Hello Folks! I hope you had a great and a Blessed Christmas! My week was Merry and Bright! (Maybe)!

We are preparing to transition into a new year. I pray you all will have the best year of your life in 2016. As the song says, “Gee Ain't It Funny, How Time Slips Away.” It blows my mind, how the old clock is ticking.

We all have room for improvement. I know I do. I pray we all try to do our very best and to better ourselves, in the coming year. Every year I am gonna try to do what I can. We all know the shape our nation has been.

When my Mamaw Sorah passed, Mom got a framed embroidered piece and she hung it in her spare bedroom. I was at her house right after she got it. I went in the bedroom and looked up and there it was. You all know our country is in bad shape. We are no longer safe anywhere we go. This piece says it all:

Beauty in the heart, Brings harmony to the home.

Harmony in the home, Brings order to the Nation.

Order in the Nation, Brings peace to the world.

While I'm at, it I will give you a few more of these quotes, I have found over the years.

Our purpose as Christians is to Evangelize to a generation that is Hell-bound. Grace is what comes into your life, to do what you can't do for yourself, at no cost to you! God chooses what we go through. We choose how we go through it. You don’t have to go look for suffering, It will come looking for you.

Give Him your scar. When a stone is dropped into a lake, it quickly disappears from sight —but its impact leaves behind a series of ripples that broaden and reach across the water.

In the same way, the impact of one life lived for Christ will leave behind an influence for good that will reach the lives of many others. (Roy Lessin).

These are some quotes I have found, over the years. It is also some food for thought as we celebrate the season, leave this year and begin a new journey in our lives.

“And that’s the way I see it.”

May God richly bless you and yours as we continue on into 2016. You are loved!

Let’s find out what is new in the old feed bag, Shall we? Enjoy!

CABBAGE BEEF SOUP

1-1/2 lbs. ground chuck

1 16oz. can chopped tomatoes

1 pkg. Chilli-O mix

2 cans red kidney beans

1 small head cabbage, chopped

3-4 small onions, chopped

2 sticks celery, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 large can tomato juice

salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground chuck and drain. Add tomatoes, Chilli-O mix and kidney beans. Simmer. In a separate large pot, combine cabbage, onions, celery, green pepper, salt and pepper with 3/4 to 4 cups water. Cook until tender. Add tomato juice and beef mixture. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours.

PINEAPPLE CASSEROLE

Two, 20-oz. cans chunk pineapple, unsweetened, drained and reserve juice

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 cup sugar

3 T. flour

4 T. pineapple juice

1/2 stick butter

1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled

Mix sugar and flour. Stir in pineapple, cheese and 1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees and reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake 20 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup crumbs to top and return to oven to brown.

CAROLYN’S CORNBREAD SALAD

One, 10-inch skillet cornbread,baked and crumbled

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

3 cups cooked pinto beans, drained

2 large cans whole kernel corn, drained

2 large tomatoes, diced

2 cups shredded lettuce

1/2 cup bacon bits

1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, dry

Mix cornbread, beans, corn, onions and celery together. Layer mixture in a 9x13 inch glass dish. Sprinkle a layer of lettuce, tomato and cheese; then a layer of cornbread mixture; then lettuce mixture. Top with mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise and dressing mix. Spread on top and sprinkle with cheese and bacon bits. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours. Delicious!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Instant potatoes are a good stew thickener. E-mail me at jancakes750@yahoo.com.