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Merry CHRISTmas

Luke 2:8-14

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


While we are visiting with family, filling our bellies with great food and opening presents lets not forget to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, giving HIM thanks for everything.


We at Southern Gals Cook want to wish everyone very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

What am I preparing today, you ask?

Deep Fried Turkey (actually hubby did this), mashed potatoes, corn, dumplins, fresh homemade yeast rolls and peanut butter fudge.

What’s going on your table today?






Help, we need somebody! Help, not just anybody! Help, you know we need someone, help!



Do the altered lyrics in our title for this post sound familiar?

Yep, you guessed it!

The Beatles, HELP, released July 1965!

Okay, enough trivia!


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Vacation Bible School

Galatians 3:23-26

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.



Our church family starts its yearly Vacation Bible School tonight. This is a four night event that brings about eating, learning God’s word and crafts.

We love this time of year as we get to see many familiar faces, those we rarely see, and some new faces as well.

I (Dana) and my Aunt Tenito (pronounced Ta-ni-ta) is in charge of feeding the multitude.  Tangi will be teaching the 5 and 6-year-old class and Laura will be capturing all the action via still photos and videos.

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

This year we will be learning about Proverbs 31 – The Virtuous Women.  Our writers chose Women in the Bible that exhibited different traits described in Proverbs 31.

Monday night we learn about Hannah, an example of a Faithful Woman.

Tuesday night we learn about Abigail, a woman of beauty and wisdom. And Deborah, whom was both a prophetess and a judge.

Wednesday night we learn of Compassion from three women, Lydia, Ruth and the Shunammite Woman.

Thursday night we learn about Esther, an orphan girl who became queen.  She was also a woman of Courage and clear judgement.

Friday night we learn about Purity and how Mary, the Mother of Jesus exhibited this trait.

We hope to bring you all the action, plus a little learnens’ about God’s wonderful word, cooking and craft making!

Hopefully, you will find something along the way that will help you in your life and possibly with your VBS.

Sound exciting?

Let’s get started!

Good Bless ya,



2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 

2 Corinthians 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.


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Thanks to Cheryl and all those who subscribe to our blog, like us on Facebook, follows us on Twitter and pins us on Pinterest, we are forever grateful.  Without our peeps we could not do this!

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This was fun!!!!!  Can’t wait to do it again, and we will.


Southern Traditions

Hebrews 12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This week is one of the most anticipated events in our great Commonwealth of Kentucky– not just by Kentuckians, but practically the world.

The Kentucky Derby is watched by a broad range of people.

Some watch for the horses, the jockeys, the chance to win a bet, to see what celebrities show up, to check out the bizarre and elegant hats, to cheer for the underdog, or to simply carry on an old Southern Tradition.


Kentucky Derby

A lot of our acquaintances aren’t able to attend the Derby, but they do attend Derby parties! They incorporate all the “must haves” from pretty dresses, Derby hats, mock mint juleps {we’re a non-alcoholic bunch}, and all the time-honored traditional delicacies.

Mock Mint Julep by Taste of Home

Just before the race, everyone picks their favorite horse using their own method for choosing their winner. Either they pick a favorite name, go by favorable odds, or simply choose by their “gut feeling”.

Some of us don’t care for the race at all, really. We just enjoy the ambiance of being with people we cherish, the sights and sounds of the excitement, the taste of heirloom recipes, and the satisfaction of being a part of something that ties us to our southern heritage.

Pretty Derby hat

We hope that you will join us this week as we share with you a bit of our Commonwealth’s history and traditions.

Don’t forget to check out our Derby Hat Contest for a chance to win a 1 year subscription to the Taste of Home magazine!

SGC’s Reflection: On a more serious note, we want to point out the scripture that is posted above. We don’t know if you have noticed, but every SGC blog post has scripture accompanying our thoughts. These are verses that we find to be relevant in some way to what we are sharing with you, and to provoke thought about your physical and spiritual life. There are a lot of spiritual comparisons that can be drawn between a race of sport and the race of life.

Now– to be totally honest and transparent, I {Tangi} debated on publishing this post. Not because this post is scandalous, but because there is sometimes a bad connotation associated with horse races, especially throughout the Bible Belt, because of the gambling and drinking alcohol associated with it.

We aren’t going to tell you what is right or wrong, but we do ask that you search scripture and prayerfully consider these things for yourself.

Our personal feelings are if you habitually drink and get drunk, you mar your witness and ability to effectively spread the gospel. The same applies if you gamble and lose all of your money, causing heartache and hardship for yourself and your family.

We don’t see anything wrong with racing horses as long as the jockeys are healthy and the horses are  treated well. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation and that includes the beautiful animals that He has given us to enjoy. Some jockeys have been known to starve themselves to be light on the horse, thus allowing the horses to run faster. God loves us more than the animals so we’re confident that this harmful practice is displeasing to the Lord. With all of that being said, we’ve decided that, for us and our families, we won’t gamble so that we won’t be a stumbling block to someone else. {Romans 14:21}

The Bible teaches that all things should be done in moderation including strong drink {Ephesians 5:18} , but because we have joined a local body of like-minded, baptized believers that have a covenant with one another that alcohol should not be partaken of as a beverage, we abstain {1 Corinthians 6:19-20}.

Here at Southern Gals Cook, we are not perfect, but we do want to please the Lord in our endeavors.

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