Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pennies

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house
The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them w ere about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.
He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. Sh e had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words "United States of America"
"No, not that; read further."
"One cent?" "No, keep reading."
"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"
"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross
+ 3 nails
--------
4 given

That's the whole gospel message simply stated

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

When my son Zach was born a friend of mine brought me this casserole....I have made a couple of "improvements" to it. I had forgotten about this recently until we were given a can of French Onions and since I dont make the traditional green bean casserole I was trying to remember what I used them for. Here is the recipe:

2-3 cups of cut up cooked chicken (I usually use the breast meat, but you can use left overs from a roast chicken)

1 head of broccoli cooked (or package of frozen broccoli thawed)

1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup

milk (I usually measure 1/2 - 1 soup can's worth)

1 cup of cheddar cheese

1 -2 cups of french onions


Put chicken and broccoli in a casserole dish (I can fit this in a 8X8). In a separate stir together soup and milk and then pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese on top, and then the french onions on top of the cheese. Bake for half hour in a 350 degree oven.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Potato Casserole

THANKSGIVING POTATO CASSEROLE

5 LBS Potatoes, pared and quartered

2 tsp salt

2 pckgs Cream Cheese (# oz) with chives, cubed (if you cant find, used dried chives)

4 TBSP Buter

½ tsp Garlic Powder

Pepper and Salt to Taste

2 Cups Heavy Cream

2 more TBSP Butter

Paprika

Cook Potatoes with salt in boiling water until tender. Smash Potatoes until smooth (or put through a potato ricer). Add cream Cheese, 4 TBSP Butter, Garlic, Pepper, and salt; Mix until smooth. Put mixture into greased 13X9X2” Baking dish. Refrigerate overnight covered with foil. Dot Top off mixture with remaining 2 TBSP of Butter. Sprinkle with Paprika. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour. 12 servings.

Swiss String Beans

This is not your mother's green bean casserole!

SWISS STRING BEANS

Make White Sauce of:

2 TBSP Flour

2 TBSP Melted Butter

1 Tsp salt

¼ tsp Pepper

Add

1 TBSP Sugar

½ TBSP Onion

1 Cup Sour Cream

Gradually stirring until thick and Creamy

Fold in Gently: 4 cups Cooked French Cut Green Beans

Heat Thoroughly and Pour into 1 ½ quart Casserole dish.

Grate ½ LB Swiss Cheese over Beans.

Cover with 1 cup crushed corn flakes mixed with 2 TBSP Butter.

Bake a 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

To make this a bit healthier, I cut the sugar back by 1/2 cup and used sucanat. I used freshly ground wheat flours.


2 1/2 c sugar
3 1/2 c flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c raisins (optional)
1 c walnuts (optional)
2 c cooked, mashed pumpkin
1 c oil
1/3 c water
4 eggs

350'F for approximately an hour depending on the size of the pans. Smaller ones could be quite a bit less. I use normal bread load pans and that is about an hour.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Life as usual

I have a cold and feel very uninspired.

I did cut up a pumpkin and process it today so I made two pumpkin pies.....with eggs from my chickens, kefir & sucanat everything is healthy except the store bought crust. I strongly dislike making pie crust.

My spacebar sticks so it is very annoying to type.....I think I might swap it out for the kids keyboard which is practically brand new. As you can see my life is very exciting right now. I don't even have to plan for Thanksgiving. My SIL is hosting and I only have to bring a sour cherry pie & a green bean casserole (not the traditional ones). I should post recipes for both the pie and the green bean casserole.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm Back


Just returned from my niece's wedding in North Carolina. Had a lot of fun and arrived safetly home.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Facebook

I have been hanging out over at facebook during my computer time having a blast and bad about keeping up with my blog friends lately. I realized just what bunch of computer dead beat friends (in real life) I have, with a few (and I mean 3) exceptions most of my real friends are not into the computer scene.....they barely email, they dont blog and they dont have FACEBOOK (which by the way is so much fun when you have some friends), okay so maybe they have a REAL life and I am a deadbeat...anyway, so most of my friends consist of my college age nephews and nieces and a couple of their friends....so am I acting immature for my age by doing this? or do I need to make some new friends. (Of coures I will keep my deadbeat ones too!)