Archive for November, 2012

Huzzah! Lights!

Tomorrow night. 6:25 Pm. Denton Texas. Wassail Fest. Do it.

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If you need to get to Denton… here’s the A train schedule; if you need a few buckets of wassail, here’s the who’s who of wassailing:
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If you need more info go to Denton Downtown – Denton Main Street Association on Facebook. Come see what the number one small town in America does for Christmas Cheer!

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Oodles of Cookies!

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Cookies. Something we all love during the holiday season. Everyone has their favorite flavor, mine is the 1979 Southern Living rolled sugar cookies.
Everything from snickerdoodles, to thumbprints, to iced sugar cookies to peppermint schnapps. The next three Tuesdays will be cookie crumbtastic recipes anyone can make.

What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

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Psalm 19

Psalm 19:1-14 NIV84

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,

enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure

and altogether righteous.

They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.

Keep your servant also from willful sins;

may they not rule over me.

Then will I be blameless,

innocent of great transgression.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight,

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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Easiest Thanksgiving Staple … Ever.

If you’re freaked out on making foods for thanksgiving Thursday, offer to bring the sauce, not sodas. Easily, the easiest foodstuff to make. Water, sugar, bag of berries and tada! Tweak it as you wish, liqueur, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, zest, nuts, etc.

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Cranberry Sauce

1 c water
1 c sugar
12 oz cranberries

Bring sugar & water to a boil. Add cranberries (frozen or not but don’t thaw frozen berries) bring back to a boil. Lower to simmer and cover. Cook 10 minutes until berries pop. Cool & store up to a week.

Feel free to mix it up with the aforementioned add-ins. Have a happy Thanksgiving too!

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Oh My Soul

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I have dark days where being upbeat is hard, and joy is difficult to spell. On those days I don’t want to forget the Lord and his good, so I go to Psalms. If ever there was a book on emotions, this would be it. David is the most prolifict writer but I would say he had the most reason to write. Psalm 31 is also a hymn if you want to look it up & a favorite of mine. It’s for the days when life is just hard & being joyful comes only from pure obedience, not the emotions associated with joy.

In you, O Lord , do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord , faithful God. I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord . I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord ; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! O Lord , let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol. Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the Lord , for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, I am cut off from your sight. But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. Love the Lord , all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord ! (Psalms 31:1-24 ESV)

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Thanksgiving Prepping

The great bird roast of 2012 is upon you! Just kidding you have 6 days.
But you are running out of time, you last minute travelers might want to review my older travel posts for tips like:

The rest of you maybe this one is pertinent:

All others might just want a pretty bird to look at, so here’s to being ready for the annual bird toast!

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Chili Willies!

Its getting nippy down here (lows in the 20s) in Texas so it’s time for chilis, stews, soups, & comfort food.
Next week I’ll post my chunky Texasy chili, but this week is question time:

What is your go to winter liquid meal fix?

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