Saturday, April 14, 2012

Think on These Things # 9 I Will Rise

I have to say what a blessing it had been to me to read each of the posts linked to Think on These Things each week.  When I decided to begin this weekly meme, I thought that even if no one ever participated, I would share something that the Lord laid on my heart that week.  Kind of like between Him and me.
I didn't expect the sweet blessings I would have visiting each of you that share here.
It is really special and I thank you!
This past Easter Sunday at church as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, we sang the song by Chris Tomlin titled, I Will Rise. When we finished singing, I whispered to John,
'This is it.  This is what God wants me to think on this week'.

Because Jesus overcame death and provided the way to forgiveness, I too, will one day rise to be where He is and to the place He has gone ahead to prepare for me.

The words that really filled my heart were to imagine that one day, He will call my name.  My name.  I will hear Him call my name and I will rise to Him.
I Will Rise

There's a peace I've come to know 
Though my heart and flesh may fail 
There's an anchor for my soul 
I can say "It is well" 

Jesus has overcome 
And the grave is overwhelmed 
The victory is won 
He is risen from the dead 

And I will rise when He calls my name 
No more sorrow, no more pain 
I will rise on eagles' wings 
Before my God fall on my knees 
And rise 
I will rise 

There's a day that's drawing near 
When this darkness breaks to light 
And the shadows disappear 
And my faith shall be my eyes 

Jesus has overcome 
And the grave is overwhelmed 
The victory is won 
He is risen from the dead 

And I will rise when He calls my name 
No more sorrow, no more pain 
I will rise on eagles' wings 
Before my God fall on my knees 
And rise 
I will rise 

And I hear the voice of many angels sing, 
"Worthy is the Lamb" 
And I hear the cry of every longing heart, 
"Worthy is the Lamb" 

And I will rise when He calls my name 
No more sorrow, no more pain 
I will rise on eagles' wings 
Before my God fall on my knees 
And rise 
I will rise
Has God impressed on your heart something special this week?
Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Deviled Ham

I'm frugal and try to get lots of mileage from every meal I cook.
After the baked ham for Easter, I made ham lentil soup and then simmered the bone for stock.
Then I thought I would see if I could find something different and searched for a recipe for Deviled Ham.
I have never had Deviled Ham before so not sure what it should taste like but we liked this a lot.  I read through a few recipes that I found and came up with a tasty spread.  Good for a sandwich but especially yummy spread on a cracker.  I'm thinking a Friday Night Date-night with my sweetheart, with fancy crackers, assortment of cheeses, some grapes and apple slices and a glass of wine.
I think I just determined what we will be doing Friday night
I found you can add just about whatever you'd like to your Deviled Ham

Like many recipes, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of ways to make deviled ham. The cook's preferences are the sole determining factors on exactly what goes into their individual deviled ham recipes. Most recipes for deviled ham include diced, baked, or canned ham as a base; many cooks feel that a well-baked ham makes a better deviled ham. The recipe then calls for spices to make the ham deviled such as scallions or green onions, sour cream, hot mustard, tarragon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and hot sauce; some cooks also add celery for extra crunch. Once enough ham, scallions, and sour cream have been mixed together to create a good texture, the rest of the ingredients are added according to taste.

Garlic and other herbs, such as oregano or thyme, might be substituted for the tarragon, depending on the flavor the cook is aiming for; some herbs will made the final product more or less spicy. Horseradish added to dry sherry or white wine is another popular add-in. Some cooks might even process the ham through a meat grinder for a smoother result — perhaps more suitable for sandwiches or crackers. The one thing most recipes agree on is that the deviled ham should be refrigerated for a few hours before it is eaten; this allows the flavors time to blend together

1 1/2 cups ham with all visible fat removed, pulsed a few times in food processor (I used my little Oscar)
2 Tbs. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. horseradish (next time I will add a little more)
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon mustard
1/3 cup Miracle Whip (or Mayonnaise) More or less depending on consistency you prefer
1/4 teaspoon vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
hot sauce (optional)
1 tsp. honey or Maple Syrup (optional)
green onions or parsley (optional)

Combine ingredients and stir together gently.  Serve on crackers or use as a spread on bread.

Served on Pita Bread
Linking to:
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace, Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense, Foodie Friday @Rattlebridge Farm, Friday Food @ MomTrends, Strut Your Stuff, Sunday Round Up, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, On The Menu Monday @Stone Gable, Sunday Show Case @Under the Table Dreaming, Foodie Friday @Simple Living, Southern Sunday @A Slice of Southern
My entry into Fridays Unfolded sponsored 
by Appliances Online and Bosch Washing Machines

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Perky Pillow

I wanted  a colorful pillow for a wicker chair in our multipurpose Nursery/Playroom/Craft studio 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

 Every so often Ryan's birthday falls on Easter Day
So this year, after our dinner, we celebrated his 9th birthday with cake.
 On Saturday it was a special outing with just Ryan, Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom. We visited the Battleship USS New Jersey berthed at the Camden waterfront and afterward we gave him the choice to eat whatever he wanted.  His firm decision was someplace that served pizza!
 It was a chilly day as we took the tour. The Battleship New Jersey was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and launched December 7, 1942- just a year after the Pearl Harbor Attack brought America into WWII.
At 887 feet of armor-plated steel, the 45,000-ton Battleship New Jersey dominates not only the New Jersey waterfront, but also American naval history. Winding through tight, narrow companionways, visitors see the communication center, officers’ and enlisted men’s mess halls and sleeping quarters, which range from small private rooms for senior officers to even smaller cots stacked atop each other for enlisted men.

The dimly lit Combat Engagement Center displays radar and sonar tracking stations, while videos show the launch of Tomahawk missiles. A highlight of the tour is the turret where 2,700-pound shells were loaded and fired. Best of all, some of the tour guides served active duty on the “Big J” and are more than happy to share their personal experiences. (source)
I took a photo of Ryan and John standing at the same spot and looking out the same windows where  Admiral William F Halsey stood.  He choose the USS New Jersey as his flagship.

From Wikipedia: Among other awards, New Jersey earned the Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service, the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of the Philippines, and the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea. She received nine battle stars for her World War II service, four for her service in the Korean War, two for her service in the Vietnam War, and four for service in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf region. Due to her outstanding service record, New Jersey holds the distinction of being
the most decorated battleship in naval history.
 We were all together for Easter day.
We discovered Jared is now as tall as his Aunt Jamie!
Kids ate in the kitchen, grownups (and Cambrie & Chloe) in the dining room.
There were lots of giggles and happy talk around each table.
By the end of the day, we had some tuckered-out children!
Linking to Happy Family Times @Crafty Moms Share


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