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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Liver and Onions
Liver and Onions
Tossed Salad
Dinner Roll

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

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

Steak Dinner with Friends at Monti’s in Phoenix

Sour Cream/Guacamole
Refried Beans
Mexican Rice

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

Crockpot Continental Chicken
Golden Little Gems Potatoes
Green Peas
Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Strussel Topping



Have a Yummy Week,


Favorite Pins Friday

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.

Exterior Decorating
Source:  Chalk Board Art
Would love this by our front entry door! This might be a nice way to display it:

Exterior Decorating
Source:  Spool table
Inspiration…found one and did it!


Fall Trail Mix and Free Printable

ff329868ecfe51c485027ea66cd41943Love these and have printed and used.

Modest and Beautiful  Source:  Soft Surroundings

So Many Ideas…So Little Time!!!

Have an inspired day,


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?
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
From out backyard yesterday.

The Changing Seasons
I am especially enjoying the glorious, warm colors of fall
and the special season of Thanksgiving!

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,


His Word for My Week – Thorn in the Flesh


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

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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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,

Menu Plan Monday for the week of October 13, 2014

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

Salmon croquettes
Salmon Patties
Red Potatoes with Onions
Creamed Spinach

Chicken napoli

Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad

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Mashed w/Gravy
Green Beans

Pork Chops with Applesauce
24-Hour Salad

Birthday Get-to-gether with Friends
Eat Out

Left-over Meatloaf


Have a Yummy Week,


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

Favorite Pins Friday

acaaa4f08f85516e894ebf757493fafeLove this print as my daughter’s married name is Quail!

CHandG-Halloween_149Just bought some Honey Crisp Apple Cider at Trader Joe’s!

Love this idea for our garden entry gate.  I have the cans!

84597c009538418bc8b85af1370dc3ccGreat outdoor entertaining idea!  This was set up for a pumpkin carving event.

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Now that’s a warm welcome!

Have a creative day,

Thankful Thursday

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I am thankful for:

Gentle rains–cool, refreshing, cleansing, watering rains!

10665373_10202036558470240_7472666137130674533_nWell, it did rain a bit!  Gentle rains that kept coming and coming!  These pics are from our friend, Charity, who was recused by her parents.

 Plant-bearing friends.  So many lovely sights in our yard are the gifts of friends.

This Blue Potato Bush from my friend, Melda, is off to a good start
underneath our Palo Brea.

2718636672_cda94d7a5e_m Moses in the Bulrushes from my friend, Julene.

DSCN3537 Succulent from Melda!  Wished you could see her gardens!
I will have to snap some pics when I visit her next time.

Lovely little spider plant loves the light!  Again, from my friend, Melda.
Melda also gifted me with another succulent for my birthday.

For great friends!
On Saturday we celebrated the 70th birthday of a dear friend, Mike, with a surprise birthday party put together by his daughter.  Charity did such an outstdanding job putting this party together.  Food and fellowship couldn’t have been better!
We had such a lovely time there.
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On Sunday, we were surprised with a visit from a dear friend, Cathy,
from Texas on Sunday.  How great it was to see her.

Then, treated to an after-church birthday lunch by two of our dearest friends, Phil and Linda, who are always a joy to be with.  We really had been missing them so much, and it was wonderful to be able to spend valued time with them.

Our family
Cape Cod 2014

 Have a Blessed day,


His Word For My Week – When Life Gets to Be a Bit Much!

His Word My Week
“And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said Arise and eat; because the journey to too great for thee.”
1 Kings 19:7

I can so relate to Elijah finding himself under a broom tree with the worse case of the “woe-be-me’s.”  He was worn out, exhausted, down, depressed, in a state of panic, and feeling like “enough is enough.”  I am sure that we have all had days like those when we find life’s circumstances to be a “bit too much!”   How interesting that Elijah is fed by a raven in his successes and fed (angel food cake) by an angel in his time of feeling like a failure.  Talk about God’s wonderful grace!  God provided sustenance that would keep Elijah for 6 weeks. (Wouldn’t it be nice to have to make a sustaining meal once every 6 weeks?)  Yes, even in our most despairing moments, God provides!  He will not force us to come and eat.  We must be willing partakers!  He gives us His Word (Manna from Heaven), His Spirit to guide and comfort us, and even, yes, angels to watch over and minister to us (that must be a full time job!)  Are we desiring to read His Word, to yield to His Spirit’s leading, to pray and communicate with Him on a daily basis?  I loved A.W. Pink’s commentary on this: 

  “But there is a practical lesson here for each of us, even for those whom grace hath preserved from backsliding. “The journey is too great for thee.” Not only life’s journey as a whole, but each daily segment of it will make demands above and beyond our own unaided powers. The faith required, the courage demanded, the patience needed, the trials to be borne, the enemies to be overcome, are “too great” for mere flesh and blood. What then? Why, begin the day as Elijah began this one: “Arise and eat.” You do not propose to go forth to a day’s work without first supplying your body with food and drink, and is the soul more able to do without nourishment? God does not ask you to provide the spiritual food, but has graciously placed it by your side. All He asks is, “Arise and eat:” feed on the heavenly manna that your strength may be renewed; begin the day by partaking of the Bread of Life, that you may be thoroughly furnished for the many demands that will be made upon your graces.” 

Have a blessed day,