Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Saturday

Verse of the Day:

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 1-2

Hello everyone. I am using up my leftovers!! I am having some friends over tonight and will be cooking a turkey pot pie. You can find the recipe here.

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can't. I first stumbled across it last year when I was trying to figure out what to do with my leftover turkey. I was on the Pillsbury website and found their recipe for Classic Chicken Pot Pie. This is sooooooooooo good. It truly is.  This is my go to recipe for chicken and turkey pot pie!!

The only things I add are potatoes (I steam one whole potato in the microwave and dice it small and add it to the mixture and I also add a touch of velvetta cheese. NOT A LOT. Just enough to make it extra creamy. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please check out the link and give it a try. 

I hope everyone has a very blessed day and I would love to hear how you use up your leftovers.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Friday!

Verse of the Day:
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17

Hello everyone. I trust that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Me and the girls missed DH, but we had a good Thanksgiving. Had some very good friends over to help us celebrate and eat the feast I prepared.

This year is the first year I brined my turkey and oh boy was it good! It was so juicy and tender. I used an Apple Spice Brine and it was so good. You really have to keep an eye on what kind of turkey you use though. If you have one that has been injected with a solution already then you need to cut back on the salt by at least half which is what I did. After it brined for 15 hours. I took it out of the brine, rinsed it well, slathered it in butter, salted and peppered it, draped bacon all over it, and stuffed it with apples and onions that had been steeped in cinnamon water. I am telling you the turkey was amazing! 

I also prepared a bunch of sides, all carb of course, which you can find here and here. I also had mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, homemade of course :)

Now for Black Friday the ONLY THING I took advantage of was the online sale Gymboree had and I got the Bug a winter coat. There is no way you could drag me out shopping on Black Friday ;)

I hope everyone has a fantastic week end. Me and the girls will be putting up our Christmas decorations up this week end! What are you doing?


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

When you sit down at your tables today and thank God, remember to thank Him for our troops who are away from families securing our freedom. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes Part Two

Verse of the Day:
"O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm 107:1

Hello everyone. I am sure everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving, I know we are. DH is away at NCOA so me and the girls are hosting Thanksgiving here at the house with some dear friends.  I am very much looking forward to it :) My husband, luckily, is about 2 hours from my mom and dad so he will be spending Thanksgiving week end with them. It makes me more at ease he will have family with him.  

I thought I would do one last post on some more Thanksgiving recipes. One of my favorite desserts ever is Apple Pie and several years back I found a recipe on Kraft Foods called Apple Pear Crumble Pie. This has been a huge hit to everyone I have ever made it for. Kudos to the person or persons that came up with this recipe. I share this last year as well, but those of you that missed it, here it is again.

what you need

24 NILLA Wafers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup  packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
  ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 14.1-oz. pkg.)
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 large  baking apples, peeled, sliced
1 large fresh pear, peeled, sliced
1/3 cup  granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

make it

HEAT oven to 375ºF.
MIX wafer crumbs, brown sugar and butter until well blended; set aside.
PLACE pie crust in 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. Spread cream cheese carefully onto bottom of crust; sprinkle with half the crumb mixture. Combine fruit in large bowl. Add granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss to coat. Spoon over crumb layer in crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
BAKE 35 min. or until fruit is tender and crust is lightly browned, covering loosely with foil after 25 min. if necessary to prevent crust from overbrowning. Cool. Serve topped with COOL WHIP.
A new recipe I will be trying this year is Missy's Peanut Butter Passion Cake. It take a tried and true chocolate cake recipe I have been using for a while now and puts the most delicious sounding icing on top!! You can find the recipe here.

This year I think I am trying Martha Stewart's Perfect Roast Turkey!! My friend raves about this turkey so I am giving it a try this year. 
You want a fast turkey then I have heard good things about a 2 hour turkey and you can find the recipe here
On an entirely different subject, I have no idea why my post is showing up in 2 different fonts after I have made numerous efforts to change it.
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! God Bless.


Monday, November 21, 2011

POWERFUL VIDEO...BUT Read what I have written before viewing

This is a very graphic and very powerful video. I personally think everyone over the age of 12 needs to watch it, but before you let your minors watch it, watch it yourself first. 

Thank God He sent His Son Jesus to take care of these sins past, present, and future! Salvation is so easy yet people try to make it so hard. It saddens me! 

One thing I disagree with in this video is people thinking they have to do something to have their sins forgiven. Our sins were forgiven on Calvary.  "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." Hebrews 1:3-4 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews 9:12 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22 "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" Ephesians 1:7 "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."   ‎1 John 2:2   "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.Hebrews 10:10

That being said, in order to have His righteousness imputed to us we simply have to believe that God sent His Son to take care of our sin debt past, present, and future at Calvary. Our salvation was completed at Calvary according the verses I quoted above. We have to know who He is and what the gift is. (John 4:10) In order to have what He has already done for you applied to you, you have to know Him. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also that after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise." Ephesians 1:13 

If you think you have to do ANYTHING to earn salvation then you don't have it. Why would God have had to send His Son if we can do anything to get to heaven? I am even talking about the good ole Baptist way of saying a prayer and asking God to do something He has already done. I am talking about good works ANYTHING you think you have to do to "earn" salvation. One of my very good friends said something like that sounds too easy, its not that easy. Its so very sad that many people have to make something God made so easy out to be so hard. 


Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes

Verse of the Day:
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13

Hello everyone. I am so sorry that I haven't been posting recipes like I said I would. Things have been a bit nuts with my husband in NCOA. SO, that being said I am going to do a post with some of my favorite recipes now and will do another one before Thanksgiving. After the holidays I do want to start up with my blog full time again. I want to thank everyone for their patience.

The one thing I have to have every Thanksgiving and Christmas besides the Turkey and Ham is potato casserole!! This is a very popular and very easy recipe. You need the following:

Cubed  Frozen Hashbrown Potatoes any brand
1 can of cream of chicken or cream of celery will work too
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (adjust to your liking. I use more)
1 medium onion cut up fine
1 sleeve of ritz crackers ( you can subsitute just about anything for the topping really) I also put some cheese on top before I put on the cracker crumbs. Cheese crackers are also amazing on this.
1/2 stick of butter cut into cubes

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix everything together but the crackers and butter and pour into a 9x13          buttered dish and smooth out until evenly distributed.
3. Dot butter over the top of hashbrown mixture
4. Finely crush crackers and distribute evenly over the top. 
5. Cover dish and bake 45 mins or until potatoes are done.
6. Uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes

The second thing I absolutely love is Corn Casserole! Many people have this over the holidays. I had it the first time 3 years ago at a friends house and last year made it for the first time. It is so good. You will need the following:

1 can of creamed corn
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 8 oz package of corn muffin mix
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 stick of butter melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350

In large bowl, stir together both cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, melted butter, and half of the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with the remaining cheese. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let sit for 10 minutes and serve warm.

This is so yummy and a new favorite of mine.

I will be posting some more recipes over the next few days, one of them being my mom's cornbread dressing which is to die for! It is so moist and flavorful. Please feel free to share some of your own. I hope everyone has a blessed day.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

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 Check out these amazing cards I bought on Shutterfly today! I used them last year and was impressed by the quality so this year I went back to them. Absolutely love them. Check out their large selection of cards today!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Site is Under Construction

Just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know I am having the blog design redone. Look for a newer one soon :) I will be posting a recipe for Thanksgiving later tonight. Have a great week end.


Happy Veterans Day

Verse of the Day:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8

Hello everyone. I hope y'all are having a great week end. First of all I wanna thank all the military past and present for their service to this county. Your sacrifices are not overlooked. I want to thank my husband most of all. I love him and am very proud to be his wife.
(He is the handsome one on your right holding our daughter's hand) 

Things have been going well here at this Air Force house. DH is currently in NCO Academy in AL and has 5 more weeks left. Sad that he is not going to home for Thanksgiving, but he is about 140 miles from my family in FL so he will have family to be with and I have some great friends coming over for Thanksgiving to keep me company. I will be posting recipes starting today until the day before thanksgiving and if you have a good one please share by  commenting below.

We had our very first family pictures taken by Erica Mahan Photography just a few weeks ago and they turned out great. She is a very talented Air Force wife. I have been using her since the Bug was 12 months old. 

Needless to say I am extremely pleased with the pictures. Seeing as our little Bear is only 2 she is not the most cooperative little girl when it comes to pics, but Erica ALWAYS does such an outstanding job and is extremely talented. Just when I think nothing of the girls is gonna work for her, it always does. :)

Well while DH is gone I have been getting the house in order. Throwing things out that need to be thrown out and organizing. I am also getting things ready for Thanksgiving dinner here at the house with some great friends and then there is Christmas decorations and Christmas cards after Thanksgiving. Here are our Christmas cards that will be going out this year.

I will be posting a few recipes this week end so keep a look out. I hope everyone has a blessed day and thanks again to all of our military past and present.