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I'm not craving sugar any more. I don't even crave wheat very often. Occasionally I crave something salty and crunchy, but I can usually find something beneficial to satisfy that need.
What I'm really craving these days is ghee. (When I say ghee, I mean the buttery spread I make that is half ghee and half light olive oil.) I catch myself putting an extra amount on my vegetables. One of my favorite snacks is a rice cake with buttery spread and salt. Part of me thinks that if I'm craving it, my body must need it at some level. Another part of me is uneasy about so much fat, even if it is good fat.
I make my own ghee, and I've never had any trouble. But ever since Melissa blogged about starting a batch of ghee, getting involved with her son, and coming back to find it burned; I've been careful. I have a timer that if I don't turn it off after it rings will reset itself for the same amount of time again. I set the timer for 5 minutes. Every time it goes off, I go check on the ghee.
As long as the ghee is making noise it is still cooking. It pops, hisses, and bubbles while it is cooking. Then suddenly it goes silent. That is when it is perfectly done. It is clear and golden in color. (There may still be bubbles on top, but underneath the ghee is golden and clear)
When I made ghee yesterday afternoon, I listened for the sound of the timer, then I listened for sounds from the ghee. Now the only sound I hear is the crunching of the rice crackers.
Here is a good verse for today. "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
Nehemiah said this after the walls of Jerusalem had been repaired in Nehemiah 8:10. They were celebrating the rebuilding of their city after it had been destroyed. If you are from Louisiana or Mississippi, better days will come. If you are safe and dry today, rejoice in the Lord as you enjoy beneficial food.
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