Happy 80th Birthday!

Harvest Blessings

Nothing says Thanksgiving and harvest blessings like cooking and decorating for 300 of your church family.  The church kitchen smelled of dressing cooking.  And, the hands working diligently preparing the food and decorating the tables made for a wonderful time of fellowship.

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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!

My husband is one of the best cooks and his Thanksgiving turkey and dressing is one of my favorites – and many other peoples favorites!  He would like to share this version of an old favorite he has modified.  It may just become a tradition at your as well.  Enjoy.

CHICKEN AND DRESSING CASSEROLE FOR 20 PEOPLE 

4 CHICKEN BREASTS OR ONE CHICKEN

32 OZ AND 1 CAN OF CHICKEN BROTH

2 STICKS OF BUTTER

1 CAN CREAM OF CHICKEN

1 CAN CREAM OF MUSHROOM

1 CAN CREAM OF CELERY

2 ONIONS CHOPPED

6 BOILED EGGS

3/4 TBSP SALT ( NOT QUITE)

1 TSP THYME

1 TBSP SAGE

BLACK PEPPER TO TASTE

POULTRY SEASONING TO DESIRED TASTE

4 PACKAGES OF CORBREAD CRUMBLED

1 LOAF OF WHITE BREAD CRUMBLED

1 TSP CELERY SEED

COOK THE CHICKEN. CHOP OR SHREAD AND RESERVE BROTH.

MELT TWO STICKS OF BUTTER IN LARGE FRYING PAN AND SAUTE THE ONIONS.

ADD REMAINING INGREDIANTS, TUMBLE DO NOT STIR. ADDING BROTH AS NEEDED TO NOT QUITE SOUP TEXTURE.

PUT IN BAKING DISH AND BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 1 ½ HOURS (CRUST FORMS AND BROWNS ON TOP). VERY HEARTY. SERVE AS CASSEROLE. GRAVY CAN BE MADE TO POUR OVER IF DESIRED.

I emphasize “able to understand it.”

Sometimes it’s ok to say “Thank you Jesus for the feeling of satisfaction you provide without the fear and uncertainty of not knowing if I deserve that feeling.”  After a year of studying and several re-attempts at tests, I was able to request several hard earned certificates.  And, more importantly, thank The One who gave me the brain power to accomplish the end result.  He also provided a lot of encouragement through friends and family who kept me going when it felt impossible.  The last test taken, I am now certified by the International Chamber of Commerce in regard to letters of credit dealing with import and export banks, documentary credits and the laws pertaining.

Just a note, it’s a bit far removed from most of the other things God has gifted me with that I truly enjoy; like framing the certificate.  But, once  the information I was studying sunk in and I was able to understand it and to apply it, this too was enjoyable.  I emphasize “able to understand it.”

Encourage someone you know to Enjoy The Journey.