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|Posted on November 12, 2018 at 10:51 PM||comments (3132)|
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Baked Potato Soup
8 slices bacon
1 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2/3 c. all-purpose flour
6 c. chicken broth
5 c. peeled and sliced baked potatoes (5 medium)
2 c. half and half
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. tabasco sauce
1 c. grated cheddar cheese (additional for garnish)
cooked crumbled bacon (for garnish)
fresh parsley (for garnish)
Cook bacon until crisp; remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Cool onion and garlic in reserved drippings until tender. Add flour, whisking until smooth or until mixture just begins to turn golden. Add chicken broth gradually, whisking until liquid thickens,. Add potatoes and remaining ingredients except cheese and garnishes. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. (Do not allow soup to boil)) Add grated cheese. Heat until cheese melts completely. Garnish each serving with cheese, bacon and parsley.
|Posted on February 28, 2017 at 5:41 PM||comments (332)|
Gal Pal weekend trips are the best!
As much as we love our kids and the men in our lives, there is just something about escaping with a bunch of girlfriends to escape responsibilities, laugh til our sides hurt and share in some uninterrupted conversations.
It's not selfish to take the time for you!
TAME THE TECH! Make it a goal to limit technology on your gal pal weekend. Unplugging and recharging is necessary to be a good mother, wife and friend!
A girlfriend get away is much more than just having fun!
Let go of responsibilities! Stay up late, sleep in!
Let off steam! We are all living a rat race life with good and bad stress. Give yourself a break from the rat race.
HAVE FUN! What better fun than hanging out with your besties! Reminiscing about the past and dreaming about the future!
NO WORK ALLOWED!!!!!
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh! Make sure you invite that one friend that can make you laugh with just a look on her face! Laughter is good for the soul! It is like a spoonful of medicine. It brightens any day or night.
No kids allowed! We all LOVE our kiddos but we all need and deserve a break and they need and deserve a break too!
Experience new things! Have you ever stayed in a B&B? Now is the time! Plan to work on a vision board together! Have you gotten into the new thing of coloring books for adults? It is a great activity! Play a game.....maybe even a scavenger hunt!
MAKE IT HAPPEN!
|Posted on November 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM||comments (298)|
Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful time of the year. I LOVE IT! The cool weather, the fall colors, the shorter days that force us in earlier for the night. I am SO thankful for my life and for all that God has blessed me with. I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Take the time to slow down and embrace all of the blessings we have in our lives to be thankful for!
I am sharing one of our family recipes. It is delicious! Try it!
Hot Pineapple Salad
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks
3/4 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
3 Tbsp. pineapple juice
1 c. grated Cheddar cheese
Drain pineapple (save 3 tablespoons juice). Mix sugar, flour and juice; add pineapple and cheese. Pour into a baking dish.
1 1/2 c. crushed Ritz crackers
1/2 stick butter
Mix together and put on top of pineapple. Heat in a 350 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
|Posted on June 14, 2016 at 10:47 AM||comments (134)|
1 (20 0z.) pkg. sugar cookie dough
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1/3 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. orange juice, divided
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. sliced fruit
1/2 c. apricot preserves
Preheat oven to 375º. Cover a 14-inch pizza pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut cookie dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Arrange in overlapping pattern in pan: cover pan completely. Press dough together to seal. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
Combine cream cheese, marshmallow cream, sugar, 1 tablespoon of juice and vanilla in a bowl: mix well. Spread evenly over crust. Arrange fruit slices in circular pattern over filling. Melt preserves with remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice in a small pan over low heat. Strain. Brush over fruit, Cover and chill.
Use any combination of your favorite fruit - strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, bananas, mandarin oranges, raspberries etc.
|Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM||comments (318)|
Recently my friend, Kris Williams wrote a blog post about the lost art of homemade things. Most of us don't have time to create things from scratch. It is so much easier to run to the mall and pick up a gift instead of spending months making something from scratch. Over the years I have been blessed with homemade gifts and I hate to admit that I didn’t realize how much time was put into the gift that was given or the value of a gift that was created with such care. Now that I see the value in these things, I realize that I’ve taken a lot for granted.
For example, my dad, Bobby Woods aka Arthur Travis aka “Sir Arthur” is one of the most talented men I have ever met. He sees a stained glass lantern in an old worn out bug zapper. He is notorious for taking something that is considered trash and making something beautiful out of it. Over the years he has given me all sorts of “trash to treasure” or “made from scratch” creations. Stained glass clocks, fireplace screens, game boards, jelly cabinets, and sun catchers are just a few of the things he has made for me.
Dad’s not the only creative one in the family. My mom, Hilda Jo, majored in Home Economics at Southern MS and believes that things are just better when they are made from scratch. She makes homemade sour dough bread every single week - sometimes more than one batch. She also makes the best cinnamon rolls you will ever eat!! She is a talented seamstress and made most of our clothes growing up including pageant dresses, my sister's wedding dress, and even a suit for my dad. Being my mom’s only granddaughter, my daughter Natalie was always dressed in handmade dresses, pajama's, and short sets with hair bows to match.
I guess creativity and the desire to make things with our hands is in our genes. My grandmother left a legacy sprinkled with beautiful quilts, afghans, knitted place mats, crotched dollies, and Christmas ornaments. She also loved to cook and left us with memories of (and recipes for) jellies and sauces for every occasion. She made her cakes and pies from scratch – no store bought mixes or pie crusts would do. Everything from scratch….and everything wonderful.
The staff and I have been kicking around the idea of having craft parties at Clyde and Marie’s for a long time and it looks like things are coming together for us to be able to invite you into our home and offer you a chance to learn some of the lost arts such as mosaic glass work, crochet, bread making, painting, and maybe even a little woodworking. Now that I’ve given you a glimpse of the rich “homemade” history of my family, I’m sure you can see why I am excited to announce this new opportunity for you to join us at Clyde and Marie’s. We are so excited about the things we have planned and hope you will join us as we try to bring “Made from Scratch” back into our homes.
|Posted on October 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM||comments (213)|
|Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:13 PM||comments (645)|
How can we become a more obedient child of God?
Obedience is a major characteristic of a person who is mighty in spirit.
Our God is Sovereign. We can trust Him. Having faith in God will enable us to grow in obedience to Him.
We learn to trust Him more as we study and meditate on His Word.
God's timing is perfect. He is never late or early. We grow in obedience by waiting on God's perfect timing.
God's ways are higher than our ways. We grow in obedience as we trust in His perfect plan for our lives without trying to reason and analyze everything that happens. Sometimes God may call us to do something that looks ridiculous from a human perspective.
As God leads us to do something, we will grow in our obedience as we promptly listen and obey.
By obeying God, we will become more sensitive to His spirit.
God always blesses obedience.
Trust God. Obey God. Be Blessed.
|Posted on February 26, 2015 at 5:04 PM||comments (286)|
I'm on a journey trying to identify why I, in the past, have allowed toxic people in my life. I've read that if you don't love yourself then you will allow people that can't love you in your life. Learning to love self is sometimes a difficult thing to do. The enemy bombards us with self defeating thoughts that will leave us feeling unworthy and unloved. The truth is we are loved by God with the purest truest form of love that exist. His love is perfect. When we have God in our hearts we are love.
I came across this blog post by Jenna Ryan. It was good and I wanted to share it. If you find yourself allowing toxic people in your life, this may help you.
100 Traits of Toxic People
by: Jenna Ryan
Toxic people wreck your life. When you have trouble loving yourself, that's when you're the most susceptible to being lured into relationships with toxic people. You see, toxic people treat you like you're worthless. If you think that you are worthless, or if you're not secure in who you are, then you will have difficulty noticing poor treatment. You will also have trouble setting boundaries against attacks and protecting yourself from harm.
A toxic person causes pain, confusion and turmoil in the lives of those around him or her. Their toxic relational styles flows like poison into your heart, mind and soul. The sad part is that when it happens, when we don't know our worth, we blame ourselves.
Toxic people are all around. Not everyone is friend-worthy. If someone hurts you, disrespects you or dishonors you, that person is not safe for you. You may love that person, but as long as they are toxic, they are not healthy for you and therefore must be pushed away or avoided altogether.
This article will give you clues to toxic people so you can avoid getting involved with them in the future. Keep away from toxic people and save yourself much grief and turmoil later.
1. They have grandiose air about them, boasting and bragging about how wonderful they are.
2. Flatter you by giving you an inordinate amount of attention, money or time early-on in the relationship.
3. Cannot admit faults or flaws
4. Not true to values and norms of society; lacking character.
5. Disrespect you, do not return your call(s); ignores you, avoids you.
6. Refuse to deal with issues in the relationship that you bring up.
7. Blame you when you're upset because of something they did to you.
8. Overly agreeable at first.
9. Try to make you feel guilty when you're concerned over something they did to disrespect you.
10. Mimic you.
11. Put you down.
12. Blames world for their problems
13. Show up late for appointments or cancel at the last minute.
14. Expect you to always come to them, rather than give-and-take.
15. Does not listen to your concerns about the relationship or interactions.
16. They are actively addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.....
17. They need to inordinate amount of attention or high regard from those around them.
18. They are continually worried about position or rank.
19. They are overly competitive.
20. They put you down in any way.
21. Try to make you envious by rubbing your nose in their good fortune.
22. Seems to be envious of you.
23. Set-up outings with your other friends without inviting you.
24. Try to create triangles by involving 3rd parties into your disagreements.
25. Talk behind your back or gossip about others.
26. Continually down, depressed and having catastrophes.
27. Try to leave you out of the crowd.
28. Refuses to acknowledge your needs.
29. Fail to look you in the eye when you're talking.
30. Lack of compassion for what you're going through.
31. Refuse to share about themselves equally.
32. Label you or stereotype you.
33. Refuse to acknowledge mistakes.
34. Refuse to apologize for wrongs.
35. Act entitled to special treatment.
37. Tells lies, exaggerates constantly.
38. Down plays your accomplishments.
39. By your side when you're down, then withdraws from you when you're doing well.
40. Defensive about everything you do.
41. Refuse to validate your perception of reality.
42. Attempt to tell you how you feel or tell you how you are.
43. Constantly criticizing.
44. Acts like they worship the ground you walk on one day, then like you don't exist the next.
45. Makes you feel worthless.
46. Orders you or bosses you around.
47. Is overly reliant on parents or another person.
48. Won't go out of their way for you, even when you go out of your way for them.
49. Ignores your texts, emails or calls at any time. (Big sign of disrespect!)
50. Does not support you.
51. Belittles your ambitions.
52. Speaks negatively about your friends, job, life.
53. Acts like he or she is always in a hurry, with very little time for you.
54. Acts as though he or she is doing you a favor by talking to you or listening to you.
55. Treats you as less than if you do not prescribe to their dogma, religion or doctrine.
56. Talks bad about those who are mentally ill, sick or hurting.
57. Tries to turn you into their administrative assistant.
58. Confusing attitudes that change day-by-day.
59. Does not keep word.
60. Seems to be more interested in power than in relationship.
61. Seems to be more concerned about what others think than about your relationship.
62. Treats you as though he or she is angry, without giving explanation.
63. Knowingly makes comments that are contrary to your convictions.
64. Tries to change you.
65. Insults your body, clothing, personality or anything about you.
66. Not available when you need him or her most.
67. Cannot talk about anything other than surface, materialistic or vain topics.
68. Does not share information with you that they have that may help you excel in life.
69. Constantly complains or whines.
70. Has anger issues, rages, hates.
71. Play games.
73. Continues to ask the same question after you've told them you don't want to answer it.
74. Chews you out for no reason.
76. Uses money or flattery to control you.
77. Tells you what to do, how to think, what to feel.
78. Tells you one thing, then denies he/she said it.
79. Brings up your faults, flaws or past mistakes.
80. Brings up topics every time you see them that they know you'd rather not discuss.
81. Blows up, flies off handle for no reason.
82. Always needs to be in the center of attention.
83. Cool toward you when you succeed, get attention or look good.
85. Challenges everything you say.
87. Black or white thinking - no gray area.
88. Moves too fast, wants to become instant friends, lovers, in relationship.
89. Ignores your boundaries.
90. Exploits you.
91. Idealizes you.
92. Acts pompous towards you.
93. Acts condescending towards you.
94. Agrees with your adversaries instead of supporting you.
95. Acts like they know more than you, better than you about what you need to do in your life.
96. Bitter, vindictive or vengeful.
97. Selfish, stingy.
98. Rushes you.
99. Withholds affection.
100. Kicks you when you're down.
This journey is freeing to me. I love myself enough to detach from people that suck the life out of me. I feel empowered by what I am learning. I hope this helps you as well. It's okay to love yourself enough to only let the best in your life. God Bless!!
|Posted on February 15, 2015 at 10:33 PM||comments (150)|
My great-grandmother would spend a month or more piecing together and then quilting a new blanket for her bed. Today we can purchase a quilt online, then find perfectly coordinating sheets, shams, dust ruffle, curtains and rug...AND have all of it shipped to our door overnight. It is no wonder that few still create these things by hand.
Crochet, quilting, sewing, painting, tatting, woodworking, knitting and the like are all but lost arts in our society. Handmade gifts have been replaced by mass produced replicas. Store bought items are readily available, often affordable, and do not bear the imperfections of their handmade equivalents. We have become so accustomed to store bought versions that we don't think much about what we are losing by not keeping the arts like quilting, woodworking, and knitting alive.
I recently learned to crochet and am working on my first afghan. I have spent hours sitting on the couch by the fire this winter working on it while my family watches TV, does homework, or whatever. I am beginning to fully understand the concept of "made with love" because I do not put this much into a gift bought online or in a store, no matter the cost. My love for this person is in every stitch of the afghan I am making for her. It is special, unique, one of a kind, unlike any other. While it is not perfect, and certainly does not meet my need for instant gratification, my hands have tenderly touched every single stitch (so far, about 15,000, but who's counting?).
We have lost so much more than a few "arts" when we speak of the lost arts of sewing, crochet, knitting, quilting and the like. While our technology can replicate and mass produce the afghan, quilt, painting, sweater, lace, table, and dress, it cannot replicate the love that is poured into such an item when it is created by hand. Should you find yourself in possession of such an item, treasure it, not for the item itself, but for the love with which it was created.