Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chunk O' Cheese Meatloaf

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 egg
1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed cheddar cheese or shredded cheese

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in large bowl.  Bake in a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan at 350 F for 1 - 1 1/4 hours.  Pour off liquid.  Cool slightly before cutting.


Note:
I use mild cheddar since I am not a fan of sharp. 

Cook's Family Recipe Book.  Author/chef: Ellen C.

Blessings,

     Ellen

This recipe may be linked to:
Cookbook Sundays, Savory Sundays, Recipe of the Week, Hunk of Meat Monday, Makin' You Crave Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Mangia Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Monday Mania, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club (2nd Tues of the month), Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Tasty Tuesday Link Party, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, This Week's Cravings, Delicious Dishes, Foodie Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, What's On the Menu Wednesday, Made it on Monday, What's Cooking Wednesday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!, What's on Your Plate?, These Chicks Cook, Whisking Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Ultimate Recipe Swap, It's a Keeper, Slow Cooking Thursday, Twisted Thursday, Taste-tastic Thursday, Fun with Food Friday, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Friday Potluck, I'm Lovin' It, Fusion Fridays, Foodie Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Simply Delish Saturdays

Happy New Year 2012!

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year's Eve
and a Blessed New Year!

I have enjoyed getting to know you all better through your blogs and comments.  I look forward to another year of sharing thoughts, recipes, concerns, and life!   Thank you for not only reading my thoughts, but also for all the wonderful and though-provoking comments.

 
Blessings,

     Ellen

1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times

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As a reviewer for Kregel Publications, I have the opportunity to study 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times by Sue Edwards from January 9 - March 9, 2012.  Each week I'll be posting what I am learning, how God is working in my life, and my thoughts on this study.

"It's easy to stay strong in faith when life is stable. But what happens when something catastrophic rocks your world? Examining 1 Peter, Edwards shares stories of real women who stood firm in Christ no matter what trials they faced. Her multi-level inductive study will help you overcome loss, financial challenges, relationship difficulties, and more. 96 pages, softcover from Kregel."  (Christianbook.com)

Sue Edwards teaches full-time in the Christian Education department at Dallas Theological Seminary.  She has earned her MA at Dallas Theological Seminary and a DMin at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  With more than 25 years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries, she brings her insight to conferences, seminars, women's ministries, and Inductive Bible studies.

If you would like to join me studying 1 Peter, you can purchase a student workbook at Christianbook.com or Kregel Publications.  Please leave a comment after this post letting me know!  Each week I will post a linky so we can encourage each other in this journey!


Blessings,

     Ellen

Friday, December 30, 2011

Believe God, for He is faithful. Luke 24

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This is our final day in the Gospel of Luke.  I have learned and relearned many truths that God is now leading me through.  How about you?  How has God spoken to you through His Word this month?

Scripture:
Luke 24.5b-6   "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!

Observation:
Other than the obvious, there is life after death for followers of Christ.  Death has been conquered; His resurrection gives us hope for the future.

Application:
I need to walk in God's promises and believe all He has told me in His Word, the Bible.  And to know this, I need to be: reading and applying His Word to my heart and life, spending time in prayer with him daily, and worshiping Him always.

Prayer:
"Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you are good, O Lord."

Psalm 25.4-7

Blessings,

     Ellen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jesus died for me. Luke 23

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Scripture:
Luke 23.41  "We (criminals) are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man (Jesus) has done nothing wrong."

Observation:
The one criminal recognized Jesus for who He was, Christ the King.  He also knew that Jesus was innocent.

Application:
The only perfect and sin-free person to walk this earth was Jesus.  Only His death could pay the penalty of death that my sins deserve.

Prayer:
Father... when I feel smug and just in my sins, gently remind me of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for me.  Amen

Blessings,

     Ellen

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Accountability. Luke 22 (Part 2)

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Today we are completing Luke 22 including Jesus' betrayal.

Scripture:
Luke 22.40   "On  reaching the place, He (Jesus) said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation.'"

Observation:
I am to constantly be on alert for temptations around me and be strong against them.  It is too easy to "fall asleep" and not worship and serve Christ.

Application:
I need to be consistently in God's Word and worshiping Him both alone and at church.  I also know that without accountability (like this study through Mom's Toolbox), I "fall asleep" in my devotions.

Prayer:
God... thank you for friends like Amy @ Mom's Toolbox who help keep me on track and alert.  Continue to bring strong believers into my life to keep mr always praying so I will not fall into temptation.  Amen

Blessings,

     Ellen

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Satan seeks God's Permission. Luke 22 (Part 1)

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Today's reading is Luke 22.1-38.  I am enjoying reading Luke's gospel each day.  By using the SOAP method of study, I am gleaning more and more from God's Word daily.

Scripture:
Luke 22.31-32   "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I (Jesus) have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

Observation:
Satan must seek permision from God before afflicted one of His children.  Yet, during it all, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding for us to prevail against evil.  It is only through adversity that we strengthen our faith in God to withstand the trials and storms of life.  For more on this, read Job 1-2.10.

Application:
I will face many trials and storms in my life.  In John 16.33, Jesus states, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble (tribulations).  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  In Luke 22, Jesus is telling Simon Peter that although he will be sifted like wheat by Satan, he will not lose faith.  His faith will be renewed and he would become a leader.  This will happen to me, too.  I need to hold fast to God; so when trials end, I will be even stronger in my faith.

Prayer:
Father.... I'm amazed how you work in the lives of your people.  Both Job and Simon Peter suffered much, but You kept their faith and blessed them in the end.  I pray You work in my life as You did in theirs.  Help me to bless You in the midst of my storms of life and allow You to use me during the difficult times.  Amen

Blessings,
     Ellen

Monday, December 26, 2011

Faith like the widow. Luke 21

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Scripture:
Luke 21.1-4   1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Observation:
The widow has more faith in God's provisions than the rich.

Application:
God has given so much more that I can give back to Him.  Why am I fearful to gave back / tithe when our bank balance is low.  We need to believe and have faith that when we obey His commands, the Lord will provide... His name is Jehovah-Jireh!  See my post HERE from Luke 12.

Prayer:
Dear God.... Thank You for sending Your Son to be the perfect sacrifice for me.  Help me believe You and Your promises.  You will provide all we need, if only we obey You and believe.  Amen

Blessings,

     Ellen

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Daily time with Jesus. Luke 20

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Scripture:
Luke 20.1   "One day as He was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him..."

Luke 21.37   "Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives..."

Observation:
Jesus taught and preached everyday of the week.

Application:
On Sundays, I am to worship with God's people.  And, on the other days, I need to be studying God's Word and worshiping Him one-on-one.

Prayer:
Father... I desire to to know You better.  Help me to set aside time to be with You, both in worship and prayer, every day.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas! Christ is born!

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"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this."

~  Isaiah 9.6-7

Blessings,

     Ellen

Instant Oatmeal Packets

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup quick oats
1 tsp milk powder
pinch of salt
2 tsp light brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon



Directions to make packets:

Combine all ingredients in a snack-size bag.
Check out my unique storage box...


To make for breakfast...

Add 2/3 cup boiling water to one packet. 
Stir and let sit for 1 minute.
Enjoy!

Note:  After it has set for 1 minute, add diced apples and raisins to make it a crunchy slice of heaven! 




* This recipe has been adapted from Jessica's weblog recipe collection at 
www.lifeasmom.com: Homemade Instant Oatmeal.

Blessings,

     Ellen

This recipe may be linked to:
Cookbook Sundays, Savory Sundays, Recipe of the Week, Hunk of Meat Monday, Makin' You Crave Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Mangia Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Monday Mania, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club (2nd Tues of the month), Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Tasty Tuesday Link Party, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, This Week's Cravings, Delicious Dishes, Foodie Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, What's On the Menu Wednesday, Made it on Monday, What's Cooking Wednesday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!, What's on Your Plate?, These Chicks Cook, Whisking Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Ultimate Recipe Swap, It's a Keeper, Slow Cooking Thursday, Twisted Thursday, Taste-tastic Thursday, Fun with Food Friday, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Friday Potluck, I'm Lovin' It, Fusion Fridays, Foodie Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Simply Delish Saturdays

Charlie Brown's Christmas Message

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Merry Christmas!




Blessings,

     Ellen

Using my gifts. Luke 19

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Scripture:
Luke 19.26   "He (the king) replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has more, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.'"  ~  Jesus

Observation:
God has given all His people gifts, and we are to use them to further His kingdom and help others.

Application:
God has given me gifts and talents to use for His kingdom purposes.  These are not for me to keep, but to give away.

Prayer:
Father... help me to identify my gifts and talents; then, open doors for me to use them for Your kingdom.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Heart Mender... a book review

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During my break from reviewing books for the publishers, I choose to read more from Andy Andrews.  I reviewed his book The Final Summit for the publisher and really enjoyed his writing style.

So, if  you enjoy historical fiction and WW II history, this book is for you!  Did you know that German U-boats were in the Gulf of Mexico during 1942 and into 1943?  I didn't.  I loved this book... read it in 5+ hours!  For information about the U-boat (U-166) from the book, click HERE.  Real history!

Publisher's Overview

"A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.  While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally.

In 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason-widowed by war-discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion The Heart Mender offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer. As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.

Blending his unique style of historical accuracy with unparalleled storytelling, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews offers a tale of war, faith, and forgiveness illuminating the one principle that frees the human spirit.  This new edition includes a reader's guide and a "Where Are They Now?" update on the real-life characters."

Blessings,

     Ellen

God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Luke 18

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How easy is it to think you are just sharing your accomplishments; when in fact, you are making sure everyone around you knows all the great things you have accomplished.  Jesus teaches us that this is pride and self-righteousness which is sin.

Scripture:
Luke 18.10-14   "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'  But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'  I (Jesus) tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Observation:
The Pharisee went to the temple to announce to everyone within earshot how good he was.  The tax collector knew his sin and begged God for mercy.

Application:
The Pharisee is full of self-righteousness and pride which keeps him from God.  I don't want to be like him.  I need to acknowledge my sin and 'beat my breast' and pray daily, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

Prayer:
Father... as much as I want to be like the tax collector, all too often I find myself tooting my own horn.  Help me to fall to my knees and seek Your mercy always.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Repent and Forgive. Luke 17

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Scripture:
Luke 17.4   "If he (your brother) sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him.'"  ~ Jesus

Observation:
Sin will happen.  I am only to forgive the repentant brother in Christ.

Application:
I am to forgive.  (enough said)

Prayer:  
Father... help me to forgive those who sin against me as You have forgiven me.  Amen

Blessings,

     Ellen

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Serve God, not money. Luke 16

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We are over half-way through Luke.  God is showing me areas in which I need work guidance.  How about you?

Scripture:
Luke 16.13   "No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money."  ~  Jesus

Observation:
Make a choice: serve God OR money, but not both.

Application:
It is so easy to think I am serving God, only to find out I'm serving money.  Per my study Bible, these questions are posed to see if  you are a slave to money: (1) Do you think and worry about about it frequently?  yes  (2) Do you give up doing what you should do or would like to do in order to make more money? no  (3) Do you spend a great deal of  your time caring for your possessions? no  (4) Is it hard for you to give money away? sometimes  (5) Are you in debt? not anymore

Wealth promises power and control, but not health, happiness, or eternal life.  In general, people who serve their money are not content with what they do have; whereas, true servants of God have peace of mind and security, both now and eternal.

Prayer:
Dear God... I can find a lot of excuses for worrying about money and our (at times) lack thereof.  But You have told me not to worry; You will supply all my needs and this includes our finances.  Help me to seek Your guidance in our finances and follow Your lead.  Amen

This is such a timely message for me with Christmas just 4 days away.  No one in my family truly needs more stuff, but I want to tangibly show my family how much I love them.

Blessings,

     Ellen

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Heaven rejoices! Luke 15

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In Luke 15, Jesus is teaching us in parables.  I love the parable of the lost sheep; probably, since I was the one He left the flock of 99 to find and save!

Scripture:
Luke 15.7   "I (Jesus) tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15.10   "In the same way, I (Jesus) tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Observation:
God is not looking for the righteous or those who do not need a physician, but the one sinner who repents of his sin and seeks God.

Application:
Jesus has come into our world as a baby, so He could save us from our sins.  In Matthew 9.12 we read: "On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"

I thank God daily for my salvation; I am not worthy to be in His family, but He chose me.  What grace!  What mercy!  I need to go and share Jesus' love with the lost including some in my own family.

Prayer:
Father... Thank You for sending Your Son to save me of my sins (and myself).  Help me to share Your love with those in my immediate circle of influence.  Amen

Blessings,

     Ellen

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Chair... a book review

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The Chair: A Novel
 

Publish date: 9/15/2011
B & H Publishing Group
ISBN 13:  9781433671524

If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ,
would you believe them?

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

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I was hooked from the beginning!  Could you imagine.... a chair crafted by Jesus Christ Himself?  And think about it,  just a touch of the hem of His cloak healed the woman with the bleeding disorder.

Jim Rubart's writing is amazing!  Suspense, mystery, romance, danger, betrayal, but most importantly, healing and restoration is woven throughout this novel.  Being a fun, fast-paced read, this would be a great gift to all your readers this Christmas!

I look forward to reading his previous books: Book of Days and Rooms: A Novel.

Thank you to B & H Publishing Group and NetGalley.com for my complimentary e-book for my review.

Blessings,

     Ellen

Humble self. Luke 14

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Today's reading is Luke 14.  If you are reading along, what are you hearing from God's Word?

Scripture:
Luke 14.11   "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Observation:
I am to be humble and not assume I am better than anyone else.

Application:
I needed to look this up, so I turned to my study Bible.  Per their insight on this verse:

How can we humble ouselves? Some people try to give the appearance of humility in order to manipulate others.  Others think that humility means putting themselves down.  Truly humble people compare themselves only to Christ, realize their sinfulness, and understand their limitations.  On the other hand, they also recognize their gifts and strengths and are willing to use them as Christ directs.  Humility is not self-degradation; it is realistic assessment and commitment to serve.

So, how does this apply to me?  I find myself thinking I am better than others and this is sin.  I am not better than anyone else walking on earth.  In the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 1.15, "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I (Ellen) am the worst."

Prayer:
Father... You know this is a weak area for me.  Thank you for Your grace and guidance as I seek to humble myself in all occasions with all people.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Repent. Luke 13

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Scripture:
Luke 13.3 (and 13.5)   "I (Jesus) tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Observation:
We all will die, BUT those who believe in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. 

Application:
Even though I have accepted Christ as my personal savior and Lord, I need to continually repent of my sins.  I am a broken and sinful person, and no matter how good I try to be, it will never be enough.

Prayer:
Thank you, Father, for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die in my place and rise again.  It is only through Him that I can come confidentally into Your presence as Your adoptive daughter.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Lord will Provide. Luke 12

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"14 Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide..."
Genesis 14.22a

The name of our God is JEHOVAH-JIREH, the Lord will provide.

Scripture:
Luke 12.22-23, 25-26   "Then Jesus said to His disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes...  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?'"

Observation:
I am commanded not to worry.  Worrying can't fill my needs or desires; God promises to meet our real needs, but not necessarily all of our desires.

Application:
Too many times I find myself worrying about money... for food, gas, bills, school items, college fees, etc.  God knows all my needs and desires, and He will supply my needs.  And, if my desires are within His will for me, those too!  I need to place my worries and concerns at the foot of the cross and believe, in faith, that God will provide.

Prayer:
Dear God... forgive me for worrying and not believing that You will provide my needs.  I know worrying won't fix anything, supply any needs, or help me live a happier, longer life.  Help me to leave my worries at the foot of the cross and live a worry-free life.  Amen


Blessings,

     Ellen

New Orlean's Dirty Rice and Chicken

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Craving something different, I went searching through my pantry to satisfy my desire.  I found Zatarain's New Orleans Style Dirty Rice Mix.  Hmm, I had boneless chicken thawing.  Could these two items be joined to make something with zing?

YES!


Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless chicken
Pam non-stick spray or olive oil
Cajun seasoning
Cayenne ground red pepper
2 1/2 cups water
2 TBS oil (optional)
diced red and green bell peppers (optional)
Zatarain's Dirty Rice Mix


Directions:

1)  Spray fry pan with Pam or lightly coat with olive oil.

2)  Cut-up boneless chicken into bite-size pieces.

3)  Cook chicken on medium-high heat.  Season with Cajun seasoning and Cayenne ground red pepper as it is cooking.  Add in diced bell pepper.  (I used frozen bell peppers from my summer garden!)

4)  While chicken is cooking, combine water and oil in a 2 1/2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a boil.

5)  Add Dirty Rice Mix, meat, and bell peppers to the boiling water.  Return mixture to a boil.

6)  Add more Cajun seasoning and Cayenne ground red pepper to taste.

7)  Reduce heat, stir, cover, and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.

8)  Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.  Fluff and serve.

9)  Enjoy!

Note:  We like our food spicy, but apparently I went a bit heavy-handed the first time I made this!  Great served with a side vegetable and a crisp, green salad.

Recipe from Cook's Family Cookbook / Ellen, author and chef.

Blessings,

     Ellen
This recipe may be linked to:
Cookbook Sundays, Savory Sundays, Recipe of the Week, Hunk of Meat Monday, Makin' You Crave Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Mangia Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Monday Mania, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club (2nd Tues of the month), Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Tasty Tuesday Link Party, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, This Week's Cravings, Delicious Dishes, Foodie Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, What's On the Menu Wednesday, Made it on Monday, What's Cooking Wednesday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!, What's on Your Plate?, These Chicks Cook, Whisking Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Ultimate Recipe Swap, It's a Keeper, Slow Cooking Thursday, Twisted Thursday, Taste-tastic Thursday, Fun with Food Friday, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Friday Potluck, I'm Lovin' It, Fusion Fridays, Foodie Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Simply Delish Saturdays

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ask, Seek, Knock. Luke 11

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Scripture:
Luke 11.9-10   "So I (Jesus) say to you; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

Observation:
Jesus is telling us what we need to do: ask, seek, and knock on heaven's door.

Application:
I've always had questions about these verses.  I know God doesn't say yes to all our requests; our requests must line-up with the Word of God.  I will receive what I ask for when it is in accordance with God's will.  I will know what is in His will when I seek and know Him more.  So, as I seek to know God better, I will ask for things that line-up with His will and word.

Prayer:
Dear Father.... help me to understand Your Word better so I may know You better.  Amen

Blessings,
     Ellen
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