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John 10:10 - Jesus said, "I came that they (you and me) may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance - to the full, til it overflows.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving: A Time to Count Your Blessings

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over-head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish… you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you have your own computer and can surf the net… you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.

If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture of death… you are envied by and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.

If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm… you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.

So count your blessings and thank God for all that He has given to you and done for you!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cranberry Pecan Pie

This tart-sweet pie would be great for Thanksgiving dinner.

1 c. light corn syrup
2/3 c. sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3 T. real butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pecan halves
l/2 c. coarsely chopped dried cranberries
l bottom pie crust (homemade or ready-made)

In a mixing bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla; blend well. Stir in pecans and cranberries. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust. Pour pecan mixture into pie crust. To prevent over-browning, cover the edge of the pie with foil. Bake 350˚ for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake about 25 minutes more or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serves 8.

When a recipe for a pie tells you to “cover the edge with foil to prevent excess browning”, take a sheet of foil, about 12”x15” and fold it in half. Now fold it in half again. On the corner where the folds are, cut out a quarter-circle. Unfold the foil, (there should be a circle in the center of your sheet of foil) and place around you pie pan. The center of your pie will brown nicely, and the edges won’t burn!

Which side of aluminum foil do I use?? According to the leading manufacturer of foil, it doesn’t matter! The shiny and dull sides are a result of the manufacturing process.

Glutton: a person who takes the piece of pie YOU wanted.