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Holiday Recipe-Snickers Dip

snickers dip

 

HOLIDAY RECIPE

The Christmas holiday is upon us (Praise God for the supreme gift of Jesus!!) and so are our Christmas celebrations!  I have found new recipes on Facebook, and if I don’t save them here they tend to disappear from my wall for some unexplainable reason!!  I don’t want to lose this one…I love Snickers and this is just far too yummy!!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2  (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened…
1  (8 ounce) Cool Whip
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 Snickers bars, chopped

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together.

Chill overnight to better blend the flavors.

Serve with pretzels or graham crackers.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving and a Special Thank You To My Readers!

 

 

 

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I cannot let this day go by without saying Happy Thanksgiving to my WordPress family and readers!  This year has been phenomenal and I am praising God for it and sincerely thanking you!  Our numbers at simplyjuliana more than tripled this year and I NEVER received anything but positive feedback.

I started writing when I was 50 years old and 2 years later, here I still sit, thank God!  God is wonderful and He has blessed me beyond words.  I had no idea what all He had in store for me.  My mother,  who went into heart failure twice after open heart surgery that was unsuccessful in stopping atrial fiberlation, brushed death twice last year.  Today, she is healed and a feisty elderly woman, glory to God!  He healed her and restored her health before our eyes.  I also had health issues, and God has touched me in a mighty way and am feeling better daily!

Little did I know this little blog would turn into a book that would sell out on amazon twice.  God is good!  No matter what your age or what you have faced, God’s blessings await you in ways you never knew possible!  Never give up!!

Thank you for sharing a little of your day with me!  I praise God for you, precious reader!!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Surviving the Holidays…Alone

alone for the holidays

 

Turkeys by the millions have been bought along with cranberry sauce by this time.  The holidays have begun and cooking all over the United States is being done at a frenzied pace!  Time is short and every family is getting ready to put in place another year of traditions from Aunt Harriet‘s “Green Bean Casserole” to Momma‘s special dressing, or if you are from the north, stuffing!

For the holidays,  we go to my mother and dad’s for DAYS of celebrating.  The house is full of people!  There are thirteen of us and four of those thirteen are children, so it is an energized environment!  There is a constant buzz of chatter, laughter, and fun.  But, not all people are as blessed as I am during this time.  This year many will have nothing, literally nothing to eat for Thanksgiving.  Thank God for places like the Salvation Army, and in our area, Golden Corral who feeds people for free.  These organizations literally gift our homeless or less fortunate in our community and what a huge thank you I would love to give! 

 I am not talking about the homeless nor the less financially fortunate in this article.  I am talking about those who will literally have no one to spend the holidays with.  These are just a few things you can do to make it through a season that could have been unbearably lonely and I hope it helps.

1.  Bring the holidays to you!  There is a lady in our church.  Her children live several hours away and her husband died two years ago.  Sister Jones (not her real name) decided since she had no place to go and no one to spend the holiday with, she would reach out to others who were in the same situation.  Sister Jones had our pastor announce there was a sign up sheet in our foyer for those who needed a place for Thanksgiving.  Sister Jones LOVES to serve.  To feed 20-50 people and cook it all by herself is heaven for her!  She is well into her 80s and never misses a beat.  It is so beautiful!  Mothers who have no husband but have children, widows, and widowers alike signed the sheet.  Sister Jones is thrilled.  Her home, where she lives all alone,  will be hustling and bustling with church family and she will not only be able to give, but in her own way receive the greatest blessing of the holiday…a home filled with love!

2.  See it as time for yourself!  During these economic times in  our lives, work can be overwhelming.  How many of us long for a day just to sleep in and relax all day in our pajamas!  Oh to sleep late, wake up to coffee and ball games without ever having to clean our house to pristine condition and being able to lounge all day is just the ticket!!  Maybe there is a good book you have wanted to get to and have not had the time…here is your chance!  Instead of the trouble of cooking a traditional feast, you may try a new recipe you saw ( I saw one for cheese dip I can’t wait to try!) or an old one that is a favorite.  Doesn’t football and nachos sound yummy??  Make it YOUR day and pamper yourself.  Take the quiet as being a blessing!  Spend time with the Lord!  He is always with you!  No matter how alone we can feel, the reality is, God NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.  We are never by ourselves!  Make it your special day and enjoy some things you haven’t had a chance to do!

3.  Volunteer to help those who are alone in your community and spend the holiday blessing them!  Beat the blues by turning the tables on them!  Be a blessing to others.  Find a ‘soup kitchen’ or a community help center and ask what you can do.  Believe me, they will welcome the help with open arms and an apron!  You will find such great joy in serving others!  Listen to their stories, how their lives used to be,  and what happened to them that caused them to be alone or in the place they are finding themselves in now.  Many times we find someone else has had it much harder than we.  Encourage them, pray for them if they will let you, and spread the love of God to them.  Bring dominoes or other games and set up tables of “fun” when the dinner is over!  Soon you will forget you WERE alone and will have the hustle and fun bustle everyone else is having!

I hope this helps you, precious reader!  I pray your holiday is full of joy and blessings however you may wish to spend it!  Know you are never alone and you are loved!  God bless you!!  Juliana

 

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Holiday Recipe-The Easiest Cherry Delight Recipe EVER!!

cherry delight

 

 

HOLIDAY RECIPE

One of my favorite side dishes with my turkey and dressing is “Cherry Delight”.  I think this is the easiest recipe I have ever seen.  If you are making this for Thanksgiving and you are following my “no stress” schedule you will make this on Wednesday before Thanksgiving on Thursday.   Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 can cherry pie filling

1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

1 regular Cool Whip

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

Mix together Eagle Brand Milk and Cool Whip.  Add cherry pie filling and pecans.  Incorporate well and refrigerate until ready to serve.  How easy is that??  Have a wonderful holiday!!!

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Give Thanks Unto the Lord for He is Good!

Psalm 107

Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe 3 and has gathered them from the lands— from the east and the west, from the north and the south.

4 Some[a] wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live. 5 They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed[b] within them. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He rescued them from their distress. 7 He led them by the right path to go to a city where they could live. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity. 9 For He has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.

Bring it on!  Today is Thanksgiving for our family.  I will stuff myself with turkey and dressing, candied sweet potato casserole, cracker salad, and the list goes on for a mile!  Then I will say what I do every year as I plop into the recliner, “I NEVER want to see food again for the rest of my life!!”  Two hours later, I will be perusing the dessert bar at my mother’s asking when is supper!  Our family will all be together saying and doing the same things!

We are blessed.  I count my blessings as the love of a family, all of us being together, but most of all God being present in our home and lives!  I am thankful Jesus paid a high price for us just to have us!  I am thankful that everyday I can say thank you for the best things in life that are irreplaceable….my loved ones! 

Our family is growing and I am thrilled about that!  This year one new one and next year, well who knows?  I have decided, in my life, everyday is Thanksgiving, not just a month out of the year!  God thinks of me everyday….the least I can do is appreciate Him for it!

Blessings in abundance, dear reader!  Happy Thanksgiving, no matter day you choose to celebrate it on!


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