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This is definitely God’s ministry.  I have had some serious health issues the past year, but the ministry has continued without missing a beat.  God continues to provide volunteers and monetary support.  I am so thankful to be a small part of this meal.  The volunteers have really stepped up and continued.  I always knew that this was not MY ministry, but some others felt that I had to be there.  The past few months has proven that God is in charge.

The number of meals that we are serving each week has increased to an average of 200 each week.  We have had a few weeks that went over 300 meals.  We have had a lot of food donated this year and with smart shopping we have still been able to keep the cost of our meals to approximately $1.00 for each meal.  Through the end of October we have served 48,301 meals since the program began in September of 2008.

Manna has definitely become a Community effort.  We have several churches involved, businesses and individuals from the community.  Personal donations have decreased some this past year, but with some organizations, grants,businesses and other groups donating Manna continues to have funds with which to operate.  Manna is considered a non-profit because we operate under the United Methodist Church 501 (c) 3 guidelines.  If you would like to make a donation please contact me and I can give you the information where to send the donation and we can provide you with a form for a tax donation.

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Philippians 4:13  I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and so appropriate for this post.

My daughter has just started her own company.  She strongly believes in trying to help small businesses to reach their full potential.  Her company:   JMS Marketing Solutions has been developed to help those businesses gain exposure through internet and social media avenues.  If you have a business:  Do you have a website, do you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, can you send out a newsletter?   If you have a small business and you do not have a web presence you are not in tune with the modern generation.  Contact JMC Marketing to find out how they can help you expand your business.  Their rates are very reasonable.  Their web site is:  www. jmsmarketingsolutions.com  Check out the link on My Blogroll.

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I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

There are so many things this year to be thankful for.  With the bleak economical times I hope these recipes will be helpful for you in this Holiday season.

 

Turkey Macaroni Salad 

Great use for leftover turkey.

1 8 oz. pkg. macaroni—cook in boiling water until tender and drain.

1 1/2 C. diced cooked turkey 

1 C. diced celery 

1 sm. Onion—chopped 

1/2 C. green pepper—chopped 

1/4 C. pickle relish 

Mix all together.  Add enough mayonnaise to moisten and salt/pepper to taste.   

Refrigerate.  Serve on lettuce if desired.  Makes 6 servings. 

Nice lunch dish, or serve with a hot soup and bread for a

nutritious dinner.

 

Pepperoni Lasagna Roll-Ups

3 Lasagna Noodles—cooked and drained  Parmesan cheese—1/4 cup

3/4 cup cottage cheese—process in the blender until smooth combine with —

1/2 t. onion   1 t. Italian seasoning

24 slices pepperoni  3 slices Swiss cheese  1 C. spaghetti sauce

Top each noodle with 1/2 of the cheese/onion, herb mixture.  Top with pepperoni and Swiss cheese.  Roll up.  Place seam side down in greased casserole.  Top with spaghetti sauce.  Cover an bake at 350’ for 20-25 min.  Uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake 5 min. longer.  Makes 2-3 servings.  Serve with a salad and bread for a complete meal. 

Hot Dog Stew- Hearty-Economical Stew 

2 med. Onions—diced

1 T. oil

1 lb. hotdogs

1 C. cold water

Salt and pepper to taste 

3 potatoes—diced

1 T. vinegar

Dash Hot sauce 

Sautee the onion in oil until brown.  Cut the hotdogs into 4 pieces and add to the onion.  Add the water, salt/pepper, hot sauce and potatoes.  Simmer for 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  Remove from the heat and add the vinegar.  Makes 6-8 servings.  Serve with salad and bread (cornbread would be great) for a low cost meal.  

 

Roast Turkey Breast 

Thaw in the refrigerator.  Remove plastic and pat dry.  Rub the inside of the breast with salt.  Place breast in a baking dish and salt and pepper the top of the breast.  Cover with a tight fitting lid, or place aluminum foil to seal the dish. 

Bake at 350’ – 12 minutes for each pound.  Turkey is done when fork inserted deep into the meat has the juices run clear.  Let rest 20-30 minutes before slicing.

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Rice Casserole

1/2 C. Turkey

1 Can cream of chicken soup

1 C. celery-chopped

1 T. onion-chopped

1/2 C. mayonnaise

1 1/2 C. cooked rice

3 hard boiled eggs-chopped

1/2 C. broth or water   

Mix all ingredients and  place in greased casserole dish.  Refrigerate overnight.  Take out of refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Bake at 350’ for 30 minutes.  Top with French fried onions or crushed potato chips if desired.  Bake another 10 minutes.   

Turkey Pot Pie

1 can mixed vegetables (drain)

1 can cream chicken soup

1 cup chopped turkey

2 piece pie crust

Place pie crust into pie pan.  Mix other ingredients and place in pan.  Top with other crust.  Bake at 350’ until brown.

 

Candied Yams

Drain yams of almost all of the liquid.

Place in casserole big enough to have pieces in one layer.

Melt 1/2 stick of margarine. Pour over the yams.

Sprinkle brown sugar over the yams to about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake at 350’ until sugar is melted and heated through.

Optional: Top with

marshmallows and return to oven until brown.

 

 

Sweet Potato Biscuits

 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes

1/4 C. butter softened

1/2 C. milk

2 C. self-rising flour 

Stir together: potatoes, butter and milk.  Add flour.  Mix and add additional milk if needed. Turn out onto floured surface and roll out to 3/4 inch thick.  Cut into rounds.

 

Corn Pudding

2 1/2 cups corn

2 eggs—beaten

1 cup milk

1/4 C. celery-chopped

1/4 C. onion-chopped

1 stick margarine

2 T. flour

1 tsp. salt

1/2 C. cracker crumbs

 Melt the margarine and place celery and onions into skillet and cook until soft.  Blend in the flour and when it begins to bubble add the milk.  Stir constantly until it comes to a boil.  Add the corn and then add the beaten eggs.  Pour into greased pan.  Cover with crumbs.  Bake at 350’ until firm.  Toothpick inserted should come out clean. 

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2 Samuel 22:26     To the faithful you show yourself faithful, O Lord, to teh blameless you show yourself blameless. 

My son has a construction company.  He is very much a visionary.  He has aspirations to build apartment complexes that are handicapped accessible.  He retrofitted one of our apartments for a person in a wheel chair.  He is a wonderful designer of custom cabinetry and tile work. 

He has begun a blog to share information concerning selecting a remodeler, etc.  Please check out his blog and his website.  If you are not in the Central Ky. area he still has some useful information.

He is a christian who believes in praying with people and developing his staff in their christian walk.  He organized a mini “Home Makeover” for a couple in Winchester, Ky. who had a son that needed a specialized home remodel. 

Hope you will take a look.  I have added his blog to my blog roll.

A proud Mom.

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Psalm  36:  Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 

This is a good idea.  If you are in an accident and cannot communicate, how will people know who to call.   I.C.E. is a good idea.  This stands for Emergency Contact Information.    Go to this website and request stickers to put on your mobile phone:   www.icesticker.com

You then need to list a phoe number on your mobile phone under ICE.  This can be more than one number:   Ice 1,  Ice-Dad,  Ice- Mom,  Ice- Wife, etc.  

You place the ICE sticker on the back of your cell/mobile phone

 This could save lives, pass onto all that you know

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