Mack's Corner

This Week

Your name is on the sheet.

Most people who come to Hope think this is a really big church, and it is. But to me, it's all about 200 people. There are certain people that I see almost every week at different services that make the whole thing feel complete. Most of these people are my volunteers, Coneheads, Tram Drivers, and Counters. Some are older, some younger, some are Jr High and High school kids, some are men, some are women, some are not volunteers at all. Almost all of them are in the same place every week or I see them in the same place every week, and if they're not there it feels wrong. Sometimes I can't even figure out who's missing, I just know it's wrong. I love to create teams and know that my whole team is here. When everybody is here everything works, they all do something a little different, but they're all trying to accomplish the same thing. I had several people missing last week so it felt a little empty, but I also saw several people that haven't been around in a few weeks so that cheered me up. I know some of them think I'm weird when I come up and give them a big hug, but they don't know that I've put them on my team (in my head) and that my team was not complete without them. I like things to be complete.

God's like that: You may not know it, but you're part of his team. Without you, it's not complete. It doesn't matter how big or small of a part you are, it's not complete without you. Doesn't matter if you screw up, doesn't matter if you've been away for a while, doesn't matter. Either it's complete or it's not! It's not what you do, it's who you are. your name is on the sheet.

To me either you're here or you're not. It's complete or it's not.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Mediterranean Diet:  
(Keto: This is keto)

You probably don't eat a lot of Artichokes, but you should. This is what we should be eating instead of Twinkies. Plus it's easy!  This fits right in with our Mediterranean Diet. If you don't like anchovy paste (or don't think you do because you've actually never tasted it), just leave it out.

Nonna's Artichokes from Giada De Laurentiis


2 large or 3 medium 10-ounce artichokes, trimmed, thorns removed, halved lengthwise, and chokes removed

1 large lemon, halved

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, peeled

3 tablespoons anchovy paste

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup medium black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

Working with 1 large artichoke at a time, cut off all but 2 inches of the leaves. Discard the dark outer leaves, then trim the artichoke bottom and stem. Quarter the bottom and scrape out the hairy choke. Rub the quarters with 1 lemon half, then squeeze the juice from the half into a bowl of water. Add the artichoke quarters. Repeat with the remaining large artichokes and lemon half.

Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Rub the cut sides of the artichokes with the lemon halves.  Squeeze the juice from the lemon halves into the water and add the lemon shells. Add the artichoke halves, cover, and cook until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander, stem sides facing upwards, to allow any excess water to drain out from the leaves.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the garlic and discard. Remove the pan from the heat and let the oil cool slightly. Whisk in the anchovy paste until smooth. Return the pan to the heat and place the artichokes, cut-side down, in the pan. Cook for 6 minutes. Turn the artichokes over and cook until tender, 6 minutes longer. Remove the artichokes and reserve the pan juices.

Preheat a broiler. Arrange the artichokes, cut-side up, in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, olives, and capers. Mix together the cheese and breadcrumbs in a small bowl and sprinkle on top. Spoon all of the reserved pan juices/oil over the breadcrumbs. Broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Nonna's Artichokes from Giada De Laurentiis

Does that sound great!!!!. Just the bread crumbs alone would work on top of Fish, Tomatoes, Steak. That sounds like  something I need to make tomorrow. yummmmmmm


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life. plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll set up an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays, they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 9:22 AM