Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Beatitudes

 Matthew 5 ~ The Beatitudes

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Always in my Heart

My Calvary Baptist Church family will always be in my heart... We've raised children together, been to weddings, funerals, births and birthdays.  There is nothing like Mr. Jim's handshake or Miss Toney's warm hug.

We attended about 12 years.. and then went to another church, went back a while and then moved to another town... still, they are the ones I think of when I think of true church family.  It's their faces I see.. their voices I hear and their love that I still feel.

In May we went back home for a funeral for one of the loved ones in this family and it was truely like going home.  Warm smiles, tears, laughter and love.

Calvary~ how I miss you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

See You at the Poll!

I am so proud of students across our wonderful United States of America that are gathering today for "See You at the Pole" to pray over each other and their schools.  THIS is what freedom is all about!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mighty Warrior?

"The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." Judges 6:11-12

He calls YOU His Mighy Warrior~

Gideon questioned the angel because he saw no evidence of anything happening. Is that where you are? When the Lord sends you to fight a battle, He will empower you to do all that is necessary to win. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Believe in His mighty power.

Bacon Ranch (Lowfat) Slowcooker Chicken

Bacon Ranch Slowcooker Chicken
4 Servings

2 butterball turkey bacon strips, cooked and shredded
1 tsp minced garlic
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 10.75 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup (98% fat free)
1 cup fat-free sour cream
16 oz. chicken breasts
8 oz. pasta (I used rigatoni)

Combine the first five ingredients. Place chicken in slowcooker and pour sauce over the top. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Serve over hot noodles.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy First Day of Fall!

Just wanted to pop on to say Good Morning and Happy First day of Fall!!

God bless!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

This is a Paula Deen recipe, so you know it's good!!  Today just outside of the grocery store that I shop in, they had packed the annex full of pumpkins of all sizes and mums~! My heart soared when I saw all the bright colors..  Tomorrow marks the first day of Fall and I'm so ready!


Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients 

Cake:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
To make the cake, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking pan.

Prepare filling:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. 
Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Grace, Love and Fellowship

I have heard this verse over and over the past two days; in my car as I'm listening to my NIV scripture reading DVD which was in Corinthians, in a devotion this morning and again this morning on Biblegateway.com.  Hmm.. makes me wonder.. what is God saying?

May the GRACE of the Lord, Jesus Christ...  Ah, doesn't that say it all?  I was listening to the song 'Oh How He Loves Us' this morning and the words "if grace is an ocean we are all sinking" just pricked my heart. Unimaginable, unfathomable, undeserving grace.  It's not what we can do, it's what He's done!

..And the love of God..... His love blows my mind.  He loves me! Me!  He knows my every thought and action..yet, He loves me!

..Fellowship of the Holy Spirit... He wants a relationship with us.  A tight bond.  A holy union.  Back and forth, living, breathing, talking..

..Be with you all.... If Christ is in us, He is with us!  We can have all these things.. because of Who He is!

Praise His Name!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chicken Shenanigans

Who knew that chickens were fussy and choosy?  Certainly not me!  When we added our new girls last week the three former chickens (two hens and a roo) weren't sure what to think. Within days they accepted two; the black Australorpe and the Rhode Island Red.  The New Hampshire's, bless their hearts, have been shunned pretty strongly.  These two girls come from a hatchery (I was told) and it makes me wonder if they just don't know how to run with a large pen of chickens, or if they may act different or smell different?  The other two were raised in an incubator on a farm.  Maybe it's their personalities, I don't know~!  The roo will keep them on the run if they venture over his way.  They would hide out in the coop all day if we didn't flush them out and shut the door.  Poor things.  Will they ever adjust?  I sure hope so!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New "Girls" Coming!

Tonight I will go and pick up my new "girls."  I have been looking for more chicken since a predator raccoon killed 4 of our hens last month.  The lady who is selling the chickens has several kinds to choose from, these three are my top choices:

New Hampshire Red
















Australorp













Rhode Island Red
















I am going to get four.  The Australorps are supposed to maybe crosses.  I'll just have to see.  I may want one of each and then one more of the one that has the best production rate.

Woohoo!  Who would have ever thought I would be excited to get chickens?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Canning Golden Apple Pie Jam

This is one of the very best things I've put in my mouth!  Oh my is it good!  Last night I made Golden Apple Pie Jam~ the very first sweet canning I have done.  Up to this point I have canned cucumber pickles, cucumber bread and butter pickles, squash pickles, okra pickles and jalapeno peppers.  This was my first attempt at a jam and it was so easy.  I will be making a lot more of this for sure! (My recipe only made 6 1/2 pint jars~ although the recipe says 7.)

Golden Apple Pie Jam

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 pouch (3 ounces) liquid fruit pectin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, combine apples and water. Cover and cook slowly until tender. Measure 4-1/2 cups apples; return to the pan. (Save remaining apple mixture for another use or discard.)
  • Add sugar and butter to pan; bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in pectin; return to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Stir in spices. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 7 half-pints.
 
Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is Here!

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
- Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885