Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Easter & Pigs-In-A-Blanket

Our Wednesday Medley is always based on whatever the National Day happens to be for each Wednesday. I invite you to join in and link up with other ‘Meddlers’ as we answer the questions Terri comes up with. 



National Pigs in a Blanket Day - April 24

1.  Typically served as an hors d'oeuvre, have you ever made or had a Pig-in-a-Blanket?  Do you like Pigs-in-a-Blanket?
Oh yes, this used to be a staple for any hors d'oeuvere table, party or just a simple get-together.  I also made for a delicious, quick breakfast dish that the kids loved.
Yes, I do like them but don't eat them as a rule unless it's Christmas Eve with the family.

2.  Pigs-in-a-blanket are also known as devils on horseback, kilted sausages, and wiener winks. (Seriously.)  Please make up another name for this fun little appetizer!
Weiner Wraps?  Warm Oinky?  Oinky Dinky?
That's about as creative as I can get.

3.  In the UK, pigs-in-blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.  Which country's version is most appealing to your taste buds?
Anything wrapped in bacon is a WEINER in my book!

4.  The first written record of pigs-in-a-blanket occurs in Betty Crocker's Cooking for Kids in 1957.  In this digital world, do you still have a favorite cookbook you use most of the time?  Is there a recipe you can share with us from that cookbook?

If I still cooked like I used to, yes I would generally go to one of the cookbooks above.  They were favorites for various reasons.  The green one on top was a compilation of favorite recipes done by a dear friend back in the late 70's or early 80's.  She was the hostess with the mostest for sure.

 These days, since my cooking is much simpler and healthier than it was 30 years ago, I rarely pull out a book.  I have tons I could choose from, but these days if I need a recipe I generally go to Pinterest.
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes that I used to fix all the time.  I haven't done it in years but it was in Dixie's book and my family loved it.

5.  What is your favorite cooking show on TV?
I don't watch cooking shows, therefore can't answer this one.

6.  Tell us something random about your week, please!
I must share with you pictures of our two children and their families on Easter Sunday.

We were with our Indiana family in spirit only this year.

Love these siblings!

Jackson and our to-be granddaughter-in-love

Easter Sunday was also our daughter, Christy's birthday, so we rode over to Dallas to spend the day with her and the family.

Christy and all her girls.

The Cunningham's

I've just got to include a few more.

Samson Cunningham was completely fascinated with finding beach front property.

Brad, Chandler and Cassidy attended a spectacular wedding (according to them the most spectacular they have seen) but I happen to think they look pretty spectacular themselves.

And that's my random for the week.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday

On this "Good Friday" of Holy Week, how do we approach the holiest of all Christian days?  Easter?


The week began with views of flames coming from the most iconic house of worship on the planet.

How do we begin to process something so tragic?

Only a few short months ago Chandler and Brad were there standing amazed at its immensity, its beauty, its historic significance and it being a place of worship open to all humanity.

Reactions around the world were varied.  Most were shocked and saddened and are now rallying with declarations of restoration.

How do we respond when we have "fires" in our lives?

How do we process these?

How do we deal with great disappointments, pain, confusion, loss?

So quickly we can go from this

to this.

How do we handle the challenges when all we see are ashes?

Ann Voscamp shared these words on her blog post

"In a world that can burn down around us, in the epidemic of our age, this search for identity, we have to Stay in the Story to stay rooted enough to stay standing. 

 "Exactly because we are wired to worship and to stay in the Story. "

First Baptist Bossier City 2019
There is a Story that survives fires!

That Story is THE CROSS!

On this Holy Good Friday, when our Lord was crucified by an angry mob, his followers and family experienced an unimaginable trial when their very faith and existence was going up in flames.  They had gone from exaltation and jubilance; a time spent together in worship and praise; to a night of betrayal; and now to the face of death. 

How did they deal with all that was tearing their world apart?

They slept,

one fought back,

one denied Him,

some ran away fearful,

one sought to worship Him as only she knew how.

A mother wept!

One condemned Him, one asked for forgiveness.

Another stood in His place of release.

Are we any different?

We reject,
We are lackadaisical about our faith,
We question,
We do it on our own,
We are faithless,
We are lost!

We all stand in the need of forgiveness and redemption in order to be able to stand and come through the flames without the stench of smoke.

We have to Stay in the Story to stay rooted enough to stay standing. 

"The Story" is the only thing that survives the fires.

The Story is Jesus Christ!

We never need to say "Goodbye" to The Story!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fabulous 50'S Fellowship

Our Sunday School Class, the "Yes Lord Class" at First Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana hosted a 50's party and invited several other classes to join us last Friday night.  We had 80 to attend.

The decorations were so nice and helped set the stage for a fun night.

Our caterer and servers with the mostest!

Ronnie Joe (RJ), on left is the Minister of Family Life & Missions, but should be called the "Minister of Whatever Needs to Be Done."  Robin is his able assistant.

Our entertainment was superb!

My Hubby, Dick sang and emcee'd.  We had several from our music ministry to perform including Gale, our amazing soprano soloist.  The others were our Minister of Music and members of our church band and pianist.  They not only played but sang.  Oh my, I only wish I had a recording of "Bread and Butter" to share with you.

We also had Mark, our pastor's son to sing one of the Beatles's 60's songs, "Here Comes the Sun."

The program began with David reading a "History of the 50's" Rap which he had written.  It was such a fun composite of those years, and I will include some of the lines at the end.  He even styled his hair just for the occasion.

One of the fun numbers was "Jambalaya" when the whole group was invited to stand and sing along.

A special "Blast From the Past" was when we recognized Maylon Humphries, (2nd from left above) one our members who in his youth in the early 50's, wrote many songs and sang with a popular group.  He produced several records.

This is Maylon and his wife at our 2017 Christmas party.  Unfortunately, he is in very poor health and was unable to attend on Friday night.

There were a few of us couples who were going steady, wearing our boyfriend's jacket and class ring.

Billy and Betty were actual high school sweethearts and is wearing her steady's HS Senior ring around her neck.  She made her poodle skirt many years ago.

Her jacket was her mother's and made by her grandmother back in the '50's.  How amazing is it that she would still have this!

Are they not the cutest couple?

Bernard styled his hair and played the role to the hilt.  We loved the "spit curl!"

This gal went all out to show her commitment to her beau.

I not only wore my sweetheart's football jacket from 1958 but his HS and College rings.

Now, other adorable couples who went all out to dress for the party.


How sweet are Jim and Rita.  Her vintage dress was perfect for her!

Matt and Bonnie are not only adorable and sweet but help the age average of our class.

Carolyn designed the soda fountain backdrop and Hubby J.J. made it.  Such a clever cute couple.

Harold and Mary are the parents of our pastor and came from Arlington, Texas for this special night.

Notice Bob's authentic "Penny Loafers" with actual pennies.  Hard to get more '50's than that!

The back of Barry's shirt.

The Pink Ladies stole the show.  Especially one.

Carol had to introduce herself.  She was definitely incognito.

These are just some fun snapshots of the night.

Happy Days didn't have anything on these gals.

Double dating to the Drive-in Movie?

The most special guest was this little fellow, the son of our Minister to Students.

I think it is safe to say that we had a grand and memorable 50's Fellowship.

Now excerpts from David's Rap.

Fifty's Rap

Remember the fun of the fabulous fifties?
Aggie Jokes, limericks, and Tom Swifties?

TV was the latest craze
Turn it on and watch it for days.

Leave it to Beaver
Father knows Best
Ozzie and Harriet
and all the rest.

Eisenhower was in power
Took a daily nap, at least an hour.

Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners
Nat King Cole and some other crooners.

American Bandstand:  Dick Clark
Montgomery boycott:  Rosa Parks

Good golly, Miss Molly!
We loved Buddy Holly

Wake up Little Susie!
It's time for I Love Lucy

Fats Domino found his thrill
On Blueberry Hill
In a coup de ville
Not far from Murrell's Grill

Your starter house had one bathroom
Not enough in the baby boom

Most folks were middle class and suburban
Hardly anyone wore a turban

Marilyn Monroe was quite a beauty
Little Richard sang Tutti-Frutti

I love you, Peggy Sue
Simple rhymes will have to do.

All this nostalgia gives me neuralgia.

David Wells