Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cole Slaw

Scripture to Live By:
Scriptures on communication from the book of Ephesians:
Ephesians 4:15 - but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into him who is the head - Christ..
Ephesians 4:25 -27 Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

God has spoken to my own heart this week about how I communicate with words to my husband in the presence of other.  Sometimes I see myself communicating differently in front of people than I do when we are alone.  God reminded my that I am to obey His word in how I communicate with my words no matter where I am or with whom I am speaking.  We are to speak truth in a loving way and if we can't, it is not time to speak.  Our speech is to build up and not tear down.

Recipe Post: 
I have been ask for my Cole Slaw recipe, and when I tell people what it is, they are totally shocked.  There is no shredding of a head of cabbage, or carrots.  It is all done for you. Nor is there mixing of ingredients to make the dressing.  I have made it from scratch most of my life, but one day I tried Marzetti Slaw Dressing (Low Fat variety) and I was sold on it and use it regularly.   I purchase ready to eat Cole slaw mix, which has both green and red cabbage, and carrots already shredded. It is so simple to make.

Here is what you need:
1 16 ounce bag of  ready made of Cole Slaw
1  jar (16 ounce of Low Fat  Marzetti Slaw Dressing


Just empty the package of cole slaw into a large bowl and 
add about 1/2 jar of cole slaw dressing to the slaw mix. 


Mix well and serve with your favorite meal.  

I chose to serve the cole slaw with Pork Barbecue and Calico Beans.  


We also like to mix cole slaw with a can of chili beans and eat it as a salad.  Yummy!


You can't make it easier than this, yet it is the best cole slaw I have eaten.

Blessings,

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Calico Beans

Scripture to Live By:
Hebrews 12:1-4 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right had of the throne of God. 

1 Peter 2:21-24 For to this you are were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Put on those running shoes to run the race of life to the finish line.  Keeping our eyes focused on Jesus and following in His footsteps. What an example Jesus is in running the race of life!

Recipe Post:
My grandson was visiting me last month and he told me that he wanted some Mexican Goulash for his birthday and some Calico Beans. I told him that the next time I came to Ohio I would make them for him. No, it was not on his birthday, but I am here in Ohio, so I am keeping my promise.  MY daughter, that we are staying with invited my grandson and his family over to spend the day,  so I made him a Crock Pot of Mexican Goulash and a Crock Pot of Calico Beans.  I doubled my recipes so there would be enough for him to take some home with him to enjoy later.  He was thrilled.

I, also, made some Pork Barbecue to go with the Calico Beans.  My daughters told me it was the best they have even eaten, they sure made my day.  

We so enjoy getting together as a family.  The cousins look forward to these times, as much as the adults.  

If you would like to make the Calico Beans the following is what you will need:
Printable Recipe
2 cans of pork and beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of butter beans
1 can of great northern
1 pound of sausage (cooked and crumbled)

Mix the following in a large bowl:
1/2 cup of ketchup
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/2 cup of fresh onions chopped or 1/4 cup of dried chopped onions
1 teaspoon of mustard
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
Crumble the sausage and add to the mixture.


Drain the liquid from all the beans and add them to the mixture. Mix well.


Put in crock pot and cook on high for a couple of hours. 
(You can bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.)


Enjoy them alone in a bowl or on a plate with a complete meal.


We enjoy them with Pork Barbecue and Cole Slaw.


Yummy!


When a teenager ask for Calico Beans for his birthday gift you know they must be good.  
Why not give them a try?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Greek Yogurt Egg Salad with Avocado


Scripture to Live By:
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him.  Psalms 28:7
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Rejoice means to be glad in or to delight in.

When circumstances come into our lives that are out of our control, we tend to focus on the circumstance.  If we can turn our focus from our circumstances to our God, who is our strength and our shield, and fully trust Him to help us what ever we may have to face, then we can rejoice in Him no matter what is happening around us.  We are never alone.  He is always there.  So we can find joy in Him, who makes all our days.  We may not understand the happenings, but we can be assured of this one thing: "God is our refuge and strength: a very present help in trouble." Psalms 46:1

Recipe Post:  Well, Easter is over and I ended up with two dozen colored eggs.  The children and adults enjoy demonstrating their art work on them, but after every one had returned to their homes, I discover they had left the eggs here.  So I am a person who can not waste food so I started looking for recipes to use the eggs on.  I found a recipe for Egg Salad with Avocado's and Greek yogurt here and adapted it to fit our taste.  I had never tried egg salad with avocados nor Greek yogurt so I thought, I would try it.  So, I made it and really liked it. Thought you might like to try it as well.

Here is what you will need:
8 hard boiled eggs (peeled)
1- 4 ounce container of Greek yogurt
1 avocado pitted and pulp removed
4 stalks of celery diced very fine
1 Tablespoon of prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder


I really like doing things the easy way so here is what I did.  
I cut my avocado in half and removed the pit and scooped the pulp and and put it in a mixing bowl.


Next, I peeled the boiled egg and tossed them in the mixing bowl with the avocado.


Next, I chopped the celery very thin and put it in the mixing bowl.
I added the following ingredients to the mixing bowl as well.
4 ounce of Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon of prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 

Mixed at low speed until the consistency desired. Put it in a serving bowl


Placed the bowl on a dish lined with fresh Spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes.



You can make  open face sandwiches 


Or as a closed sandwich with tomatoes and spinach 


Healthy and delicious.  


Not only  was a it a great way to use those extra boiled eggs up, but it is a delicious egg salad.

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