Category Archives: Life

Alice Springs Chicken (copy cat)

I make this recipe every 3 -4 months because it is a little bit more expensive and takes a little more time to put together. It is well worth the extra time though.

Alice Springs Chicken (Original copy cat recipe link)

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1/2 ” thick
  • 1/4 -1/2 c. honey mustard
  • 6 slices bacon, sliced in half
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 3 cups shredded colby or monterey jack cheese
  • parsley, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400.

Season chicken breast with seasoned salt and set aside.
Fry bacon to a crisp and drain. (You can use some of the bacon grease to add flavor to the chicken while cooking.)
Cook chicken breasts in a skillet over medium with just enough oil/grease to prevent sticking.
Cook on both sides until a slight browned and cooked in the middle but not dry.
Remove from pan and place in a 9 x 13 dish.
Spread honey mustard on the chicken, cover with a layer of mushrooms, three pieces of bacon and sprinkle with shredded Colby/jack cheese.
Bake about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with parsley and extra honey mustard.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole

I got this recipe from a church dinner. I just loved the name of the recipe and it is always a winner here. Serve with mashed potatoes and corn muffins.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburger, or ground turkey
  • 1-10 or 12 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables, steamed
  • 1-2 cups chopped raw baby spinach (optional)
  • 1 c. frozen okra, diced (optional)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 pack onion soup mix (optional)
  • 1-2 c. shredded cheese, I usually use cheddar
  • salt and pepper to taste (we like to use mineral salt or Lawry’s garlic salt)
  • sprinkle of Turmeric, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown meat. add mixed veggies, tomato soup, and onion soup mix.

Mix well and pour into casserole dish.

Top with shredded cheese.

Bake 20 – 30 minutes.


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Spicy Chicken and Bowties

This is a family favorite and usually gets made once a month or so. I like to serve this with a fresh salad and some buttered bread.

Spicy Chicken and Bowties

Ingredients:

1 lb bow tie pasta, cooked according to directions, drained  (you can use your favorite pasta)
2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cubed
2 T butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 c  flour
1/2 c milk
1 c chicken broth
1 c. mild salsa  — or spicy if your family likes it hot
1- 8 oz package cream cheese, cubed

Directions:

Melt the butter in large skillet over medium heat.

Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes until lightly browned.

Add garlic and cook until chicken is cooked through.

Stir in flour, and slowly add milk and broth, stirring constantly.

Add the salsa and cream cheese and keep stirring until hot and bubbly.

Add the cooked and drained pasta to skillet and stir to combine.

Serve hot.

My War Room

I don’t know how many of you have read or watched ‘The War Room’. This is one book and one movie that I can read and watch time and time again because the message is so powerful.  Even before watching the movie and reading the book I had a desire to have my own little quiet space just for me. After watching the movie and reading the book that desire grew.

So with the recent changes of rooms in our house I had intended on turning a corner of my closet into my private little area. My ‘War Room’ if you will. Things just didn’t work out as planned when we first changed rooms. My closet had turned into the catchall for everything that didn’t have a home.

Some other events happened and it made me realize there was some things that I needed to get rid of. While clearing out those things I was able to make room in another area of the house to move our pantry cabinets that had previously been in my closet.

I also had a desk on the porch outside that my brother had brought to me before with the intention that I could use it in my private little space. It has been touched by the weather and isn’t quite as pretty as it once was but I enlisted some strong muscles to help me bring it in.

I also gathered a few little items from our shed and from around the house. Just a few little things that meant something to me, things the kids had given me or things the kids had made for me. Some of them were items that others close to me had given to me.

I moved a collection of Bible verses to hang on the wall. These had been hanging on the bulletin board in the kitchen but kept getting covered over with other things. Now they can give me inspiration and motivation to start my day with.

I also brought in a small bulletin board that wasn’t really being used. I may use this to post little verses or maybe even pictures that kids make for me. I reclaimed a small CD player and gathered up some inspirational and relaxing CDs to play. In another closet I found a basket to put all of my current books in there to set on the desk.

I put up a couple of small shelves, one of which my oldest son had made, to use for knickknacks that people have given me. My oldest son had given me a tiny turtle, a little peacock came from my sister, and a couple of beautiful mugs that other people have given me.

I had a peacock clock, which if you don’t know already I enjoy collecting peacocks, that is now sitting on my desk ticking away.I also placed one of my favorite coasters on the desk to hold a drink or a cup of coffee.One of the drawers is now home to my prayer journal and my daily devotionals.

There’s even a space for my laptop. I was able to run an extension cord from an outlet close by so I have a little bit of power in my little room also. (This is only temporary until I figure out a better solution.) DD 17 gave me a little lamp from my desk and I was able to finally unpacked some Christmas gifts from a couple years back.

Among those gifts was a water globe to hold pictures, I intend to put pictures of my kids in it, a small little battery powered fountain which makes a very soothing sound, and a beautiful candle holder that may hold a scented candle in the near future.

My space is not big but it’s cozy and it’s filled with things that remind me of the people that I love the most. So while I’m sitting in my little space I can look around and see things that remind me of my friends and family and it helps me just to get in touch with those feelings and those people that I’m praying for in a deeper way.

I have some other ideas about things about a few things I may add. I will probably add an aromatherapy device of some sort as I know that Santa has brought me some oils. I may hide a stash of chocolate in one of the drawers for emergencies. I’m sure there will be a few other things as well that I think of but I plan to try to keep it as decluttered as possible.

This morning was my first day to enjoy my little space and let me tell you it was so relaxing and peaceful.  I was able to come in and put a CD on very softly, go through my devotionals, go through my prayer journal, and  give thanks to our most awesome God.

It is a very humbling experience to actually be able to spend time in the presence of God. To just sit, relax, and be still. I thank Him every day for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon me, my family, and my friends. I thanked Him today for bringing the images of what I needed to do to rearrange my house in my life in order to have this little space. I thanked Him for the awesome sense of peace I had this morning while in my ‘war room’. Note: I need to put some tissues in a drawer.

This morning I went through my normal activities and had so much peace from them. I prayed about a few things like the fact that our furnace has not been working properly. I asked God to touch it and to guide me as to what I needed to do. I got my answer and I will be replacing the thermostat soon.

Another prayer is something I have been praying about everyday for the past several months. It concerns a person, I don’t know who this person is yet for sure, but I am praying for God’s wisdom and guidance for him and for myself. Today I heard the words ‘Prepare him room’. (I know this is a phrase from a song we hear at Christmas but I wasn’t playing a Christmas CD.)

I will be taking that phrase quite literally as I’ve seen what needs to be done. I have faith that God is working for my good and that He has marvelous things in store for me. I’m telling you that this morning’s experience in my war room was one of the most humbling, gratifying, and blessed time that I have spent with my Father.

I desire to have more of these moments and experiences in the near future. I know that now I have a place where I can truly ‘be still’ and listen for His voice. It is His voice of wisdom that I have been so desperately seeking and that my heart yearns for. I long to hear Him whisper the promises of His love and His plans for me. Now I have a private place to meet with Him. I left my closet with a happy heart!

My desire now is that everyone can have a place like this to go to.I know a lot of you may not have a spot in your home or a closet big enough but just try to make some little space for yourself to spend time with God. This has been over a year in the works. Before this ‘war room’ my space was a little ottoman beside my bed. My nightstand held a stack of books and a small lamp. The top drawer of my nightstand held my prayer journal and devotionals. It was a very comfortable little space and I enjoy it so very much. However it was not my own little private space as my kids would often come in. I enjoy having them around me but sometimes Momma just needs a place to get away for a minute or two.

I challenge you each to find your own little corner, your own little closet, or just somewhere that you can go into and quietly spend some time alone doing something that makes your heart happy.

Have a blessed day! While I was finishing up this post my furnace started working! God is so good!

  

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Pray In Secret

So Much More Than A Basketball

Wow! Well, I had written this article last December after we had the surprise pleasure of meeting with the ‘Basketball Cop’. I came to revisit this post only to find out that is GONE! I’m not entirely sure how this happens but I have had some comments from others that this has happened with some other posts on my blog as well. I do apologize and will try to find out what is causing this.

This picture was taken December 25, 2016 in Gainesville, FL. We had went to my oldest daughter’s place for Christmas dinner. There were a lot of people, mostly kids, crammed into a small apartment so it was a bit noisy. We were in the middle of exchanging gifts when we heard a loud rap on the door.

Immediately we all stopped what we were doing and my son-in-law went to open the door and found a police officer standing at the door. Our first thought was that someone had called in a noise complaint but that wasn’t the case at all. She explained to us that she had some gifts she would like to pass out.

We brought all of the kids outside and she began passing out gifts only to realize that she didn’t have enough girl gifts. Well, the kids were not that concerned as she let them choose a boy gift. She promised to return with some girl gifts later on.

Later on she did return with more gifts and more people. It was then that I found out who was responsible for the gifts and this prompted me to investigate further. I had seen the ‘Basketball Cop’ on the news, after his YouTube video went viral, and I had told people about how wonderful he was but I never imagined how much he and the Basketball Cop Foundation did for the community.

If you have never heard of him or his foundation I encourage you to take a moment and check out the link I posted above. He is also on Facebook and Twitter too!

I really hate the fact that my original post was deleted and I am looking for an original that may have been posted elsewhere. I can’t go back and recreate that post or recapture the excitement I felt when I was writing it. I do pray that you will feel a bit of excitement yourself if you happen to check out the links and see what an amazing thing has started.

Making Childhood Memories Count

I came across this while reading the other day. This really is something that we need to think about. Our children are only little once and the time we have with them is so precious. They grow up so very quick.

I know how hard it is to juggle all the responsibilities of being a single parent. Some days it’s really hard to get to everything that we feel needs to get done. Sometimes we just feel so overwhelmed and maybe we get a little grouchy. Our kids can feel more like an annoyance or distraction at times.

We must remember that they should always be a priority. It is such an awesome gift and responsibility to be a Momma. It can also be so demanding at times, I know. Just take a minute and read this poem to get a little insight on life through a child’s eyes.

Only One Childhood

I stopped to watch my little girl busy playing in her room. In one hand was a plastic phone; in the other a toy broom. I listened as she was speaking to her make believe little friend And I’ll never forget the words she said, even though it was pretend.

She said, “Suzie’s in the corner cuz she’s not been very good. She didn’t listen to a word I said or do the things she should.” In the corner I saw her baby doll all dressed in lace and pink. It was obvious she’d been put there to sit alone and think.

My daughter continued her “conversation,” as I sat down on the floor. She said, “I’m all fed up, I just don’t know what to do with her anymore? She whines whenever I have to work and wants to play games, too. She never lets me do the things that I just have to do?

She tries to help me with the dishes, but her arms just cannot reach… And she doesn’t know how to fold towels. I don’t have the time to teach. I have a lot of work to do and a big house to keep clean. I don’t have the time to sit and play — don’t you know what I mean?”

And that day I thought a lot about making some changes in my life; As I listened to her innocent words that cut me like a knife. I hadn’t been paying enough attention to what I hold most dear. I’d been caught up in responsibilities that increased throughout the year.

But now my attitude has changed, because, in my heart, I realize… I’ve seen the world in a different light through my little darling’s eyes. So, let the cobwebs have the corners and the dustbunnies rule the floor, I’m not going to worry about keeping up with them anymore.

I’m going to fill the house with memories of a child and her mother… For we are granted only one childhood, and we will never get another.

Everything we do is being taken in by our little ones. Do we want them to have memories of us cleaning and running around like a mad woman all the time? Do we want them to remember all the times we got upset about spilt milk or chocolate handprints on the wall? Or do we want them to remember when we took the day off to go to the park and have a picnic lunch. Maybe they will remember the time we spent showing them how to make a proper mud pie.

So please remember to take some time to create memories with your children. Find ways to spend time with them and take time to spend with them. Try to find a balance between the housework and the fun times. You will all appreciate and cherish these memories later on in the years.

Remember The Reason For The Season

First, I just want to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and I pray that God has blessed each of you and your families today.

I know a lot of us are on social media and we are being bombarded with the pictures of the beautifully decorated trees that are surrounded by heaps and heaps of beautifully wrapped gifts waiting to be opened. You may be feeling defeated or maybe guilty because you feel as though didn’t buy enough or that you didn’t find that ‘perfect gift’. I want to let you know that it’s not the amount of gifts or the amount of money spent on gifts that is important but rather the amount of love that was put into making your Christmas special.

Don’t beat yourself up or feel upset, don’t let that monster called jealousy creep into your heart today. Remember that the best Christmas present ever given was given a long time ago in a manger, in Bethlehem. Jesus is truly the reason for the season.

You know this year in our house we tried to focus more on the fact that Jesus is indeed the reason for the season. We did an Advent study which has been so much fun. This helped to bring the kids to a better understanding about Christmas not being just about the gifts and the toys that they would hopefully receive. Even though they are young and didn’t understand the whole picture they did get little pieces that they will eventually fit together as they age.

For the past several years I have really cut back on the gifts. I always had a little guilt, no matter how many gifts I bought, no matter how much I spent or didn’t spend, that nagging little thought that I never did enough.  Then I realized that anything I could give would never be enough nor would I ever be able to give a perfect gift.

How can we ever give enough? How can we ever give the perfect gift? We can’t. So this year I felt the best gift for my family would be to focus on the fact of that first gift, the only perfect gift. I wanted to give my children that understanding and help them to realize the true meaning of what Christmas is truly about. That’s a gift in itself.

This year we did have what may seem to be a lot of presents under our tree. (There was a total of 21?, I believe. And there was a dinosaur guarding the gifts so I guess that would be 22. Each child had one gift with their name on it to open. There are three little boys so there were three gifts marked as ‘boys’. There are two little girls which meant two gifts marked as ‘girls’. Then there were five gifts marked as ‘kids’, which were games and such that they could play together as a group or we could use as a family. So, in total, each child got to open three different gifts. Each of those gifts was something that I knew would be very special to them and that they would enjoy.

Then there was also one gift for each of the older children, two gifts for Momma (some aroma therapy oils and Baklava that I had ordered before), and grandpa had two gifts under the tree as well. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces was gift enough for me. Seeing the excitement in their eyes as they opened the gifts and the happiness they shared with their siblings when seeing what each one had received is something that money cannot buy.

As for friends and family, everyone help to make candies and cookies to pass out. We did this as a family and the kids were all super excited to hand out the goodies we had made. This was lots of fun and it helped the kids to appreciate the time, effort, and love that goes into gift giving.

I know that there is always someone who tries to put a damper on the happiness and joy you feel. Someone who is never happy with what they have received. Someone who just can’t help but try to outdo everyone else. I want you to know that this is not anything you did and you have nothing to prove to that person.

All in all I feel blessed to have been with my family today. To see the smiles on their faces and the pure excitement as they open the gifts it didn’t matter if they had 3 gifts or 300 gifts they enjoyed each and every one of them that they received.

I feel that the best gift of all was the fact that we were able to prepare for this Christmas season, as a family, with our Advent study. We were able bring the focus back to the real reason of the season. This is a tradition that I plan on continuing with over the years to come, probably adding to it, and elaborating more on it as they get older. As they mature I plan on giving them more things to do like acts of kindness or maybe even throwing in some old-fashioned Christmas caroling as well.

I hope and pray that my kids will look back on this and be able to incorporate this into their own families when they get married, move away, and have children of their own. I want to create fond memories for them that they will cherish long after I’m gone. So please don’t let guilt or despair get you down. Remember what the real reason for the season is. Be merry, share your love, and enjoy your family and friends today.

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

 

Note: After I wrote this post we were blessed again. To read more about this please read:

So much more than a basketball

Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

This is a family favorite and we have it almost every Thanksgiving for the past few years. It has been requested this year for Christmas as well. I have also tried out making them in cupcake pans for individual servings and they turned out great. ( I will post a picture of the larger cake when I make it the next time.)

Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake (link to original post)

Ingredients:

For cake:

1 package yellow cake mix

1-15 ounce can pumpkin, divided (use 1 cup canned pumpkin for the cake,the remainder will be for the filling)

1/2 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

4 eggs

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
For filling:

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1- 8 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
Directions:

For cake:

Heat oven to 350.

Beat all cake ingredients together in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans.

Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese in mixer bowl until creamy, add sugar, remaining pumpkin, and spice; mix well.

Gently stir in Cool Whip.

Cake Assembly:
Slice each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers. Do not frost the top layer. Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving; top with nuts, if desired. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Peanut Butter Fudge

This is an alternate version of the Milk Chocolate Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1- 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme

1 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1/2 cup chopped peanuts, if desired

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Line 8 x 8 pan with wax paper.

Combine marshmallow creme, sugar, milk, butter, and salt over medium heat.

Bring to a full boil. Boil five minutes, stirring constantly.

Working quickly, remove from heat and stir in chips. Stir until melted and smooth.

Fold in nuts and vanilla.

Pour into lined pan and chill for two hours.

Cut into 2 inch pieces and store in airtight containers.

Note: Can also be poured into cupcake liners for individual servings.

Pray In Secret

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:6

I’m sure we have all heard or read this verse at some point in our lives. It has been my desire to have a ‘secret place’ to pray. After reading ‘The War Room’ this desire became more intense. While I do feel it is important for my kids to see me praying, sometimes I just need my own little space.

Yesterday morning was one of those times. It was a bit cold in the house so I decided to turn on a heater in the bathroom before my shower. My plan was to have some quiet time while the bathroom warmed up a bit. I was sitting on the ottoman beside my bed trying to read my devotional when DS3 popped in. He had a million and one questions, maybe more than that, and he was super excited about Christmas.

Well DS14 heard little brother’s excitement and decided to make some noise of his own. His room is right next to mine so it just added to the disruptions. I was able to settle down the little one and send him back to his room for a few minutes. However DS14 was up and at it.I had to take a few minutes to get him calmed down and settled back into his bed.

I checked the bathroom and it was still a bit chilly for my liking so I attempted my quiet time again. I prayed about a few things that had happened the night before and asked God to show me what to do. I also went through my prayer journal and reviewed some of my previous requests. One of them was to be able to create a little space for myself, a prayer closet of sorts, where I can find some peace and relaxation.

I don’t know for sure if it was the Holy Spirit or just my imagination, which would have had to have been influenced by the Holy Spirit, but an idea popped into my head. I know it sounds crazy but I kept hearing the words, ‘pray in secret’, and some visions flashed in my head. I saw what needed to be done. Every obstacle was no longer an obstacle as I had seen the solution to fixing several issues, even the issue from the night before.

My faith and energy was renewed as I finished up my prayers and quiet time. I hummed a little tune as I showered and got ready for the day. I worked with a purpose to finish our morning tasks so I could set about making the vision become a reality.

Well, at nap time, it happened. I was able to rearrange some furniture in the laundry room to make room for our pantry cabinets. The pantry cabinets had been in my closet as we had no other place to put them. They had previously lined a wall in my bedroom when I had one of the smaller rooms. When we switched rooms a month or so ago I had planned on making a portion of my closet into a quiet area but the cabinets had taken up more space than expected.

Once the cabinets were out of the closet I had more space but some more things needed to be rearranged. I wasn’t sure how to do it but I had faith that it was going to happen. My dad helped me to carry in a desk from the porch. My brother had brought me the desk when we had switched rooms as I had all intentions of using it at that time. This poor desk had gotten wet and didn’t look as nice as it did before but I intended to use it anyway. We brought the desk in and left it near the closet door.

Then came the measuring and trying to decide where to put it and what would need moved. My closet is kind of a catch all for many other areas of the house. I have a filing cabinet that holds cleaning supplies, some paper supplies, and some files. There are a couple of shelves that hold other various items like my crafting tote, my sewing box, and my sewing machine. And another that holds the surplus of items that are bought at Sam’s club.

Not too mention that I have totes upon totes overhead that hold our party supplies, party decorations,camping/overnight supplies, extra bags, etc. And of course my clothes and shoes have a place in there as well. It is not really a huge space, even though I had once thought of converting it to a small bedroom, but it holds a lot of stuff. Last week I had went to my closet to hide for a bit as I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and needed a place to clear my head. Well, that wasn’t the place but after spending a few minutes in there I was motivated to declutter and organize it. This was a good thing as it made this project so much easier.

It took about another hour to finish the rearranging and moving stuff around. After taking a stroll through the house and shed to ‘shop’ for things I was able to pull it together. There are still a few more things I may add but I don’t want to clutter it up as I want to be able to relax and just ‘be still’.

I will be writing another post in the next day or so to show you my ‘war room’ and what I’ve put in there. So until then I pray that you may be able to find your own little ‘private space’.

See My War Room for how it came together.

Attitude of Gratitude

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy’. This can be so true. As a mom and the keeper of my home I know that my attitude can really set the mood for our home. I try to start my day with a little ‘quiet time’ so that I can get myself in the right state of mind before starting my day. Sometimes things get to me during the day and I have to go to my room, or my closet, and ask God for an attitude adjustment.

I keep a journal where I write down my prayer requests and prayer requests for others, I also go over this list and try to remember to thank God for the work He has already done and the blessings that He has bestowed on me, my family, and my friends. I write down the things I am thankful for, even if it was a small thing. These help me to remember how grateful I am to serve such a wonderful creator.

I have been trying my best to write a thank you to God every morning. Again, this isn’t always something big but it is something that I am truly grateful for. So when my morning or day doesn’t seem to be going just right I can go back and reflect on these things. I find that even the littlest things are a great encouragement to me because they remind me that God is looking out for me in so many ways and that He sees everything that is going on in my life.

When I start my day with a grateful heart it makes the day go so much better. It makes for a happy Momma which will help to make for happy kids. Just think about the last time you woke up grumpy, or didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe one of the kids was sick and slept in your bed kicking you all night long? Maybe you came to the kitchen, that you know was clean before you went to bed, to find it a dirty mess? Maybe your husband left his dirty and horribly stinky socks in the floor right beside the hamper, again?

There are so many ‘maybes’ that could happen and just maybe you would be ‘justified’ in feeling grumpy or agitated. If you let the grumpies or the agitation take over then you are not setting a good mood for your house. Your mood can and will rub off on those around you and before you know it there will be nothing but chaos.

So right now just take a couple of minutes to think of something that God has done for you. This can be hard to do at first because many of us are so accustomed to praying only when we need to ask for things from God. I thank Him for my family, sometimes we have our difficulties but I am so grateful that they are here. I am thankful for the home we have, it may not be the best or fanciest home around but it does its job. I thank Him that He makes sure we are provided for. I thank Him for the friends He has brought to me that have helped to encourage me on my journey. The list can go on and on but these are just examples.

Think about how wonderful it is that He looked down and saw YOU among the many millions of people on this earth and He saw your needs. Whatever it is, however big or small, just remember that He saw it and He thought about YOU and He took care of it. Sure there were probably other people with bigger or more urgent needs but He took the time to take care of YOUR needs at that very moment.

How great is that? How wonderful is the God we serve? He is great and mighty. He is so awesome that He would even look down on us and see our needs. He is so perfect and He only wants the best for each and every one of us.

So if we want to honor Him and show Him glory then we need to start at home. No matter how bad the morning is, no matter how bad the week has been, no matter how hard the year was we need to be grateful. When we choose to have the attitude of gratitude it will show in our lives, it will show in our faces, it will also start to rub off on those around us.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. – Colossians 3:15 

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Peppermint Bark

This is an alternate version of the Milk Chocolate Fudge. I get a lot of requests for this one!

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1- 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 c. crushed peppermint candies or candy canes (about 6-8 candy canes)

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

Line 8 x 8 pan with wax paper.

Combine marshmallow creme, sugar, milk, butter, and salt over medium heat.

Bring to a full boil. Boil five minutes, stirring constantly.

Working quickly, remove from heat and stir in chips. Stir until melted and smooth.

Fold in crushed candies and vanilla.

Pour into lined pan and chill for two hours.

Cut into 2 inch pieces and store in airtight containers.

Note: Can also be poured into cupcake liners for individual servings.

**Also crushing the candy canes in the blender is very loud so please beware of this if you have kiddos who are sensitive to loud noises.