Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “H” Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight we’re having our family feast. But this morning I’m going to the high school to the twins’ Life Skills Class for a pre-feast! Their special education teacher is amazing and the class puts on quite a spread. She goes way above and beyond. Before I leave to go this morning I’ll put my own turkey in the roaster. The rolls are made, all the pies and the Cherry Fluff.  The green beans are ready to go. I wanted to get more done yesterday but I’m fighting some sort of sore throat thing again and just didn’t have the energy. So today I’ll finish up the corn pudding, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing. Yes, this is a carb-filled feast. Oh. Yum. This year is very special because I’ll have all my sons at the table for the first time in almost three years. I’ll also have four granddaughters and some friends. And while most people will be enjoying their feast on Thursday, I’ll probably be sleeping. Food is a funny thing. I’ve noticed that it puts all the men in my life in a great mood when I’m in the kitchen cooking. I get more hugs and kisses. Whether we like it or not, we humans do equate food with love. And I’m grateful on this Thanksgiving to have so much of both, aren’t you? What are your family’s favorite dishes at Thanksgiving? What kind of stuffing do you serve? Corn bread, oyster, or traditional? Weigh in! And have a doggone Happy Thanksgiving! Tweet this: Corn bread, oyster or traditional...

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Cherry Fluff Recipe

My boys all have their favorites that I’m “required” to make each Thanksgiving. Jesse’s favorite are my homemade rolls. I’ll be making those tomorrow. The other three boys all request my Cherry Fluff. And since it’s insanely easy to make, I am happy to oblige. They ask for it both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s sinfully fattening and comforting. For some reason, for my boys at least, it tastes like home. Another reason I love making this is that it’s one more thing I can make a day ahead and refrigerate until it’s time to eat. It can also double as a dessert and looks especially pretty in goblets. I put it on the table in a crystal bowl and it’s very pretty that way, too. If you make this, please send me a picture and let me know how you liked it! I always double this recipe to make a large enough batch to have left overs. It doesn’t last long around here! The following recipe includes pineapple and some people add coconut, but my husband doesn’t like either, so I leave them out and it’s still delicious. You can also leave out the nuts. Cherry Fluff Salad 1 8 oz container Cool Whip 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1  can cherry pie filling 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained 2 cups mini marshmallows 1 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup chopped pecans Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Gently fold in the remaining three ingredients. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Another variation on the Cherry Fluff theme can be found here. I love this serving idea, don’t you? What are some of your family’s favorites? I want to know! Tweet this: Cherry Fluff Recipe a winner for your Thanksgiving table!    ...

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G is for Gratefulness

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. This post is brought to you by the Letter G Gratefulness. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. My life is in an uncomfortable place financially. I get discouraged that at my age, I’m still struggling. Of course, this is because of choices we’ve made: to minister in the rural United States. We have no retirement because of this choice. We have no savings. No insurance. And it’s easy sometimes for me to feel afraid and scared if I think too much about the future and “what ifs.” If I’m not careful, I can get into a mode of whining instead of praising. I can get into a rut of trying to figure it out and fix it myself. Applying for jobs (as if I have time for one more job), looking for a greener pasture, begging God for an answer, feeling neglected because I don’t have a nicer house, or car or whatever temporal thing the enemy throws up in my face to cause me to think God loves others more than me. But as I’ve wrestled with this season of discontent, God has sent me answers: Be Still. Be grateful. Trust. Be still? BE STILL? That’s hard for a fixer and a doer! Very hard! But He has confirmed it to me in several ways. First, through a message preached on a Sunday morning, and through scripture I’ve read. Then, in a tiny gift I received weeks ago but just today found and opened. It was a magnet that said, “Be still and know that I am God.. Psalm 46:10.” I laughed when I saw it. Okay, God. I get it. I get the message. You’ll take care of me while I obey. I trust You even when it doesn’t make sense and all around me is debt and bills and a scary economy. I trust You the way the little birds do. You are up to something good on my behalf. I receive it. I need only to be still (Exodus 14:14). How fitting at Thanksgiving time that God would remind me of the need for gratefulness in overcoming fear for the future. I believe that gratefulness is what leads to contentment. The little sparrows aren’t fretting about tomorrow. They...

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F is for Food

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s Blog is brought to you by the letter “F” I’m a little late posting for the letter “F”. I wanted to introduce my new recipe blog hop last week, but time constraints prevented it. So, I’ll introduce it here and hope you’ll join me this week when I provide the linky codes for The Most Delicious Blog Hop on the Internet! You can grab the button to add to your side bar here: The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop! If you’d like to participate, here are the Linky Codes for The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop . This is a great way to drive traffic to your site because people are looking for unique recipes for the holidays. In January folks will look for great waist-trimming recipes, too. I hope you’ll join me in this new adventure! Let’s get cooking!   Tweet this:  Join the Most Delicious Recipe Blog...

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E is for Erasmus, Education and Einstein

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s Blog is brought to you by the Letter “E” I think Erasmus and I would have gotten along swimmingly. In fact, my husband, Mr. Himself, says (and he’s right): “If I give Karla $10 to spend on anything at all, she’ll buy a book.” He’s mystified by this phenomenon because he’s not a reader. He wasn’t taught to read phonetically and he also has ADD and dyslexia. These issues have hampered his reading ability his entire life. That’s not to say he isn’t intelligent. Trust me, he’s brilliant. But his inability to decode words is one of the reasons I’m passionate about literacy and learning. I think it’s a crime for someone to get an education and graduate without being taught properly how to read. Mr. Himself has a bachelor’s degree. And it was hard-earned. He had to work at least twice as hard as someone else to get that piece of paper, all because schools in his day taught English reading as if it were Chinese. Ironically, in Erasmus’s day, very few books were available to people of my economic demographic. Only the very wealthy could afford books and only the very elite of society were able to read. This is how people were kept under the government’s thumb for so long. It’s one reason the Middle Ages is called The Dark Ages. And it’s also the reason Erasmus had very little money left for clothes and food (although, he does look nicely dressed in the picture below, don’t you think?). I can’t imagine not reading books. Reading has gotten me through many painful periods of my life. It allowed me to escape as a child into worlds I’d never otherwise go. Some of my fondest memories are summers of endless reading, especially at my grandmother’s. She would take me to a local church “basement sale” where I’d paw through boxes of books and pick out a few to take home. It’s where I found my first copy of The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. Once I learned to read, I don’t think there’s been a single day when I didn’t read something from a book. Books comfort me. I surround myself with them. E is also for Education and...

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