I was so excited to actually make a recipe from a magazine. I have flipped through a number of magazines in my lifetime, always admiring the lovely recipes, but honestly, I just never wanted to put forth that amount of effort. I feel like all the Real Simple and Magnolia recipes have requirements you have to actually plan for, there is no “whipping” it up.
So, when I saw this recipe I was so excited to make it. I actually had ALL THE STUFF, in my house!
It was chilly out, Guy was fixing Stratton’s bike, and it just felt like soup eating weather.
So I started the process. I starting baking the squash (45 minutes), cutting the vegetables, and gathering the wet ingredients. When it came to the Apple Cider Vinegar, I thought to myself, a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar seems like a lot, I think I will cut that in half.
For everything else, I followed the recipe perfectly (for the first time ever). I literally, never follow directions – especially when you are suppose to put dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another, then mix them together – like, what? No, one bowl, everything mixed together- that’s how I roll.
Not this time. I “finely” chopped, I measured, I sauteed, and I blended – just like the recipe called for.
The final product looked so amazing – and we were all so hungry.
I grabbed a spoon to taste test…. YUCK – that Apple Cider Vinegar was really strong and really bitter. I asked my mom what she thought. She agreed – it was a bit much. I tried giving it to the rest of the family, and their looks of disgust told me all I needed to know.
My mom added some sugar to cut back the acidity, but that didn’t work. Meanwhile, I’m standing there like Clark Griswold on his quest for the perfect Christmas lights. – I didn’t get it. I followed everything like I was suppose to except the full amount of the Apple Cider Vinegar and that would have made it worse…. So what did I do?
As my mom is adding one ingredient after another trying to sweeten up my soup debacle, I start reading the ingredients out loud to her. As I come across the Apple Cider Vinegar- I stop. I start laughing. It said Apple Cider or Apple Juice. Nowhere does it say Apple Cider Vinegar. I am so used to using Apple Cider Vinegar in healthy recipes that I just read it wrong. Needless to say, the soup was unsalvageable and was thrown out.
But I learned something…. Now, hang with me….
For awhile I started looking into the Law of Attraction. I read everything on it. Studied it. Took courses in it. Believed in it. I dedicated time to it, and taught about it. I loved the concept of putting out what you want in return. I loved the attitude of gratitude. I loved the idea of me being in control of my own positive energy and not letting others affect my emotions and responses.
I had so many of the ingredients right in my Recipe for Life. Things were good, but I could feel (and taste) the bitterness. Where was the sweetness this recipe promised? I tried fixing my bitter life debacle by adding more active visualization, I tried adding more positive people, I tried to bring that sweetness, … but yet nothing seemed to work.
Once I rededicated my life to Christ, I realized where the simple mistake in ingredients was made. What’s even better is unlike my soup, my life was salvageable.
I believe God is my Apple Cider Juice .The sweetness I was missing in my Recipe of Life.
Now, I do believe there are elements of truth to the Law of Attraction (that is all the other ingredients in my soup) My concern was my motivation behind it (which I believe was my Apple Cider Vinegar). You see, we should ask God directly in the context of a personal relationship, as opposed to the “Universe” force that is somewhere out there.
It’s a fact, no matter how hard you work toward something, no matter how much time you dedicate to it, no matter how much you want it to work, no matter how much you care about it or love it – if you don’t have all the right ingredients….. It’s not gonna taste right.
I know many out there will want to argue that the universe, the power, or the energy force that the Law of Attraction teaches is no different than an Almighty God. To them I say: try my soup – there is a huge difference between Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Cider Juice!
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
James 1:16-17 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Romans 4:17 …He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.