Howdy Everybody! I hope your week was real good. My week was good!

I want you all to remember the families of Vivian Ward and Ron Byrd. They were dear friends of mine. I know how their home going leaves a hole in the hearts and lives, of those left behind.

I went to church with them and their families for around 46 years. I know how hard it is for both families. The spiritual side of us rejoices, but the fleshly side grieves for their loss. I just hope and pray all of you, my readers are prepared for the journey home.

There is something that has been bothering me for a long time, that I want to share with all of you.

It seems as though Thanksgiving has just been deleted from everything. We go from Halloween straight into Christmas. Have we forgotten how we all got here in the first place.

We should always be thankful for all we are and what we have. I am also thankful to the Pilgrims for traveling around the world and paving the way for us to have a great place to live and the freedoms we have had.

I can imagine the first meal that was had with the Indians and the Pilgrims. They were able to call a truce and sit down to eat together.I am not fond at all of how the land was taken from the Indians, however I am glad to be here and thankful to those who have gone on before us.

I do believe we have turned our backs on our Creator, ignored the Constitution and have forgotten our heritage and the bountiful things the Good Lord has blessed us with. I want to wish you and your families a very blessed and thankful Thanksgiving!

I hope I am not alone in what I have said to you about Thanksgiving. Ours is the Land of the Brave and Free. As Tiny Tim said, "God Bless Us Everyone!" We need it, desperately.

Now that I have got that off my chest, let's move on to some more funnies from my teen years. I want to continue some more stories of Jan, Judy, Linda and Patricia. This one goes to show you not to stick your nose into something that does not belong.

Of, course back then we wanted to explore and we got our answers and how. I know the Lord did what he did to show us He is the Master of it all.

Growing up in the 50's, 60's, and 70's we were so naive. If someone said dog we would say cat. Do you remember those days? If you said no, you are telling a giant Fibber-Jammer! I would be a liar if I said I didn't do some of those things, Here goes, I am at the girls house spending the night. I remember it as if it were yesterday. We would stay up half the night doing what teens do. We decide to get out the ouija board and ask a bunch of questions, it was like the 8 Ball most of us had both. Well, we get to playing with it, asking questions and the oh's and ah's would roll out of our mouths. We would debate the answers sometimes. After about an hour or hour and a half we got bored and decided to go to bed and get some sleep.

Their room was across the hall from their parents and we had to be quiet or Daddy Williams would have come across the hall and got after us. You don't want to wake the dad or the mom, You know what I mean? We put the ouija board in the closet where it was kept. We had all dosed off, when the most horrible sound, you've ever heard, in your life, woke us up. We were scared out of our wits. It was coming out of the dresser. We all got in the double bed that was in the room. Can you Imagine, four girls in one bed with the covers almost covering our heads.

It was such a hot night the windows being open weren't doing much good. No AC. You should have seen us. We were in a tizzy trying to survive the noise that was haunting us. One of the girls finally said, We forgot to tell the ouija board good-bye. We scrambled to grab it back out of the closet to say our good-bye's. We put it back in the closet and tried to go back to sleep.

The dresser was bound and determined to keep us awake, the rest of the night. It never stopped. At that point we were so exhausted we wouldn't have cared if it came over to the beds and devoured everyone of us. We related the story to the rest of the household, come morning.

After a brief investigation. It was discovered the clock hanging in the middle of the dresser, between the mirrors and attached to the wall, was on the blink and was making the noise. What a bunch of relieved sisters and Jan. This was the highlights of the story as I remember them.

I will tell you one thing. we never messed with it again. That goes to show all of us to look to God for the answers and certainly no dog gone ouija board or any other worldly vices that are floating around. What do a bunch of young-uns know anyway.

"And that's the way I see it."

May God bless you and yours this coming week! You are loved! Let's eat some throw together dishes that can be made in a jiffy! Ok! Enjoy!

DEEPLY D'LISH PIZZA

1-tube Grands biscuits

1 cup marinara sauce (She uses Prego)

Pepperoni slices

Sliced olives

! cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces and drop in bottom of glass or ceramic baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Cut pepperoni slices into quarters and distribute over biscuits. Add sliced olives and then a light layer of sauce, about 1 cup.(Add in blops and do not cover entire surface). Sprinkle with light layer of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees, 25-30 minutes. Tip: You can use any toppings as long as they will cook properly in 25 minutes. Avoid raw meat.

BAKED HONEY DIJON CHICKEN AND POTATOES

1 lb. red potatoes, quartered

1 cup honey mustard salad dressing

1 T. chopped onion

8 chicken thighs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl or plastic bag. Lay in an even layer on baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender.

TATER-TOT CASSEROLE

1 lb. browned ground chuck or round

1/2 envelope Lipton onion soup mix

(about 1 heaping t.)

1 10 oz. can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup (undiluted)

1 16 oz. pkg. frozen tater tots

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a casserole dish, combine cooked ground beef and dry onion soup mix, and cream soup. Top mixture with tater tots. Bake, uncovered for 30-40 minutes till bubbly and tots are golden brown. Remove from oven and top with cheese, return to oven until cheese is melted.

TIP OF THE WEEK: With the Holidays approaching and you are trying new recipes as well as using some of your oldies but goodies. Pay attention to every detail of recipes. You don't want to end up like me and have chocolate soup instead of chocolate pie. I doubled the recipe and didn't double all the ingredients. Oops!