True Thankfulness

Here it is Thanksgiving time again. Have you ever really sat down and given thanks for all you have, without wishing you had something else? It is definitely a hard task. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

Cheese Acres Farm

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Here are a few thoughts about thankfulness that I’d like to share.

First, God tells us we should be thankful in everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says we are to be thankful in all circumstances. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks always and for everything. Give thanks ALWAYS? For EVERYTHING? You might wonder how a person is to give thanks when they are: broke, jobless, homeless, have a serious illness, lost a precious family member, or any other crises they are facing. Yet, these two verses clearly tell us give thanks to God in all circumstances.

I’m sure you have heard the expressions, “It could always be worse”, and “There is always somebody worse off than you.” (By the way, those are the last things a person in despair wants to hear)
When we go through the difficulties that life throws at us and we feel there is no one…

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What I love about Fall

What I love about fall…..
pumpkins, pecans, warm pies and breads fresh from the oven.
the crinkle of the leaves and smell of the crispness in the air.
the beautiful reds, oranges,purples, and yellows in the leaves.
snuggling up in a blanket on a cool night.
opening up the windows and hearing the birds, roosters, and other country noises.
wearing pants and long sleeves and being comfortable, not cold, not warm.
the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, more vibrant, like the leaves.
What I love most about fall…..
It’s the season of Thanksgiving.
A time to be thankful for all the beauty of the season, our families,
our friends and loved ones, and most of all that we have a Lord who loves us enough to give us all these things.
Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving season to you and your loved ones

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True Thankfulness

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Here are a few thoughts about thankfulness that I’d like to share.

First, God tells us we should be thankful in everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says we are to be thankful in all circumstances. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks always and for everything. Give thanks ALWAYS? For EVERYTHING? You might wonder how a person is to give thanks when they are: broke, jobless, homeless, have a serious illness, lost a precious family member, or any other crises they are facing. Yet, these two verses clearly tell us give thanks to God in all circumstances.

I’m sure you have heard the expressions, “It could always be worse”, and “There is always somebody worse off than you.” (By the way, those are the last things a person in despair wants to hear)
When we go through the difficulties that life throws at us and we feel there is no one that can possibly know what our pain is like, we can rest assured there is always someone on this earth who has been through a similar situation and understands. And let’s not forget that our Saviour does indeed know a bit about suffering.

Now, this is just my humble opinion but I don’t think that during our times of grief and despair The Lord expects us to be JOYFUL. I mean, we aren’t going to be screaming “Hallelujah” When we have a disease or a family member dies! He does however, expect us to have joy IN Christ. Joy in KNOWING that He has given us his greatest gift(2 Corinthians 9:15) and in knowing His love for us endures forever(Ps.107.1). It was actually while in the depths despair that two of my favorite hymns were written. “It is well with my soul” was written after Chicago lawyer Horatio Spafford lost his finances and nearly his entire family.
http://www.faithlikecoffee.com/…/the-story-behind-it-is-well-with-my-soul.html

“How great thou art” was penned when Stuart K. Hines, a missionary was given shelter from a thunderstorm by a local school master. http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/o/w/how_great_Thou_art.htm

Like these songwriters and so many others knowing in whom our joy and peace lie will allow us to truly be thankful even when it seems there is not that much to be
thankful for.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving and a heart of thanksgiving everyday!

Cheese Acres left over turkey pot pie

There is always turkey left and who doesn’t love a good pot pie? Here is my recipe for a very simple but delicious one.

Ingredients:

3 1/2 – 4 cups frozen vegetables
1/2 cup sliced celery (optional)
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/3 cups milk
4 cups cooked turkey meat – light and dark meat mixed
4 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts (makes 2 pies)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Place the mixed vegetables and celery into a saucepan; cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the celery is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onion until translucent. Stir in the flour, and seasonings. Slowly stir in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove from heat; stir the cooked vegetables and turkey into the mixture.
Scoop half of the filling into each pie crust. Top with another crust. Pinch and roll the top and bottom crusts together to seal, and cut several small slits in the top of the pies to release steam.
Bake until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

One ready to go in the oven.
One ready to go in the oven.
Yummy pie all done!
Yummy pie all done!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

On the Friday after Thanksgiving rather than shop I began my Christmas decorating. I do not do Black Friday shopping and absolutely do not start decorating for Christmas until we have had Thanksgiving! I love to celebrate the season of Thankfulness with family. But as much as I love it, when December rolls around I am filled with excitement because I absolutely adore everything about Christmas: the lights, the music, the decorations, the joyful ness, the way children behave just a bit better, Santa, Rudolph, the elves and most of all the birth of my Saviour. I could let Christmas stay in my living room until…..Oh at least Valentines Day when yes, you guessed it, I will be decorating with pink, red and white hearts and candles. I think I like holidays. 🙂

Christmas Village
Christmas Village

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Thankfulness is not just for Thanksgiving.

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Wow! I am full of Thankfulness today. We are heading toward Thanksgiving week and as I am contemplating my post for the spirit of the week I find that I have been chosen as a favorite on “From the Farm Blog Hop”! Many thanks to Brittany at http://www.happy-days-farm.com/ for liking my pie. Now on to my profound thoughts. Lol.

For the last two weeks I have been doing a Thanksgiving bible study with http://www.goodmorninggirls.org There are a few thoughts about thankfulness that I’d like to share.

First, God tells us to be thankful in everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to be thankful in all circumstances. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks always and for everything. Give thanks ALWAYS? For EVERYTHING? You might wonder how a person is to give thanks when they are: broke, jobless, homeless, have a serious illness, lost a precious family member, or any other crises they may be facing. Yet, these two verses clearly tell us give thanks to God in all circumstances.

I’m sure you have heard the expressions, “It could always be worse”, and “There is always somebody worse off than you.” (By the way, those are the last things a person in despair wants to hear)
When we go through the difficulties that life throws at us and we feel there is no one that can possibly know what our pain is like, we can rest assured there is always someone on this earth who has been through a similar situation and understands. And let’s not forget that our Saviour does indeed know a bit about suffering.

Now, this is just my humble opinion but I don’t think that during our times of grief and despair The Lord expects us to be JOYFUL. I mean, we aren’t going to be screaming “Hallelujah” When we have a disease or a family member dies! He does however, expect us to have joy IN Christ. Joy in KNOWING that He has given us his greatest gift(2 Corinthians 9:15) and in knowing His love for us endures forever(Ps.107.1). It was actually while in the depths despair that two of my favorite hymns were written. “It is well with my soul” was written after Chicago lawyer Horatio Spafford lost his finances and nearly his entire family.
http://www.faithlikecoffee.com/…/the-story-behind-it-is-well-with-my-soul.html

“How great thou art” was penned when Stuart K. Hines, a missionary was given shelter from a thunderstorm by a local school master. http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/o/w/how_great_Thou_art.htm

Like these songwriters and so many others knowing in whom our joy and peace lie will allow us to truly be thankful even when it seems there may not be that much to be
thankful for.

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Southern Cornbread and biscuit dressing

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Any true southerner knows that a Thanksgiving meal must include cornbread and biscuit dressing. Sorry but no stuffing for us! To start I make a pan of good ole southern biscuits and a pan of corn bread. I add one extra egg to the cornbread. Once that is done the dressing making begins.

Ingredients:
Biscuits
Cornbread
Celery
Onion
Salt
Pepper
Juice from turkey or chicken broth

Directions:
Crumble the biscuits and cornbread into a large casserole dish. I usually make mine about half cornbread, half biscuit. It gives it a really nice taste.
Add celery and onion, amount to your liking. (If you have non celery eaters like I do you can use celery salt for flavor)
Add the juice, salt and pepper and mash together.
The dressing should be very moist now to come out perfect after baking!
Bake at 450 degrees until brown.

It should be moist enough after baking to not even need gravy, but we all know a southerner needs giblet gravy so here is a link for a very simple and adaptable gravy.

Is anyone else getting hungry?

http://southernfood.about.com/od/gravyrecipes/r/bl60722b.htm?r=et