While in Corpus for a few days last week, we indulged in our favorite TexMex restaurant 3 out of 4 days. In the last morning before heading out, we decided to stop one more time at Kikos for breakfast. The Owner Grace Barrera (actually their son Marcus bought it from them but you still see Grace and Kiko there going in and out of the kitchen. When Grace walked by she remembered me as our boys hung out together many years ago. As we began to visit she ask if I minded if she sat down and had breakfast with us! What a delightful breakfast as we talked about our kids and of course Mexican food! I ask her about the mushrooms they serve with chile con queso and she told me the story! They got the recipe from a restaurant in San Antonio and knew that they had to start serving them at Kikos. I was so pleasantly surprised when Grace told me how they make them! Well, I just made them and ate 8 of them. They are so delicious and so easy. The batter stays on them and are crunchy and just wish I had some of her queso to dip them in! But for tonight. They were scarfed down all by themselves with sea salt sprinkled over them. You will be amazing at the ease and flavor!
1 package of white button mushrooms, wiped clean and dry
1 package of Any brand of white gravy mix. (I prefer Pioneer peppered gravy but only had this one tonight)
Oil for deep frying
Salt, Pepper and Garlic powder to taste
1/4 cup self rising flour
Mix the white gravy mix with about 3/4 cup water (her recipe called for beer but didn’t have any)
Mix in the self rising flour and spices! Whisk until smooth. Dip mushrooms in batter and drop in the hot oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
Isn’t it amazing how our thoughts and motives change as the years go by? When Randy and I married almost 27 years ago, we committed our home (so many years, so many homes, 12 to be exact) to the Lord for Him to use! At the time I felt that for it to be used, meant having church events or ladies events, lunches, dinners and allowing church leaders to use our home for any event they needed. And the memories we have from thinking back over the years bring such joy to our hearts praying that the Lord was glorified and honored each time. As time goes on (sounds like a soap opera title) we have noticed that the way the Lord uses our home looks a little different now! We don’t have the large houses that we once did. I don’t have the energy to cook for 30 people or make 100 casseroles to sell at Mistletoe Market! But the Lord doesnt need square footage, or the stamina of a 45 year old! He just needs a heart that wants to serve. We still committed our 1700 sq foot home when we moved in two years ago and have been so blessed to have get togethers, with old and new friends! Bible studies, Ladies Teas and of course family dinners! But last evening we did something that got us out of our comfort zone. We carved a pumpkin with a precious little girl that needed some smiles! As in Life, some plans just do not turn out as expected. For this sweet young lady we have grown to love, she was expecting someone she cares deeply for, to come carve her pumpkin with her! But when that didn’t happen, my sweet husband told them to grab the pumpkin and come on over! As i watched randys hand hold the knife (even with Parkinson’s he did a great job) and try to cut on the lines Sloane had drawn, it made me realize that God was using, once again our home for something that may seem small, but to this young girl, it was certainly an important night to her. Her laughter and smiles were such a blessing to us. We pray that it honored the Lord. All this to say, never cheat yourself out of a blessing by sharing your home with others! It might not be a dinner or party for 30 but the joy that you give from opening up your home even for 1 or 2 is priceless! And may God continue to use our home for His glory!
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