Saturday, September 11, 2010

Praise God I am Home

We are back home, and it is so good to be home, we had a wonderful anniversary, and a lovely trip, but  as good as it was, I am still happy to be home. God really blessed us, we received so many cards and well wishes from family and friends.
Some filled with money even, Wow so unexpected too, our church give us a Anniversary check too, so God just poured out his blessings upon us once again, It just never ceases to amaze me how much God looks after us, and how be blesses our comings and goings.  Our daughter put a big photo ad in our local paper, and showed our wedding photo plus our current photo, wow we sure have changed..It was a blessing to see.
I am still real tired, and will be post a few photos we took.
Enjoy them, and Know I will be back and with some more news Probably Monday, God bless you all and thank you for all the well wishes and blessings you sent to us.

This was a wonderful dinner of all you can eat snow crabs for me and a fisherman's platter for my beloved.
It was exceptionally good, a great place right on the river. We just totally enjoyed our time spent.

Hugs ♥ Blessings

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Well praise God it is Wednesday, and the day that most of us Christians go to prayer meeting, do you have anything specific you would like for me to pray for? I have several things I need you to pray about. We are leaving for a few days in the morning for a mini vacation, and a time to get away for our 50th anniversary.
We have decided to go to Tybee Island, GA it is lovely in that area, with lots to do, and lots to see, it even has a light house on the Island, if you know me at all you know my dear husband collects light houses, he has so very many from ceramic to paintings, he sings the song The Lighthouse too, it touched his heart right after he was first saved, and ever since it has been special to him. 
This will be the last post I will be able to make until probably late Saturday evening, so know you are in my prayers, and you have blessed my life by being my blogging friend, most likely I will never get to meet you but you are have touched my life. Thank you and God bless you very much this week.

I got this in an email one day, it blessed my heart, and hope it blesses your heart too.

God, WHY ME????????

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island.

He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little Hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the
worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned
with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?'

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things
are going badly, but we shouldn't lose heart, because
God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain
and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut
seems to be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke
signal that summons the Grace of God.

P.S. You may want to consider passing this on, because you never know who feels as if their hut is on fire today.

If you can't be grateful for what God has given you, look around you
and be grateful for what He's protected you from...... Amen God is good all the time..

Hugs ♥ Blessings

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

Yields 6 large dinner salads.
2 Tbs. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
(7 to 8 oz. each), tenderloins separated if still attached
2 heads Boston lettuce (about 12 oz. total), trimmed, torn into bite-size pieces, washed, and dried
1-1/2 cups lightly packed fresh parsley leaves, torn if large
3/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves, torn if large
1 recipe Lemon Vinaigrette
3 large avocados
2-1/2 cups (about 1 lb.) halved grape tomatoes
1 heaping cup (6 oz.) crumbled Roquefort
2/3 cup toasted pine nuts
12 slices bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled
1/2 cup sliced chives (3/4 inch long)

Grill the chicken: Heat a gas grill to medium high. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Grill until well marked and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side for the breasts, and 2 to 3 minutes per side for the tenderloins. Let cool and cut into small dice.
Assemble the salads: Set 6 large dinner plates on your counter. Combine the lettuce, parsley, and mint in a large mixing bowl. Toss with just enough of the vinaigrette to coat lightly, 4 to 5 Tbs. Season with a little salt and pepper and toss again. Divide among the plates, arranging the lettuce in a circle with a small hole in the center.
Peel, pit, and cut the avocados into medium dice and toss them in a medium bowl with 2 Tbs. of the vinaigrette. Combine about a sixth each of the avocados, tomatoes, Roquefort, pine nuts, and chicken in the mixing bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper and toss with about 1 Tbs. of the vinaigrette. (You won't use all the dressing.) Mound the mixture in the center of a salad. Repeat for the rest of the salads. Sprinkle on the bacon and chives and serve.

Serving Suggestions
Pair with Bruschetta with Rustic Green Olive Tapenade.


Peach and Blueberry Galette

This rustic fruit tart is the perfect vehicle for ripe summer blueberries and peaches. The crust is free form—it just gets folded over the filling and then baked. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of crème fraîche.

Serves 8 to 10

What You'll Need For the crust
6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour, more for rolling
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. table salt
5-1/2 oz. (11 Tbs.) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 large egg yolk
3 Tbs. whole milk
For the filling
1 lb. peaches, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 2 cups)
3/4 lb. blueberries, rinsed and picked through (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of table salt
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tbs. sugar


Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
To make the fruit filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently, making sure that the cornstarch is coating the fruit. (This will prevent too much juice from leaking out while the galette bakes.)

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add the fruit mixture to the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

Lightly whisk the egg white and milk in a small bowl. Brush dough with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 1 hour, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. (Cutting it too quickly will cause the dough to crack). It's best served at room temperature or slightly warm.

Optional garnishes include vanilla ice cream, a dollop of creme fraiche, or freshly whipped cream.


Hugs ♥ Blessings

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

The first Monday in September, observed as a holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people.

Labor Day is observed annually in honor of working people on the first Monday in September in all the states and territories, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The day was originally conceived in 1882 by Peter J. McGuire, the radical founder and indefatigable warrior of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of New York. On 8 May, McGuire proposed to the New York City Central Labor Union that the first Monday in September, because it fell midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day, be set aside annually as a "labor day." His effort bore fruit on Tuesday, 5 September 1882, when workers in New York City held a large parade and a festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor. In 1884, the New Yorkers held a parade on the first Monday of September and designated that day as the annual Labor Day. The agitation in New York City was soon followed by labor unions in other states, which staged vigorous campaigns in their state legislatures for the establishment of Labor Day as a legal holiday. Their earliest victories were in Oregon and Colorado, where Labor Day was declared to be a state holiday in February and March 1887, respectively. The next year the American Federation of Labor passed a resolution for the adoption of a Labor Day at its St. Louis, Missouri, convention. Thirty states had followed the lead of Oregon and Colorado by the time the first Monday in September was made a national holiday by an act of Congress, with the bill signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on 28 June 1894. In the early twenty-first century, Labor Day parades, rallies, festivals, and speeches were still organized by labor unions across the country and often supported by political leaders. Because of the shrinking popular base of traditional labor unions, however, most Americans tended to regard the day merely as the finale of a long summer of fun in which hot dogs, barbecues, and picnics reigned. Have a wonderful day with family and friends, and may God continue to bless our beloved land.  Here is a little something for fun...♥ Lots of hugs and blessings.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

Brethren We Have Met To Worship

1. Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power, while we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

2. Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumbering on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray and holy manna will be showered all around.

3. Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses' sister aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

4. Is there here a trembling jailer, seeking grace, and filled with tears?
Is there here a weeping Mary, pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them; sisters, let your prayers abound;
Pray, Oh pray that holy manna may be scattered all around.

5. Let us love our God supremely, let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners, till our God makes all things new.
Then He'll call us home to Heaven, at His table we'll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.

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