The best things in life are free. Take this recipe for French Dip Sandwiches, for instance–totally free!
It’s true, you know. The best things in life really are free. So often we get bogged down in the cost of living and get so wrapped up in our first world problems that we forget to just stop and be grateful.
Late one night a few years ago I was performing the mundane task of taking out the garbage. I went out of the door, tromped across the driveway lugging the heavy bags, and heaved them into the garbage can. My mind was occupied with complex thoughts and concerns while the rest of me added to my family’s carbon footprint.
As I turned to walk back in the house, something caused me to stop for a moment and look up at the night sky. For some reason, the sky seemed particularly star-filled. Surprisingly I could see many stars that were typically hidden by the brightness of city lights.
Several minutes passed as I stood there silently staring at those stars. I found myself whispering a thank you to Heavenly Father for allowing me to have that moment. I have looked at the nighttime sky from all over the world, but at that instant I found that the only sky which mattered was the one at which I was then looking. That particular view of the stars was meant just for me. It was a blessing from God and it was absolutely free.
Each day I try to recognize the good things in life–the best things–and express my gratitude. Sometimes its a soft breeze, sometimes a covey of quail running across the back yard, sometimes its the voices of my grandchildren and sometimes its a good hair day. Maybe a good hair day isn’t free if you consider the cost of getting a hair cut and the price of styling products–but still, a good hair day is cause for gratitude, right?
Recipes also make it on my gratitude list. I can share recipes with family, friends and all of you. They are a means of making good food which in turn provides a variety of bonding experiences. Recipes provide an outlet for creativity and imagination and they can be used as a tool for building a talent. In a very real sense, for me, they are an expression of self.
Well, I sure went on walk about with this post! Who knew that a recipe for French Dip Sandwiches could inspire so much introspection? But hey, if ever there was an inspirational French dip recipe, this is definitely the one.
The beef and au jus are prepared in a slow cooker, so your kitchen stays cool and your time can be spent in other pursuits. The au jus is surprisingly rich and complex and this recipe makes LOTS of it. You can freeze any leftover au jus and save it for other uses. Because the beef is cooked in the slow cooker, it comes out very tender and perfect for French dip sandwiches. Choose a sturdy, bready bun will hold up well when dipped in the au jus. I buttered and toasted mine under the broiler for even more flavor.