As Charlotte would say, “Greetings and salutations!” I hope you all had a wonderful week! My week was real good!

The Good Lord let me live to see another birthday this week. November 8th was my birthday. I got to do a happy dance because I got a president for my day.

Number 61 will be my favorite birthday from now on. I can’t believe we are preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

I do love all the food we get to eat. If we had it all the time all of us would have a weight problem and other health issues as well. I sure love it in the meantime though.

My life hasn’t always been peachy keen, however I am thankful every time I wake up in the morning and see another beautiful day that The Lord has made. I am just grateful when I wake up in the mornings and can see another day. I am thankful for having all of my senses in good working order. Even though I wear glasses I can still see, I have my hearing, my hands, feet, legs and organs. I can laugh, cry and well, just be human. I am thankful most of all that I have a personal relationship with my Jesus. I love life and all those in it that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning to face a new day.

I am truly thankful for the family I grew up in on both sides of the fence. I love my parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. If you are kin to me in any way I love you. I am thankful for all my friends, especially those of you who read my columns from week to week. I enjoy the phone calls and conversations I have with all of you. It doesn’t matter where I see people, I love to stop and chat a bit. I love to see the people I went to school with, too.

I have a funny for you. The other night I saw a post from a friend of mine and I couldn’t help but reply to it. Here goes: Does anyone have a recipe for I don’t know or I don’t care? It’s what my family requested for dinner, but I can’t seem to find it in my recipes! Of course I had to come back with a remark. This was my reply. Fix what you want, put it in the table along with a stick! If anyone complains, pick the stick up and tell them to complain again and that and that you speak softly and not only do you carry a big stick, but you know how to use it. (rolling on the floor laughing my butt off!)

I get tickled at myself sometimes, do you? We all have our moments, don’t we! I just want mine to keep on coming. I was always taught that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. I have said this before and I will say it again, I thank God for blessing me with a sense of humor. It has been a lifesaver to me.

I encourage you to sit down and list the things you are thankful for. You may find out your life is not so bad after all. I also urge those of you whose hearts and lives are broken, for whatever reason, assess your circumstances. You may find out there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

It is always up to us how we do things in our lives. You may discover what I was taught as a child growing up, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth and never judge a book by its cover. There is room for change in all of us as long as it is for the betterment of our circumstances. God knows I need him more everyday I live.

“And that’s the way I see it.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, from my house to all of yours. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer! You are loved! Let’s see what we can rustle up for those holiday meals! Enjoy!

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

1 box chocolate mix

8 oz. sour cream

1 cup chocolate chips

1cup water

4 eggs

¾ cup vegetable oil

1 large 3.9 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding

Mix together, pour into greased crockpot dish. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

Oatmeal Cake

Pour 1 ¼ cups boiling water over 1cup oatmeal and let set. Cream ½ cup shortening, add 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar gradually. Mix well and add 2 whole eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.

1 1/3 cups plain flours

1 tsp. soda

½ tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

Sift together. Add oats to creamed mixture. Next add dry ingredients. Bake at about 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

Topping for oatmeal cake

¼ cup margarine

½ cup cream

1cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk

½ to 1cup pecans

1 cup coconut

Mix together and cook 5 minutes. Put on top cake. This is a delicious dessert.

Punch Bowl Cake

½ angel food cake

1 can cherry or blueberry pie filling or 2 quarts fresh strawberries (sliced and add sugar to taste)

1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding

1 can pineapple tidbits drained

1 lg. container Cool Whip, frozen

1 or 2 bananas, sliced

Tear angel food cake in chunks. Layer in bottom of pan. Mix pudding according to pkg. directions. Mix pudding, pineapple and Cool Whip. Pour over cake chunks. Layer bananas and add pie filling or strawberries.

Tip of the Week

To keep icings moist and to prevent cracking, add a pinch of baking soda to the icing.