Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll

Here are a few Thanksgiving things I have located around on the local intranet.  They seemed to tickle me.  Hope you enjoy them as well.  Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

Don' mind if I do.

Don’t mind if I do.

THanksgiving III

Praying for all y'all.

Praying for all y’all.

Piglet always has such wisdom.

Piglet has always been a fountain of wisdom.  I like that guy.

And don’t forget if you need any Thanksgiving help, this little gem over at Southern Plate has never failed to pile on a big heaping helping of recipes.

Click here for deliciousness.

Click here for deliciousness.

Love y’all like sweet potato casserole & turkey & dressing.

photo credits:  http://www.copiouscouples.tumblr.com, pinterest, somecards

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Biscuits & Jesus

My sweeties playing checkers at the Cracker Barrel

My sweeties playing checkers at the Cracker Barrel

I have reinvented myself with my family.  Do you know how?  Biscuits.  Not just any biscuits.  THE biscuits.  The other day, I picked up one of my Southern Living magazines, that I had laying around on my coffee table.  (That might should be “lying around on my coffee table” but you see, things don’t “lie around” at my house.  They “lay around”.) There was an article about biscuits.  As I perused the pages I saw one that had a different recipe than I normally use.  Who am I kidding?  For years I have resorted to frozen biscuits in the name of convenience.  I was, however, given the biscuit test before my beloved & I were married.  Hey, he couldn’t marry a woman that couldn’t make a biscuit.  A man has to have his standards, ya know?  Clearly, I did a good enough job that I was worthy of matrimony.  Anywhoo, I took this recipe & created quite a stir at my house.

2 cups of self rising White Lily flour (You can use whatever brand you have.  This is just my favorite.)

1 stick of frozen butter (Cannot be margarine.  It won’t turn out the same.)

1 cup of buttermilk (Or sweet milk works fine, too.)

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

Pre heat the oven to 425.

Grate the stick of butter in a bowl.  Add your flour. With a fork, mix the 2 ingredients together. Make a well in the center of your mixture.  Add in about ½ of the milk.  Stir.  Then, slowly add more & stir, until you get a doughy consistency.  You may need more or less milk.  I don’t measure things much.  If the dough is too wet, add a little more flour.  If too dry, add a little more milk.  When you get that mixed up, turn it out on a couple of paper towels or tin foil that has been floured.  Knead the flour, only folding over no more than 15 times.  Take your biscuit cutter or a glass or whatever you use- put in the flour, then cut into the dough.  Do this using an up, down motion.  Do not twist your biscuit cutter.  This will make your biscuits tough.  Take the biscuits & arrange in a greased cast iron skillet.  Put in the oven & check after 10 minutes.  Start out with them on the bottom rack.  Then after 10 minutes put them on the top oven rack.  Let them cook about 5 more minutes & check them again.  When they are golden brown on top, take those little dickens out & eat them up!

Here are my biscuits, don't hate me.

Here are my biscuits, don’t hate me.

We also had some other delectable dishes that day such as

Mustard Greens & Purple Hull Peas

Mustard Greens & Purple Hull Peas

Fried Chicken- my Mamaw would be proud.

Fried Chicken- my Mamaw would be proud.

 

Seriously, these are some good biscuits.  For the past few weeks around mealtime, everybody has been like, “So, are you going to make biscuits?”.  Nobody has ever asked me to make biscuits before this,   Who would have thought biscuits could have made my popularity rating go way off the charts with my peeps?  Just goes to show you people who love to eat are always the best people.

Now, for some Jesus…..We were in a food team meeting Sunday night & I was caught a little off guard.  One of the ladies said to our church secretary, “Put mom on my food team.  She doesn’t feel like she’s doing anything.”  What?  It seems like she has her finger in everything.  I know she helps with a Sunday School class.  She’s always cooking & at the fellowship meals.  She is a faithful member.  She encourages others.  The younger kids LOVE her. She takes care of her family.  She is always at church. She is an example for her grandchildren & anyone who is around her very long. These are things I can think of right off the top of my head.  I know she does much more.  And she’s 84 years old.  It makes me stop & think- Am I that on fire for God?  If I’m not, I had better be a makin’ plans to do something about it.

Matthew 5:16  says

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)

Titus 2:7-8  in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. (NKJV)

Doing good is not something you do on special occasions.  It’s a way of life.  We must strive to stay busy for Jesus.  Just like this precious Christian lady has done.  When the sky splits open & Jesus comes, will he find us working?  Think about it.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  The sun has been out a little & it’s been WONDERFUL.  Ya’ll, I am looking forward to some warmer weather, that’s for sure.  Until it’s time for biscuits & fried chicken again, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Mr. Sweetie Pants acting so good for his Grand because he promised her he would.

Mr. Sweetie Pants acting so good for his Grand because he promised her he would.

Meanwhile back at home, he's back to standing on the barstools, that swivel.  He's just talented like that.

Meanwhile back at home, he’s back to standing on the barstools, that swivel. He’s just talented like that.

 

Super Bowl Snacks

Superbowl eggsThe Super Bowl is this Sunday.  As in this Sunday.  Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday, or something?  I don’t know about you, but time is not waiting around.  We normally do our couch-gate thing.  It usually goes something like lots of chips, dips, finger food kinds of things.  And I just found out who was going to play.  It really doesn’t matter.  Any reason to eat is just fine with me.   I have been looking around to see what will be on the menu for this year.  Here are some yummy things I may try:

superWell, this looks a little complex.  I may not try this, this year.  But I thought it was totes adorbs or totally rad or awesome sauce or whatever it is that you say now a days when something is to your liking.

superbowl cream cheesHow cute is this cookies & cream cheese football from http://www.getcreativejuice.com?

superbowl strawberriesChocolate covered strawberry footballs.  Where do they get this stuff??

superbowl nacho barNow, that’s my kinda couchgating food.

superbowl snack stadium

Who doesn’t want a snack stadium at their Superbowl Party??

superbowl snacks

Whether you are a Patriots fan or a Seahawks fan, hopefully, you can find something on this post to make your Superbowl Party, well, super.  I hope you have had a great week.  Things have been busy around the house.  Getting ready for some company this weekend.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: http://www.closetcooking.com, http://www.skinnymom.com, http://www.getcreativejuice.com,www.babble.com, http://www.buzzfeed.com,www.mymommystyle.com

 

Online envy & Football food

superbowl

Isn’t there some kind of game this weekend?  Oh yeah, the SUPER BOWL!  Football is probably my favorite sport to watch.  The Blind Side is one of my favorite all time movies.  The Manning boys are from the great state of Mississippi, so I kinda have a responsibility to like football.  Saying that, I have been thinking about things to cook for our “Couchgate” as Miss Neenee likes to call it.  You know where you sit on the couch, eat, watch the game, yell at the t.v. & eat.

But first I want to share with you an article I read in our Hope Health Letter, at work.  It’s an article called Keeping up with the e-Joneses.  I found it interesting, because, well, I guess I am little guilty of this.  The article is talking about how wonderful it is that social networks allow us to stay in touch with friends & family-however, constantly checking the status of others might have a negative consequence.  It’s called online envy.  Here is what to watch for:

When you log on to a social network & see what others have posted, do you:

Feel sorry for yourself?

Make a purchase or take similar action based on something you’ve seen someone share?

Wish there was a “dislike” button?

Say to yourself, “It must be nice to…(have that much money, time, etc.)?”

Wow!  Can you believe there are lots of people who are having the same negative thoughts because of other’s online statuses?  I know haters are gonna hate, but this has to do with our emotional health.

My Mawmaw used to say: “You better be glad for what you’ve got.  Because the Lord can take it away, just like He gave it.”

The apostle Paul had one fix for being envious

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
If you spend your time counting your blessings, you won’t have time to be too concerned with what is going on with others.
The Lord takes being envious pretty serious.  Here is another scripture that includes envy with some other extreme sins:
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Another way to put a stop to online envy is to quit checking social networks so much.  You will drive your self crazy!  Someone is always going to be getting a new car, winning 1st place, moving to a gorgeous house, getting a beautiful new haircut, having kids with perfect grades,  going on trips to terrificly entertaining places & all kinds of AWESOME things that may not ever happen to you.  That’s ok.  You have to take inventory of what wonderful things you have going on in your life.  You have all kinds of positive things in your life.
Be grateful for them.
Now, to my Super Bowl Football Food.  I got this recipe, a long time ago, from a co-worker.  It is always a crowd pleaser.  Any recipe that starts with, “You will need a pack of bacon”, is bound to be one I am most interested in.
2 packages hotdogs
1 pack of bacon
1 cup brown sugar
toothpicks
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Cut each individual hotdog into 3 pieces.  Take a 1/2 piece of bacon & wrap around the hotdog.  Secure with a toothpick.  Place hotdogs on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.   Cook for 40 minutes or until sugar is bubbly.  These can be put in a crock pot on the low setting to keep warm.
When they get cooked up, they will look like thishotdogsThis is not my picture.  It came from the Just Best Recipes website.  However, they will look just like this.
I have a few other things on my mind to make.  If I get time, I will post those, as well.  I’m so glad you came by to visit with me today.  I hope you have a great time watching the Super Bowl.  All I have to say is, “Go Seahawks!!”  Now, that I got that out, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

Super Bowl photo credit: sitclose.com

Chocolate Eclair Cake

I got to noticing, the other day, that I have a column on my blog for recipes & I don’t have a single thing in it.  I don’t know what my problem is, sometimes.  I have over 200 recipes pinned to my Pinterest board.  I am going to start sharing some of these.  This one is one that makes me emotional!  My mama used to make this for our family.  She passed away 10 years ago.  When I make this for my family, it makes me feel like a little bit of  Mama’s love is on the table. (Goofy, I know!)  This is a wonderful dessert, that I know you will be one of your families favorites.

Graham Cracker Eclair “Cake”

Our delectably airy treat includes graham cracker layers that become cake-like and soft from the pudding.

time
prep:15 min
total:3 hr 15 min
servings total:9 servings

 What You Need

15 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, broken in half (30 squares), divided

1pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1-1/2cups cold milk
1tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Make It

ARRANGE 10 graham squares, slightly overlapping, on bottom of 8-inch square pan.  Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min.  Let stand 5 min.  Stir in COOL WHIP.

SPREAD half the pudding mixture over graham squares in pan; cover with 10 of the remaining graham squares. Repeat layers.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours.  Spread with BAKER’S ONE BOWL Chocolate Frosting.

Variation

Prepare using JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding, fat-free milk and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.

Peanut butter fruit dip! A great dip for for summer

This is a wonderful fruit dip- blogged by the whitedish.  It would be wonderful to take with you to any picnic you may be attending this Memorial Day!  Just be sure to stock up on fruit when you make this.  You won’t want to stop until you have eaten it ALL!  Peanut butter fruit dip! A great dip for the summer!.  Just wanted to post this right quick, because as you know, I should be washing clothes…….