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    • #6585
      Geri7
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      Thought I would start a fun thread on food, delicious sumptuous food.  Even if the prophetic news slows down … this thread should, hopefully, stay alive … unless … ahem … you’re all fasting. B-)   If your main meal is not dinner please feel free to share what you made for breakfast or lunch.  If you plan on going out to eat … name the restaurant or fast food place and what you think you plan on ordering … oh … and don’t forget dessert. :yes:

       

      Ok … today I’m making a small pot of chili … very mild mild chili so my puppy dog can have some. :whistle:    Will also bake a potato and add the butter, chives, chili, shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese. :yahoo:    Drinking a tall glass of ice tea to wash it all down.  Then later for dessert – 2 scopes of pistachio ice cream on a sugar cone.

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    • #6593

      Sadly, I just ate for lunch the worse turkey thighs I ever made.  Purchased it at the market; over cooked it like never before.  But I am eating it because I refuse to waste it.

      Sadder (not a word), I am probably eating it for dinner too as punishment for not paying attention to what I was doing while cooking it!!  :cry:

      I do have orange jello with mandarin oranges for dessert! :yahoo:

      I’m a pretty good cook; if it counts, I made seared scallops, with mashed potatoes and sliced fresh tomatoes with olive oil on Tuesday night!

      Perhaps I can come to your house for dinner??   Your meal sounds MUCH better!!  Enjoy!:-)

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      • #6792
        Ruth Breithaupt
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        Speaking of mashed potatoes, try topping them with  mixture of sauteed baby bella mushrooms & sliced onions ( all organic of course), and a couple squirts of Braggs Amino Acid ( best salt seasoning ever ). Deliciosso !!!!

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      • #6796
        Geri7
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        Ruth,

        Where do you get the Bragg’s Amino Acid – at a local grocery store or on-line?

        I love the Bragg’s products.  I have the Apple Cider Vinegar.  Everyone needs this in their homes because it cures so many ailments  including if you get a stomach virus – quick healing with a little bit in with some water.  I sometimes add a little cran-grape juice .. it disguises the vinegar taste.

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    • #6598
      Geri7
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      Oh how frustrating.  Nothing is worse than spending money and time in cooking and the meal turns out bad.  You’re a trooper for eating it. :good:  I’m not a fan of turkey – I think its dry to begin with and leaving left overs in the refrig. for next day … oh boy, I need a gas mask since it smells like something died in there.   Chicken doesn’t do that and I’ve always wondered why that is since they are both farm raised birds.    My dog hates turkey too.  I was trying to give him a treat and bought him organic turkey nuggets about $45.00 a bag at a local pet shop.  Unfortunately, he smelled it and walked away.   I thought oh great there goes $45.  I was able to give the bag to the mailman … he knew of someone who could use it … so I felt a little better about that.

      Your mandarin orange jello sounds sooo delicious!  As well as your mash potatoes and fresh ripe garden tomato salad!  Yum.

      I live in lala land Vermont.  I would certainly set another plate out for you if you live close by.

      Enjoy your delicious dessert and don’t feel guilty with a 2nd helping.   B-)

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    • #6604

      Turkey thighs are usually moist; if cooked properly.  I don’t make it often, but it’s a good healthy protein.  Not my favorite; but good for an occasional meal.  After this; it may not be on my plate again until Thanksgiving Day!

      Very good job of sharing your dog’s unwanted treats with someone who will enjoy it!

      I’m in Pennsylvania.  Not that far, but too far for dinner!

      It was interesting to hear your menu for today!  Thanks for the post!

       

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    • #6607
      Geri7
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      Living in PA … cool … I used to live in NJ … we would have REALLY been next door neighbors.  My family and I would vacation in Lancaster every Sept.  The restaurant food was sooo good because it came from organic farms.  The best tasting hamburger I ever had came from there and they served it on a pretzel roll.  Yum!

      Does your cute kitty cat like turkey?

      Oh thank you for responding… I enjoyed reading what you made.  Can’t wait to hear your menu for tomorrow or if you have plans to eat out … :whistle:

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    • #6628

      Yes; Pennsylvania has lots of farms.  We are blessed with very fresh produce.  There are several “pick your own” farms close by.  Also there are tons of small farms and homes with roadside stands selling their produce for next to nothing.  I visit those stands quite frequently.  The corn is fresh off the stalk; doesn’t get any better than that!

      My kitty does like turkey, but out of a can.  I’ve tried to make fresh chicken and turkey for him, but he prefers the less healthy, manufactured food. :negative:   Go figure!

      Today is market day.  After working all week, I don’t like cooking on Fridays.  I either get something at the market for dinner, or we go out to eat.  I’m hoping for the later today!:yes:

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    • #6630
      Geri7
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      Wow, you’re soooo fortunate to be close to fresh local produce at cheap prices!  Yes, fresh corn on the cob is to die for!  You’re living in the promise land!

      There is a farmer’s market in my town but they cater towards the rich people with expensive prices … so I don’t bother going there.  I have to rely on local grocery stores with produce coming up from the deep south or the west.    I think the south loves to send the Yankees their inferior produce   :negative:  Its hit or miss … watermelon is sometimes good and other times it taste like blah water.  Peaches are sometimes sweet and juicy and other times its dried out.  But I noticed any fruit or veggies from Israel is always delicious!

      Aw, so your Kitty cat loves can food vs. fresh chicken or turkey.  Its funny how finicky our fur babies are!  The pet shop gave my dog Nutrisource dog food so this is the only brand he will eat.  Unfortunately, none of the local stores sell this so I either have to drive to Albany or Saratoga Springs, NY or order over the internet.  If this company ever stops making dog food, I’m in deep trouble.  But he does like homemade chicken, meatballs, hamburgers, steak, bacon and … fish.  But I’m not a fish lover.  So  I buy dried Salmon bites.  He wants to be hand fed so I suffer because of the smell … I just hold my breath as I feed them to him and immediately wash my hands afterwards.

      Good for you in not cooking tonight.  Grocery store hot meal bars have some really good choices and they are delicious.  Enjoy your dinner – and the best part … no dishes!

      Lunch was finishing up the rest of the chili.  Dinner I think will be a protein smoothie.  I use a little cran-grape juice, water, drop in the frozen strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, etc. and add the protein powder in the blender.  Its really a tasty and filling meal.

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    • #6638
      tenderreed
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      I hate turkey, always have.  Not much for fish either, except for scampi, fried shrimp and lobster.  Not crab.  Don’t like pumpkin or tapioca’s.  Enjoy home cooked meals, but mostly eat fast food.  I don’t cook much, but then neither does my wife.  Well food that I enjoy anyway.  I have simple fare mostly.  Being diabetic I usually wait till my blood sugar drops and then just scramble for eats.

      My wife and I enjoyed some pork ribs for our anniversary the other night.  That was a splurge!  You girlies are making me hungry!  I love beef in it’s every form.  Love corn on the cob, artichokes, green beans, cauliflower, most veggies.  Breads, potatoes and rice, yum.  I’m into sauces and gravies.  I like Italian, Chinese, German, again anything with a sauce or gravy!

      My God, now I’m making myself hungry!  I don’t have a huge appetite but am particular as to what I eat.  When invited the dinner table I always have to ask what the menu is!

      Don’t do Indian, Suchi, or anything too exotic. Meat and potatoes kinda guy.  And if I can identify the body part, I won’t eat it.

      I love desserts as well, but am also just as picky!

      TR

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      • #6641
        Geri7
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        :mdrmdr:  welcome T.R. to the cyber dinner table!  Sit down and stay a while..  Ahem … I believe you just gave us a years worth of drive by meals. :stinkerbell:   It was very entertaining!   I’m in agreement with no turkey, fish, pumpkin, tapioca, yada yada yada. :negative:

        Love pork ribs, cow and chicken (except for tongue, eyes, liver parts)  … oh and anything Italian  :good:

        I used to love Chinese but then my co-worker was kind enough to share hot off the grill to them means road kill of dogs and cats.  It’s too costly now to just order fried rice, minus the chicken … with 1 fortune cookie and 3 orange slices. :cry:

        Sooo …. what fast food place did you go to today?

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    • #6645
      tenderreed
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      Taco Bell is my go to. It’s cheap or a quick burger.  I hate cilantro and re-fried beans so I don’t do too much Mexican.  My wife has a diet specific to herself.  And as I said, I don’t have a huge appetite.  Being slightly over five foot and six inches tall, weighing around 127 lbs with a 30 inch waist, I don’t eat a lot.

      Beef, pork and ham are my staples.  No decent Chinese restuarants here so I go to Panda Express on occasion.  Not much into soups, though in California I could get a good asparagus and green chile soup.

      I like chili!  I do go to a buffet here in town called Golden Corral.  Various family restaurants.  Most of the time it’s just a cold sandwich and a soda at home.

      By and large though, eating is simply mostly a chore for me.  Just something I need to do to keep everything working properly.  As like with most things, I have champagne tastes and a beer pocket book.  And I don’t even like beer!

      TR

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      • #6648
        Geri7
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        Taco Bell sounds great – used to go to the one in NJ.  I love Golden Corral and miss going there because the nearest one is in NY.  But we do have a Chili’s … even though its Mexican … these 3 meals are to die for and they don’t taste Mexican …  BBQ Ribs, Steaks or the Bacon/Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich.  Their Cheesecake is wickedly good.

        I saw your new thread and already responded. :yes:

         

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    • #6646
      tenderreed
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      Heh guys, check the new thread on the main board I just wrote.  Feedback please, and bless each of your hearts!

      YBIC….TR

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    • #6661
      Geri7
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      Ravioli, Garlic Bread, Garden Salad and Raspberry Lemonade.

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    • #6696
      Geri7
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      Looks like dinner will be Waffles with  Pistachio ice cream

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    • #6706

      Oh my!  I have a lot to learn on how to keep track of responses!!!  I’m not on the computer much on the weekend and I’m working during the week, so my check-in times are spotty.

      Tender Reed, what was the title of your new thread?

      Being a diabetic, I would think you need to eat on a regular basis and not much pasta?  I had a diabetic cat; he was not regulated.  He was a miracle.  For 3-1/2 years his numbers went from the 200’s to 300’s to mostly 400 & 500’s and then this past September, 600’s.  VERY long story, but I learned a lot about carbs and have changed the way I eat as a result.

      Chili’s has really good fajitas.  I love Mexican; actually there isn’t much I don’t like!

      Geri7; I love our farmlands and don’t always take as much advantage of them as I should, but I do indulge in the availability!   You are a good mom for your dog.  It is my opinion that the more real food you give your dog; the healthier he will be.  My dad gave our German-Shepherd/Collie our leftovers everyday on top of her dry food.  She lived to be 13 or 14 years old; healthy as a horse till the day she went to rainbow bridge.  I too order special food for my kitty.  I buy a non-carb dry food and must order it online; it’s not cheap.  No one sells it in a store.  He’s worth it!

      I love seafood too; it’s my favorite.  Not fish so much, but I do make salmon on a pretty regular basis because it’s good for us.  Yesterday I marinated a pork loin with a coconut milk, peanut sauce and baked it so that will pretty much be my dinner every day this week.  Additionally, I made fried rice.  For this week’s snack,  I made deviled eggs so while I’m working I can pop some quick and easy protein!  :yes:

       

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    • #6707

      Oops!!   I “liked” my own thread!  Lol!:wacko:

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    • #6714
      Geri7
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      No problem … life keeps us so busy. Glad you were able to stop in and sit down for a few minutes at the cyber dinner table.   B-)

      Oh my … glad your handsome kitty is doing better.  Is that him in your avatar pic?  I agree homemade meals for our fur babies keeps them living longer and gives them a variety so they aren’t tired of the same old dry nuggets and/or can food.  My dog also loves munching on lettuce, carrots, apples, watermelon, pineapple and blueberries.  Yep, I agree the better quality food is expensive but in the long run … sooo worth it … only the best for our fur babies. :whistle:

      Wow that marinated coconut milk pork loin dish sounds sooo delicious and with the fried rice.  Yum!   Its great that you will have leftovers to enjoy.  I will have to try that some time … I love coconut milk.

       

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    • #6746

      Yes; the avatar pick is my cat. :-)  He is not the diabetic.  Unfortunately, the diabetic passed away in September.  His blood glucose was too high for too long, no matter what I did; or the good food he ate.   He started looking really bad about 2 1/2 years ago and lost a lot of weight.  I started making fresh chicken in the crock pot every week and bone broth.  He never liked human food before, but he inhaled this chicken with homemade chicken broth.  For about four months he couldn’t get enough of it and loved drinking the bone broth several times a week.  Between praying over him EVERY DAY and him eating healthy fresh chicken AND the bone broth; he came back to life!  The Vet said it wasn’t possible for him to gain his weight back with his blood glucose numbers in the 400’s; BUT, he DID gain his weight back and his fur was soft and shinny again.  He looked healthy and acted healthy until the day his body just said, “enough”.    Sorry for rambling; the topic is still so near and dear to my heart.

      One of my friends cooks salmon, for her dog, along with other meats.  She gives him special dry food and then human food on top.  That dog is very healthy!  It sounds like your dog is very healthy too; and lucky to have a mom who takes good care of him!:yes:

       

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    • #6756
      Geri7
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      Oh sorry for the mix up.  Thanks for explaining.  Cool how he loved the homemade chicken soup and was living on that until got well to live a little longer.  You gave him the best quality of life and I love how the Lord answered prayers.

      Yep, my puppy went for his check up 4 weeks ago and is healthy as can be.

      Speaking about chicken soup … that’s on the menu tonight … not homemade though, wish it was … instead its Campbells so that means I will be adding more noodles.  Also will have a garden salad and some cherries for dessert.

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    • #6786
      Geri7
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      Lazy day … no breakfast … late lunch was Marie Callender’s Country Fried Chicken, Mash Potatoes with Gravy and Corn.  Not bad for being a frozen dinner and only $2.00 on sale.  I’m skipping dinner.

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    • #6797
      Geri7
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      Making homemade pizza with a glass of root beer soda.   I get the dough at a local grocery store … shipped in from a Boston pizzeria.  Good quality dough.

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    • #6808
      MyWhiteStone
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      Pizza dough made with root beer?  Hmmm !?  (Just kidding)

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      • #6809
        Geri7
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        :mdrmdr:   I guess I should have worded that better.   Hey … when I order the spare ribs at Chilis … they ask what kind of BBQ sauce  … I always order the one that contains soda (I can’t remember if its Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke)  it is out of this world good … the flavoring on the ribs taste both Sweet and Smokey.

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    • #6811
      tenderreed
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      Can’t wait to have dinner with you guys!

      Let’s face it, with eating being a chore, might as well eat something that brings us pleasure and makes my stomach smile!

      Been craving waffles, pancakes, hashbrowns, eggs, Texas  toast and thick bacon.  Even though I rarely eat breakfast, the craving comes on me once in a while.  Funny, wonder why we crave the foods that we do even even while not pregnant.  Tee, hee, hee

      TR

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      • #6812
        Geri7
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        Have you’ve tried waffles with ice cream instead of maple syrup?  That’s the only way I can eat waffles.  It tastes like an ice cream sandwich.  This is how they serve it on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights (Jersey Shore).  And Orange Julius’ drinks yum!  And Caramel  apples with nuts on top or Jelly apples (aka the red color candy apples with coconut on top).  Salt Water Taffy, Fudge and other chocolates, and Caramel popcorn :popcorn    I expect to see all these treats served in heaven and on the restored earth … at the amusement parks, water parks, etc.   Its going to be fun! B-)

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    • #6814
      tenderreed
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      I’m with ya.  One exception, no coconut.  Being born in Canada, I need my maple syrup!  Hope your right about all the treats in Heaven.  And if we have heavenly treats that just might blow anything we’ve had here outta the water that would be awesome!

      I’m disappointed Geri, you didn’t mention the toffee, white chocolate or cotton candy!  I do appreciate your epicurian palate however!  Don’t forget the honey and grasshoppers though on of Johnnies’s faves.

      One of my mom’s favorite dishes was braised ribs and meat simmered in a soy sauce and brown sugar dish, on a bed of white rice! Yum.

      TR

       

       

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      • #6819
        Geri7
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        No coconut?  So does this mean you’re not a fan of German Chocolate cake?  Or Almond Joy/Mounds candy bars?

        I hear you about the real  maple syrup … hands down better than the fake stuff the grocery stores sell.

        I’m not familiar with toffee … perhaps because it sounds to close to coffee.   White chocolate is ok … prefer the milk or dark  chocolate better.  Oh yeah completely forgot about cotton candy!  Also, I will let you in on a secret … I can eat this one fish all day and I believe its the only fish that will be on the banquet table  …. a side dish of … Swedish Fish!!!   ;-)   Yum!    Hey, perhaps we can persuade John the Baptist to forfeit the grasshoppers and honey for a plateful of sweet and soar gummy worms?  I think he would be sooo delighted with the worms!  B-)

        Your mom’s braised ribs and rice dish sounds soooo good! I hope there are cooking and baking contests so we can judge and sample these meals and desserts! :whistle:

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    • #6822
      tenderreed
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      Indeed I have been called particular in what I enjoy eating and what I might refuse to eat.  This also holds true with desserts.

      As a child growing up I preferred caramel, white chocolate and butterscotch over chocolate.  Though I greatly enjoy chocolate today, I’m not a fan of dark chocolate.  It has to be milk chocolate! Don’t like brownies or chocolate cake.  Prefer white or spice cake.  Love cinnamon, hate licorice.

      TR

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    • #6868
      Geri7
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      For dinner …  Cheese Burger  top with roasted red peppers, Homemade Coleslaw, Cape Cod Kettle Potato Chips and A&W Root Beer Soda.

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    • #6899
      Geri7
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      Dinner:  Eggplant Parmesan  … its made NOT with traditional bread crumbs but with flour … this makes it light and melts in your mouth.  Ooh la la delicious!

      So simple to make … just wash and peel the eggplant.  Cut into thin slices.

      Cover with flour and then in the egg mixture.  Heat up the frying pan with lite olive oil made for baking and frying.  Keep in the hot oil until light brown.  Layer corning-ware glass dish with tomato sauce, eggplant, mozzarella cheese.  Put dish in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes to melt the cheese and warm up the sauce and Voila.

       

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    • #6998
      Geri7
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      Looks like it will be Tacos tonight and Apple Crisp with 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

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    • #7033
      Geri7
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      I skipped breakfast and lunch … made homemade pizza at 3:00 so that is my early dinner.  Also made an Ice Cream Float … with Root Beer Soda and 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream.

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    • #7042
      tenderreed
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      What is your greatest dish that you make?  Do you enjoy cooking, or just prepare quick meals to satisfy?  If I were to show up for dinner, what would you fix? Guess who’s not coming for dinner, but would like to?

      TR

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      • #7048
        Geri7
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        I keep it simple … only Italian and normal American meals. I stick with easy meals and cut the recipe in half so I don’t OD on one particular food.  I sometimes use the crock pot – makes great comfort meals like … beef stew and a few chicken dishes.  My motto is  “I stay away from all fish, turkey and sausage”  :whistle:   I make meatball sandwiches with French bread – my dog’s favorite. I break up the bread and just give him small pieces to go with his meatball.  I don’t bother making homemade tomato sauce because I found the best sauce already prepared in a jar called “Rao’s” Marinara Sauce.  They have a NYC restaurant and another one out in Las Vegas so perhaps a local grocery store on the West Coast sells it too?  Its costly though but well worth it.  About $9.00 – $10.00 a jar so I wait for a sale – $7.00 – $8.00 and then stock up.  I only use half a jar per meal and freeze the other half.  Its been a while (4 years) since I last made roast beef, prime ribs, or ham so if I go out to a restaurant that has a smorgasbord … this is what you will see on my plate!   I tend to make a lot of chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, various pasta meals (stuff shells  vs. lasagna) because they are quick and easy to control the portion sizes.  My favorite fun meal to prepare would have to be pizza. :yes:    If having guests over … I would ask a head of time what they feel like having.

        I actually prefer baking desserts over cooking.  I make Italian Struffoli a lot.  Its cinnamon dough rolled into tiny balls and fried quickly in olive oil … its not soggy at all … then you melt honey and pour on top and then shake some tiny candy sprinkles on top.  Yum!  My family goes nuts for it.  I’m using Dom DeLuise’s recipe … because his calls for cinnamon.  I can’t find my cookbook (its in one of the many moving plastic containers in the basement) … and I’m craving carrot cake right now.   I bake small batches of brownies – Betty Crocker has the packages for only 99 cents and you just add 1 egg, small amount of oil, 2 tablespoons of water and walnuts.  That is it.  I also have an out of this world Chocolate Cake recipe to die for … so moist … taste like pudding inside.  Love to make homemade sponge cake as well – both cakes are decorated  with 2 layers of whipping cream, strawberries, pineapple, peaches.  Yum!   I also love to bake all kinds of cookies, ginger bread/ ginger snaps are my favorite.  In heaven I rather be baking desserts and being a judge in tasting meals and desserts.  : )

        Oh and one of my favorite salads is called “Where’s Waldorf? Salad” by Rachel Ray – the recipe is still online, if you google it.   It is soooo good … taste almost like a dessert.  I left out the ground cardamom and it still turned out great. B-)

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    • #7050
      tenderreed
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      Always start with dessert, we could be outta here at any time!

      Those Italian desserts sound wonderful.  Ever try sugar instead of sprinkles.  One of my favorite doughnuts is brown sugar cinnamon!  Also like powdered sugar doughnuts and double dipped glazed sugar!  Chocolate truffle is also a great topping.

      Given your fare for Italian food, are you Italian?  My daughter makes a decent carrot cake, but I like spice cake even more.  I love most pastries as a rule.  The flakier the better!

      Chocolate milk is one of my favorite drinks, I drink a lot of soda’s as well.  I could down a quart of milk with each meal.  Love beef, chicken, pork and ham, and gravies!  Potatoes of every ilk, baked scalloped, tater tots, hash browns, etc.  Love cole slaw, rice, squashes, salads.  I’ll eat anything with onions and garlic in it!

      You just can’t beat simple food that is well cooked and prepared!

      TR

       

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    • #7072
      Geri7
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      LOL  desserts first indeed.  I couldn’t agree more!  :good:  Ditto with the jelly donuts with brown sugar on top … then 2nd favorite are jelly donuts with the white powdered sugar and then the glazed donuts especially from Krispy Kreme.  Mmmm … Chocolate Truffle topping sounds delicious too.   I haven’t made Zeppole in a while – that is more like a donut that you fill with either custard, jelly or  gasp … “anchovy”  :negative:  and then sprinkle powdered sugar on top.   I love flaky pastries too … apple turnovers, etc.  Yum!

      Yes, I have Italian and Sicilian heritage so pasta meals were always on the table along side with the turkey for Thanksgiving … Roast Beef or Ham and pasta dishes for Christmas and Ham and pasta dishes for Easter.  We were fortunate to have Italian bakeries near by while growing up so we would pick up the French loaf bread and Italian pastries for those family gatherings.  I love them all … cannoli’s, biscotti cookies, etc.

      Wow, you really love milk!  LOL    I don’t think I ever had spice cake … I will have to check out the ingredients and see what the difference is between that and carrot cake.  I wonder if its the same ingredients but just missing the carrots?  I also like Zucchini Bread … to me it taste a lot like carrot cake.

      Yep, the staple foods – beef, chicken, pork and ham are the best and can’t go wrong!  I love potatoes prepared all different ways too.  Baked with all the toppings, French Fries, Mashed, Scallop or Au Gratin.  I do like rice and miss the Chicken fried rice from Chinese restaurants.  I should learn how to make that at home since I refuse to go to the restaurants ever since I heard about them using road kill animals. :wacko:

      I’ve been doing more cole slaw salads lately because a head of lettuce around here is over $2.50 and a bag of cole slaw is only $1.50.  Yes, sweet onions and garlic are needed to enhance the dishes.  If the stores have sales on frozen meals – sometimes I will pick up a few of those.   I keep plenty of soups on hand for days I don’t feel like cooking – its always a good stand by.   And, of course, jars of peanut butter and jelly. B-)

      All this talk about food … I’m getting hungry now … I skipped lunch so I will have to figure out what to have for dinner …  I’m thinking of a baked potato with sour cream, chives, butter and cheddar cheese.

       

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    • #7074
      tenderreed
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      What about veal parmeseano?!  I’m not good at Italian but let me try this:

      Ti violo bani or ti ama amour!  Caio bella! Molta bueno.    I liked Dom Deluise and my favorite growing up was Dean Martin. Forgive my butchering of the Italian language.

      I love linguine and marinara sauce.  Then some finely chopped garlic in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping my French bread into.  Don’t forget the olives!  Again some scampi is awesome.

      Thankfully I have a small appetite and fortunately I’m not a big or heavy person.  I’m French all the way.  My family has at least 10 generations in Canada.  My last name is traced back to a region in southern France called Aix en Provence.  French was my first language, I haven’t kept up on it!

      We moved to Calif when I was three years old.  Being born in the 7th month I was sickly as a child.  My health was used as an excuse to migrate west.  Been here ever since.

      If and when I eat fish apart from shrimp or lobster, it must be fresh water, and then again not that often!

      Let’s not forget about carob!  Or divinity!  Love fudge also!

      Thanks for the appetite booster.

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    • #7083
      Geri7
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      Veal parmesan?  Nope, totally off the list.   Not too many like that cut of meat.  Those that do like it seem to order it when they are at a restaurant.

      No worries … I don’t speak Italiano … except for “Mama Mia” and if someone is annoying me I will tell them “you’re really giving me Agita”

      Linguine and marinara sauce … Yum!

      One time at a Cape Cod restaurant someone at my table dared me to at least try one tiny bite of lobster dip in butter and breaded shrimp on their plate – I accepted the dare and …. boy was I extremely glad I ordered thee juicy Prime Ribs that night.

      Finely chopped garlic in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a side dish of olives with French bread … oh yeah … now you’re talking! Good Stuff.  How about  Bruschetta?  Sliced Mozzarella, onions, tomatoes, arugula all coated in olive oil on top of toasted French Bread?  Hmmm delicious!   Sometimes I make a small Bruschetta pizza pie.

      Cool that you were able to do your heritage linking back to south France!  Do you eat a lot of French meals?   My knowledge of French foods is very limited  … I love French Toast, French Fries, French Bread, French pastries.

      Both Carob and Fudge sound divine!  I’m 100% positive all kinds of chocolate will be inside the gates of heaven!   B-)

       

      Just had early dinner … not very hungry …  cooked a small batch of spaghetti … no tomato sauce … just sprinkled some Romano Cheese on top and small glass of Raspberry Lemonade.

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    • #7088
      tenderreed
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      I just had some linguine and marinara sauce for lunch.  Don’t eat Parisian french, mostly American.  Given the clues you gave I figured you to have some Italian blood.

      At some time we were probably neighbors!  Oh well.  I tried what little Italian I knew.  “I love you” in northern and southern Italian dialects. You could probably figure out the rest.  I don’t find self esteem in my ancestral line, but rather will glory in whatever ancestors were Godly!

      I can imagine that at the marriage supper of the Lamb, the Lord will have each of our favorite dishes spread out before us!  And not have to worry about weight, calories or cholestoral.

      God has given us many things that we take pleasure in, food is but one of them!

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    • #7099
      Geri7
      Participant

      Nice lunch :good:

      Ha … yeah distant neighbors of long ago … the way I look at it … we were all distant cousins from one of Noah’s 3 sons. :yes:    I can’t wait to see the lineage books in the library in heaven.  Looking forward to reading the family tree and the testimonies of those who got saved.

      Yep its going to be grand to have all our favorite dishes and desserts at the  marriage banquet table and not having to worry about calories or if the food will cause agita. B-)

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    • #7101
      tenderreed
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      Again, it will be cool to break bread with all the saints.  I have no doubt that we all have some not so pleasant relatives in our family tree’s.  But what a joy to go back to Adam and Eve!

      Wonder what their favorite food was?  So many things to wonder about since man was created!  So many things to learn when we get to Heaven about eternity past, present and future!

      Later Cuz!

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    • #7115
      Geri7
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      I would imagine early on Adam and Eve’s diet was mainly fruits, nuts and veggies and perhaps eggs and I’m sure they were milking the cows so they must have enjoyed drinking fresh milk and/or the fruit juices.   I wonder if they learned how to make butter, sour cream, cream cheese, etc to spread on their bread?  And how about ice cream?  Then after the fall … they added lamb, chicken, deer, cow meat to their dinner plates. :yes:

      Today is my puppy dog’s birthday!  So I’m going to spoil him with some steak and garlic mash potatoes. :whistle:

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    • #7118
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Bark, bark.  Can I have some?  How old is your dog? What breed?  What’s his name?

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    • #7125
      Geri7
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      LOL … well the birthday boy wasn’t in a sharing mood.  He gobbled up his steak and mash potatoes sooo quickly. Then he came over begging for mine so I caved and gave him more.  He is a Toy Fox Terror Terrier and turned 4.

      This was taken on March 1st … that morning I was singing “We’re marching to Zion beautiful beautiful Zion, we’re marching upward to Zion the beautiful City of God!”  We expected the rapture that day …  so he quickly packed his bag of goodies and toys so he could share with his big brother ( a twin) up in heaven and said “Let’s Go!”

       

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    • #7126
      tenderreed
      Participant

      We have a mini poodle, champagne colored, his name is Cody!  My wife’s dog.  About 10 yrs old.

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    • #7135
      Geri7
      Participant

      Aw mini poodles are adorable … they think they are human.  I noticed you clearly wrote “your wife’s dog:mdrmdr:    I’m sure she is looking forward to seeing him again in heaven … but you on the other hand … from prior posts couldn’t care less, eh?   B-)     Have you ever ponder your future job duties in eternity?  Would you be terribly upset if you were given dog watch and clean up duties? ;-)

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    • #7136
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Ya really know how to hurt a guy!

      I tolerate pets, I choose to not be in a personal relationship with one.   Pet’s are fine as pets, and some enjoy them, that’s cool.  But when they demand as much care and attention as a human toddler while yet never growing, I loose interest.  Sorry.  Too time consuming for me.

      As I have said, cat’s and dog’s are half and half.  Half cute, half pain in the butt.

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    • #7137
      tenderreed
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      I choose to give my emotional attachments to pets of the human nature.  As such I get to choose also with whom and when.

      There does seem to be an equal division of those who tolerate and those who love pets.  Again, I enjoyed many a fish tank, and many a caged bird.  Where the level of emotional attachment was minimal and non demanding.

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    • #7149
      Geri7
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      Hee hee … no just bracing myself just in case we are assigned job duties we don’t like.  We know Jesus does have a sense of humor … perhaps the rules are we can switch the job assignments we don’t like with others that do?  Hey, if you’re assigned to dog watch and care duties, no worries I will gladly switch with you in a heartbeat but you will have to take on the awful chores of both barista :negative: and fish sticks frying  :negative: because I seriously feel I’m going to end up with these assignments. :cry:

      Cats seem to be extremely independent and don’t need a lot of care.  Puppy dogs though do want your sole attention 24/7. That’s why they are man’s best friend.    :yes:

      Tonight will be a repeat of steak, garlic mash potatoes, will add hot garlic bread  and vanilla pudding with whip cream for dessert.

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    • #7150
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Better yet Geri7

      How about when we get to Heaven God makes all females male, and all males here on Earth females in Heaven.

      Though in the flesh there will not be male and female, perhaps a role reversal in spirit would be in order!

      I know I’m goofy, now you don’t have to say it.

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Woohoo … there is a sale on lettuce  … so its … BLT sandwiches tonight minus the mayo on toasted French bread.  For dessert … I’m baking a Pistachio pudding 2 tier layered cake with sour cream frosting.

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    • #7211
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Yum on the BLT

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    • #7451
      Geri7
      Participant

      Wow its been a while since I last posted in this thread.

      Today I skipped breakfast … so for lunch I’m having a garden salad – iceberg lettuce, tomato, black olives, cucumbers, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, walnuts, and raisins with Olive Garden Italian salad dressing.  The local grocery store sells their brand – so I thought I would treat myself.  Also made some garlic bread.

      For dessert … preparing a Black Cherry soda ice cream float. :whistle:

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    • #7470
      Geri7
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      Today I used my crock pot.  I threw in 2 chicken breasts with 1 can of cream of chicken soup (don’t add water).  Peeled and chopped up the potatoes, onion, added frozen peas and string beans (I normally include carrots but was all out) seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder.  4 hrs later …. mmmm … sooo good.  Gave some to my dog too, he inhaled it.  We have left overs for tomorrow. :whistle:    I also made some garlic bread.

      Dessert later on will be waffles and ice cream.  Toasting 2 small frozen Eggo waffles then will add 2 scoops of pistachio ice cream in between.

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    • #7475
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Breakfast at Denny’s and then baked some breaded shrimp for dinner yesterday.  Also had an eclair for desert.  Spaghetti for tonight.

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      • #7476
        Geri7
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        Yum!  I used to love going to Denny’s.  I have to drive a distance to get to one around here but when we went on vacation or shopping in NY we would often go there.  Very delicious meals at reasonable prices and their service was fast.  Loved their slam breakfasts and lunch/dinner T-bone steaks with onion rings!

        Oh that eclair sounds sumptuously delicious as well as the spaghetti … enjoy your meal tonight!

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    • #7542
      Geri7
      Participant

      Making Bruschetta on toasted French Bread.  The topping is arugula, olive oil, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.

      Dessert will be a few boxes of Cracker Jacks. :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn

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    • #7549
      tenderreed
      Participant

      How about a few boxes of chocolates!

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      • #7551
        Geri7
        Participant

        Oh I forgot to include the Bruschetta topping also contains sweet Vidalia onions.

        Here is my small stash of Cracker Jacks – I just purchased 15 boxes for $5.00 … you need 3 boxes just to fill a small cereal bowl … the box size is not the same like in the good old days and the prizes … are just boring stickers. :negative:

        Well … I’m all set now when I listen to Jan Markel’s prophecy conference for tomorrow!

        Nah … no boxes of chocolate but I do have a bowl full of York Peppermint Patties. :whistle:

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    • #7558
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Cool!

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    • #7573
      Geri7
      Participant

      Lunch – Small Garden Salad with Olive Garden Italian Dressing.  Sirloin burger with Mozzarella melted cheese on top.  No roll because dessert will be 2 sumptuously delicious freshly made Apple Cider Donuts from a local garden center.  Got there before the tourists could form a line.  Yippee!

      Drinking ice cold glass of Apple Cider   :whistle:

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    • #7609
      Geri7
      Participant

      Skipped breakfast … lunch will be …

      Not bad for a $2.00 frozen meal.  Its edible and tasty B-)

      Dessert … Eggo waffles/vanilla ice cream sandwich :whistle:

      And drinking a tall cold glass of sweet Apple Cider

       

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    • #7613
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Love apple cider.  The entree looked good as well.  I bought link sausages, frozen waffles and fried some tater tots for both dinner and breakfast.  Did I mention the chocolate milk?

      Looking forward to when the local stores start stocking up on egg nog!  Love milk, chocolate milk and egg nog!

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    • #7620
      Geri7
      Participant

      Sounds like a yummy meal :good: …. minus the link sausages. :negative:  The rest of my family loves sausage but I just can’t eat them.  I prefer meatballs.  My mom deserves a medal when she made lasagna or stuff shells for the family.  She made sure one side of the lasagna dish was free of sausage and only had meatballs, ricotta and mozzarella cheese and that was reserved for me.     Then when she made stuffed shells … she made 3 separate dishes … one dish was shells with ricotta, shells stuffed with meatballs and the other shells stuffed with the sausage meat so everyone was happy.

      Boy you’re not kidding about loving milk!   Do you drink the chocolate milk cold or hot?  I reckon the hot version will be more in line with hot cocoa.  That is one staple drink I have an awful lot during the cold winter months … of course I enhance it with a few marshmallows, whip cream and if I have maraschino cherries … 2 or 3 go on top. :yes:

      I’m not familiar with the egg nog drink … if we are still here in December I’m going to have to get a small carton and try it. B-)

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Chicken Parmesan, Garlic Bread, Garden Salad with Italian dressing.

      Black Cherry soda and for Dessert Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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    • #7647
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Egg nog is a seasonal drink for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  I would try it if you have never had it!   Hot apple cider with cinnamon, wonderful.  Mostly I like cold chocolate milk.

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      • #7651
        Geri7
        Participant

        Oh ok so its available from Thanksgiving time thru Christmas.  Can you heat up the egg nog drink in the microwave or should it be served cold?

        Aha … thanks for the great idea instead of hot tea … I’m going to heat up a cup full of  Apple Cider right now in the microwave and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar!  Its been raining most of today and I’m cold.  I just made it … its sooo good that way!!   :thankyou

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    • #7652
      tenderreed
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      I think it best cold.  With the cream in there, I don’t know what heat will do to it!

      After you have the hot cider and egg nog, you can thank me later when we get Home!

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    • #7655
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Also, some have been  known to put a touch of brandy in their egg nog!  Oops, my secret’s out!

      They also make a pumpkin flavored egg nog as well, that would be without the brandy!

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      • #7656
        Geri7
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        LOL  I can picture you adding a shot of brandy to spice up the taste.

        Eek .. pumpkin and me are like this :negative:   So if I do try the Egg-Nog it will have to be a non fancy-schmancy drink … gotta keep it as simple as can be … unless there is a chocolate flavor Egg-Nog?   :yes:

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    • #7657
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Chocolate can always be added to anything!  I’ve only tried the brandy twice in my life.  They also make a vanilla spiced egg nog, not so good.  Nutmeg is also added during the holidays.

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    • #7658
      tenderreed
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      Ever have an egg cream?!  I love cream soda.  But I hear east coast egg cremes are to die for.

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        Geri7
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        Nope never heard of egg cream, but I’ve seen Cream Soda at the stores. :negative:  I tried that flavor soda many years ago when I was a Brownie.  Unfortunately after a few sips … I had a strong reaction … horrific stomachache  and I felt like dying  so I quickly found the nearest bathroom to barf  :negative:   Sooo …. kind  of wondering now if egg-nog is not the best drink for me to try after-all? :calvin

        P.S.  I’m allergic to penicillin and that contains eggs.  Yet I can eat fried eggs, hard boiled eggs and eggs in cakes, brownies, etc.

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    • #7745
      Geri7
      Participant

      Its Friday and I’m in a better mood today … :yes:

      Dinner tonight will be steaks, garlic mash potatoes, garden Italian salad and garlic toast.  My dog will be having the same minus the salad dressing … he prefers plain lettuce and carrots.

      Dessert – I’m baking a 2 layer German Chocolate Cake. :whistle:    I can’t find my recipes :cry: … still unpacking … so I’m trusting this Betty Crocker super moist cake box will be just as sumptuously delicious as my own home-made recipe is.  Will also be using her brand of coconut and pecan frosting.

       

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    • #7941
      Geri7
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      Due to the “Bomb cyclone, winds up to 88 mph” that hit Boston and NY … it swung over to southern Vermont and knocked our power out for 18 hrs … sooo I had to toss 3 weeks ($70 worth) of perishable foods. :cry:

      Yesterday I bought steaks.  We just finished eating steaks, garlic mash potatoes, garlic bread, very small glass of root beer, 2 tiny fun size boxes of Jr. Mints. :whistle:   Later around 4:00 pm I will make a serving of apple crisp.

       

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    • #7942
      tenderreed
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      Yum, you sure know how to dress up a steak!  Sorry I don’t care for German chocolate.  Not sure what’s for dinner tonight, probably just a BBQ chicken sandwich.  Sucking down some chocolate milk right now.  Ran into some cinnamon flavored egg nog, yum yum.

      Had steak a couple of nights ago, killer.  Had waffles and sausage for dinner last night.  Though I view eating a chore, it’s nice to eat what brings us pleasure.

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      • #7949
        Geri7
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        Mmm … your BBQ chicken sandwich sounds delicious!   The cold chocolate milk I would have doctored it up just a teeny bit by warming it up in the microwave for 2 minutes and then adding a few marshmallows and whip cream with sprinkling a few chocolate jimmies and cherries on top … :yes:  Now doesn’t that sound better?  Hee hee

        The waffles sound good too.  I forgot to buy some frozen ones yesterday to make ice cream sandwiches.

        I’ve always enjoyed eating … especially amongst family and friends – having great conversations and eating good food and desserts makes me happy.  Soon very soon we will all be at the Kings feast … its going to be so much fun!   B-)

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    • #7950
      tenderreed
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      Sharing a meal with someone certainly is entertaining! And given we have to eat, there is no added expense.  I like hot apple cider with cinnamon.

      I settled for a bowl of chili and crackers.  Breaking bread/eating seems to be relaxing also, as it is a low stress activity, and opens communication.

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    • #7952
      Geri7
      Participant

      Ditto … hot apple cider is sooo good especially with a little  cinnamon sugar added … yum!  I had to throw out my gallon of apple cider on Friday morning … hopefully tomorrow I will be able to pick up another batch at the store.  I miss it.  I had to settle with hot tea tonight.

      Oh the bowl of chili sounds soooo good.  Is it homemade or did you go to Denny’s or some place else to order it?  Is it spicy hot chili or mild?  Do you also enhance it with sour cream and cheddar cheese on top?

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    • #7986
      Geri7
      Participant

      We just had dinner … steaks, mash potatoes, glazed carrots, garlic bread.  Earlier I made chocolate pudding and placed in a graham cracker crust pie shell.  But I forgot to buy a can of whip cream and I’m too lazy to go out.  Oh well … I hope its still good.

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    • #7987
      tenderreed
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      The chili was basic, simple and mild, only onions added.  Also had some frozen shrimp scampi a couple of nights ago.  Tonight was a bowl spaghetti.  Had a quesadilla for lunch at Taco Bell, and a Ham sandwich for dinner.  Been eating light lately.  I still go through a quart of chocolate milk every two days.  Ymm  I drink lot’s of fluids to fill me up so I don’t over eat.  Wanna keep my girlish figure!

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      • #7991
        Geri7
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        Same here … I like mild chili. :good:  I chop in a few ingredients carrots, peppers … I will have to include onions next time.  Besides the chili and garlic powder  I also add cinnamon … it gives it a sweeter taste. ;-)    And then when I place a serving on a plate or in the bowl I add melted cheddar cheese and  sour cream.  Oh and a few tortilla chips. Yum!

        LOL yeah drinking that much chocolate milk is guaranteed to curb your appetite!

        Your spaghetti dinner, trip to Taco Bell and ham sandwich all sound sooo good! :good:

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    • #7994
      tenderreed
      Participant

      My daughter blessed me with great steak last week as well.  Even though I am particular in my likes and dislikes of certain foods, I still view eating as a repetitive chore.   Just like putting gas into my car, or watering of flowers, or paying of bills or taxes, they seem to be unavoidable.

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    • #7995
      Geri7
      Participant

      That was very sweet of your daughter to make you that delicious steak meal.

      I grew up around Italian family gatherings and, of course, it was centered around great fellowship and laughter with delicious food and desserts.  I expect heaven to have ice cream parlors, bakery shops, candy shops, popcorn vendor, hot pretzel vendor, fruit drink slurpees/icees/Orange Julius drinks, smoothies, apple cider, regular milk, chocolate milk and … hot cocoa.  Of course with our glorified bodies there wont be a need to eat if we don’t want to.  But for those who love to snack … it will be a dream come true and not have to worry about calories. B-)

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      tenderreed
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      My daughter attempts to feed me a couple of times a week.  Surely in Heaven, food and eating won’t be a chore but a delight, especially the dessert menu!

      Eating doubles as an opportunity to cease our hectic pace of life, set aside our concerns and simply enjoy our family and friends.

      I wonder if we will enjoy everything edible in glory, or if we will still distinguish and maintain favorites?!  Imagine what new favorite foods we will encounter!

      Certainly, there will be no health issues of any sort in Heaven as well.  Now that’s glorious.

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    • #8020
      Geri7
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      Good question.  Our taste buds will be enhanced so I can’t imagine suddenly liking the foods and hot drinks we absolutely can not tolerate down here.  I’m leaning towards we will still have our favorite preferences. B-)

      Made chicken in the crock pot with a can of cream chicken soup and just added the potatoes, onions and later french style string beans.  I’m all out of carrots.  My dog and I have been eating this chicken stew for the past 2 days.

      Also made a no bake cheese cake in a graham cracker pie shell and had the last slice at lunch.

       

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    • #8025
      tenderreed
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      Can’t wait to see what you come up with next, Sis!

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      • #8034
        Geri7
        Participant

        Ha … I just finished hauling 4 radio flyer wagon loads of stones to finish landscaping my flower bed before the ground freezes.  The walk to the stone pile is 3 acres … so I am tired.

        I skipped breakfast and lunch so my dinner  is going to be Spaghetti with Rao’s brand tomato sauce.  If you can boil water and open up a glass jar of tomato sauce … you have one easy peasy delicious meal.   B-)

        Dessert – cherry jello with whip cream.

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    • #8040
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Taco Bell for lunch and then Baked ham with garlic “fritters” and green salad for dinner!  Yum

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      • #8042
        Geri7
        Participant

        Ooh La La both your meals sound sumptuously delicious.  Do you have a special sauce to dip the garlic fritters into … like … BBQ, Sweet & Sour, Honey Mustard or do you eat them plain?

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    • #8045
      tenderreed
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      Plain mostly.  There was some extra glaze that came with the Ham.  We could spoon a little on the fritters.

      Home made tacos and Spanish rice for tonight, compliments of my daughter!

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    • #8047
      Geri7
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      What a thoughtful daughter to be preparing delicious meals for you and your wife.  I’m craving the glaze ham with lots of pineapple and maraschino cherries.  Hoping my sister-in-law decides to make that for our Thanksgiving meal instead of turkey.  I’m invited a week ahead of Thanksgiving … your high watch date of 11/21. ;-)

      Those fritters and tacos I’m craving as well.  Instead I just had a small bowl of Jello with whip cream.

       

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Since I will be out most of today shopping at Michael’s Craft store, Bed Bath & Beyond, Goodwill and Home Depot for more Behr paint sample jars.  :wacko:  no cooking today … for lunch I will quickly stop at Wendy’s to get a quarter pounder cheese burger/small fries and raspberry lemonade drink. :whistle:

       

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      tenderreed
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      I like the way you roll!

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    • #8145
      Geri7
      Participant

      So busy painting, decorating, unpacking, tossing things out …  I put together this cute Christmas bike yesterday.  Hee hee

      I don’t feel like cooking so I stopped to get a hot meal at the local grocery store food court.  Brought home Beef Brisket in a small container and added my own sides of cream of corn, salad, hot french bread with melted butter.

      Dessert will be a small bowl of Nabisco animal crackers.

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      tenderreed
      Participant

      Is that the bike Santa uses?

      Had some BBQ chicken the other night.  And waffles and sausage’s last night.  Thinking about going to Denny’s on Memorial Day and get a free breakfast.

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      Geri7
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      LOL  everyone is making fun of my little Christmas bike.  A cyber friend said “No wonder Santa switched to a reindeer powered sled.”

      I just finished painting an entire cinder block wall.  Wow its a lot of work but boy does it look good now with the white paint.

      Mmmm BBQ chicken sounds sooo good and the waffles too.   Glad to hear Denny’s honors the military with free meals on Veteran’s Day … enjoy your breakfast on Monday.  I know it will be delicious. :yes:

      Were you in the Army, Navy, Air Force , Marines, National Guard?

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    • #8161
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Air Force, 4 yrs active and two years on call.

      TR

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    • #8242
      Geri7
      Participant

      Just checking in to say :bye:

      So you are a pilot.  Very cool :good:   How was your free breakfast at Denny’s?

      Lately I haven’t been eating anything exciting … I don’t have an appetite.  Just doing chicken soups or eating bite size frosted mini wheat cereal.  Tonight though I’m making grilled Chicken Caesar Salad but instead of Romaine lettuce it’s iceberg.

       

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    • #8247
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Free breakfast at Denny’s was good, then had a free entree at Olive Garden.  Going out for BBQ pork ribs tonight, onion rings and cole slaw.  My daughter made a killer chicken noodle soup which I also had a couple of nights ago.

      TR

       

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    • #8249
      Geri7
      Participant

      Wow I’m happy to hear both freebie meals on Veteran’s Day were delicious.  I love Olive Garden meals.  Last time I was there was at Myrtle Beach in 2010.  Someone gave me the recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Tortellini soup a few years ago and I made it from scratch and it tasted just like the restaurant.  Sooo good.   I’m not sure where the recipe is though … still unpacking.    What made your daughter’s homemade chicken soup a killer?  Any special secret ingredients added?  Glad she is taking care and spoiling you with many delicious meals! :good:

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    • #8250
      tenderreed
      Participant

      We bought a house together.  They live upstairs and my wife and I live downstairs.  So there’s a lot of interaction.  She started her family late so my wife and I spent 20 years giving time, attention and meager finances for my first daughter and her family.  Now it was time to focus on my youngest daughter’s family!  She often cooks for me.

      Should the Lord tarry, they will inherit the house and the payments, till then it will serve as our retirement home!

      TR

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    • #8364
      Geri7
      Participant

      That was a very smart move.  Good arrangements for you both! :good:

      I think its fun to have family so close.  When my parents newly married they went halvsies with my mom’s parents and bought a 2 family home.  It had a basement and an attic too.  My parents lived on the first floor and grand parents with their 2 kids on the 2nd floor.  Then when my aunt got married they converted the attic into a bedroom, a kitchen area and living room.  She had to go down the steps though to used either bathrooms on the 2nd floor or 1st floor.  She was able to save enough money to buy a home by living in the attic first.  My grandparents enjoyed having all their kids and grandkids in the same house.  Then my aunt purchased a home a few blocks away and my parents were going to buy right next door to her but the seller wouldn’t come down in price and my parent’s still owned half of that 2 family home.  So we moved 20 minutes away “in the country” where the homes were cheaper. It was a resort area with a lake for those in NYC to vacation at. Later on we saw why the sellers didn’t want to come down in price because the Lord arranged for the new person who bought next door to my aunt to be a believer.  She was the one who witnessed to my aunt and prayed over her and never gave up even though my aunt was fresh to her and said I can’t give up praying to Mary and would open up her back screen porch windows and blast the Beetles “Let It Be” over to her house. :mdrmdr:    That dear lady never gave up praying for my aunt’s salvation.  And about a year later my aunt got saved and then shared the Gospel with the rest of our family.  We all got saved except for my aunt’s ex-husband, her oldest son and 2 grandkids.  I’m still :prayer-hands: for them.

      Today I have to go back to Home Depot and get 1 more gallon of paint for the basement walls so I will stop and order the lunch special – 2 slices of pizza and soda for $4.00 at a local pizzeria in that town.  Its good pizza … taste like Northern NJ/NYC version. :good:

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    • #8366
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      That’s a great story, Geri.  So “what’s for dinner” actually nourishes our soul in this post.  Thanks for sharing it.  Better than breakfast even, and wonderful to start Sunday with.  And I’ll say a prayer for your resistant relatives too.

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    • #8367
      tenderreed
      Participant

      It’s wonderful when God’s goodness is demonstrated by His children.  We all will have our own stories to share when we get to Heaven, but they will all glorify God in the end!

      TR

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    • #8375
      Geri7
      Participant

      Hmmm my post said “its awaiting moderation”.

      I’m going to try one more time …

      Oh that is so sweet to say … “kind of like Chicken Soup for the Soul” stories.  Thank you for your prayers.  My aunt’s ex-husband is Joe, his son is John and the 2 grandkids are Nicholas and Rachel.

      I compare my grandfather with his brother Phil and the rest of his siblings.  You clearly see the blessing was bestowed on my grandfather lineage vs. his older brother and his 3 younger sisters. I know their dad (my great grandfather) must have gotten saved because on his deathbed my aunt, was a teenager, (wasn’t a believer then until she reached 33) and recalls him saying “I hear the sound of beautiful music (violins) and he wasn’t afraid of dying.”  So apparently someone must have talked to him about Jesus.  He had odd jobs and one was a shoe shiner so perhaps he received not only a tip but a Bible Tract as well?   Sadly, I don’t think his wife made heaven.  My grandfather told me she was a nasty person and would often beat him up for the stupidest things.  For instance my grandfather went for a swim in the Passaic River (back then it wasn’t polluted) and he got a beating for that and yet her oldest son Phil could do no wrong and was the favorite child.

      Phil – the oldest brother I heard was a mean spirit cop that would often beat the black people.  He had 6 kids – only his oldest daughter, Grace, became a believer on her deathbed.  My aunt gave her the Gospel. That’s it. He had no grandkids.  Only 2 daughters out of the 6 married but that was late in life.

      Tony – (my grandfather) he and my grandmother got saved.  All 3 of his children – got saved.  7 out of 8 grandchildren got saved and my aunt had 2 miscarriages so technically 9 out of 10 grandchildren are heaven bound. 14 out of 16 great grandchildren got saved and 2 miscarriages so technically 16 out of 18 great grandchildren are heaven bound.  6 great great grandchildren are in Christian homes under the age of 10 … hopefully they will become believers.

      Rose – his sister – couldn’t have kids.  Adopted a daughter called Rosetta. Not sure if Rosetta made heaven or not.  My aunt did speak to her before she died.  Rosetta’s 2 kids and grandkids are unsaved.  Rose died a catholic and trusted in her works – she went to mass every day.  However, her husband Tony never went to church and on his deathbed in the hospital Rose called up my aunt and said please visit my husband and tell him about the Bible.  My aunt said I will be right over.  She gave Tony the Gospel and he said the sinners prayer before he died!

      Mary – his sister – was always kind to my grandparents.  She claimed to be a believer.  She had 2 children – oldest child, Freddy claims to be a believer as well as his son.  His son died while saving someone else from drowning.  The sister, Rosemary, refuses the Gospel.  She calls Born Again believers loose cannons.  Rosemary’s husband died an unbeliever and at his funeral we met his side of the family.  Guest what … they were born again!  Rosemary has 2 children who are unsaved.

      Nancy – his sister was mean to him. She became bitter to God because she left her baby on the kitchen table and went to get a diaper and the baby rolled off the table and hit the floor and became an epileptic afterwards.  Here it was her own stupid fault but she blamed God the rest of her life.  Her and her husband died unbelievers.  Both her daughters are unbelievers – one is an atheist.

      So there you have the lineage of my grandfather vs. his siblings.  Oh and when Phil died … at his funeral his cruel sisters Rose and Nancy said to my grandfather “the wrong brother died”.  My grandfather’s response was “what do you want from me, God didn’t want me yet” and this was before he got saved.  But this was the mental abuse he faced with his family.  In spite of his mother abusing him … my grandfather still showed her respect and visited every Sunday with his family.  Perhaps the Lord honored that because its a mystery of why my grandfather lineage was showered with the blessing over his siblings.  I’m just so grateful to be in his lineage and to be saved!

      I agree T.R. its going to be grand hearing the testimonies of all believers!  I hope there is a library in heaven that has the books on the life of each person and how they got saved. :yes:

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    • #8374
      Geri7
      Participant

      Oh that is so sweet to say … so glad you were encouraged by the testimony … “kind of like Chicken Soup for the Soul” stories.  Thank you both for your prayers!  My aunt’s ex-husband is Joe, his son is John and the 2 grandkids are Nicholas and Rachel.

       

      I think you will enjoy this tidbit …
      I’m fascinated by the comparison between my grandfather lineage to that of his brother Phil and the rest of his siblings.  You clearly see the blessing was bestowed on my grandfather. I know their dad (my great grandfather see picture) must have gotten saved because on his deathbed my aunt, was a teenager, (wasn’t a believer then until she reached 33) and recalls him saying “I hear the sound of beautiful music (violins) and he wasn’t afraid of dying.”  So apparently someone must have talked to him about Jesus.  He had odd jobs and one was a shoe shiner in NYC so perhaps he received not only a tip but a Bible tract as well?   Sadly, I don’t think his wife made heaven.  My grandfather told me she was a nasty person and would often beat him up for the stupidest things.  For instance my grandfather went for a swim in the Passaic River (back then it wasn’t polluted) and he got a beating for that and yet her oldest son Phil could do no wrong and was the favorite child.

      Here is a picture showing her favoritism between boys.  She has her arm around her first born and my grandfather was a baby and she shows lack of concern he could fall off that pillar.

      Here’s the bio on each of the siblings …

      Phil – (the oldest brother) I heard was a mean spirit cop that would often beat up the black people.  He had 6 kids – only his oldest daughter, Grace, became a believer on her deathbed.  My aunt gave her the Gospel. That’s it. He had no grandkids.  Only 2 daughters out of the 6 married but that was late in life.

      Tony – (my grandfather) he and my grandmother got saved.  All 3 of his children – got saved.  7 out of 8 grandchildren got saved and my aunt had 2 miscarriages so technically 9 out of 10 grandchildren are heaven bound. 14 out of 16 great grandchildren got saved and 2 miscarriages so technically 16 out of 18 great grandchildren are heaven bound.  6 great great grandchildren are in Christian homes under the age of 10 … hopefully they will become believers.

      Rose – his sister – couldn’t have kids.  Adopted a daughter called Rosetta. Not sure if Rosetta made heaven or not.  My aunt did speak to her before she died.  Rosetta’s 2 kids and grandkids are unsaved.

      Mary – his sister – was always kind to my grandparents.  She claimed to be a believer.  She had 2 children – oldest child, Freddy claims to be a believer as well as his son.  His son died while saving someone else from drowning.  Her daughter, Rosemary, refuses the Gospel.  She calls Born Again believers loose cannons.  Rosemary’s husband died an unbeliever and at his funeral we met his side of the family.  Guest what … they were born again!  Rosemary has 2 children who are unsaved.

      Nancy – his youngest sister was mean to him. She became bitter to God because she left her baby on the kitchen table and went to get a diaper and the baby rolled off the table and hit the floor and became an epileptic afterwards.  Here it was her own stupid fault but she placed blame on God the rest of her life.  Her and her husband died unbelievers.  Both her daughters are unbelievers – one is an atheist.

      So there you have the lineage of my grandfather vs. his siblings.  Oh and when Phil died … at his funeral his cruel sisters Rose and Nancy said to my grandfather “the wrong brother died”.  My grandfather’s response was “what do you want from me, God didn’t want me yet” and this was before he got saved.  But this was the mental abuse he faced with his family.  In spite of his mother abusing him … my grandfather still showed her respect and visited every Sunday and brought over his wife and kids.  Perhaps the Lord honored that because its a mystery of why my grandfather lineage was showered with all the blessing over his siblings.  I’m just so grateful to be in his lineage and to be saved!

      My grandfather, his sister Rose,  Mary, Nancy


      Yes, T.R. I agree … its going to be grand hearing testimonies up in heaven and I hope there is also a library with the lineage books recording the life of each believer and how they came to a saving knowledge. :yes:

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    • #8387
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      Wow!  I’m impressed Geri.  I could never mount that kind of interest in my ancestry.  I figure I’ll meet some / all? / of my ancestry who were saved and enjoy discussing Jesus presence in their lives.  I wonder if I’ll actually become close friends with any of my forebears.  (That’ll be an improvement because at the moment I don’t even know the names of those three bears.)

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    • #8392
      Geri7
      Participant

      It was easy to do the research on my grandfather’s side since his family stayed in Northern NJ region and didn’t relocate around the country.  I’ve notice when witnessing, the Lord has believers in almost every family because the person will often say “you sound just like my aunt, or uncle, or sister” so chances are even if we don’t know our relatives of long ago I personally believe each one of us will be pleasantly surprised that we all have some believing relatives and will be introduced to them someday in heaven. :yes:   The way I look at it we all come from one of Noah’s 3 sons and, of course, Adam and Eve so deep down we are somehow all related. B-)

      I encourage those who have the time to do the research on your family because it is fascinating.

      While doing the ancestry on my grandmother’s “real” dad … this is him

      I was able to get the skeletal info for free by the clues I had and I used the following free tools … Ellis Island website, Ancestry.com (I didn’t even have to register for the free trial) and the census records.  I was also able to unlocked the records at Harvard University by asking a certain question to get the years my great grandfather attended and read his speech on when he served during WWI in Paris France as an ambulance driver.  Once returning from the war (only served 1 yr) he finished up to get his degree and gave a speech to his class of his tour of duty.  He went on to become a successful lawyer in Manhattan and later on he worked for Congress in Washington, DC before his death.  His mom wrote books about Sons of the American Revolution since his forefathers all were active in both the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, etc. and wrote a book about the history of Essex County, NJ where they lived.   His family personally knew both President Washington and Lincoln and had important positions in the military.  The patriarch of the family that came over from Great Britain was given the job of keeping the American Indians in check and he was the tax collector in Kingston, NY.  2 of his sons built a successful farm … guess where?  Right next to where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought.  So the family farm is now part of Gettysburg’s park for people to tour.  My grandmother said a very rich family wanted to adopt her but her mom couldn’t go through with it after seeing her big brown eyes.  Things sure would have been far different if she did go through with the adoption.  I wouldn’t be here typing this up right now.  LOL.  There is a strong possibility that my great grandmother could have been a believer because she had Pentecostal believers come over to her house to pray over her for healing because she had an asthma problem.  Chances are they could have also witnessed to her.  I saw the tombstone on-line of this rich great grandfather and there are no Masonic symbols carved in his tombstone so that is a good sign “perhaps” he might have been a believer as well.  My research is from arrival at Ellis Island till now.  Going back to other countries you then have to pay money and it really gets complicated.

      My grandmother’s mom was born and raised in Italy and had a boyfriend.  Her dad died so her brother sent her off to America at the age of 17 and matched her up with some Italian guy.  He was an unfaithful rat and played in a band with his brothers and was never around.  Her sister didn’t want the same fate so she eloped with her boyfriend and went to Argentina to live. Back in the mid 1990’s our church supported a missionary to Argentina and while they were showing slides of the tent meetings …. we noticed a lady on film that was the spitting image of my mom and I looked over at her and someone in front of us turned around in the pew and commented about the uncanny likeness.  My mom said I have relatives in Argentina.  So perhaps that is one of the relatives that got saved? :unsure:

      Anyway I urge everyone, if they have the time, to do research on your own families.  Its fun unlocking the past.  I even discovered which opera singer my grandmother is nicknamed after!  The opera singer was from Great Britain and made songs like DannyBoy famous and was entertaining the troops in Paris at the time when my “real” great grandfather was serving as an ambulance driver.   My uncle (my mom’s brother) was clueless I just finished doing all the research (March 2019) … meanwhile he had a DNA test done and the Ancestry workers were telling him where his roots are from and he was puzzled because he thought his bloodline was from …. and thought they have got to be mistaken. Then when he found out what I discovered about this mystery “great grandfather” it all matched up with what the Ancestry workers were telling him. :mdrmdr:

      So I encourage everyone if you want to know your past to research your lineage.

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    • #8395
      Geri7
      Participant

      Back to the cyber dinner table … I skipped breakfast so for lunch I grilled a small steak, side Caesar salad, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies and a small glass of crystal lite lemonade.

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    • #8396
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      We have remained an applied mixture of X and Y chromosomes throughout history…  “Lineage algebra?”

      Honestly, Geri, better you than me.  Solomon warned In Ecclesiastes 12:12, “… Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” :groan   I remain in awe. :yes:

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    • #8409
      Geri7
      Participant

      Ha!  I hear ya … Algebra is not my cup of tea.   :negative:   What made it easy was I spent a lot of time with my grandmother while my siblings were being driven down to college and she innocently gave me clues and I was able to use them to piece it all together.  For instance, my grandfather received his pension check in the mail while I was staying with them.  The clue she gave was … she revealed they had the wrong social security number for her and she had to get that straightened out and had to be driven to Pittsburgh, PA.  I thought that was odd because why not Philadelphia … it was much closer to where she grow up the early years before moving over to NJ to attend jr. high school.   Now it makes sense with the mix-up of the social security number because when the adoption fell through she must have been assigned a different number.  So I knew where her birth place was and quickly found the info on ancestry.  After she passed away my aunt was cleaning up and found her autograph book for 8th grade.  Back then 8th grade was like 12th grade.  My aunt asked me if I wanted it.  I said sure.  Another big clue … written in the book was the school name, address and graduation date.  This helped me find the location because the school was eventually knocked down.  So having all the background clues made it easy.

      I wouldn’t dare attempt to research my dad’s lineage … I was too young when we visited them Missouri so I have no clues whatsoever to go on.  All I know is we think my dad’s mother could have been a believer even though she married an unsaved Catholic man.  My dad recalls her singing hymns of the faith while baking bread and working in the kitchen.  My mom said she saw her reading the Bible and my mom asked her do you understand what you’re reading?  Her reply back was “yes”.  My mom was amazed.  Then a few years later when my mom got saved she wondered why her mother-in-law didn’t share her faith.  I said perhaps she just didn’t know how to or was to afraid?

      Well in heaven we will either have books to read on the lineage, or perhaps be able to watch DVD’s on the timeline and how they grew up and got saved.  Or better yet … hearing their own testimonies directly!

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      • #8414
        MyWhiteStone
        Moderator

        DVD huh?  I kinda’ imagine that the same ancient existing storage technology that God will use or now uses to “…bring into judgment every deed, including every hidden thing…” that kind of technology, should be a lot easier to use than DVDs.  Or even long strings of URLs / references on various servers.  “A heavenly version of being online…”  Maybe there’s one server for all of creation or at least all of a certain dimension with indexing across dimensions.  Sigh!

        What a concept!  Data rates that will enable your entire life to be replayed in an instant, as related by many who have had near-death experiences…  Wowza!  And I suspect that with appropriate access permissions, anyone might be able to rerun any incident, for example, from my relatively uninteresting parochial life down here to observe what I did at any age, anywhere, and view it from any angle… with reruns on demand.  It would be pretty cool if some of my best puns have been captured so I could enjoy them again, although I’m one of a vanishing few who would actually enjoy them.

        Sorry.  Imagination run amuck!  Over and out.

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    • #8412
      tenderreed
      Participant

      How much back story we will get with regards to lineage will remain to be seen.  I do look forward to finding out and fellow-shipping with saved family members in my own lineage.  As to why some members weren’t saved might be kept from us all.  And that might be a good thing.

      I have always been amazed at God’s goodness directed towards me throughout my whole life.  And have marveled as to why God saved me alive against all odds in the flesh.  Perhaps I was an answer to someone’s prayer?  If so I would like to acknowledge their faith!

      God seems to be into lineage, as a way of not forgetting anyone.  He offers himself to all, and desires relationship with all.  Truly, it is difficult to relate to long past relatives to who I have never met or was involved with personally.  That said, I can be grateful for appreciate them!

      I do hold as a temper, that all before me were sinners as well.  I do however want to refrain from any ancestral idol worship.

      TR

       

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    • #8416
      Geri7
      Participant

      LOL … well I did leave out the “VHS” tapes … but you do have me wondering about the advance high tech services in heaven … did man already reach the limit of knowledge with DVD format or is there something far greater that the Lord uses?

      Oh no worries, Dan … all your hilarious puns are being stored in the clouds so you can refer back to them and we can all laugh in eternity. B-)

      I do often wonder what John saw when he wrote the book of Revelation.  As he was taken up to heaven and witnessed the entire church age up in heaven worshipping around the throne and yet the majority of the believers weren’t even born yet.  Talk about time travel!  Then he was watching who the AC will be (I kind of wish he would have described him better so we can gauge how close the rapture event truly is) and all the high tech military equipment, weapons, explosives, surveillance equipment, etc.  Does heaven have a computer room and he was sitting down viewing the future from numerous flat screen monitors?  Here we are fascinated with all the miracles during the Bible times and want to see them in motion picture … the creation story and what the Garden of Eden looked like before sin, the building of the ark and flood, parting of the Red Sea, David fighting Goliath, etc. and yet I’m sure the believers in Bible times and the early centuries are curious and interested in knowing how we lived our lives right this very moment with the advancement of technology of the computers/iPads/cell phones/vehicles, etc.

      In agreement T.R. I marvel at the Lord’s love and mercy of His generous free gift of salvation.  So grateful and thankful to be grafted into God’s family.   And you brought up a good point about whether our saved relatives of long ago were praying for their future lineage to also be saved.

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    • #8419
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      That is a funny cartoon, Geri.  I expect my jaw to be dropping for perhaps millions of years over wonders of God newly revealed and / or discovered.  I love 1 Corinthians 2:9 that you quoted / posted in Main Forum, “… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

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    • #8422
      tenderreed
      Participant

      God is just cool that way!

      TR

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    • #8453
      Geri7
      Participant

      I skipped breakfast.  Lunch was a small steak and Caesar salad.  1 Gingerbread cookie (store bought but taste like homemade) and Crystal Lite Lemonade.

      Ok back to painting walls …

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    • #8594
      Geri7
      Participant

      Yesterday we had our pre-Thanksgiving meal since my brother and his wife will be in Miami on Thanksgiving day to visit their future son-in-law’s side of the family.  It was a great time of fellowship for 6 hrs of eating, talking and watching Christmas DVD’s.  I was kind of hoping my sister-in-law would have made a ham … instead it was a small turkey.   I’m not that fond of that bird :negative:  but I enjoyed all the tasty side dishes and the desserts were ooh la la good.  :good:   I made Italian struffoli  and they supplied the pies … apple pie with vanilla ice cream and Edwards Hershey Chocolate Creme Pie.  Mmmmm :whistle:  

       

      This morning I made Chicken Parmesan so my dog and I had that for lunch.  We will have that for tomorrow as well and I will freeze the rest for left overs at another time.

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    • #8730
      Geri7
      Participant

      Since it was just my dog and I for Thanksgiving, I bought Beef Brisket from the hot deli bar at the grocery store Wednesday afternoon and just reheated in the microwave for 20 seconds and made the side dishes of mash potatoes, garden salad.  Then I had a slice of the Edwards Chocolate Cream Pie.

      Today I was out shopping in the afternoon so I stopped at the pizzeria and got their lunch special – 2 slices of pizza and a soda.  I’m still full so I’m skipping dinner.

       

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    • #8847
      Geri7
      Participant

      3rd  snow storm this week starts tomorrow morning 9:00 am thru 9:00 pm :wacko:

      Trying to stay warm while keeping it simple …

      French Onion soup, Garden salad & Pistachio whip cream pie for dinner.

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    • #8849
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Had a ham quiche the other night with butterscotch pie and whipped cream!  Hot dogs for lunch.

      TR

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    • #8850
      Geri7
      Participant

      Oh that ham quiche and butterscotch cream pie sounds soo delicious … looks like your daughter is feeding you well. :good:

      Even the hot dogs sound great!  I haven’t had them in a while.  What brand of hot dogs do you like?  The garlicky Nathan’s franks, the traditional ball park franks or something else?  Also what toppings do you add on?  Just mustard or relish or everything under the sun?

      Whenever I would watch the Matlock program I would be craving a chili hot dog. :yes:

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    • #8851
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      Hebrew National — kosher.

       

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    • #8852
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Costco foot long for about a buck fifty!  Filled with mayo, sweet pickle relish, onions and BBQ potato chips.  Then a churro for desert!

      Hot dogs are best BBQ’d with BBQ sauce and light crisp edge on the skin, then everything else thrown on top.  Chili dog with onions and fries a good second choice.

      Can’t forget a coke on the rocks to chase it down with!  No better yet a vanilla shake with whipped cream and a cherry!

      Anyone else besides me salivating?!

      TR

       

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    • #8862
      yhwhtalmidah
      Participant

      Looks like I need to invite Geri to come enjoy some slightly warmer temperatures here in the south and she can cook some yummy food!

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    • #8879
      Geri7
      Participant

      Hebrew National Kosher Franks!  Yes, I remember them, Dan.   The NJ grocery stores sold them … they are very good.  It’s hard to find them up here in Vermont so I’ve basically buy the baseball Ball Park brand but I do prefer the Hebrew National.

      T.R. all the toppings you add sound so delicious!  I had to google what a churro is.  So that is basically a cinnamon donut only in the shape of  French Fries?  They look sumptuously tasty.  I could go for that right now!   :yes:

      Heather, so glad to see you join the cyber dinner table.  Aww you’re so sweet.  I wish we did live closer so we could fellowship and eat together.  I reckon we will just have to wait just a little while longer for heaven.

      Today it stopped snowing and we had sunshine glorious sunshine for a change!!! :yahoo:   So I was out all day shopping in the big city.  Stopped for lunch at Wendy’s for a quarter pounder juicy cheese burger, fries and chocolate frosty milkshake.

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    • #8880
      tenderreed
      Participant

      I love it when you talk food!  Churro’s are little bit more crispy than a doughy doughnut.

      Where down south do you hail?!  What are you “go to” meals.

      TR

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    • #8887
      Geri7
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      Dinner … Hebrew National – Kosher hot dog!  I found a package out of reach at the grocery store. :whistle:

      Large Fries from McD’s … free with promotional coupon

      Black Cherry soda and a couple of fun size Peppermint Patties for dessert

       

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    • #8959
      Geri7
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      I skipped  breakfast so lunch is a bowl of spaghetti with Rao’s tomato sauce and I sautéed red peppers and caramelized a sweet vidalia onion so I added them on top.  My drink is black cherry float with vanilla ice cream.   Mmmm  … delicious comfort food on a wintry day.   :whistle:

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    • #8962
      tenderreed
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      I just had an English muffin and some spam.  A glass of chocolate milk also.  Probably a ham sandwich for lunch.

      I think we need to start a breakfast club in Heaven.

      TR

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    • #8963
      Geri7
      Participant

      What is the difference between spam vs. ham?

      Yes, a breakfast club in heaven would be awesome! :good:    Just think every kind of donut under the sun and bagels and cream cheese or butter and glorious sumptuous flaky pastries!   :yahoo:   I reckon those who must have protein … there will be platters of eggs, bacon, ham … and sweet fruit.

      I wonder how we will know its time for breakfast since it will always be sunny and there is no night?  Will there be clocks in heaven so we aren’t late for appointments? B-)

       

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    • #8964
      yhwhtalmidah
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      Since we already have Lisa Leenie waiting up in heaven for us in our RITAN room where we can all get together and see each other face to face; which I am super excited about; I think we should also add in a request for a kitchen of some kind where we can cook together and a dining space to enjoy meals together!!!

      I have to be careful what time of day I read this post – it makes me hungry every time! :mdrmdr:

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    • #9043
      Geri7
      Participant

      Tacos and homemade apple sauce with brown sugar and cinnamon cooked in the crock pot for 3 hrs.  Not only does it make your house smell great but the apple sauce is out of this world.   I will never go back to store bought commercial junk ever again.  Later tonight – vanilla ice cream with melted caramel and walnuts.

       

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    • #9044
      tenderreed
      Participant

      I think that the breakfast club house diner will be open 24/7.  Lisa Lennie has already decorated in a 50’s style diner.  Every table will have it’s own replicator just like on Star Trek, for those incourable trekkies amongst us!  Don’t forget the tunes!

      Gee Geri7, can I come over for lunch or dinner?  The decadence of your palette is never ending!  Tee, hee, hee.

      TR

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    • #9045
      Geri7
      Participant

      Oh that 50’s style 24/7 breakfast club house with replicators at each table sounds like a lovely diner! :good:

      I was eating chicken cutlets for 2 days straight so today I said enough … gave the remaining portion to my dog and made the tacos for myself.  I can’t give him anything spicy or that contain beans … the other day I really paid the price when I had hot dogs … I opened up a can of Bush’s baked beans for a side dish.  My dog was begging for what I had so I gave a few beans … oh boy the little stinker gassed me out all night. :wacko:

      I got plenty of food … wish everyone lived closer to share and fellowship with.  Soon very soon … :yes:

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    • #9047
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Sounds like your dog and I have a lot in common.  Go figure!

      TR

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    • #9058
      yhwhtalmidah
      Participant

      :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:   Sounds like our dog too… and she only eats dog food – imagine how bad it would be if we fed her human food!

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    • #9065
      Geri7
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      Just curious are you feeding your dog dry nuggets?   The pet shop that I got my puppy from informed me I need to add water and heat up his dry nuggets yada yada yada and the poor thing had really  bad gas.  I was holding him while sitting down in a chair and the poor thing was going at it and could feel his stomach rumbling … sounded like a war zone taking place.  He kept looking over at me each time he did a gas bomb and I said “don’t you dare look at me … you’re the one!” and I had no choice but to open up the window in the middle of the winter.

      After 2 days of that ordeal I stopped adding water and gave dry nuggets and praise be … no more gas bombs! :yahoo:

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    • #9090
      yhwhtalmidah
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      Yep. We give her dry dog food. She just can stink up a room!  :-(    To be honest, I think it is an indicator that she needs a potty break – so I have been taking her out if/when she stinks us out of a room. So far, she’s pottied each time… maybe she is training me instead!   :mdrmdr:

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    • #9093
      Geri7
      Participant

      :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:   so funny!   Well … I know who is queen of the castle in your home! Hee hee

      This has me wondering if this is why we are all going to have mansions in heaven … just to house our beloved pets in? :mdrmdr:    Or will it be only a 1 room place like dorm rooms? :unsure:    I feel sorry for those who don’t like dogs or cats.  Perhaps the Lord will assign us all who have pets to one wing of the castle and those who dislike animals to another wing?   B-)

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    • #9095
      tenderreed
      Participant

      I doubt that God will subdivide our estates based on whether we love animals or not.

      Like the old saying goes:  Love the animal, hate the poop!

      I’m generally not a big bean eater myself, but I do like Bush’s baked beans.  No, they don’t give me gas!  I’m house trained, ask my wife!

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    • #9114
      Geri7
      Participant

      Hmmm … no subdivision of estates based on pets.  Will you be nervous if your heavenly neighbor has tons of snakes, gators and scary hairy spiders living next door to you? ;-)

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    • #9119
      tenderreed
      Participant

      I’ll just ask Dad to evict them!  Great to know the landlord.  Tee, hee, hee.

      TR

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    • #9128
      MyWhiteStone
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      I guess adders could become detractors. Or maybe then and up there they will have legs once again and be kinda’ cute like iguanas. (Gakk!)

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    • #9131
      Geri7
      Participant

      Hmmm … adders with legs.  Well …. I’m not so sure if that will make me tolerate them all the more.  Just a simple gardener snake has me paralyzed with fear and trembling.  I haven’t been around any Iguanas but just googling pictures of them … eek … I’m leaning towards no way!!!  However, I do like Geckos and Salamanders … they are cute and harmless. :yes:

      I know someone who expects to have cats in her mansion.  Not ordinary kitty cats … we are talking lions, tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards, panthers, jaguars … those BIG cats!  I got a hunch the heavenly mansion life might be sort of like living on Noah’s ark!   I can just visualize opening up the door and seeing a bear, a tiger, elephant, rhino, etc trotting on down the hallway and talking too! :wacko:

      Today … is homemade pizza … its in the oven almost done.  Served with Black Cherry soda and York Peppermint Patties! :whistle:

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      • #9156
        MyWhiteStone
        Moderator

        Hopefully, Geri, those large creatures trotting down the hallway are getting in line to use a high-tech multi-species commode facility.

        I used to have a St Bernard during various times in the past, and accordingly some large dog doors.  The first St Bernard was named Brutus.  As I cleaned up after Brutus every couple days out in the yard  I would sing, “Bringing in the Sheaves…”

        I wonder if we’ll have very large lots surrounding our mansions to disburse large animal refuse should we encounter difficulty convincing them to reliably use those indoor commodes.

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    • #9139
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Pizza and black cherry soda.  Doesn’t get much better than that!  I’ll forgo any creepie crawlies in my Heaven, thank you.

      Funny how even those of the lowest station among us can at any time revel in being master over animals!  Our pets do seem to serve many purposes.  Least of which an object of affection or soul mate!  Really?!

      TR

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    • #9164
      Geri7
      Participant

      :mdrmdr: “bringing in the sheaves”  Awe … you sure had a gentle giant of a dog, Dan.

      I’m leaning towards the heavenly animals will have new bodies kind of like our glorified ones in that they can eat and not make any more smelly cluster mounds of  waste.  I think they will be eating grass, grain or  veggies so perhaps they will be trained to go in the gardens?   Or if they do have accidents indoors … I’m almost positive T.R  will be volunteering for clean up duties. B-)

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    • #9181
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”  So maybe TR could become the Grand Poobah maybe?

      Or maybe he could develop a new line of Roomba automatically roving cleaning machines…  Think of it.  Our own beloved TR, the Roomba Grand Poobah!

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    • #9189
      Geri7
      Participant

      :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:  Yes, T.R. the  “Roomba Grand Poobah! :dieu:    Just give him a few gallons of brandy egg nog :wacko: and he will brainstorm the grandest roomba picker upper for the Kingdom castle. :yes:   His voice command of “Yabba dabba doo” will have it running. B-)

      My dog is sooo afraid of that machine!  He barks at it and then when it changes direction and comes towards him … he quickly makes a running jump for the sofa and hides under a blanket.

      Brunch – egg omelet with cheddar cheese and sauté onions.  Hot Cocoa with marshmallows, whip cream and 3 cherries.

      Dinner – small steak, bake potato, salad.

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    • #9191
      tenderreed
      Participant

      LOL!

      The only thing grand about me is my ego.  I’m hoping to loose that forever!

      Indeed we shall enjoy His animal creation in glory.  And will also enjoy satisfying our every desire in Heaven, culinary and otherwise!  Apart from this, the specifics elude me.

      I dare say that I don’t expect animal droppings to occur in Heaven.  No death, no waste, no mess!

      But if anyone’s ideal Heaven clashes with mine, I’ll just blink it out of existence.  How’s that for ego?!

      TR

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    • #9193
      Geri7
      Participant

      Well I don’t think you have an ego … you’ve been such a good sport putting up with all our teasing. :yes:

      I agree with you … no worries of animal accidents in heaven.  But if there is … well then you can wish it gone and our guardian valet or footmen angels will suddenly appear with a mop and heaven scent liquid cleaner and they will have everything sparkly clean and golden once more!    B-)

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    • #9199
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Speaking of Bon Appetite, may the Lord give us all a foretaste of Heaven in this life!

      TR

       

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    • #9203
      Geri7
      Participant

      Making BBQ chicken in the crockpot, the sides will be honey glazed carrots, homemade coleslaw and applesauce.

      Dessert will be a Banana Split – with vanilla ice cream, caramel topping, whip cream, walnuts, cherries.

       

       

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    • #9224
      MyWhiteStone
      Moderator

      TR, you volunteered, “But if anyone’s ideal Heaven clashes with mine, I’ll just blink it out of existence.”  Sounds a lot like Barbara Eden of the “I Dream of Jeannie” sitcom back in our youth.  So if she’s up there blinking back, who should win?  It’s good that Solomon will be around somewhere.

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    • #9225
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Good catch Dan!  Even Solomon couldn’t figure out women.  Just human nature.

      TR

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    • #9231
      Geri7
      Participant

      Yep, Solomon sure was a complex character with all that wisdom he was granted from the Lord.

      From “Men of the Bible” by Ann Spangler & Robert Wolgemuth

      He orchestrated the building of a palace and the temple, a permanent house of worship and an apt dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant.  Built to elegant specifications, this holy building mirrored Solomon’s love for God and his eye for beauty and attention to the smallest detail.

      Politically, he organized the kingdom into 12 districts and appointed governors over each one.

      Educationally, Solomon held clinics and “described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grew out of the walls.  He taught the people about animals and birds, … gasp … reptiles and fish :negative: .”  A lover of the arts, Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and his songs numbered 1,005.

      But in the end, Solomon’s wisdom could not save him.  All that wisdom and great accomplishments Solomon was a failure because of his unwillingness to “keep God’s statues”.  His insatiable appetite for foreign women was his down fall.

      – Fair Use –

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      700 wives 300 concubines :wacko:  I wonder if he could remember all their names and their birthdays and anniversaries? :mail:   Or perhaps he was smart enough to just call them all “my dear … my lovely one” and gave them all gifts everyday since it was bound to be their birthday.   :mdrmdr:

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    • #9367
      Geri7
      Participant

      Keeping it simple …

      Dinner … 2 frozen pretzels heated in the microwave for 1 minute … then added peanut butter and jelly on top.

      A cup of hot chocolate and Ovaltine with marshmallows and whip cream

       

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    • #9412
      Geri7
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      Cooking up a storm this morning.   Made BBQ chicken in the oven, sautéed and caramelized the onions and added to the French style green beans. Baked potato with melted cheddar cheese.  Dessert was chocolate and vanilla ice cream banana split with whip cream.  Washed it all down with a tall glass of sweet ice tea.

      I skipped breakfast so this was my New Year’s lunch/dinner.

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    • #9547
      Geri7
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      Everything went well this morning.  Good weather … and the wisdom tooth extraction was quick without any problems. :thankyou  so much for your prayers!   Note: yesterday we had freezing rain/snow and tomorrow another storm is coming … but today the Lord kept the storm clouds away and its sunshine! :whistle:

      Breakfast – hot pretzel and banana

      Lunch and dinner will be Heavenly Hash flavor Ice Cream since I’m not allowed to eat solid foods for the rest of the day. I’m not complaining, not at all.   B-)

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    • #9553
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Took my wife out to dinner for her birthday.  A nice sushi restaurant.  She had the sushi, I had Terayaki beef and cucumber salad.  Enjoyed the meal.

      Any offers me any sushi, I’ll be looking for a fishing pole to go with it!

      TR

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    • #9554
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Chicken adobo for tonight a great Filipino dish my daughter makes!  Just had an egg roll and onion rings for lunch!  Yum!

      TR

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    • #9581
      Geri7
      Participant

      That Terayaki beef meal with cucumber salad sounds delicious!  Glad you weren’t tempted for the sushi.  Chicken adobo … I never heard of it so I googled the ingredients … it sounds delicious along with the egg roll and onion rings.

      I skipped breakfast … lunch was Swedish meatballs over fettuccini noodles.

      2 scoops of Heavenly Hash ice cream and small can of Cherry Coke.

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    • #9585
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Beef burrito at Taco Bell with nacho’s and cheese for lunch.  BBQ chicken sandwich for dinner last night.  We’ll see what the Lord has cooked up for tonight!

      TR

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    • #9616
      yhwhtalmidah
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      I seriously need to expand on my menu! Just reading through these posts and I am just so not adventurous!

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    • #9620
      Geri7
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      Ooh la la. T.R  my mouth is watering for the Beef burritos at Taco Bell and nacho’s and cheese  and BBQ chicken sandwich!

      Taco Bell is not in my town so I do the next best thing … I buy the frozen mild burritos at the local grocery store for 50 cents each.  Then add cheddar cheese and microwave for 2 minutes.  So easy and cheap meal.   Tonight I’m finishing up on the Swedish meatballs and fettuccini.

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    • #9621
      tenderreed
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      That sounds great.  I prefer enchilada’s myself.  Love Mexican rice.  Chili Colorado and Chili Verdi.  Hate re-fried beans.  Can’t stand cilantro!  But I love anything with a sauce!

      That’s what I like about certain international foods, is their various sauces.  Usually it’s a cold sandwich or some Top Ramen noodles.  But I do enjoy meat and potatoes and gravy.

      Now you went and did it!  You’ve given me an appetite.  Oh bother, guess I’m just gonna have to eat again.

      TR

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    • #9629
      Geri7
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      :mdrmdr:  see being at the cyber dinner table is a good thing!  Glad talking about food gave you your appetite back! :good:

      Making a cheddar cheese omelet for breakfast with a hot pretzel and cup of hot cocoa.

      Still deciding what I will be having for dinner … :scratch:

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    • #9663
      Geri7
      Participant

      Raviolis for lunch with Garden Salad and Raspberry Lemonade.

      Dessert later will be a walnut brownie and vanilla ice cream

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    • #9704
      Geri7
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      I skipped breakfast so lunch is a sesame seed bagel with american cheese, roast beef, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard with a small cherry coke and a walnut brownie for dessert.

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    • #10064
      Geri7
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      After paying my utilities bills I stopped to get breakfast.   I found healthy heart smart jelly donuts!   :mdrmdr:     For lunch it will be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and if we are still here tonight … the same  :negative:

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Dinner – I’m not cooking … so it’s going to be a sesame seed bagel with roast beef and American cheese, lettuce, roasted red peppers and honey mustard.

      Sunkist orange soda float with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

       

      Yoo-hoo its very quiet at the cyber table  … are you all fasting?   B-)

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Back to cooking again … B-)

      Dinner – roasted drum sticks with roasted potatoes.  Sautéed zucchini with caramelized vidalia onions.  And a hot pretzel.

      Sunkist orange soda float with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.

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      Leaving Soon
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      I decided to get Chinese take out tonight and it was good ! : ) Hopefully I wasn’t exposed to any viruses when I went inside to pick it up.

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      • #11197
        Geri7
        Participant

        Was it no lines no waiting?

        I’ve been craving chicken fried rice … I’m thinking of trying to make a batch from scratch at home.  Looking at all the on-line recipes that claim its easy peasy and has the best reviews …

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      • #11211
        Leaving Soon
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        I called the order in so I didn’t have to wait.

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      • #11622
        Geri7
        Participant

        That was smart thinking.

        I’m still craving chicken fried rice … I haven’t made the home version … I need to buy a lot of sauces – between the soy sauce, sesame oil, duck sauce or sweet n sour sauce … this is getting to be too expensive to make. LOL

        Tonight I’m having Lean Cuisine butternut squash raviolis with chopped carrots, red peppers and peas.  Heating up 2 boxes in the microwave because its waaaay too lean with just 1 box. B-)

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      Geri7
      Participant

      Just made a batch of small meatballs since I haven’t had ground beef in a while.  I can’t believe the price of ground beef … $9.59 for a small package. :wacko:   Last summer it was around $5.00 or $6.00 and I thought that was expensive. Oh well, just signs of the end times.

      So it was 3 tiny meatballs (size of Swedish meatballs) … my dog had the same.  I had to use a can of stewed tomatoes since I didn’t have a small can of tomato sauce and didn’t want to open up a huge jar since I’m not making pasta.  It wasn’t bad with the stewed tomatoes … different but not bad. LOL  Also heated up a frozen hot pretzel and drank a small can of Cherry Coke.

      Dessert later will be vanilla ice cream on 2 small waffles.

       

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    • #15158
      Geri7
      Participant

      Thought I would bump up this thread … its been 1 month and 1 week since I last posted.  My how time flies …

      For lunch I made hamburgers in the oven with organic frozen French fries.  I placed them on a pizza tray with aluminum foil.  I recently discovered that baking the burgers instead of frying them taste almost like grilling them outdoors. :good:

      I also sauteed red peppers, garlic and onions and added them on top of my burger with ketchup and a roll.  Made a garden salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, croutons and used my favorite salad dressing … its now “Tzatziki cucumber”.  I thought I would try it and its out of this world wicked good.  I also had a slice of watermelon and a small can of Cherry Coke.

      My dog had a hamburger without the bun, a couple of French fries and I chopped up small pieces of watermelon.  He is one happy little dog now as he cleared his plate clean.

      So is anybody allowed to eat inside restaurants in your area? Or is it still roadside takeout or delivery service?

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