Thursday, December 27, 2012

My 2 Criteria For a Good Recipe

I never knew until recent years that black eyed peas were good luck if served on New Year's.  While I don't believe in "good luck", I do believe in good food.  So here's a black eyed peas recipe that I tested for you today.  It's easy and it's good-those are my 2 criteria for a recipe.  Enjoy!

1.  Rinse 1 pound of dry black eye peas. (Is it "eye" or "eyed"? LOL)
2. Put them in your slow cooker with 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water.
3.  Add 1 tsp. of cajun seasoning.
I used Tony Chachere's.  It's yummy.  Try it.

4.  Add some ham if you choose.  I added the ham bone with some meat on it left over from Christmas.  
5.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  

That's it!  My kind of recipe. 
Happy New Year!

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas
1 lb. dry black eyed peas
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
1 tsp. cajun seasoning
ham (optional)

1.  Rinse the black eyed peas and put in the slow cooker.
2.  Add chicken broth, water, seasoning, and ham and stir.
3.  Cook on low for 6 hours.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why My Kids Don't Make A Christmas List

The reason is quite simple: 
I don't want to raise self-centered children.
You know the old acronym: 

A Christmas list definitely doesn't fit into the Jesus and others category.

This is not to say that I never had my kids make a list-a couple of years ago they made one-probably about 2 years in a row.  And it just felt wrong.  
There's all this TALK about keeping Jesus the reason for the season- how does making a list of everything I WANT keep Jesus the center of our Christmas.
It doesn't.  It can't.

How do I know what my kids want for Christmas?  
Firstly, I buy them what they NEED.  This is the time of year that I restock -socks, underwear, clothes the next size up, shoes, etc.  Are my kids disappointed-No! They love getting the new things that they need.  We've always done this and they have appreciated it.  

Secondly, I know my children.  I know their interests and their hearts.  So I know what they want.  They share their desires from time to time when a commercial comes on or they see something in the store.  I take mental notes.

In my mind it makes sense-don't overindulge them and the children are appreciative and not self centered. 

I don't want to give the whole "Jesus is the Reason" lip service.  In our home, eliminating the Christmas list, has been a simple way to help us and our children stay focused on Him.

Psalm 119:36 "Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain."


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