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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Fall Recipes


Skillet Chicken and Kale

6 Strips bacon
1 Bunch of kale, blanched
2 Chicken breasts
Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, peeled and chopped
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 Tsp Butter
1 Can of chicken broth
1/3 Cup of dry white wine
2 Tsp Lemon Juice

In a large skillet, fry your bacon until crispy. Remove and drain bacon on paper towels, reserve bacon. Leave bacon drippings in skillet, add some olive oil. Salt & pepper the chicken breasts and put in skillet to brown. Cover to cook. Blanche the kale. Cream the butter and flour together until smooth and reserve. After chicken is brown and mostly cooked, remove to a plate and add a little more olive oil. Throw in the chopped onion and brown it. Then add 2 Tbsp of water and scrape up the pan drippings. Add the chicken broth and white wine. Put the chicken breasts back in the skillet, add the blanched kale on top. Cover and let it simmer until chicken breasts are done. Remove the chicken breasts. Add the creamed butter/flour mixture to the skillet and stir to thicken. Remove the kale and pour the thickened liquid over the top. Sprinkle with the bacon and lemon juice and serve. You can serve with rice. Note - fresh mushrooms would be good with this too. Servings - 2
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Pineapple and Cool Whip

1 can of pineapple chunks in light syrup
Cool Whip (Lite if you desire)
For a quick dessert add some pineapple chunks in a dessert bowl and top with a dollop of Cool Whip! For a little extra, put this on top of a slice of Angel Food Cake.

Fall Recipes


Minestrone

1/2 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed in a garlic press
1 stalk celery, washed, diced
Kale (6 cups), fresh, washed, chopped in ribbons
2 cups of swiss chard ribs (Optional)
1 fresh zuchini squash, diced and steamed
1 can of sliced carrots
1 can of young peas or lima beans
1 red or yellow bell pepper, washed, seeded and chopped (Optional)
2 (14 1/2-oz) can "petite" diced tomatoes in juice
2 cup small elbow macaroni
2 cans chicken broth (reduced sodium or low fat as desired)
4 cups water
Salt & Pepper
1 Bay leaf (to be removed before serving)
1/4 cup fresh basil, washed and chopped in ribbons
1 spring of fresh thyme, washed and chopped
1 (19-oz) can cannellini beans or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Parmesan Cheese, fresh, grated as garnish

Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, celery and garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add kale and swiss chard ribs (optional) and sauté, stirring, 1 minute. Add other vegetables, tomatoes with juice, broth, water, salt & pepper, thyme, basil, bay leaf and bring to a simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Remove some of the white beans and reserve. Add pasta and cook until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, transfer the reserved beans to a wide shallow bowl and coarsely mash with a fork or a potato masher, then stir mashed and whole beans into soup and simmer, stirring occasionally, until soup is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with fresh grated Parmesan Cheese.

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Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Pecans

Spinach, washed and spun dry
1 sm. red. onion, sliced thin
1 sm. pkg. dried cranberries
Pecans, crushed or soy nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds


Dressing
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp poppy seed

Mix the salad together and drizzle with dressing.

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 (11 oz.) pkg. no-bake cheesecake (including filling and graham crackercrumbs for crust)
1 c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 to 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Whipped cream
Follow package directions to make crust, but use a 9 inch square pan. Save some of the crumbs and use as a garnish on top of completed cheesecake. For Filling: Pour 1 cup cold milk in a bowl; add the pumpkin and spice. Beat vigorously with a large wire whisk until well blended. Pour filling into pan on top of crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Refrigerate overnight to allow filling to set. Cut into squares, then remove from pan with a spatula. Top with whipped cream.

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Spunky Monkey

Spunky Monkey has found another favorite bed. I have dog beds with comfy pillows and/or stuffed animals EVERY WHERE! He has another bed that has a large lion stuffed animal that he loves too. But he has recently found this one under a window that catches the afternoon sun. He's just so cuddly cute I had to snap some photos!
By the way, do you notice their summer shirts? I made these from baby bibs and a strap of elastic around the belly. This little denim one on Spunky is so cute!

Little Miss MoneyPenny comes over to check on him and give him a few licks of love. She has her own pink "Princess" bib shirt. They wear these shirts in the summer to protect them from the air conditioning and the sun. In the winter they wear fleece coats that my sister makes.

And here is a close up of my little red Miniature Pinscher, Spunky Monkey. His beautiful eyes can't see because he's blind and his ears can only hear loud sounds because he is partially deaf. All from a head injury as a puppy that went untreated until his brain stem swelled. His owner then took him to the Vet to be put to sleep but the Vet saved him and gave him to a Min Pin rescue organization. I adopted him from them and travelled 5 hours one way to pick him up. He is such a joy and gets along so good despite his little handicaps that I can't imagine life without him. Thank God for the Vet who cared and saved him. Thank God for the rescue organization, the foster Mom, etc. so that I could have him. He should be 4 yrs old this year.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fall Recipes

Lazy Broad's Smoky Chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips (or thighs)
1-2 teaspoon lapsang souchong tea
3 cups water
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon flour
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced


Boil 3 cups of water, use one cup to steep the tea for 5 minutes. The tea adds a subtle smokey flavor. Add the tea (with the leaves) to a deep skillet with the remaining 2 cups of water. Add parsley, garlic salt, honey, barbecue sauce, and flour to skillet and turn heat on medium. Add chicken and diced carrots. Cover and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve over rice.


Source: Recipezaar.com




Baked Potato Salad



4 large new potatoes, washed and cubed

1 medium onion, peeled, chopped

1 1/2 cups Daisy light sour cream

1 Tbsp dill weed

Salt and Pepper to taste



Cook the cubed potatoes by boiling them. Once they are cooked, drain them and run cold water over them to stop the cooking. Add the rest of the ingredients and carefully mix together. Serve.


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Dessert


Vanilla ice cream (low fat, sugar free as desired)
Sliced bananas
Post Grapenuts Trail Mix Crunch breakfast cereal


For each serving put a ice cream scoop of vanilla ice cream, top with sliced bananas and sprinkle the breakfast cereal on top.

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Dogs



I caught this picture of Dresden and Capo. Don't they look like bookends? It's amazing how these long legged dogs can tuck those legs up under them and get themselves into such compact little cirlces. They are wearing their summer t-shirts and their belly bands (male dog diapers). You can see the ramp that Stan made for them to get them up and down off my high bed. I also have dog beds on the floor around the bed and an ottoman for another jump-up-jump-down point. All of this because Dresden has broken his 2 front legs since I've had him. The first time it was trying to jump on the bed and he slid and hooked his leg in the bed rail. It's not only a painful break but an expensive break because it takes surgery to correct these tiny, long legs. I'm doing all I can to prevent this from happening again. Also, Spunky Monkey is blind and he has fallen off the bed before. Fortunately, he seems to recognize his boundaries now and wasn't hurt at the time but you never know when it could happen and he could land on his head and be killed. So I've made all the provisions possible to protect them. I've seriously thought of replacing my high bed with a new bed built on a low profile but that's pretty expensive and I've had my oak rice 4 poster bed for about 23 years now and I would hate to give it up since it's so good and strong. But I could have replaced the bed for the cost of Dresden's broken leg surgery!

Lawsuits and Christians

Lawsuits and Christians
1 Corinthians 6: 1-8
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
 
This issue brings up some big questions. Are we suppose to turn the other cheek when it comes to bringing lawsuits to secular courts? What if we are cheated out of our lifesavings by con artists? What if we are assaulted by someone? What if our child is molested? Do we have recourse in our secular law? We aren't just talking about getting mad at the next door neighbor's barking dog...it can be much more serious.
 
First lets look at the background of this letter to Corinth. Corinth was a major trade city located in southern Greece just 45 miles from Athens. It was in the Roman province of Achaia. It hosted the Isthmian Games (like the Olympic Games) which brought even more foot traffic to the area. By this time Corinth was so morally corrupt that it's very name became an adjective for debauchery and depravity. When you call someone a "Corinthian" it refers to their practise of drunkeness and gross immorality. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, the Apostle Paul refers specifically to some of these sins for which the Corinthians were noted. some of these sins were still practised by church members in Corinth. Corinth had a "high place", or acropolis, at the summit of a hill some 2,000 feet above the city. It was here that the temple of Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was found. This temple employed 1,000 priestesses who worked as "religious" prostitutes. The church in Corinth had been founded by Paul on his 2nd missionary journel (Acts 18:1). Apostle Paul stayed and ministered, preached, and taught for a 1 1/1 years. After he left them in the care of some newly trained leaders, he began to hear reports of thier problems with sin. He wrote them 3 letters with 1 Corinthians being the second of the 3 letters. The first letter, or epistle, was lost to history but is referred to in 1 Corinthians 5:9.
 
Paul is writing to correct some of their wrong ideas and sinful behaviors. He gives them basic teaching on how wrong beliefs can affect their behaviors and lead to sinful lifestyles. In our passage today, Apostle Paul reminds us that we are Christians who are different from the world. We are no longer citizens of this world. They weren't Greek, Roman, Corinthian...they were Christians. As Christians, today, we aren't American, South Carolinians...we are Christians. We have citizenship in a New World called God's Kingdom. We are His adopted children and therefore are His princes and princesses. We are also His representatives or ambassadors on this earth. We represent God and God's Kingdom to this world.
 
Philippians 3: 20
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
 
Ephesians 2: 19-20
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
 
The Apostle Paul corrects their beliefs and reminds them they are children of God, as one who is eternally secure in Christ, as one whom He promises to care for in this life, as one who is called to the high privilege of representing Him in this world. Do you think this view of yourself would make any difference in your values and behavior?
 
He lists those abominable, sinful behaviors and then...
 
I Corinthians 6: 11
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
 
We have been washed by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We have been sancitified, which means set apart for holy use. We have been justified by Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit. We are no longer in debt to sin because Jesus paid the price. We have a new standing before God, in which the Christian is now clothed in Christ's righteousness. When we become Christians the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts and begin changing us from the inside out, maturing our own newly born spirit. We begin to learn about our relationship with God and our new standing as His children. We begin to understand our Father and His Word. It begins to change our thinking and then it is worked out by changes in our behavior, our habits, our character.
 
The Apostle Paul goes all the way to their identity and tells them they've forgotten who they are. His point is: Remember your new identity in Christ and live consistently with it! If our lives are not changing, if our behavior does not reflect the Holy Spirit's work, then we may be living in false security thinking we are saved when we aren't. Sin's total domination over us is broken when we become saved. It should be replaced with new behaviors of obedience and holiness, transformation and new direction.
 
This does not mean we are perfect or sinless. We have not "arrived" until we get to heaven. But we should be slowly maturing, learning, growing and it should be reflected in our lives, our lifetsyles, our habits, our character.
 
In spite of their serious sinful behavior, Paul insists that their identity has changed ("such were some of you"), and he insists that they have been completely forgiven ("washed"), set apart as God's children ("sanctified"), and declared righteous in God's eyes ("justified"). Far from threatening their standing with God because of their sins, he affirms the security of their standing with God in spite of their sins! How can this be? Because our standing with God is never based on our work for him, but always and only on Christ's work for us—and our willingness to receive it.
 
You don't have to change your moral life before you can come to Christ; you have to come to Christ the way you are before your moral life can be changed. Paul understands that our behavior and values tend to be a reflection of how we view ourselves.
 
In 1 Corinthians 5, Apostle Paul had directed them to punish heinous sins among themselves by church-censures. I.e. excommunicating an unrepentant Christian, disassociating from those who have a consistent pattern of sin even though they call themselves Christians. Action against unrepentant sin was to put this unrepentant Christian out of their church as a divine chastening for their sin. We should not tolerate such sin in our church because it brings an evil influence to permeate the whole church and corrupt it. It is also a bad witness of the church's reputation and Jesus' reputation. The church should remove anything sinful in order to prove that we are separate from the old life of sin. We are new creatures in Christ Jesus and the old ways of sin should no longer control us. Paul says that this censure will hopefully lead an unrepentant person to repentance and restoration to the church. It was not meant to be cruel and hateful, but a necessary action that was for the greater good. In 2 Corinthians the sinner had repented and Paul encouraged the church to take the person back into fellowship.
1 Corinthians 5
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles-that a man has his father's wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
 
Now that we've rounded out the context of this scripture lets discuss what 1 Corinthians 6 means to our life. As Christians, can we use the secular courts to settle our disputes? Are we disobeying God if we bring lawsuits against others?
The Apostle Paul directs them to determine controversies with one another by church-counsel and advice. Conflict resolution is important and how we, as Christians, do it can be a major witness to the world or a major disaster that brings discredit to the church and Jesus Christ.
 
Romans 12: 14, 17-21
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse...Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
Of all people, Christians should be the most adept at reaching peaceable resolutions for their conflicts. Of all people Christian leaders, the Pastors, Elders, Preachers, Theologians, should be especially gifted at conflict resolution. For good or for ill they lead by their example. We don't want our testimony for Christ to bring reproach to His Name. Never let it be said, "They are suppose to be Christians and yet look at how they behave. They are just a bunch of hypocrits."
 
To the unsaved, our behavior is under a microscope, looking for faults so that they will have an excuse not to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. To the immature or new believers, our behavior is an example that they watch carefully and we do not want them to learn sinfulness by our example. Or course, we will NEVER be perfect until we reach heaven and we will always make rash mistakes or fall into sinful behavior which ultimately makes us the hypocrits people say we are. But it should be our priority to check ourselves regularly and repent of our sins and try to behave the way that God would have us behave. Sin should not be a pattern in our lives, a habit, a recurring, persistent character flaw. We have weaknesses towards sin but it no longer has to control us. We are able to repent and trust God to continue strengthening us.
 
We must understand our position with God and with the church and realize how our sinfulness affects not just us, our relationship with God, our family and our family in Christ but it also affects the unsaved. If we realize how important it is, then we would realize it may be better for us to suffer injustice than to bring disgrace upon the Christian community by exposing misdeeds in the public arena of secular courts. That doesn't mean we should tolerate sin (see above) or hide sinful behavior but we should be able to work out our own discipline and bring mediation through Christian counselors. And, if we must suffer loss, it's better to do that and leave it in the hands of God to resolve the problems in His way.
Matthew 18: 15-18
"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
Romans 13: 1-8
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
 
As far as it lies within us, we should be forgiving and turn the other cheek. We should go the extra mile to try and resolve conflicts through Christian arbitration. We should humble ourselves, even if it means taking a loss, so that things don't get out of hand. We should trust God to take care of conflicts and to repay us in His way and in His time. We should follow peaceful avenues to bring resolution and then drop it when even that doesn't seem to work. We can be firm and yet Christ-like in our behavior, never resorting to cursing, shouting, fingerpointing, blaming, out of control anger, unforgiveness, hatred, slander, etc.
 
But are there times when Christian can, or even should, pursue matters in a secular court? This is something we should only enter into with much prayer and searching of our souls. Because it is our motives that are looked on by God. Are we suing someone just to get a lot of money...our greed and selfishness are sinful motives. Are we pressing charges against someone because of hatred and unforgiveness? These are sinful motives. Are we pursuing someone with the law just because we want them to pay, punish them, want to hurt them? These are sinful motives. So carefully, prayerfully check your own heart and your own motives. And, continue to check your heart and keep it clean of impure motives during this testing.

Titus 3: 1-2
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
 
1 Peter 2: 11-17
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
God has ordained civil government to establish a system of courts for conflict resolution. These courts are responsible, and Christians do not sin when they employ the courts for protection. Traditionalists say Christians must not sue another brother because we are to love our enemies, do good to those who persecute us, pray for our adversaries, and not resist the evildoer. We are to suffer the wrong, turn the other cheek and be as submissive as our Lord, who during His trials did not fight back but took the blame. Vengeance belongs to God, not us.
These general principles would prevail concerning court action, except that none of the above addresses litigation and legal disputes when a Christian breaks the law. "Turn the other cheek" is applicable if a Christian employed the courts for personal vengeance to get back at a hated enemy. If someone steals your car, Christians may have the offender charged, arrested and ultimately brought to trial, doing all of these things without malice or personal vengeance. This is not unscriptural, for the legal system is, after all, a servant, a friend, and a "minister of God for good" (Rom. 13:4). We may use lawful means to protect ourselves and others.
 
God is in the balance. In all things there is a balance to be sought. Carefully, prayerfully take your matters to God. Cleanse your own heart of sin and pursue only as God leads. Be willing to humble yourself if need be. And let God work what is right in each situation. Your peace of heart and clean conscience is worth more than any money to be had through lawsuits. But you can use the courts to protect yourself and others.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Cheap and Nutritional Lunches

You can make and take your lunches and save money. Making your lunch everyday can save you close to $1,000 per year. It adds up. Make sure you have an insulated lunch bag and some re-usable ice blocks.

Monday
Egg salad sandwich (Add a lettuce leaf, or toast your bread. Add ice block to keep it cold.)
Carrots (washed fingerling carrots, or make your own peeled carrot sticks)
Raisins (pre-packaged raisins or raisins poured in small snack bags)
Water (include a cup in your lunch bag and fill up with water from the water cooler)

Egg Salad
2 Boiled eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
Salt & pepper to taste
Servings - 2 sandwiches


Tuesday
Tuna Fish Salad (Add lettuce leaves for a salad and throw in some saltines, or put on toasted bread for a sandwich. Add ice block to keep it cold.)
Cucumber sticks (Wash and peel, cut into sticks, sprinkle with salt)
Apple and peanut butter (Wash, core and wedge, store with a little lemon juice in a snack bag to keep the apples from turning brown. Put peanut butter in separate snack bag with a plastic knife to spread with.)
Tang in a sealed cup

Tuna Fish Salad
1 Small can of tuna in spring water
1/2 Stick of celery minced
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
Servings - 2 sandwiches


Wednesday
Homemade Pimento Cheese Sandwich (Add ice block to keep it cold.)
Celery sticks
1 Snack pack of pears in light juice
Lemonade

Homemade Pimento Cheese
1 1/2 Cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 Small jar of red pimentos
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
Servings - 4 sandwiches


Thursday
Tomato soup with beef broth (Sdd some saltine crackers. Put in insulated mug to keep hot or take a bowl to heat in microwave.)
Celery sticks with homemade pimento cheese
1 Apple (washed, cored, wedged, salt sprinkled on it to keep it from turning brown and giving it another taste)
Water

Tomato Soup With Beef Broth
1 Can of tomato soup
1 Can of beef broth
1 Tsp of horseradish

Add the soup and broth together and bring to a boil, add horseradish. Servings - 2 bowls of soup


Friday
Grilled cheese sandwich (Toast the bread, put some cheese slices in snack bag. At lunchtime, put the cheese on toast and microwave just long enough to melt cheese.)
Sliced tomato
1 snack pack of peaches in light syrup
Hot tea in insulated mug or heated in microwave.

Fall dinner

Beef Pot Pie


1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
10 oz. can cream of beef mushroom soup
1 can of carrots
1 small can of young peas
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
Buiscuit dough*
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves


* Biscuit dough
2 cups self rising flour
1/4 cup shortening, butter or vegetable oil
1/2 + cup of milk, enough milk to form dough but not too much to make it sticky

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink; drain. Add soup, carrots, peas, and basil; bring to a boil. Pour beef mixture into 1-1/2 quart baking dish. Top with biscuits and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and oregano. Or add the Parmesan and Oregano in the biscuit dough. Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes until biscuits are deep golden brown. 4 servings.

Source: Me!


Dilled Winter Squash

2 lbs winter squash, halved,seeded and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill

In a large saucepan, cook squash, covered, in a small amount of boiling water about 15 minutes or just until tender. Stir in sour cream, milk, salt and pepper. Heat throughout, but do not boil.
Arrange squash on a serving plate; top with sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with dill.

Source: Recipezaar.com



Pear Helene

4 pears, peeled
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces chocolate
2 tablespoons brandy

Halve the pears and remove the cores. Place in a saucepan. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover and heat on medium flame for 5 minutes. Reduce heat. Cook on low for 5 minutes or until pears are fork tender. Keep pears warm. In the meantime, heat a small pan over low heat for 5 minutes.
Break up the chocolate and place in the pan. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Add brandy and pour over pears. Serve hot with ice cream.

Source: Recipezaar.com

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Quote to make you think

“We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.”

Household Tips

Household Tips

Before you wear a new garment, put a little clear nail polish on the front and back of each button. Buttons will stay on longer when their threads are sealed.

New white canvas shoes will stay that way if you spray them heavily with starch.

To store lettuce place in a zip lock bag with paper towel to absorb moisture.

Place a piece of white chalk in your silver chest or jewel box to absorb moisture and help prevent tarnishing of silverware and jewelry.

Source: thefunplace.com

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