Today, is Sunday. And in theory, what is most memorable about the day, should be our celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, our worship of the Lord, and the beautiful opportunity we are granted, to come together and find our center in the Spirit.
But the only memory I, and SEVEN other people will walk away with from this day, will be the fact that we spent 70 minutes talking about hotdogs. Three packages of hotdogs.
Said packages of hotdogs, which were set aside for a youth event, disappeared over the weekend. It wasn't the end of the world. I went and bought three new packages of hotdogs. For a whopping total of $4.87 (I splurged and went for the good ones!). But you would have thought the world was ending. Really, seriously, ending.
So for 70 minutes, seven people discussed:
Who could have taken our hotdogs?
Why would they have taken our hotdogs?
Were the hotdogs properly identified?
Who decides where hotdogs are stored for optimum security?
How will we recoup all that money we lost?
How do we secure our hotdogs in the future?
What should the "Do Not Eat Our Hotdogs" sign say?
What would the proper placement be, for said sign?
How should we move forward after this blatant breach of trust?
I. DON'T. CARE.
I don't. I don't care if someone eats our hotdogs.
I wish I did. But I don't.
And we wonder why people are leaving the church?
Maybe...and I'm just throwin' this out there...but MAYBE it's because we're talking about hotdogs. And not how Jesus Christ calls to us and bids us to be co-workers for Kingdom in the world. Or how God gives us name and claims us as good...but we don't always act like it. Or how the Holy Spirit seeks us out and guides our hearts to others.
Maybe people are leaving the church...not because they don't "get it" or love baby Jesus...but because we spend 70 minutes talking about hotdogs. And not what matters.
So, here's 70 minutes well spent. Or at least, spent doing something that will nourish you.
Coconut Custard Cake. Let's not talk about it...just make it, enjoy it, and give thanks that you've been fed.
What you'll need:
2 Cups light coconut milk (canned, not the boxed drink)
1/4 Cup coconut oil
1 Teaspoon vanilla
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Cup coconut flour
1 1/2 Cups unsweetened coconut
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350*. Lightly grease your 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan with a bit of coconut oil.
Throw all the wet ingredients in your mixer bowl and mix until really well incorporated. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix it. Don't over think it, don't wonder why, don't question the motives of the coconut flour. Just do it. Then add the coconut and mix that in too.
Bake for 45-55 minutes until a pick, poked into the middle of the cake, comes out clean.
Try a bit while it's still warm...like most egg based, custard-y type cakes...it'll be good, but the flavors really take off, when it's cooled. And enjoy.
It might just be the best 70 minutes of your day.