Memorial Day: A Salute!

We Salute Our Veterans This Memorial Day

We salute every soldier whoo’s
served this great nation.
And offer a heart of thanks
and appreciation!

We salute each memeber
of our armed forces.
And are thankful for their
efforts and resources!

We salute the many who
protect our boarders too.
We’d be in trouble…
If not for people like YOU!

We salute every son and
daughter lost in a war.
YOU are what serving this
country is meant for!

We salute the officers who’ve
guided our women and men.
Our prayers are with you!
And our love from within!

We salute our veterans!
Wherever they may be!Those who served on
land, air and sea!

Offering prayer to the
Lord is our belief…
That he will guide our
Commander-in-Chief!

As we observe Memorial Day this year…
Let’s offer our soldiers
love, hope and cheer!

May God bless them in
all they endeavor
And his peace be with them
today and forever!!

By Jim Pemberton

 

Gone but NEVER forgotten

God Bless!

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

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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Happy Thanksgiving

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! – Apple Pie

It’s fall and you know what that means? Apple pie! And pumpkin pie too! So yesterday, I decided to make an apple pie. Apples are in season, or getting ready to be picked, and that means I can make tons of PIES! Yay! I am not that great at making crusts, especially now that I don’t have the space to use my rolling pin. So I have started purchasing ready made pie crusts. Great thing about them is that I can put them in the freezer and when I know that I am going to make a pie later in the day, about two hours before, I take a package out and let them thaw out. Easy peazy! This recipe that I am going to share with you is a slightly modified version of this one. I will share my modified version with you.

Ingredients
Dough and Filling:

Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash salt
3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped Granny Smith apples
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
1 egg, beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of dough. (s/n: I used cooking spray to coat the pie tin and then floured it before placing the bottom crust. You can use butter and a paper towel to evenly coat the tin as well. Lightly press the crust into the tin so it doesn’t stick when done.) Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in apples,  and applesauce. Spoon apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Cut remaining crust into strips; arrange in a lattice design over top of pie. (s/n: If you are not confident in making a lattice design or you do not have the time, place the top crust over the apples and cut decorative slits into it.) Brush on the egg wash over the entire top crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.

Here is the end result. Yummy goodness!

Here is the end result. Yummy goodness!

I omitted the lemon juice for two reasons, I was using Granny Smith apples (very tart) and I didn’t have any lemons at the time! 😛 I was right to do so because I could still taste the tartness of the apples. Using the 3/4 cup of sugar was a bit much for me. So next time I make this, I will use at the most 1/2 cup. I like my crusts thick so I rolled the excess under to create a lip. It is actually quite difficult for me to cut excess off evenly with this pie tin. The egg wash helped a lot and saved me foil paper. The crust didn’t burn.

This pie is very easy to make. It took me 15 minutes (the time it took for my oven to heat to 425) to prepare the filling…from the peeling of the apples to the brushing on the egg wash. All I had to do was listen out for the timer.

I hope this pie will become a family fave! I know my kids love it!

God Bless!

 

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Happy Independence Day!

Wishing all my readers a Happy Independence Day! Please be safe out there. Make sure you have emergency water for the grills, plenty of fluids and a contingency plan if it rains (it’s been overcast and rainy in NC). Have a lot of fun, try not to over eat and act silly!

Love y’all!

God Bless!

Memorial Day

Today is the day of remembrance. We need to remember why we are able to have the freedoms that we do. A lot of people are opposed to war. I respect your views. These soldiers that you rally against have voluntarily signed the contract that sent them to the four corners of the Earth. They did something that most people would not do and that’s defending their country.

Some have returned home, some have not and some are still overseas. Family members are home worried about their soldiers welfare, children wondering when daddy or mommy will be coming home, and the sad few that are planning funerals. They remember the sacrifices. They know about the scares the media portrays and the finger biting that happens shortly thereafter.

The drops of blood and sweat, the fatigue and insomnia, the pain and hunger that soldiers of the past and present have shed to make sure that we are able to walk without fear. Remember the fallen, remember those that still serve, remember those who have completed their service….remember them all. You may get tired of hearing this from year to year, “It’s not about the BBQ…” or “it’s not about the sales…”, but it’s true.

Whether you are for and against the war and what they represent, please take the time out to think about those who chose to protect each and everyone of us from enemies foreign and domestic.

Be safe today.

God Bless!