Archive for November, 2007

This morning when I awoke I was hungry for good peanut brittle.  Not the kind you buy in the store.  They just can’t seem to make it right.  So…..I proceeded to get my old candy pot out along with my other peanut brittle making “tools” and make me some brittle.  I was not disappointed.  Mmmmmmm……good.


So, I guess I’ve had enough fun for today. I’m off to more important things.  Have fun this week-end and make some candy or something.  Blessings!

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Sometimes it’s good to pull out the Hymnal and sing some of the old songs.  You know the ones in four part harmony.  We don’t do it a lot but every once in awhile we enjoy it.  Yesterday I called my Dad, ( father-in-law) and Gary (brother-in-law) and said “Hey you guys need to come over tonight and practice with Nathan and Nathaniel some songs and let’s have the “Hurst Quartet” sing a number or two.”   They happily came and it was good.  I kind of had to persuade Nathaniel (my son).  He’s not much on the “older stuff”, but he did good considering that he didn’t know the songs.  He picked it up fairly well.  Mom (mother-in-law) played the piano.  They sang,  “Jesus, Hold My Hand”,  “Heaven’s Jubilee” and “Feelin’ Fine” and all by the notes.  Now that’s Old Fashioned. 

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Nathaniel (Tenor), Nathan (Baritone), Dad (Bass), Gary (Lead)


Mom, playing the old fashioned way.  I love it!


Having a Good Time!

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Friday after Thanksgiving Nathan and Gary went bird hunting.  They both got two pheasants.  As boys they would hunt all the time up in Washington so this was really fun for them since they haven’t hunted together for so many years.  Gary took some pictures while they were out there so hopefully I will have them soon and be able to post them here.  This photo is of Nathan getting ready to go.


Today was a good time in our service.  Another one of the boys that was baptized at our “Back to School Bash” in the park was there with his grandmother.  You may remember me telling about J.J. and his dad?  They have been coming faithfully since the bash and J.J. has invited this other boy every Sunday since then and they finally came.  They both really enjoyed the service.  We will see what God has in store for them.  Halleluljah!  Nathan preached a great message on “Having Confidence in the Leadership of the Spirit”. 

After service we went to Chili’s because I was craving the “Peppercorn Burger” with a side of jalapenos.   Why do you get such cravings?  Probably because it didn’t have any thing to do with TURKEY.  Then we came home and built our first fire of the season and  read for awhile until I got on here.  I am reading the book, “The Tipping Point” by: Malcolm Gladwell.  Very interesting.

100_2987.jpg  First fire of the season

Hopefully tomorrow I will start decorating for Christmas.  I usually have it done by now but, well……….I just don’t.  I guess I’m getting lazy.  Well, I did put my Christmas Wreath on the front door so that counts for something I guess.  And I did buy my 2007 Christmas Bear.  I started collecting Christmas Bears in 2000 and it has been fun.  They look so cute sitting under the tree before the gifts take their place and then again after the gifts are opened.

Okay, that is enough ramblings for a Thanksgiving Week-End.  Blessings!

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Turkey Leftover?

  • Here’s a couple of ideas for your leftover turkey. 

4 servings; Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 35  minutes     

2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 stick butter or margarine
2/3 cup buttermilk

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 large carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1 package Turkey gravy mix
1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (optional)
3 cups cubed cooked turkey (about 1 lb.)

Preheat oven to 425°.
For Biscuits, in large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is size of coarse crumbs. Gradually drizzle in buttermilk, then stir until just moistened; set aside.
For Turkey Filling, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt Spread over medium-high heat and cook carrots, celery and onion, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in water, milk, Gravy Mix and cranberry sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes. Stir in turkey and heat through. Spoon into 2-quart casserole. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on turkey filling. Bake 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

About 6 servings; Prep Time: 10 minutes ; Cook Time: 30 minutes

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cumin
2 mashed chipotles in adobo, or to taste
1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
3 cups shredded cooked turkey
Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
8 cups chicken stock
1 lime
Kosher salt
1 bag yellow corn tortilla chips, for garnish
1 bag blue corn tortilla chips, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
Diced avocado, for garnish
Sliced limes, for garnish

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add dried spices and chipotles. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and aromatic. Add tomatoes, turkey carcass, Worcestershire, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Skim any foam that comes to the surface and discard. Remove and discard carcass.
Add shredded cooked turkey. Cut the lime in half, squeeze juice into the pot, and then add the juiced halves as well. Simmer until turkey is warm, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Season, to taste, with salt. Ladle into bowls and garnish with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, limes.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope your day is especially blessed

And that you always have much to be Thankful for. 


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I just finished baking 2 pecan pies pecan-pie.jpg and the biscuits biscuits.jpg for the dressing.  There are two pumpkin pies pumpkin-pie.jpg in the oven as I type this and cornbread cornbread.jpg  being made in my bread machine.  The aroma is delicious!  I hope you all are having a great day before Thanksgiving.  I’ll be in touch.

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Today was a great day!  Our church gave away 200 turkeys for Thanksgiving.  People came to the church this year and it was awesome. Several of them wanted to see the inside of the church so we gave them tours. Now there is well over 250 people in Hollister that know where our church is.  They were all very thankful for the kindness shown to them.  There was food, music and testimonies.  Everyone really enjoyed themselves.  Tena Valenti, the outreach team and the church family did a superb job this year and put this one over the top. 

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snoopy-thanksgiving.gif  Right now I am having a love/hate relationship with Weight Watchers.  Last night at our W.W. Meeting I found out that I have reached my 10 lb. weight loss goal.  YEAH!!! However, during the lecture part of the meeting we found out just how fattening Thanksgiving Dinner is.  UGH!!!  Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday when it comes to food.  Why oh why did I have to hear how bad it is on the W.W. point system.  Here is a short break down of what I learned last night.  My points for one day is only 22. 

  • Turkey 2 oz. (2 oz. you’ve got to be kidding)       4 points
  • Stuffing 1/2 cup (again, you’ve got to be kidding)     4 points
  • Giblet gravy 1/4 cup      2 points
  • Candied Yams 1/2 cup     5 points
  • Green Bean Casserole  1 cup   5 points
  • Dinner Roll      3 points
  • Butter  1 tsp.    1 point
  • Mashed Potatoes  1/2 cup    2 points
  • Baked Yam–large     3 points
  • Pumpkin Pie  1/8 of 9 inch pie        9 points
  • Apple Pie  1/8 of 9 inch pie              9 points
  • Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9 inch pie              12 points
  • My “famous” Coconut Cream Pie   (I DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW POINTS)

I’m not putting all of the foods that was listed and of course I won’t eat everything that is on the list.  However, I will eat dressing, gravy, turkey, yams and a piece of pie.  Oh well, I guess I’ll give Thanksgiving Dinner a Weight Watcher whirl this year.  I am just having to really think about all these extra calories for one day.  Is it worth it or not.  Do I want to wake up Friday Morning and go “Yeah” or “Ugh”.  Well, I have a whole week to make up my mind. 

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Souls Winners Boot Camp is coming to California and will be held right here in Hollister. Be sure and get on board now. You need to get pre-registered for this life changing event.

Go here to pre-register and go to Registration.

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Thank you for Praying

Nathan and I are at the hospital right now with the family of Bethani and a host of friends.  Sabrina just came down and was in “tears of joy” because Bethani is out of surgery and the breathing tube has already been taken out.  Brian will be able to see her in about 45 min.  Thank you so much for praying for her while she was in surgery.  Bethani will have to stay in the hospital for about 7-10 days so keep her in your prayer.   Thanks again.  God is a great big awesome God!

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