Monday, December 17, 2012

When God Speaks...

This is a direct quote from the sermon on Sunday and it bears repeating:

When God speaks, He always leads you to Jesus.  The teachings of scripture are not always as easy or comfortable as we like.  Sometimes being a follower of Christ cuts into your personal agenda more deeply than expected.  Sometimes being a Christian takes hard work and discipline and sacrifice.  If we want Jesus to save us we should also be ready for Him to change us.  Old habits die hard but they can also die.  And following Jesus means following His example as well, even when the teachings are hard ones.
-Pastor Glenn Peck, Caring Community Church of God.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Quick Delicious Menu for Christmas

As part of the TOS Staff Party, I've submitted an everyday type menu.  At this time of year, there are lots of fancy meals and preparations.  But this is a new yummy meal for you to try that won't stress you out. This is my most favorite casserole and my favorite way to prepare fresh vegetables.  Finally I'm including our favorite salad dressing adapted from a stint when we did weight watchers.  This would be a great family meal or even one for entertaining.  It's that good!

Chicken Au Lay

(The original recipe was on the internet somewhere.  This is my adaptation.)

  • 1 bag of ridge-type potato chips, crushed in the bag. NOT the family size bag and NOT the individual-sized bag.  You want the large size that's smaller than a family-size bag.
  • 2 chicken breasts, which is really one whole chicken breast or two halves.  Cooked.  If I have the time, I roast them in a 350 oven with the bone and skin on.  Then I peel the skin & bone and discard and chop the chicken.  If I only have boneless/skinless chicken then I just boil it until it's cooked.  It's better, when you boil it, if you cool it in the juice.
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup.
  • 1 can of skim milk, or whatever kind of milk you have.
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese, or 2 cups shredded cheddar.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all together and pour into a 9x13 casserole dish.  Bake for 30-45 minutes until hot and bubbly and a little bit browned on top.

Our favorite roasted vegetables

  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Yep, that's not a typo, 500 degrees.
  • Put your favorite fresh veggies in a large cast iron skillet.  Don't overcrowd the pan.  We like broccoli crowns, cauliflower, baby carrots, butternut squash, asparagus, brussel name it.  Spring onions, trimmed, are delicious using this method.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat all the veggies.
  • Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  We use kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Roast in your oven for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables just start to brown.  Depending on the veggies it can even take less than that.  Just keep an eye on it.

Lemon Salad Dressing

(adapated from the Escarole and Endive salad found on Weight Watchers)

In a large salad bowl, whisk the following ingredients:

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 clove garlic, minced fine, grated, or pressed through a press
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp mustard
  • 6 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

When that's nicely blended and looks like salad dressing, chop one head of iceberg lettuce and lay it on top of the dressing.  Do not toss.  THEN sprinkle the lettuce with 4 Tbs of Parmesan Cheese.  When you're ready to serve toss the salad.  Your salad bowl could actually sit untossed for a few hours until you're ready to serve.  I like to prepare the salad ahead of time like this and then toss right before we're ready to eat.  It's a make-ahead step that makes serving time less stressful.

So, here's a meal you can prepare over the busy holiday season to put something warm and nutritious in your family's bellies.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Win My Scarf

If you are my friend on Facebook, and let's face it you SHOULD be, you know that I recently opened an Etsy shop.  If this is news to you, look to your right and you will see my little widget showing you most of what's listed in the shop right now.  There's more-more-more to come!  BUT I digress.  The church we attend is having a coffee shop on Saturday night.  There will be fabulous home-roasted coffee made by Gross' Roast, my sister and brother-in-law's coffee business.  There will be lots of great entertainment, and, of course, terrific fellowship.  BUT there will also be door prizes!  That's where my scarf comes in.  I have donated the scarf pictured above as one of the lovely door prizes at the coffee house.
This winter-white fuzzy ruffled scarf has beaded accents at the ends.  I love to use beads and add a bit of sparkle to my scarves, and this is just a very subtle touch to this scarf.  The scarf itself is thick and warm but would make a serious statement with your winter coat, dress, or jeans.
It lays very nicely on your shoulders and would be long enough to wrap around your neck or knot once. (as shown)

So, if you like this scarf, come to the coffee house!  It's Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 7 PM to 10 PM at Caring Community Church of God, 7176 Red Top Road, Hummelstown, PA  17036.  We'll be there.  Come find us!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Critical thinking.

We just finished the book Crypto Mind Benders - Famous Quotations. It is 30 puzzles that you solve using critical thinking and math. Then you have to decode a famous quote. These were really fun and a great way to get the boys brains working first thing on the morning.

Since we are finished, maybe you would like to give this book a try. I will sell it for $9 plus free media mail shipping. Just leave a comment if you want it!