Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Thank you Joyce for bringing us another fun Hodgepodge this week.
Please click HERE to join us and see how others have answered the following questions.

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?

First of all, my random thought will more completely answer this question.  But, my greatest fear is one day being a burden on my children.  I dread if/when I become unable to care for myself and am reliant on someone else.  Neither of my parents were ever a "burden" to us and I know this was one of their greatest concerns as well.  I pray God will be merciful to us and our children as well.

I hope most for the future to continue being able to travel and enjoy our children and grandchildren, and one day to be thrilled with great-grandchildren.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What's a favorite dish made with chicken? What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying?

We purchase at least one rotisserie chicken a week.  I bone it and use it in a variety of ways from chicken salad, to casserole dishes or just plan sliced.  I also boil the carcass and freeze the strained broth for cooking with later.  So full of flavor.

Some of our favorite dishes are Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Breasts in Sour Cream, Chicken Enchiladas, and Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Chicken.  But my favorite would be
Chicken Spectacular
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 (6 ounce) package Uncle Ben's combination wild and white rice, cooked
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (3 ounce) jar sliced pimientos
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups French style green beans, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellman's)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, diced
  • salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients.  Pour into a 2 1/2 or 3 quart casserole.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serves 6.  To freeze do not cook prior to freezing.

I am a chicken about making dumplings.  We don't need them which is a good excuse.

3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did?

My want list is very small, in fact I can't think of a thing I really wish I had.  But, will play.
3.  A new body that could do yoga
2.  New SUV that would get 35 mpg
1.  A transport machine that would get me to family without hours on the road

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate.  If you answered one, which one?

I would rather be a master of one.  I would love to be a master painter and be able to inspire others with my vision.  I would also love to be able to sing again.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

I rarely eat either one.  Ketchup on fries once in a while and mustard added to baked beans.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I recently read a blog that spoke to me. I tend to play out negative scenarios of what I would do should something bad happens.  What would I do if this happened, or would I be able to handle it if that happened, etc.  You get the idea.

The writer and I have that in common evidently.  While playing this "what-if" game with herself, the Lord spoke to her with this message:  "Those decisions feel overwhelming because I AM NOT THERE.  If you were to actually find yourself there, I would be there too and I would guide you in those decisions.  Amy, you can't dress rehearse tragedy."

Wow, that got my attention.  It isn't our job to dress rehearse tragedy.  In fact, if is a futile exercise.  God isn't in that, therefore, we accomplish only stress, frustration, and needless worry.

Amy closes this post with this statement:
"Dress rehearsals might be helpful in the theater, but they are pretty pointless in matters of real life.  Jesus doesn't come to our dress rehearsal.  But come show time, He always shows up, and the whole script changes."

"Seek Me and you will find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back from captivity."  Jeremiah 29:12-13
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. Very thoughtful random thought this week, Elizabeth. I am a big fan of rotisserie chicken - my downfall is eating the skin. Hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. I am going to write the comment about dress rehearsal for the future. It certainly stepped on my toes! The burden of being responsible for my parents for many years was great. The hardest part though was seeing them like that! No quality of life! I pray that won't be what my children have to go through.

  3. All right! I definitely have done the dress rehearsal, only I called mine the worst case scenario. I travel down that road of what if's and when I get to the end, I remember, I've been there before and God is always with me. So I love this and am saving it, along with the chicken recipe. That sounds wonderful! And I forgot about the mustard in baked beans! The transport machine! Great idea.

  4. I'm so sorry I missed this HP but I sure enjoyed your answers. And, I want one of those travel machines that could get me to OKC in 30 minutes. Love your random thought!

  5. Well I have missed hodgepodging and I hope to get back to it next week. I can relate so to most of your answers. I don't know if it's my biggest fear but I certainly would never want to be a burden to my kid. My poor mom was forced into that role for just a year or so when she moved in with us after her first stroke, and while it was hard....make that VERY hard, I also look back at that year as one of my best ever with her. But had she survived that second stroke I think it would have been very different. The chicken recipe sounds soo good! Oh, and that travel machine? I'd be the first in line. Wouldn't that be wonderful, lol? Your random thought answer had some real wisdom in it. I love those thoughts and is it ever soo true. I had played out the possibility of my getting breast cancer soo many times in my head I could never count them up and they were always sooo scary and overwhelming. But I DID leave God out of those thoughts. So when I finally did actually get it while it was still kind of scary, He was right there with me every step of the way and it was not even close to as overwhelming as I had feared. He gave me His peace which changed it all. LOVE that verse! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. Lovely answers to the questions Elizabeth. I'm totally with you on needing a new body to do yoga - I used to love doing this but it now feels a bit daunting. I would also love a transport machine as I'm in Scotland and all my family are still in Australia plus I have good friends in other countries around the world. I often imagine how wonderful it would be to have all the people I love in one place or be able to visit them on the spur of the moment.

    Have a great day.

  7. I loved your random thought. I recently read somewhere that God promises us grace for today, and worry borrows from tomorrow's bounty. I like that and it keeps my head in the present.

  8. Love your wish list!
    Your random thought was spot on, I could place imaginary conversations in the same category. What I would say, or should have said. Totally unproductive and gets me all riled up. Those 'dress rehearsals ' are pointless. Thank you for sharing.

  9. We often get the rotisserie chicken from costco because it's tasty and 5 bucks!

  10. I like chicken in all ways too ! Prefer it to beef actually. I will try to never be a burden to my son I prefer to keep my independence and would go into a retirement home.

  11. Great random thought and so true. I've had a couple of times in my life which no dress rehearsal would ever have prepared me for but my faith got me through.

  12. I don't want to be a burden to my children either however I did enjoy having Mark take care of me with my knee replacement!! Your recipe sounds yummy. I recently bought some DVD's of yoga for seniors and also from a chair. I haven't tried them yet. Love your random, I play the what ifs all the time, thank you for sharing.


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