Posts Tagged ‘corn’

There is corn in Egypt…

I am in the habit of reading Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening every night just before I fall asleep and last night I read this one.  As I think of all the dear ones that I love, the troubles they face on a daily basis, I realize how small my burdens are that weigh on my mind.  This little bit of encouragement renewed my hope as I drifted off to sleep last night.  I hope it blesses you today. 

Evening Day 142

"There is corn in Egypt." — Genesis 42:2

Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading them to treasure up the grain of the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was the corn in store for him. Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf; in the roll of thy griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow He will deliver thee, and somewhere He will provide for thee. The quarter from which thy rescue shall arise may be a very unexpected one, but help will assuredly come in thine extremity, and thou shalt magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed thee, ravens shall; and if earth yield not wheat, heaven shall drop with manna. Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if He pleases, and make the source of distress the channel of delight. The corn in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them liberally to His people. Joseph was abundantly ready to succour his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in His faithful care for His brethren. Our business is to go after the help which is provided for us: we must not sit still in despondency, but bestir ourselves. Prayer will bear us soon into the presence of our royal Brother: once before His throne we have only to ask and have: His stores are not exhausted; there is corn still: His heart is not hard, He will give the corn to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from Thy fulness and receive grace for grace.

 

live planet by eduardtrag

sweet corn!

Sweet corn!  I love sweet corn.  In fact, my husband calls me Sweet Corn as a pet name.  (I don’t know.  He’s odd.)  There are certain foods that drum up warm fuzzy feelings of being a kid and enjoying dirt and sun and everything that makes summer magical.  Every time I bite into a juicy cob of corn, I am instantly brought back to childhood.  Summer days spent in the bed of a pickup truck overflowing with ears of corn.  My dad at the bed of the truck with a cutting board and a huge knife, slicing corn off the cob.  We’d all be shucking corn and tossing it over to him.  Those were the days.

We’ve enjoyed some yummy corn this summer, though none of our own yet.  I’ll get to that bit later.  But for now, I thought I would share my favorite way to prepare corn on the cob.  If you want juicy, I mean really juicy corn, then this is recipe for you.  It’s so simple, you don’t even need a recipe. 

photo by Sanoop Juicy Corn on the Cob

*What you will need:

lots of corn on the cob

a large stock pot

water

butter and salt (optional unless you’re from the south)

I told you this was ridiculously simple.  Shuck your corn and if you have littles break the cobs in half.  It’s easier for them to manage a small cob.  Place the corn in the pot and fill the pot with water – enough to cover the corn by a few inches so it has plenty of room to move around.  Cover the pot, heat on high and wait for it to boil.  Don’t just stand there though.  Go do something because a watched pot never boils.  Trust me, I know this from experience.

Once you get a good boil going turn off the pot and let the corn sit for up to three hours or so.  The longer the corn sits the juicier it is.  Drain it just before dinner and serve slathered in butter and salt.  Mmmm, now I want some corn.

 

photo by Kia Abell So about our corn.  It’s actually growing.  I didn’t really think it would do much but it is.  Only one problem – ants.  And as I’ve done a little digging, it’s actually two problems – ant and aphids.  Yep, the corn actually grows and we get ants and aphids.  Yay.  After some more digging, I’ve come up with mixture to hopefully get rid of them. 

Corn spray -  warm water, vegetable oil and a little bit of eco-friendly liquid soap.   

 

 

Well, right away the ants died. lol  We’ll see what happens with the aphids.  Knowing ants, they’ll probably have a fresh crew out there come tomorrow morning. 

-knittingprose