Friday, March 12, 2010
These are scans of pictures that were given to us as complimentary instructions from the Broadway Party Rental in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My scans are not too great, but you can still get the picture.
Where does the dessert fork go? And what about the spoon, knife and napkin? Set an elegant table for a special holiday such as Thanksgiving and Christmas with the help of this place setting example.
- Boil zucchini or yellow squash 4 minutes, drain and add the next 5 ingredients. Mix together and put in 9 x 9 casserole dish.
- Mix melted butter and dry stuffing mix. Put evenly on top of casserole.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbling thoroughly.
Chicken and Dressing Casserole
- 4-5 chicken breast halves
- 8 oz. Herb Seasoned Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- Boil chicken and tear into small pieces.
- In bowl mix soup and milk; stir chicken into milk mixture. Pour into ungreased 13x9 baking dish.
- In separate bowl, melt the butter and add broth and stuffing; mix well. If not moist enough, add more broth.
- Pour stuffing mixture over chicken and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Country Baked Beans
- 10 bacon slices
- 4 cans (28 oz.) baked beans
- 5 green peppers, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 c. ketchup
- 2 T. mustard
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 T. white vinegar
*Note: I drain the juice from two of the cans of beans into a bowl until I know if it will be needed. I don't like soupy baked beans. Add some or all of this juice prior to baking if needed.
- Cook bacon until crisp; reserve two tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon.
- Stir together bacon, bacon drippings, beans*, and next five ingredients, in a roasting pan.
- Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for three hours. Stir in vinegar.
Teach your Children well
GOSSIP AND "FAIR-WEATHER' FRIENDSHIPS: "NIPPING THEM IN THE BUD" OF CHILDHOOD
by Sarah Eppes
Aug 9, 2005
Today, the cockles of my heart were warmed at church by the sight of an older girl walking up to my daughter and welcoming her with a hug. Oh, what joy to see young girls--no matter the different ages--showing affection and care for each other!
From unfortunate experience I know that this kindness between girls is not always the case,nor is it always the case between young ladies or older women! In fact, it is all too common to witness women of all ages acting in ways that are unkind to each other and unbecoming of the Lord.
Perhaps this is why the Lord spoke in His Word about how women are to act towards one another. He must have fully know the propensity of our gender to feel most comfortable when we have someone close to us who is like us, who likes us, and who may join us in what we dislike. It is so human to want to be wanted, to want to belong, and to want to be comfortable with those around us. It is heartbreaking that this desire to belong often manifests itself in leaving others out, talking about them, or treating them
unkindly. It seems that ungodly desires in friendships can lead straight to gossip and slander.
My mother and I were recently chatting about my eight year old niece. She attends a private school, and my mother often picks her up from school. Mom was disheartened that on most "pick-up" days, this kind-hearted little girl clambers into the car disappointed and sad. The trouble is not the schoolwork, but, invariably, it is because she has been left out by friends and experiences the ache of watching several little girls who exclude her from the playground games.
In reassuring my niece, my mom tells stories about my very own childhood experiences with "fair-weather" friends. "Fair-weather" friends are those who can best be described as those who are kind when it is convenient and beneficial to the circumstance--very often when other friends are not around. My mother taught me to handle these friends by being kind in return. She advised me to see other friends and different activities. She also taught me that my worth was based upon their opinions of me, their unkind treament, or whispers and giggles behind upheld hands. Instead, my worth was found as a child of God.
My mother was surprised to hear that my daughter has had her own experiences with "fair-weather friends of many ages. Mom was under the impression that because we homeschool, these "socialization" problems would be minimal. Sadly, this is not the case. It seems that exclusionary tactics and gossip seem to transcend every activity, despite the educational method.
While Mom and I do not often see boys excluding each other, we have found that when more than two little girls from different families gather, the likelihood is exceedingly high that at least one will be left out by some grouping of the others. However, friendships do not have to be this way. And I know that the Lord does not want it to be this way. In the Word, the Lord has given us excellent instructions on navigating the waters of friendship without hurting one another and sinking into gossip.
Actively Nipping It in the Bud
One good place to start in understanding appropriate friendships is in the article on LAF entitled "Conducting Friendships". This is a lovely article which gently discusses friendships. It is replete with Bible study references.
A second positive step is to remember some sage advice from Elisabeth Elliot. Mrs. Elliot has advised that as women, we are all "Titus 2" some to someone younger than us. We as young ladies or women are to set an example to others in our speech and relations. "The ages women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness..." (Titus 2:3)
In the same way that I saw the little girl at church hug and greet my daughter, I have seen the women at church tenderly greet one another. As we older women model appropriate and kind relationships, hopefully those younger than us will seek to treat others in the same way. If we mothers teach our daughters to look to the interests of others, then we are being proactive in training and building a hedge of protection against behavior that leads to gossip or unloving friendships.
We mothers especially need to guard against the tendency to overlook any inappropriate behavior towards others. In parenting, it can be easy to see the sweetness in our children at home, but not to see the reality of their behavior in public. It can also be easy to accept the explanation and excuse of a child rather than getting to the heart of the matter. This unfortunately fosters and perpetuates a negative tendency in our children.
Third, and most important, we women must be steeped in the Word and what the Lord says about behavior. We should desire to have behavior that glorifies the Lord and shows that we love Him above all. Most likely, all of us have made mistakes in this area. but the plumb line of our behavior is to be the Word of God.
It is written...
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. I Peter 2:1-3
We are to lay aside all "fair-weather" behavior toward others. We are not to be hypocritical and show feigned kindness toward others at one moment, only to be unkind or distant at another time. We are not to be envious of others, and so find ourselves speaking evil. We are to earnestly love people as we have first been loved by the Lord.
But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; I Peter 1:15
As we love the Lord and desire to be more like Him, we will seek to have all that we say be glorifying to Him. It is never glorifying to speak ill of others or to slander them in any way.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5
As we have behavior that becometh holiness, it will be shown in our soberness, our love, and our discretion. Our behavior will glorify the Lord and will not be blasphemous.
And when we are sinned against, what are we to do? We are to love. We will best show our love of the Lord in a manner that glorifies Him. we will use speech that edifies, coupled with tender-hearted behavior. we are to teach our daughters to love the sinner and forgive, even if the person who hurt them does not seek forgiveness.
When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
When treated in a hurtful way, we women will do best to follow the Lord's wise words in Romans 12, "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not... Be of the same mind one toward another...Recompense to no man evil for evil...If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves...Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good" :(Romans12:14, 16-21).
As we dwell in the Word, we will be blessed with a full knowledge of the Lord. This knowledge will instruct us in how to treat others. In turn, we women can instruct and model godly behavior for those younger than us, especially our daughters. Most importantly of all, we should seek reconciliation when something inappropriate happens in a friendship. Man's reconciliation with God is why Jesus came to us. Our reconciliation with others should be a priority.
by Dr. Richard Flanders
Juniata Baptist Church
“ A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.” (Pr 10:1 )
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Pr 13:24 )
“Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Pr 22:15 )
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.” (Pr 29:15 )
The Book of Proverbs is the main "wisdom" book of the Bible. In it, among many other wonderful things, men have found great wisdom about bringing up children. Without question, Proverbs recommends, even commands,the use of corporal punishment by parents in the character-training of their children. This wisdom is not popular at the dawn of the twenty-first century in America, but it is profoundly important. The spanking enjoined by the Bible is neither cruel nor abusive. It is to be administered with love, purpose, and restraint. Spanking is only a part of the biblical formula of effective child-rearing, but it is an essential part. Sadly, the sparing of the rod has produced much heartache in our country, and has populated this land with a multitude of troubled and troublesome brats!
The term "brat" has an interesting origin. It is an Old English word for a child, based on the word for a rough or trashy garment. Dictionaries say that "brat" has come to be a contemptuous word for child. Why would a child be regarded with contempt? The answer is obvious. A child is a brat when he is selfish, obnoxious, and out of control. Any child will be a brat unless he is trained to control himself. Self-control is learned through a training program at home that includes loving discipline. Because so few children have been growing up in a disciplining family, many Americans become brats. Their lack of self-control and discipline creates serious problems in their lives, problems of which we all have become very aware.
Childish self centeredness is the reason for many adult problems. It is behind "road rage," domestic violence, and even much suicide! When a brat gets angry, he must act it out. When a brat doesn't get what he wants right now, he throws a tantrum. When a brat is disappointed with life, he can't handle it. Brats make people miserable, but the most miserable of all is the brat himself. Highly selfish people are prone to get divorces, lose jobs, and hurt others. Selfishness is inborn, and will ruin a life unless "the rod of correction" is applied to "drive it far from him" in childhood.
A properly spanked child learns to control his offensive and harmful impulses, to subject his desires to the best interests of all, and to behave in a mature manner. A big problem in our country today is immaturity in adults! It's the cause of the irresponsible bahavior that disrupts decent society: drug and alcohol abuse, marital cruelty and infidelity, as well as all kinds of criminal activity. The brats are ruining the country!
Some say that spanking in childhood produces violent adults, but nothing could be farther from the truth! Most irrational or violent acts are committed by brats, kids who never got a spanking! One difficulty we are having is in understanding what a spanking is. A swat on the hand or the face is not a spanking. To be administered Biblically, the rod must be used in association with intense parental love and clear parental teaching. Spankings must be purposeful and controlled, given with tears and prayers, in order to be effective.
The brat has not been served well by his parents or by the others that have spoiled him. He cannot cope with life without unreasonable reaction, unbearable disappointment, and unsolvable problems. Self-discipline produced by parental discipline is of inestimable value in the lving of lfie. To withhodl discipline form children is to harm them immensely. The brat is not funny; he is pitialbe and sad. It is hard for a grown-up brat to learn self-control later in life, but he can do ti. It is better however, for his parents to teach him as a child.
- By modeling anger. Proverbs 22:24-25
- By not having marital harmony. Genesis 2:24 (repeated 4 times in the Bible); Hebrews 12:15
- By consistently disciplining in anger Psalm 6:1; 38:1
- By being inconsistent with discipline. Eccl. 8:11
- By having double standards. Matt. 23:1-4; Phil. 4:9
- By not admitting when wrong. Matt. 5:23-26; Job 32:2; James 5:16
- By constantly finding fault. Job 32:2-3
- By reversing God-given roles. Eph. 5:22-24; Gen. 3:16
- By not listening to the child's side of the story. Proverbs 18:13,17
- By comparing them to others. II Cor. 10:12
- by not having time to talk with them. Eph. 5:18
- By not praising the child. II Cor. 2:6-8; Rev. 2:3
- By failing to keep promises. Matt. 5:37; Col 3:9; Psalm 15:4
- By scolding him/her in front of others. Matt. 18:15; John 21:15-17
- By giving too much freedom. Proverbs 29:15; Gal. 4:1,2
- By being too strict. James 3:17
- By making fun of the child. Job 17:1,2
- By abusing them physically. I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7; Numbers 22
- By calling him names. Eph. 4:29
- By having unrealistic expectations. I Cor. 13:11
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Baked Sweet Potato Casserole
S. GaugerMix together the sweet potatoes, margarine or butter, eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, and sugar. Pour into a greased 9x9 inch baking dish.
- 3 c. Sweet potatoes mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. margarine or butter
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. margarine or butter
- 1/3 c.flour
- 1/2 c. ground nuts
Melt together the brown sugar, flour, and margarine or butter. Add nuts. Pour over sweet potatoes. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Parents, be accountable to each other.
- Each child is different. They each require different training methods.
- Don't let your child split mom and dad. ( ask one if the other said no)
- Discipline/Punishment (Punish the action/discipline the child) If you punish the child, the child feels emotionally beat up. never make their negative action about you (You make..., Your hurt me..., etc.). Tell them what God thinks about their action good or bad.
- Reward vs. Pacifier (rewards are good. Giving something to shut them up is not). Short -term rewards are more effective than long term rewards.
- Child actions usually reflect what they have been taught. Whining and fits usually get more response than soft request.)
- Parents need to be able to say; "I am sorry", "I was wrong".
- when children say, "I'm sorry" or "forgive me", reply "you're forgiven", not "It's OK".
- Be consistent with love, rules, discipline and punishment.
- Love them enough to discipline them.
- It is always easier to ignore than to address.
- make your children wait and not interrupt you.
- Give more yes's than no's
- Don' criticize your children, especially in front of others.
- meet their love language need. (touch, quality time, acts of service, gift giving, affirmations)
- Try to identify what they are really saying, not what they are screaming.
- Speak truth. Don't make up lies to often issues.
- Too much TV or computer games equal brain cloud (grumpy, sassy, etc.)
- Be forgiving.
- Be gracious.
- Play with them.
- Hold them.
- Your teenage daughter will get love from some man, somehow. Let it be fdad for now.
- Take your kids on dates.
- Boys need their dad's time.
- Girls need their dad's time.
- Don't overpressure for performance. You will create perfectionist, pretender, or a sloth.
- The first few years are critical for bonding. Many life long traits are formed here.
- Never raise your voice in anger to your child.
- Give your child quality time.
- Stop, look and listen to your child.
- First time obedience is a must . Teach them this concept.
- Yes is yes and No is no.
- Never argue with your child.
- Allow your child a voice and an appeal, but not an argument.
- Dads to no let your sons speak disrespectful to their mother!
- Place your child's need above your own. Don't be selfish with them.
- Take appropriate time for yourself. Set boundaries.
- Your spouse come first then the children. (Don't put them in the center of your marriage)
- Have fun with your kids.
- Be creative with your kids.
- Teach them the value of money.
- Stand firm on biblical mandates, but be very careful with rules and convictions that are your own, not necessarily mandates from God.
- Love your child unconditionally. Don't place stipulations on your love.
- Forgive, love and grant mercy the way God does it, generously.
- Allow your children to practice flying so that when they leave the nest they soar.
- Children view God the way they view their dad.
- Children will view the church the way they view their mom.
- Show your children how God views the church.
- The best gift a dad can give his children is to love their mother.
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup (can use reduced fat)
- 1 stick margarine
- 2 c. uncooked rice
- 2 c. chicken broth
- 1 whole chicken (can use half)*
- salt, pepper, & minced onion to taste
- Boil chicken until done. Debone, discarding fat and bones; reserving broth.
- Melt margarine, pour into 2-3 qt. casserole dish with cover. Add soup, broth, salt, pepper, and minced onion. Stir together.
- Add chicken and uncooked rice. Stir to thoroughly combine. cover and cook in 300 degree oven for 2 hours. Turn off oven and allow rice to steam until ready to serve. makes 6-8 servings.
The originalrecipe called for a whole chicken. You can use 1/2 of the meat which is about 2 cups. You can freeze the rest for another casserole.
If you have an automatic feature on your oven, start the casserole when you go to church and it will be ready when you get home!
This discussion was taken from the Sara's Daughters group at Ambassador Baptist College on April 19, 2005.
Home and Ministry
Introductory Thoughts: "Every wise woman buildeth her house..." Proverbs 14:1
There is no greater joy in life than that of serving the Lord. Giving of our time and talents is rewarding and brings tremendous blessing. As we give our lives in service, indeed, our life is richer, and we realize fulfillment. In Psalms 17:11, David says, "In they presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." The world seeks for joy in all the wrong places, but as a christian, we know that joy comes from a right relationship with the Lord. It is important that we prayerfully seek God's will for our lives, in the big things and in the little things. As women in a cosmopolitan world, it can be difficult to keep a "scriptural focus" on exactly what our responsibilities should be. However, the Lord is not confused at all. His desire is that we keep a right relationship with Him, be a godly wife, a loving mother, a creative homemaker, and be a blessing in our local church. Each responsibility is to be kept in balance. Each responsibility is to be done with, "...our reasonable service...proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12;1b and 2b.
Thoughts About the Home:
Proverbs 31:31 "Give her of the fruit of her hands,
- Our home is the very "special" place where our family is refreshed.
- From our homes come the spiritual leaders for tomorrow.
- We have the privilege of raising missionaries, pastors, evangelists, Sunday School teachers, etc.
- Being married, taking care of children, and organizing a home is a full time job, and requires tons of energy and creativity.
- Being a great mom requires time, patience, and lots of prayer.
- Being a great homemaker requires energy, hard work, and lots of creativity.
- If you accomplish all three of these, your family will, "...arise and call you blesses," and heaven will rejoice."
and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Thoughts About the Ministry:
God expects, "...our reasonable service,..." Romans 12:1-2
- Ladies, we live in a world that makes u think we need to have careers, put our children in day care and order supper "in" every evening. The worldly idea is promoted that we should be tough, in charge, and as capable as any man.
- As a husband enters the
ministry, worldly thinking will cause us to ignore our God given responsibilities.
- Don't be duped with having to have "glory and glitz" in the
- The church hires the husband, not the wife or the children.
- A wife, who forgets her place, will cause unneeded stress in the home and many times in the church.
- We are not to become
the assistantpastor, or head of the deacons, or a mouthpiece for the pastor.
- To be involved in activities at church that the duties of the home and children are neglected is sin.
- To be involved with the home and children that there is not time for serving at church is sin.
Never forget that "...For whomsoever much is given,
- Keep a balance.
- Enjoy what you are doing.
- Remember that time moves on very quickly.
- Cherish the moments with your children.
- Be a gentle, sweet, mom.
- Make home a fun place.
- Have regular, "special times" with your husband.
- Work hard at keeping a close relationship with the Lord.
- Allow the Lord to use your talents and abilities.
- Always remember that "...'I' must decrease and 'He' must increase," John 3:30
- We are to have the attitude of a servant, no matter how big the task.
of him shall be much required..." Luke 12:48
8 oz. noodles, cooked and drained (lots of salt)
12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
1 can evaporated milk
salt and pepper
- Mix together evaporated milk, 2 eggs, salt and pepper. Stir well.
- Layer noodles and cheese twice in a 13 x 9 pan. Pour milk mixture evenly over top.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Creamy Chicken Delight
- J. Deatrick
- 1 pint whipping cream
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 lb. chicken breast
Mix whipping cream and soup together . Pour over frozenchicken portions in a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hours. (Decrease time for smaller chicken portions.)
Microfiber clothes-great for dusting and washing windows
White vinegar-great for whitening clothes, taking mud out, using as a spray for all purpose cleaner
Magic eraser-great for smudge marks on floors and walls
Sponge mop-great tool for cleaning the bathtub- able to stand up and clean
Lightweight vacuum cleaner-If you have back or neck trouble as I do this is one of the best tools to use. It is bagless, so you just empty it and clean the filter. It is so light and easy to push.
Clean dust mop-great for running over the ceilings in order to dust them and to get all those icky cob webs.
Water spray bottle- Keep near ironing and dryer. If clothes are in dryer a little too long just spray and hang. More wrinkles will fall out.
Spray laundry stain remover. Treat clothes as soon as they get stained. Spray on collars and cuffs. Usually does the trick for regular stains
Deep Dish Taco Squares
- M. Risinger
- 2 c. biscuit mix
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 2 T. chopped onion
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c. cold water
- 1 chopped green pepper
- 8 oz. pizza sauce
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning
- 1/3 c. salad dressing
- Combine biscuit mix and water. Stir with fork until blended. Press into bottom of lightly greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 min.
- Brown hamburger, onion and pepper. Add taco seasoning and pizza sauce. Spoon over warm crust.
- Combine sour cream, salad dressing and cheese. Spread over meat mix. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
- If you open it, close it.
- If you turn it on, turn it off
- If you break it, repair it.
- If you can't fix it, report it.
- If you unlock it, lock it.
- If you borrow it, return it.
- If you use it,don't abuse it.
- If you make a mess, clean it up.
- If you move it, put it back.
- If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone.
- If it belongs to somebody else, get permission to use it.
- If it doesn't concern you, don't mess with it.
Welcome to a Ladies Be Joyful. Would you like to live a joyful life? You have come to the right place. The greatest joy you can have in your life is to find Jesus Christ as your Savior. He offers abundant life to anyone who puts their trust in Him. There is more than enough for everyone! When you have found new life in Christ you have crossed God's bridge to eternal life. When we cross from this life into life eternal, that will be another great joy! So if you have not experienced new life in Christ then look here or here to find out how to experience that joyful moment which brings peace that passes all understanding.
As you visit, perhaps you will find some other resources that will contribute to more joy in your life. It is my desire that these resources will be beneficial to you and will bring some extra joy into your life. May the Lord's blessing be upon you and may you know Him and the abundant joy that only He can give.