Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a great week! My week has been better so far! I want to thank for your love and understanding last week! I felt so bad if you had taken me out into the woods and shot me, I wouldn’t have cared.

I just want to tell all of you, my readers that I appreciate each and every one of you.

We have three occasions coming up that we should celebrate with pride and joy. Thanksgiving is coming up this month and we should be grateful for our heritage, I think back to the day the pilgrims, sat down with the natives of our country and broke bread together. Thus the celebration of a new nation was set that day, with liberty and justice for all.

I am so thankful that we set this day aside for families to reunite and share what they are thankful for. I am thankful for how The Lord has watched over me since Day One.

I was born into a wonderful family. I love each and every one of them, on both sides of the fence. I have more cousins than Carter’s has got liver pills. That is a lot! I hope some of them are reading this and that they know I love them all bunches.

November holds a lot of meaning to me. My birthday is November 8, 1955. I can’t believe I am going to be 61 years old. Wow! Time flies when you are having fun! (giggle).

On November 14th, 1978 I gave birth to my miracle child. I had three doctors tell me I would never be able to have children. God decided different.

She came the day the Dr. said she was due, which is unusual. I loved being a mom. I am still a mom and will always be a mom. I miss her every day I live.

I was blessed with a loving husband, too. I miss him every day!

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me.

On November 22, 1970, The Lord saved me that day! I was an unsaved church member and that day The Lord came into to my heart and to dwell within my soul. He is our advocate with the Father.

Last, but not least, November 21, 1997. I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.

The 12th of December I had a radical left nephrectomy! These are a few of the markers of my life. I just thank God everyday for allowing me to be here.

“And that’s the way I see it”

I want all of you to take the time to think about the things in life you are thankful for. You are gifts from God. May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be forever at your back!

Thank you to all of the staff at the Rogersville Review for all you do and for making me feel at home on Wednesdays.

God Bless each and everyone of you! You are loved! Come on and belly up at the table, it’s time to eat! Enjoy!

Pepper Jelly

2 cups red or green bell pepper, chopped

¼ cup hot chili pepper, seeded

1 cup white vinegar

½ cup lemon juice

4½ cups sugar

1 bottle or box of Certo

4-7 drops red or green food coloring, depending on what color bell pepper you use. Orange or yellow bell pepper is also good to use.

Blend the first 4 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place sugar and blended ingredients, in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; stirring often and boil about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add Certo and food coloring. Bring back to a slow boil for 2 minutes. Place jelly in jelly jars. When serving the jelly you take a block of cream cheese and place it in the middle of a plate pour jelly over cheese and surround it with Ritz crackers. This is a wonderful appetizer.

Easy Salsa

1-14.5 oz. can Hunt’s Petite diced tomatoes

1-14.5 oz. can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies

½ cup finely chopped onion

Juice of ½ lime

Combine all ingredients. Delicious if served away or even better if allowed to set in refrigerator overnight. Serve with tortilla chips.

Corn Dip

2-15oz. cans summer crisp corn, drained

8 oz. Sharp cheddar cheese

1 can diced green chilies

5-6 chopped jalapenos, remove seeds

5-6 green onions, chopped

¾ cup mayonnaise

¾ cup sour cream

Mix all together. Serve with scoop Fritos

Note: I will be putting in recipes for the holidays until after New Years. “Happy Eating”

Tip of the Week

Be sure to stay safe during the holidays. Check your fire, smoke and radon detectors. Do not over do it with too many lights for decoration. More safety tips next week!