Her name was Carmen and she was Queen of her home. Anyone who came into her “palace” was her special guest. She knew how to serve others.
Carmen and her family had come to Canada to flee Argentina and start a new life. They were now part of our church family. I still remember the way she scurried around to find a place at her worn out kitchen table when I came over. The mismatched silverware were as fine gold to her. She had a smile that radiated Christ.
Carmen had known poverty.
Her idea of wordly posssesions were different than you or I. The home was a run down rental, filled with donated furnishings from our church. But it mattered not.
Carmen truly knew the art of contentment and hospitality.
I would come over after school to play with her kids. We would run through the apple orchards, play with American dolls and slap our hands to “Say Say Oh Playmate”. Good memories were made. Fresh squeezed lemonade and homemade chocolate chip cookies were made with love. Then there was the sweet creamy brown confection Carmen taught me to make. It didn’t have a name back then. All I knew as a young school girl–it was heaven on a spoon!
I learned much more than how to make Dulce De Leche sauce, and I will forever be impacted by Carmen and her heart of hospitality.
How To Make Dulce De Leche Sauce.
- Remove the label from a can of sweetened condensed milk.
- Place in a small saucepan and fill with water to cover the top of the can.
- Let simmer at a soft boil for 2-3 hours. Add water as needed to keep the can covered with water .
- Rinse can with cold tap water for several minutes
- Carefully open the can as pressure will have built up inside.
- Serve with fruit, on ice cream, and in recipes.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
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