Official countdown to Thanksgiving in our house has begun. We are anticipating anywhere between 12 and 18 here for the meal, and I am going to be going a little bonkers today doing the pre-holiday clean-up which will make the actual clean up next week a lot easier. The more organized I can get things now means a little more clarity before guests start arriving next Thursday. That’s what I tell myself, but I know that there will be a lot of last minute chaos anyway. Isn’t there always?
I am combining Wednesday and Thursday together because I couldn’t post yesterday. The host site was down for the day so I couldn’t get anything up and posted.
Verse of the Day
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Faith in Jesus is the absolutely crucial response to God’s grace and is such a life-transforming blessing. For the jailer, faith meant hearing the gospel of Jesus as Lord and responding by believing that message, being baptized immediately, demonstrating a life change, and sharing in fellowship with other believers (cf. Acts 2:42-47). Imagine going from being the jailer over men to washing their wounds in your own home! Think about being responsible for the painful incarceration of men, then have these men baptize you and your family that same night! Imagine locking in chains men who would later sit at your table sharing a meal! Isn’t God incredible! Isn’t his grace indescribable! No wonder we rejoice when those who are lost truly believe! Life is forever different.
November 16, 2017
Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Want to know something you can do that will please God? Rejoice in his grace. Pray for others. Give thanks for your blessings. It’s simply something that he wants us to do.
Food for Thought
My heart is breaking . . . not just a little, but a lot. It has been confirmed that my son is taking a job across the state, their house sold yesterday, and they are moving the weekend after Thanksgiving. I am happy for them because my daughter-in-law will be able to be a stay at home mom, but I cannot stop crying at the thought of my grandkids being so far away. Yes, I’m sad my son will be so far away too, but he’s a grown-up and he doesn’t change at the rate of speed that Miss B does! Seriously, the changes are so profound right now that it shocks me from visit to visit. We’ll be reducing our visits from once a month to once every few months now and I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it! I am trying so hard to focus on the good things that will come out of this, but seriously, I’m struggling. Yesterday was difficult. I had a big list of things to do, but was crying so much that I couldn’t even come close to getting them done. I needed some comfort yesterday, and though I had a long heart-to-heart with my Mom, and it did help, I needed a little baking therapy, and not the sort that I’ve been doing lately that is low-carb and, at least for us, experimental. I needed something that was comfortable, familiar and that would soothe my heart. There is one recipe that is all of those things for me – my Grandma K’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe. Truth be told I was going to make up a batch of dough to bake at the office today anyway, but I have never needed to make these cookies more than I did yesterday. As I pulled out the ingredients and began to measure them out, I felt a whisper in my ear – it was as if my Grandma was right there in my kitchen with me. As I slid the cookie sheets into the oven and the sweet/spicy aroma of these very special cookies began to waft out into the kitchen, I felt the tears start again, but this time it was a cleansing cry, because by this point I could swear I could feel Grandma’s hand on my shoulder, gently rubbing my back in the soft circles like she used to do when I was a kid. The cookies came out of the oven and as I put them onto the cooling rack, I heard her gentle voice, quietly telling me that everything was going to be alright. My visit with my Grandma was in my heart and mind yesterday, but it was exactly what I needed on a truly difficult day. Thank you God for my Grandma and all of the amazing memories and the love she always gave me.
November 15 –
America Recycles Day – In our area, pretty much everyone recycles. There are places that don’t though, and that always surprises me. This day was set up to encourage us to recycle and use products made from recycled materials. It isn’t difficult to do, and just makes sense. Did you know that on average, each American produces about 4 pounds of waste materials each day? If we can find a way to recycle even a portion of that, think of how much space we will have saved in the landfills, and how much good we could do for our world. Did you know that this day started with a presidential proclamation by President George W Bush?
Clean Your Refrigerator Day – is today, and boy-oh-boy do I need to do that! I’m almost frightened though – I’m fairly certain that something is hiding in there that I don’t want to find, way in the back! You ever get that feeling? You know, the one where you’re scared to open the bowl and would just about prefer tossing it out and buying a new bowl? Yep, that’s the point I’m at with mine. Today is the day to plug your nose and dive right in. At one point everything in there was fresh and healthy, ready to eat. Whether it was waiting to be cooked and forgotten, or leftovers that nobody ate, it got pushed aside and buried and began to transform into something impossible to identify. Here we are just a week from Thanksgiving and we are going to need all the space in that fridge that we can possibly get, so roll up your sleeves, take everything out, sanitize it, and toss anything you have any doubts about. Food safety first always!
National Bundt Pan Day – As odd as it may seem to be, celebrating a cake pan, that is exactly what this is. The Bundt pan is unique, and there’s something about seeing a Bundt Cake on a serving plate that just feels right, and brings the anticipation of good things to come to the forefront. It’s basically a simple round baking pan with a tube in the middle, with fluted decorative sides. It makes it charming and pretty. There really isn’t anything all that different about the CAKE, just the shape and appearance. The Bundt pan was invented for Nordic Ware by a man named H. David Dalquist with the help of his wife, Dottie. Actually, he started the company known as Nordic Ware in 1946, which is a division of Northland Aluminum Prods., Inc. Their first products were ethnic bakeware such as Rosette Irons, Ebleskiver Pans and Krumkake Irons. They are best known for their Bundt Pans though, with nearly 60 million Bundt pans in kitchens across America. I have 3 different Bundt Pans. How many are in your kitchen?
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day – is today, and boy-oh-boy do I need to do that! I’m almost frightened though – I’m fairly certain that something is hiding in there that I don’t want to find, way in the back! You ever get that feeling? You know, the one where you’re scared to open the bowl and would just about prefer tossing it out and buying a new bowl? Yep, that’s the point I’m at with mine. Today is the day to plug your nose and dive right in. At one point everything in there was fresh and healthy, ready to eat. Whether it was waiting to be cooked and forgotten, or leftovers that nobody ate, it got pushed aside and buried and began to transform into something impossible to identify. The worst refrigerators are often those at work – but I can say that for now that isn’t ours at my office. We just went through a couple of weeks ago and purged all the old stuff. Before that? Well, it was a little scary. Here we are just a couple weeks from Thanksgiving and we are going to need all the space in that fridge that we can possibly get, so roll up your sleeves, take everything out, sanitize it, and toss anything you have any doubts about. Food safety first always! (note: this is NOT a picture of my fridge! Just had to put that in there. Even mine isn’t THIS bad!)
National Philanthropy Day – Throughout history philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this day was set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.” Many great philanthropists do their good deeds quietly, not wanting recognition. Most people see philanthropy as a monetary contribution, but people who volunteer their time doing fund raising also fall within the definition of philanthropy. So, if you have a little extra money to contribute to a cause, you can turn your labor effort into charitable cash contributions and be a Philanthropist!
November 16 –
Beaujolais Nouveau Day – Beaujolais nouveau is very young wine from Beaujolais — a region to the south of Burgundy, in France — where the reigning grape is Gamay, which tastes a little bit like Pinot Noir. What sets nouveau apart from regular Beaujolais Gamay is that it is not made with traditional fermentation, with yeast, but by carbonic maceration — a winemaking technique in which grapes begin fermenting inside the berry, catalyzed simply by their own weight. The conversion of sugar to alcohol happens so quickly that a wine whose grapes were picked this season is already ready to drink — and results in a light, extremely fruity-tasting wine. (Most Gamay wines fermented conventionally would not be released to market for at least another year.) This is as close as wine ever comes to instant gratification.
Great American Smokeout – This is the day with an obvious goal of getting people to stop smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, less cancer and emphysema deaths from smoking and secondary smoke. Quitting isn’t easy. I have known ex-smokers who had a really hard time with it, and often it took multiple attempts. Of course, I’ve also known people like my husband who decided to quit, and never had another one. I suppose it depends on the person. The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are pretty clear. The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the “butt” today, and join millions of other Americans by taking this big step towards a happier, healthier, longer life.
Have a Party with Your Bear Day – We had Teddy Bear Picnic Day in the summer, and today is the day to take that a step further and have a party with them! It helps if your Teddy Bear is a real party bear of course, so I hope for you that he is! I’m betting that if you have kids there are plenty of bears in the house, and wouldn’t it be a fun surprise for them if you broke out the banners and balloons, sent out invitations to their friends to come with their Teddy Bear friends, and had a surprise Teddy Bear Party? I think so! Makes me wish my kids were little again. . . of course I could do this with the Grandbabies, especially now that Miss B is old enough to know what is going on. We may have to turn our party into a Tea Party though – because, well, it’s fun!
National Button Day – Buttons are fun, right? I mean, who doesn’t love buttons? They are useful, decorative and have been around for a very long time. Of course there are the buttons that make a statement, or share a feeling. Some of them can have a picture, some can carry a political view, or even have a holiday theme! People collect both sorts of buttons – the wardrobe variety, and the statement variety. So today can be spent collecting – or starting a collection – or even wearing some. I don’t know where this celebration started, but that’s ok – it’s a good one no matter.
This Day in History –
November 15, 1777 – The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
Food Celebration of the Day
November 15 –
Raisin Bran Cereal Day – Invented in the 1920s, Raisin Bran was once a trademarked title. After a court battle, the name was up for grabs. A judge ruled “raisin bran” wasn’t necessarily creative — it only described the cereal’s contents.
- Applesauce Raisin Bran Muffins
- Apple Cherry Crisp
- Peanut Chocolate Chip Trail Bars
- Orange Pecan Bran Muffins
- Cinnamon-Topped Raisin Bran Muffins
- Raisin Crunch Cookies
- Blueberry Bran Muffins
November 16 –
National Fast Food Day – Fun fact: The first Happy Meal was served in 1979. It contained a hamburger, French fries, cookies, a soda and, of course, a toy. I read the recipe for the copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich – and it’s an interesting recipe! I may have to try that!
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
- Sonic’s Ocean Water Drink
- Steak ‘n Shake Chili
- Taco Bell Enchiritos
- Wendy’s Frosty
- In-N-Out Double Double
- Better-Than-Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich
I think I have all of my stuff packed up and ready to go to work tomorrow. When I cook lunch for the office, even though we have a fully stocked kitchen, I take my own cutting board, chef’s knife, and sometimes even my pots and pans. It is just easier to cook with tools that I am familiar with handling. Today we are having a simple lunch that will warm our tummies and not over-feed us, like our last lunch. It was a fun one, but I admit that there was a lot of food and four very sleepy people after we were all done. It won’t happen if I don’t get out of here on time in the morning, so I am going to post this tonight since it has celebrations for today and tomorrow together. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!