Oh Wow!!! …I’m featured on SITS Girls today!

Merry Chirstmas day

Wow,  What a Great Day!!! …I’m featured on SITS Girls!  …(the Secret is in the Sauce)   Welcome!! to everyone visiting from SITS Girls… I hope you’ll find something you like and decide to stay awhile…..in the mean time,  please look around and make your self at home…

I love being creative and making things I could easily just go buy…but what’s the fun in that?  And where’s the satisfaction, I wanna know? I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes but I also like to share recipes and tips that I know are tried and true for those who may just be starting out on this journey of life as a wife and mother.

I’m a Christian and love to share insights into God’s word.  I want everyone to know how very much God loves us and how He is working in our lives,  even though we might not see His hand… it is there!

This week we are fighting the flu bug in our family.   My son’s family last week, my other son’s family over the weekend and my daughter’s family this week. It’s been rough…so this morning I decided I need to make some Ginger Tea to help ward it off from my house…

If you are struggling with the flu or cold and need something extra to help keep you safe or heal your body,  you may want to try this.

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The Recipe: Ginger Tea

1 individual tea bag

1/12 cups of water

Juice of one lemon

1 Tablespoon of thinly sliced ginger root (peeled)

1-2 Tablespoons of honey…to taste

 

Place all ingredients, except honey,  in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. Pour into 2 cups and add honey, to taste. Sip away. Enjoy and stay healthy. Serves 2.

 

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And I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas…

 

love, Renee

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Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas

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I don’t know about you,  but I struggle each year to be sure Jesus doesn’t get lost in all the tinsel. It’s so easy to get caught up in the decorating and hoopla of the season. And I love the decorating…and the hoopla!  But our culture and world is so materialistic and secular that it’s easy to ‘run out of time’ so to speak,  and Christmas is over and not once was Jesus front and center.

Several years ago, I decided to do something about that. I wanted to make sure our little children know that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.  One simple way is to incorporate nativity scenes in the decorations.  They remind us what we’re celebrating, every single day.

So, in our living room, I have a huge Christmas tree,  a mantle of reindeer with silver trees and a garland of red balls and lots of snowflakes….and also….two nativity scenes.

One that is off limits to the children…and one the children can play with and tell each other the story of Jesus’ birth.  Standing in the living room they can turn one direction and see the nativity scene on the dining room table and the other direction, they can see the one in the foyer.  In one room….4 nativity scenes can be seen…..I love that!

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My favorite place is the Kitchen window…and why not? I spend a great deal of time in front of this sink. Everyone who comes into my house eventually makes it to the kitchen.  Even though the only thing red are dish towels …this window reminds everyone it’s Christmas!

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For the past two years,  I used one of my favorite nativity scenes as the dining room table center piece.  A star hangs from the chandelier and a Joy to the World ornament hangs beneath. I save old Christmas cards that tell the story of Jesus. They’re displayed on each side. When we gather for Christmas Brunch at this table, there’s no doubt what the day is all about.

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Christmas cards from previous years help to further ‘tell the story of Jesus.’ They also remind me of friends and they’re beautiful!!!

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Bethlehem is one of my favorite Christmas ‘decorations.’

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This is the nativity Creche my husband made a couple weeks ago. He did an awesome job….

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And the front yard announces to every passer by….we’re celebrating the true meaning of Christmas at our house.

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I hope you are finding ways to celebrate and remember the true meaning of Christmas with your family…

And I wish you….. A Merry Christmas!

Better Unto Me Than Silver

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One Christmas Season,  when I was a little girl, probably 7 or 8 years old, my mother promised me a silver dollar if I’d memorize  Luke 2:1-14….the story of the birth of Jesus. It was a Saturday morning and I loved Saturdays because it was the only time I could ever crawl into my parents bed. My mama raised me by Dr. Spock and he said no children in the bed and so there were absolutely no children in the bed…except on Saturdays!

I loved Saturday mornings. It was snuggled in mama’s bed that I learned about God and Jesus. She told me the stories of Jonah and Moses and Jesus. I learned about Abraham’s calling, Noah’s ark and Joseph’s coat of many colors.  On her bookcase headboard was a picture book of great religious paintings by famous artists. I saw Leonardo’s Last Supper and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. I saw paintings of Mary and baby Jesus. I was mesmerized by the artist’s work. It was all so beautiful. I couldn’t imagine anything more thrilling than to be an artist. My appetite was whetted then and there.

Back to my story….So, I did. I memorized the whole passage and received my silver dollar.

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It was the first of many silver dollars. Mama had found a way to get the word of God into me.

She knew the word of God was more precious than silver or gold.

She knew once it was hidden in my heart, it would be there always.

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It’s been years since I crawled into my mama’s bed.

Now I have grandchildren crawling into mine.

I spent my silver dollars, long long ago.

But I still remember the story of Jesus’s birth. 

 Luke 2:1-14

        1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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I thought I was getting rich on silver dollars…

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The truth….Mama was planting seed in my heart and I was growing rich…..

…………………………………..on God’s word.

Have you found a way to plant the word of God in your children’s heart?

It’s the one gift that will never tarnish and they will never out grow.

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11

                                                                                Merry Christmas….everyone.

Country Fried Steak with Onion Gravy

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For most cooks this is standard fare, but as I stepped into the kitchen to prepare supper,  it occurred to me that everyone is not a seasoned cook and perhaps someone needs to know how to cook cubed steak or country fried steak,  as we call it around here. [Read more…]

Building a Nativity Creche

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I love when our grandchildren see our Christmas Tree for the first time each year. No matter how old they are…it’s always a treat to see them dazzled by the ornaments and twinkling lights. Awww, who am I kidding? My husband and I are just as bedazzled by the tree the first time we step back and look at it. It’s just so pretty! I love seeing the tree for the first time and I love seeing the children see it for the first time, too!

But what I love even more is when they see my nativity scene and find baby Jesus. In hushed and awed tones they whisper, “Look. [Read more…]

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Before Thanksgiving, as I was deciding on my side dishes, I came across the most delightful combination that included roasted Butternut Squash.  Greens, cran-raisins, feta, butternut squash and crispy bacon, arranged in separate piles, made up the patter of goodness. It was a feast for the eyes and I decided then and there that I’d be making a roasted butternut squash salad,  asap. [Read more…]

Scientific Proof Bible is Real and True

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You’re going to love this….

There is a well known scientist, Herbert Spencer. (He lived in the 1800’s and was a great proponent of Darwinism. He was first to  apply survival of the fittest to humans.)  He determined, that in order for anything to be categorized  according to scientific  examination, it had to fall into at least one of the following categories:  Time, Force,  Action, Space and Matter. [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I pray the Lord bless you and keep you and yours this Thanksgiving Day. And I pray we always strive to be thankful all year long…for the big things and the little things and in ALL things. In all things give thanks……

Bless you today…..and always.

Whipping Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

whipping cream pound cake with lemon glaze

I’ve been trying to bake this cake for over a week…I’ve just  been too busy. Finally, today, I made it. Whipping Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze. It’s my daughter’s recipe and she makes the best pound cake ever…..I mean ever. Hers would be twice this tall! Usually we don’t glaze or frost it,  but I wanted a little something extra. And next week will be all about spicy pumpkins and apples so,  this weekend, we’re having lemon with our cake. [Read more…]

Brown Sugar Chews

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Positively the best bar cookie known to mankind. Buttery, brown sugary, chewy, buttery…oh, I said that already, …still..…..BUTTERY!  Is it any wonder they are such a favorite? The simplicity of ingredients make this a staple in many a Southern home. My mother  always had Brown Sugar Chews in her famous Tupperware container. All the grandchildren knew where to find them!

When I’m out of dessert, this is a perfect sweet to whip up.  And the great thing is that you can switch it up by adding a variety of  extras. These had macadamia nuts, and white chocolate bar, coarsely chopped. I prefer pecans…but my husband likes macadamia. So this week, it was macadamia. Coconut is also a great addition. It’s all according to how you feel and what you’re in the mood for and what you have available. But honestly, pecans are all you need.

I brown sugar chews ingredients

Ingredients are simple. Brown Sugar, Self Rising Flour, 2 eggs, vanilla, BUTTER,  pecans. That’s it.

How hard can this be? Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil. Butter it or Pam it….Preheat oven 350* Bake 20-30 minutes.

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And then you can fall in love with the most satisfying sweetness you can imagine.

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What are you waiting for?  In about 45 minutes you can have a house full of happy campers.

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Enjoy! 

Brown Sugar Chews

Ingredients

  • 1 box of light Brown Sugar minus 1/2 cup of sugar or 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or 12 TBLS or 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350*
  2. Melt butter. Remove pan from heat and stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Add eggs, flour vanilla and nuts. Mix until blended.
  3. Spread in a 9x13 buttered pan. I like to line my pan with foil or parchment and then butter or Pam it.
  4. Bake 20-30 minutes until a nice brown crust has formed on top and a tooth pick comes out with only a few crumbs and not wet.
  5. ALlow to cool a few minutes in pan. Remove by lifting the foil out and placing on a cutting board. Cut into squares. These are perfect for a party to cut into tiny squares or larger squares for the cookie jar. Store in an airtight container, or cookie jar. Freezes nicely between wax paper. Seal tightly.
  6. Enjoy!
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