When It’s Not Thanksgiving – and Looking Out

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Thanksgiving. For some people, it signifies emptiness, loneliness, and hopelessness. The world over, families will get together sometime over the long holiday weekend. For some, the days will be happy and full. For others, there will be tension and strife. For still others, there will be no one with whom to celebrate or share. These folks won’t “be in the mood” to celebrate anything. To top it off, there’s another holiday coming up four weeks … Read more

Hot Chocolate – Made from Scratch

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A Sip of Memories When I take a sip of this made-from-scratch homemade hot chocolate, I am back in my mama’s kitchen in the wintertime. The warmth and flavor of this beverage warms me up all the way down to my toes.  A Taste of Flavor The ingredients you will need are ones you are most likely to have in your kitchen. You’ll need cocoa (dark or light flavor, depending on your preference), sugar, water, … Read more

My Truce with Pie Crusts

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In honor of my mama, who tried to teach me how to make a good pie crust. Today, November 16, 2018, is her ninth birthday in Heaven. I miss her still. Those Elusive Pie Crusts I don’t do pie crusts. Wait a minute—I take that back. I do make pie crusts—they just don’t always turn out very well. It seems that when it was my turn or opportunity to learn, I was playing outside, reading … Read more

Sending the Slave Back

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The Letter The owner’s name was Philemon, and the name of his slave, Onesimus. This one chapter book in the New Testament is a letter written to the slave owner. You can find that letter sandwiched right between Titus and Hebrews.  The letter to Philemon is from the apostle Paul, and it deals with the run-away slave, Onesimus. The part in this letter that tears at my heart is in verse 12.  I am sending … Read more

Yum Yum Dessert

yum yum dessert

For as simple as this yum yum dessert is to fix, it’s amazingly good. You can choose the flavor by choosing the flavor of the instant pudding you use. OR, you can switch the ice cream flavor instead. I usually use vanilla pudding and vanilla ice cream, but I’ve switched chocolate ice cream for the vanilla, and I’ve used butterscotch pudding with the vanilla ice cream. You could try other flavors as well, especially if … Read more