What’s Cookin’?

My parents started a blog recently as a way to share Bible studies with others in a format where believers could interact and comment and “spur one another on to love and good deeds.”  Then my sister added her photo and first post to the site.   I had a feeling where this was headed and I was not looking forward to it.  Soon enough my fears were realized:

 You see, we do things together as a family.  So of course I was asked if I would post a blurb too.

I really didn’t want to.

First of all I am terrible with words and when I try to say something eloquently I end up saying it horribly.   And second among other reasons, I desire people’s acceptance and often find myself worried about what people think of me.

So, you may ask, why am I writing this then?

The answer is, that I am trying desperately to defeat that part of me that is really just self -focused and obey the verse in Colossions 3:23 that says: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. So please bear with me and look past all my mistakes as I try to deny myself by writing something that will hopefully be encouraging to you all…

My first post is about one of the roles as a young lady in God’s kingdom.  Proverbs 31 shares that a Godly woman rises while it is night and provides food for her household.  Sometimes I have risen at night with my Dad to try to get a deer, but so far we’ve always returned empty handed. 🙂

But cooking…. Well, I love to cook.   I love to be in the kitchen making just about anything that’s edible.  But sadly, I’ve found that not many young ladies my age share my passion. Not to say that everyone has to share my exact passion, the Bible says we are all blessed with different talents.  Romans 12:4 “Just as each of us has one body with many members, yet not all members have the same function.” But I believe that it is important for young ladies to learn things now, so that they can be prepared for life as a Lord willing future wife and mom. So, while cooking might not seem that big of a deal at the present, (although I believe any mom would be grateful for some breaks) it is a HUGE part of motherhood.

Sure you could just do a drive through, or a TV dinner, but is that really nurturing and caring for your body? In First Corinthians 6:19-20 it says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” So here’s my question. Is it protecting and nourishing the Temple of The Lord to feed it junk?

…All of that is the background for some future posts.  I would love to share some recipes over time that have helped me to grow, and that I and my family love. Not all of them are my own recipes, but nonetheless I would love to help others as I continue learning and growing in knowing how to take care of my Temple for the Lord.

The recipe following is my own personal recipe. It’s called Toltott Paprika (Hungarian Stuffed Peppers). Though it’s fine to eat the day it’s made, I’ve found that it tastes better if it sits overnight…Enjoy!

Ingredients                            IMG_20160209_183419621.jpg

Makes about 6-7 servings

For the filling:

For the sauce:


  1. Preheat oven to 425.


  1. Cook rice according to package directions, set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, cooked rice, onion, eggs, salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chopped onions, and paprika, along with the tomato sauce. Mix thoroughly, and set aside.
  3. Remove the seeds and veins from the peppers.
  4. Evenly stuff the meat mixture into the peppers filling to the top, make fist size meatballs with the remaining meat mixture. Lay the stuffed peppers and meatballs in a deep casserole dish for later use.


  1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Saute the onions until glassy, sprinkle the salt and pepper over the onions.
  2. Add the flour and paprika and cook while stirring for about a minute, add the tomato sauce.
  3. Add the broth as much or little as needed to thin out the tomato sauce* and bring to a gentle boil. Stir while boiling for approx. 3 min.
  4. Pour sauce over the stuffed peppers and meatballs, and cook in preheated oven for about an hour, or until sauce is bubbly and slightly brown.
  5. Serve warm with boiled salted potatoes.

*If using a thinner tomato sauce, you will not need as much broth.

About Tess Moormans

Hi there! I am a 15 year old child of God, striving to walk the narrow path to Truth in a world that is all too full of lies. I have a great passion for creative arts and food (food is an art, right? 😉) and love to cook and bake. I love to walk barefoot and get my hands dirty, which is always easy to do here on our land! My whole family loves me unconditionally, and I love them. I really don't know where I'd be without each one of them in my life. Though sometimes difficult I do love my crazy life on our homestead across our "Indiana Jones" type swinging bridge. I'm a desperate perfectionist at heart, striving to grow to be more like my Savior daily. My prayer is that I would be truly real and brutally honest, so that God could use my imperfections for HIS glory. I am a normal human with flaws, and excitements, insecurities, and passions, fears, and a burning desire in me that I believe is in each of us to be loved. In a society that's full of masks, it's an honor to see a face, and I hope that through authenticity, my life would be an encouragement and reflection of Christ to everyone I meet!
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9 Responses to What’s Cookin’?

  1. pmink2016 says:

    Tess!!! I love your post. It took me a long time to get over what people thought of me. I accepted who I was becoming around age 30. You are way ahead of me girl!!!😉. I tell my students about the word originality. I actually have a big poster in my classroom of a monkey wearing funny clothes. If you think about it, no one is perfect.. Well maybe one😉. You are a talented young lady who will grow up and be an inspiration for generations to come. Love you… Miss Pam

  2. Janie says:

    Tess, I am so impressed with you as a person, a writer, and a cook. I know how you feel when it comes to worrying about what others think of you. I have fought it my whole life. You are a beautiful, sweet, talented person! You have nothing to fear. I wish that my mom had taught me to cook. I have learned on my own. I make stuffed peppers but will defintly try your recipe!

    • Tess Moormans says:

      Miss Janie, Thank you for your kind words.

      Also, I recently heard that it was your birthday, so I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

  3. carmencummingsblevins says:

    I love stuffed peppers, your recipe sounds and looks wonderful. I freeze mine just because I am lazy. I know fresh is better so I will be trying your recipe next time I find peppers on sale. Your family is very dear to me, God blessed me when He brought us together. Love you, Carmen

  4. Tess Moormans says:

    It has been a great blessing for our whole family to know you as well, Miss Carmen. I look forward to the next time we see you!

  5. Janie says:

    My daughter sent me flowers early – the actual day is Friday so it is my birthday week!

  6. tarawidener says:


    Thanks so much for writing this & sharing your heart. Your willingness to follow God in every aspect of your life (even when it’s not comfortable, like posting this!) is very encouraging & such an example.

    I can certainly relate to your love of cooking! I’d love to get to spend some time with you in the kitchen one of these days. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  7. Michelle Dato says:

    Great job Tess! I love the website ❤️ I can’t wait to try your stuffed peppers recipe and look forward to any new ones you post!

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