she be willing to trudge through a dark, scary forest to save me if I were captured by an evil, fire-breathing dragon?

Truth is, we should never have to try to impress anyone.  We should just be happy that someone wants to spend time with us and that we get to spend time with them.  While doing so, we should get to know them so well that we can finish their sentences and know how to meet there needs before they even ask because that’s what love really is. . .

Spending time with people and learning about them, getting to know them, building trust with them and in them, caring for them, providing for and meeting their needs.    

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It’s pathetic that we try so hard to impress others to get their attention or make them like us.  After all, we’re just human beings who are all in this life together.  

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Learn Good! Cease to do evil!

 

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.”

— Isaiah 1:16:17 —

What is evil isn’t up to you or anyone else to determine.  God has already declared what is evil and what it good, it’s up to you to learn which is which and then to obey Him by putting evil away from you forever.  

Stop doing evil.

Learn good and do it!

Pretty self explanatory.  

 

 

Humiliation

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Yet again a woman I liked uttered those humiliating words. . .

“I don’t want to date you.  Please don’t pursue me.”  

And after replying with,  “okay.  I won’t.  we’re just friends.  I get it…”  I then heard in a rather pathetic, albeit panicked and stressed, tone…

“No…I really mean it.  Please don’t pursue me!  I really don’t want to date you.”

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I gotta tell ya, to hear those words for the umpteenth time in my life is not any easier than the first time I heard them.  I take it personally.

It’s very much like having a dagger slowly but firmly pressed deep into my chest until it penetrates my heart and once the perpetrator knows they have shoved the dagger deep enough into my chest . . . they proceed to give it a few twists.

Painfully speaking, I’ve also found that once is not enough for a woman to tell me her desire that I not pursue her.

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For some reason. . . maybe it’s because they think I’m a pathetically dense idiot like all the other hapless Joe’s on the block. . . they feel the need to repeat their command a second time…however, the second time is when they feel the necessity to drive the point home with added emphasis on specific words such as, really don’t and you.

After all, it’s obviously not enough pathetic humiliation for me to wear my heart on my sleeve and tell someone who doesn’t feel the same way that I like them.  

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Things To Be Thankful For

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Five years ago I was dating a woman who requested that we start a Thanksgiving tradition listing 100 things that we were thankful for and sharing our lists with one another on Thanksgiving day.  The list had to be 100 things and could contain anything we wanted but nothing could be repeated and some of the items on the list required a brief explanation for some reason or another.  

Quite honestly, for the life of me I cannot remember why we had to give an explanation for some of the items on our list, but as you’ll see from reading mine, I gave an explanation for a number of items so there was obviously a reason for it.   

Anyway, after rummaging through my hard drive cleaning up old files I happen to run across my list and thought I would share it with you.  Like I said, five years had passed and even though I have not forgotten spending that Thanksgiving with her in 2011, I had forgotten that I saved my list.

So, without further ado…

100 things I’m thankful for

1) God’s gift of salvation – because I no longer live in the bondage of sin and it shows God’s great love, grace and mercy to me for something I don’t deserve.  

2) Clean drinking water – it’s refreshing and there are places in this world that don’t have the benefit of a fresh, clean glass of water.

3) Toothpaste – because it provides fresh breath and keeps my teeth clean so I don’t lose my teeth.

4) My relationship with SJG – In just a few short weeks, with or without knowing it, she has shown me how to love another person unconditionally; without reservations and without fear.  She has brought a joy and happiness to my life that only God could have orchestrated.  I’m so thankful for her desire to pray and study God’s word with me and a desire to spend time with me and not be afraid to share her heart with me.  I’m so very thankful for how she challenges and encourages me.  I’m thankful for her heart and how she desires to see people change their lives and have a relationship with Jesus.  I’m thankful that she prays with me and for me.  I’m thankful that she desires to talk with me and spend time with me.  I’m thankful that she is honest, caring, loving, motivated, energetic, smart, funny and full of life.  I’m thankful for God leading S and I into each other’s lives at just the right moment.  It’s only because of Him that we have this opportunity to grow with one another, to love each other and to share our lives with one another in such a special way.  God really is a great and awesome God. 

5) For my new job and home in Another City!

6) My parents – their never ending prayers for their family and their love for us is so humbling. 

7) My nephews – each one has their own identity and I’ve learned a lot about patience and love through their relationships with me. 

8) Future Marriage to SJG

9) Hot Water Heaters

10) The Smell of Fresh-Cut Grass

11) Cherry scented Cigars

12) Rainbows – because it’s a reminder of the promise God made to Noah not to flood the whole Earth again. 

13) The Church – It’s wonderful to have a group of people to worship, pray and build relationships with in Christ.  To have a place where we can learn more about who God is and what He desires of us as followers of Him. 

14) Flushing Toilets

15) Every Holiday with my family.

16) My Car – it was an answer to prayer and little did I know that when I bought it, it would be my transport between Lincoln and Omaha to see a woman I am in love with.

17) Sunrises and Sunsets

18) Hair Dryers

19) My Old Barber – for 20+ years he was the best at his profession.  He had a great personality and was so willing to serve people. 

20) Facebook – it’s allowed me to connect with family and friends in other cities and who I haven’t seen in many years. 

21) Skype – I can use this online tool to talk with and see my family who live in another state.

22) Digital Video/Still Cameras

23) Fishing trips with my dad – It was “our” time, just me and my dad, and I cherished those moments with him.  He showed me how to bait a hook and take a fish off the line.  We had some good talks and even when we just sat on the bank in silence, I was aware that he was there with me and wanted to spend time with me.  Our time fishing together was important to me and I will always be thankful for those days/nights we had together.

24) My Grandmother’s jokes and laughter and her desire to have her family all gather in one place for the holidays.

25) The Ability to Walk/Run, taste and see and hear.

26) Freedoms to start a business, live where I want and speak freely in my country

27) Grocery stores

28) Washing Machines and clothes dryers along with Automatic Dishwashers

29) My many failures and successes that have led to my growth in life.  All the events have made me who I am today.

30) My childhood friends – We had a blast growing up!  They were such a big part of my life for so many years and we shared some really great experiences.  Riding bikes in the dirt trails, making forts, being my teammates in sports. Camping out in the backyard.  Staying up late and running around the neighborhood.  Having one another’s back in a pinch.  They were my BEST friends for so many years.  I learned a lot from our experiences. 

31) My grandfather taking me to get a fishing rod – My grandfather wasn’t the kind of man to call his grandkids and request time with them, so the day he called to ask me to go with him to get a new fishing rod meant the world to me.  We spent a couple hours together and he let me pick out anything I wanted.  I really cherish that time we spent together and I miss having him around.

32) My Sisters – We had fun growing up and knowing that they are just a phone call away to talk with brings a bit of comfort.

33) The Godly men who have taught me over the years of my life.

34) Warm blankets right out of the dryer.

35) MP3 players

36) Laughter

37) Naps – they refresh me for a few more hours.

38) Alarm Clocks

39) Treadmills

40) FM radio

41) Answered and Unanswered prayers – I’m thankful that God didn’t answer many of my prayers over the years for reasons only He knows. I know now that it was to either protect me or to help me to grow before I was ready for what I was asking for.  But I am thankful for the prayers He has answered. 

42) The safety that God provided moving my sister and her family to N.D. – The roads were icy and we were all running on very little sleep but God made a way for us. 

43) Food – I am thankful for food that nourishes and helps to provide strength and vitamins to our bodies.  I’m thankful that food is a way for people to gather and talk and get to know one another around a table. And I’m thankful because food can bring a smile to someone’s face.

44) Space Heaters

45) Scented candles

46) Toilet Paper – (for obvious reasons)

47) Paper Plates

48) Doctors and Nurses who are trained in their profession to help with healing wounds or performing operations, delivering children or caring for the sick.

49) Email

50) Fiber Tablets – Thankful for these because they are a great way to lose weight and keep it off naturally. 

51) My apartment – it has been a warm and safe place to live.

52) Comfortable shoes

53) The many friends that have encouraged me over the years to try new things like: country swing dancing, riding roller coasters, exotic foods, taking trips to new places.

54) Television Remotes

55) Airplanes

56) Soft pillows

57) Deodorant & Antiperspirant 

58) Park benches

59) Pumpkin Spice Smoothies from Scooters

60) My Bible – I’m thankful that the word of God to direct my steps, correct me when I’m wrong and helps me know how to live as Jesus instructed.  

61) Ice Cream – I’m thankful for comfort in a cup or cone!!

62) Holidays at my grandparents house as a kid.

63) Trips to the country or the lake anytime of year.

64) God’s provision in good and desperate times.

65) Hugs and Kisses while cuddling with S.

66) Wall Spackle

67) Online Shopping

68) Running on a hot summer afternoon

69) Really big Thunderstorms

70) Being able to pay for my college courses and books without having to take out loans.

71) Being able to get debt free

72) God’s protection from evil things

73) Learning to Snow Ski

74) Over coming my fear of heights to ride an extremely high roller coaster.

75) Taking a chance at playing the lead role in a church play

76) My high school music teacher who convinced me to try out for a jazz ensemble.

77) Hot Chocolate on a cold day.

78) Coaching a fourth-grade YMCA baseball team

79) People who are friendly and respect others.

80) Watching my nephew catch his first fish.

81) Being patriotic. 

82) Knowing my dad made it back safely from the Vietnam conflict.

83) Good Health.

84) The Seasons of Fall and Spring.

85) Canoeing down a long river with friends.

86) Mountains

87) Country Music

88) Maps and GPS

89) The kindness of strangers

90) Watching a funnel cloud form

91) Saturday morning Cartoons

92) Playing football in the park

93) Singing in a church choir

94) The peace and quiet that happens directly after a freshly fallen snow.

95) The summer family trips we would take to Mount Rushmore or Colorado in a car with no A/C.

96) A text from a close friend or family member.

97) The tiny hand of a new-born baby gripping my finger.

98) All the nights in the old neighborhood where all the kids would gather at the end of our driveway telling jokes and stories for hours.

99) Campfires

100)  Today.

You’re probably asking where her list might be?  

Unfortunately, her list is in a landfill somewhere because a week after we made these lists and shared them with one another, our relationship came to an abrupt end.  That’s when she requested I destroy hers because she . .  and I quote . . . “didn’t want that stuff floating around out there.”  

Pathetic.   

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Lasagna

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I don’t know why it is but cooking something delicious always seem to bring a smile to my face.  It might be making pizza, hamburgers or just scrambled eggs…but whatever the delicious dish of delectable decadence might be…I smile.   

Tonight, it was Lasagna.  

I started by mincing half an onion and three garlic cloves and letting them simmer on medium low heat in a large 12″ pan until caramelized.  

While that was on the stove, I diced up three Roma tomatoes and drained a 3.8 oz can of sliced black olives.  

After the onions and garlic were caramelized to my liking, I plopped in 1 lb. of 85% lean ground turkey and raised the temp to Medium High.

After browning the turkey and letting some of the liquid burn off naturally (about ten minutes), I then added the black olives and tomatoes and lowered the temp to Medium.  

At this point, I preheated the oven for 375 degrees Fahrenheit and after the tomatoes and onions and garlic and black olives were well-mixed, I then added one jar of Prego pasta sauce and let it simmer on Low for a few minutes while I prepared my cheese and noodles.  

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The awesome thing about making lasagna today is that you don’t have to boil noodles anymore.  Barilla makes an Oven-Ready Lasagna noodle that requires no boiling.  You can simply layer your dish with sauce, noodles and cheese and while the lasagna is baking the noodles get soft.   It’s pretty awesome! 

So, I pulled out my little box of noodles, a stack of Homemade Mozzarella cheese, some Provolone cheese slices and a container of Ricotta cheese and started layering in a 9″x 9″ baking dish.  

A little sauce…a layer of noodles…some mozzarella cheese…then some more sauce…a layer of noodles…some Provolone slices…then some ricotta cheese…another layer of noodles…some more sauce… all to be topped off with Mozzarella cheese slices…

I covered the dish with non-stick aluminum foil and placed on a cookie sheet and placed into the oven so it would bake covered for 25 minutes at 375, then uncovered for another 25 minutes.  

Believe me when I tell you that it smells delicious in here!

Mmm…  Mmmmmm….  MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm!!!!!  

Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven!  

 

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