Friday, November 20, 2009


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Wow, it seems like this year has just flown by...where does the time go?!  I have been reading and thinking a lot lately about the things I am thankful for.  There have been a number of friends and/or acquaintances who have gone on to be with God this last week.  And all of them were young or at least not people you'd think had lived their whole lives.  I'm sure they didn't think so either, but they had.  One was a young mother at RAKscraps, another a father of young teens.  When God decides you have been here long enough, it's time to go home. 

So, what are the things you're thankful for in this life?  What if today is your last day...have you done all the things you need to do in this life?  We've not been promised a tomorrow.  And neither has anyone in our family or any of our friends.  Have you told them how much you love them?  How much you appreciate them?  Have you done everything you can to protect them if you were suddenly not able to be with them?

This is a time of year that many of us get to be with our extended families and if you are one of those people will your family know when you go home or go home at the end of the holiday that you LOVE them.  Does your family end up fighting your way through the holiday.  Is there anything you can do to make this year different?

What are you thankful for?  How do you show God that you're thankful for whatever that is?  How do you show the people you're thankful that you are thankful for them?  If you're thankful for a thing does that thing have a proper place in your life or does it take precedents over people.

Just some things to think about...let me know what you think.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Making time for the holidays

One of my favorite ways to save time during the holidays (or any time really) is when I cook a meal I double it and then freeze the doubled part. Then all I have to do is pull a meal out of the freezer in the morning when leaving for work and then either cooking when I come home for dinner.

Some examples would be meat loaf (freeze before cooking or only cook half the time), beef stew and chili (both of these you’d cook completely – you can actually make lots of meals worth at one time), beef stroganoff (freeze meat mixture without sour cream and then make noodles when ready to eat), and pot pie (make two complete pot pies or you can just freeze the mix and put together but it seems to me it takes less time to do all the assembling at one time).