Thursday, January 19, 2017

I won!

Did any of you follow the story of Joey Feek?  Joey was a country singer, who sang on her own and also sang with her husband Rory.  Joey passed away last March after fighting cancer for some time.  Her husband Rory wrote a blog throughout this time that was not only a testimony to his love for her, but also a testimony to their faith and the knowledge that God was with them through this fight.
My friend Sara, from make music from your heart had a giveaway on her blog of the DVD that was made telling the story of Joey and Rory.  I had been following Rory's blog and was very touched by their story and testimony, and was so excited to hear that I won the DVD. 
Bob and I watched it last weekend and thought the movie was very good.  It showcased what was important to both Joey and Rory, which was faith and family.  If you watch it, be sure you have some tissues ready.
Thanks so much Sara for offering this on your blog!
If you live near me and want to borrow this, just let me know!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cooking Thursday

We had our small group from church over this past weekend.  I made lasagna for supper and used a recipe I've made a few times before.  This isn't hard to make, but does take some time, so it's not one I make when I'm in a hurry.  However - it is so good!  The name of it is 'The Worlds best Lasagna' and it really is the best I think!

Worlds Best Lasagna

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 6.5-ounce cans tomato sauce
2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 3 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, then layer 3 more noodles.  Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

What's happening here...

Last week I told you we were having crazy weather here - cold and snow for days, followed by warmer weather and rain, only to have it freeze and snow again!  This week, warm weather is predicted again.

It's making a mess of our yard - lots of little branches have come down and lay scattered on the snow that's left.

The fields are a mess!  The snow melted and then re-froze.  Lots of ice!

There are also some exciting things happening!
 You my remember that our church has been meeting in a school and we've been working on a new building.  This building houses our offices and classrooms.  It was recently finished, and approved for use.  Last week we moved in!  We will be building a worship center when we raise more money, and are so thankful for the way God has taken care of our congregation thus far!

And in more building news, this is the new addition at the nursing home I work at.  It's almost done.  We will be having a few open houses this week so the public can see it.  I can tell you it is beautiful, and will be a wonderful place for people when they need it.  This section is for skilled nursing; a place where people can come and rehabilitate, receiving therapy and nursing before going home.  The next step is a major re-do on the rest of the building, which will be for long term care.  We are very excited about all of it!
I'll show you pictures of this inside of this section next week, after the open houses are done.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

One more party!

On Friday I had one more Christmas party to go to.  It was my work party.  They've been having it in January, to avoid the busyness that happens in December.

We met at a local restaurant and had a very good supper.

 After supper we played some "minute to win it" games.  The goal of this one was to pick up as many candy canes as possible, using a candy cane in your mouth.  I was elected by my team to do this and didn't do very well!  I only got one candy cane!  The winner was the girl in the front of this photo.  She is an occupational therapist and she got 5 candy canes.

This was another game.  Each table had to see how tall they could get graham crackers stacked, using just the graham crackers and frosting.  This was our stack - after part of it fell down.  We came in second.  :)

Another thing we did was to have an ugly sweater contest.  These are the people who took part.  The winner was the lady with the green Rudolph sweater, who was also wearing ears on her head.

We had such a fun night!  It's truly a blessing to work with people who are also friends.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cooking Thursday

The recipe I'm sharing today is one I saw several friends sharing on Facebook, and when I checked it, it had great reviews.  I was interested in it because it had smoked sausage in it, which is one of Bob's favorites.  It was extremely easy to throw together.  I'm glad I made it on a day that I wasn't gone all day though.  The recipe said to cook it on low for 6-8 hours, and when I came home after 4 hours it was close to done.  I ended up turning it off, and reheating it later.  However it was very tasty and Bob said I should make it again, I just won't cook it as long.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes
3 pounds red potatoes
2 pounds smoked sausage
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 can cream of celery soup
1 envelope ranch dressing mix

Spray Slow Cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
Stir cream cheese, cream of celery soup and ranch dressing together in a small bowl.
Cut potatoes into wedges (You don't have to peel them) and place in slow cooker.  Cut sausage into 1/2 inch slices and add to the potatoes. Pour soup and cream cheese mix over top and stir to combine.
Cook on low for 4-5 hours until potatoes are tender.
* several reviews said they added 1/2 cup chicken broth so the sauce wasn't quite as thick.  I will try that next time as the sauce was very tasty, but also quite thick.