A Way to Remember
When you hear the name Ebenezer, generally you think of an old miserly man who was visited and changed by three Spirits on Christmas Eve. However, the word Ebenezer actually comes from an ancient, biblical, Jewish tradition of placing stones as a marker to remember the victories they won in battle. Whenever someone would walk by those stones, they would know that an important event happened there, and that God helped them through that trial.
It is hard not to reflect back on where we were a year ago. Most of our businesses were shut down, children were out of school, weddings and funerals were cancelled, and the thought of going to a grocery store was terrifying. People were sick and dying, and we did not know if our loved ones were going to be the next victims of the virus. Legitimate fear was everywhere, and we felt like we were in a battle of sorts.
Here we are a year later. We are not the same people as we were a year ago, but we are still here. Most of us can look back to last April and see how Covid negatively impacted our lives. However, many of us can also look back on this past year and see the blessings we received during the pandemic.
I want to encourage you to take a moment and think about what kind of Ebenezer you can place in your yard or in your house as a memorial to the trials you overcame and the blessings you received during Covid. Years from now, it may be hard to remember all of the details of the pandemic (I know I have already forgotten things I thought I would never forget), but placing an Ebenezer in your home will help you tell the story of how you experienced this time in our history.
Carriage House Update
The windows are installed! These gorgeous windows were meticulously picked out to match the style and character of a true Carriage House from the early 1900s.
If you would like to take a tour of the Carriage House, please let Laureen know by replying to this email or by giving a call at (253) 227-8189. She would love to show you around!
A Wren & Willow Kitchen Recipe
Rocky Road Pie
INGREDIENTS Crust 10 whole sheet graham crackers 1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted Filling 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese, room temperature 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1 C. mini marshmallows Topping 1 C. heavy whipping cream 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar Chopped peanuts, chopped chocolates, and marshmallows for sprinkling on top
Prepare the Crust: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Process the graham crackers, peanuts, and salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form, about 15-20 seconds. Add butter and process until crumbs come together and forms clumps, another 15-20 seconds. Press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until set 10-12 minutes. If the crust puffs out, use a glass bottom to press down gently. Prepare the Filling: Puree the ricotta in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate, vanilla, and remaining 1/4 tsp. of salt to the food processor. Process until very smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Stir in marshmallows. Spoon the mixture into the crust, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, and up to three days. Add the topping: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form, 3-4 minutes. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the pie and top with peanuts, chopped chocolate, and a few marshmallows. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
A special Ebenezer for your home.
An artist's rendering of the Carriage House
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