Happy Birthday! Even if today isn’t the actual anniversary of your birth I want you to know God is delighted in you as his wonderfully perfect and uniquely gifted child. In the words of this wonderful birthday song written by Andrew Lawrence, and performed by Hot Soup, God Danced the Day you Were Born.
When we lived in Omaha part of our holiday celebration was to visit the large gingerbread house display at the Mormon Trail Center. Since moving to the lake we have enjoyed the yearly Christmas on Main Street at Har-ber Village Musem. Local businesses and civic groups decorate selected buildings in the Main Street section of the Museum and visitors vote for their favorite entries. After learning this would be the final year for this fun event, I decided to take the camera and see what I could get. Since many of the photos were taken through glass it was hard to get good ones, but I do have a few to share with your today.
Now, I saved the best for last — the Jail Birds entry from the local Audubon Society.
What are some of your holiday traditions? Please share.
Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? I know I do, but I also enjoy savory pumpkin dishes, like my Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon. This recipe and more are available in Have Yourself a Healthy LIttle Holiday.
Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon
6 strips turkey bacon diced check the label for gf turkey bacon — I use Jennie-O
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups pumpkin puree
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Brown turkey bacon.
2. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels. Reserve for later.
3. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to skillet. Add quinoa and cook, stirring until lightly browned.
4. Add water and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until just a little liquid is left on the quinoa.
6. Add pumpkin, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon.
7. Reserving 1 Tablespoon of bacon for garnish add rest of bacon to quinoa. Stir.
8. Return pan to stove, cover and allow remaining liquid to be absorbed.
9. Pour pilaf into serving dish and garnish with remaining bacon.
Like this recipe? Find more of my holiday recipes in Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday available at Espirational Books.
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The above was a favorite saying of John S. Reist Jr. Ph.D, , my theology professor from my seminary days.
When Jesus was asked to read the scripture in the synagogue he ended the reading from Isaiah with the words, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” — Luke 4:21 RSV So what was fulfilled?
‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
– Luke 18-19, Isaiah 61:1-2 RSV
Throughout his life and earthly ministry Jesus tried to teach us how to live, to be our example. But somehow we totally missed the point. Some churches even downplay these messages by saying that Jesus was God so it is impossible for us to live as he lived. No, we must simply say we have “accepted Jesus as our Savior” all our sins will be forgiven then we go back to living the way we want. We totally ignore the message and worship the messenger.
Jesus was rejected as the Messiah because he was not the political, military leader that was expected to save the Jews and vanquish the tyranny of Rome. Aren’t we still looking for such a leader? Doesn’t the recent election in the U.S. show this? We were created to live in communion with God, but humanity wanted more. Demanded more. Over the centuries we have demanded, laws, judges, kings, even presidents. Earthly leaders to tell us what to do and how to live. We have forgotten that the law of God is written on our hearts. We also have the life and teachings of Jesus, the Master Teacher to help show us how to live in this earthly realm.
So this December instead of celebrating the birth of a baby, let’s live the life the teacher taught us to live. Shine your light for all to see. Don’t get caught up in the drama created every year by people who want to tell everyone else what and how to celebrate. This year when someone gives you a holiday greeting you don’t like, instead of getting angry, how about responding with Peace be with You? We all need peace in our lives and in the world don’t we?
This is the season when people like to come together. We smile at people we meet on the street. We may even say hello or offer a holiday greeting. We host and/or attend parties, family dinners and other social events. Why can’t we do these things online? Well, I think we can, soooo…..
On this Sunday before American Thanksgiving I am hosting an online gathering to give bloggers a chance to meet each other and visit each others blogs. I think this will be fun, but for it to work people need to participate. How?
- Reply to this blog post answering one of the following questions: What is one thing you are grateful for? or What holiday do you observe during November or December and how do you celebrate?
- Please also give a link to your blog so we can visit. Only family friendly blogs please.
- Re-blog this post on your blog and invite others to join us.
- Please visit at least two of the other bloggers who post links here and say hello. “Like” something on their blog or leave a comment to let them know you were there. Follow their blog if you like. If you want to visit everyone, go for it!
- Did I forget anything?
So what I am grateful for? My wonderful blog followers and new friends and followers who are yet to come.
Recently I stumbled onto a page on the Butterball turkey website I thought I should share with you. It not only has a nice graphic on how to know if a Butterball turkey is gluten free, but also has links to more information in the FAQ and recipes. Who doesn’t love recipes? So go take a peek.