If you think about it –


we are ALL blessed in some way. Today was my 6 month check up visit to my oncologist (cancer doctor) – I got a good bill of health. While I was there waiting to pay my bill there was an older woman sitting in a chair with her head down. Through the door came the Social Worker (I know her) and she stopped to give me a hug. Right after that the ladies in billing said to her: “We’ve been trying to reach you – we want you to meet …(lady in chair)”. When the social worker greeted her she began telling why she was there. Apparently she was given a ‘cancer-free’ a year ago and now the cancers returned very close to where she had it before. The social worker is a lovely lady who began to try to encourage this woman (I just stood and prayed silently for the lady in the chair.) Later on in my shopping trip I was sitting in the ‘waiting’ area at my local pharmacy to get the rest of my prescription (when I was there yesterday they only had 2 tablets and I needed 14, so they told me to return today). While there a younger man came in to the “Drop Off Orders” area and began chatting with the ladies behind the desk. He said he’s in a GREAT mood and his mood is all a state of mind. I know what he means. He began telling them that a little over a year ago there was a hot water heater explosion at his house (2 streets over from me!) and they had to move. They moved to a ‘not so good’ area and 2 months ago a drug/gang leader came to ‘repay’ the drug person they THOUGHT lived there still and fire bombed his house! (the drug guy had moved 2 months earlier!). I can’t imagine going through that kind of thing TWICE in a few months time and yet HE WAS A SUPER CHEERFUL PERSON! That’s what I mean by we are ALL blessed in some way. He could have turned really bitter after that – he chose to make the best of a bad deal. The lady with the returning cancer could do the same – I heard her say “I’m not ready to check-out yet; I’m going to fight this through.” Sometimes it’s “mind over matter”. I praise the Lord that I had a very mild bout with cancer – today my doctor told me I have a 16% chance of another cancer coming back and that I was VERY HEALTHY – made me feel good. I live my life a day at a time – there’s a Bible verse that says: “Sufficient for the day are the evils thereof.” That means: don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow, deal with the trouble today and start over tomorrow. If I have learned anything at all throughout this cancer battle it’s this: The Lord knew all about the fact that I would get cancer, how I would handle it and how I would fare after – He’s carried me through it all and I KNOW He will be there for me EVERY DAY until this life is over. To quote the entire verse from above:

Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”



Pumpkin Bread

2 C. canned pumpkin
3 C. sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
2/3 C. water
4 eggs
3 1/2 C. flour
2 T. baking soda*
1/2 T. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. nutmeg
1/2 T. ginger powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour two 9 X 5″ or
8 X 4″ loaf pans. Blend first
5 ingredients (pumpkin, sugar,
oil, water, eggs) beat 1 minute
on medium. Add remaining
ingredients (flour, baking soda,
salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
blend on Low speed until
moistened. Beat 1 minute on
medium speed. Pour into pans
& bake 60-70  minutes.
Makes 2 loaves.

*Make sure to sprinkle baking soda
evenly when you add it to batter.

Bacon Appetizers

1 sleeve club-style crackers
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb. thinly sliced bacon

Preheat oven 250 degrees F.
Lay crackers face up on a large
rack over a baking sheet or broiler
pan. Scoop about 1 tsp. grated
Parm. onto each cracker. Cut the
package of bacon in half (or cut
bacon pieces individually) &
carefully (so cheese doesn’t fall
off) wrap each cheese-covered
cracker with 1/2 piece of bacon,
completely covering the cracker –
it should fit snugly around cracker
but not be pulled too taut. Place
on rack, place baking sheet in
oven for 2 hours. Serve immediately
or at room temperature.
Makes 36 crackers

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

2 C. flour (more for dusting pan)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
8 T. unsalted butter, softened at
room temp
1 1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 large eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain yogurt
1/2 C. fresh cranberries, chopped

1/4 C. packed light brown sugar
2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. cold unsalted butter,
cut into 4 pieces
1/4 C. chopped walnuts
1/4 C. fresh cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Lightly grease & flour a 9″ square
baking pan.
In medium bowl whisk flour, baking
powder, baking soda, nutmeg & salt
until blended. Using elec. mixer,
beat butter, sugar & vanilla on medium
speed until well blended, 3 minutes.
Reduce speed to Medium-low & add
eggs, one at a time, mixing until just
incorporated. Using a wide spatula,
fold flour mixture & yogurt into butter
mixture, beginning & ending with flour
mixture. Add cranberries with last
addition of flour. Scrape batter into
pan & spread evenly. Tap pan gently
on counter to release any air bubbles.
Bake 40 minutes.

Combine brown sugar, flour & cinnamon
in a medium bowl. Add butter & mix, using
a fork, until ingredients are well blended
& form small crumbs. Stir in walnuts &
cranberries. After cake has baked 40
minutes, sprinkle streusel evenly over top
of cake. Continue baking another 10-15
minutes until a toothpick inserted into
the center comes out clean. Cool in pan
on wire rack until warm or room temp.
Cut into squares & serve.

(recipe: ebay.com)

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

10 oz. fresh or frozen whole cranberries
(about 2 1/2 C.)
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. orange juice
1/2 C. water
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 C. frozen blueberries

In heavy saucepan combine sugars, water,
orange juice, cinnamon & nutmeg; bring to
boil over medium-high heat. Add cranberries
& adjust heat to achieve a low boil. After
several minutes you will start to hear the
cranberries pop – IF they are splattering you,
the heat is too high. Adjust heat to achieve
a gentle but steady boil. After popping
noises stop, set timer for 5 minutes. Mixture
should begin to foam as it bubbles. After
5 minutes add blueberries & cook for
another 5 minutes. Remove from heat –
mixture will thicken as it cools. Once it’s
cooled completely, store, covered, in
refrigerator until ready to serve.

(recipe: ebay.com)

Thanksgiving Veggie Casserole

1/2 C. margarine, divided
2 C. chopped onions
3/4 C. panko bread crumbs
8 C. cooked mixed vegetables
(broccoli/cauliflower/red pepper/
and, or green beans)
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt 1/4 C. margarine over medium-
high heat in large skillet & cook onion,
stirring occasionally, until golden brown,
about 8 minutes. Stir in bread crumbs &
cook until lightly toasted, stirring
occasionally, about 2 minutes – remove
to bowl. Melt remaining 1/4 C. margarine
in skillet & add vegetables; toss to coat.
Pour half into shallow 2 qt. baking dish.
Sprinkle with half of cheese & half crumb
mixture – repeat with remaining ingredi-
ients. Bake until heated through & cheese
is melted, about 25 minutes. Serves 12

Note; thawed frozen vegetables or canned
vegetables can be used instead of fresh

(recipe: countrycrock.com)

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes &

1/4 C. margarine
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 medium Granny Smith apples,
peeled/cored/cut into 1 inch wedges
3 sweet potatoes, peeled/cut into 1
inch wedges

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Combine margarine, pumpkin pie
spice & pepper in small bowl. Toss
apples with 1 T. marg. mixture in
small bowl. Toss potatoes with
remaining mixture & spread onto
baking sheet in single layer. Bake
10 minutes then stir in apple
mixture & bake, stirring once,
halfway through, an additional
25 minutes until potatoes & apples
are tender. Gently toss before
serving. Serves 6

(recipe: countrycrock.com)

Crockpot Honey Glazed Ham

1 (7-10 lb.) fully cooked bone-in
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. honey
1/2 C. Dijon mustard
3/4 C. apple juice

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick spray. Remove
skin & excess fat from ham. Make
surface cuts in ham about an inch
apart & 1/4 inch deep in a diamond
patter on top of ham; place ham in
crockpot. In a bowl combine brown
sugar, honey, mustard, & apple
juice; whisk until just incorporated
then brush over ham. Cover & cook
on Low 8-10 hours. If ham is too large
& you can’t close with a lid, use foil
to make a tent over ham. Cover with
a kitchen towel & cook. Serves 10-12

(recipe: diethood.com)

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

6 baking potatoes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 C. butter, softened
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
1 C. milk, warmed
1/2 C. sour cream
5 green onions, finely chopped/

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Wash potatoes & pierce skins with
a fork. Bake 1 hour in oven, until
tender. Slice potatoes in half &
scoop out pulp into a bowl. Add
salt, pepper, butter & 1 C. cheese –
mash & beat well. Add milk; beat
until fluffy & cheese is melted. Stir
in sour cream & half of onions. Spoon
mixture into a lightly greased 9″ X 9″
baking dish. Sprinkle top with remaining
cheese & onions.
Reduce oven temp. to 375 degrees F.
Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes until
heated through & cheese is melted.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)

Cranberry-Pecan Brie

1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated crescent
dinner rolls
1 (8 oz) round Brie cheese
3 T. whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 T. chopped pecans
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet
with nonstick spray. Unroll dough &
press perforations together to seal.
Slice Brie in half horizontally & place
bottom half in center of dough. Spread
cranberry sauce over cut side, sprinkle
with pecans & replace top of Brie. Bring
dough up over top of Brie, pressing
dough firmly to seal. Place, seam side
down, on baking sheet & brush with
beaten egg. Bake 25-30 minutes until
golden brown. Let cool 5-10 minutes
before serving – serve warm. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)


Right now I’m relaxing after a very busy
day earlier. Started out at the doctors at
10 a.m., perused their used book sales
(bought 13 books at .50 cents each!),
stopped at the Salvation Army & bought
about 4 very nice sweater vests (for church),
a skirt, t-shirt for husband, 2 little balls of yarn
for baby hats, 1 really fancy (usually runs about
$7.00 a skein) yarn for .99 cents (score!) – will
use that one along with a plain cream or white
yarn for a scarf, a cute snowman ceramic pin
for my winter church coat AND a little snow-
people plaque. The plaque has 3 little snow-
people on it – I have 3 of the same kind (not
on a plaque) – they are ADORABLE and I’ve
tried to find where to purchase more, but
to no avail. I was given one years ago as
a present, then acquired 2 more at a
garage sale; I tried looking up the information
on the bottom of them, but no luck. I was
super-thrilled to see this little grouping. The
white sticker on the top said: $3.99 BUT on
the bottom, written in ink was $34.99! When
I took it up front & mentioned the difference
in price she said “It’s $3.99!” YAY! I’m guessing
the original price WAS the $34. one. They
are made of resin and each one has a very
unique personality – the one’s I have are
a lady iceskater, a lady dressed up (like for
church) and a man/snowman – these will
make a very nice addition to the grouping!
(Hopefully I’ll remember to take a photo of
the whole group – all 6 of them); they all
go on the windowsill in the kitchen.
Oh – after leaving Salvation Army I went to
get gas ($1.99/9!!!), to the dollar store,
to the grocery store and finally to the
drug store to pick up the 12 pills – LOOONG
morning – SO glad I’m home, rested, filled
with left-over pizza and Greek salad and
sitting here writing you.
OH – almost forgot – I’m on the final run
of finishing the gray men’s scarf for the
homeless – should be done by this
evening and able to drop it off at church
tomorrow night for my special needs
group’s Gym Night – YAY! Sorta/kinda
considering making ONE more scarf –
we’ll see how my energy levels are on
that one.

Hope you are having a GREAT day – able
to take a little break, rest up/ eat or drink
something that relaxes you and are able
to find SOMETHING to be grateful for –
if no more than you are still on ‘this’
side of the grass. Daily we are loaded with




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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Great to hear of your positive doctor visit. All the best for the future! 😀

  2. I am glad to hear about the doctor’s report because i don’t like letting go of a loved ones hand. Don’t work too hard!

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