Five completely random things

#1 – I’m so happy that it’s blackberry season! I could eat nothing but blackberries all day long.

#2 – it’s going to be 100 degrees tomorrow!

#3 – I’ve acquired some new music… Rick Pino’s Narrow Road has a song on it called “Kissed by Jesus” that I’ve been singing non-stop for three days straight. Also really love rockin’ with Radiant Worship… “Fire In My Bones” is an incredible song. (It’s hard for some to believe that a woman my age would listen to some things…heh)

#4 – Somehow I’ve been transformed from learning visually to also being able to learn from listening. So I’m listening to a lot of sermon podcasts these days … some from NDHP – Apostle Mike, Prophetess Ruth, Bill Perdue, Lee O’Hare… and quite a few of Bill Johnson’s sermons, too. Something he said the other day arrested me. “We’ve got to stop coming forward for PRAYER and start coming forward for HEALING.”  (ouch)

#5 – I’ve experienced some radical, “impossible” healings in my body… I love that God looks at “impossible” and says, “It is Finished”!  I’m asking for new teeth next…

My sweet hubby

Ken said, “Hey, what about me?” in response to my last post (which was mostly relative to new-in-the-last-year blessings). So here’s a post dedicated to my sweet babboo.

Ken’s the dearest sweetest teddy bear in the whole world. He’s a source of strength and stability, calm and reason, love and laughter (quite a lot of laughter; anyone who knows him knows he loves to joke around). He’s also a passionate lover of Jesus and revival, missions and evangelism, a compassionate heart with the desires of God’s heart for people to be saved, healed, delivered, and made whole. I’m madly in love with him and delighted beyond words that he’s madly in love with me.

Our twelfth anniversary is in two and a half weeks, too…


Christmas Dinner

If you’re reading this and you can get here at about 6, you are officially invited. Seriously. 🙂


  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes (will let the kids decide whether “with” or “without” marshmallows)
  • Stuffing (homemade, both “regular” and gluten free)
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Gluten-Free Sausage Balls
  • Devilled Eggs
  • Pumpkin Mousse
  • Apple Cobbler-ey Cake
  • Sweet Tea
  • Hot Chocolate with peppermint candies

EZ recipes! Just guess at the proportions and go with what tastes good. Seriously. It’s more fun.

Gravy – just heat the pan drippings and add a cup of cold water with some cornstarch in it. Whisk and heat til it’s the right consistency. Add some spices to taste.

Garlic Mash – Cut up potatoes (peel them if you like). Peel a few cloves of garlic (easy when they’re frozen!). Boil both in water until taters are cooked, and drain. Add a stick of butter and some evaporated milk and mash. Whip if you like.

Sweet Potatoes – Cook whole sweet potatoes in microwave until soft. Scoop into a bowl and whip with some butter and maple syrup. Heat, top with marshmallows and brown if you like ’em!

Stuffing – Tear up some bread. In a pot, heat some pan drippings, a stick of butter, and spices (I put a lot of sage in my stuffing, and some cumin). Add some water and cool it down a bit. When it’s cool enough not to cook the egg, whisk an egg or two into it. Toss with the bread. It’s best to refrigerate overnight and then cook it, but you can put it straight into the oven if you need to.

GF Sausage Balls – Mix a package of Neese’s Sausage (or other GF sausage), a package of Glutino Crackers (or other absorbent cracker. Or use GF bread crumbs), an egg, and a big big handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Add a little hot sauce if desired. Form into balls and bake @ 350 until browned and crunchy. Don’t waste the grease, it makes great gravy.

Devilled eggs – halve hard-boiled eggs. Scoop out the yolks. Mix in some Dukes (GF) mayo and pickle relish. Spoon back into the whites. Sprinkle with a bit of paprika.

GF Pumpkin Mousse – This may be the easiest and best dessert ever. For a family size bowl of the stuff, mix 1 large can of pumpkin pie mix with 1 package of vanilla pudding, half a package of cream cheese, 1 can of evaporated milk, and more spices if you want it spicier. Use a hand mixer and whip it all up good. Then fold in about 3/4 container of cool whip. Put it in a pretty bowl and use the rest of the cool-whip to frost it. Good luck keeping your family out of it 🙂

Apple Cobblery Cake – got the recipe from here: It seemed to take longer to cook, but it was well worth the wait. I used brown sugar instead of white (maybe that’s why?) and it’s incredible stuff. I would serve it to non-GF guests without hesitation and they’d never know.

Sweet Tea – Bring a couple cups of water to boil. Toss in half a dozen tea bags and remove from heat. After it’s set a while, dump the still-hot infusion into a pitcher. Discard the tea bags. Add a cup or more of sugar, stir to dissolve. Add cold water. Serve with ice and lemon.

Great Gravy

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Club House. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t generally use gravy mixes, but I get asked how to make gravy often enough that I think people should have some gravy mix on hand. It’s just plain EASY and there are no variables to it – plus these are some tasty mixes we’re talking about here.  Just open up the packet, add water, grab a whisk, mix it up, heat it up.

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