8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 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.
HE IS THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!
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?
The Amish Way: Poems, Quotes and Words of Wisdom
While shopping at my favorite Amish Grocery I happened across this little book. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to buy it. Much to my delight I found way more than canning recipes and home remedies.
Tucked away in the pages of this little book I found poems, quotes and words of wisdom from some very smart and wise Amish Ladies!
My favorite saying from the Amish Sayings and Quotes collection would be the first one listed because it is soooooo true! It’s kinda of like the old saying, “If I knew then what I know now!”
My favorite poem would be Bless this Mess because it gives me insight on how Amish ladies face the same challenges as me on a daily basis! I guess I just somehow figured the Amish ladies had it all together and figured out that they don’t stress over laundry, dishes, dirty windows, etc!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did and please let me know which ones are your favorite and why they are your favorite. I will be interesting see how differently we all see things.AMISH SAYINGS AND QUOTES
– It is less painful to learn in our youth, than it is to be ignorant in our old age! – You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but who wants a bunch of flies? An Amish friend Lobelville, TN – If a rooster crows before goin’ to bed, he’s sure to wake up with a wed head! (rain) Mrs. Robert Gingerich East Rochester, OH – Love is patient, Love is kind. Love bears all things, hopes all things and endures all things! – A whistlin’ woman and a crowin’ hen are sure to come to some bad end! Always forgive your enemies. It sure aggravates them! – Any housewife, no matter how large her family, can always get some time alone by doing the dishes! – A peck of common sense is worth a bushel of learning. – God is great, God is good By His had, we are fed. Give us Lord, our daily bread! – Sometimes you get discouraged, because I am so small. I always leave my fingerprints on the furniture and walls. But everyday I’m growing, I’ll be all grown up someday, and all these tiny fingerprints will surely fade away! AMISH POEMS AND WORDS OF WISDOM
The Farmer’s Love LetterMy sweet potato, do you carrot all for me? You are the apple of my eye. With radish hair and your turnip nose, My heart beets for you My love for you is strong as onions. If we cantaloupe, lettuce marry, and we will be a happy pear! Mrs. Robert Gingerich East Rochester, OH A LITTLE AMISH POEM Come, let’s clean our the garden, carry in everything that we find. Stuff everything in jars, with shapes of every kind. When winter comes a howling, along the shelves we’ll snoop, and serve our hungry family, with vegetables and soup. AN AMISH POEM Weary mother mixing dough, don’t you wish the food would grow? Your lips would smile, I know, to see, a cookie bush or donut tree! BLESS THIS MESS I look in the kitchen, and what do I see? But a great pile of dishes, just waiting for me. I glance through the window, my view is all bleary. The prints of small children, make it look very smeary. My glance falls on laundry, hanging over chairs, some of it folded, and some at me stares. With a basket of ironing, and another of mending, I find that my tasks, are almost unending. But the toys of the floor, and the rugs disarranged, show healthy children in this house have played. And the dishes and laundry, are proof that we’re blessed, with food and with rainment, so why get distressed? I’ve health and I’m privileged, to work with my best. So up and at, Thank God for this mess! An Amish friend, Sugarcreek, OH AN AMISH POEM I would rather have a little rose, from the garden of a friend, than flowers strewn around my casket, when my days on earth are ended. I would rather have a loving smile, from one I know is true, than tears shed ’round my casket, when the world I bid adieu. Bring me all my flowers today, and the true smile as I said, now! I’d rather have a smile or rose, than a truckload when I’m dead! TABLE RULES
In silence I must take my seat, and give God thanks before I eat. Must for my food, in patience wait, till I am asked to hand my plate. I must not scold, nor whine, nor pout, nor move my chair or plate about. With knife or fork or napkin ring, I must not play nor must I sing. I must not speak a useless word, For children must be seen, not heard! I must not talk about my food, nor fret if I don’t think it’s good. I must not say, “The bread is cold,” “The tea is hot,” “The coffee cold.” I must not cry for this or that, nor murmur if my meat is fat. My mouth with food, I must not crowd, nor while I’m eating, speak aloud. Must turn my head to cough or sneeze, and when I ask, say “If you please.” The tablecloth, I must not spoil, nor with my food, my fingers soil. Must keep my seat till I am done, nor round the table, sport and run. When told to rise, then I must put my chair away with noiseless foot. And lift my heart to God above, in praise for all His wondrous love. An Amish friend HOW TO PRESERVE A HUSBAND Some insist on keeping them in a pickle, while others are constantly them in hot water. Even the poor varieties can be made sweet and tender by garnishing with patience; well sweetened with smiles and flavored with kisses. Wrap well in a mantle of charity and keep warm with steady fire of devotion. Thus prepared, they’ll keep for years! RECIPE FOR LIFE One cup full of good thoughts 1 cup of kind deeds 1 cup consideration for others 2 cups well beaten faults 3 cups forgiveness Mix thoroughly and add tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy for others. Fold in 4 cups of prayer and faith to lighten other ingredients, and let rise to great heights of Christian living. After pouring all of this into your family life, bake well with warmth and human kindness. Serve with a smile. Lydia Ann Schwartz Berne, IN A COMMUNITY GARDEN Three rows squash 1. Squash grudges 2. Squash criticism 3. Squash gossip Four rows of turnips 1. Turn up for visits 2. Turn up with a smile 3. Turn up with a helping hand 4. Turn up on time Five rows of lettuce 1. Let us love one another 2. Let us welcome strangers 3. Let us be faithful to God’s duty 4. Let us worship God together 5. Let us pray often for one another Mrs. Robert Gingerich
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Recipe of the Month: Sweet Tea
1 Kings 8:36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
Oh sure, we could have posted a recipe of some kind of food, but we thought we would give it a twist this month.
We all need a little something to wash all the good food down with so we decided to share our sweet tea recipe!
Whether your sharing it with family or friends or taking to a potluck you can’t go wrong with sweet tea!
I mean, really, who doesn’t love sweet tea???!!!???
Hope you enjoy this!
We do love us some sweet tea our homes, and we drink a lot of it.
I, Dana, make a fresh gallon at least every other day.
I always get compliments on my tea, don’t really know why, I don’t do anything special, I just make it.
I think the secret lies in the amount sugar you add, like sugar is a big secret since it’s been around for ages and ages!!
Anyway, I get lots of request on how make it so good, (LOL), so I thought I would share it with everyone!
1 gallon size Lipton tea bag or 3 regular size Lipton tea bags
2 cups sugar
Fill a medium sauce pan with water and bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat and drop in the tea bag. Allow tea to steep for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the 2 cups of sugar in a gallon size tea pitcher.
Gently swirl the tea bag around in the water to release the flavor of the tea. While holding the bag in the sauce pan, pour tea into pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Leave the tea bag in the pan and fill the pan with fresh cold water and pour into pitcher.
Remove tea bag and fill pan with ice cubes and pour into pitcher. Stir until almost all the ice is dissolved.
Finish filling the pitcher with fresh water. Fill a mason jar with ice and pour yourself a glass of cold iced tea!
Garnish with lemon if you wish. I like lemon if I am just going to be enjoying it as a refreshing beverage.
But not so much if I am washing down my food with my tea!
Where Are You Thanksgiving? (Darkened by Catastrophe)
Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalms 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
(This article is a re-post from last year around this time. But, it bares repeating)
There is a song titled Where are you Christmas? and the first few lines of the song ask these questions.
Where are you Christmas?
Why can’t I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Sadly, these same questions apply to Thanksgiving as well.
Where are you Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a day to be set aside for giving thanks to God and to celebrate the ending of the harvest season.
Or at least that what’s it’s supposed to be about.
However, lately it’s really NOT all about spending precious family time and giving thanks. It’s more about the anticipation of the big shopping day, BLACK FRIDAY!
Retail stores are monopolizing your time you get to spend with your family be opening their doors “early” on Thanksgiving day. Not only are they trying to take us away from our family time, but their employees are missing family time as well.
These days everyone is so busy with their lives that when we do have the opportunity to spend time with family it surely shouldn’t be interrupted by retail scams to get people off the couch and out the door to cash in on a good deal.
Because if you really think about it, that “good deal” isn’t so good if it means sacrificing time with family.
Why can’t I find you?
We can’t find Thanksgiving because of this thing called “Black Friday!”
According to Wikipedia, Black Friday is defined as any Friday the 13th or any Friday darkened by catastrophe.
Darkened by catastrophe, what a scary thought!
Are we as a society “darkened by catastrophe?”
What is that we are searching for that is so important that we can so easily be sucked in by all the hype surrounding Black Friday?
Maybe we are searching for the wrong things!
Why have you gone away?
Thanksgiving hasn’t gone away, it is still here. I think we have just lost the meaning of Thanksgiving.
I can remember my entire family, on my father’s side, gathering at my Grandmother’s and Granddaddy’s house on Thanksgiving day. It seemed like we would spend the entire day there.
I was just a kid, so us kids would play while the grown ups visited and talked.
No one was in a hurry to leave or had anywhere else go; We were content just spending precious family time together.
My Grandparents have passed away and our family doesn’t get together like we used to, but those memories are so precious to me.
When are we going to tell the retail giants that enough is enough! We are tired of chasing the almighty dollar and making you richer on a day that should be set aside for family.
The only “good deal” is the one that can’t be bought at a bargain price. And you don’t even have to be “sucked in” by a retail giant.
Just look around at your family and give thanks to God for that family and all that you have and all that God has blessed you with.
Now there’s a GREAT DEAL!
I’ll take two, and it’s free!!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
In closing, I would like to share with you what I am most thankful for:
I am thankful for God and my salvation, my husband, my kids, my home, the food I have to eat, great friends and answered prayers.
What are you thankful for?
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