Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Give Thanks

Give Thanks #thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord! Let's share in praises. On this Thanksgiving Eve, comment with something you are praising God for.






It is time for our Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

Three rules to this link up:
1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. You must link back to W2W somewhere in your post.
3. You must visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes


By: Melissa Baker

Recipe courtesy of TasteOfHome.com

Step-by-Step Turkey Roasting


  1. Remove giblets that are usually stored in a packet in the neck area of the bird. Use for preparing broth if desired. Remove and discard any large pockets of fat that may be present in the neck area.

  2. For whole poultry, drain juices and blot cavity dry with paper towels. Currently, the USDA does not advise washing poultry before cooking. If you do, after removing the turkey, wash the sink with hot, soapy water or sanitize with a mild bleach solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach to 1 quart of water. This will help prevent cross-contamination to other foods that are washed in the sink.

  3. Rub the inside of cavity and neck area with salt.

  4. Place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

  5. Brush the skin with oil or melted butter.

  6. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thigh area of large birds, not touching bone. (Or for large or small birds, use an instant read thermometer before you return it to the oven.)

  7. Roast, uncovered without liquid, according to the temperature and time given in the chart below or in your recipe. The roasting times provided in the chart below are for defrosted poultry that is refrigerator cold.

  8. If poultry browns too quickly, tent with foil.

  9. Because turkeys will continue to cook after being removed from the oven, remove them when the internal temperature is 5 degrees below desired doneness.

  10. Cover with foil and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before removing any stuffing and carving.


Turkey Cooking Times


The roasting times provided in this chart are for defrosted poultry that is refrigerator cold.

Type of Poultry (Unstuffed)WeightCooking Time (Minutes Per Pound)Oven Temp.Doneness
Turkey, Whole8 to 12 lbs.15 to 20325°170° to 175°
12 to 14 lbs.15 to 17325°170° to 175°
14 to 18 lbs.14 to 16325°170° to 175°
18 to 20 lbs.13 to 14325°170° to 175°
20 to 24 lbs.12 to 13-1/2325°170° to 175°
Turkey Breast, Whole4 to 6 lbs.22 to 30325°165°
Turkey Breast, Half1-3/4 to 3-1/2 lbs.35 to 40325°165°
Turkey Breast, Roast1-1/4 to 1-3/4 lbs.45 to 60325°165°

* For stuffed birds, add 15 to 45 minutes to the roasting time. Temperature of stuffing should read at least 165° 


Southern Corn Bread Stuffing


Recipe courtesy of www.TasteOfHome.com
Ingredients:

8 cups coarsely crumbled corn bread
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
Turkey giblets, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups chicken broth




Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first 10 ingredients.
2 In another bowl, whisk eggs and broth.
3. Add to bread mixture; stir until moistened.
4.Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
5. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned and a thermometer inserted near center reads 160°.

Yield: 10 servings.



    Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Recipe courtesy of www.TasteOfHome.com

    Ingredients:

    1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20 cookies)
    1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided
    1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
    4 eggs
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

    GARNISH: Chocolate syrup, caramel ice cream topping, whipped topping and additional crushed gingersnap cookies, optional

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°.
    2.Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
    3. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan.
    4. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

    For filling:
    1. In a large bowl, beat 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes.
    2. Beat in remaining cream cheese, one package at a time until smooth.
    3. Add remaining sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
    4. Place 2 cups filling in a small bowl; stir in pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Remove 3/4 cup pumpkin filling; set aside.
    5. Pour remaining pumpkin filling over crust; top with remaining plain filling. Cut through with a knife to swirl.
    6. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over cheesecake; cut through with a knife to swirl.
    7. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
    8. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.
    9. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
    10. Refrigerate overnight.

    Garnish with chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped topping and additional crushed gingersnaps if desired.

    Yield: 12 servings



    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Surviving the Holidays With In-Laws

    By: Jenifer Metzger

    Thanksgiving is only days away. A day of giving thanks for all of our blessings and enjoying our family and friends. Then less than a month later, Christmas. The day of celebrating our Savior's birth.

    Beautiful days that sometimes cause friction in relationships. Especially with in-laws.

    Two ways of making the potatoes.

    Two ideas on how to set the dinner table.

    Whose house to go to for dinner.

    Whose green bean casserole is better.


    Not only survive the holidays with in-laws, but enjoy them! 7 ways to survive the holidays with your in-laws. #thanksgiving #marriage

    The friction can be rough. Here are a few ways to survive the holidays with the in-laws.

    1. Spend time with God in the morning first thing. Even though an athlete knows his game, he warms up before each game. This prepares him for what is ahead. Warm up by spending time with God. Let Him fill you and warm you up for what's ahead. Even though the day will be busy, make God a priority.
    2. Remember that family is a blessing. Family is important and your family is a gift from God to you. Even your husband's family.
    3. Remember they are his. Even though your mother-in-law might buck your efforts at every turn or correct your every move, remember that she raised the man you love. You could even go as far to thank her for raising your husband. 
    4. Breathe. It can be so easy to let the chaos of the day threaten to strangle you. Sister, just breathe. Slow down. The holidays are not about hustle and bustle. Just breathe and go with the flow.
    5. Take the pressure off yourself and indulge your in-laws at the same time. If your mother-in-law, or maybe sister-in-law, prides herself on her beautiful table-scapes. Ask for her help this year. Not only does it free you up a bit, but she will be thrilled that you asked! Find areas that will be a good fit and ask for help.
    6. Don't forget to thank them! If you are not hosting, but going to your in-laws, consider a small gift, like a flower arrangement or candle, and thank them for hosting and having your family over.
    7. Lend a helping hand. Hosting a holiday get together is a lot of hard work. My husband and I host each Thanksgiving and Christmas for my side of the family, at least 30 people each time. It is a ton of work preparing the days before to get the house ready, then the work the day of, then the work to clean up and put the house back together in the days after. If you are going to your in-laws, offer to help. Call your host and ask if you can do anything to help before the day of. And definitely lend a hand in the dishes and pick up the day of. Believe me, it's a blessing!
    What are other ways you can not only survive but enjoy the holidays with your in-laws? Share your experiences and advice in the comments! 




    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Thoughts on Thanksgiving



    By Angie Ketcham

    In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

    I have a little conversation with God about this whole “giving thanks in everything” business.  He whispers in my ear just what I need to hear when my attitude just doesn’t seem to find its way to thanksgiving.  His words of grace echo in my stubborn head and remind me the direction I need to take when this old flesh wants to rebel.

     First, there is so much I can be thankful for. A husband, children, a home, a job, food, friends to gripe to that won’t judge me. And I begin to feel a little lighter, and a little ashamed that I am taking these blessings for granted just because I’m stuck in a moment of chaos where I feel like I can’t keep going or it’s all going to fall apart around me, crumbling down to the ground: irrepairable. Because it isn’t about a feeling at all.  It’s about a decision.  A command for our own benefit.  He never promised we’d never have difficulties.  But He did still command a decision from us to “count it all joy” as suffering develops something in us of true character that nothing else can.  Whether it’s finding ourselves knee deep in dirty dishes, dirty diapers needing to be changed, over-committed calendars, or puddles of our own tears, he has a lesson for us to learn from it still.


    Second, God is saying stop trying to control it all and give it back to Him! “BE STILL”, as I remember the words written in my Bible, and reading them at least a hundred times.  And yet, here I am, trying to steer the boat, letting the craziness replace the calm I know I can find only in my Jesus. Stillness is definitely an art that must be practiced in order to fully grasp the benefits.  I don’t know how to slow down, let alone be still. And control?  Letting go of control means trusting Him in this moment and all the moments that created the ultimate breaking point. All He asks is for me to breathe again, reminding myself of the truth held in this verse, “Be still and know that I am God...” Psalm 46:10


    Feeling totally convicted and yet mercifully refreshed by His Word, I can no longer stay in a state of self-pity and ungratefulness.  I have a new knowledge of who He is and I will choose which thoughts I allow to rest in my mind and those that have to go.  I know that I will bring Him glory as I choose to give control over to Him, be grateful in my own mess, and trust that He is working out the details.  Give those anxious feelings over to Him and find time to worship in this holiday season.  We owe this to ourselves, our family, and, most importantly, the one who calms the storm.  Happy Thanksgiving to all you ladies:



    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    In ALL Circumstances...

    by Debi Baker

    Today I am taking a break from 'The Names of God' and to remind us that we are called to be thankful!  

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to "18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."  


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    What?  You mean I am supposed to be thankful when the toilet overflows?  When the kids disobey?  When my hubby is late from work and dinner is ruined?  YES!  We are to be thankful in ALL circumstances. We are not told to only be thankful when things are peachy keen.  It's easy to be thankful when everything is going well.  It's when things go awry that we find it difficult to express thanks to God; but that's when we need to do it!

    As Thanksgiving approaches next week, take some time to thank your Creator in ALL things.  When the toilet overflows, be thankful that you live in a home where you have a toilet..  When the kids disobey, be thankful that God has blessed you with offspring that you can raise in the fear and admonition of the Almighty God.  Ask Him how he would have you handle their disobedience...and then follow through with His instruction.  When your hubby is late getting home, be thankful that he has a job that provides your home and the food on the table...even if it is a little well done.{{smiles}}  In every circumstance there is at least a small shred of something for which we can be thankful, we just have to look for it.

    That is my challenge to you.  This week, from today until Thanksgiving day, each day...in each circumstance, look for that shred of light that is something for which you can be thankful.  As the week goes on, come back here and share with us your story of being thankful in all circumstances!  

    God bless and have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!