Today, as I celebrate Thanksgiving with family, I must say I feel very blessed! There is always such an array of food to choose from, not to mention how well prepared it is as well! Next, I move on to say that I feel very blessed to have a new Grandchild, Charlie, who is my Godchild, who is close to my heart. Moving forward, my oldest son, Jason will be uniting with us on December 14th, for a few weeks. He is in the Navy, which makes me feel proud of him and all his accomplishments! If you take the time and pause a few moments, you should feel very blessed by something within your family or your surroundings. This year, I must say I have had many good blessings brought upon myself and my family. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God’s blessing be upon you!
With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and forget to give thanks for all the greatest gifts each of us have been blessed with. So many people are focusing on the Christmas holiday as well, that it’s like a seven-forty-seven flying over their head when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving. Some people have their Christmas tree up and have the lights already burning! Business stores want Christmas shoppers plunging into their store so, they have their doors open on Thanksgiving Day to get their sales up. When are we going to learn to focus our attention on Thanksgiving? We need to pause and think about all the blessings we have within our surroundings. This year, before we reach for the bread and butter, mashed potatoes, or gravy ladle, may we pause for a few words of thanks for all we’re blessed with. If we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day, most of us would continue within our busy mode, and wouldn’t realize the impact of all we should be thankful for. We should also be grateful and thankful for the promise of more blessings to come.
Some of us, have had the opportunity to hold a small animal after it has been born, you have to be very careful, and gentle not to drop the animal or squeeze it to tightly. Yet, we still have to wrap our hands and arms around the animal, so it won’t drop to the ground, or fall out of your hands and run away. Animals get scared very easily, and tend to run to a safe place and hid from anything that wants to hurt it. We, as humans tend to be of the same nature, except the Bible says that God holds our lives in his hands, and our feet to the path of goodness. Psalm 66:9. There are times when we sway from our path, that being the nature of whom we are, it doesn’t matter because God is always within our reach bringing us back to the comfort of his loving arms.
The class of “78″ from Lester Prairie Public School, will celebrate their 35th class reunion tonight, November 16th. at the One Eyed Willy’s in Lester Prairie. We are having an enjoyable meal, program, and dancing to follow. We will also be lighting a candle in the loss of our first classmate, Doug Jilek. God, bless the class of “78″ as we continue to go forward on our journey in life.
Some folks like to bake, and some folks like to buy their baked goods. There is know right or wrong in what you choose to decide to do upon that topic. The greatest thing that can be shared, is when the aroma fills the kitchen of any baked good. Trying new recipes can be a challenge, yet there’s much to learn, while you add the ingredients one by one. Then, patiently waiting for it to bake and cool. One of my favorites to make around the holidays is a candy recipe. There is no baking involved, only three simple ingredients, how easy is that? This candy recipe is called, Chocolate Peanut Clusters. Anyone who is a lover of chocolate and peanuts will love this candy recipe! These are the Ingredients: ”Chocolate Peanut Clusters”
1 Brick of Almond Bark
1 Pkg. of Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Jars of Dry Roasted Peanuts/ unsalted
Instructions: Melt together the almond bark and the package of milk chocolate chips. (Do this in the microwave a minute at a time to melt. Stir as you go to prevent burning the chocolate.) Pour in a jar at a time of the dry roasted peanuts, while stirring. Take the small cookie scoop or a teaspoon and drop pieces on to the wax paper on a cookies sheet, and cool in the freezer. By the time you have the next cookies sheet filled, the other one is already set. Put the candy’s in a container or a freezer bag. Keep alternating back and forth until you are done. You can use the candy for gifts or fill your own tray for Thanksgiving and Christmas. What an easy treat to share with family and friends! Enjoy!!
Today, is Veterans Day, a day to remember those who have given of themselves unselfishly! It takes a lot of courage to do what they do as a whole. We should all be great-full and appreciative for those who served, and to those who are serving at the present time! It takes a certain type of person to make that dedicated commitment to serve our country. I, just heard this story about how, “Taps” became a part of our Funeral departure, for those who served our country. There was a soldier out in the field at battle, and he heard this person crying out for help. The soldier slowly went out to help this wounded soldier. He got him to safety, only to notice, it was his son!! The son died in his arms. The father found in his pocket a handwritten note with words on it and, a short in length horn he had tucked in his side pocket. In his memory, the father went to the higher-ups and wanted his words, out to the public. It can be found on the Internet. The horn is now, played at Funerals for those who have served our country today!! The song is called, “Taps.” How beautiful of a story of a soldier!! Thank-you Veterans for all you did for us, and to those who still defend us!!!
Sometimes we focus our attention on what might happen tomorrow, instead of paying attention to what God has pour down upon us today. Some days may seem like their ordinary days, and we feel like we have been missed by God. You haven’t been missed or over-looked by God! You need to pay attention to your surroundings, you will then notice in parts of your day, many times you have been blessed by God! God is forever around us and, by our side every moment of the day. Pause within your busy day, and you will be amazed what blessings God has bestowed upon you. Have a great day, and may you be blessed beyond your comprehension!