Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Relish

I don't know if it's called relish, but it sounded good. I made this last night, and my husband said I should blog about it today, because it was that good :).  

I had some pork chops, and we had gotten some apples and cranberries from the food bank, so I thought I would put them together!  I rubbed the pork chops with a mix of salt, garlic, and paprika, and a little sesame oil. Then I covered them and baked them at 350 for (an hour?) till done all the way through.  

Meanwhile, I chopped a sweet onion, and 2 wonderfully sweet baking apples. I carmelized the onion in a little olive oil, and added the apples and  a tablespoon full of butter about halfway through the process (never said it was healthy).  In another bowl I mixed sesame oil, a dash of soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, a cup of brown and white sugar mixed, some cornstarch and I can't remember if that was all...then I poured that and the cranberries into the apple onion mix, brought it to a boil, and let it simmer, covered, for about half an hour, while the pork chops finished.  I served this with creamy mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, and garlic/chicken couscous.  It was phenomenal!

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