Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Crockpot Roast and Stovetop Stuffing Chicken Dish

I decided to post some recipes here on my blog because many have asked for various recipes. I always have to try to find it then things happen, I get distracted, etc. So here are some of our family favorites:

Crockpot Roast


2lb. Beef Roast (your choice of cut)
1 cup water
2 cups beef broth
2 packages dry onion soup mix
3-4 potatoes quartered
1 small bag of baby carrots
1 12oz. package fresh mushrooms

*Place Roast in crockpot
*Add water and beef broth
*Sprinkle one package of onion soup onto the roast
*Layer vegetables around and on the roast 
*Sprinkle the other package of onion soup on top of the vegetables
*Cook on low overnight (if this is a Sunday afternoon meal) or on High for approx 6-8 hrs. 

NOTE: Tougher cuts of meat will need to cook longer and more tender cuts will need to be cooked less. Periodically check your roast. When it falls apart easily with a fork, it is done.

Stovetop Stuffing and Chicken Dish


4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts fresh or thawed
2 boxes stovetop stuffing
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1  1/2 cups sour cream

*Pre-heat oven to 375
*lightly spray a glass 9x13 dish with cooking spray and place chicken in the dish
*Mix the Cream of Mushroom soup and sour cream together and pour over the chicken
*Cook the stuffing according to the directions then pour over chicken and soup mixture
*Bake at 375 for approx. 45 minutes or until chicken is done

NOTE: I like to cook the chicken and the soup mixture first for about 20 minutes before I add the stuffing to the top. This helps cook the chicken faster and ensure that it is done. For a variation on this dish you can also brown the chicken and chop it up into small pieces and mix everything together to make a casserole type dish then bake it if you would like.

More to come soon! Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

He's still working on make me what I ought to me...

Have you ever been in the situation where you are working diligently on one area of your life that God has convicted you in when,  all of a sudden, another area rears its ugly head? Recently I came to the conclusion that my journey towards spiritual refinement resembles a whack-a-mole game. That's right. You remember the one. Some of you may have heard this analogy from me before. Sometimes it's called Bop-a-Gator as well but the game is the same: You stand before this big box-like machine holding a padded club. The goal - whack the creatures on their heads with fire and fury. Beat the critters down! The trouble? As soon as you conquer one pesky animal, two or three others pop up laughing at you. Mocking you. You try time after time, popping token after token into the belly of the machine only to drop about $15.00 on a game to recieve tickets to buy a dinky toy that would have cost you 1.00 at the dollar general store. The things we do for entertainment eh?

My point is that throughout my walk with God I have gotten frustated from time to time with all the work there is to be done in me. God points out something in my life that is less than beautiful and I strive and struggle to make it better only to have Him point out a new area just when I have the prior one somewhat under control. This cycle can leave a person worn out and discouraged in no time - trust me! Not too long ago I was pondering this whack-a-mole thought and came to a realization: The reason I am so frustrated and discouraged is this: When God reveals something in me that needs to be worked on, I try to do it in my OWN strength. Once I know what needs to be worked on I fail to consult Him on HOW I should go about it, to ask GOD what I should do. You're probably thinking, "Duh!" but how often do we as Christians do this? I am willing to bet more often than not.

In a world that has a "Each man for his own" philosophy, it's easy to try and get by on our own and not ask for help. All the while we have a loving Father who has the power to do anything, if only we would ask. Now, I am not saying that God is like a genie in a bottle that we can just rub and get whatever our little greedy fingers want, but He does know the desires of our heart and all of our needs. Nothing is too big or too small for God. Sometimes the answer is, "yes", sometimes it is, "wait," and sometimes it is, "no," but how will we ever know unless we give Him the opportunity to answer?

My conclusion on this is that there is no way I can do things on my own. Life is hard enough WITH God...I can't imagine not having Him in my life. If you don't know God, if you haven't met His son Jesus Christ, I pray that you will seek answers. I pray that an unquenchable desire to know the truth will come upon you and refuse to let go. To have a relationship with Christ is the most amazing thing in the world. The process of being refined is sometimes a painful one, but necessary if we are going to be comformed to His likeness. I am so glad God is leading me through the refiner's fire because I know that the end result will be glorifying to Him. Praise be to Him forever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Head Case

My husband could sleep in a meat hanger. He could. The colder the better and the meat probably wouldn't bother him either, as he is a hard core "meatatarian" as we like to say. Ha! Me, I am all about some coverage. I sleep like I am going skiing and utterly encased in the comforter except my head which peeks out from underneath the refuge of warmth. There is a card I bought my hubby once when he was sick that showed these two little bears sleeping in a bed. When you opened the card it pictured the husband bear sleeping in nothing but shorts and the wife bear (I am assuming they were married ok?) sleeping in sweats and a scarf around her neck - that would be us.

Anyway the point is, that I have realized that I tend to live life kinda the same way I sleep - with my head barely peeking out. There are so many things that sparks fear in my heart. I fear that my children will be kidnapped or hurt in some way. I worry about getting mugged or raped or both and then being left to die somewhere. I fear one day having to face martyrdom (don't be fooled, this may be a possibility for Christians in the United States sooner than we realize) and that bothers me because I truly want to say, as Paul did, "To live is Christ and to die is gain". I fear my husband being killed or in an accident. I have at times made choices based on fear and not on the fact that God is with me and that I have nothing to fear in His presence. This doesn't mean I need to go walking on purpose down dark allies or thrown myself in the middle of a gang fight, but you get the picture. How many times do we miss out on opportunities to share our faith, to experience something new, to change a life, to have our own lives changed - all because we are fearful of the what-ifs? We are told over and over in the scriptures not to fear but to trust that God is with us - and He's not going anywhere. Here are some of my favorites:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
-Matthew 10:29-31

"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
-Deuteronomy 31:8

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
-Psalm 23:4

"The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be
-Psalm 27:1

"I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."
-Psalm 34:4 

This is one of my favorites:

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
-1 Peter 3:12-16

There are many more verses that speak of being fearful and I urge you to look them up, hide them in your heart, and begin believing not only IN God, but BELIEVE Him! He is with us every step of the way and nothing comes to His children that has not already passed through His hands. He has not given us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power! (2 Timothy 1:7) Embrace the power you have in the Lord Jesus and begin LIVING!!!