Menu Plan Monday 11/28/11

December is almost here and just 27 days until Christmas! If you’re needing some special recipes, check out my Recipe Index at the top of my home page.  For this week, here is a completely different menu which will surprise a few of you since I have three brand new recipes, thanks to

Monday:   Turkey Waldorf Pita  (This recipe is nostalgic to me because it sounds just like what my grandmother and my mother would make after we had a turkey, only minus the pita bread.)

TuesdayTurkey Hash

WednesdayChicken Tortilla Soup

Thursday:  Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

FridaySalmon Chowder


The Story Behind the Song: “Yours”

A parent’s worst nightmare, your five year old daughter is hit by a car in your own driveway!  And to make it even worse, the driver of the fatal accident is your teenage son!  and  ABC’s Good Morning America  shared this story which touched the hearts of thousands of people, people all over the world.
Some stories behind the song are so sad, yet they reveal such a strong, rock solid faith that no matter what storms come in life, faith remains in the One who carries us through hard times.  Although Chapman wrote and released “Yours a year before the tragedy, the last verse of the song relates to their experience and the video shares pictures of the Chapmans’ adopted daughter.  The Chapmans experienced a parent’s worst nightmare and lost their youngest daughter, but they kept their faith!



I’m Thankful For…

There are so many things I’m thankful for!  I was sick for several days this week, so I’m just now getting this written.  Here’s top priority on my list:.

  • God’s love, mercy & grace,  His Word (the Bible), and prayer
  • My dear husband
  • Our precious children (son-in-law included) & precious young grandchildren
  • Relatives (many of whom I rarely or never get to see, but we stay in touch through email and phone calls)
  • Technology which enables us to stay in touch with those we care about and love
  • Loyal friends
  • Our church family
  • My job (even though it gets really stressful sometime with all the other work there is to do, the actual teaching part is wonderful.  I love my students and the people I work with!)
  • Our country with the freedoms we enjoy
  • Blogging and the friends I’ve made through blogging
  • All of the material blessings such as a comfortable home that is so nice to be in when I’m sick
  • A mini-van that gets me to and from work or where I need to go, and that is great for trips with the three of us
  • My health (even with the minor ailments, it’s such a blessing to have good health and the stamina to work at a job like teaching school)

Three Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes

One of our favorite recipes for holiday dinners is sweet potato casserole.  I’ve listed three below.  The first one is from Michelle, a dear friend of ours.  The second one is from my mother.  She had a way of fixing canned sweet potatoes that did not taste canned, but she never wrote down her recipe.  This is the best I could remember.  The third one is a lighter recipe which sounds really good!.


Lighter Desserts for the Holidays

Need some ideas for desserts that are delicious yet lower fat, lower cholesterol, or lower calories?  Here are four desserts that might work:.

  • Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie  from Food Network  (might be better with graham cracker crust).    Calories 279; Total Fat 8.5 g (Sat Fat 2.7g, Mono Fat 1.7g, Poly Fat 1.7g) ; Protein 7g; Carb 44g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 43mg; Sodium 158mg
  • Double Chocolate Pudding Pie  from Food Network.   Just a small dollop of real whipped cream on top will still give a taste of richness.
  • Healthified Pumpkin Pie  from Eat Better America  (Cholesterol-free)
  • Creamy Vanilla-Caramel Cheesecake  from Eat Better America.    Calories 180 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 25mg; Sodium 190mg; Total Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 17g); Protein 5g, Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices.


Energy Service Companies

There are a lot of companies out there competing to be our electric servers. There are several in Texas, Pennsylvania has pennsylvania energy and other companies, etc.  Each state has their own list of providers. We have been with the same company for many years and believe they have the best to offer. It’s important to check out a company thoroughly, read the fine print, and look for reviews on that particular company before you sign a contract.

Menu Plan Monday & Crock Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

The holidays are here! Wow! I was looking through my Recipe Index at the top of my home page, and shared some holiday recipes last week. One recipe I didn’t share was this one.  If you don’t need a big turkey and/or you’re in a huge time crunch, this slow cooker recipe is great:

Crock Pot Turkey Breast:

  • 3-pound turkey breast roast
  • Can of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or minced garlic)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of minced onion flakes (or onion slices)
  • Optional:  your favorite herbs can be added such as fresh rosemary in place of the garlic

Cooking the turkey breast in the crock pot makes it so moist and tender, and I think maybe it’s the best we’ve ever had. And the great thing is that it’s so easy.
Also, here’s a recipe for Thyme-Roasted Turkey Breast if you have a bone-in whole turkey breast to cook in the oven.
Monday:  Salmon patties, broccoli, carrot sticks

Tuesday:  Leftover salmon patties and veggies

Wednesday:  Barbeque sandwiches

Thursday:  Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings

Friday: Leftovers


Travel Trailers

There are a lot of people who love to travel and pull their travel trailer behind them. They just get a trailer hitch put on back of their truck or vehicle, and then they’re set to go all over the country. We have several older friends and relatives who just love to do that, and they used to make one or two yearly trips and stay gone for weeks. Of course, someone would need to be retired or else have a really long vacation in order to do that. The great thing about it is that when they go to visit relatives, they have their own place to stay.

Friendly Friday 11/18/11

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Menu Plan Monday 11-14-11

The holidays are just next week!  Wow!  I can’t believe they’re just days away.  I was looking through my Recipe Index at the top of my home page, and here are some holiday recipes I want to share::

I’m so ready for holiday food, but I guess this week will be regular meals.  Except for Thursday we do get to have a Thanksgiving meal for lunch at the school where I teach.  It’s not as good as what we fix at home, but it’s better than the traditional lunchroom menu, so the teacher’s are looking forward to it!

Menu for the week:.

Monday: Chicken, squash, lima beans

Tuesday:  Salmon patties, salad, leftover lima beans

Wednesday:  Leftover salmon patties, corn, carrot sticks

Thursday:  Homemade chicken soup

Friday: Eat out


I’m Thankful to Live in America!

“Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan” in this short video.  It’s very heartwarming and well worth the time to watch it!
This week, many people will be thinking of all the many things they have to be thankful for. Today, I want to share this blessing: I’m thankful to live in a country where people care about others and will even put their lives in danger to help other people. This is the kind of love that God has for us. Jesus knew that his life wasn’t just in danger but that He would lose his life for us. What great love!