Holy Tuesday and a Walk in the Park

The Events of Holy Tuesday
The next day, Peter noticed the fully withered fig tree Jesus had cursed, to which Jesus admonished a lesson in what it means to have faith and recognize the power of forgiveness.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not count in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” – Mark 11:22-26

There is a second lesson in the story of the fig tree. The tree was beautiful, filled with leaves. From a distance, the tree seemed to be going through all the right motions of a fruit tree. But upon closer inspection, the branches bore no fruits. Going through the motions of faith is pointless without the fruits. Faith requires action. And action is what brings about change, within ourselves and the world around us. That action can be as simple as a kind word to someone in need. You could hold the key just by being kind.

Toss the stone of hatred onto the still waters and watch that hatred spread. Send out compassion and the results spread in the same fashion – one for the good of the whole human race, the other for the destruction. It’s time to pick a side.

Today is also Walk in the Park Day and Hot Chicken Day. It took me a quick minute to realize you can take a walk in the park while eating hot chicken. Hot doesn’t necessarily mean warm as in grilled chicken. Hot could mean spicy hot, as in Buffalo Sauce. Yeah. That’s the way to do today.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Wraps
1 Rotisserie Chicken
4 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Chili Powder 
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Remove all the skin from the rotisserie chicken. Pull the meat from the bones. shred and set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the hot sauce and chili powder and stir. Add the pulled chicken, toss together, until shredded chicken is well coated in sauce. Taste and adjust heat has desired. Set aside.

Blue Cheese Spread
1 Green Onion 
1 cups Sour Cream
1/3 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder or to taste
Fresh Black Pepper

Trim end from green onion. Slice remaining onion from bulb to tip.

Combine the sour cream, blue cheese, green onion, garlic and black pepper in a bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to use.

Sour Cream Ranch Spread
1 Green Onion 
1 cups Sour Cream
2 tablespoons Ranch Dressing Mix (powdered)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder or to taste
Fresh Black Pepper

Trim end from green onion. Slice remaining onion from bulb to tip.

Combine the sour cream, ranch mix, green onion, garlic and black pepper in a bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to use.

Picnic Wraps
4 Roma Tomatoes
8 Sun-Dried Tomato Wraps
8 small handfuls Lettuce Leaves
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Dice tomatoes, set aside. Rinse lettuce leaves, pat dry and set aside.

Lay out 4 wraps. Spread with Blue Cheese. Fill with half of the chicken mixture down the center. Place chopped tomatoes down one side of the chicken, leaves down the other side. Sprinkle with cheese.

Tightly roll wraps. Wrap each Buffalo Wrap in plastic wrap to help hold its shape.

Repeat with remaining 4 wraps, using ranch dressing spread, the remaining chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

Pack dressing mixes into small bowl to use as desired when serving.

Bring refreshments, chips and maybe some cookies. Pack along a knife and cutting board to serve the wraps. Take a walk in your favorite park and enjoy spicy “hot” buffalo chicken wraps.

Note: If your family loves Blue Cheese, then double the recipe. If no one is a fan, just make more of the Sour Cream Ranch spread.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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