From Light and Life to Death And Darkness {Genesis 50} + Missional Weekend Link-Up #22

From Light and Life to Death and Darkness

But God meant it for good . . . to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:20~

I have been “Blogging Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls and we have just finished the book of Genesis!! What an adventure this has been! Each chapter has come alive with a story filled with drama in the lives of sinners making the choice for God’s light and life or to go down a road leading to eternal death and darkness.

It is never too late to join in as we continue “Reading Through The Bible.” Next we will be in the book of Psalms. We are encouraging women to get into the Word of God each day and grow as His grace spills out in your life.

Genesis in Retrospect

Don’t you always see things better in retrospect? I do!

Genesis starts out with nothing. NOTHING!

God started out in the beginning with NOTHING.

He even had to create light and darkness.

Light and darkness so depicts the life choices that the people covering the pages of Genesis will make. Each of them, as with each of us, have two choices to choose from: light or darkness.

Genesis has been like a Facebook newsfeed with each chapter highlighting a new story. As we scrolled down through the pages we have seen the struggles of many men and women who had a deep faith in God and those who chose to turn from God.

Genesis opens with God creating light and life and the pages of Genesis close with the death of Joseph bringing death and darkness as his coffin is closed forever.

The Biggest Funeral Yet

Genesis 50 is all about a funeral.

Jacob was loved and revered. When he died there was the biggest funeral ever.

The funeral procession wasn’t just to the local cemetery.

There was this huge processional with all of the highest Egyptian dignitaries along with the Jacob’s whole clan of sons and grands and great-grands that were old enough to come on the journey.

Yes, you heard that right. A journey. Not the local cemetery.

Do you remember where Abraham buried Sarah? They carried the body of Jacob back to the cave up in Canaan where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and where Jacob had buried Leah.

Jacob was so loved and revered that the funeral lasted for seven days once they arrived.

No Worries for Joseph’s Brothers

But then the funeral ended and Joseph’s brothers were filled with worries and fear!!

They were suddenly afraid now that their father was dead.

What if Joseph actually hated them?

What if he returns the evil they once had done to him?

What if?

What if?

Light and Life Instead of Death and Darkness

Joseph had chosen the Light of God that brings Life over death and darkness. He had been genuine in forgiving his brothers.

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:19-20~

To Save Many People Alive

Fast forward to the ending of Joseph’s life and the pages of Genesis are closed with his death.

Genesis ends with the coffin snapping shut.

Death.

Darkness.

No light or life.

Joseph’s life was exemplary as he lived in Christ-likeness through the whole story as his life unfolded.

Does the story of Genesis end there?

No!!

This is a picture of Jesus being the Light and Life.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” ~John 8:12~

Genesis is a picture of redemption lived out in the life of Joseph.

As the light of his life snaps shut with the coffin being nailed shut in darkness, we wait for the ‘rest of the story’ to unfold with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from death and darkness to be Light and Life eternal.

Why did God do this?

To save many people alive. Eternally alive. Forever.

Are you living in the Light and Life of Jesus?

What is God showing you through reading Genesis 50?

Have you been joining with Courtney and Good Morning Girls as we read through Genesis? If not, you can join anytime. Next up is Psalms starting this Monday!!

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Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

I want to thank Tauna over at Proverbial Homemaker for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about “Giving Thanks” in our homes and families during the month of November as we enter the first holiday of this Season. I know you will be blessed by what Tauna shares.

Use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving with this crock pot soup!

When the blessed dust of Thanksgiving begins to settle, the pile of leftover turkey will be there, just waiting for you to make this wonderful and healthy crock pot soup!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey or chicken: Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup. We all love it, even my kids, and even with the hearty helping of kale and other vegetables.

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of rinsed wild rice or a wild/brown rice blend
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 3 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package cream cheese or 1 cup greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the the ingredients except the cream cheese / yogurt into the crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (8 if using all wild rice).
  3. Remove a cup or two of liquid from the crock pot and combine with the cream cheese or yogurt in a blender. (Careful not to seal hot liquids in the blender or it will pop!)
  4. Add the cream mixture back to the crock pot and stir well.
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This soup is so filling and great for the colder days. Pair it with some flax crackers for a gluten-free diet or make a yummy whole wheat cornbread with butter and honey!

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What’s your favorite way to use up leftover turkey? 

By Life or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 2 + Linkup #118

By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 2

Did you miss Part 1 of ‘By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam}?

The day before John was captured and executed for his faith in Jesus, he wrote this amazing thought:

“Things are always happening otherwise than one expects . . .

The Lord help us to be quite satisfied, whatever He sends our way this day. Whether our hopes for study or work are realized or not, may He help us to be satisfied with His plan for the day, as He unfolds it to us.” ~John Stam on December 5th, 1934~

John and Betty had no idea that the Red forces of communism was about to attack the city of Tsingteh. God had been preparing them through the time they chose to spend daily in God’s Word and prayer with Him.

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Friday when I am “Blogging Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls. We have been talking about Jacob and now finishing up with the life of Joseph.

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By Life or By Death {John & Betty Stam} Part 1

By Life Or By Death {John & Betty Stam, Part 1}

Have you ever heard of John and Betty Stam?

Did you know how much you can learn from these saints who walked before us?

John and Betty Stam along with their baby daughter, Helen, were missionaries to China back in the 1930s. That is a long time ago for me and probably more so for most of you.

John and Betty Stam were living a normal family life as missionaries in Tsingteh, China up until December 5th 1934, when the end drew near.

I am over at Missional Call today and I hope you will follow me over to read the ‘rest of the story.’

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 8: Silky Garlicky Mashed Potatoes}

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 8 Silky Garlicky Mashed Potatoes}

There is an art to making garlicky mashed potatoes so they are silky and smooth. This can be a mystery to both the newbie and seasoned cook.

The summer that I was 18, I stayed with my brother to help his wife who had just had her third baby. You have to understand that I had grown up in Asia and was visiting from Hawaii where the norm was rice, NOT potatoes!! My brother asked me to make mashed potatoes and I being too embarrassed to ask how, tried to figure it out on my own. I tried to ‘mash’ them raw using the hand-mixer!! Needless to say, we have all had more than a few laughs over my inexperience.

I had a LOT to learn!!

So what are some tips that will make your potatoes turn out scrumptiously delish this Thanksgiving?

Tips and Techniques for Silky Mashed Potatoes

The first thing in getting your potatoes to mash is choosing the right potatoes.

Russets or Yukon Golds are the potatoes of choice because they are starchy and have low moisture. What you don’t want to use are red potatoes as they will make your dish turn gluey when you mash them.

You want to totally drain your potatoes and then return them to the pot and turn the heat over low heat. Shake the pot as they warm to release any residual moisture. You want the potatoes to be completely dry and look a bit floury.

Another option is to skip boiling and bake the potatoes instead.

Don’t add anything to the pot and start mashing the potatoes with a potato masher. Once the potatoes have broken down but are still chunky, you will want to add the milk/garlic mixture.

Before adding the milk mixture, add a huge chunk of butter to the potatoes.

Be sure to follow the directions and heat the milk mixture before adding to the potatoes. This is not a step to be skipped. It matters.

Using a big wooden spoon, mix the potatoes and the milk mixture until it is smooth and silky.

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Ingredients

3 ½ pounds medium potatoes

6 garlic cloves, crushed

2 cups half & half

½ cup butter

2 TB salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Scrub the potatoes and place in a large pot. Some recipes call for the potatoes to be peeled and diced into small chunks first. Either way works.
  2. Cover with water and add all the salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to maintain a rolling boil.
  4. Cook the potatoes until a fork causes them to fall apart.
  5. In a medium sauce-pan, heat the half and half and garlic over medium heat until simmering.
  6. Then, set the mixture aside.
  7. Remove the potatoes from heat and drain off the water.
  8. Return the potatoes to pot over low heat until residual moisture has dissipated.
  9. Mash the potatoes.
  10. Add ½ cup of butter.
  11. Add the garlic-cream mixture and Parmesan. (Optional)
  12. Let the mashed potatoes stand for about 5 minutes and it will thicken.

I’ve come a long way from the day I first tried to mash potatoes!!

3 Things to Be Thankful for While Cooking this Thanksgiving

  1. I am thankful that God provides the means for us to buy food.
  2. I am thankful that my husband works so hard to provide for us.
  3. I am thankful for an oven that works. There was a Thanksgiving that my oven stopped working and I just barely got the part before the store closed for the holiday.

Do you know any tips and techniques for making silky mashed potatoes that I don’t know?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving: {Day 7: Sensational Stuffing}

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 7 Sensational Stuffing}

Stuffing is one of those kind of things that you either love or hate. That has been how it was in our family. There were those who would die for it, and those who would die if they had some!! Personally, I wouldn’t miss adding stuffing to my Thanksgiving plate as I think it’s sensational.

I have made it with giblets but most of the time with sausage. I love it best with French bread but never with homemade bread as it mushes up too much. I have added everything under the sun but I have settled for ingredients that make a little more sense as I look for texture and flavor.

Last year, I broke out-of-the-mold and made my stuffing using a bag of Pepperidge Farms Stuffing Mix. I used the regular bread kind and not the cornbread. There are hours that go into the Thanksgiving meal and I am finally seeing the sense in a few time savers.

Making stuffing isn’t like baking a cake where you have to be exact with your ingredients. These are approximate amounts just to give you an idea. I am sure I never measured when making stuffing but I am in trouble if I don’t measure for cake batter!!

You will often see cranberries added to stuffing for color. That is exactly what it is. Color. Crunch down on a cranberry and it won’t have the sweet flavor like cranberry sauce!!

  1. Cut one loaf of French bread into crouton-sized cubes and place in a large bowl. (Or substitute with Pepperidge Farms Stuffing.)

  1. Combine into a small bowl and sprinkle this mix onto the bread:

  • 2 tsp. Salt

  • ½ tsp. Pepper

  • 1 TB sage or poultry seasoning

3. Crumble 1 pound breakfast sausage and brown in a skillet (I have used Italian sausage with great results ~ your preference)

4. Drain the grease from the sausage and add to the bread cubes along with:

  • 1 Cup chopped celery

  • 1 Cup chopped onion

5. Next, add to the bread cubes bowl mixture:

  • 4 TB fresh chopped parsley

  • 1 Peeled and cored Granny Smith or Jonathan apples

6. Combine together:

  • 1/4 Cup melted butter

  • 2 Cups canned chicken broth

7. Drizzle all the ingredients and lightly toss until well mixed.

8. Stuff the bird loosely because stuffing expands during roasting, or place the mixture in a glass casserole dish and bake the “dressing” separately until hot. (FYI: Stuffing goes IN the bird while Dressing is baked separately, just sayin’)

It is very hard to ruin stuffing.

Use the ingredients you have and like, but don’t forget the onions and celery.

In fact, I can’t wait to make this right now!!

I Want You to Find it Impossible to Cook for Thanksgiving Without BEING Thankful

Thankfulness is a good antidote for depression and it is good for those melancholy people too.

I have to intentionally determine to be wholeheartedly thankful. It is easy to forget and slip back into ungratefulness.

  1. I am thankful for a glass of ice-tea as I write today. It’s a treat since I only buy it occasionally when I’m out.
  2. I am thankful for the beautiful buck and doe in my backyard each evening.
  3. I am thankful for veal stew warming in the slow cooker.

Cooking a huge meal at Thanksgiving can be overwhelming for me. Focusing my thoughts on the Lord and counting a few things I am thankful for changes my perspective from being stressed and irritable to having a calmer attitude of gratitude.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Will you be cooking? Are you keeping a list of a few things you are thankful for each day?

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Video: God Can Make A Way {Gen. 41-45} + The Missional Weekend Link-Up #21

God Can Make A Way {Gen 41-45} + Video

Have you joined in “Reading Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls this month? I have been so amazed at how God has spoken into my life this week as the story of Joseph and his brothers unfolded. It has even synched with what has been happening in my life.

Genesis 41 through 45 played out like a book that leaves me hanging on for what will unfold in the next chapter. In this case, I know the ending. Joseph’s brothers could not see ahead, and so watch their responses as events unfold. You are going to be so blessed to see the dramatic changes in their hearts.

God Will Make a Way When There Seems to Be No Way

You DO know that God will make a way, don’t you?

When there seems to be no way; that is when God loves working in our hearts and lives the best.

Difficult Circumstances

I am sure you can identify with difficult circumstances.

For many years my difficult circumstances were in my marriage. Life got complicated fast when our circumstances magnified into other areas.

When life happens, our flesh can get in our way as it did with Joseph’s brothers.

  • Envy

  • Jealousy

  • Bitterness

  • Anger

  • Impatience

Other sins surface as we deal with our issues without trusting God in our circumstances.

Joseph left us with an example of:

  • Purity

  • Integrity

  • Honesty

Joseph trusted God through the difficult circumstances he faced in prison. He didn’t take matters into his own hands but allowed God to work his circumstances out for good.

After two years, the butler remembered Joseph when Pharaoh dreamed twice in one night.

In the middle of difficult circumstances, we can’t see the outcome. We can’t see God’s plan for redeeming our situation and turning it into something good.

Pharaoh honored Joseph for interpreting his dreams and made him ruler over all of Egypt. He gave him the authority to direct and distribute the country’s enterprise in growing and distributing food during the years of plenty and famine.

“And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” ~Genesis 41:38~

When There Seems To Be No Way

God will make a way.

Have you ever not trusted someone after a bad situation with them? It could have been totally your fault but you still find yourself hesitant to trust them.

Joseph was only 17 when he came to Egypt. The years had passed and now he was around 39 and looked much different than the boy he had once been. Add to that Egyptian clothing, mannerisms, and that he spoke Egyptian. His brothers did not recognize him!

After you have lived through issues with another person, it is difficult to trust them. Do you ever test them before choosing to trust them again? That is what Joseph did!

He Works In Ways We Cannot See

Over the next few chapters, Joseph gave his brothers several hard tests to see if they had changed hearts in how they interacted with each other and how they acted towards their father.

We don’t know the events for Joseph’s brothers for about 20 years while he was living in Egypt. We do see how their hearts have been changed through their words and actions.

We know Joseph was in prison but we don’t actually see how God was working in his heart.

God does his biggest work in our lives when our circumstances are difficult.

He Will Be My Guide

We are seeing reasons why God allowed circumstances to occur that led Joseph to Egypt.

God was planning to redeem Joseph’s family.

We can allow God to lead us through our difficulties as He is longing to be your Guide.

Hold Me Closely To His Side

God was there through all those years for Joseph and also for his brothers though they had done some terrible things. He worked in each of their lives and as we see in Joseph’s life, He held him closely to His side though the way was beyond difficult.

Can you imagine the shock on the brothers’ faces when Joseph revealed who he was?!

Astounded and speechless!

Joseph’s brothers could not see that God was providing for them even though their needs would not be met for many years to come.

I don’t know what circumstances and issues you are facing today. I have my own.

Let’s try to accept what may not seem to make sense today, knowing that we have a God who cares infinitely more for us than we can possibly imagine.

Know that God is providing for you through the good and bad of your life.

Are the circumstances and issues in your life beyond difficult? How can you look back to earlier circumstances and issues and see God’s hand on your life?

Being observant of God’s hand in retrospect can help you trust God for your future.

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 6: Turkey Gravy}

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Thank you for joining me in this year’s series, 12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving. I hope you will be encouraged and blessed as you read through each post. If you have missed a post you may catch up HERE.

There is nothing so important as turkey gravy for our Thankful Thanksgiving. A lumpy gravy just doesn’t ‘cut it’ except with my children who for some reason loved lumps!!

Making the perfect gravy was a mystery to me for many years. I still can botch my gravy when I am in a rush or impatient. How about you?

There is a lot of work that goes into preparing our Thanksgiving meal and much of it is done in the hour just before sitting down to eat. You can’t prepare the gravy too far ahead because you need those yummy drippings from the turkey to make that delish topping for the slices of meat, potatoes, and stuffing.

  1. The first thing you need to do is remove the cooked turkey from the pan and put it to rest while you work on the gravy.

  2. Take about 3 lumps of greasy turkey fat (yes, the fat) and place it into a medium sized sauce pan.

  3. Now take the Wondra (I used this last year for the first time and it is just wonderful!) and add it to the turkey grease.

  4. Put the heat on about medium and whisk away for about 5 minutes until the roux (ROO) is golden and thick, and of course, lumpless. Easy-peasy-you-can’t-mess-it-up! Now, set your wondrous roux aside.

  5. Back to the roasting pan!! Remember your turkey neck stock we talked about earlier in this series? Now you are going to add your turkey-neck-stock to the roasting pan. Set the pan over two burners and turn up the heat and bring it to a boil. Using a wire whisk, scrape up all those browned bits of turkey meat off the sides and bottom. Oh my, will this ever add flavor to your gravy!! Make sure you do this step.

  6. Add the golden roux in the saucepan to the turkey pan and whisk away. You will end up with a beautiful bronzed gravy. What joy!!

  7. Add a package of turkey gravy mix and the water to the gravy you just made if you think you will not have enough gravy. A special occasion is no time to run out of gravy or stress yourself in the kitchen.

No more lumps!!

Gravy doesn’t have to be a mystery any longer!!

3 Things to Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Ann VosKamp had some hurtful things that happened in her life as a child. Hurt so easily turns to bitterness without the help of the Lord Jesus Christ.

During the last 12 years, there have been things that happened in my life that left ample room for my heart to become bitter. Of course, there has been sin that Jesus needed to deal with in my life. Not all bitterness comes because it is someone else’s fault, though we may wrongly think so.

We all have choices. I chose to live without bitterness no matter the origin or cause.

Thankfulness is what has been keeping my heart from becoming bitter as each day passes and often as problems compound. There are situations and outcomes in the lives that I have touched that bring me sadness and cause my heart to grieve.

BUT, God is BIGGER and I choose THANKFULNESS.

Here Are the Three Things I Am Thankful For:

  1. I am thankful for Tim Kowles (my dear husband of 35 years)

  2. I am very thankful for my cozy home.

  3. I am thankful that God has given us 7 quiet acres in the woods to live and retreat from the noise, hussle, and bussle of our society.

What 3 things are you thankful for as Thanksgiving draws closer this year?

Resources: Flylady where I learned so much last year while I was going over my Holiday Planner. I have been adding to my planner since 1984 and each year I learn something more!!

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 5: Roast Turkey} + Linkup #117

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Thank you for joining me in this  year’s series, 12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving. I hope you will be encouraged and blessed as you read through each post. If you have missed a post you may catch up HERE.

Being thankful as Thanksgiving draws closer has a LOT to do with our frame of mind, our outlook on life, and how confident we are in baking that turkey.

Thankful on Thanksgiving

I have so many things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. One special event is that I got engaged on Thanksgiving Day! I am married to that same guy and we are thankful that 35 years later we have weathered the storms and have lived to say that it is so worth it!

What do you have to be thankful for this thanksgiving?

Organizing My Thoughts

The first year that I cooked a turkey, I bought a magazine and studied everything about roasting a turkey. I wanted the turkey to turn out just right.

I find the need to organize my thoughts before the big feast day each year. I am including you in my planning just in case you are like me and need to pull together a plan.

Last year I didn’t have one extra moment to plan. All I had to do was grab my grocery list from my Thanksgiving Planner and run to the store. Sometimes it helps to have someone do all the planning for you when you don’t have time.

Let’s Start Preparing the Turkey

The stuffing, turkey, and gravy are all part of the same preparation for this delicious meal. I should have been smarter and cooked a smaller turkey in those earlier years. I have often roasted a 20-24 pound turkey. So much heavier to wash!

  1. Start washing that big heavy bird and take out the neck and the package of innards. I put the neck and those other gooey things into a small pot and simmer them for at least two hours. I use the neck for the gravy and give the giblets to the dog for a treat. I used to put them in the stuffing but I often use sausage instead because that is what my husband loves best.
  2. While the neck and giblets are simmering, I am chopping the ingredients for the stuffing. I include anything from apples and nuts along with the traditional onions and celery. Before stuffing the bird, I salt and season the inside cavities. I always stuff the turkey on Thanksgiving but never for other times of the year.
  3. Stuff your turkey just before you slide it into the oven. Remove one of the racks from the oven and place the last rack along the second to the bottom ledge…not on the very bottom.
  4. I always chop a clove or two from an elephant garlic. I then poke tiny holes in the turkey with those pins that are used to hold the skin together over the cavity. Then I sprinkle and rub the garlic and butter over the bird.
  5. If you are not stuffing your turkey (I read that it makes for a very moist and succulent turkey) you may throw the following into the cavity: a carrot cut in half, celery cut in half, an onion cut in half, and a quartered apple, along with a little thyme and some sage, salt and pepper. Mix all this up with your hands.
  6. Always pour about half a cup of water into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Place your turkey in a pre-heated oven at 500° (yes, 500°) for half an hour only. SET YOUR TIMER!! This helps to brown the skin a bit so that the bottom of the turkey isn’t mushy. You want the turkey to have a nice bronzy color. Now, turn the heat down to a reasonable 325° degrees. You won’t feel so nervous now!!
  8. Place a loose foil tent over your bird. Roast until a meat thermometer reads 180° degrees. When the turkey is done, let it set 30 minutes but an hour is fine. This gives you time to put some of the other dishes into the oven to bake, carve the turkey and put the finishing touches on your meal.
  9. I know there might be some tips that I neglected to mention, so I am including a link with a video from All Recipes. There is always something more to learn and something to improved on. Last year, I tried the oven-zapping method I just described above and I have prepared the buttery-heb-mixture (shown on video) to slide under the skin of the bird and have loved how this turned out.
  10. Basting. I never could consistently remember to baste. I am so thrilled to have found out last year that basting dries out the turkey! Plus, every time you open the oven door you loose 25° of heat. When you loose heat, you have to cook the bird longer and a longer cooking time means a dryer turkey. So, even though your great-grandmother, grandma, and your mother are all dedicated basters, DON’T baste!! Why bother? You have enough to do without running around like a turkey with its head cut off!!
  11. Once your turkey is finished cooking, remove it from the oven and let it set in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove it from the pan and let it set on a cutting board for 20 minutes. Letting it set an hour is even better. Place a foil “jacket” over your bird to keep him warm. It will retain its juiciness if given the proper “nap.”
  12. Have you ever wondered how long to cook your turkey but found it hard to locate a time-table? Here is a chart from the National Turkey Federation. They recommend that you should cook your turkey until the temperature reaches 170° degrees in the breast and 180° degrees in the thigh (don’t hit the bone when you insert the thermometer). A meat thermometer is different than a candy thermometer so don’t think they are interchangeable.

STUFFED TURKEY

  • 8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 ½ hours
  • 12 to 14 pounds 3 ½ to 4 hours
  • 14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 ¼ hours
  • 18 to 20 pounds 4 ½ to 4 ¾ hours
  • 20 to 24 pounds 4 ¾ to 5 ¼ hours

UNSTUFFED TURKEY (or dressing)

  • 8 to 12 pounds 2 ¾ hours to 3 hours
  • 12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 ¾ hours
  • 14 to 18 pounds 3 ¾ to 4 ¼ hours
  • 18 to 20 pounds 4 ¼ to 4 ½ hours
  • 20 to 24 hours 4 ½ to 5 hours
  • 24 to 30 pounds 5 to 5 ¼ hours

A Thankful Heart this Thanksgiving

Knowing how to prepare and cook a turkey and having these directions in your Holiday Planner so you can find them each year is such a bonus!

Being relaxed and stress-free during the days leading up to Thanksgiving will help me to be more thankful.

Most of all I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross and shed His precious blood in order to cleanse me from sin. My life has been quite messy and there is nothing better than having it transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. He gives me grace for each day and a thankful heart this Thanksgiving although there are things that have happened in the last few years that should have devastated this mother’s heart.

What is giving you a Thankful Thanksgiving? How do you cook a turkey? Do you have anythign to add?

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12 Days to a Thankful Thanksgiving {Day 4: Thanksgiving Menu}

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I don’t have much time to stop and plan my Thanksgiving Menu this year. Who said that it was any different any other year, like when I was homeschooling seven children!

No matter what you have on your plate this year, I am sure that it is the same for you. That is why I am referring to the Holiday Planner that I have been adding and tweaking for many years.

I want to have a Thankful Thanksgiving and the best way to be in a thankful frame of mind and heart is to start planning early.

Would you like to take a peek inside my planner at my Thanksgiving menu? I’m so glad you asked!

Today I am sharing my not-so-original menu just in case it will make your day just a little easier. This will be sort-of-like sharing my secret recipes with my neighbor the way my grandmother probably did way back-in-the-day.

Nibbles to Choose From:

  1. Veggie Tray
  2. Crackers & Cheese
  3. Pumpernickle Bread Bowl & Knorr Dressing
  4. Candied Dates

The Feast

  1. Roast Turkey
  2. Turkey Gravy
  3. Sensational Stuffing
  4. Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  5. Cranberry Sauce (the kind in a can)
  6. Silky Garlicy Mashed Potatoes
  7. Grandma’s Candied Sweet Potatoes
  8. Green Bean Casserole
  9. Emily’s Creamed Corn
  10. Granny’s Perfect Cranberry Relish Mold
  11. Angeled Eggs
  12. Variety of Pickles & Olives

Desserts to Choose From

  1. Pumpkin Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Pecan Pie
  4. Autumn Cheesecake

Remember, You Are Making a Memory for Your Children

Take the time to add the nicest table cloth that you have. It is a feast of thankfulness and so make it as special as possible for your family and friends.

My mother always had a lace table cloth, even when we were very little. I started off with a homemade tablecloth made from Thanksgiving/Fall fabric from the fabric store. All you have to do is measure your table and cut the fabric so it hangs at either end. The length of the fabric does not need to be hemmed. If you don’t have time, it wouldn’t even be noticeable if you didn’t stitch the ends. It just makes it nicer if you do.

We always used our best plates (which really aren’t so fancy but it worked) but you could use special Thanksgiving plates as they come decorated for the occasion. We used cloth napkins but you could get napkins to match the plates.

Whatever you do. Make it look festive so that everything looks beautiful when you place the food you will cook from your menu on the table.

Was this menu helpful? What would you add for your Thanksgiving feast? It is always fun to exchange recipes.

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