Monday, November 9, 2015

Yes or No

I am going to start a new series on here, called "1st I am a Christian". No matter what happens or where we are or who we are around, if we bought by the precious blood of Christ, we must remember that before anything else, we are a Christian. Every thing we do, every where we go, the people we hang  around with, the way we deal with others, the things we listen to and watch, should all be filtered by the fact, that before we are a husband, wife, sister, brother, mother, father, friend or co-worker, we are a Christian. God lets bad things happen to us, so that we can let him shine through us, that others may see there is a better way to handle things. A way that brings us peace and lets others see God in us. What good does it do to be a Christian, if we don't live the word out. Every one knows how to get mad and blow up. Everyone knows how to lie, steal and cheat, how to get even with someone. But God has a better way.  There has been quite a few lessons I have learned in life, the hard way. Even though others told me I had a right to do this or that, or to say this or that, God didn't. I thank him for  his word and the peace that passes all understanding when you follow it.
A problem will keep reoccurring and make us more aggravated every time it comes up, if we don't look at the root of the problem, which can be found in the word of God. Take any problem and look in the word and you will see it clearly and know how to respond.  Before you respond to any hurt or anger or bad situation, remember that you are a Christian first.  If it is not more important for Christ to be seen in you, than for your flesh to be glorified through your reaction, then you need to check up on your salvation. This life is not about us being tough. It's about drawing others to Christ through the life we live on a daily basis in front of everyone.
A common problem that occurs all the time, is that people don't want to give you a straight answer. This is very common when it comes to buying and selling.  I am in the middle of selling my home. I know what I want for it. A realtor told me to ask more and go down. That makes no sense to me.  I am not going to haggle and go back and forth. I prayed about it, I know what sum God gave me and I am sticking to it. But that is God's way. Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Settle it in your heart, hear from him and wait.  The worlds way is to haggle, bargain, go back and forth, making excuses for the sum they can or will pay, looking at little things and trying to make the other person think they can't pay that much. Did you notice the second part of that verse? Whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. People will lie to you to get what they want, to get their way. Whenever I go to buy something, I pray about it and get the amount I know the Lord has told me and then find it. If someone gives me a price too high, I just go on. Is it more important for you to brag about the deal you got, even if you know you had to lie to get it or for Christ to be seen because your answer was simply yes or no?
If someone asks you to come to dinner, go shopping or to a  movie or do anything, if you know you don't want to do something with that person, just say no. It's better to say no, than to go and make everyone miserable because you are showing an attitude. I had that happen in our family. One person made the whole day miserable because they couldn't control their emotions and made sure everyone knew they didn't want to be there. I never made them come. They profess to be a Christian, but they sure didn't look or act like one that day to anyone there. It was more important to that person to show their flesh than for God to be seen in them.
These are just 2 examples. The next time you feel yourself hesitate or think about how to answer someone, just ask God what your answer should be and be honest. When you walk away from that person, it feels so good to know that you were honest and trusted God, that if he wanted it, it happened and that you didn't do anything to hurt the work of God. God honors us when we honor his word.
Before being a wheeler and dealer or someone who doesn't take anything off anyone, be a Christian. God paid a high price for you, if you are saved. It's the least we can do for him.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Best Cinnamon Rolls


 I have tried a lot of cinnamon roll recipes, but we like this one the best. I can't imagine it getting any better than this. I got the recipe and picture from here. If you want to see a detailed post on each step for how to make these rolls, just go to the link and she shows you in detail how to make these.  I don't put mine on parchment paper and they come out of the pan just fine.  I also don't mix the egg, oil and buttermilk separately. I just put it all in the bowl and add the flour last and mine rise and bake up beautifully.  I also don't have fresh lemon juice so I just used my lemon juice in the bottle and I also added more cream cheese and a little more sugar to my icing, after reading that a true cinnabon has equal amounts of butter and cream cheese.

3/4 cup water, 115 degrees

2-1/4 tsp. yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 egg

1/3 cup oil

1 tsp. salt

4-1/2 cups plain flour


Mix the yeast and water and let set 5 minutes.

Add the sugar, buttermilk, egg and oil. Mix together.

Add the salt and then half the flour. Add additional flour 1/4 cup at a time until  the dough leaves the edges of the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and let rise until double, about an hour and a half.



1/2 cup soft butter

1-1/4 cups brown sugar

2-1/2 TBS cinnamon

2 TBS cornstarch

Roll the dough out on the counter to a thin rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough and then sprinkle with mixture.  Roll up tightly.  Using dental floss, cut every 2 inches and place in a greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and let rise 1-1/2 hours or until edges almost touch.

Bake for  about 17 minutes at 350, or until the top starts to brown.



4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 TBS corn syrup

1-1/2 cups confectionary sugar

Mix together and spread a thin layer on rolls, fresh out of the oven. Wait about 5 minutes and spread the rest.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

This is now my new favorite soup. I love stuffed bell peppers, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. We  all voted it to be a keeper.  I started out with this recipe, but changed it up just a bit. It says to cook it in a crock pot, but we just cooked it like a normal soup on top of the stove.  I added garlic cloves and  sausage to it. We thought it was perfect!
1/2 lb. hamburger
1/2 lb. sausage
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups diced bell pepper
3 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 cup cooked rice

Brown your beef and sausage with the onion. Drain and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it simmer for one hour. This is good served with cornbread.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mexican Cornbread

Someone told me about Mexican Cornbread and how good it was so I decided to give it a try. After doing some searching and reading comments, I started with the basic recipe from here and did some adding to that others said was good additions. The original  recipe makes a 9x13 but I cut it in half to make an 8 inch skillet. The changes I made to this recipe is that I added jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and minced onions.  This was a big hit at our house. If you want it hotter, just add more jalapenos.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 of 15 oz can cream corn
1-1/2 oz. chopped green chili peppers, drained
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. jalapeno, with seeds, diced
2 TBS minced onions
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 300. Grease an 8 inch pan or cast iron skillet.

Beat the butter and sugar together.

Add eggs.

Blend in corn, chilies, cheeses, jalapeno, onion.

Add cornmeal and flour, salt and baking powder.

Pour into pan and bake one hour or until done.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Banana Pudding

I made this banana pudding this past weekend and everyone said it's the best they've ever had. I don't like banana pudding, so I'm trusting their opinions.  I got this picture and recipe from here.   I didn't change a thing about the recipe.

8oz block cream cheese
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups milk
5 oz box instant vanilla pudding
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz cool whip
box vanilla wafers
4 bananas

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Add both milks, the pudding and vanilla.
Fold in half of the cool whip.
In a 9x13 pan, cover the bottom with vanilla wafers.
Slice bananas and cover the wafers with them.
Spoon the pudding mixture over top.
Spread the rest of the cool whip over top and chill.
Optional: You can crush some wafers and sprinkle on top.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

I have tried several different sloppy joe recipes and this one is the best. My search is over. I can't imagine what would make them taste any better.  It's just the perfect blend. This is another recipe from Ree Drummond. Her recipe was for 2-1/2 lbs of hamburger, but I buy mine in 1-1/2 lb packs so I wrote this recipe to those measurements.

1-1/2 lbs hamburger

1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

1/3 cup onion, diced

1 cup ketchup

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 TBS brown sugar

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. mustard

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook the hamburger, onion and bell pepper. Drain.

Add remaining ingredients and let simmer 20 minutes.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Great Purse Organizer

I  was complaining to someone one day about my purse and how it was driving me crazy. I love being organized and having my stuff all in the bottom of my purse and having to fumble around to find it, drove me crazy.  My friend told me there was this purse organizer on QVC and I should take a look at it. I did and I bought it. I am not disappointed. I LOVE this thing. It has so many pockets and not only that, but the pockets on the outside of your purse or even the inside of the purse around this insert, are extra space. Every thing has a place now in my purse. No more fumbling around for it.  You can lift this out and put it in another purse and you are ready to go. There is a short video on this site if you want to see how it works. There are several colors you can order as well. It has a zipper so you can also use this for travel or organizing your drawers. It costs $22 plus $3 shipping. It's well worth the price!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roasted Tomatoes

I tried this recipe last night and it was very good. They are so easy to cook and full of flavor. In just 10 minutes you can prepare, cook and have them on the table.

Cut tomatoes in half horizontally.
Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, minced garlic and parmesan cheese.
Put under broiler for 8 minutes.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cabbage Kielbasa Skillet Dinner

 This is a favorite meal around here. It's simple to cook and very flavorful. Don't leave the bell pepper out. It really adds some flavor to it.

1 c chopped onion

1 c chopped  bell pepper

2 tsp. butter

1 lb. kielbasa

6 c chopped cabbage

1/2 c chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste


Sauté the onion and bell pepper in butter  until tender.

Add sausage and cook until browned.

Add cabbage, broth, salt and pepper.

Cover and cook 8 minutes or until cabbage is tender.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Page Up Gadget

I LOVE these things. You can put one page or many pages in them and it holds them up for you. It's just like when you hold papers in your hand to read, it's slightly curved so it holds them just right. This does not take up much space at all on your desk. There are different designs. Some have objects in them like a fish or shells, some have sports things on them, or the plain ones as seen in the picture. You can buy them here.
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