Category: Pleasant Holidays

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 2: Pot pie & a snowman

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  — Psalm 100:4 “Unto no duty are we more dull and untoward than to the praise of God, and thanksgiving unto Him; neither is there any duty whereunto there is more need that we should be stirred up.” Still have Thanksgiving leftovers? by Leslie J. Ansley I’m getting better at cooking smaller for the holidays, but this year’s turkey was a biggie. At 20 pounds, there was plenty of leftover bird. Friday night we had...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 1: Pumpkins for food & decor

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”  — Hebrews 12:28-29 Let us not only be thankful one day a year, but celebrate the greatness of our God with thanks every day. Bite-sized pumpkin pies for young and old, by Leslie J. Ansley Back home in Ohio, Thanksgiving was a really big deal. We’d have 25-30 relatives over, depending on who was around or in town.  The...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 6: Peanut Brittle & Fireplaces

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:21 Let’s pray and thank God for sending his son to save us. Super Simple Peanut Brittle, by Leslie J. Ansley Peanut brittle is one of those treats I’m convinced was invented by a dentist.  Candy apples, too — things you bite into with no guarantee your teeth will survive the experience. The salty-sweet mix of caramel and peanuts makes this a hard-to-resist snack around the holidays. If you...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 5: Goulash & Frame Wreaths

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.”  — Romans 15:12 Immerse ourselves ( roots ) in the word. Hungarian Goulash a Real Crowd-Pleaser, by Leslie J. Ansley My mother used to make this and it was one of my favorite meals, so I began making it for my family.  Everyone loves the sweet/spicy taste, especially my son, Trey. When he was an eighth-grader at Durant Road Middle School, all the kids were asked...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 4: Reindeer & Gift Baskets

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”  — Isaiah 40:3 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Annual Tradition: Reindeer Cookies, by Leslie J. Ansley Not sure when we started this tradition in the Ansley household, but every year at Christmastime we make these cute cookies. I’m pretty sure we’ve been doing it for at least the past 10 years because my daughter, Skyler — now 22 — has been making her “mutant” version...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 3: Buckeyes & Ornaments

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  — 1 John 5:11 Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Buckeyes Aren’t Just For Ohioans, by Leslie J. Ansley The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry is known as the greatest rivalry in sports. In honor of my alma mater’s win Saturday, here’s a recipe for Buckeyes — a wildly popular no-bake treat served up by fellow Ohioans on game days and especially at holiday gatherings. What exactly is a buckeye? It’s a nut – a large,...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 2: Cake, wreath & centerpieces

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”  — 1 Timothy 4: 4-5 Gather here with grateful hearts! Quick Italian Cream Cake, by Leslie J. Ansley If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you know that every now and then I post something I’ve made, have tried to make, or am thinking about making. A few weeks ago, my cousin posted this recipe for Quick Italian Cream Cake recipe because she thought it looked...

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 1: Fried ravioli & natural decor

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.”  — Philippians 4:6 Be on guard ! Be alert ! Appetizer: Fried Ravioli, by Leslie J. Ansley The turkey’s still in the oven, but you already have a house full of hungry guests.  Preparing the Thanksgiving meal is stressful enough without having to worry about tasty and filling appetizers, so let me share with you one of my all-time favorites. Fried ravioli is easy, flavorful and only takes minutes to prepare....

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 8: Game-day party prep

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.” Ecclesiastes 3:15 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Let’s pray, praise, and worship God without ceasing in 2014.   Are You Ready for Some Football? There are six bowl games on New Year’s Day and the BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl is Monday, January 6, so we decided to end the “Pleasant Holidays” series with some game-day ideas....

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PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, Week 7: Cupcakes and ornaments

Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the Government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 God loves us very much and wants to bless us. To fulfill His promise, God himself took on human flesh and became a man, Jesus Christ. The meaning of Christmas is that Jesus came to save you. Miss Roz’s Cupcakes, by Leslie Ansley I kept debating what recipe to post this week,...

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