Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sorrow Turned Into Joy (with Hymn)

"You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy"  John 16:20
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Sorrow Turned Into Joy

This week has been a tough week for my family - My dear uncle passed away.

I looked up the word "grief" in the dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
Grief - deep sadness, trouble or annoyance

I have been so sad this week because of my uncle's passing but when I focus on this verse (John 16:20) - I do start to smile.  We all feel this horrible grief and sorrow at times in this life but when compared to the eternal JOY that Christians will experience in Heaven - this present sorrow doesn't seem that bad.  This eternal JOY is for anyone who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God and for those who have accepted the gift of forgiveness through Jesus' death & resurrection.  The pain that my family is feeling still stings but I know that my uncle is in heaven right now rejoicing and fellowshipping with his parents and his wife.  I also know without a shadow of a doubt that we will see him again some day!

I wanted to share with you my uncle's favorite hymn:  "It is Well With My Soul" - in memory of Uncle Willy

 "It Is Well With My Soul" by hymnist Horatio G. Spafford 1828-1888 and composed by Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876. The history of this song is very tragic - Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn after his only son died at the age of 4.  Also, just after losing his son the "Great Chicago Fire" occurred and financially ruined Mr. Spafford.  This isn't the end of his trials - it gets much worse - after the fire the "Spaffords" decided to go to Europe but Mr. Spafford was delayed & sent his wife & 4 daughters ahead of him - the ship sank!! - I'm seriously not making this up.  All 4 daughters died but his wife was saved.  Horatio Spafford wrote these lyrics after all of those horrendous events.
Please listen to the "YouTube" video below - the words in this video for the second verse are different from the version in my hymnal.  The chorus is supposed to be in a 2 part harmony - the part that is in all caps is supposed to be the male voices and the top line is supposed to be for the female voices.

Turn with me to number 408 in your hymnals and let's sing:

It Is Well With My Soul
by Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888)
1.  When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;  Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
2.  My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought - My sin - not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
3.  And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, "Even so" - it is well with my soul.
It is well................with my soul.................
                 IT IS WELL                     WITH MY SOUL,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Special thanks to "Romans1:16 for posting this hymn on "youTube"

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB (blog hop) & Giveaway

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 11th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal Cash
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop
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Total prize value is $100!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You understand that if you win & you go over the $10 Gift Certificate (from Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop) that you will be responsible for the amount above $10
- This Giveaway is open from August 30th, 2014 until September 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - SEPTEMBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- Paypal Cash will be delivered by Angel.  All other prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caramelized Onion Chicken Burger Wrap with Arugula & Spicy Sour Cream

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Caramelized Onion Chicken Burger Wrap with Arugula & Spicy Sour Cream

If you've never tried Arugula before I highly recommend it!  It's also very healthy!

This is another keeper as far as flavor combinations go.  Caramelized Onions, Arugula, Chicken & Sour Spice (from the spicy sour cream).

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Printable Recipe

Chicken Burgers
1 lb ground chicken (I used white meat)
1/2 cup (or more) Italian Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 egg (lightly whisked)
1/4 cup milk
1 large onion (peeled,chopped & then sautéed in butter with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar added near the end of sautéing)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
ground black pepper to taste
Arugula leaves (washed & drained with the stem removed)
1 package of burrito wraps

Begin by preparing the onion as detailed above.  Prepare (wash) the arugula & set aside for later.  Then combine the chicken, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, egg, milk, salt, pepper & prepared onions - stir or combine with your hands until mixed.  If it is too moist you may add more bread crumbs until the desired consistency is achieved.  Form into burger patties (depending on the desired thickness - you could form up to 10 patties from this amount).

Now fry in a frying pan until fully cooked.  (While the burgers are cooking make the Spicy Sour Cream).

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Spicy Sour Cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon (or more - to taste) of cayenne pepper (ground)

Combine all ingredients & set aside for later (for assembly).

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Assemble:  start with a wrap, add the burger (already cooked), top with a dollop Spicy Sour Cream, a few Arugula leaves, then fold the wrap around (see picture above).

Serve & ENJOY!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENS Week - Featured Recipes & Tips

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GREENS Week - Featured Varieties, Recipes & Tips

I have decided that August is VEGGIE month & each week I will be featuring a different vegetable.  So, this week is GREENS week.  By "GREENS" I mean Kale, Arugula, Spinach & Swiss Chard. 

Below you will find my 8 favorite recipe creations &/or tips  (all recipes & pictures are the creation of me - Angie Ouellette-Tower - click on my copyright/disclaimer at the end of this post)

To view the entire post please click on each title - ENJOY!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop 73

Time to Link Up to "Tuesdays with a Twist"!!

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2. "Why Adopt a Senior Dog" by Jenny Marie's Musings
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Monday, August 25, 2014

AUGUST 2014 Great Blog Train RESULTS with Features & Giveaway Winner!

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The 20th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: PENANG, MALAYSIA. It was a wonderful trip with 34 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner is: H.F.
(I have contacted the winner by email)

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(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for November 2014).

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)
We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)

Black Sesame Seeds Cornflakes Cookies by Treat & Trick

Pushups, Vision Boards and Creating a Routine by Grace, Lace & Iron

When the Empty Nest Isn't Empty Anymore by Chapter Two

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