Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lemon Crumb Muffins

We love just about anything with lemons at our house. I found this recipe here and just had to try it. We were not disappointed!! The only thing I changed, is that I added more lemon juice and zest. We like to really taste the lemon!!
Crumb Topping 
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup plain flour
2 TBS sugar
2 TBS brown sugar
Mix the dry ingredients and then drizzle the melted butter over it. Mix until crumbly.
Preheat oven to 350.
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 TBS lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup sour cream
Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, then juice and zest. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and mix well. Add the sour cream last, until no streaks remain. Divide among paper lined muffin cups.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
6 TBS powdered sugar
1 TBS lemon juice
Drizzle over muffins.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

THE One You CAN Count On

There are very few things you can count on in this life. One thing that will never fail  you, is God.
Your spouse may walk out.
Your 'friends' may walk out when you need them most.
Your children may turn their back on you.
Your co workers may be friendly to your face but stabbing you repeatedly in the back.
Your church may not care about the hurts you are going through.
Don't be angry at them. They don't understand the love of God.  When we experience the love that God has, we love others the same way.
God will never leave you!!
Instead of going to that spouse, go to the Lord for all your needs.
Instead of enjoying the fellowship with that friend, go to the Father!
Instead of your life revolving around your children, let God be your focus.
Instead of looking to the church or others to help you through tough times, go to the one who knows your heart and knows the exact thing you need!! He is never wrong in his advice!! He will never reject you or walk away. He will always be there to listen, to instruct, to forgive.

When we love God, the way we are supposed to, then we won't look to others to fulfill those needs we have. We will be hurt, but not crushed when others walk away.

When we love God, the way he loves us, we can forgive all that is done to us and love the other person no matter what they have done.

God's love is the most amazing thing in the world. To love and truly be loved in return is one of the most amazing things in this life!! Don't let hard feelings, jealously, selfishness, bitterness get in the way of loving others and letting others love you.

When, not if, others hurt you, forgive, truly forgive and walk on with God.  He will never leave you.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Perfect Grits Every Time

When I first began to cook, I could never get consistent grits. Over the years of making them, I learned how. Then my girls began to cook.  It takes time to learn how to eye ball a recipe to make it right. With this recipe, the grits are perfect every time. This is a Paula Deen recipe that I got from here.

2 cups water
1-1/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup quick cooking grits, not instant

In a sauce pan, bring the water, milk and salt to a boil.
Stir in the grits and return to boil.
Cover and turn down and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add butter before serving.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christians Should be Addicts

Our preacher said something very thought provoking Sunday morning. He does that all the time, so it's nothing new. I am thankful for a pastor who is not just telling us bible stories of old or just digging into deep doctrines, but he preaches on living for God on a daily basis. A lot of people have just enough religion to make them miserable, but a personal walk with God brings joy and peace.  What good does it do to go to church if we go to work and out in public and are mean spirited, short tempered, blowing up at people, hateful and bitter? I know some people like that. They call themselves Christians, but their attitudes and actions have NOTHING to do with Christ, except that they hurt the cause of Christ.  It is more important for them to show themselves, than for Christ to be seen through them. But that is not what this post is about. It's just on my mind because I am seeing it so often!!
Our preacher was talking about addictions. He said an addiction is not something you have, but it's something that has you. That is SO true. A person who is addicted to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, porn, whatever, he or she can't do without it. They go into DT's if they don't get the substance or are irritable and  depressed if they can't get their fix. Our preacher quoted I Corinthian 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) He said what if we were addicted to Christ, so that every day, we just HAD to have Christ in our life in such a way, that we would be anxious if we had not helped someone, or if we had not read our bible we would get the shakes or we would give up watching TV or being with friends because we just HAD to spend time in prayer. What if every day we got up and our main focus was that we  had to have our time with God and we begged him to give us someone to help or encourage? What if  instead of thinking about how we want to tell someone off, we asked God to help us forgive, as he has forgiven us, and get that bitterness out? I am sure that all those that have to be around us would be thankful, as someone who is hateful and bitter are not nice people to be around. What if instead of thinking about spending money on getting our nails done or our hair dyed, we thought about giving that money to help someone or buy someone lunch and just listen to them?
This world tells us through commercials, billboards, magazines etc, that we need to be doing so many things for ourselves, yet God calls us to be servants.
This is one addiction that you would not be ashamed of or have to hide it from anyone. Not only would you not be ashamed of it, but your life will be blessed by it. What a contrast to the addictions the world offers!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stuffed Italian Bread

One of my daughters made this amazing bread last night. She made a couple of changes but I can't imagine it getting any better. This is SO good. The recipe came from here and this is her picture. She didn't have any fresh parsley, so she just used what we had in the bottle. She also didn't buy the Italian loaf, as we have Italian seasoning and she didn't use poppy seeds. I know they look nice, but I doubt they added any extra flavor!!

1 loaf of French Bread
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
1 TBS minced onion
1 TBS Italian Seasoning
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 TBS Dijon mustard
1 TBS parsley
12 oz. Italian 5 Cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Cut the bread into  X cubes without cutting all the way through.
Mix the butter, oil, minced onion, Italian seasoning, garlic, mustard and parsley. Drizzle over the cracks.
Fill the cracks with cheese.
Wrap in foil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oven Roasted Vegetables

I tried this recipe and it was voted a keeper for our family.  It is super easy and the taste is perfect. I didn't use frozen vegetables, but fresh ones. I also cut my carrots into circles and added 2 cloves of garlic. Garlic makes most things better!!  I made this again the next week because it is just that good.

1 cup each:   broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
3 TBS butter
3 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp. season salt (I used Greek seasoning)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cloves garlic, diced

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease baking sheet.
Cut vegetables to bite size.  Put in a bowl.
Mix the oil, butter and seasoning.
Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
Spread on a single layer and bake 20-30 minutes or until tender.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Fluffy, Light Biscuits

My in-laws come over every Saturday morning and eat breakfast with us. My father-in-law especially loves my biscuits. It took me a long time to learn how to make them light and fluffy.  I have heard a lot of people say they can't make biscuits. I don't think it's so much not being able to make them, as much as not having the right flour. I can use the very same recipe but different flour, and they are not as good. The White Lily Unbleached flour makes the lightest biscuits.

3 cups White Lily Flour
1 stick butter
4 TBS shortening
1-1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450.
Cut the butter and shortening into the flour.
Add the buttermilk and mix until incorporated.
Turn out onto floured surface.
Put some flour on top so that you can handle it.
Smooth it out to about one inch thick.
Cut with a biscuit cutter or glass.
Put in cast iron pan (for best results) and bake  for about 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush the tops with butter.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Best Way To Batter Fish

Not only does my husband know how to catch fish, but he knows how to cook them too. We have no desire to go to seafood restaurant, because he makes it even better at home!
One of the things he has is this fish batterer. You just put the stuff in the bottom and put the fish on the top of this grated thing and put the lid on and shake. No messy, gummy fingers and you can do several pieces at a time.  He got his at Bass Pro but Bed Bath & Beyond also has them for about $12.00.
We have a friend who owns a restaurant and they have fish filets and he told me they use this House of Autry seafood breader. I get mine at Wal-Mart and it really is good. I also use this to bread my squash and to mix a little water with it and coat my onion rings.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Breakfast Poppers

My son LOVES these. Well, my husband does too!! These little things are easy to make and taste just as good reheated as the day they are cooked.  My son likes to have something he can eat on the way to work. These don't make a mess and are easy to hold and eat.

1 Can of Biscuits
4 eggs
1/2 cup of meat, bacon, sausage or ham
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese or cheese of choice

Grease 10 cups of a muffin pan.
Scramble your eggs with meat in them. When they are almost done, add the cheese and stir.
Add salt and pepper.
Take each biscuit out and flatten it on the counter. I just use my hand. Put a heaping teaspoon of eggs on biscuit. Fold over the edges and place seam side down in pan.
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. Brush the tops with butter when you remove them from the pan.

*I add jalapeno  or banana peppers to my eggs, along with bell pepper. I have also used Colby Jack/Monterey Jack cheese. You can do a lot of different things with these and they are all good!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Boss Who is a Bully

 Bully's come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They are not just school age children, but also in the workplace, as some of our bosses.  What is the Christian's response to a bully?  We have to remember that 1st we are a Christian. We can't get caught up in the drama or anger that they are spewing out. Some times it's not anger, but they calmly threaten you. I had an experience with this recently.
My boss had asked me to do something that is wrong in the site of God. I knew that, because the word of God tells me it's wrong. But he asked me to do it and when I wouldn't, he sent me an email the next day, trying to manipulate me. When that didn't work, he called me on the phone.  When I told him I would not do what he asked because I was a Christian and I obeyed God before any person, he got mad and said that my faith was getting in the way of me performing the duties of my job. But what he had asked me to do, had nothing to do with my job description.  Bullies don't like to be told no. When one tactic doesn't work, they try another.  They try to make you feel like you are the one who is wrong. I have never been threatened because of my faith. I have been talked about and given the cold shoulder over it, shunned,  even within my own family, but never threatened. I have a healthy fear of God and I would never tell someone to listen to me over the word of God.  Acts 5:29 says,  We ought to obey God rather than men. No matter what the cost, obey God.  God worked out this situation in a way I never could have on my own. I thank him for being my father. I thank him for being my protector. I thank him for loving me and always being there.    No matter what the cost, do the right thing and he will take care of it all. Don't let fear cripple you. If  you give in to a bully, he will strike again and again, and not only to you, but to others too. 1st I am a Christian, before I am an employee.
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