Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stew Galley

When I read what the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12, I think of my Uncle Charlie. Paul said ‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.’
Years ago my uncle used to come and visit. We girls were always excited when he took over Mom’s kitchen. You never knew what he was going to fix. He’d put something together and name it ‘Stew Galley’. If I remember correctly, it came from days in the service for our country. The labels came off the cans that were in storage for the mess hall. The cook had no choice but to open them and try to put something together.
In these days of trial, I am encouraging folks to be creative. I once had spaghetti, mixed with peas. Meatloaf had all sorts of new ideas added to it. Creamed corn took on a new phase with ham mixed in. My uncle could make it sound exciting as he joked with his nieces while manning the stove. It’s all in the attitude really. If you look into your cupboard and only see a can of soup and rice you have a choice. You can be down or you can be creative. Uncle Charlie made tomato soup with added rice before Campbell’s ever thought of it!

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