Hiatus

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Today I am “officially” starting to pack my things and because of this, I will not have the time that I would like to update daily. I should return some time in January. Hopefully by then I will have a place and settled in somewhat.

On to new and better things! Yay!

On to new and better things! Yay!

So before I go I want to wish you all many blessings. I pray that the Lord will work in your favor in all that you do. Lastly, I want to wish you a…

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God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Give Thanks

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Sometimes because of frustration at home or at work, we can lose sight of what is important to us. All it takes at times is to tell the Lord thank you for what He has done for us. Being grateful even in the bad times can help us get through. This song – Give Thanks by Don Moen is a great song to sing to get your heart in the right place for meditation and worship.

God Bless!

 

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Moving Ventures

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movers1I don’t know what it is about moving but it is a process that I do not like to do.  I think it has to do with me moving more times than I can count…mainly in my military career. This time, I have no idea where I am going but I am getting ready and getting things packed. Weird huh? Yeah I know but this process has taught me a lot about waiting on the Lord.

There are seasons in our lives where we are waiting for things to happen, things that are not within our control, and most of the time people take the waiting literally. They will sit and do nothing and when the time comes for them to act, they are ill prepared. When we wait on the Lord, we are not supposed to sit there and wait for the proverbial “poof”. We are supposed to be doing whatever it takes to move forward and to better ourselves.

For example, I enrolled in a program that helps veterans find affordable housing last month. Right now I am waiting for them to call me back but in the mean time I am packing my things and getting ready to move. I can find a place next week or even next month but either way, I will be ready to move. That is the way that we need to be in our Christian walk. If the Lord tells you that he wants you to travel the world and become a missionary, you don’t wait until the Lord makes the opportunity available, you get everything you need in order to travel. You may not know what country you are going to but if you don’t have a passport, you can apply for one. You can do research and speak to other missionaries and see what the process is to become a missionary. By the time the Lord has paved the way for you to go to your first country, there isn’t anything holding you back. All you have to do is jump on the plane!

This is the attitude we need to have in everything we do. Be prepared, be ready. You have no idea what the Lord has in store for you. It could be his plan to do nothing just so he can see what you will do. Who knows? All I am saying is be ready for the pop quizzes in life. Don’t be that one who isn’t prepared.

God Bless!

 

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You Know What Today Is! WiP Wednesday! Yay!

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Well, well, well. This is probably one of my most favorite day of the week. I get to show you what I have been working on. This time I am working on 4 different projects – 2 knit and 2 crochet.

The first one is a hat that I am knitting. I had recently bought a pair of circulars for a project and to get used to knitting in the round, I decided to make a simple hat. Easy enough, right? Heh, heh.  I took it one step further and see what would happen if I flipped my knitting over and continued to knit. This is what I came up with:

'Lazy Knitted Cap'. Using Berroco Comfort in color 9713

‘Lazy Knitted Cap’. Using Berroco Comfort in color 9713

I call it ‘lazy knitting’ only because I don’t have to purl at all…just flip the work over. I love the results because it makes the hat sort of reversible to which look you prefer. I think my next issue is how to bind it off in a way that I can cinch it shut. I haven’t gotten that far as yet nor have I decided if I just want to make it a slouch or decrease to make it a fitted cap. I might just continue with the ‘lazy’ route and continue to knit until there is just enough to bind off and close. I am having fun and that is what is important, right?!

This next one I am making for my children – place mats and coasters. They are some very messy eaters no matter how I try to teach them the proper way to use utensils. They do to a certain extent but always resort to what the good Lord made for them, their fingers! So, you can imagine the mess they can make especially eating their favorite dish…spaghetti and meatballs! Aye-yai-yai-yai-yai! (My favorite phrase from The God’s Must Be Crazy! – hilarious!) I figure if they can keep the mess contained to the mats, I don’t have to keep treating the table  every other day. I’m also contemplating making a table cloth as well but who needs another project? Ha, ha!

Place Mat Set - Using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn in

Place Mat Set – Using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn in Blue Snow Cone and an H-hook

I am also knitting a new scarf for my son. When we went into Walmart last Friday, I had to scope out some yarn for one of the kids at church and for my son to choose which color green he wanted. And he picked this bright green that I can only knit at night in low light. All I can say is that he will not be hard to see when it gets dark!

Garter stitch scarf - Using Red Heart SS in Glowworm and size 8 needles

Garter stitch scarf – Using Red Heart SS in Glowworm and size 8 needles

This last one is another doily that I am making. I found the pattern and decided that I wanted something bigger so I am using a larger hook than recommended. I’m thinking that when I move, this will go on the dining table as the base for a centerpiece. Time will tell.

Lacy Doily. Using Bernat Handicrafter size 5 crochet thread in Misty Grey and B-Hook.

Lacy Doily. Using Bernat Handicrafter size 5 crochet thread in Misty Grey and B-Hook.

This is all that are on my hooks and needles. What is on yours?

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Turkey Dinner Pizza/Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart

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Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. We gave thanks for all we have been blessed with –family and friends — and we chowed down on a bounty of food. For most of us, the main dish was either turkey or ham. As usual, there were plenty of left overs and most people are content with eating the same thing for days (like me :D) but there are some that have no idea what to make out of what is left over. Today I am going to share two recipes – one for turkey and one for ham. That way you will at least have one new recipe for the holidays or whenever the mood strikes for some holiday eating.

The first one that I will share with you is from Pillsbury called Turkey Dinner Pizza. This recipe serves 8 (or 4 if you like to eat :D).

Turkey Dinner Pizza - photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Turkey Dinner Pizza – photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

What you need:

  • 1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 3/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce (from 16-oz can)
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing
  • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup turkey gravy
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Unroll dough in pan. Starting at center, press out dough to edges of pan. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown.
2 Spread cranberry sauce over partially baked crust. Evenly top with stuffing and turkey. Drizzle gravy over pizza; top with cheese.3 Bake 6 to 10 minutes longer or until edges of crust are golden brown and cheese is melted

Here is the recipe for ham, also from Pillsbury, called Wild Rice Ham Country Tart.This recipe serves 8.

Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart - photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart – photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

What you need:

  • 1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:

  • 1 cup cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice (from 15-oz can)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion tops
  • 1 jar (4.5 oz) Green Giant® sliced mushrooms, well drained

Custard:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Topping:

  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)
  • 11 pecan halves

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom or 9-inch pie plate. Place crust in pan; press in bottom and up sides of pan. Trim edges if necessary. Do not prick crust. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is very light golden brown. Remove from oven. Reduce heat to 400°F.
2 In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients; set aside. In small bowl, beat eggs until blended. Stir in remaining custard ingredients.
3 Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over bottom of baked shell. Spread filling mixture over cheese. Pour custard mixture over filling; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Arrange pecan halves on top.

4 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I hope that these recipes will come in handy this week as we finish up the last of the turkey and ham. I actually made soup out of my leftovers. I really love soup and with the weather getting colder (or in my case, getting warmer briefly) it is one of my all time favorite Fall/Winter comfort food to eat. My other favorite is turkey salad that my dad makes every year after Thanksgiving. I need to get that recipe…it is always so good! Yum!

Well it is time for me to sign off and take care of business. Wish you all a great day.

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Faith

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To go where you have not gone…you must do what you have not done. -Marvin Sapp

Sometimes we go about life approaching situations the same way each time, no deviation from the plan….going by the numbers. We then wonder why we have not accomplished anything greater than the “norm”. In order to get away from the “norm” we need to step out of our comfort zone and do what we have not done before. There is a fear of the unknown which prevents us from stepping out and it is that same fear that hinders any type of forward progression. Don’t let fear get in the way of where you need to be. Have faith and take that step to do what you have not done before to lead you where you have never been.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

- 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

What changes can you make today outside of your “norm” that can lead you to places you have never been?

God Bless!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Today is the day that we look back and reflect in the people who have shaped our lives, the ones whom we love and those whom we have lost. Today I am thankful for everything that I have in the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for second chances in my faith. I’m thankful for the ups and downs but I am most thankful for my family. My parents, siblings, and my children….and yes, my friends who were born from another mother. My family has stood with me through some of the toughest moments in my life. If I need them, they are just a phone call away.

Family to me is very important. Whether you are blood related, an in-law or step, it doesn’t matter. We are all related in some way shape or form. Love each other…unconditionally. In this world filled with hate we should strive to love the family we have, in spite of differences.

I wish you all a blessed day! Try not to eat too much and be safe playing football! I love you all.

God Bless!

Recipe Time! – Corn Meal Porridge

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One of my fondest memories growing up is when my dad would make corn meal porridge for breakfast. Thin enough to drink in a mug or thick and chunky, I loved it any way I could get it. I could eat it any time of the day too. That’s how much I love it. Ihave been making it for my kids lately and my daughter has taken a great liking to it. It reminds me of the good ol’ days. It is pretty easy to make. It is about a 4:1 ratio of milk or water and dry corn meal. Here is how I make mine.

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What you need:

4 c. water or milk
1c. Yellow or white corn meal
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon or 1/2 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
Sugar
Metal whisk

Directions:

Combine water/milk, salt, bay leaves, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Have the whisk close by. When the water is boiling, start whisking with one hand and pour in the corn meal with the other slowly. This will eliminate the lumps that can occur (I actually like eating the lumps).

When all the corn meal is added, turn down the heat to med-low, cover and let it cook for about 5 – 10 min stirring frequently. (I usually keep stirring with the whisk). Be careful because it can be like molten lava as it “bubbles” and can burn.

When it is fully cooked, remove from the heat and let it stand for a few minutes before serving. Add sugar to taste. Serve with a hot mug of Ovaltine.

Some Tips:

When you’re done making the corn meal, make sure you rinse or soak everything because once corn meal dries, it is like cement and can be troublesome to remove from cookware.

It can be very hot while cooking so use long utensils.

I hope this simple meal becomes a new Fall/Winter favorite.

God Bless!

Veteran’s Day

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To all my brothers, sisters and four-legged animals in arms who have served and are serving in the military, thank you.

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Go out of your way and thank a Veteran today.

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