Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simply Southern Pound Cake and Divine Chicken


SIMPLY SOUTHERN POUND CAKE
(a Mississippi Delta recipe)

2 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)

1 cup whipping cream (unwhipped)
3 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla & lemon juice.  Add whipping cream and flour, ending with flour. Put into a greased and floured bundt pan (not an angel food removable tube pan). Place in a cold oven. Set oven at 325 degrees and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Optional: Serve with 
sliced strawberries and whipped topping.

DIVINE CHICKEN WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

(Serves 12)

4 packages of chicken tenders (about 7 to 8 tenders in each package)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups sour cream
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup white wine or sherry
1 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon paprika


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt. Mix flour and 1/4 cup sour cream, then mix with rest sour cream, whipping cream & wine. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with almonds & paprika. Bake for 1 to 11/2 hours. Serve over rice or Rice-A-Roni Wild & Long Grain. 


Virginia and Judy at the
2012 Easter Egg Roll in Baldwin Park
I mentioned these delicious foods in a post on one of my other blogs on Sunday: Weekend Gratitude: Welcoming Touches. My friend Judy made them for Dinner with Friends, which she and her husband Bart hosted in their home for eight of us from Lake Baldwin Church.  I wish I'd gotten a picture of the chicken, too, since it was as pretty as it was yummy.  I definitely went back for seconds!

Judy sent the recipes along with this verse, a comforting word from Jesus: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

If you'd like to read about another cake taken to a Lake Baldwin event (this one by me, with less than perfect results though still delicious), take a peek here: Hope, Joy, and Pineapple Coconut Bundt Cake.

Do you like to entertain?  What are your favorite company meals?  Leave a comment and/or a link below!

Bon Appetit!

Virginia Knowles
www.ComeWearyMoms.blogspot.com

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Potpourri of Philippians: Favorites, Study Methods, and Activities




Hello friends,

This week my English students in our home school co-op will study the book of Philippians for their literature lesson, a little break from the novels, short stories, and poems we've been doing already this year.  I wish I could be there in class with them today, but I'm home with a sore throat and didn't want to share my germies.  So I sent in the homework packets for them for my fellow Dawn to distribute.

Being sick is no fun, especially when I have to miss out on my students and teaching that I love so much.  And going through the stresses of life is pretty challenging, too, whether it is health, finances, family conflicts, a hectic schedule, bad habits, other assorted personal inadequacies, or whatever else happens to be jerking my heart strings at the moment. 

But I thought back to the co-op assignment and pondered. Then, as I flipped through my journal this morning, I rediscovered a section I wrote a few years ago listing favorite passages from Philippians.  I realize anew that one of the messages of Philippians is taking what comes and making the best of it, rejoicing always, still seeking to serve in the midst of chaos, thinking on the noble and excellent.

So today I'm home, catching up on laundry and dishes, and now sitting down to meditate on this excellent epistle.  I hope you don't mind if I do my ruminating at the keyboard so I can catch it as it comes.   I'll even throw in a few of the learning activities I'm providing for my students.  Maybe you'd like to do them yourself or share them with your children.

Favorite Passages from Philippians


1: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus … 

1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

1:20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

1:27a Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ... 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him...

2:1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place  and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life…
3:7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 

See: A Little Lenten Liturgy 
10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

3:16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.


3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

4:11b  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus... 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

(Joy is a repeated theme in Philippians, appearing at least 11 times!  Where else can you find JOY in the Bible?  You can do a search at www.BibleGateway.com.  The joy decorations photos I included in this post on Philippians are borrowed from one I wrote yesterday: Weekend Gratitude: Welcoming TouchesThank you, Judy, for the inspiration!)



I sang two of these verses (3:10-11) today, a little ditty I made up when I was in high school... Do you ever set Scripture to music?  It's a wonderful way to remember and to sink it into your own heart!

video

Philippians 1: Prayer Activity 

The Apostle Paul prayed daily for the Philippian church, as he did for all of the other churches in his care.  Verses 9-11 show us what he prayed for them, and teaches us how we can pray for others according to God’s will.  Copy these verses on an index card and put it in your Bible or tape them on a wall so that you can pray for others with Scripture.  Then look up Colossians 1:9-12 and 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 and see how they are a lot alike.  

Philippians 2: SPACE Study 

SPACE: Sin, Promise, Attitude, Command, Example

Read the chapter and look for the following:

Sins to avoid:  Write the four specific words and then briefly tell what each means.

Promises to claim:  These include the five good things that God is doing in us now, as well as a promise for the future.

Attitudes to change:
1. Replace PRIDE with __________________. 
2. Replace SELFISHNESS with ____________________.
3. Replace APATHY with ____________________.

Commands to obey:   Look for nine, some very clear instructions and others implied. 

Example to follow:  Four people in this chapter -- Jesus, Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus --  set powerful examples for us.  What good character and attitudes should we imitate from each of their lives?

Philippians 3: ABC Activity

Write the letters A - Z down the side of a page.  Then find words from Philippians 3 which start with each letter of the alphabet, like attain for the letter A.  Make these significant, meaningful words whenever possible. There are none for Q, V, or X, at least in the version I was using, so for these letters, choose a word that reminds you of an idea in Philippians 3.

Philippians 4: Read, Reflect & Respond

You can use this form to help you: Read, Reflect & Respond Bible Note Page
   READ Philippians 4 slowly and carefully.  Then read it out loud.  Then read it again in another version, if possible.  Copy words, phrases, or whole verses that are important to you.
   REFLECT on what the chapter means.  Think about it, make lists, outline it, define words, cross-reference to other passages. Pray that God will open your eyes to the truth.  
   RESPOND by copying down key verses and writing down how you can apply them in your own life.   Pray, think big, be real, tell someone, just do it!

Philippians 4: Word Search

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about good things, so I have put all of the good things from the whole chapter into this word search.  This should remind us to always been on the hunt for the good things in our lives – and be thankful to God for giving them to us! (I used www.PuzzleMaker.com to create this puzzle.)

Think About These Things 



E V W G X T N C K Z C O J H Q S U N G T
C R Q C E R G O C H R I S T B P C J N W
I F K F C C J N I P Y F L G K J Q A I G
F A B K Q W A C R T J O W O O I R F V T
I O N C O M M E N D A B L E V G H P I T
R E C I O J E R P B R C N S A E I L G M
C P L E A S I N G E E N I R X H L S S E
A N V F D K Y A Y Q P T F L S S T Y K X
S S E N E L B A N O S A E R P R H I N C
J O J P P S R E G Z P H E Q E P C H A E
A U F T U P L I W R D N C N Z O U Y H L
E C S F R F F T A F T C G R N K J S T L
Y C C T E T F I D R E T R T U T O W S E
B W N E D R S Z A K H H E E S H U O U N
L I R A P E I P E E S N U B O W C R S C
E Y O J D T E N N L T R E L O R D T E E
P Q C C B N A X G X T G J W L J X H J B
S W P B A W U B Y F M B A H L W U Y P V
O D B W D V G B L R P X V Y J O K R X T
G D R A U G O H A E E L B A R O N O H A

Words to find: ABUNDANCE / ACCEPTABLE / CHRIST / CHURCH / COMMENDABLE / CONCERN / CONTENT /EXCELLENCE / FRAGRANT / GIFT / GOSPEL / GUARD / HONORABLE / JESUS / JOY / JUST / LORD / LOVELY / OFFERING / PARTNERSHIP / PEACE / PLEASING / PRAISE / PRAYER / PURE / REASONABLENESS / REJOICE / SACRIFICE / STRENGTHEN / SUPPLICATION / THANKSGIVING / TRUE / WORTHY

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Grandchildren are a Treasure from the Lord


My two grandsons came to visit 
for several hours on Saturday
while Mommy and Daddy 
went to a friend's wedding.

This little one turns a year old today!





Big brother will be three this summer.

He is determined to carry 
both soccer balls at the same time.
And he does!




Snack time



Flowers for Grandma!



In a quieter moment, I lay on the sofa with the little one perched on top of me.  We listened to an old Steve Green Hide 'Em in Your Heart Bible memory CD -- the same songs their mommy listened to when she was little.  

"Let us not grow weary in doing good
In due season we will reap

Let us not grow weary in doing good
In due season we will reap

If we don't lose heart
If we don't lose heart
In due season we will reap
If we don't lose heart
If we don't lose heart
In due season we will reap..."

(I need those words in my own Mommy soul for when it gets wild around here with my children still at home!)

My daughter said they listen to these songs on YouTube.  I haven't found the channel for them yet, but I did find this other Steve Green oldie about children -- one I listened to often when our first children were little.  "Children are a treasure from the Lord."  Maybe that's why we had ten of them...  (But it never hurts to be reminded!)



See also: Children: Life's Greatest Treasure 

Grace to you,

Virginia Knowles
www.ComeWearyMoms.blogspot.com



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