November 26, 2008

Words for Wednesday...

Pause and Give Thanks

Wherever you find yourself today,

Whether filled with joy or wrapped in pain,

Remember to pause a moment and give thanks

For no other event in our history and time,

Can change our lives like the birth of Christ – so Divine.

His love never failing, and His Presence always near

The greatest wonder in Heaven on Christmas did appear.

God’s gift full of grace that brings life, love, and hope,

Can be unwrapped by us all - changing life’s scope.

For when we invite His life into our hearts,

No love is greater than that He imparts.

So wherever you find yourself today,

Remember to pause and give thanks,

For He is the Truth and the Way!
© 2007 – Carolyn Lynn Schwartz

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

I wish everyone a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2008

MMMMM Monday.......

This is a picture of my parents and the boys taken on Thanksgiving 2005(Michael's 1st)

I am gearing up for my yummy Thanksgiving "feast" .... I went to Trader Joe's today and got my turkey for this recipe and a few other things. I plan to finish the rest of my grocery shopping tomorrow.....I will be buying the ingredients for the pumpkin trifle that my friend Julie made this weekend. I will also be making this recipe that I got from my blogger friend Lisa. I will also make my Grandpa's stuffing recipe, mashed potatoes, peas, and broccoli cheese casserole. I love Thanksgiving, because I love to cook and entertain. We will celebrate the day with the four of us, my Dad, my brother, Carol(my mil), my Aunt Susie and???
I always keep an "open door" Thanksgiving..more the merrier :)
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes???

Pumpkin Trifle

2 (3-oz) pkgs, vanilla pudding
4 cups of cold milk
1 cup solid packed pumpkin
1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 frozen pound cake, thawed(not fresh)
1 cup of fresh whipped cream
2 T powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla`
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 English Toffee bits
In large bowl with wire whisk, mix pudding, milk, pumpkin, and the 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice until thickened; set aside. Cut cake into small square chunks. Line bottom of a 2 1/2 quart deep glass bowl with half of the cake slices, cutting to fit. Spoon half of the pumpkin mixture over cake. Arrange remaining cake slices on top of pumpkin mixture. Spoon remaining mixture over cake. Cover and chill for 4 hours to overnight(less is better).
To Serve:
Beat cream with powdered sugar, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice until soft peaks form. Spoon over top of trifle, spreading to edges; sprinkle toffee over top. Serves 12.

The Turkey

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

November 23, 2008

We had a good weekend....we had a light night on Friday, rented a couple of Wii games and hung out as a family. On Saturday morning Dave and Matthew picked up the Scout for Food bags. Then the boys and I headed to Matthew's friend Tyler's, bowling birthday party. We had a great time :)
After the party, Dave picked us up and we headed to our friends, Matt & Julie's house for dinner. Dave and Matt & Dan(Julie's brother) headed to the "man-cave". Apparently it is cigar shop where men just "hang-out"....They had a great time, relaxing and doing "boy-stuff"....While they were gone, Julie cut the boys hair(I will post pics) it looks soo cute! We are leaving it a little longer, and I love it! We had an awesome dinner, Lasagna, salad, bread and the best part... her Pumpkin Trifle, it was awesome. I planned to post the recipe, but I can't find my copy, so after I ask Julie tomorrow, I will post it. I plan to make it for my Thanksgiving here on Thursday!

Today, we celebrated our Church's 25th anniversary with a special two hour service at a local affiliated high school. Then afterwords we all (several hundred) stayed and enjoyed a wonderful luncheon prepared by our school's chef. It was a great time of worship and fellowship.
Then Dave came home to continue working on the house, while I dropped Matthew off at a birthday party, and Michael and I grabbed a muffie and a coffee, then ran a few errands.
Since we are still in "construction mode" here, after I picked Matthew up from his party, we picked up Dave and headed to Red Robin for dinner. Then stopped by Barnes and Noble to let the boys choose a book, because the school was having their book fair fundraiser day there.
Then we had baths, one Wii game of Sorry Sliders, and books and prayers.......
I had another blessed weekend with family and friends!
I have had a few requests for this recipe so here it is.....
Savory Crescent Chicken Squares
1 3-ounce package cream cheese softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups of cooked chicken breast, cubed
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp o pepper
2 tbs milk
1 tbs of parsley
1 tbs of chopped onion
1 8-ounce package of refrigerated crescent rolls
Melted butter and bread crumbs
  • Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth
  • Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, parsley, and onion.
  • Separate crescent rolls into 4 rectangles. Seal perforations.
  • Spoon chicken mixture into center of rectangle. Pull up 4 corners.
  • Brush with melted butter. Place squares on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs or crushed croutons.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

*I always double this recipe to make 8.

*I also add a jar of drained pimentos

*Is awesome left-over

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed

Proverbs 16:3

*It was 7 months ago yesterday that my Mom passed away....Hardly seems possible!