Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for:

  • Christmas, a day to celebrate our Savior's birth.  How very thankful that I am saved from the power, penalty, and the presence of sin in my life because Jesus came to take away the sin of the world.  That small baby in the manger is truly the greatest gift of all time.
  • The amazing Word of God that is our guide through life.  I can't image being without it, not for one day!  
  • Friends and family.  God has blessed us with an amazing family that is so dear to us.  We are truly blessed with so many close friends that have had such an impact on our lives.  
  • The terrible messes in life that lead us to hope-filled messages of God's love and concern for what we have been through.  Our hope is in God...Praise HIM!
  • Each new day that God gives, a fresh start, new mercies every morning!

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut    
The Fontenot Four

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, December 10, 2012

Menu Planning Monday - December 10-16, 2012

Baked Chicken with Peppers and Onions
Red Potatoes
Broccoli Salad

Bible Study Brunch
Dinner with Friends

Mashed Potatoes

Neighborhood Brunch
Leftover Salisbury Steak for Dinner

Lemon Butter Swai Fish
Herbed Rice
Peanut Coleslaw

Mustard and Currant Glazed Ham Slices
Green Beans
Sweet Potato Fries
Peanut Coleslaw

Soup & Salad  Lunch
Chocolate Dessert
Hot Rolls

Have a Blessed Day,

Friday, December 7, 2012

Foodie Friday - Holiday Sausage Ring

Holiday Sausage Ring


This wonderful recipe has been used in our family for years.  Mom Cornish, or my sister-in-law, Patty, would always host Christmas dinner, and I would host Christmas Brunch.  This sausage ring was always a favorite.     We like it served with eggs and toast, and the second day, we like it served along with popovers laced with butter and jam.  Yumm!  

2 lb. bulk sausage (I like Jimmy Dean)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. grated onion
1 1/2 c. fine breadcrumbs (I use Italian flavor)
1/4 c. chopped parsley

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter a 9" ring mold.  Mix ingredients well and pack into mold.  Bake 20 minutes, take from oven and pour off excess fat.  Bake 20 minutes more. Turn onto heated platter and fill with scrambled eggs (8-12 eggs).  For dinner sausage ring,  fill with buttered mashed potatoes.  This keeps well and is just as tasty warmed up the next day.  

How pleased I was to have it selected for publication in the Gooseberry Patch's Christmas Cookbook.



Merry Christmas,  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving -Day 20

I am Thankful For Great Eating Places:

Ruddies BBQ in Chandler, AZ
Smoked Turkey Breast
My Favorite:  Smoked Turkey Breast
Texas Beef Brisket
Rick's Favorite:  Texas Beef Brisket

YES!  We are going there TODAY!

Yes, and Dunkin Donuts...My hubby knows every location in Phoenix, Queen Creek, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, etc.  And we make special trips for a good cup of coffee and a bagel!

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, November 19, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 19

I am thankful for Music!

"I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.  It's something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."  Billy Joel

How I love music and especially instrumental music!  Here are some of my favorite artists:

Jim Brickman
Fernando Orteda
Paul Cardall
Jeff Bjorck
David Nevue
Joe Bongiorno
Secret Garden
Tim Janis
Chris Rice
Steven Sharp Nelson (Cello)

Check out Spotify and download your favorites: 

Have a Blessed Day,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 16

I am thankful for Computer Technology!  

Yesterday my laptop battery was draining and the AC adapter was not working to recharge the battery.  So I went one whole day without the use of my computer.  I am amazed at how dependent I have become on this piece of technology, and how thankful I am when it is operating!

I am thankful that the WWW and my computer help me to:

  • Stay in touch with family and friends on a daily basis through e-mail and Skype.
  • Socialize on Facebook and Google Friends around the world.
  • Create a blog and connect with blogging friends to get a visual clip of their hearts and homes.
  • Read the latest news and check the weather forecasts.
  • Research any topic.
  • Help plan meals and to find and store recipes.
  • Plan trips by land or air--book hotel/motel rooms, make reservations for car rentals, airline flights, GPS's, etc.
  • Create crafty projects...scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, interior & exterior decorating, etc.
  • Keep track of our finances and do online banking.
  • Store, edit photos and make scrapbook pages, programs, bookmarks, greeting cards, etc.
  • Develop reports and make visual presentations.
  • Listen to music and to view videos.
  • Store images, videos and objects on my pinboard on Pinterest and network with other pinboards.
  • Study the scriptures using online Bibles and commentaries and to download Biblical messages and sermons.
Looking back on that list, it does seems extraordinary that we have this technology at our finger tips each and every day.  We are blessed!

Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 15

I am thankful for My Husband!
Jr. Dinner Dance 1963

Ephesians 5:25
"Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up for her."

Ephesians 5:28-29
"So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church."

He is the most important person in my life.  I love him, I need him, and I will treasure him always.  Some of the best moments of my life have been spent with him.  I am so grateful for the wonderful years (50 years) we have shared together.  I am so thankful for his wonderful sense of humor that just breaks the seriousness of life's most difficult moments.  He does keep me smiling!  He does live out the verses in Ephesians by making me feel so loved, protected, and cherished.  He does take very good care of me and I am so grateful for that!  

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving me this wonderful man of God to share my life with.  How I do love and cherish him, and am grateful for the many years that we have shared.  I am a blessed woman!  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Have a Blessed Day,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 14

I am thankful for the crispness of Fall Mornings!
It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

This morning it is 48 degrees to be warming up to 81 degrees in the afternoon.  After the long, hot summer here in the low desert, how good it is to be outside more often and to be able to enjoy this perfect weather.  We have been trimming trees, cutting back cacti, shaping bushes, and planting seeds. How good it seems to be able to have breakfast on the patio, and to kick back in the warmth of the afternoon sun to read a book.  

These cool mornings were made for baking...some popovers (with butter and jam) or scones to have with mid-morning coffee break.  And how we love favored coffee made in the Keurig (pumpkin caramel and vanilla biscotti), and those favored creamers (pumpkin spice and pecan praline).  Yumm.  

Heaven Father, Thank You for this beautiful fall day!  Amen!

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 13

I am thankful for the assurance of Heaven.

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."
 by C. S. Lewis

Revelation 21:1-4
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the Throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the Throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”

Revelation 22:3-5 
"And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever."

Philippians 3:20-21 
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."

WE WILL BE WITH CHRIST - Revelation 22:4
WE WILL NO LONGER SIN -Philippians 1:6
WE WILL STILL EAT AND TOUCH - John 20:27, John 21:10-15

"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be,
When we all see Jesus, we sing and shout the Victory."
I can't help but shout, HALLELUJAH!


John 14:6 
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." 

John 3:16 
" For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

The way to Heaven is as easy as A-B-C:

Admit that you are a sinner and need forgiveness.
Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave to bring you to God.
Confess, through prayer, that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, and commit to live for Him the rest of your life.
  • God loves you and wants a personal relationship with you. "" (John 3:16 NIV)
  • Our sin keeps us from having a personal relationship with God. "" (Romans 3:23 NIV)
  • Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He’s the only one who can bring us back to God. "" (1 Peter 3:18 NIV)
  • You must personally trust Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and determine to obey Him for the rest of your life. (John 1:12 NIV)

Read these words as a prayer to God and mean them in your heart:

Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know You are the only way to God, so help me to quit disobeying You and to start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life, and make yourself real to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father, How thankful I am that I know that one day I will be spending Eternity with you!  How wonderful it will be to see Jesus face to face and to praise and thank Him, and Serve Him for all eternity.  What a great day that will be!  In Jesus Name, Amen

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 12

I am thankful for our Veterans!

John 15:13 
"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

How very thankful I am for those in our nation and around the world who have served and are now serving in the armed forces to protect our freedom.  

Take A Moment To Thank A Veteran
When you see someone in a uniform,
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,
Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.
Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing
To keep us safe in the USA!"
By Joanna Fuchs

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the courageous, selfless military servants who protect our freedom.  Guard over their lives and protect them from all harm.  We are thankful for those who have laid down their lives for us.  God please bless them and their families and God, bless America.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Have a Blessed Day,

Menu Plan Monday for the Week of Nov. 12-18, 2012

Chili Rellenos
Tossed Salad
Caramel Flan

Crockpot Eye of  Round
with Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, & Celery
and Gravy
Herbed Popovers

Grainy Mustard/Horsey Mayo

Salmon Patties
Parsley Red Potatoes
Green Beans
Souffled Spinach

Garlic Bread
Italian Ice

Left over Spaghetti Pie

Lunch out with Friends

Monday  Monday

Have a Blessed Day,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 11

I am thankful for Sundays.  

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.  

I am thankful for Sundays, a day set apart to worship our God, and fellowship with like-minded Christians, to have the freedom and the privilege to worship at a church of our choosing. If we want to be a growing Christian, we must be an active part of the church to help one another, to encourage one another, to pray for one another and to challenge one another as we anticipate His return.  We need church, and the church needs us.  Church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners...a gathering of imperfect people serving a perfect God.

What does a WELL, strong, God-honoring church look like:  

Worshipping Church - To bring Glory and Honor to God - God inhabits the praise of His people 
Evangelistic Church - To reach out to share the Gospel to those in need
Learning Church - To hear the preaching & teaching of the Word in person 
Loving Church -  To  fellowship, serve, grow, and care for one another

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Sundays, the first day of the week set aside to honor and worship You. Thank you for the Church, we, the body of imperfect people who come to worship and serve You, a  perfect God.  May we heed your command to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as we anticipate your earthly return.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Have a Worshipful Day,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 10

I Thankful for Quite Moments.  

"Be still and know that I am God!"

When we previously lived in New York and would vacation in Arizona, we would spend a couple of days with our friends, the DeJongs.  In the afternoon, Cindy would disperse the children to their respective rooms for an hour of quite time each day.  We followed likewise and to our surprise, we rather enjoyed those moments of solitude...moments to read, rest or reflect.   We continue with that blessed routine of drawing away from the fast pace of our life and spending an hour of silence and reflection.   These wonderful moments of rest and relaxation are so restorative.

How great is is to find a few minutes in our day to find a quiet spot and to thank God for the gift of silence and solitude.  Perhaps it would be good for us to spend some time thinking of other reasons why we are grateful to God.   

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for those quite, peaceful moments in our days...times that we can pull away from the busyness of life for moments of silence, solitude, and reflection.   Whether it be an hour or just a few lone moments, we find them so restorative.  Thank you for teaching us to be STILL!  In Jesus name, Amen

"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
Henry David Thoreau 

"God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour."

Have a Blessed Day,

Friday, November 9, 2012

30 days of Thanksgiving - Day 9

I am thankful for things that make life easier and more comfortable and enjoyable !

1 Timothy 6:17

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." 

How enjoyable are these creature comforts:
Our Comfy Homes
Air conditioning for summer and Heat for Winter
Running Water
Bathrooms with Showers, Sinks, Tiolets and Tubs
Washers & Dryers
Comfortable Beds 
Food and Drink A-plenty
Flora and Fauna
Television and Radio
Computers, Video and CD Players
Retail Stores and Restaurants
Places of Worship
Family and Friends to Share Our Lives With!

Through Christ we have been richly given :
Love, Joy, Peace
Our needs and even Our wants 
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Life Everlasting
Most importantly Christ to richly enjoy each and every day!

Heavenly Father, We are overwhelmed by all that has been given to us to richly enjoy.  Our cups do overflow with your goodness.    Thank You for daily loading us with Your benefits and crowning us with Your loving-kindness.  We are rich, indeed!  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Have a Blessed Day,

Foodie Friday

White Chicken Chili

1  (32 oz.) carton of chicken broth
3 cans cannelini beans (white kidney beans)
1 (12 oz.) jar Salsa Verde
2 cans of corn or 3 1/2 cups frozen corn
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into small pieces, (about 16 oz.)
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
Cumin, salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and garlic in stockpot.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer.  This is quick, easy, and delicious!  

Great way to use leftover roast chicken.  

Foody Fridays

Angelwings & Apronstrings

Have a Blessed Day,
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