Perfect for Holidays: Corn Sausage Dressing

My mother loved dressing, especially if it had a strong sage taste.  However, she said her favorite dressing of all time was the sausage version my husband makes.  Below is my husband’s recipe that he prepares for Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings.  It is super simple, yet tastes great.  Make it for your next holiday or family get-together.  Then let me know what everyone thought.

Corn Sausage Dressing recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound Owens HOT sausage (raw)
2 cans cream style corn
2 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, chopped fine
½ cup cornmeal

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into 9” X 12” pyrex dish

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Giving Children’s Adventure Book Series – Flavia, Harry, or American Classics

1st books from Harry or Flavia series
Are you looking for the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for a child?  How about the timeless gift of reading?  Most children love books, especially if there is adventure to experience a puzzle to solve!

You may know about the various American classic children and teen adventure and detective series featuring Bobbsey Twins (1904-1979), Encyclopedia Brown (1972-2012), Hardy Boys (1927-2016), Nancy Drew (1930-2003), and Tom Swift (1910-2008).  If you liked those classics and want to share them with the new generation, you can buy individual copies at many used book stores to see if they enjoy the stories as well.  If you want to get them every book in the series for a gift, click links above.
 
Of course you have also heard of the popular fantasy (1997-2007) series containing the adventures of Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (English) .  Her individual book titles are listed at the bottom of this post if you are looking for one your child or grandchild may be missing from the series.  You can also buy the movies as well.  Bonus short stories in Hogwarts ebooks only.

Have you heard of Flavia De Luce mystery series (2010-present) by (Canadian) Alan Bradley? Flavia is into solving murder mysteries and science, especially as they relate to chemistry and botany.  Her older sisters are into literature and classical music.  So the reader learns a lot about science and is exposed to literary phrases and songs that may lead them to want to know more.  Below are the Flavia novels in order of publication.  Start with the first, as each novel references something in a previous murder.  My family loves these books!  Bonus short story only in ebook: The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.


     Flavia De Luce books
    Harry Potter books


Church It Is Time to Stand Up and Fight!

At my church, we are going through a series on spiritual warfare.  This spiritual war between God’s people and the devil’s destructive intentions has been going on for centuries.  The devil distracts using his three weapons and hides his hateful agenda in issues such as bigotry, earthly wars, politics, and more.  He even directly attacks the Christian church in a multitude of wrong ways (physically and/or via false rhetoric) that have been accepted as right by those he fools with his lies.  Is this war really real?  Yes, spiritual warfare is real, difficult, and dangerous!

Our pastor pointed out that Christians need to:
  • Get a grip on reality and see life is BIGGER than what we see. 
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, 
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
 and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms - Ephesians 6:12 NIV
  • Get into the fight.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. 
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 
e demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up 
against the knowledge of God, and we take captive 
every thought to make it obedient to Christ. - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV

Many people of faith are experiencing battles with the devil right now.  Seems like it is time for Christians to put on the full Armor of God and perform the righteousness beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) instead of always leaning towards the meeker ones.

Below is a short video related to spiritual warfare using Ephesians 6 as the basis.  If you want more information   on this topic, visit the Spiritual Warfare blog or get a Bible Study.  See also Love Sinners, Hate Sin based on Jude 23.




Two Texans in a Truck to the Rescue

Pick-up Truck Riffle Rack
A few months ago, south Texas was hit with a natural disaster.  Then it was hit with a man-made one.  In both situations we saw good ole boys step-up to help out. Texas good guys do and will continue to embody the John Wayne spirit in their relentless pursuit of the villain.

There are people using the church shooting as their platform for stronger gun control and/or repealing the second amendment to the United States Constitution.  This is not only insensitive to the victims, it is downright wrong for the citizens!  The shooting proves the need for the average citizen to possess personal guns.  If the National Rifle Association (NRA) member from across the street did not come out with his hunting rifle to confront the mass murderer, he most likely would have shot more people at the church.  If this same man had not flagged down the cowboy in a truck to pursue the murderer, the shooter may have killed even more people with the extra gun in his own vehicle as he drove away.

Using tragedies to try to take a way people’s guns will not work.  Criminals and crazies may get some guns legally by error.  However, it they really want guns, they will get illegally.  Guns bans will not stop the wickedness!   Keeping the guns out of the hands of ordinary citizens will only make mass shooting easier for them since help has to wait until the police show up.  A gun license is not a license to kill, it is a way to try to limit access to those who should not carry a gun.  Gun laws differ in the various states.  Although, I repeat g – criminals and crazies can get guns illegally, as well as legally. 

However, I do agree that we need more gun safety training.  This type of training should be required before a license is given or a legal gun can be purchased.  You would think it would be logical for a person owning a gun to know to keep it out-of-reach for children.  Guns should be stored in a locked area, unloaded.  There are too many tragedies of children hurting others or themselves.

I salute the Texas heroes in trucks, boats, or whatever with the below song “Jesus and John Wayne” via the Gather Vocal Band on YouTube


Put On the Full Armor of God

In the Bible Study Have You Got MUSTARD, it is more than just building individual faith or small study group faith.  Those are the main points of the teaching, but I noted something else after seeing the meaning of the acronym.  There was also another message within it:  God is building an army of earthly soldiers to fight spiritual warfare along with his angels - so greater faith is necessary.   In recent months, I have also seen presentations where the Armor of God was shown using current soldier accouterments or police officers in riot gear.   With these things and the recent church shooting in mind, I found the below infographic showing the Roman soldier wearing the full Armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18.

If you desire a poster, pamphlet, or PowerPoint based on the original armor theme in below Armor of God infographic, Amazon has many options including stickers and the laminated wall chart from the publisher of below infographic.

In the past, I posted a link to a list of spiritual warfare songs for Christian soldiers. The song
I Am A Soldier” was not included in that list, so I offer it for listening via Tribute on YouTube.


Church Shooting in Texas Calls for Prayer

On Sunday, the news was full of stories about a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas at the First Baptist Church.  We heard how an evil-spirited man with a gun shoots children, teens, adults, and elderly.  We heard comparisons to other mass shootings, opinion of gun control lobbyist, neighborhood heroism, as well as reports of dead and wounded.  On one news channel, I heard someone call for a “moment of silence” for the lost.

What America needs, what that church needs, what that community needs is:  PRAYER!  I am praying for those affected personally and those of us affected emotionally.  If there was ever a time to link arms in solidarity, this is it.  We need to surround those people with our love and prayers as they plan and conduct services for the dead.  We need to surround those people with our love and prayers as the wounded heal and all their spirits need uplifting.   Answer the call to prayer from the Vigil.   If ever there was a time for prayer, this is it.  Please pray with me for them.

It is my hope the song “In the Valley He Can Hear My Voice“ via Tribute on YouTube  (or click video at bottom of post) will give comfort in this great time of sorrow for the this church and all the Christian churches who grieve with them.  God does still hear our voice!

It is a shame that churches must now lock their windows and doors to prevent vandalism and theft.  Once the church building’s doors were always open so anyone could come in and pray.  It is horrifying that someone would allow the devil to overtake their souls and then take their anger out on people of the loving Christian faith.  Once in America, Christianity was respected and the buildings were safe.  Has church has become too much about entertainment, acceptance, or compliance?   In an America where God is no longer sought after with submissive hearts, will churches continue to suffer?  What has become of us?  Is the church now fighting for existence?  Are we nearing the "end times?" What will become of us? What will become of America without God, without its Christian foundation?

It is time we put on the full Armor of God, become an Army of God, and stand up for the Freedom of Religion as it relates to our Christian faith.  I do not plan to use this sad situation as a soapbox.  However, I feel a leading to write a few future blog posts with God’s people and American rights in mind.

Biscuit Recipes from Monkey Bread to Coffee Cake and More

Monkey Bread
Anyone remember the traditional Cinnamon Monkey Bread recipe using refrigerated biscuits?   I used to love that as a child.  It was an easy sweet tear-apart treat requiring no utensils or plates.  Just what the kid in all of us wants!

In the tradition of biscuit-based cakes,  I used to make the below coffee cake recipe often as a breakfast treat when I was in my late teens and early twenties.  Try it and let me know what you think.


Jubilee Coffee Cake Recipe
Serves 6-8
Ingredients:
½ cup sugar
½ cup chopped nuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 packages refrigerated rolls
1/3 stick margarine, melted
1 (12 oz) jar apricot preserves
Directions:
1.       Combine sugar, nuts, and cinnamon; sprinkle ½ cup mixture in greased 9-inch ring-type pan.
2.       Cut each biscuit in half; roll in balls. Dip each ball in margarine.
3.       Layer biscuit balls, cinnamon mixture and ½ cup of preserves in pan.
4.       Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
5.       Invert pan onto serving plate; top with remaining preserves.  Serve hot.
Note:  You can substitute other flavors of preserves to suit your family’s taste.

For more biscuit-based recipes, check out 30 Amazing Things to Do with Biscuits.  There is even a mini-Monkey Bread!    Check it out to find some quick and easy breakfast items that you may want to consider for holiday guests.  

Self-Discipline in Children – An Outdated Process or a Necessary Success Skill?

Hopefully this post title has got some of you thinking.  Below is a list of articles I think every parent today should read, whether you have toddlers, tweens, or teens.  Also below is a 2 minute video on how discipline at home as a child led to a highly successful life and below the main quote from the video.

“If you will create more order, discipline, and focus in your life, 
you'll gain more peace, freedom, and control.”  
- Laura Stack (Time Management & Productivity Expert)

Articles/posts on discipline for children: 

If you do not agree that discipline is an issue for future success, you may want to check out these older posts:


One America Appeal Concert for Hurricane Relief

Five ex-presidents (George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama) unite along with many entertainers to raise funds for hurricane (Harvey, Irma, Maria) victims (Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) at a fundraising concert on Oct, 21, 2017.   CNN reported  about 33 million dollars as of the day of the concert.  Donations were taken before the concert and will continue after the concert at www.oneamericaappeal.org.  The 3.5 hour concert may also be viewed on the donation website.

Watch current president's message for event below.

Cardboard Boxes into Halloween Costumes

Firetruck/Fireman Costume
I was looking thru an October magazine with two photos showing Halloween costumes made from cardboard boxes.  These included the standard robot and a cut-out for knight armor.  They just did the plain inside of boxes with no color.  I would suggest spray painting the knights armor black, white, or covering it with foil to look like metal.  I would also color or cover the robot body and not just draw on some knobs and write “robot” on it.  Anyway, it got me wondering if there were some videos that could provide more ideas using boxes.  Below are links to three videos with several good ideas.  Also, the photo in this post should inspire some ideas for making auto costumes out of boxes by adding a hat or sunglasses as part of the costume.
Fruity Pumpkins & Ghosts


Planning a Halloween party for children?  Check out easy-to-do Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts for healthy treats.