Nov 27 2014

Be Kind Be thoughtful Be genuine but most of All Be Thankful  Orange Inspiration and Color Theory / The English Room Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a truly amazing and safe Thanksgiving Holiday if you will be traveling to see family and friends!  I am thankful for the many wonderful blessings in my life.  This year we are thrilled to spend some time with our extended family over the Thanksgiving Holiday!  It is not every year we are able to get together for Thanksgiving!   We also get to celebrate with my youngest brother as he marries the love of his life this Thanksgiving weekend.  So many reasons to be thankful!

I love this quote because even during the difficult times we can “be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine, but most of all be thankful”.  What a great reminder not just for Thanksgiving Day, but for everyday of our lives!

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Nov 26 2014

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I recently spent some time with my family out in Kansas.  The weather out there is much different from what we see here in South Carolina.  In the Midwest the past couple of years our family in Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado area have seen some pretty dry months and a variety of severe thunderstorms (including some hail).  Not only does this affect the crops, the pastures get dry, and the ponds dry up.

Every time I spend time with our farming and ranching family members I am reminded about how much they have to trust God to provide for them.  No matter what they do they cannot control or manipulate the weather.  They have to trust that God will provide the moisture they need for the crops, pastures, and cattle. God can protect the crops, however, if a field gets hit with hail he is in control of that too.

While God does provide the much needed rain for the crops there are times when they experience droughts, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, and a variety of other things that can happen on any given day.  Many times the hail can come and go in a matter of minutes, but the damage it does can be quite big for many farming families.

Thinking about all this reminds of how good God is all the time.  It also reminds me of how little control I have over certain areas of my life.  Even though we cannot control everything that happens in our lives like sickness, weather, and more.  He can and he is ultimately in control.  And that is good!

 

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Nov 26 2014

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Recently, I made up a new recipe with some pork chops that we had in the freezer and some items we already had in the refrigerator.  A lot of times I will find pork on marked down on clearance, even more than chicken or beef, so I will pick it up and come up with a recipe to use it.  The Easy Apricot Pork Chops turned out well!  The only thing that I would change is that we had something come up the evening I was planning on serving it so the pork chops marinated for an extra 24 hours which wasn’t necessary; they still tasted great just a little stronger flavor than I originally intended.

Easy Apricot Pork Chops:

  • 1 pound Pork Chops (we had boneless pork chops, but either would work)
  • 1/3 cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1/3 cup French Dressing
  • 1/2 pack Onion Soup (optional)

Grease the bottom of a casserole dish that will fit your pork chops and place them in it.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the apricot preserves, french dressing, and onion soup.  Poke the meat with the fork to allow the fruit mixture to penetrate.  Evenly spread the apricot mixture over the pork chops.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes or until the pork chops are fully cooked.  You could also do this in a crockpot on low for 4 to 6 hours.

In the recipe pictured I added the onion soup pack, but if you want a little sweeter flavoring or to have less of an onion taste try it without the onion soup!  Without the onion soup it’s delicious and simple too (the recipe would have only 3 ingredients making it more economical as well)!

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Pork chops in the pyrex dish waiting to be covered

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Apricot mixture

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Putting the apricot mixture on each pork chop

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Completely covered the top of each pork chop

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Nov 25 2014

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3D printer black toy dog!

Shortly after getting his 3D printer Jake printed something special for each of the girls.  Brina wanted a dog so he did a 3D print out of a black toy dog.  She was so excited when the dog was finally printed!  She carried her new dog around with her and it sits in a special place on her dresser.  Thankful for Jake and what he does to make his girls feel treasured.  For Karlie he printed a 3D rocket which was a perfect piece for her!

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Brina showing me what her Dad printed just for her!

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Her new little pup hanging out with her as we have family game night!

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 It is amazing to think that this was actually printed!  So cool!  Watching the printer is very mesmerizing.

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Nov 25 2014

Free Amazon Prime 30 Day Trial

 

You can get a 30 day FREE trial of Amazon Prime.  If you are looking to try out Amazon Prime this is a great time to do it!  The 2 Day Free shipping could come in handy if you are ordering any gifts on Amazon for the Holiday Season too!

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This is a great time to try out Amazon Prime, see if you like it and enjoy the benefits.  You can chose to cancel your membership after the 30 day free trial or get a yearly membership.

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