365 days, 12 months, 1 year. In a year, consider what can happen in one’s life: tragedy, triumph, up’s and down, joys and sorrows. In one moment a life can be changed and in the same moment one’s purpose can be revealed, not the cliché purpose that many speak about with success or career but the undeniable push in a certain direction that once revealed cannot be denied.
~Tip: Use left over mashed potatoes for the best ever potato soup.
Just mash potatoes in a pot while adding milk as needed to
reach the consistency of soup you like. Season with salth and
pepper to taste. Serve with shredded cheese if desired.
Is there a way to get through this day?
Just tell me the way, oh Lord I pray.
Keep us strong though tears will come,
Remembering Michael, his day is done.
Life is too short, we don't know our last day,
A mist, a vapor that vanishes, all too fast it's washed away.
All we can do is make sure we are ready when God calls our name,
"Come home my child," "I free you from your pain."
"To smile at someone who is sad; to visit,
even for a little while, someone who is lonely;
to give someone shelter from the rain with
our umbrella; to read something for someone
who is blind; these and others can be small
things, very small things, but they are
appropriate to give our love of God concrete
expression to the poor."
“Every day is a preparation for death.
By realizing this, it helps somehow,
Because what the dying go through today,
I will go through tomorrow. Death is
Nothing except going back to HIM,
Where HE is and where we belong.”
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If you haven't seen "Always Patsy Cline" at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC
I highly recommend you do! It is awesome. You will hear all of Patsy Cline's classic songs. Nita Biven plays the part of Ms. Cline and she does an excellent job. Becky Koon who is a veteran of stage and screen plays Patsy Cline's most die-hard fan, Louise. She is hilarious. These are two very talented ladies and (they are real life sisters.) You have two more chances to see this wonderful performance.
The setting is the Grand Ole Opry complete with a band and back up singers, and Louise's kitchen.
Saturday @ 8pm -Jan 22
Sunday @ 3pm - Jan 23
The performance is 2 hours long with a 15 minute intermission (with concessions, beer and wine available)
Just click on the CCC link above to read more about this play/musical and to get tickets. You'd better hurry, they are going fast. (Tonight's show was a sell-out.)
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar [see recipe note]
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used clear vanilla extract)
Optional- Gel dye
1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.
4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy. (Optional: Blend in a tiny bit of gel dye until you reach the desired color.)
6. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.
- Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder instead of Dutch Processed.
-Wilton Gel Dye to color the centers.
-Once I measured out a rounded teaspoon of dough, I rolled the dough into small balls before baking.
-This recipe is slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen and can be found at http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/05/my-kingdom-for-a-glass-of-milk
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Grandma Jo’s Potato Soup (Nothing better on a cold day!)
2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
4 c. water
12-oz. can evaporated milk
1/4 c. butter, sliced
onion and garlic seasoned salt to taste
pepper to taste
8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
Combine vegetables and water in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook until vegetables are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in evaporated milk, butter and seasonings. Heat through. Ladle into soup bowls; garnish with cheese and bacon. Serves 6
Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
In these times when there is so much hatred and evil among men, remember
it's not our place to judge or avenge, but know that they will have to
answer to God. The old saying, "What goes around comes around" is
true in my opinion
A welcoming home is a place of refuge, a place where people worn down by the noise, turmoil, and hostility
from the outside world can find a safe resting place. A welcoming home is a place that you enjoy
coming home to.
Let's strive to make our homes more peaceful and welcoming in 2011!