Friday, February 26, 2010

The Power of God


Please take a moment to go here and read this article.  It is on a political site, but it is not a political article.  It is very much about the power and grace of our Lord, with a request for prayer at the end.  So, please, everyone visiting for coffee this morning, let's set our mugs down for just 2 minutes and pray for these dear souls.

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowmageddon - North Texas Style

After the boys being home sick for 3 days, I was looking forward to getting back into our routine, but alas, it wasn't meant to be!  This is the most snow I've ever seen accumulated here and I've lived in North Central Texas my entire life.

Here are some pics taken before noon and an hour later, it is still coming down strong.

More pictures from much later in the day:

And snow ice cream!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - Feb 8th

It's Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie!  I didn't use two of the meals I had planned last week, so I'm bringing them over this week.  One night we went with pancakes by request of the kids.  The other we had a $5 pizza.  So here is my plan for this week:

Wednesday - Leftovers 
Friday - Baked Potato Bar
Saturday - $5 pizza (I work overnight that night at the zoo)
Sunday - Quiche - I'm going to add some veggies and maybe not the bacon

Chicken Noodle Soup

One of the greatest comfort foods around.  I love soup because you can make it your own.  Add this, take out that.  And I particularly love this classic.

1 TBS butter (I use smart balance)
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 lb uncooked chicken, cut into half-inch chunks
8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups noodles

In large pot, saute' the carrots, onion and bell pepper in the butter. (I get the carrots started, then chop the onion and add it, then the bell pepper).

Season the chicken to taste with basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Put chicken in with vegetables and cook on medium heat until cooked through. 

Add broth and noodles.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

You can use pre-cooked chicken, but I think it gives it more flavor to cook the chicken with the veggies.

Let the Song Arise!

I love how worship music just revs up my soul!  I love singing along with only a voice that my Father could enjoy, just praising Him!

Here are some of my favorites:

How He Loves - Incredibly awesome!!!  This is tied for my favorite right now. (It won't let me embed the video - please go listen!)

My other favorite right now:

Okay, I have 3 favorites:

This just puts a great big smile on my face:

And here's just an incredible testimonial:

What are your favorite worship songs?

What would your cardboard say?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Goals

Welcome Company Girls and whoever else may wander this way!  All are welcome!  I have hot vanilla chai tea from a lovely recipe I found here.  Or if you prefer, I can make some fresh coffee.  Have a seat and relax for a few.

I have so much to do around here.  Please forgive the mess.  In all honesty, it has been laziness on my part.  If I can't do it all perfectly, then none of it tends to get done.  That's not very useful is it?  I am learning to focus on the small things (thank you Rachel Anne).  All of those small things add up to big things ... and a cleaner house that provides sanctuary for my family.

Today's goal is to clean the living and dining rooms.  Neither room is very big and I started this yesterday.  So it's a doable project.  I'm going to use my timer and do 15 minutes at a time.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll finish the kitchen as well.  Oh, and I am going to make time to work on my Bible studies.  I bit off a little more than I can chew, but I'm sticking with it.  An Isaiah precept and a Revelation precept isn't too much, is it?  I know that I'm not likely giving either the appropriate attention they deserve, but I am learning a lot!  And I love Kay Arthur's approach!

So, I've set some lofty goals for today.  I'm going to do my best to achieve them, 15 minutes at a time.  And in my breaks, I look forward to having coffee with the other Company Girls.  I pray that each of you has a truly blessed weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

15 Minutes at a Time

I am embarrassed by the state of my house.  I have never been a great housekeeper.  It's not for lack of know-how.  It's just plain laziness.  It's hard to feel useful when your job is just to keep your house nice.  Makes me wonder why I bothered with a college degree.

But I know better.  My worth, my value lies solely on my God, my Savior.  My head knows that.  It's taking time to reach my heart.  My mind knows what the word of God says, but the enemy knows my weakness.  He knows I struggle with feeling worthy of what Jesus has done for me.  You know what?  He's right.  I'm not worthy.  If I were, I wouldn't need Jesus, now would I?  Just as my children can't do anything to earn my love, I just love them, I can't do anything to earn God's love.  He just loves me.

Funny, I started this post as a housekeeping thought.

I'm going to stick with the detour, though.  Because I can't wrap my brain around the depth of God's love and that love put into action through Jesus, I struggle with thoughts about how I could even be saved.  I doubt myself sometimes - am I playing or do I really believe?  Then I pray.  I pray for God to draw me nearer to Him.  I pray that He will continue to change me.  I know He is working in my heart.  And I rely on my little mustard-seed of faith that I am His.  You see, I accepted Him when I was 6 years old.  I remember that day and I know that I meant it.  But then I didn't grow.  I didn't know that I needed to do anything else (not that further actions are needed for salvation, but for spiritual growth).  And as I got older, I was intimidated by the Bible.  I just didn't understand it.  I didn't get how people understood what it said.  Then I met and married my husband.  He grew up Catholic and I grew up in the Baptist church.  We have the same basic beliefs (or I couldn't have married him).  So we spent years avoiding church or trying every denomination in sight.  Honestly, I was afraid that it would be a permanent wedge between us.

Then my husband and I found a wonderful church...a church that teaches the Bible.  A church that both my husband and I loved.  And I got plugged in.  I found some terrific ladies' Bible studies, including a precept class - 1 Thessalonians.  I knew nothing about this book.  It wasn't one of the "major" ones after all.  But WOW!  I am hooked on precept classes now.  I am learning how to read and understand for myself (with the teaching of the Holy Spirit).  After 1 Thessalonians was 2 Thessalonians.  Now we are in the 2nd part of Revelation.  And I'm doing Isaiah.  The continuity of His Word is so completely reassuring.

Thank you Lord for my little faith.  Please grow it and bring me closer to You.  Show me the way.  Let me be a light for You.

Well, this post certainly took a detour!  The 15 minutes at a time was going to relate on how I'm finding my house again.  But I think it can equally apply to how I'm finding my worth again.  So as I set my timer for 15 minutes once or twice an hour, I'll remember that the baby steps on my house are similar to spiritual baby steps.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe comes to me from Ginamarie on Best of Boards.  BoB is a resource for direct sales consultants (which I was once upon a time).  One of the premium forums is a recipe forum and this recipe can be found there.  It is wonderfully delicious!

3 lbs. Chicken Breast
½ cup Chicken Broth
¼ cup Flour
1 lb. Fresh Mushrooms (Quartered)
1 (14.5 oz) can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes (I do not drain the sauce - it all goes in)
2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
1 medium Onion (Chopped)
EVOO (2 tbs.)
Dried Basil (2 tbs.)
Dried Oregeno (2 tbs.)
Tyme (1 tbs)
Salt/Pepper to taste
Place chopped onions on bottom of crock pot. Layer chicken over onions. Add remaining ingredients, turn on low for 8 hours and enjoy when finished!

Do not worry about mixing anything as you layer the ingredients. All simmers and mixes beautifully as dinner cooks.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - Feb 1st

Happy Monday everyone!  This is my weekly Menu Plan Monday post for OrgJunkie.  You can check out other menu plans at their site.

Tuesday - Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (didn't have this last week as planned)
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Pinto Beans, Rice & Cornbread
Saturday - Fiesta Burgers

Fiesta Burgers

Mix 1 lb ground beef with 1/4 cup salsa, 1 egg, 1 cup cracker or bread crumbs, some chopped onion, salt and pepper to taste.

Form 6 patties and brown in skillet.

Mix 1 can each cream of mushroom soup, ranch style beans, and chopped green chilies.

Pour over cooked patties in skillet, cover and heat over medium heat about 10 minutes.

Turn heat to low and top with cheese. Cover and heat until cheese is melted.