Hey, everyone! I hope your week was wonderful! You all know my weeks are usually wild and the unexpected happens always!

I apologize for my absence last week. I had gotten ready to come to the paper had been to the Dr. and stopped by the Scotchman to get something to drink. I got sick right there in the store. I had to turn around and go back home.

I put my sleep clothes back on, and then called Joel to let him know what had happened. I also called our Wednesday Night Bible Study teacher and told him I was sick. I went to bed and slept awhile.

It took a couple days to get over it. I have digestive problems and I never know when an attack is going to happen. It is just another chapter in my daily life. Ain’t life grand? Not!

It is my prayer that all of you have a blessed, healthy and exciting Holiday Season! I love Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It is a time to be thankful for what we have. “A celebration of life” and when our dear Savior was born, a brand new year to celebrate.

We are about to approach the year 2017. It always blows my mind when I think about how far we have come. When I was growing up we couldn’t fathom living to see the 21st Century, yet here we are.

I never dreamed I would live to see age 30. I thought that was ancient, yet here I am and I am 61 years old. It is unreal how life, as we used to know it has changed to the point our loved ones who have gone on before us wouldn’t recognize our world today.

There are days I would like to go back in time for the simplicity that was had when I was growing up. I realize we can’t go back. To pen the words of a song I know “Time Has Made A Change” since my childhood days. Oh! How true that is.

My brothers aren’t in Hawkins County any more. We gathered at Tim’s church for an early Thanksgiving.

They have a real nice Family Life Center there. My great nephews loved being able to run and play. The big room is a gym, where the kids can play basketball. They have tables for meals and an industrial type kitchen and nice restrooms. I love it!

We had a real good meal. It was our first Thanksgiving Pizza. We followed up with some real good pies. I love the Edward’s pies. I bought a Key Lime, Pecan and Hershey Pie.

We had a good time! The boys were worn out. I think the adults wore themselves out playing games with the little ones. We had a blast! There is nothing better than having real family time together. We try to get together as often as possible. I love all of them.

“And that’s the way I see it.”

I will tell you all about falling again next week! May God bless all of you and your families this very special time of the year, celebrating Jesus and him being our Savior. You are loved! Let’s make a few casseroles we love to serve for gatherings or anytime meals.

 Eva’s Green Bean Casserole

2 cans French style green beans (drained)

1 can cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)

1-8 oz. Sour Cream

2 T. mayonnaise

1 box Stove Top Stuffing (original recipe) Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Put this mixture in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish, top with stuffing bake at 325 degrees for 30-35

 Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

2 lbs. of frozen Hash browns

½ cup melted margarine or butter

1 can cream of chicken soup

1-pint sour cream

½ cup peeled and chopped onion

2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, then transfer to a greased (with Pam) 11x14 baking dish. In a preheated oven to 325 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes.

 Mom’s Broccoli Casserole

2 pkgs. frozen broccoli

½ cup mayonnaise

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 stick margarine

1 small pkg. Pepperidge Farm dressing mix.

Cook broccoli and place in bottom of casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Mix soup and mayonnaise and put on top of broccoli. Melt margarine and mix with dressing. Place on top. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.

 Tip of the Week

I always double this recipe so there is plenty of it.