Monthly Archives: November 2014

Finally, a Recipe!

recipe books photo

So, as I journey into blogging, I definitely want a “Recipe” category.  I love recipes and thought it would be great if I could put them somewhere in an orderly fashion.  It hasn’t happened yet.  My computer recipe files look “virtually” like my recipe files in my dining room.  This is the first recipe I will place in the proper spot, in the right category, with appropriate tags.  It’s a start.  I admit, I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but hope to this evening.  If you beat me to it, feel free to comment on how it worked out for you!

Pull Apart Pizza Bread – credit Facebook Post by: BJ Mathew McFadden


2 Cans of pizza dough or biscuits
2 cups mozzarella cheese (or your favorite cheese)
2 tablespoons of a really good Italian seasoning or parsley flakes
⅓ cup olive oil
1 – 8 oz package of pepperoni (we used the turkey)
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Optional: Add a ½ teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder (it’s amazing)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Cut pizza dough or biscuits into quarters
Cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough
Bake for about 30 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is thoroughly cooked) TIP: Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly be sure to leave it in another 5 minutes at a time until it’s done.
Flip over on to a plate while it’s still hot.
Serve with a side sauce and enjoy!

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Reason for the Season

photo of bible-ads

One day past Thanksgiving and I am thinking about Christmas.  I am still in my pajamas savoring the sleeping family, a cup of tea and time to reflect.  Thanksgiving was amazing.  I celebrated with my entire family at my Mom’s house on Wednesday.  Thirty Six in All!  Then, I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving day with my in-laws with only one family member missing.  THAT is what I’m thankful for.  The time together and the laughter.  The games and the hilarity of everyone playing them.  THAT is what I’m thankful for.  However, the biggest thing that I’m thankful for is the God who gave me all of these blessings.  A God who knew before I was born who should constitute my family.  Who knows who I need right now.  It’s Him I want to thank and HIM who I want to be thankful for.

So,  today as I prepare to honor Him on His birthday in only 27 days from now, I get scared.  Scared that I’ll get lost.  I may lose the meaning of the whole holiday.  I might get tangled up in a web of tinsel and commercialism.  I might actually believe that a present I buy for one of my children might make them happy.  When, in reality, it’s never about the gift that can be put under the tree.  It’s all about the gift of Jesus that our Savior has given us!  How can I display that this year?  I won’t be able to ice that message on the top of a sugar cookie.  It won’t be evident on the wrapping paper and it won’t necessarily be an ingredient in the caramel corn.   I don’t know how to get the message across, but I sincerely hope to spend the next 27 days trying to come up with ways to remind myself and others about our real celebration.

It’s may appear to be a slight margin, but I think the picture shows that the Bible still has more to say on the subject than all these sales ads.

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Panickly Repinning

A new word.  I’ve penned a new word.  Panickly.  Yep, just used it in a sentence.  “People were panickly repinning my pin.”  I like it.  I used it.  I’ll own it.  I think it is a nice blend between Panicking and Frantically.  We panicked, frantic people don’t have time to use both words, so we need to combine them.  OK, but I think I should share why I used it and why people are panickly repinning my pin.  Because Thanksgiving is in two days and people in the church who work with children recognize that soon….very soon….we have to come up with some sort of Christmas Pageant.

I am excited to say that in my very small church we have a very small cast to consider and we tailor the play to fit the age of the kids.  All 6-7 children will get the part of their choice and there will be no shortage of laughter.  One year, we had a 3 year old angel do the entire show with Continue reading

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Types of Tea & Reading

If I asked any of you who know me, what I love you might guess Tea &/or Reading and you would be right.  I enjoy both daily…& often… throughout the day.

Since many people know this about me, I am often given gifts related to those two subjects.  I have books, books & more books, and I have all sorts of teapots, teacups, tea accessories and various types of tea.  I often invite people over for tea. If you visit me, you will be offered a variety of specialty teas.  All sorts of flavors.  Almond Dessert Tea, Sleepy time tea, herbal teas, tea from my English friends, Blackberry and Apricot tea have been two of the most recent favorites.  And, of course, I have my daily favorite, British Blend Tetley Tea.  Continue reading

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It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how….Oh, never mind, you win.

My sister-in-law Pam, acts as the entertainment adviser in our family.  At each family get together she figures out what games we will be playing.  There is always a game involved.  Not a casual, “play if you want to play” type thing, but a “mandatory family participation” game.  At Summer picnics, she arranges tournaments of croquet, bean bags or water balloon toss, at Christmas, there may be an indoor putting tournament or a dress the head of the family like a Christmas Tree contest (My husband won as last years’ entry.)  It is always something…and this past Thanksgiving was no exception.

On Thanksgiving, Pam came with the stuffing, beverages & salads for dinner and tons of supplies for a Continue reading

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Big Block Sing Song

I started my day today with Disney Jr. playing in the background on the TV. I would personally like to thank the Big Block Sing Song for placing the song “Mad” in my head to repeat over and over all day long. However, after repeating this mantra as I rushed to get Kaylee on the school bus….we missed it anyways…I realized that if the younger audience would heed the wisdom of this song early, they may not need as much help as adults.

Mad – lyrics- by Big Block Sing Song – Disney Jr.
Have you ever been so angry you could Stomp Your Feet?
Have you ever been so mad you get tears?
Have you ever been so angry that your head gets hot,
Feels like steam shooting out of your ears? Continue reading

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Overloaded? This quote might help!

“Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.” — Jim Rohn

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Philippians 4:6 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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Words of Wisdom

Things in a home deteriorate quickly when two sinners continue sinning at the same time.

If it’s not instant it’s not obedience.

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