Southwest Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad

Layered Southwest Cornbread Salad

1 8″ x 8″ pan prepared cornbread, crumbled (I used two small Jiffy Mix boxes.)
1/2 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. ranch dressing
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag chopped romaine lettuce or 1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
1 small bag frozen corn, thawed
6 roma tomatoes, chopped
6 green onions, diced or 1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

In a small bowl, mix sour cream, ranch dressing and salt.  Stir until well combined, set aside.

 In a trifle dish, place half the lettuce then sprinkle with 1/2 of the crumbled cornbread.  Dollop half of the dressing mixture over the top of the cornbread.  Then layer with half the corn, beans, tomatoes, onions and cheese.  Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Chill.  

Menu Plan Monday for the week of October 20, 2014

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Monday
Liver and Onions
Liver and Onions
Tossed Salad
Dinner Roll

Tuesday
parmesan tilapia
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Roast Red Potatoes and Carrots
Steamed Broccoflower
Grain-free Peach Crisp

Wednesday
Sloppy joes on ciabatta rolls
Sloppy Joes on Ciabatta Rolls
Sauteed Peppers and Onions
Tossed Salad

Thursday
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Steak Dinner with Friends at Monti’s in Phoenix

Friday
tacos
Tacos
Sour Cream/Guacamole
Refried Beans
Mexican Rice

Saturday
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Birthday BBQ with Friends
Bring a dish to pass–Cornbread Salad

Sunday
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Crockpot Continental Chicken
Golden Little Gems Potatoes
Green Peas
Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Strussel Topping
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Have a Yummy Week,

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Favorite Pins Friday

Recipes
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Source:  Rosemary Sweet Potato Stackers
Last week our church family were blessed with crates of sweet potoatoes for the taking.          Guess what I will be making with them.

Quiche tarts  Source:  Quiche Tarts
They used a tupperware cutter for these tart shells.  Amazingly enough, I still have one.
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Exterior Decorating
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Source:  Chalk Board Art
Would love this by our front entry door! This might be a nice way to display it:
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Exterior Decorating
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Source:  Spool table
Inspiration…found one and did it!
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Entertaining
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Fall Trail Mix and Free Printable

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Modesty
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Modest and Beautiful  Source:  Soft Surroundings

So Many Ideas…So Little Time!!!

Have an inspired day,

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Thankful Thursday

There is a very large body of recent scientific work showing that adults who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being, are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. (Dr. Michael Murray)
So considering these findings, it would be expedient for us to start our days with thoughts of gratitude.  Do you have a gratitude journal?
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I am thankful for:

Beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets
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Pictures of the Arizona Sunrise and Sunset taken this week by Floyce Wilkerson
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From out backyard yesterday.

The Changing Seasons
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I am especially enjoying the glorious, warm colors of fall
and the special season of Thanksgiving!
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Favorite Fall Findings
Fall Favorite Things
From World Market:  Ginger Snaps & Pumpkin Spice Coffee
From Trader Joe’s:  Thomcord Grapes, Maple Pecan Granola, Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
We have already eaten 3 boxes of sweet Thomcord grapes, had Maple Pecan Granola on our morning Yogurt and on ice cream with maple syrup, and sipped a few cups of tea and coffee along with a few gingersnaps.  Just love the taste of Fall!

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Have a happy day,
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His Word for My Week – Thorn in the Flesh

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  Scripture:
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that lthe power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:7

Reflection:
Yesterday, I was out cleaning up the yard after some rather heavy rains here in the desert Southwest.  Our Palo Brea tree was quite prolific spreading seed pods all over our yard.   The rain encouraged these seeds in their sprouting mini Palo Breas everywhere.    As I worked at pulling out 60-70 deep-rooted seedlings, I was recalling the time when I got a rather large torn imbedded in my left ring finger.  After two hand surgeries, that nasty, painfull “thorn in the flesh” was removed.  This portion of Scripture in 2 Corninthians came to my mind,
and I love Jill Brisco’s commentary on this:

“My friend and I had been talking about the way adversity forces us to trust God. “I’ve lived twenty years with a thorn in the flesh,” my friend remarked. “How do I learn dependence now that the thorn is out?” We agreed that pride and fleshly energy take over so easily when the need to depend is removed. If we feel strong and confident apart from God—watch out!Yet all of life will not necessarily be one long chapter of accidents. What about the times “the thorn” is removed or we find ourselves between thorns? To depend even when the sun shines is a real test of maturity. It helps to pray a lot. Prayer gives us a sense of our inadequacy at all times and this helps us lean on the Lord.To be reminded of his Person reminds me of my person, and that will surely help me to depend! Isaiah, seeing God high and lifted up, saw himself low and cast down (Isaiah 6). A season of prayer will help us to stop saying “Wow is me” and make sure we say “Woe is me”!  Physical thorns can be in our fleshly nature until the day we die and should keep us in constant dependence on the Spirit of God to make good his strength in our weakness. This way we will glory in his power and not in our own strength.”

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Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Lord, I am on my knees thinking of Your Word to me today.  How many times I have said to You, “If only this torn was removed, I could….”  But I know that You are not as interested my happiness and usefullness as You are in developing my character.  I admit that time when the “sun does shine,” I find myself farther and farther from You.  The chronic infirmities of one type or another, annoyances, the troubles of life, keep me on my knees and closer to You. I confess that I find it difficult to  “glory in my infirmities'” and struggle to be “content in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.”   Help me, Lord, to learn to lean fully on You and draw from Your Power.  In Jesus Name and for His sake, Amen.

Have a blessed day,
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Menu Plan Monday for the week of October 13, 2014

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MONDAY
Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham, Onion, Cheddar Quiche
Tossed Salad
Pumpkin Sweet Bread

TUESDAY
Salmon croquettes
Salmon Patties
Red Potatoes with Onions
Creamed Spinach

WEDNESDAY
Chicken napoli

Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
Rolls

THURSDAY
Meatloaf Redux WM TS 007
Meatloaf
Mashed w/Gravy
Green Beans

FRIDAY
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Pork Chops with Applesauce
24-Hour Salad
Brocolli

SATURDAY
Birthday Get-to-gether with Friends
Eat Out

SUNDAY
Left-over Meatloaf

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Have a Yummy Week,
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Recipe of the week – Chicken Napoli

Recipe of the Week – Chicken Napoli
Chicken napoli

Chicken Napoli

This has to be one of my favorite recipes.  The aroma of the chicken breasts browning with the basil mixture is amazing. When making this my husband’s remark is always, “Wow, something smells really good; what are you cooking?”

2 large chicken breasts, quartered
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbs. butter
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cups water
1/4 c. tomato sauce
3 cups mostaccioli or macaroni
2 cups broccoli flowerets, cooked
2 tbs. flour
1 cup milk

Rub chicken breasts with 1/2 teaspoon salt mixed with basil and pepper.  Brown in 1 tablespoon butter and oil in 10″ skillet over low heat, about 7-10 minutes on each side.  Mix water and tomato sauce in saucepan; bring to boil.  Pour over chicken.  Stir in mostaccioli; return to boil.  Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes.  Arrange broccoli around edge of skillet to form a border.  Heat about 2 minutes.  Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan.  Stir in flour.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly , until bubbly.  Add milk; stire until thickened.  Pour over chicken and mostaccioli in skillet.  Heat 1-2 minutes.

Serves 4

Preparation Time:  40 minutes