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I heart Italian food February 26, 2010

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TGIF, y’all! : )

Actually, today begins a not-so-weekend-ish weekend for me… although I am taking this year easy because of our little love nugget Lucy coming in a few months, I am doing some singing this weekend. I fly out this afternoon to Orlando– tomorrow afternoon  I am singing at a women’s conference in Kissimmee, FL, (not sure if it’s an open event??) and then tomorrow night doing a show in Tallahassee at Holy Cross Church @ 7p (all in the area are welcome! Come out and say hi!) … and then Sunday morning I’m singing a couple songs at a church, and get home Sunday night. I’m excited to sing and get to hang out with my brother for sure, but I am also kind of sad to leave home. I guess I’m what you’d call a home-body. Yes. Yes, I was homeschooled. What?

Anyway… if any of you Floridians wanna come out this weekend and say howdy, that’d be mighty fine.

I wanted to share a little recipe with you this morning. Even though Spring is almost on its way, it’s still pretty chilly out, and let’s face it- winter or summer, rain or shine, comfort food is always in. What’s my comfort food of choice? Italian, hands down. I’ve kind of been joking with Shane that Lucy’s going to have an Italian accent or at least call me “Ma-ma Mia” because I loved Italian pre-pregnancy, but now? … that’s really all I want. It’s just… comfort food. And delicious. And wonderful. And easy to make. And carbs are always involved. So many pro’s, and instead of continuing on with them, I’m gonna share a quick red-sauce recipe I make whenever I’m making spaghetti, lasagna, or anything fancy Italian that requires it:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F

Yields enough sauce for about 4 servings

(All of this kind of requires eye-balling it, depending on the amount you want to make. I’m just going to give you what I usually do, but you can add or subtract whatever you want! That’s the beauty of it!)

– 2 packages of cherry tomatoes and/or 4 hot-house tomatoes

– 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into three chunks (doesn’t need to look pretty)

– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

– 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed (I like to use a lot of garlic, sometimes I do more than four, but you can use less if you want)

– salt + pepper

– 1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan reggiano cheese

– 2 tbsp heavy cream (I use this for a richer sauce, but if I want it to be tomatoey and light, I usually don’t add it)

– 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil (I LOVE basil, so sometimes I add more than this even, but you can add as much/little as you want)

1) Drop your tomatoes and red pepper in a glass baking dish. ( **For a dinner for Shane & I plus a couple more people, I usually use a 4.5″ x 8.5″ dish, but if the amount you’re using won’t all fit, it’s not a big deal at all- just find something deep that will hold it all!) Smash the cloves of garlic, peel, and scatter them around the tomatoes and pepper. Drizzle the 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil evenly over the vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste.

2) Put the dish in the pre-heated oven for roughly 35 minutes, or until the tomatoes burst and the peppers and garlic are well roasted.

3) Pour contents of the baking dish in a heavy-duty blender or food processor along with the parmesan cheese and heavy cream, if so desired. Puree until desired consistency.

4) Add fresh basil at the end and lightly process until just combined.

That’s IT! … it is so, so, SO delicious and easy. When I have a few extra minutes I always skip using a store-bought tomato sauce and whip this up really quick. It tastes fresh and gourmet, and not only health-foodies love it, but it’s really only dirtying up a baking dish and a blender/food processor. Awesome, huh?

Let me know how you like it! Have a lovely weekend, guys!



Patient February 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bethanydillon @ 4:36 pm

Good morning friends.

I am enjoying this morning thoroughly… I do kind of wish I’d gotten up when my alarm first went off, but as my husband reminded me just now, this snooze-button season is soon coming to an end, so I might as well take advantage of it!

I had my normal routine today of: wake up, put socks on (the floors are SO cold in our house), go downstairs, make a cup of coffee, pour a bowl of cereal, sit at the bar and read the Word. I’ve been having trouble lately, though. Just… feeling distracted. Sitting at the bar, I can see the kitchen sink that is (usually) full of dirty dishes, I see the pile of un-dealt-with mail to my left, yadda yadda… so I moved into the study/guest room and tried to journal and read in there. No luck. I don’t know WHY it always takes me a while to remember that praying with my husband is an option– maybe because I’m really stubborn– so I went out to living room where he was reading/singing, and we had some time with the Lord together. Yes, I totally agree, it is vitally important to have consistent alone, one-on-one time with Jesus, but there is something different and undeniably powerful about coming together as a husband and wife seeking Him… when I am in the most overwhelming pit of emotions/discouragement/distractedness, Shane can say one sentence that, by the grace of God, sometimes lifts an “impossible” burden immediately.

At our church (The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak – a-MAZING place, y’all) we have been going through a series called Close Encounters… talking through 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Since I grew up in a Christian home, I couldn’t even begin to think about how many times I’ve heard that chapter read on Sunday mornings, at weddings, blah blah blah… but for some wonderful reason, this past month it’s been moving and working past my familiarity and cutting deep into my heart. For the Close Encounters series, we would stand up together at the beginning of the sermon and read the chapter together as a congregation … and believe it or not, days and weeks later, a verse from that passage would pop into my head in a very timely way.

Who knew I had such issues with really loving?  … yeah. : ) I mean, I KNEW, but the more my mind and heart started to wrap around the simple and massive statements that love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful. It doesn’t seek its own. It isn’t irritable or resentful. It doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. WHOA. I will go ahead and be honest and say … I know I don’t live that. I know that when I love, it’s usually– sadly– about me.

I’m in a bad mood? It’s probably because I’m holding a grudge, feel self-conscious, care too much about what people think, or I am plain irritable.

I don’t feel loved? Most of the time, it’s because I expect love to be about me. I guess I have selective memory when it comes to “growing up in the church”, because I’m well aware of the story from the night of Jesus’ betrayal when He got on the dirty floor and humbly washed His cowardly disciples’ feet… and then, commanded us to do the same. Yeeeah… that must slip my mind a lot!

All of that to say, I’ve been having such a lovely start to the year, and it still is — but I also know that the Lord spoke to me in the first couple of weeks of January the word “humility” a LOT. That this year is going to be a leading into a season of figuring out what being poor in spirit really is. How to be POOR in the deepest places of me, so that, I can be fully satisfied in the riches I have in Him. Sounds awesome, right? .. but, the process isn’t so awesome. I know it’s GOOD, though. And so, love is the theme of this season of humbling for me. Not knowing how to love people well, asking Him for help in that. Ultimately, not knowing how to love Him well at all, and asking for even greater and more supernatural help for that.

Today? As my husband asked this morning in our living room, that he (and I) would be patient in our love. It’s the first thing listed in 1 Corinthians 13. To be patient. To wait. And wait. And then wait some more. In my distractedness, I’m going to aim for that and ask for that… to grow in patience that reflects His love, even in waiting on Him. To not be in a hurry for a result, or some gratification… but to be content in the waiting.

“…God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

The Holocaust survivor/missionary Corrie Ten Boom quoted that verse a lot. It’s stuck with me ever since I read The Hiding Place again last year (have you ever read that book? I’m being serious… you need to. Go to Half Price or Amazon, and do yourself a favor. Powerful powerful story!) … He HAS poured His love into my heart through the Holy Spirit, Who HAS been given to me. Let’s cling to that together. His promises are very, very true. I want to walk in them!

Hope you are having a lovely Thursday. Shane’s leaving tomorrow morning for a show and I leave tomorrow afternoon for Florida for the weekend, so we are soaking up today, watching American Idol results tonight, and enjoying a virtually schedule-less day. I will be posting “For My Love” video soon! Keep checking in for it.

Love you guys, let’s keep pressing into Him together.



“You Are On Our Side” February 23, 2010

Filed under: Music — bethanydillon @ 12:00 pm
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Happy Tuesday, y’all!

As promised, here are the chords to the 2nd most requested song via Twitter, “On Our Side” — I’m posting the 2nd most requested because although the most requested was “For My Love”, I can’t really explain it on here. Is that sad? Yes, yes it is. But it’s true. I’m speaking the truth in love to you, friend. Anyway. It’s in an alternate tuning that’s super simple and fun to play around with, but as far as the chords go, it would be impossible to make super clear in black and white. So … I’m gonna post a video teaching it. Cool? I think I might be able to get around to it this week, but just in case mounting housework/small group/life/getting ready for some shows in Florida this weekend monopolize my time, I will be sure to post it Sunday PM- Monday AM.

All that said, here is “On Our Side”! Thank you:

@JTriche, @ren205, @Teradawn, @true_narnianxx, @beth089, @abbycoyle, @deidre_price, @AnnaBreeT, @kris413, @HaleyJean29, @rickygarzon, @JordanHolcomb, and @matthiasroberts for requesting it!

Intro: C – Am – C – Am   (Capo 6th fret on the record, I’m pretty sure. Or 5.)

C     Am            C             Am

The orphan clings to your hand

F                                                          C          Am

Singing the song of how he was found

C     Am      C   Am     F                                                 C     Am     C   Am

The widow rejoices for her oppressors are silenced now


F                                                 Am

You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor

F                                                           Am                   G

You laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore

F                                                  Am

And when You could just be silent and leave us here to die

G                                  Am

Still, You sent Your Son for us

F            G          C

You are on our side

(intro progression)

C        Am          C            Am

The runaway falls at Your feet

F                      Fm                             C    Am

You are what he has searched for

C       Am      C      Am                F                               Fm                        C   Am

The rich man is broken when he stands beneath a sky full of stars


For the vocal/bridgy thing:

F – Am – C – G

…any questions?

Have a lovely rest of your day! -Beth


You spoke… I blog February 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bethanydillon @ 9:03 pm

Hello friends!

I am officially back in blog world after an extended hiatus! I have really been wanting to get back in the swing of it and finally sat down this afternoon and signed up for one. 🙂 How are you all doing? Enjoying this Monday afternoon?

Well, I don’t have a ton of time to write today (maybe tomorrow?) but I wanted to hop on and say hello real quick! I am so stoked about getting to share this season with y’all, post song charts/chords/stories, maybe even a few recipes … cause y’all know I love me some food!

As far as song order for chord-sharing goes: I think “For My Love” has won! I’ll be posting that by tomorrow evening, so be sure to come back and check it out! 🙂

Have a lovely, lovely evening.


PS- I know this blog is pretty minimal right now, but I didn’t want to wait for all the updates/changes! Just know this site’s going to be growing substantially in the next couple of weeks!