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kick’n off the new year

received this email devotional this morning and thought i would pass it on to you…..

LITTLE CHOICES
by Gail Rogers

The tiny wrinkles around my eyes seemed to appear almost overnight.  One day I was very aware of them and knew I had better get that eye cream I was hearing about.  I’d better try the “triple action”!  I was amazed at the results…and in such a short time! This was good.

The waistband on my jeans felt tight.  Could it be those wonderful cappuccinos I was regularly enjoying? I was amazed at the results… and in such a short time!  This was not good.

I didn’t like the sand paper edge that seemed to spring up in a friendship of mine. I asked the Lord for patience and grace to bite my tongue. I was amazed at the results… and in such a short time! This was good.

Little decisions or changes peppered throughout the day push the edge of results to the negative or the positive.

It’s the same in your spiritual journey.  Little changes… conscious little choices that push your walk with God in one direction or another.  Little choices to let God in or to hold Him at a distance.  Little choices of attitude; little choices of purity in thoughts or choices of entertainment.  Little choices.  Invite Him into them.  You will be amazed at the results… and in such a short time!

“Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me”

(Psalm 51:10).

This New Years don’t make grand resolutions that will fade in a few short weeks.  Choose daily to let God be a part of the little choices…choose to be amazed …and in such a short time!

~Heavenly Father,

Thank you that You can create what is right and good in this heart of mine that often struggles with the little daily choices.  Thank you that I can count on You to renew a right attitude within me.  I am not making grand New Year’s resolutions that will fade, but I am asking You to help me make the right daily choices in the little things of life.  I want to be changed in this New Year.  I want You to renew right attitudes in me daily.  Amaze me with the results, Father, as You guide me in the small things of my day.  Thank you that I can face this New Year with freshness and anticipation because You are holding my hand!  You will help me in the little things of my life.  For this I give You my praise! In Jesus name I pray, Amen

more tasty treats

 well, finally.  here is our Thanksgiving menu so far.  year to year, things change, but our favorites  remain the same.

  • Turkey, (obviously)
  • Stuffing (mother-in-law specialty)  (she even gave me the secret recipe!)
  • Sweet Potato Bake
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • Rolls
  • Ham Roll-ups
  • Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy (mom’s family recipe)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie (always made by my dad)
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pie (or something like that….it’s a new recipe this year)
 so, here is another recipe that we use every year.  (it’s pretty basic, but ohhh so sweeeet and yummy!)

Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients:

(filling)

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes-mashed
  • 2 eggs-slightly beaten
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar

(topping)

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (we omit these for allergy reasons)

Directions:

  1. For filling:  Heat together and pour in baking dish.
  2. For topping: Mix together topping ingredients, and pour over filling.
  3. Bake at 350′ for 30-40 minutes.

my favorite holiday appetizer–ham roll-ups

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 ok.  those are ham roll-ups.  oh ya….they are sooo good.  we have always had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas, for as long as i can remember.  my dad used to make them, now my sister has taken his job.  they are fabulous no matter who makes them.  they are very simple. 

here’s the recipe–if you can call it that!

Holiday Ham Roll-ups

Ingredients: 

  • deli sliced ham, sliced as thick or thin as you like, you can purchase the prepackaged type as well.  pieces should be rectangles approx. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
  • 1 8oz. brick of cream cheese, softened
  • green onions, washed and ends trimmed off

Directions:

  1. Spread cream cheese very carefully on slice of ham…the ham may rip if the ham is sliced to thin or if the cream cheese isn’t soft enough.
  2. Take an onion and place along the edge, lengthwise.
  3. Carefully roll up ham slice, starting with the onion side.
  4. Proceed until all ingredients are used.
  5. Place on a plate and chill in refrigerator.
  6. Carefully slice into bite size pcs.
  7. YUM  Serve cold, store remainders in refrigerator, (but in our house, there are never any left.) (in fact, they quickly disappear before the meal even begins.)

death by chocolate

yesterday, (saturday), my sweet family took me to our favorite local coffee shop for lunch.  i tried a new warm drink, death by chocolate……ooooh yaaaaaa…….so good.  (i’ve included a picture, although i took it with my cell phone, so it’s not the best.)  i also bought a pound of my favorite holiday coffee beans, jack frost java.  (which i have to admit, i’ve already had a few cups today…..may need to buy more before the end of the holiday season.)

**death by chocolate:  a Ghiradelli dark chocolate mocha topped with whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate.

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warm apple crisp

 i don’t know what it is, but every year when the cold weather blows in, it blows me right into the kitchen.  something about baking up some warm sweets on a cold afternoon…i just love it.  my friend, lisa, gave me this beautiful dish last week. (thanks lisa!!!!)  it is so pretty and was just shouting for something sweet to be baked in it!  so, of course, i did.

i used an old favorite recipe for microwave apple crisp, increasing it slightly because the dish is so deep.

in the mood for some warm tasty sweets?  put on the coffee pot and try this out.  it will warm your insides for sure!!!

 Microwave Apple Crisp

4-6 large Granny Smith apples (**9 for large dish)

8 graham cracker squares (**1 plastic wrapped package)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar (**1 cup)

1/2 cup rolled oats (**3/4 cup)

1/2 cup flour (**3/4 cup)

1 tsp. cinnamon (**1 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp. nutmeg (**3/4 tsp)

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (**3/4 cup)

Directions:

  1. Peel, core & slice apples.
  2. Prepare enough apples to fill deep baking dish, 3/4 full.
  3. Finely chop graham crackers.
  4. Combine crumbs, sugar, oats, flour & spices.
  5. Add butter; mix well.
  6. Spoon mixture over apple slices.
  7. Microwave on high 12-15 minutes.  Cook until apples are tender.
  8. Cool slightly, (topping will harden and be crunchy, the cooler it gets.)
  9. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
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wander over to CMSpin

just wanted to mention my hubby’s website.  it’s a great Christian music site that will keep you informed on all the latest CM news!!  check out new artists, recent releases, artist’s profiles, testimonies and interviews……curious what other’s are saying about a new group or cd?  take a look at the reviews! stay informed by signing up for their weekly newsletter!!!

have a great day!!

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 
 i read about the “30 Days of Thanksgiving” on this blog and she directed her readers over to another blog.  Here’s how it works…from October 24 thru November 22, each day you send a note (via snailmail or email) to someone that you are thankful for.  Tell them you are thankful for them, what you love about them, what makes them special, why you are grateful that they are in your life.  (Something that we should take more time to do throughout the year.) Start now by making a list of 30 people so that you will be ready on the 24th!

give it a try!  leave me a comment if you decide to do it!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34