Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mamma in her Kerchief and I in my HodgePodge

Had just settled our brains for a long week's break. Well, the break actually comes next week as Joyce, our lovely host, will be traveling. Lucky girl. She sure travels a lot. I'd love to be her travel buddy. lol. Anywhoo, back to the Hodgepodge for this week. The last one of 2010.

1. Share your Christmas Eve traditions. We don't really have traditions for Christmas Eve. Our activities for that day always depend on the hubs work schedule. This year he happens to be off for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Wooohoooo. We'll be making up our own traditions this year.

2. What was the best book you read in 2010? (we're not going to include The Bible here) Honestly, I did very little recreational reading in 2010. Something that will be different in 2011.

3. Do you have pets and if so do you allow them on the furniture? We do not have any pets. Getting one is still being debated. I'll let you know.

4. What event from 2010 are you most thankful for? Graduating! Are you tired of hearing that yet? Sorry if you are. I still think it's a big stinkin deal.

5. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before. Loaded up my Harley and went on a road trip with my pal, Jessica.

6. Brussel sprouts...friend or foe? I love Brussel sprouts. In fact, we are having them as one of the veggies for our Christmas Day dinner.

7. Who would you nominate for man/woman of the year? My wonderful husband. He puts up with all my shenanigans and travel adventures. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. Today is my last day of work for 2010. I'm off for 12 days and looking forward to spending some relaxing time at home. Hey. Maybe I'll even get started on the reading list. I'm definitely going to be trying some new recipes so watch for those.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. Do you have Christmas Eve traditions. Please leave me a comment or hop on over to Joyce's at From This Side of the Pond and link up.
Like other bloggers, I'll be taking a break for a few days. Please join me in celebrating the birth of Jesus. The Gift and the Giver. Have a very, Merry Christmas.

Peace and Joy,

Luke 2:8-11 (NKJV) 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Throne Trip Tuesdays - Perspective

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yes, " said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

May your eyes be opened to the Gift and the Giver for they are one and the same.

Peace and Joy,

Luke 2:6-7 (NKJV) 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Stirring the Pot - Orange Salad

I promised this recipe a few weeks ago. I love this orange salad. My granny made it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It's sweet, delicious, light, and scrumptious.

Grandma G's Orange Salad

1 pkg orange jello
1 pkg regular vanilla pudding (not instant)
1 pkg tapioca pudding
1 sm can drained mandarin oranges (reserve juice)
3 cups water (use some of the reserved juice to account for part of the water)
1 8 oz container cool whip

Combine the jello and pudding mixes in a small sauce pan. Add the reserved juice plus enough water to equal 3 cups. Bring to a boil. Remove and cool. Blend in the orange segments. Gently fold in the cool whip. Refrigerate.

Note: This recipe uses the small size packages of jello and pudding. If you use the large packages, double the water and oranges. Then use a larger container of cool whip.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. I hope you enjoy this delicious "salad" (desert) as much as my family has enjoyed it.

Peace and Joy,

Psalm 29:11 (NKJV)  The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.

Friday, December 17, 2010

TSMSS - Joy to the World

There are so many wonderful Christmas songs. Like this one.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. If you'd like to listen to more wonderful, uplifting songs, or post your own, link up with Amy at Signs, Miracles, and Wonders.

Peace and Joy,

Luke 2:10 (NKJV) Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

Flashback Friday - Presents

Linda hosts this every week. Christmas has been the theme. Lights. School programs. Parties. This week she wants to know about our Christmas memories related to presents. I'm also joining JAVA over at Never Growing Old for her wonderful FOLLOW FRIDAY 40 and OVER.

When did you open Christmas presents when you were growing up? Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If you traveled, did your parents take the gifts, or did you open them early or late? Did your parents have Santa leave presents? Were they wrapped or unwrapped? Did you have stockings? What was generally in those? Were gifts simple and practical or more extravagant? Did you give presents to your parents and siblings? Were they homemade or purchased? If purchased, did you pay with your own money or did your parents pay? What are memories of special gifts you received? Did you ever peek and find out what your gifts were ahead of time? Did presents gradually appear under the tree in the days leading up to Christmas and were you allowed to touch/shake them?

There are many memories over the years. Whether we were at home or celebrating with relatives far away, we always opened gifts Christmas morning. I have lived all my life away from family. Some years we stayed at home. Other years we traveled to family.

I still remember the excitement of waking up before dawn to see what Santa had brought. We were not allowed to go near the tree until everyone was up. My dad, bless his heart, would have been up late putting together this toy or that bicycle. He knew we were excited to get to the gifts. But seriously. Who wants to get up after only a meager few hours of sleep. Of course, as we got older we slept in later. At least till it was actually dawn. lol

One year I accidentally found the gift hiding place. I was 12 or 13. I couldn't help myself when I ran across them. I looked. It was the most disappointing Christmas ever. There were no surprises. I think that's part of the excitement of Christmas. The suspense. I was not allowed to handle any gift under the tree. Whether it had my name on it or someone else's. I reached a point where I had an uncanny ability to guess the package contents.

This photo is clearly from Christmas past. We are at my grandparents house. My mom's parents. My brother, me, my uncle Larry, and my aunt Carla in front of the tree. Carla and I are five months apart. Crazy isn't it? My mom and grandma were pregnant at the same time. Carla and I grew up more like cousins or sisters. Anyway. Clearly, we've already opened our gifts. I'm the two and a half year old with the death grip on the doll. It looks like my uncle Larry scored big with what look like skis. Carla has a Suzy Goose. I don't even know what that is. There are two big trucks and several stuffed animals too.

Thank you so much for reminiscing with me. Do you have a Christmas present past to share? Leave me a comment or hop on over to Mocha with Linda and link up.

Peace and Joy,

Luke 1:46-47; 49 (NKJV) 46 And Mary said: “ My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stirring the Pot - Southwestern Chicken Appetizer

This is a great appetizer. I served this at the cookie exchange. It was a huge hit. You can cut in half if you're serving a small group of about 10.

Southwestern Chicken Appetizers

1 Loaf French Baguette, thinly sliced
2 Cooked Chicken Breasts, finely chopped (about 2 C chopped)
1 Small Bell Pepper (any color)
1 Jalapeno, seeded, cored, shopped
1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Divided Use
½ Small Onion, finely chopped
½ t Kosher Salt
¼ to ½ C Mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s)
1 Clove Garlic, minced
2 T Pampered Chef Southwestern Seasoning
1 Lime, zest and squeeze
2 to 3 Plum Tomatoes, thinly sliced
3 T Freshly Snipped Cilantro

Combine chicken, peppers, onion, salt, garlic, seasoning mix, and lime juice. Add just enough mayo to hold mixture together.

You can stop here and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. I make this a day ahead of time. Then when I’m ready to bake:

Add- ½ C cheese to chicken mixture and mix until well combined.

Place sliced baguette on baking sheet. Spread chicken mixture evenly over bread slices (about a T per slice), slightly flattening the top. Top each with one sliced tomato; sprinkle with leftover ½ C cheese. Bake at 375 until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with freshly snipped cilantro. Serve warm.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. 

Peace and Joy,

Matthew 2:10 (NKJV) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giddy Yap for the Wednesday HodgePodge!

The thermometer has tanked here. Not even kidding. The high for the last three days has barely reached 20. At least it's not so windy. The weather definitely mirrors this week's song theme for our HodgePodge. Thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond.

1. What does it mean to have the 'holiday spirit'? To me it means to be caring, compassionate, and giving to others. As Christ gave to you so you also should give.

2. What sits atop your tree (s)? Why? A Star. Because I like the star.

3. When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back? The cookie exchange party was a success. I stroked myself for that one.

4. Which of your senses is most sensitive this time of year? My sense of humor. People out shopping in all the craziness just crack me up.

5. What do you have too much of in your kitchen? Coffee cups. What? Yes. You heard me right. We have too many coffee cups. We only regularly use three or four of them. Yet, whenever we go somewhere and the hubs find a "cool" Harley mug he just has to buy one or four.  

6. What do you do for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Big meal? Breakfast tradition? Open the cookie tins and have at it? We have a big dinner Christmas Day. Usually steak and shrimp. This year we're having steak and lobster tails. Plus the sides. Who wants a tater added to the pot?

7. What is the best thing about winter? That it will soon give way to spring.

8. Insert your own random thought here.When I logged into my computer and radio station just now, today's theme song was playing. Not even kidding. So of course, I have to share.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Be sure to hop over to Joyce's for other HodgePodge players or link up with your own answers.

Peace and Joy,

John 15:9 (NKJV) “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Throne Trip Tuesday - Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday was the Third Sunday of Advent. In Christian tradition, this Sunday is called “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means joy in Latin. We must all be glad and joyful as we await the coming of Christ into the world. He will come to bring us peace and contentment. He will come to restore all things unto him.

With Sunday’s celebration, we are also beginning the second phase of our Advent season which is to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day. The pink candle will be lighted on Sunday symbolizing our eagerness to celebrate Christ’s coming on Christmas and our anticipation for his Second Coming.

The readings in Sunday’s liturgy give us reasons to rejoice. The First Reading taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah (35:1-6,10) foretells the coming of Christ. Isaiah says that with the coming of the Redeemer, “the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.” (Is. 35: 5-6¬). This will give the people reason to rejoice for at last, the Savior has come to their aid – he has come to rescue them from what enslaves them.

The Second Reading urges us to be patient in waiting for the Lord. (James 5:7-10) There will be sufferings and trials on the way, but when the Lord comes, all of these will end and our sufferings will turn to joy for he comes to comfort us. The Gospel Reading presents to us another important figure as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. He is no less than John the Baptist. In the Gospel, John the Baptist tells us that the one who will come is greater than he. He is Jesus, the one who will bring sight to the blind, recovery to the ill, and good news to the poor. (Matthew 11:2-11)

As we continue our preparations for Christ’s coming, let us not forget that the coming of Christ is good news for us Christians. Therefore, even as we repent from our sins, we must be joyful and glad for the Lord has come and will come again to bring forth goodness, justice, and love. Rejoice!

Peace and Joy,

1 Chronicles 16:10 (NKJV)  10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Musings - Health Care Meets TSA

Airport Security full body scans and enhanced pat downs have become quite a hot topic. So has the health care law passed by our government. Here's a great compromise and an excellent use of resources.

AHAHAHAHA! Sorry. This showed up in my inbox this morning, and I couldn't pass up sharing it. Have a great week.

Peace and Joy,

Matthew 2:4-6 (NKJV) 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Catching Up on the Way Behind

How's that for a catchy title? I need to back up a few days. ANNOUNCEMENT!!! My great blog friend, Kurt aka KrippledWarrior at Some Things I Have Learned is the winner of my giveaway. Congratulations Kurt. So glad you won. He was notified last week, I just hadn't posted it yet.

My daughter and I baked about 15 dozen cookies. Yes, you read that right. 15 dozen. Why so many? My annual cookie exchange was Saturday. I needed six dozen for the exchange. A couple people had to back out at the last minute so I wanted to contribute an extra six dozen. We made Snickerdoodles and Walnut-Maple Drops for the exchange. We also made chocolate chip to eat. Yeah. We're crazy like that.

The cookie exchange was a great success. Seven of my closest friends came over. We shared laughs. Played Christmas trivia. Answered Christmas song questions. They won gift baskets. One lucky person won the cookie jar. We ate appetizers. We drank mulled apple cider. We played the Dirty Santa Gift Exchange. It was a lot of fun.

I was so busy hosting, I didn't take a single picture. Not one! Ugh.

Today was to be cookie baking day with the grand-boy. He wants to make chocolate crinkle cookies. But the weather turned crazy. Yesterday it was in the mid-40s and raining. Today it barely reached 20. It snowed. And snowed. Then it snowed some more. On top of that the wind was kicking. Not a very pleasant day. Definitely a day for staying indoors. Baking cookies with the grand-boy is rescheduled for next weekend.

Now my way behind is caught up with the rest of me. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Have a fabulous week.

Peace and Joy,

Galatians 4:4-5 (NKJV) 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Parson Brown HodgePodge

Who? Parson Brown. You know the guy....."in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...." That's the theme for this week's HodgePodge with Joyce From This Side of the Pond. Winter Wonderland:

1. Have you ever been on a real sleigh ride? How about the warm weather version - a carriage ride? Yes and Yes. ahaha. Surprised? Probably not. When I was in high school, my family and I traveled to Colorado for Christmas. A real sleigh ride was on the agenda. I still remember the feel of the cold air, the jingle of the bells on the horse's harness, the runners on the sleigh, the wonder of moving through the mountains in the sleigh. It was definitely magical.

2. What's your policy on 'chain mail' know, the emails you receive that are often some sort of poem/blessing/good wish that ask you to send it on to 10 or 12 friends? Do you delete without opening, read and trash, read and trash and then worry you won't be blessed/lucky/protected? Do you delete the sender from your contacts or just go ahead and send the love onward? I sometimes read them and delete them. I rarely forward them on.

3. Who is your favorite character in any of the Christmas movies and why? It's just to difficult to pick one. There are so many Christmas movies I watch over and over.....year after year. It's a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Prancer, The Santa Clause series with Tim Allen. But I'd have to choose Linus when he gets on stage and tells what Christmas is all about. 

4. Share a favorite quote. You know I can't pick just one. ahahaha
Four things you can't recover:
The stone.....after the throw.
The word.........after it's said.
The occasion....after it's missed.
The time.........after it's gone.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, WOO HOO what a ride!

If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it. Chinese Proverb

Always put off until tomorrow what you shouldn't do at all. --Morris Mandel

A word to the wise does no good. It's the stupid people out there that need the help.- Bill Cosby 

5. What's your favorite holiday scent? Any cookie baking in the kitchen or apple spice scent.

6. Does the Christmas season stress you out? In what way? Sometimes. If I try to get too much done in a short amount of time. When that happens I take a step back, breathe deeply, and have a glass of wine. :)

7. What's the best thing about your life right now? That I'm approaching the five year mark of being cancer free. Yesterday's headline of Mrs. Edwards passing is one of those reminders to me that "but by the grace of God, there go I."

8. Insert your own random thought here. This is the time of year I would rather be home nesting, baking, entertaining, celebrating family, friends, and the birth of our Savior.

If you'd like to join in with your own hodgepodge, hop on over to see Joyce. She's got the lowdown. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today. 

Peace and Joy,

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stirriing the Pot with a Cookie Recipe Exchange

 I'm having a Christmas Cookie Exchange this Saturday IRL so when Sara decided to hold a virtual cookie recipe exchange I was on board. There are several cookies I like to make every year, but these two are a must: Snickerdoodles and Walnut-Maple Drops. I acquired this scrumptious cookie recipe in 2002 from a Land O Lakes cookie recipe book. You know the kind. They sit at the end of the check out lane tempting you to look inside. So I did. lol It's the only place I've every seen this recipe. It's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It has an unexpected flavor from the maple flavoring. Do try it. They're not your ordinary oatmeal cookies.

Walnut-Maple Drops
1 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Cup Land O Lakes Butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspons imitation maple flavor
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats (I use old-fashioned)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 Cups chopped walnuts
60 large walnut pieces (enough for one large walnut piece on each cookie)

Heat oven to 350. Combine brown sugar, sugar, and butter in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs, maple flavor, and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Reduce speed to low, add flour, oats, and baking soda. Beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts by hand.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper). Press walnut piece onto top of each cookie. (Don't skip this step.) Bake for 9 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

The Snickerdoodle recipe comes from an older Betty Crocker cookbook. If anyone is interested in it, I'll be happy to post it too.

We'd love for you to post your favorite recipe and link up in the First Annual Cookie Recipe Exchange. How you ask? It's super easy. Just hop on over to Sara's and link up. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Please let me know if you try these and if they were a hit.

Peace and Joy,

Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,         And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Victorian Holiday Cerlebration

A couple weekends ago my pal, Jessica, and I met in the quaint community of Lebanon. The city not the Republic. lol. Anywhoo, this little town's claim to fame is the Mermaid House Hotel where Charles Dickens visited in 1842.

But the thing that drew us to this little town was their annual Christmas celebration. There was so much activity. Caroling. Carriage rides. Street entertainers. Food. Father Christmas. Beautiful window displays. A wedding party.

Here are a couple photos from the day. There are several pictures on my photo blog, Shutter Clicks.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Peace and Joy,

Luke 2:15 (NKJV) So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Second Advent Sunday

Today, the Second Sunday of Advent, we light the second candle in our Advent Wreath symbolizing our eager anticipation for Christ’s coming into our lives. Christ is the light of the world and He lightens our path so that we may walk in the path of righteousness and peace. The candle too symbolizes watchfulness – an attitude all Christians must possess.
This Advent Season is indeed an opportune time for us to be reminded of the reality that Christ will come again and that He will judge us at the appointed time. However, fear must not rule our minds and hearts as we await His coming. We must look forward to His coming with joyful and renewed hearts. The readings today tell us how all of us can prepare joyfully and with hearts renewed.

In our First Reading, Isaiah the prophet tells us that the One who is to come is a great leader of God’s people. He is of royal descent and One who possesses the Spirit of God. He is coming to the world to fulfill a great mission: To bring justice to the poor, to punish the wicked, and to establish security (cf. Isaiah 11:1-10). The Second Reading, taken from the letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans (15:4-9) reminds us that as followers of Jesus the Christ, we must live in unity and harmony. Paul reminds the Church in Rome and all of us today that we should look up to Jesus as our model of one who desires unity and inclusivity. In the Gospel, Matthew narrates Jesus’ call to repentance: The “Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent!” Repentance means doing what is right and good and shunning what is evil.

In this holy season of Advent, the Church tells us that we must prepare for the coming of Christ because His coming will bring justice, love, and peace. The best way to prepare for His coming is to individually and collectively repent and resolve to always do the will of God for us. Sin causes disunity. Repentance heals relationships.

May the second candle of Advent that we light today be a reminder of our Christian duty to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Peace and Joy,

Philippians 1:9 (NKJV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

Last Day to Enter My Blogiversary Giveaway

I'm celebrating two years of blogging!!! I never dreamed I would still be posting or that so many of you would return regularly. Each of you is so precious to me. Thank you for your friendship, encouragement, and edification.

To celebrate you, CSN Stores is sponsoring a $35 gift code giveaway, and I'm throwing in a little something extra. All you have to do is be a follower and comment at this post before midnight CST.

Peace and Joy,

John 8:12 (NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Friday, December 3, 2010

TSMSS - Christmas with a Capital "C"

I heard this song for the first time yesterday morning. Can I just say..... I LOVE IT!!! Hope you enjoy this rockin song too.

I'm not sure how I missed this group, Go Fish Guys. These guys have powerful songs. If you're not familiar with them, check them out. The have awesome VBS materials and one of their projects might be just what a young person in your life needs today, This Day! Thanks for stopping by and visiting. If you'd like to hear more inspirational songs or participate, hop on over to Amy's of Then Sings My Soul Saturday.

Peace and Joy,

John 6:35 (NKJV) And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Cup of Hodgepodge Cheer!

That's right! It's a Holly Jolly HodgePodge! Joyce is off on another adventurous outing saying hello to friends she knows and everyone she meets. In the meantime, here's her hodgepodge questions of the week:

1. What is the most interesting thing you've done in the last year? This question leaves the impression that I have to choose just one thing. ugh! Who can choose? Let's see: I graduated. Great accomplishment but is it really all that interesting? hmmm. Probably not. How bout....oh, I know! I went on my first overnight motorcycle trip with my best pal, Jessica. We were gone for several days. Two gals. Out on the road. Sharing the motorcycle experience. Yep. I'm going with that one. Just call us The Wild Hoggettes. This pic is from a different trip we took, but it's the only photo I have with both of us in it and on our scooters.

2. What is your most meaningful family heirloom? Again. Choosing just one. ugh! I'd have to say my "Grandmother Clock." This clock was a gift to my maternal grandmother from my dad before I was born. My granny gave it to me a couple years before she went home to be with the Lord.

3. What food festival would you most like to attend? If you're not sure click here to see a list of possibilities.At first, I was going to answer the Southbeach Food & Wine Fesitval. But after seeing the ginormous list of food festivals around the world, who can pick just one? Are you seeing a theme? Maybe I need to change the title of this post. ahaha. Anywhoo, I'm going with a food festival in Italy. Food. Wine. Cheese. I'm thinking it doesn't get much better than that.

4. you love it or is it considered a four letter word where you live? Snow I can take. But we live in that area of the country which borders the switchover from snow to rain; so we end up with ice.

5. Can you ski? Do you ski? Are you any good? I love to ski. Or at least I did in my younger days. I have not skied in years but would jump at the chance to go! Is that an offer?

6. What quality in your spouse or best friend are you most thankful for? Again with the pick just one option? Here's the list of qualities I'm thankful for in my hubby. Humor. Compassion. Patience. Integrity. Ingenuity. Ha! I'm such a rebel! 

7. Describe the coziest spot in your home. It's our living room. Except when it's the kitchen. lol

8. Insert your own random thought here. It's my two year blogiversary! To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway. Be sure to go here to enter.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. I leave you with this:

Peace and Joy,

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV)  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway

I can not believe that I have been blogging for two years. That just seems crazy to me. As I look back to some of my first posts compared to those of the past few months, my writing style has definitely changed. Improved. I'm more myself. Though I still find times when I sit at the key board, type out random and disjointed thoughts, delete them, and wonder why anyone would find interesting what I have to say or current events in my life. Yet, you continue to stop by and visit. You leave me encouraging comments. You hang with me. You are my friends.

So to thank you for hanging with me, I am holding a $35 CSN Gift Code giveaway plus another surprise. If you're not familiar with CSN Stores, they have tons of items from coffee tables to lighting, cookware to luggage. I mean, who wouldn't love some new luggage to travel with during the holidays; or anytime for that matter.

GIVEAWAY: Entering is simple. One, you have to be a follower. Once you are a follower just leave me a comment on this post. That's it. You're officially entered to win.

This contest ends Sunday, December 5 at midnight (CST) and is open to US entrants only. Sorry. All entries must be in by then. The winner will be announced shortly after that.

Thank you so much for sticking with me these past two years. I'm excited to see where God takes me in the future.

Peace and Joy,

Psalm 136:1 (NIV)  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the first day of Advent. But what does that mean? Once site described it as this:

THE First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. The color of liturgical vestments is purple symbolizing the character of the season which is one of repentance and conversion. But unlike the season of Lent, Advent season emphasizes that we must repent for the coming of the Lord is near. The season of Advent is an opportune moment for us to prepare for the coming of Christ on Christmas and for His second coming. We must all eagerly anticipate this coming by making our hearts renewed and filled with love and goodness.

The readings in today’s liturgy urge all followers of Christ to be vigilant for we know not the time of the coming of the Lord. We must all be watchful so that when Christ comes, we will be ready to meet Him.

The First Reading reminds us that we can prepare for this by always being attentive to the word of God. By listening to God’s word, our hearts will be likened to His – a heart that has compassion and love for all. God’s heart knows no bounds and He welcomes all. We must be inclusive in our relationships and learn to acknowledge the goodness that is in other people’s hearts.

The Second Reading talks about giving up vices and exercising self-control as a way of preparing oneself for Christ’s coming. It means that if we are with Christ, we will do what is right and good and reject what is evil and untrue. It also means that we must live in the spirit of God and not in human desires. The Gospel’s message is very clear: Know what will happen when Christ comes and not focus on what the world dictates.

As we begin the season of Advent, let us focus on our internal preparations for Christmas and for the coming again of Jesus. Let us intensify our spiritual preparations lest we forget that the reason for the season is the Mystery of Incarnation of God’s Son. Let us not be distracted by the outward preparations for Christmas. May this Advent Season indeed make us ready to meet Jesus, our Lord.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating this Advent Season?

Peace and Joy,

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV©2010) Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Enough is Enough

That's right. I've had enough of Thanksgiving. Fall. Harvest. blah. blah. blah. It's time to bring on Christmas. New background. New posts. New music. Starting with this:

The house is decorated. The tree is up and partially decorated. Christmas music resounds throughout the house. Please join me in celebrating the reason for the season. The birth of Jesus.

Peace and Joy,

Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hello, We're the Griswolds

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. The turkey was juicy and flavorful accompanied by mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, corn, and cranberry sauce. And of course rolls. So what was so "Christmas Vacation" about the dinner? The rolls. Not even kidding. But let me set the scene.

The table is brimming with food. Everything looks delicious and smells heavenly. My hubby is to my left, my daughter to my right. My SIL, niece, and "the cousin" grace the other seats at the table. We're passing food and filling plates. I ask for the rolls. The hubby starts poking fun at the shape of some of them. My SIL, who baked the rolls, explains that the cellophane stuck to the dough causing them to be misformed. Reasonable. I take my roll. It looks a little brown on the bottom and feels a little ummm hard. No biggie. A little butter or gravy will cure that. I place my thumbs on the bottom to separate the roll. My thumb implodes the roll as bread crumbs fall onto my mashed potatoes.  I get the roll open to find an outer shell with little interior. The husband looks at me and says, "Griswold Rolls." ahahahaha

For those who don't understand the the clip from the movie:

 Do you have a funny story of something that was said or done at your Thanksgiving? We'll definitely remember the "Griswold Rolls." 

Peace and Joy,

Colossians 3:17 (NKJV) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Alphabet

T...Turkeys, tablespreads, being together,
H...Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A...Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N...Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K...Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S...Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner!
G...Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I...Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V...Very special times-there could even be snow.
I...Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N...Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G...Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

Author Unknown


T is for turkey on Thanksgiving Day,
H is for "Hurry, I'm hungry!" we say.
A is for Auntie, she works and she mends,
N is for Native American friends.
K is for kitchen, the oven's on low,
S is for silverware, set in a row.
G is for Grandma, the one we love most,
I is for inside, where we're warm as toast.
V is for vegetables, eat them we try,
I is for icecream on top of the pie.
N is for never do we have enough dressing,
G is for Grandpa, who gives thanks for our blessings. 

All in a Word

By Aileen Fisher 

T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that abounds.
That spells ~~~THANKS---for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.

Peace and Joy,

Psalm 95:2 (NIV) Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hodgepodge Thanksgiving Buffet Style

That's right, it's time to join my blog peep, Joyce From This Side of the Pond in our weekly hodgepodge of questions. Naturally, the theme this week evolves around Thanksgiving, food, and traditions. Here's what Joyce wants to know:

1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower? Absolutely! Anyone who's reads my blog even for a short time learns quickly that I'm the adventurous type. I ride my own Harley for cryin out loud. I actually camped in the Rocky Mountains one New Year's Eve. I moved to a large metropolitan city and purposely got lost just to see if I could find my way back home.

2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general? I've traveled up the Mississippi River, down the Ohio River, and through the lock and dam at Lake Barkley; but, I've never been on the ocean. I so want to take a cruise or cross the ocean.

3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Thanksgiving is about the same today as it was when I was growing up. Lots of food shared with family and friends being thankful for all the God has blessed us with.

4. What time is dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day? Because of the hubby's work schedule, we are eating early.....eleven. Then those who remain will pretty much graze the rest of the day. ahaha. My grandmother's orange salad is the one side dish that is a must at all holiday dinners. I'll get the recipe up before Christmas for you. It's a must!

Yes, I know it goes against all I believe in to ask for 'just one', but I made up for it by asking three questions here.

5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell.... Fire extinguisher? No. But I have set off the smoke alarms more times than I can count.

6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and feet dragging, only to realize later it was a true blessing. I cannot think of one situation off the top of my head. I'll think on it and update if I come up with anything.

7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned or french fried...which one's your favorite? Smashed with butter, milk, a little cream cheese, and roasted garlic. Garnished with chives.

8. Insert your own random thought here. I always start the Christmas season watching this:

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and visit. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Peace and Joy,

Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV, ©2010) 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Over the River and Thru the Woods to Christmas Swapping I Go

I'm so ready for some Christmas. I've been planning my IRL Annual Cookie Exchange for months. Most everything is in place. The menu is prepared. The appetizers have been tested. The decorations are up. Well, except for the tree. That comes out today and decorated with the grand-boy this weekend.

So my blog peep, Shortmama posted that she is participating in The 12 Days of Christmas Swap. Ok, I'll bite. I'm hopped over to see what the swap is all about, and I'm joining in with Sami and Evelyns fun swap. Want to know more? Your curiosity is peeked and you want to play along? Click on the button below and get signed up! Hurry. You don't have much time. Today, November 23 at noon is the deadline.

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Whether or not your participate in the fun swap, do something unexpected for someone today, This Day!

Peace and Joy,

Colossians 3:15 (NIV)  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Musings - Turkey Talk

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a blessed week.

Peace and Joy,

1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV) I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hodgepodge = Mishmash

I'm joining in with the Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by my blog peep Joyce From This Side of the Pond.

1. What is the most amazing weather you've ever seen? The hubs and I were right in the middle of a derecho in May 2009. We took shelter in the bay of a car wash. We watched huge branches whiz by as trees were bending and swaying in the 106+ mile per hour winds.

2. What is a sound or noise you love? My hubby's ringtone. I love it when he calls me. We communicate on the phone a lot. It's essential when you work different shifts and have different days off.

3. Do you like seafood? What's your favorite seafood dish? I like seafood as an entree. I don't want it with pasta or in a sauce or in soup. Generally, I'm not one of those finicky eaters who totally segregates the food on their plate; but, when it comes to anything fishy....I don't want it cooked with any of the other food I'm eating. 

4. What part of your day requires the most patience? All of it. Just sayn. lol

5. What's your favorite shade of blue? It's a toss up between sky blue and ocean blue.

6. Do people underestimate you? I'm not sure. I've never asked that question.

7. When was the last time you had butterflies in your stomach? Right before embarking on my first ever overnight motorcycle trip. That was back in July of this year.

8. Insert your own random thought here, and remember...I have a wooden spoon and I'm not afraid to use it. I have a couple of random thoughts for today. 1) Are you ready for the royal wedding? Isn't it exciting to see Prince William a commoner? And, she's wearing the stunning sapphire ring Princess Diana wore. 2) I'm already playing Christmas music and decorating my house for Christmas. Getting the tree up is next. Yes, I know it's not even Thanksgiving. Don't even care about that. We always have the Thanksgiving meal at my SILs. Christmas is at our house. I'm just trying to get a little of the game. lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Before you hop over to Joyce's to read some of the other HodgePodge participants, be sure to scroll down to read yesterday's post about my weekend and check out all the pictures at my photo blog ShutterClicks.

Peace and Joy,

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Weekend in Tennessee

There are weekend excursions in the past couple months that have yet to be posted. I get busy with other posts. I get busy with life. Sometimes, I think the story is not very interesting. Other times, sorting through the photos and getting the commentary written seems a daunting task that always takes me much longer than it should.

I spent this past weekend with someone extra special to me. She and I have know each other our whole lives. Not even kidding. Our. whole. lives.

We decided to meet at a halfway point between our homes, Crossville, Tennessee. I drove five and a half hours. She drove five hours. We met in Cumberland County Tennessee. Beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. Friendly folks. Beautiful scenery. Fun shops. Food was sketchy (unless you wanted fast food, which we did not). Restaurants there keep odd hours. They close early. They open late. They close on weekends. Even Saturday. Really? We finally hit the jack pot Sunday morning for our last meal in town. We were headed to a BBQ place just outside of town which, according to the restaurant guide, was open seven days a week.WRONG. We pull into an empty parking lot. Okay, maybe they aren't open yet. WRONG. I exit the car, walk up to the door, read the sign listing the hours. Next to SUN: Closed. Really?  We turn back towards town and pass a little place called Tony's Place. There are several cars parked in front of it. We decide to give it a try. So, so glad we did. It was full of an older church crowd. White haired ladies donned with hats. You just know it's gonna be good. The food was delicious and the prices reasonable.

We did a lot of sightseeing, visiting, shopping, driving, and treasure hunting. The history of this little community is quite interesting. You can get all the facts about Crossville here. This area was staunchly divided during the Civil War. They sent roughly an equal number of troops to both sides. Because of it's central location and two major roadways, this area was easily accessible and suffered rampant pillaging. By both sides and guerrillas. This monument in the center of town lists those brave men who gave their life for what they believed. Several times, there are three to five names listed from the same family. On both sides.
An oddity of the area is the minister's tree house. It's called a tree house, but it looks like a house that swallowed a tree. It's ginormous. Made completely of scrap wood. I took photos of it from several different angles. Then, we climbed up in it. There is a chapel with a pulpit sculptured from wood. A huge cross, pews, and a choir loft surround it. There was also a lone chair. Sitting in the sunlight. Waiting for it's next occupant. A discarded trunk. And precarious floors and steps. After reaching the fourth floor, we decided we were high enough.
Sunday morning greeted us with rain. Mist. Fog. It looked dismal outside but we were determined to venture out. We were not disappointed. Similarly, even in the midst of what appears to be a trial, God shows His compassion towards us. Just look at the beauty in the dreary rain. Look at the treasure in the mist.
To see other photos, go HERE to ShutterClicks my photo blog. Or click on the camera in my side bar. Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 
Peace and Joy,

Psalm 119:18 (NIV) Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

An Evening with the Daughter

When the daughter was in middle school, the musical CATS was aired on our local PBS station. She fell in love with it. This was not her first experience with theatrical performances. Over time, we saw many musicals, ballets, comedies, and plays.

As soon as the movie was available, I purchased it for her on VHS. She played it so much she literally wore it out. Not even kidding. So when it was available on DVD I bought that copy for her too. She purchased the musical score on CD herself.

Wednesday night, for the first time, she saw the live performance. It was so exciting. For both of us. This is their logo followed by short clips of the most popular songs from the performance. The clip is a little on the long side, but if you watch the first minute or so you will see the wonderful make up, hear the awesome score, and glimpse the spectacular choreography. Enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.

Peace and Joy,

Psalm 57:7 (NIV)  7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour

 Honoring our Veterans today, This Day! Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Be sure to thank a veteran for making this possible.

Peace and Joy,

Exodus 15:3 (NIV) The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Inaugural Wednesday Hodgepodge

Sometime last fall, Linda @ 2nd Cup of Coffee started hosting the weekly Random Dozen. She posted 12 random questions and people like me answered on our own blogs. It was fun. I played most every week. Then Lid got taard. I so understand, but I missed it. Fade to black......

Opening scene Act two....on stage walks my blog peep Joyce. She and I met through the RD.  Joyce has decided to pick up the gauntlet and host the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Similar to the RD but different. You can read all about her reasons for starting this weekly meme here. Let's get started on the very first Hodgepodge.

1. Do you think you're more like your mom or your dad? Def my dad. 

2. Do you like roller coasters? Yes. Absolutely yes! I like the new smooth roller coasters that corkscrew more than the older wooden roller coasters that jerk you around. I like the controlled scare. The speed. The dips. The turns. The adrenaline rush. I'm a thrill seeker. I ride my own Harley. lol. 

3. How did you name your blog and do you now wish you'd thought about it maybe another five minutes before you hit publish? Would you change your blog title if it were not a huge pain in the derriere? (French makes everything sound a little nicer doesn't it?) Actually, the name This Day! came from part of my prayers during a season in my life. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, only This Day! God's grace is sufficient for today, This Day! Nope, wouldn't change it.

4. What is the best wedding gift you received? Not married? Didn't get any gifts? Then what is the best wedding gift you've given? The best gift I've given is an AeroGarden for growing herbs. I'd love to have one.
5. What is the one bill you most hate to pay? The water bill. Shouldn't water be free? And, they don't supply you with a return envelope. What a bother. Now I have to find one, address it, find a stamp (I know I have one somewhere), and remember to put it in the mailbox. ugh!

6. Is the glass half full or half empty? Hmmmm. I fill the glass. I drink half of it. It's half empty, yes? ahaha. I'm an optimist and a realist. I just can't help myself.

7. What is your favorite word? Okay okay. Calm down. How about one of your favorite words? I learned this word from PW. It's a fun word. You should try, This Day! lol
Foment |ˈfōˌment; fōˈment| VERB! (geez)
Instigate. Stir up. Provoke. (Usually, stir up an undesirable or violent sentiment)
“The group was notorious for fomenting political dissatisfaction.”

“Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” –Abigail Adams
Not to be confused with ferment.

8. Now, this is where you insert one random thought of your own...maybe something that struck you as funny, something that recently had you scratching your head in confusion, something that annoyed you a teensy bit, something on your to do list, something you are looking forward to, whatever. As long as it is in keeping with the friendly tone we've all come to know and love on Wednesdays then we're good. Don't make me get out my wooden spoon. Honestly, I've been scratching my eyes, rubbing my eyes, not wearing my contacts today because my eyes itch, burn, water and well, they just plain hurt. What's up with that? Shouldn't allergy season be over with by now?

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. If you'd like to join in with your own mishmash, hop on over to see Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.

Peace and Joy,

Job 37:5-6 (NIV) 5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Honor Our Veterans, Honor Our Flag

The auditorium is buzzing with activity and conversations. Bleachers are filled with familiar faces and home town colors. The basketball game is about to start when the emcee asks everyone to rise for our national anthem. I stand and face Old Glory with my right hand on my heart as the music begins. I mouth the words and sing them softly to myself. My heart swells with emotion. Then I notice him. He's standing several feet from me. He seems totally disinterested in the song. He still wears his hat. What's up with that? I want to purposefully walk over and snatch it off his head.

Did you know behavior towards our flag is public law? It's true. Public Law 110-181 states "all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.

All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes."

Veteran's Day is Thursday. Please honor our veterans by showing respect to the flag they gave so much to protect; whether it passes by in parades or is displayed at the home town ballgame.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

Peace and Joy,

Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)  “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Friday, November 5, 2010

TSMSS - The Grace of Jesus

It's been quite some time since I last participated in Then Sings My Soul Saturday with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders. I first learned about TSMSS from my sweet blog friend Debbie at Heart Choices. If you haven't met Debbie, be sure to hop over and give her a cheery "Hello."

Point of Grace is an outstanding trio whose heart towards God is reflected in their songs. This song is no different. I've listened to it a few times on the radio. It tugs at my heart each time. Because there absolutely is nothing greater than the grace of Jesus!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Whether you'd like to join in with your own TSMSS tune or discover other uplifting songs, please visit Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Peace and Joy,

John 1:16 (NIV) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

Did You Notice?

 Just checking to see if you have noticed the "Christmas" countdown on my sidebar. Only 49 days till Christmas.

You're welcome. :)

Peace and Joy,

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stirring the Pot - Cookbook Winner!

Back in October, I entered to win a book from my awesome blog peep Pam at Sidewalk Shoes. Pam and I have a history. Sort of. She reviews cookbooks, recipes, and wine. I try, buy, and taste many of her recommendations. For instance, last year she posted a review on The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. Shortly after that, I went to the local bookstore to take a look at it. Let me just say, I was not disappointed. I purchased it and refer to it frequently.

Another book that Pam recommended provided me with several new canning recipes, infused oils, and herb vinegars. I'll be writing about those in another post.

All that to say.....I WON! I WON! I was so excited when Pam announced that I was the winner of What to Drink with What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. When it came to my door, oh my. It's a beautiful book, chocked full of pairings. Pairings of food and beverage. Whether your beverage of choice is wine or beer, tea or water, coffee or spirits. Whatever you have on hand. The first half of the book is by food. The second half of the book is by beverage. So if you had a bottle of Sangiovese that you wanted to drink or even a root beer, you could look up what would go good with it.

Here's what the cover looks like:

Thank you, Pam, for the book, your generosity, your reviews, and your recommendations. I have not once been disappointed with anything I have tried. Looking for the perfect pairing of beverage and food for your holiday gathering? Try this book.

Peace and Joy,

Ecclesiastes 5:18 (NIV) This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Your right. Your privilege. Your obligation. By doing this:

"If you don't vote today, I don't want to hear your opinion tomorrow."

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson

Peace and Joy,


Luke 12:42 (NKJV) And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Musings - Corn Maze

The corn maze craze is everywhere! Have you seen them? Been to any? They seem to get more complex with each passing year. 

Here's one that very few will be able to solve: 
Thank you for stopping by and visiting. Have a blessed week.

Peace and Joy,

Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,