Monthly Archives: August 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I could write a whole page about these cookies and how great they are!  But I’m tired so I’m sharing a picture instead and just a few words.  Super soft and delicious!  Maybe the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tried!!  

The recipe makes 12 nice size cookies, perfect amount for our family and a few to share without having a container full sitting around for a few days lol!  I promise you will love them too!


Salisbury Steak Meatballs

I saw this Pioneer Woman recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it last week.  It is a little time consuming…but worth it!  

The meatball flavor is so delicious!  It’s very filling so a little goes a long way.  The recipe makes a lot so it would be ideal for a potluck or to serve if you have dinner guests.  Usually leftovers are good (or even better!) the next day but this is the exception.  It tasted much much better when made fresh.  

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  This one is a keeper!

One pan chicken

I love this recipe!  It’s quick, healthy, delicious and clean up is a breeze.  

In a 9×13 pan, place 3 chicken breasts, cut in half, down the center of the pan.  Add 2 cans of green beans on one side and cut up red skin potatoes on the other side.  Sprinkle a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix on top.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.  

That’s it!  The house smells great as it bakes.  I use less butter (1/2 stick) and it still turns out great.  

Taco ring

This was a delicious and fun new recipe!

It’s actually very easy and quick to put together.  I love how colorful and appealing it looks when you are done.  Presentation is everything right?!  Well, not really but it’s pretty important in my opinion.   I served extra salad mix on the side with salsa and sour cream.   It’s best to go easy on the cheese and use lean beef to make the meatballs.  Who wants a big greasy meatball?  I used about half the amount of cheese and it turned out fine.  I have made a few other variations of this recipe in the past such as chicken and broccoli.  There are several on food sites and Pinterest.  Enjoy!

In the beginning

Lacey has read portions of her Bible, bits and pieces here and there but she recently read the entire book of Genesis and I’m so proud of her! It is a long book (50 chapters) but is filled with many great stories and lessons. As we finish this study, we are making an outline of the main events, writing notes and listing key verses. Genesis means beginning (often called “the book of beginnings”) and was wrote by Moses.
I wanted to include a summary page in our Genesis folder so I began researching several websites and finally found a great resource at

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Genesis has sometimes been called the “seed-plot” of the entire Bible. Most of the major doctrines in the Bible are introduced in “seed” form in the Book of Genesis. Along with the fall of man, God’s promise of salvation or redemption is recorded (Genesis 3:15). The doctrines of creation, imputation of sin, justification, atonement, depravity, wrath, grace, sovereignty, responsibility, and many more are all addressed in this book of origins called Genesis. Many of the great questions of life are answered in Genesis. (1) Where did I come from? (God created us – Genesis 1:1) (2) Why am I here? (we are here to have a relationship with God – Genesis 15:6) (3) Where am I going? (we have a destination after death – Genesis 25:8). Genesis appeals to the scientist, the historian, the theologian, the housewife, the farmer, the traveler, and the man or woman of God. It is a fitting beginning for God’s story of His plan for mankind, the Bible.

Brief Summary:  (I love how this description breaks it down so easily)  The Book of Genesis can be divided into two sections: Primitive History and Patriarchal History. Primitive history records (1) Creation (Genesis chapters 1-2); (2) the Fall of man (Genesis chapters 3-5); (3) the Flood (Genesis chapters 6-9); and (4) the dispersion (Genesis chapters 10-11). Patriarchal history records the lives of four great men: (1) Abraham (Genesis 12-25:8); (2) Isaac (Genesis 21:1-35-29); (3) Jacob (Genesis 25:21-50:14); and (4) Joseph (Genesis 30:22-50:26). God created a universe that was good and free from sin. God created humanity to have a personal relationship with Him. Adam and Eve sinned and thereby brought evil and death into the world. Evil increased steadily in the world until there was only one family in which God found anything good. God sent the Flood to wipe out evil, but delivered Noah and his family along with the animals in the Ark. After the Flood, humanity began again to multiply and spread throughout the world. God chose Abraham, through whom He would create a chosen people and eventually the promised Messiah. The chosen line was passed on to Abraham’s son Isaac, and then to Isaac’s son Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, and his twelve sons became the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel. In His sovereignty, God had Jacob’s son Joseph sent to Egypt by the despicable actions of Joseph’s brothers. This act, intended for evil by the brothers, was intended for good by God and eventually resulted in Jacob and his family being saved from a devastating famine by Joseph, who had risen to great power in Egypt.

Foreshadowings: Many New Testament themes have their roots in Genesis. Jesus Christ is the Seed of the woman who will destroy Satan’s power (Gen. 3:15). As with Joseph, God’s plan for the good of mankind through the sacrifice of His Son was intended for good, even though those who crucified Jesus intended it for evil. Noah and his family are the first of many remnants pictured in the Bible. Despite overwhelming odds and difficult circumstances, God always preserves a remnant of the faithful for Himself. The remnant of Israelites returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity; God preserved a remnant through all the persecutions described in Isaiah and Jeremiah; a remnant of 7000 priests were hidden from the wrath of Jezebel; God promises that a remnant of Jews will one day embrace their true Messiah (Romans 11). The faith displayed by Abraham would be the gift of God and the basis of salvation for both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11).

Practical Application: The overriding theme of Genesis is God’s eternal existence and His creation of the world. There is no effort on the part of the author to defend the existence of God; he simply states that God is, always was, and always will be, almighty over all. In the same way, we have confidence in the truths of Genesis, despite the claims of those who would deny them. All people, regardless of culture, nationality or language, are accountable to the Creator. But because of sin, introduced into the world at the Fall, we are separated from Him. But through one small nation, Israel, God’s redemptive plan for mankind was revealed and made available to all. We rejoice in that plan. God created the universe, the earth, and every living being. We can trust Him to handle the concerns in our lives. God can take a hopeless situation, e.g. Abraham and Sarah being childless, and do amazing things if we will simply trust and obey. Terrible and unjust things may happen in our lives, as with Joseph, but God will always bring about a greater good if we have faith in Him and His sovereign plan. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).