Let Your Light So Shine

Let Your Light So Shine

Joni luncheon

 I like candles.  The addition of candlelight adds atmosphere and festivity to any occasion.  To me, they encourage a feeling of coziness, encouraging my guests to open up and share what is going on in their lives.   

Scripture tells us to let our light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father which in in heaven.

Recently, I had one of those God moments that come out of the blue and just fill you with wonder at His purpose and plan. 

I was a teen when Joni Erikson Tata had her paralyzing diving accident.  I had been aware of her ministry for years.   After hearing one of her segments on local Christian radio, I did an internet search to see if there were any local chapters in Ohio.  Lo, and behold, it was in my own town!

I emailed them inquiring about volunteer opportunities, and once again, was surprised to discover a fund-raising dessert buffet occurring in less than 2 weeks that actually fit into my crazy schedule.

Participation in this event, led to something totally unexpected-an opportunity to cater a luncheon for Joni herself!!! 

My friend, Renee, whom I met through the initial fund raising event and I conspired to plan this special luncheon.  Turns out, we both LOVE that kind of thing, and took great pleasure in serving with attention to special little details.

Joni, herself, put it perfectly, when she said that she and her friends felt so loved when they saw the luncheon table dressed with care and candlelight.  


Mandarin Orange Salad with Creamy Sweet & Sour Dressing

mixed lettuces, any amount
1-2 cans rice noodles (found in oriental section of grocery
celery, chopped, any amount
1-2 cans mandarin oranges, drained well
1 (8-oz.) can smoked almonds, roughly chopped
1-2 carrots, julienned
green onions, sliced, any amount
Cooked chicken-cut in chunks
Wash and dry lettuces. Mix in celery, onions and carrots. Add in oranges and chicken just before serving. Combine noodles and nuts. Top with salad dressing and crispy noodles/nuts.
Creamy Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing
2 c. mayo 1/2 c. + 1 T. sugar
 3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
 1/4 tsp. pepper
 1/2 c. + 2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 c. Kraft House Italian dressing
Mix in order given. Makes 1 quart, but 1 can sweetened condensed milk will make a double recipe. A 16 oz. dressing = 2 cups, so you will need extra bottle to double recipe. I have substituted non fat SC milk, light mayo, and light House Italian dressing with very good results and practically no difference in the flavor of the dressing.
Note: I first had this salad in a restaurant and when the manager came by to inquire if everything was OK, I replied, “It would be if I had the recipe to this dressing!”
He looked puzzled for a minute, then came back with a recipe that started out-2 gallons mayo, 10 cans SC milk….I successfully divided the recipe into a manageable amount and the result was delish! 
Joni & Me
Joni and Me
Confectionately Yours,