Thanksgiving Dinner Rehearsal

It is that time of year!
As much as I love the tried & true traditional Thanksgiving dishes that are such a part of my holiday psyche, I am always looking for something new. One can only eat so much green bean casserole before the love and excitement is gone. Well, maybe….my family begs to differ on The GBC, so it will definitely be on the table of bounty. This year I’ve decided to forgo the mashed potatoes (I know – borderline blasphemy!) and opt for a hearty dish of roasted root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and brussels sprouts). See what I’m doing there? Mashed potatoes, sweet potato surprise and veggies all in one simple, healthier dish. Thank you, Giada.

The next recipe is for a Broccoli Apple Salad – because
1) more veggies
2) no one really wants to eat a tossed salad on Thanksgiving Day

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Toss together in a med mixing bowl:
1 apple – cored and chopped
2 medium stalks broccoli – bite-size
1 large carrot – shredded or finely chopped
1/4 medium onion – finely chopped
1/4 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 C walnuts – chopped

Dressing:
2 T lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 C mayo
1/2 C sour cream or plain yogurt
1 t sugar or 1-2 t honey
1/4 t salt to taste
pinch pepper to taste
Mix well until sugar dissolved and pour over broccoli mixture.

Mix the broccoli apple mix well with the dressing until equally distributed. Chill a couple hours before serving (even better the next day).

This is a good recipe for any time of year and slightly different than my go-to Broccoli-Cauli Salad.

Still mulling over dessert. Part of me says stay traditional with a Pecan Pie (cobbler-style?), but what I really want is Strawberry Cake!

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Sheri’s Justice System Reform

One of my new medications lists “vivid dreams” as a side effect. Boy, they ain’t kidding! I just “attended” a public hanging, (watching too many westerns, lately?) which lead me to devise a new and improved and greatly simplified code of justice. Here’s how it works.

The criminal – that means you were caught and given due process – is responsible for their own rehabilitation and given this life-changing opportunity. The total cost of incarceration will be figured and that amount credited to the criminal’s reform account. Providing the funds is the law-abiding citizenry’s responsibility….yes, our tax dollars at work, but, there is no “jail” in the sense that we have today. There are publicly-provided apartments, we’ll call it reform housing, where the criminal must reside until finished with my reform program. They are not allowed to mix with society, except the minimum amount necessary to complete their community service.

Here are the criminal’s responsibilities:

#1 Provide your own board while detained in the reform housing. A frugal stipend from the reform account is provided and your family is expected to help.

#2 Successful completion of Dave Ramsey’s financial program. Money is the root of all evil, so one must know how to handle it properly.

#3 A complete and thorough reading of The Holy Bible – the KJV, none of that watered down stuff. If knowing God doesn’t change you, nothing will.

#4 Community Service…you will serve at the public’s leisure. Good honest work is good for the soul and builds character.

•Short-term and temporary assistance upon successful completion using the criminals reform account as an incentive and a hand-up to change the situation they were in before.
•The remaining balance returned to the public coffer and the victims as part of the criminal’s debt to society.

Participation in Sheri’s Reform Program is optional. The truly sick and violent are not eligible for this program: perpetrators of heinous crimes, crimes against a child, and terrorists go directly to ‘the hangin’ part, after a clear presentation of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Same for those that refuse the program.

So, Criminal, go through the reform program or die….we serve a God of second chances, so here is yours.
You either get right the first time, or you die, publicly….we will no longer abide the term “career criminal”.

Simple as that.

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Oh, yesterday…

Yesterday, had it’s share of stress and trials, both personal ones and those of a dear, dedicated sister in Christ. This song was one of last night’s special music selections for our Missions Conference. There are songs that move me to tears….this is one of them…it was the right song at the right time. There is nothing like changing my focus from myself, the here and now, to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ … remembering HIS time here, HIS walk to the cross, HIS victory…changes everything. ~ E V E R Y T H I N G ~
We struggle. We all struggle and so did Jesus and He KNOWS. If you’re struggling today, please listen to the song, remember what Christ did for us, and rest in the assurance that God is in control and He is with us.

FOLLOW ME
By Ira Stamphill

I traveled down a lonely road and no one seemed to care,
The burden on my weary back had bowed me to despair,
I oft complained to Jesus how folks were treating me,
And then I heard Him so so tenderly,
“My feet were also weary upon the Calv’ry road,
The cross became so heavy I fell beneath the load,
Be faithful weary pilgrim, the morning I can see,
Just lift your cross and follow close to me.”

“I work so hard for Jesus” I often boast and say,
“I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to walk the narrow way,
I gave up fame and fortune; I’m worth a lot to thee,”
And then I heard Him gently say to me,
“I left the throne of glory and counted it but loss,
My hands were nailed in anger upon a cruel cross,
But now we’ll make the journey with your hand safe in mine,
So lift your cross and follow close to me.”

Oh Jesus if I die upon a foreign field someday
‘Twould be no more than love demands, no less could I repay,
“No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die,”
These are the words he gently spoke to me,
“If just a cup of water I place within your hand
Then just a cup of water is all that I demand,”
But if by death to living they can thy glory see,
I’ll take my cross and follow close to thee.

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Keep it Simple Meatloaf

We love this beet loaf meatloaf!  It is homey and comforting and filling and pretty cheap.

going, going, gone meatloaf

Meatloaf:
1.5 – 2 lb ground beef

1 slice bread – crumbled

1 egg – slightly beaten

1/2 onion – chopped

1 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

4 T ketchup

2/3 C milk

parsley to sprinkle on top

a handful of something green – chopped fine – spinach, greens, little fresh basil, whatever you have on hand

Sauce:
2-3 T apple cider vinegar (to taste)

4 T dark cane sugar or brown sugar

1/2 C ketchup

Saute onion in some fat of your choice.  Combine all the meat and seasonings with your hands until mixed well.  Shape into loaf or pat into the baking dish (I often use a round deep baking dish).  Spread the sauce on top and bake for about an hour (no pink but not dry) @ 350.

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Compilation of my canned Christmas music protest on FB

I’ve had about all of “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” I can stomach. Who has actually roasted a chestnut on an open fire? Bah Humbug to all of it. The 24/7 Christmas radio, canned restaurant and mall music has pretty much killed any festive joy in the 10 songs they play….over and over and over AND OVER! My ears are bleeding. Soooooo, I just have to counter all that with some real Christmas music…..they’re called carols and hymns!! Enjoy!

Yes, Virginia….there is more Christmas music! Written originally as a poem, “Cantique de Noel” and set to music for French church services in 1847. According to history, the first spoken words broadcast were from the Gospel of Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ and followed by this song.

Here’s another one I haven’t heard over the airwaves. “Once in Royal David’s City”. It’s a lovely, lovely melody and I honestly didn’t know of this song until a couple years ago.
He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

More loveliness

Thank you Andy, Johnny, Amy, and Vince … It IS a wonderful time of year. In fact, it is time to celebrate “The Birthday of a King” !!!

Some carols take a little digging to find, but these high school kids did beautifully with Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly ….

OhOhOh! This one is pretty, too!

This is a good one to end the day with.
The boys’ school choir sang this arranged with Silent Night and it was superb! (Not that I’m partial – ahem). “Still, Still, Still”. Sweet dreams ya’ll.

Starting my protest early today. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” was much easier to find, but this video has cello.
Matthew 1:23
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Cello, lots of cello.

Not a Christmas song, per se, but it beautifully praises Jesus. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Thank you, Mr. Bach!

Guess what time it is. Time for another Christmas carol! There are so many pretty instrumental versions of this ancient melody, but this one had the words. “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”. “Christ was born to save.”

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