Will also prepare a salad with croutons and ranch dressing. I found a great recipe for the croutons and dressing at the Food Network and it was so good when I made it last week I've been wanting it again. If you decide to try this, my advice would be to reduce the garlic in the dressing. It calls for 5 cloves but it was way too hot. I think 1 large clove is probably enough. And I omitted the cayenne pepper. Would have liked it myself but no one else would have....Here's the recipe link:
So my dinner this week was inspired by this picture but also by the fact that I need to try and cook from my pantry this week - no big grocery store trips for this meal plan this week. I have the whole gang coming for Shavuot this week-end and even with everyone bringing a few things, the expense is enough that I wanted to be extra frugal for the Sabbath meal.
In thinking about my Sabbath plans this week I also began thinking about my spiritual plans for Shavuot. The omer counting is supposed to prepare our hearts spiritually as we anticipate the approaching feast day but every year I start out with a bang and end up in a scramble to prepare my heart just before the count ends. This year is no different.
When I feel so disappointed in my failures and shame overwhelms me over my sins, I have only to read the wilderness journey and the frequent failings of my ancestors to be reminded that G-d's faithfulness never fails and His mercies are new every morning. I also remember David and his huge failures but also the beautiful prayers he left for us from psalms like Psalm 51 - take not thy Holy Spirit from me and restore unto me the joy of my salvation.....David's sins were ever before him also but he leaned on His G-d to preserve his life (vs 3).
So if you are looking for inspiration for Shavuot preparation, you need look no further than your Scriptures. It is true that G-d is only a prayer away.