Thursday, November 18, 2010

Burnt toast and Curly Hair

My Dad insisted that he was born with straight black hair, but always wished for curls.

As he tells it, his sister Blanch told him that if he really wanted black curly hair that he must eat lots of burnt toast. My dad believed her, and each morning he would burn his toast to a crisp and enjoy the flavor.

Some say this is a myth, but I wonder, because after many months it began to work, for his black hair began to curl.  All the days that I knew my dad he sported black curly hair.

I don’t know if this was a story to get me to eat my burnt toast, and I don’t mind toast that is a bit burnt, but my blond hair never did turn black with curls.

Many of us are not satisfied with our hair, our shape, and our nose; because we have this tendency to always want to be something different than the way God made us.

Let me diverse here and apply this toward a spiritual subject.  God has a plan where we can be changed into a New Creation, to never be the same again.

Isn’t it wonderful that you do not need to eat burnt toast to become this new person?  Simply invite Jesus into your heart and he does the changing on the inside of us, by his Holy Spirit.

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.

Submitted to Food on Fridays at http://annkroeker.com/ and to Friday Pot Luck at: http://www.ekatskitchen.com/ 

Corn Bread (Southern Style)
1 ½ cups yellow corn meal
½ cup flour
1 Tb baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
Optional: add one small chopped onion in the mix.

Sift dry ingredients. Add oil, egg and milk and blend well. Pour into an 8 inch square pan (or 12 muffin pan.) Bake in hot oven at 400 degrees 25 minutes, or until done. Serve warm with butter, or serve cold crumbled in milk or butter milk.
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4 comments:

  1. This is a lovely post! And thank you for the cornbread recipe too - I've been looking for one!

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  2. Oh, Hazel, I do so love how you are weaving your family stories into these posts and then including traditional family recipes! What a gift to all who read...and...I always wanted curly hair, too. I've grown to accept the straight brown locks God gave me, however. But the next time my toast gets a little too brown, I'm going to think of your dad!

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  3. Beautiful post and great receipe. It was eat your crusts to get curly hair when I was growing up.

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  4. I think I may never look at burned toast the same way again. What a wonderful family story, message and recipe. Thank you.

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