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Matrimonial Squares

I like to trick myself into thinking that these are healthy, after all they are chocked full of oats and dates. they have loads of sugar, and margarine to hold them together. These are so quick and easy to bake and they freeze well... and taste great.

Crumb Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup margarine (you can use butter, but it changes the taste in this recipe)
Date Filling Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Stir together all dry ingredients for crust. Cut in margarine until you have a fine crumble.
  2. Press half of the crumble into a lightly greased 9x9 cake pan.
  3. Place dates, sugar and water in a microwaveable bowl and cook for 1 minute. Stir and cook another minute, or until dates are bubbly and soft. Immediately stir in baking powder and vanilla. Stir well.
  4. Pour hot date mixture over crust, and top with remaining crumble.
  5. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes.

Granola Chews

Granola Chews

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups granola
  • 2 cups dry oatmeal
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Combine flour, soda and salt and set aside. 
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla till creamy. 
  4. Add one egg at a time to the creamed mixture beating after each egg. 
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture. 
  6. Stir in granola, oatmeal and walnuts.
  7. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.  
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, watch after 10 minutes.

I like to use a dough scoop because the dough is easy to drop onto the baking sheet and the cookies are uniform.

Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts

Since we enjoy chicken, I always love a variation on ways to prepare chicken breasts. This recipe for moist and tender chicken is quick and easy .

1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp Thyme
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
4 chicken breasts
½ onion chopped
2 tbsp oil

1.Mix together mayonnaise with cheese and spices set aside
2.Pound chicken breasts, salt both sides
3.Heat frying pan and sear breasts on both sides until lightly browned
4.Place breasts in baking dish , add onions and cover with mayonnaise mixture.
5.Bake at 375° for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.
6.When done, remove breasts from dish and pour grave into blender. Blend until gravy is smooth and thick. (it will have separated during baking)
7.Serve chicken and gravy with rice or potatoes - add veggies or a salad.

Pumpkin Cookies

I had pumpkin puree left over from baking tarts and decided to use it in cookies and muffins. These cookies are soft with a bit of a spicy bite and combined with a cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans they are great to serve as a dessert. I couldn't wait and had to have one as soon as they were frosted:)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl cream butter with sugar. Add pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients.
  4. Drop by tablespoon or cookie scoop on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  5. Bake in a 350º oven for 12 minutes.
  6. Place baked cookies on cooling rack. Cool and frost.
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chopped pecans
  1. Combine icing sugar, cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  2. Frost cookies and sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
  3. If you have frosting left over it can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator.
  4. Yield: 3 dozen

Bread for the Journey

I came across a lovely bed of Dahlias last week and the intricate design and beautiful colours reminded me of the following passage and its message for me.

Matthew 6: 25-34
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin, Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' ... your Heavenly Father know that you need them.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

It is part of our human nature to worry when circumstances unfold over which we have no control. However this great God of ours shows us through His amazing creation,
 His love for beauty, His care for the smallest detail, 
that He has control over everything and we can safely leave the outcome in His hands.

Broccoli Salad

I was given this recipe from my mother in law. The cooked dressing really makes the salad. When fresh peaches are in season I use them in place of the can of mandarin oranges. Fresh diced mango is also a good option.

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
In saucepan whisk together eggs, sugar, cornstarch, and dry mustard. Add vinegar and water. Cook slowly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in mayonnaise. Cool Completely.

Salad ingredients:
  • 6 - 8 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 8 slices chopped, cooked bacon
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 10 oz can mandarin oranges, drained, or 1 cup fresh peaches or mango
  • 1 cup slivered toasted almonds or sunflower seeds

Marinate broccoli in cooled dressing for several hours. Add remaining ingredients and toss well. Serves 6-8.

Pork Cutlets

This is a meat, potatoes, vegetables and gravy (all in one dish) meal I often made when the kids had things going on after school and I was in the car a lot. It was handy to put everything in the oven and come home to everything done. Add a salad and everyone should be happy.


  • 8 thin sliced pork chops
  • salt, pepper or lemon pepper
  • favorite seasoning salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • flour for dipping
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 peeled potatoes, halved
  • 4 peeled carrots, halved

  1. Tenderize pork chops with meat hammer.
  2. Season lightly with salt, pepper and seasoning salt.
  3. Dip in flour and then beaten egg.
  4. Brown in a small amount of oil in heavy frying pan, both sides.
  5. Place browned chops in roaster. Add potatoes and some carrots.
  6. Cover with 1 can cream of mushroom soup, mixed with 1 can water. (mushroom soup and water can be added to pan drippings and heated first)
    Bake at 350F for 1- 1 1/2 hours.

When cooked: If more gravy is desired, remove meat and vegetables to serving platter, place roaster on stove top , add water mixed with 1 Tbsp of flour ( shake up in small sealed container) and bring to boil, stirring. Stir in some sour cream if desired.

PS As you can see, I did not cook the pork chops with the potatoes and carrots when I did the photo. We had fresh buns. A good hot sandwich option.

Roast Beef in the Slow Cooker

Now with the fall season upon us, it is time for getting out the Slow Cooker. With just a little planning and fore thought, you can have your supper in the slow cooker all day. When you come home from a busy day the aroma will inspire you to do a few final touches, and supper is DONE! Thursday for me is a full day so I like to have my supper ready when I get home. This recipe is something that I came up with using leftover spaghetti sauce. It makes a wonderful gravy that is not a strong tomato flavor. I like to use leftovers in soups and other dishes so that nothing goes to waste.
  • a cut of your favorite roast beef ( I used an inside round), size depending on how many you want to serve
  • a chopped onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups of left over spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  1. Place your roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Add onions, mushrooms, and spaghetti sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove roast and cover while you make the gravy.
  5. Turn slow cooker to high and mix the cornstarch with the cold water.
  6. Add to the gravy and stir well.
  7. Bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes.
  8. Add roast beef (that has been sliced at an angle and against the grain) back to the gravy.
  9. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite side vegetable dish.

Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

With summer coming to a close my barbecue will take a back seat to comfort meals from the oven and crock pot. Crock pot meals are such a life saver for those busy back to school days that are just around the corner. If some of your family does not enjoy cabbage, leave some of the meat balls unwrapped and place those on the top of the cabbage wrapped ones.


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 cup cooked rice, white or brown
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large cabbage, Asian or savoy work well
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 28oz can stewed tomatoes

Asian and savoy cabbage leaves are much softer than regular cabbage leaves, and so you can just peel them off the head piece by piece and use them. If using a regular cabbage place it in several inches of water and steam for several minutes, which will help the leaves to peel off easier. Cut away the thick part in the middle of each leaf so you have nice thin leaves to roll your meat in. Swiss chard and beet top leaves also work really well and add a little different flavor and colour.
  1. Prepare your cabbage leaves.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together well with your hands.
  3. Place a large spoon of meat filling on each cabbage leave and roll up. If you choose to leave some without the cabbage, just form meat balls .
  4. Layer inside of crock pot.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over cabbage rolls.
  6. Set your pot on low and cook 7-9 hours.
Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Left overs freeze well. You can also bake these in the oven on 350º for 1 1/2 hours.

Chocolate Layer Cake

Here's a tried and true recipe for chocolate cake, adapted from one I found in the Mennonite Treasury cookbook many decades ago. It became a favorite of my hubby's and is still served every year on or around September 11th (his birthday).  Quick, simple and moist!

Quick Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup Kraft Miracle Whip salad dressing
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Fry's cocoa
  1. Blend Miracle Whip and sugar. 
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and add alternately with water. 
  3. Pour into 2-nine inch round layer pans...greased and/or lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pans.  
  6. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting when cool.

I was thinking of keeping our favorite frosting recipe a secret, since it seems to have fallen out of favour over the decades.  But I'll share it with you and you can decide for yourself.  Since this recipe contains raw egg, it is not recommended for those who are pregnant or who have a compromised immune system. If you have any concerns, use pasteurized eggs. It is a fluffy, not-so-sweet icing that goes down as smooth as silk!

French Silk Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (not icing sugar)
  • 6 tablespoons Fry's cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2 eggs (pasteurized eggs are an option)
  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. 
  2. Add cocoa and vanilla; beat. 
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating for about 5 minutes after each addition. 
  4. Chill before spreading. 

I'm not a huge chocolate fan myself, but add French silk frosting to this moist chocolate cake and I quite enjoy a nice slab!   However you wish to frost it...give the cake a try. 

Bread for the Journey

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patients. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14

Ginger Snaps Gluten Free

My kids were getting ready for a several hours road trip and my youngest granddaughter was dreading it since she so quickly gets car sick. I made a batch of these ginger snaps and delivered them as they were leaving. They were quickly devoured by the whole family. But there was no talk of car sickness the whole trip !!
¾ cup butter

1 cup white sugar

¼ cup molasses

1 egg

¼ cup tapioca starch

½ cup potato starch

1 cup rice flour

1/3 cup white corn flour

1 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1. Cream together the butter, sugar, molasses, and egg.

2. Sift the dry ingredients together, making sure they are well blended together and add to the creamed mixture.

3. Put dough on dusted counter (with potato starch) and knead in extra flour until dough is just at the not too sticky stage.

4. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 325° (a hotter oven makes the cookies spread too much)

6. Pinching off small pieces of dough roll into a ball in the palms of your hand and then roll in sugar.

7. Place balls (don't flatten) on ungreased baking sheet about 2" apart and bake for about 13-15 minutes.

8. Remove pan from oven and place a large chocolate chip in center of cookie.

9. Cool slightly in pan before removing onto rack.

Orange Zucchini Loaf

This recipe (altered somewhat by now) was given to me by Susan . . . probably before we shared in the adventure of sharing and loving the same grandkids.

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole seedless orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (peeled, if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts, optional

  1. Prepare 2 small/medium loaf pans or one large 9x5 inch loaf, by lining with wax and greasing with butter. Alternately you can use just parchment paper.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Peel orange with potato peeler. Remove pith (discard) and divide into segment. Peel and grate zucchini. In blender, put orange, peel, egg, oil, grated zucchini and vanilla. Blend well.
  4. Add blended ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir. Add nuts if using.
  5. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes - in small pans or 60 minutes in large pan. Test with tooth pick.

Hearty Beef Stew

I usually buy a large roast that is on sale and cube the meat into stewing meat or stir-fry strips etc. and freeze them in portion sizes that I would use for one meal. You would be surprised as to how much money you are able to save if you do a little of the work your self. This stew has very simple ingredients with that, comes a good and flavorful homemade earthy goodness, better known as, "Good ol' comfort food". Start with a fresh salad, then serve the stew along with your favorite biscuit or bun and Applecrisp Cheesecake for dessert and your family will be very happy!
  • 2 lbs of cubed beef
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 carton of low sodium beef broth (or equivalent bouillon cubes and water about 4 cups)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 1lb of sauteed mushrooms (didn't have any today but we like them)
  • 3 potatoes cubed
  • 1 cup each of frozen green peas and green beans
  • 2 heaping tbsp of cornstarch or gravy maker
  1. Brown the beef in the oil, add onions and garlic til onions are softened.
  2. Add the beef broth, bay leaf and parsley. Cover and simmer until the meat is tender. Depending on the cut of meat it could be one hour to three hours.
  3. Add carrots and potatoes, cook 20 more minutes.
  4. Add the sauteed mushrooms, peas and beans.
  5. Add the cornstarch or gravy maker dissolved in a little bit of water, and cook til thick and the raw taste of the cornstarch is gone, about 5 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and let stand for about ten minutes.
  7. Now is a good time to start with that salad.

Creamed Corn

What is it about corn and weddings? Well, let me take you way back. It was in the month of September that we were married, (1973) Yes, we could plan a wedding, but all I remembered, was that we had to be back to harvest corn. Here we are 37 years later...still talking about corn on our wedding anniversary. Let me share a delicious family recipe for Creamed corn, only one thing different...I now have well-deserved help. Over the years we have enjoyed preserving the corn together, while husking, washing, cutting, cooking and bagging.

Husking dozens of corn cobs. It's easy enough to double this recipe once you find a system in place, and you can share this with your family and don't forget to check out this recipe. Corn Chowder Soup.

I am used to cutting it by hand, but he insists to use the electric meat cutter. 
Give a man a machine and he'll do anything.

Creamed Corn

  • Husk 5 dozen corn.
  • Wipe off the hair with a tea towel.
  • Cut it directly off the cob. (no blanching)
  • Put the corn kernels into a large turkey roaster.
  • Add one pound butter.
  • Add one 500 ml half and half cream.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Keep covered.
  • Then cool the roaster which is full of corn in an ice water bath. I cool it in my bathtub with lots of ice.
  • Then bag it and store in your freezer.
In the winter, you can just throw it in the microwave, until it is heated through and through. It's like eating fresh corn off the cob.
Things have changed over the last 37 years. But we can still stand and smile at each, preserving corn together, reminiscing about the wonderful memories created, and thanking God for preserving our years together.

Zippy Party Dip

Quick and easy...and delicious!

 Zippy Party Dip
  • 1 cup / 250 ml cream cheese
  • 1 cup / 250 ml sour cream
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml hot salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 - 3 cups /400-750 ml shredded Tex-Mex cheese
  1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and salsa together well.
  2. Spread in bottom of casserole or any nice ovenproof baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chili powder.
  4. Spread grated cheese over to cover.  (Use more or less depending on the size of your pan).
  5. Bake in 350°F / 175°C oven for 25 minutes, or until heated and bubbly.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or raw veggies.
*I have on occasion made the dip in small ramekins for individual sized pictured above. 

Bread for the Journey

The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. Hab 3:19

I took the above photo of a three-points antlered buck in my back yard a few days ago.
He was born and raised by his handicapped Mom
in our complex which sits on a mountain side.
Because he was raised around people he is very tame. If someone is standing in front of his favorite snack -- our roses -- he just waits and then helps himself as soon as we step aside.
We are not always amused !! smile
But I say .. ."Anyone can grow roses, not everyone has deer who want to eat them."
Deer are so graceful and so endowed with strength.
I'm always amazed at the effortless way they leap over a fence.

Habakuk declares that his trust is in God who has made him like the deer.
That promise is for all of us.

God's strength in me enables me to walk surefooted through my day and to leap over circumstances that could hinder or harm me. In what times I am afraid or aware of my weakness, I know that God's Spirit in me has made me strong. He has given me a place above the dark valleys of life and I walk with Him in high places.

"Father, I thank you for your watchful care over your children. I pray that every one reading these words will know Your strength in whatever weakness they are struggling with. May they rest, knowing that in You they walk in high places where they are safe from all alarm.

Chili Con Carne

This a wonderful meal to make on a rainy or winter day. It is perfect meal to allow to simmer in a crock pot all day. How wonderful to come home to a delicious and filling meal. This recipe is a guideline but you can add any vegetables you like or those leftover from another meal and adjust the spices to your liking.
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean
  • 2 medium celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green sweet pepper,chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup green beans, cut in small pieces
  • 1-12 ounce/341 ml can of corn, with liquid
  • 1-28 ounce/796 ml can of diced tomatoes
  • 1-19 ounce/549 ml can of kidney beans or use a blend of beans
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 red hot peppers, leave whole or chop finely if you want more spicy flavor
  1. Brown ground beef in a frying pan chopping it finely as it browns.
  2. Pour into slow cooker, stir in the rest of the ingredients and let simmer on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  3. I served fresh baked multigrain bread and a salad with the chili.

Back to School with Pea butter n' Banana Wraps

Summer is over and some of you are sending your children off to school. This can be one of the busiest times of year as you organize schedules, meals, car pools, homework and family life.
When we sent our two daughters off to school 26 years ago I realized very soon that I was the key ingredient in making school mornings run smoothly. I was determined to send our girls off on a happy note each day, but like any other family there were mornings where we just barely got everyone out the door on time, let alone happy.
I want to encourage you young mom's to be the key ingredient to a good start in your homes each morning. Getting a little head start on your day before the kids wake up is a good beginning. When your children walk into the kitchen, be cheerful. Sit around the table with your family for breakfast, pray for them, and keep the conversation positive. Children need and want routine and structure in the home, so set a plan into action that works well for your family. Teaching them responsibility and time management early will pay off.
As they head out the door, be their cheerleader. Encourage them to be kind to their friends and to do their best. When they come home, give them some time and space to unwind. Be ready to listen when they want to tell you about their day. Most of all, just love them!

With food allergies on the rise many schools have banned peanut products. I have a nut allergy and was so glad when I found a Pea butter that tastes good and is also gluten free.

Needing a change from regular sandwiches? Think outside the bread bag. Grab a wrap and spread it with No Nuts Golden Pea butter, lay a peeled banana at one end and roll it up. For a little sweetness spread a layer of jam or honey over the Pea butter. So simple, so healthy, so delicious.

BBQ Chicken with a Southwest Spice Rub

Soon the BBQ season will come to an end for us, but I wanted to share with you this fantastic recipe of BBQ ed chicken with a south west spice rub. This amount makes enough for 4 large chickens. It help to have one of these contraptions that are very inexpensive and are a great substitute if your barbecue does not have a rotisserie.

  • 1/2 cup of smoked paprika / regular is fine too
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. salt / more according to taste if necessary
  • 2 tbsp. coriander
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. basil
  • 1 tbsp. thyme
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper.
  1. Combine and store in a sealed jar, in a cool and dark place. (like all your spices should be).
  2. First off you need one of those bbq stands for roasting a chicken upright on the bbq, or split your chicken in half and bbq that way.
  3. Schmear the chicken with your favorite mustard or the mustard you have on hand and give it a good massage.
  4. Rub your chicken generously with the spice rub, inside and out.
  5. Turn on half the bbq , place the chicken on the opposite side of the heat.
  6. Close the lid, and bake about 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until the meat thermometer reaches
    180 degrees when it is place in the thickest part of the thigh.
  7. Cover the bird and let rest for 10-15 minutes before you try to take it off the stand.
  8. Keep the carcass what ever you do, DO NOT throw it away. It makes a great soup for later on in the week.
  9. Finger licking good, make sure have lots of napkins.

Pulled Pork with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

I had pulled pork cooked this way at my daughter's not long ago.  It is simple and tasty...hard to go wrong!  This is not so much a a method.  Use any size pork loin roast...and the barbecue sauce of your choice.

  • 2-3 pound pork loin roast
  • 1 can root beer
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce
  1. Place pork roast in slow cooker.
  2. Pour can of root beer over the meat.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain juices.
  5. Shred pork and return to slow cooker.
  6. Stir in heated barbecue sauce and keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve.

It doesn't get any easier than that!  One can add sliced onions when cooking the pork, or make the barbecue sauce from scratch or serve on homemade buns to make it even better. But it's good as is...plain and simple.

Bread for the Journey

“Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name…”
~ Matt Redman ~

Psalm 34:19 ~
Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Isaiah 43:1-3
But now, this is what the Lord says-
he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel;
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior….”

Isaiah 43:18-19~
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

God promises to bring us through the wilderness. He does not abandon us. We can cling to these next great promises for our future…

Isaiah 35: 9,10 ~
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and the ransomed of the Lord will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Romans 15: 4~
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 

My hope is that these verses encourage you to know that in the midst of our wilderness times, our times in the desert, and in times of affliction (which are inevitable here on this earth), we have the promise that sustains us and lets us say “blessed be the Lord”.  Since Jesus has gone before us on this wilderness road and He promises to bring us through our wilderness to a future with Him we can bear the hardships on the road. We have a future with Him without “sorrow and sighing.” 
Romans 15:13 ~
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Blessed be His Name!

Banana Blueberry Oat Muffins

I've made these quite often this summer. They are a lovely, firm textured muffin.
You can substitute a 1/4 cup ground flax, wheat germ or bran for 1/4 cup of the flour to make them more nutrituous if you like.
One more thing to note - I distribute the blueberries between the muffin cups rather than folding them into the batter as we have quite large blueberries here in the Fraser Valley and the muffins can get quite juicy and fall apart easily if too many berries get into one muffin.
  • 1 1/4 cups flour (can use part whole wheat flour if desired)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup fresh or unthawed frozen blueberries
  • Pecan topping if desired ( Mix together: 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped pecans)
  1. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Beat together banana, buttermilk, egg and melted butter until smooth.
  4. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
  5. Stir in chopped pecans.
  6. In oiled muffin tins, fill cups 1/2 full. This makes 1 doz. medium sized muffins so you will have some batter left over for the next step.
  7. Top with 3 blueberries and then fill cups with remaining batter.
  8. Top each cup with 3 more blueberries
  9. Sprinkle with pecan topping if desired.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes. (A toothpick inserted into a muffin will come out clean)
  11. Remove from cups and cool on rack.

Our Final Day

It’s late Thursday evening as I sit down to view the photos that are supposed to capture the events of the day. They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . . and yet, I know that neither words nor pictures are adequate to describe the emotions of the friendships forged in these three days.
We carpooled in twos and threes, gathering as a group in Chilliwack’s beautiful Minter Garden. Some took advantage of the sunshine for their drive in.

By now we are getting rather good at seeing the right photo op and quickly finding a willing participant to take on a slew of cameras. The little business card tucked into their possession just might bring them to this site and see what all the fuss is about. (Top -left to right - Judy, Marg, Lovella -Middle - Julie, Betty, Anneliese, Bev - sitting at the bottom - Ellen, Kathy, Charlotte.)

We strolled along meandering paths through lush flowering gardens . . .

Stopping on bridges …

with our cameras in hand, giving each other tips on photography . . .

and Lovella showing us how it’s done.

We talked about things that don’t matter . . . and things that do.

Although summer is quickly coming to an end, the gardeners have done a great job keeping the grounds beautiful and showing off what’s in season.

The smiles came easy!

Our final meal was hosted by Julie in her Clubhouse . . .

A true Mennonite meal of Borscht, Zwieback and Schnetki! Just what we would have ordered by this time!
We laughed . . . we cried and we encouraged one another as we allowed ourselves to be real . . . and in doing this, we each realized our unique fit into a group where we are loved the way we are. . . yet challenged to grow and be who we were meant to be . . . in this season of our lives.

Thank you to Marg and Kathy for the entertainment and organizing our first of - hopefully many - mini re-treats!

Mennonite Girls Having Fun

Morning coffee with my guests...the prairie girls Betty and Charlotte.

We received a warm welcome on Judy's front porch.

The table settings along with name tags were a cheery welcome for our morning brunch.

We did feel welcome! It was all so beautiful!

Judy put on a real spread!

Food, friends and fellowship.

After brunch Bev and her husband Harv treated us to a mini cruise on beautiful Harrison.

A little beach stop...Anneliese and Betty had some fun on a rope swing....

and we stopped to take a group of many!

Marg and I served a light snack.

Enjoying girlfriend time while relaxing and taking in the beauty of God's creation.

The Harrison Hotel in the distance as we headed back to shore.
What a treat this was!

Bev's lovely yard and pond.

On the patio I spotted the zucchini blossoms that Bev picked up at Lepp Farm Market yesterday.
They were so pretty and delicious.

Bev in her kitchen.


Sharing a meal and our hearts.
Bev had chosen a scripture verse for each of us which was printed on the inside of the beautiful place cards she had made. Tears came freely as we went around the table and read each verse....each one so fitting for our personal lives.

Our last stop of the day was at Marg's home, where we gathered around her beautiful island,
and found comfy spots to sit and relax.

Marg's home turned into a quiet spa retreat for the evening.

She served us fresh blackberries picked today by her daughter.... well as her wonderful Hazelnut Torte.

The sunset was beautiful as our day came to a close.

We are heading out for another great day.
Tomorrow morning Anneliese will tell you all about it.