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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Just a short note to wish everyone in my blogging world a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May the food that you eat today be eaten in true thanksgiving as you count you blessings and not your calories!

Today it is just Greg and me in the new town we moved to last month.  I am excited to make my good friend Deanna’s Sweet and Spicy Cornish Game Hens with Cornbread Stuffing recipe.  Here is a picture of how it should look when it is done 🙂

sweetWell I better get started!

What are you having today?

Take care and God Bless!

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Plans For A Merry Music Film Festival

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This year between the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas – I want to select a song or a movie each day to post on my blog to bring the season in style.

Many people have various ideas about what is the best music and the best movie memories at this wonderful time of the year – and I’m no exception.  I definitely have my favorites.  Most of them are for personal reasons – either I grew up watching or listening to them – or they touched me in a place that’s very special.

So starting tomorrow – I’m going to feature a song or a movie (or both) each day to help you celebrate as well.  Fell free to add your favorites in the comment section – it’s fun to share ideas with you – and have you list your favorites too 🙂

Besides the food of this holiday season – the music and movies provide a vehicle for me to continue celebrating all month-long.  Most of these holiday films have wonderful soundtracks too – which is one reason they have become classics to me and why I love watching them over and over.  In fact – we have quite a collection of them in our 30 year marriage – and there are some things we simply have to watch during the holiday season – or it just isn’t the same to us.  Even better – having a roaring fire while watching and munching on holiday treats 🙂

So I hope you will join me in helping to create a list of incredible “must watch” movies and “must listen to” music – for those who need a little help to jump-start this season.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week – and God Bless!

Making A Healthy Choice

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My husband and son are trying to corrupt me.  And after I was doing so well too.  Yesterday after working a job together they brought home – KRISPY KREME doughnuts!!  And they MADE me eat two glazed ones right in front of them.

I’m not happy about it.  In fact – I’m so NOT happy about it – that I had another one with my coffee for breakfast.

Three months ago I would have said NO WAY!!  You can’t tempt me with DOUGHNUTS!!

Greg and I began to eat right – no SUGAR and only whole foods.  We didn’t starve – far from it! Eating good things like fruits and veggies – lots of fish and chicken – sprouted wheat breads and butter, eggs and even bacon!  For snacks – raisins for Greg – nuts for me.  It was good – although no real weight loss – we just KNEW we were doing better with our choices – and a regular exercise routine felt right.

But then – Thanksgiving came.  And homemade pumpkin pie.  You know you can’t make just one pie.

And then the slow decline to the Christmas holidays – food and EVERY wrong choice in front of us.  Greg has a sweet tooth – I love the salty things more – like chex mix, salted nuts, chips – you get the picture.  Gone were all our healthy choices – well not gone exactly – just pushed to the side in the fridge and pantry.

And then yesterday – those messengers of the DEVIL brought me DOUGHNUTS!!   Well I’m as shocked and surprised as you are.  They are victims themselves and should be pitied.

When our son-in-law was here the other day he said to me – ‘I thought you guys weren’t eating this stuff anymore?’   Yeah.  So did I.

So like everything else in my life up to now – I will have to make another hard decision – to say goodbye to the unhealthy choices – and then – STICK WITH IT – for good this time!

And I will – really soon.  Get those DOUGHNUTS away from me!

 

God Bless

 

Apple Pie For Breakfast?

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I’m not much of a ‘sweet tooth’ – but I DO have some things I REALLY like and these can tempt me like no other.

1. Caramel Chocolate Bar from Harry & David.  It’s the best thing I”ve ever had.  Ever.

2.  Homemade pumpkin pie.  It has to be homemade.  I’m a snob.

3. White Chocolate Mocha’s or Americano’s from Starbucks.  Again, I am a snob.

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream from Baskin and Robbins.

5. Nanaimo Bars.

 

Yesterday Greg and I were on a ‘date’ for lunch in downtown Renton – and walked next door to a local Starbucks.  I ordered my coffee and was patiently waiting for it at the pick-up station – when I heard Greg laughing and engaged in some ‘fun’ banter with another male customer over by the pastries.  Naturally I didn’t want to miss out on ANY fun (life is so serious – when there’s fun and laughing I am drawn to it).  So I walked over and found that they had been joking about which pastry was the most ‘healthy‘.  It was hilarious – as NONE of those are very healthy – even the ones that say ‘low-fat’ yeah right.  We gave our opinions and he said ‘Well I figure I better eat something healthy – I’ve been eating apple pie for breakfast since Thanksgiving‘.

We all had a good laugh – it was great – a total stranger talking about food and pie and Thanksgiving and beyond.  I told him that he should consider that apple pie is actually pretty healthy – if you think about it – it has fruit in it after all.  And I told him – if you’re feeling too guilty about the sugar content then you could just have one of those ‘sugar free’ drinks with it – that should cancel out all the calories from the pie.  He thanked me and said that make total sense to him – with a wink and a grin.  So fun!

There’s only one pie I would even consider having for breakfast – pumpkin.  Homemade.  Enough said.  Oh and you can leave the whip cream off.  I mean – it is breakfast after all.

Have an awesome day as you struggle to eat all the leftover ‘sweets’ and pie from Thanksgiving.  You have to get into shape for the other things that are coming at you this month – so take it slow.  Baby steps toward Christmas eating.  You can do it!   Jillian Michaels work-out anyone?  Ugh.

 

God Bless

Holiday Eating Tips (via Weatherstone’s Blog)

So HILARIOUS – I was sipping coffee while reading this and almost spit it out and made a mess on my computer monitor – Oh yeah – it’s FUNNY!! Enjoy!

Holiday Eating Tips 1.  Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately… Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls. 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It’s rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or … Read More

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What I’m Most Thankful For

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I’ve been seeing status updates all month-long, on facebook – saying what people are thankful for.  I’ve even seen longs lists in various places by others, stating what they are thankful for.  But it was not until I saw my friend David put up such a complete and heartfelt list on his blog – that it really made me want to reflect on those things in which I am most thankful for.  And here they are – in no particular order:

 

1.  I am thankful for the love of a good man  (He’s loved me for 30 years – amazing)

2. I am thankful for my children who are young adults now with lives of their own – and who are finding their way and who both have a strong faith in God – and a great friendship with me and their Dad.

3. I am thankful for the opportunity to use my gifts everyday in music and I LOVE my students so much.

4. I am thankful for good friendships – both past and present and what I have learned from both – but especially the ones who stayed – you are the roots in my life.

5. I am thankful for Christian parents

6. I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ – that started at a very young age.

7. I am thankful for a discovery about myself that allowed me to be free to express myself without fear

8. I am thankful for like-minded believers at my church family – and especially my pastor Stephen and his wife Mandy.

9. I am thankful for Starbucks coffee

10. I am thankful for a fireplace in the winter

11. I am thankful for an outdoor grill in the summer

12. I am thankful for laughter – the daily medicine

13. I am thankful for facebook and my blog site to connect and reconnect with people from all over the world

14. I am thankful for Skype – so that I can see and hear my friends

15. I am thankful for my DVR that records programs I can’t see right now

16. I am thankful for my big screen TV for watching holiday movies and specials.

17. I am thankful for new facebook and blogging buddies – who have found a way of expressing ourselves that is quite unique to us.

18. I am thankful for a warm bed – with adjustable frame so I can sit up in bed and read or watch TV.

19. I am thankful that my husband still brings me a first cup of coffee in bed – after all these years.

20.  I am thankful for all my readers.  We are in a unique world of the written word – and if you have found  yourself here – you know a little more about me than most folks – because this is where I live and express myself.

 

God Bless

Please Pass The Green Bean Casserole…

Most people have good memories around this time of year.  It is the time to be ‘thankful’ – to appreciate what God has given us and remember.

However I am very aware of the fact that some people do not have good memories of this time of year, family trouble, death of a loved one, etc.  This holiday as well as Christmas can leave people feeling lonely and sad.

I have mixed feelings when reflecting back over the years.  Most of them are great – but I do remember one that did not have warm fuzzy feelings for me.

Greg and I were recent college graduates – had been married for a couple of years and were new in ministry living in Juneau, Alaska.  We were on staff at the church there and for Thanksgiving that year we were going to go, as a staff, to a kind home of someone in our congregation.  The pastor’s wife was organizing the food and asked a couple of us ladies what we wanted to bring.  Without hesitation I said, ‘I’ll bring the green bean casserole‘ – knowing that dish had been a staple on our table

Green bean casserole

Green Bean Casserole

at Thanksgiving – and a favorite of most everyone.  The pastor’s wife had a look of alarm as she looked at me and said, ‘No one eats that stuff – way too heavy for Thanksgiving – bring a plain vegetable’.  Now I’m sure, looking back – that she did not mean to be mean or rude.  She was a meticulously dressed – sharp tiny lady.  She probably never ate anything fattening her whole life – and she wasn’t about to start at Thanksgiving.  But that comment to me was like a slap in the face.  I was only 22 years old and very impressionable.  Instead of seeing that this was probably a standard in other people’s homes and on their tables for Thanksgiving – she dismissed me as being self-indulgent and having no personal discipline.  By the way I was very skinny in those days (before children) and could eat anything I wanted and never gained a pound.  She made it seem that no one would ever think of bringing anything so ridiculous to a Thanksgiving meal.  And I almost believed her.

Why do I tell you this story?  I tell you because for me – it cast a shadow over Thanksgiving for years to come.  I was somewhat validated every year when I would see that others always had green bean casserole for Thanksgiving too – but the sting of her words has always stayed with me – and I must confess I have had to fight the negative feeling every year since then.

I had never even told my husband before today.  It seemed silly.  So I buried it.  Then sitting around eating breakfast this morning – we were talking about memories of this holiday – and before I knew it – I was telling him of this event – that happened 27 years ago today.  He looked at me dumbfounded.  He had never heard of anything so crazy in his life.  Maybe I should have told him when it happened – not sure if it would have changed anything or any feelings I had – but it might have.  I’m a ‘stuffer’ by nature.  I tend to stuff and bury bad feelings or things that have happened – I am learning to voice them and do the tough work of recalling and dealing with them one by one – but it is difficult for me.

One thing I have learned.  It takes a lot of work to empty ourselves of the voices of the past – especially the negative ones. It takes courage to push past the ridiculous – and forge our own path even while those negative thoughts threaten to dominate us.  And I have learned that there will always be people and things in life and around the holidays to try to steal our joy.  And I refuse to give in.

And there has not been one Thanksgiving where we have not had green bean casserole as a part of our meal.  I make sure I always make it – or have someone else bring it.  I am specific.  It must be the one with the mushroom soup and french fried onions.  This year my own lovely daughter is bringing it – we just can’t have Thanksgiving without it.

I am praying for all of you this season – that if you have a bad memory from the past that you will take action against the negative voices.  That you will push past and do something positive in its place.  Maybe you need to have green bean casserole on your table this year – it always works for  me.  I see it sitting there and I know I have beat this thing.  This dark negative shadow that has been with me for years.  And it makes me smile.

God Bless

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