Your Friday 4-Course Meal

Appetizer (a quick bite): Mustard-Maple Glazed Turkey Meatballs. This recipe is on deck for the next time I entertain with a buffet of finger foods. Sounds deliciously unexpected.

Entree (something to chew on for awhile): The Changing Room of Grace. Oh, how I love this by Sharon Hodde Miller! "...before the vulnerable uncovering of a hard truth, we should do everything in our power to cover, to honor, to love." Yes, yes, YES! "Before." But not "instead of." We need BOTH grace AND truth.

Dessert (just for fun): Food carving is so fascinating to me. Wish I were this talented.

Coffee (sip and savor slowly and repeatedly): Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul... Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity... when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow. --Shauna Niequist