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Enjoy a simple snack while talking ‘bout the good ol’ days

December 27, 2018 GMT

The end of the year is nearing. This morning I started recapping the year in an attempt to figure out what I learned, what brought me to my knees, what didn’t matter.

I then began wondering if I instilled catch phrases of encouragement in my children, because above all I want them to have the same voice I hear in my head when life becomes a little too real and the unexpected comes at them full force. It will come, it will be like a wrecking ball and it won’t matter what it is, but it will mean everything if they stay there or press forward to the high calling.

The high calling is to live, to bless and to love.

Looking back is only essential if it’s born out of digging deep for a word, a thought or an emotion that will cause you to rip the pain in two and push out of that hole that will swallow you if giving up is your resolve.

My mommy was quick to offer words that became a beacon for when I need help in the worst way. “You got a roof over your head!” I hear her voice. That’s what she’d say. It’s simple. It is devoid of any monumental emotional design and the words are elementary but it has the power of snapping me out of any victim mentality I might want to writhe in.

My mom was a brick wall foundation of wisdom with that phrase. I’ve leaned on it over and over through the years. I’ve always said I want to write a book on stuff my mom says! She didn’t let us wear the cloak of self-pity very long. She knew. It will destroy you. She is wise to know having somewhere to lay my head where I’m warm and dry and loved is more than some and still worthy of gratitude.

And so, I sit here hoping my children will hear my voice when they struggle. I want my words to be simple and powerful. This year, 2018 has been a great lesson I will not soon forget. I am well versed that we are not called to a hassle-free life and even in pain and struggle, we can still feel blessed with gratitude.

I will glory in my infirmities for the sweet peace that follows.

This is what I made to go along with sipping tea around the fire. My parents love cheese and cured meats. We always enjoy telling our “remember when” stories while we eat. For as long as I can remember the days leading up to Christmas in the evenings we’d have some kind of meat and cheese platters to snack on in the evenings.

When I was growing up, there were only two channels we could view on television.

My father usually watched the news so that left a lot of time to stare out windows, listen to music or eat these delicious treats. I made this for them today. My daddy still acts like a child on Christmas morning when he sees me walk in with this board.

There isn’t much of a recipe for this dish. It’s more of an idea. It can be made to your specific food needs. My family loves cured meats and cheeses. We include some seasonal fruit on the platter and eat everything with crackers.

I will always remember how he reacts when he answers the door, “Aw, Allie look what she made for us!”

Meat and Cheese Board

A wood cutting board

Cured meats








Arrange everything on the list on a wood cutting board and serve with tea or cocktails.

Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.