Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Drama 2016!

Our annual Christmas drama is coming up soon!
Next week, Dec. 11 at 4pm, Dec. 13 at 6:30pm, & Dec. 14 at 6:30pm.

Written by Rachelle, our younger daughter, the drama is promising to be a delightfully funny and yet meaningful and inspiring presentation of what Christmas is really about.

All are welcome. Come and be encouraged in your walk with Christ!

301 S. Broadway
Salem, IL

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Perfect Crispy Honey-Glazed Salmon

This was our lunch today. I found the best-tasting, easiest way to make salmon at home! I've tried and tried to make it in a skillet like I get it at restaurants, but this oven method, ending in a broil was the closest so far. Curt and I really enjoyed it.

I buy skin-on, frozen, Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon fillets at Sam's.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread a baking tray with aluminum foil so that you can make a sealed pocket for the salmon. I used two overlapping pieces.

I baked two of the fillets (thawed of course) and used the following glaze.

2 T. butter
1/4 cup honey
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1 T. lemon juice (I used Real lemon)

Salt and pepper each fillet generously. Heat the butter and then add the honey. Once bubbly, add garlic and lemon. Heat through and then pour over the fillets.

Wrap tightly in foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Turn on your upper broiler. Open the foil packet and broil for 3 minutes or until the glaze is caramelized.

Sprinkle parsley on the top and drizzle a bit more honey and/or salt if needed. 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Diligence Pays Off

I am beside myself with delight for a young lady in our church orchestra who I was able to help get into lessons with a St. Louis Symphony member! Madeleine, who is a junior in high school this year, has been chosen concertmaster for our district 6 ILMEA Senior orchestra! LaRae and Rachelle worked with Madeleine on the ILMEA music this summer as well, so I'm delighted for them too. :)

Madeleine has worked hard, and I am so proud of her!

She has a beautiful solo on the second movement of this terrific Khachaturian Masquerade Suite.

Listen and enjoy!

And if you want to hear Madeleine, come to the November ILMEA district 6 Senior concert in Edwardsville, IL on November 5th. Usually the Concert time is 5:30 if I recall correctly. If I find out it's slightly earlier or later, I'll post an update.

Oh, and by the way, Caleb, who is also in our church orchestra, will be sitting 2nd chair, 2nd violin. He is a highschool freshman, is studying with the same symphony member as Madeleine, and worked all summer long with Rachelle and LaRae on ILMEA music. His brother, Nathan, is principal cellist!

I'm deeply grateful for young people who are willing to discipline themselves to the degree it takes to accomplish this sort of honor. Seven others from our church orchestra have worked hard and will be a part of the district 6 Jr. and Sr. ILMEA orchestras. May God bless each and every one of them!

November 5, 2016
Edwardsville High School 
6161 Center Grove Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Thursday, October 6, 2016