Fall Favorite (Yummy)-Stuffed Cabbage

Hello Readers!

Today I am sharing a family favorite called “Stuffed Cabbage!”

Now before you turn your nose, I want to advocate, that I have a very picky adult niece, who will not eat cabbage.

One day she walked into my home and smelt the aroma of an unfamiliar dish and I sweet talked her into trying my cabbage dish!

My niece was in love with this new dish and devoured every bite! She even took home leftovers for her family!


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (use a lean cut)
  • 1/2 lb Ground Italian Sweet Basil Pork
  • 1 Cup Cooked  Rice (I use Minute Rice in box)
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Onion, diced very small
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • Cheese (Optional, your choice)
  • 2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large can Hunts Crushed tomato sauce
  • 1 small can Hunts tomato paste


*Preheat Oven to 350 degrees


  1. Boil water in small pot and cook rice until done.
  2. In a large deep skillet (or large pot) over medium heat, heat oil. Add chopped onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Stir in Hunts crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, along with Hunts tomato paste and garlic, then cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, black pepper, thyme, rosemary (all spices, amount is up to you, I just sprinkle). 
  3. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowel add cooked rice, raw hamburger, raw Italian sausage, bread crumbs, Add garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, black pepper, thyme, rosemary (all spices ,amount is up to you ,I just sprinkle). 
  5. Add1 cup of tomato sauce, using a spoon stir together.
  6. Shredded Cheese (Optional, your choice of flavor, Colby, Swiss, Mozzarella)
  7. Meat filling is now ready to go in cabbage leaves.


  1. Clean and wash the cabbage. Cut out the white core of the cabbage head.
  2. Cut and separate outer leaves of the cabbage head.
  3. Wash thoroughly the leaves under running water. Set aside on paper towels.
  4.  Bring large pot water to boiling, carefully drop cabbage leaves and let them boil for 5-7 minutes, turning over occasionally. 
  5. When you cannot remove any more leaves, cut remaining cabbage into chunks, wash set aside.
  6. Remove cooked outer leaves as they soften with a pair of tongs. Lay aside cabbage leaves on covered counter for meat filling, once cool enough to handle, You should end up with 10-14 leaves depending on size of the cabbage.
  7. Add cut up chunks of cabbage to boiling water and let cook 5-7 minutes
  8. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by putting a few cabbage leaves (broken or whole) on the bottom and layer with a little sauce.  Set aside.
  9. Using a paring knife, cut out the hard triangular rib from each cabbage leaf. Place about ⅓ cup filling into one end of each leaf, then roll up, tucking in the sides as you roll. Place rolls seam side-down on top of sauce in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top of cabbage rolls then cover dish with foil. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes, until rice and meat are cooked through.
  10. Serve.



What’s for Dinner Tonight? Perfect Tavern Pot Roast





Growing up one of my favorite meals my mother cooked was a roast dinner. Now her version and mine vary greatly, as she did hers from what southerners call scratch. My version is around 5 ingredients and easy to prepare.

Ingredients you will need:

1 pack “Campbell’s Tavern Style Pot Roast”

2-3 pound chuck roast

1 to 2 yellow onions ( I usually add 4 cause I like them)

4 potatoes

4 carrots

1 stalk of celery

Extra : I love to add mushrooms


Put the chuck roast in the crock pot / slow cooker.

Pour “Campbell Tavern” sauce on top of meat.

Peel onions and potatoes, halve, throw in pot.

Cut the ends of the celery and carrots off, throw in pot.

Cook on Low 7 to 8 hours or cook on High 4 to 5 hours.

When cooked, meat will pull away and be very tender

Serve with veggies in pot.

Store leftovers in fridge in an air tight container.

How to use left overs:

Next day , maybe its football or family gathering, take a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 400 degrees, Spray cookie sheet with pam spray. Butter up 24 slices of bread. Place 12 slices butter side, face-down on cookie sheet, then add shredded pot roast meat and your choice of favorite cheese (Provolone,Colby, Monterrey Jack, Swiss ) and top off with the other 12 slices of buttered bread face-up . Slide cookie sheet into oven cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until bread is toasted brown, both sides brown together. Serve with cucumber salad( Grandma Annie Hoell Smith’s Cucumber Salad)! Better second time around!Make a puppy pull a freight train, it’s so darn good!







I Had To Just Put My Feet On The Floor!

Today, I have to push myself to get out of bed. I was plagued with three different nightmares trying to sleep between 4:30 am and  9am when I awoke the first time, then 10am. Finally at noon I sat up,  swinging my legs over the edge of the bed, all I had to do was put my feet on floor. It was areal struggle. Mom was up till 4:30 am, she was finally sleeping, after her sun downing had kept us awake. Then all the stuff with the quarantine is getting to me.  Are you feeling discourage like me? Together as a Nation we are now in 40 days of Quarantine! Yet as an individual,  I’m feeling more like at 240 days quarantine , only leaving my house three times since September. My quarantine began when my vehicle was vandalized, determined a total loss. Geico didn’t cover. Second because in Jan. I was sick with Pneumonia, took till April to recover, I’m  blessed to be alive and then Covid 19 happens, and the goverment mandates we all stay home.

The difference between 40 days and 240 days is the isolation. I’m tired of streaming shows, I’m running out of things to keep me and mom busy, my heart and soul ache for my love ones who I miss dearly,  I will not be with my daughter on her birthday. I miss all the excitement and personalities of my grandchildren. I crave hugs, laughter and a good family gathering. I have also been caregiving my mom, she is my best friend and I am glad we have each other in this season, she is grieving loss of her soulmate/ best friend of 57 years. I can’t imagine her pain, it is fast approaching the anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I miss gathering at my church, worshiping God.

I’m not having a pity party, I like you am living through a part of history that is frightening. Things get to you, the news is to scary to watch, your crying for all those who got sick, praying it passes by your family.  Praying God have mercy on us all, I’m pleading blood of Jesus, not just for me , myself and my family , I’m crying out for the world. Our prayers need to be bold, courageous, crying out to God as we walk through this season in faith.

Today , I’m having hard time getting out of bed, it’s not my strength that propels me to sit up, for I am weak, tired, yet God says when I am weak his strength sustains me, the Holy Spirit encourages me, and as my feet hit the floor, and I go to my knees, the Lion of Judah gives me the power to roar out prayers, we all need to be roaring our prayers! God is always listening for his children’s cry’s.

Today let your feet hit the floor and roar ……God is listening and God will fight for us! Cry out, repent, get on your knees. Today the best thing I did was put my feet on the floor, God did the rest, Glory Hallelujah!


Dont Worry Be Happy!

Good Afternoon World!

What a Beautiful and Joyful day God has given us! Give all your cares to God for he has gone before you, he has already taken care of everything! Don’t worry, Be Happy!





Philippians 4:19 ~ And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.go I will let you escape with your life.'”

Matthew 6:27
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:28
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Matthew 6:31
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 10:19
But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,

Luke 10:41
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

Luke 12:11
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

Luke 12:22
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


Calling All Moms!

Just had to share this awesome devotion today, as it spoke to my heart, because we moms tend to beat ourselves up over our mothering skills.

I found this on YouVersion

Breathing Eden : Conversations With God • Devotional

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I WANTED TO BE A MOM. I wanted to stay home with these precious kids. I quit my job, surrendered my identity—the young, just-out-of-business-school-turned-professional. I believed my choice was narrow—just one or the other: Be a mom or work. (Are these my only choices, God?) I didn’t want to miss puddle-jumping, block-building, hand-holding, park-playing days like this one. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make that decision. I am. I just didn’t know I would struggle so much. I didn’t know this would be so hard.

I thought I would feel different, God. I thought I would do this better—that I would be more organized and wouldn’t feel so depleted all the time. I said I wanted to stay home with my babies, and I know it is so amazing that I can. But here is what is hard to admit, even to you: I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. I’m afraid I’m not good at it. I’m even less confident now that we have two.

I’m going to mess them up, God. I know I am. I lose my temper, I raise my voice. And when I am not yelling out loud, I feel like I am screaming inside. I know that’s an exaggeration. That sounds so melodramatic, “screaming inside.” But no other words feel right.

Why do I feel so trapped, so stuck? I don’t know who I am, or what I love to do, or what it is that might be fun for me anymore. I should feel parenting is so fun, so completely fulfilling. I’m sorry that, right now, I don’t, and it isn’t. I’m sorry for who I am. I’m sorry I am so far from you and don’t know how to find my way back.

Can you help me find my way back?

DAUGHTER, YOU CAN BE ANGRY. I can take it. You can be sad. I can take that too. Keep running to me when you are sad and overwhelmed, and I will give you what you need to get through a day. You think that you are camouflaged, but I see all.

You can do this, you know. You can mother him and love him, and I will help you find your way. You ask me what you love? Who you are?

Let me tell you what I see: I see you. I see you in the early mornings when the baby is crying and you rise. I see you bend to scoop him up out of his crib, hear how you sing to him. I watch how you stumble, so tired, back to a rumpled bed.

May I sing to you now? May I sing to you, my daughter who is found?

Lift up your head, my darling. Lift up your head, and see me looking at you. I have made you with beauty. I have made you with strength. I have made you with tenderness, a soft heart for me that will sustain you. I sustain you. Keep your heart soft, and I will sustain you. Keep yourself vulnerable, and I will lift you. Keep yourself close to me, and I will show you, step by step, what it is you love, what it is in you I see.

There’s a lot coming, dear one. You are both a light that shines and a warrior in my name. How this looks—your life in me—will unfold as you trust me. In you, I keep creating, dear one. I love being with you as we partner in your work, bringing what is to come.

Yes, I see you. And I want you to begin this day again, knowing I see you, knowing I know you. I dance over you. My gladness overflows.

You are my dear heart, my bright flower. I father you and I mother you. I care for you, and you rise again, letting me lead, letting me take charge, letting me be the door you walk through each day when you are lost and you are wondering how, again, you can face another day.

You don’t need to face another day alone. You can greet each day with me. You can rise with me, stay with me, listen for me. In the creak of the high chair at lunchtime. In the jingling of toys as Jonathan and Lucas laugh and cry and play. In the hush or whimpers of the night.

My strength is enough for you. My presence is with you. My Spirit is in you.

I sustain you, never leave you. There is good coming.

There is good right here.


Father, you are unashamed of me—your love is wild and perfect. I love how you have made me. I love how I don’t have to hide from you, no matter what I am feeling. You give me a voice to call out to you, and you answer. You reveal to me yourself, showing how you are present with me, how you care for me, how you hold me and never let me go. I have what it takes to love those you’ve given me to love. I have what it takes to get through this day, holding your hand. Help me to do all these things, knowing I stay with you. In your name, Jesus, Amen.

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Friday Thoughts!

Hello Readers!

I’m just sitting here, drinking coffee,  thinking about you and just hoped you took time to enjoy this  beautiful glorious day outside our homes! Look at what that the Lord has given us! Such Glory on earth!

Use your day wisely, be Kind and share the Love of  Jesus with everyone you come in contact  with today, even the ones that make it hard to do so as they need Jesus just like all of us!

I watched a red headed wood pecker, or what looked like one in my front yard, squirrels playing, little swarms of bugs that looked like dust fairies floating in patterns and a Beautiful Blue Bird came by to sing! Way too fast for my camera phone, yet I got pics of all spring plants popping up below.


Have a great day and be blessed.


I recently had a dream appear in my news-feed on Facebook, that occurred a few years ago. I love it when memories show up, especially dreams! I had this dream in 2014. Now it is 2020, and hard times, yet it is a dream of good tidings and abundance, a reflection fro the past to give Hope for the future! Keeping a dream journal is a wonderful activity! I highly recommend it! Blessings!



Dream ~I laid down and fell into a deep sleep, when I awakened I was getting off a hand made straw mat, in a  foreign land that was very green, vibrant and beautiful.


The first thing I noticed was that no one spoke my language.  I was happy and smiles at everyone.  I felt very calm as I  began walking down this sandy road , the people were so nice greeting me and gracious!

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I turned into a field that was growing an abundant crop and I started to call to this little child, who was between two and three years old, at the end of the field.

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I cooed until the child came into my arms and hugged me. The child could not understand my English, so I began to speak in tongues, and the child understood me through our fathers heavenly language.

I was so happy twirling this child around.  I saw all my family, my daughter, all my grandchildren and my son in law. I woke up laughing full of joy!. 🙂 This dream was unusual so I had to share!





Plead the Blood

I have to tell you, God just amazes me, God is definitely in the small details of our lives! The other day during prayer, I was pressed to pray over and over, I plead the blood of Jesus, over my Daughter, her husband and my four grandchildren and possible future grandchildren. My daughter isnot pregnant, nor planning to be at this time. I just believe you cover as if it were so, as if she were pregnant. I prayed for my daughter and grandchildren before they were ever born. God is a mighty answering God. I prayed for Salvation, Optimal Health, Abundance, Education, Future Friends, Saints to cross their paths, Protection & Safety, Divine Connections, To know their spiritual gifts early, know who they are in Christ, for them to have a relationship with Jesus trusting him with their lives and receive the blessings of God.  There is power in the blood of Jesus! Wonderful Working Power!

While praying for my grandchildren , I specifically prayed for my two youngest that they would accept Christ, be baptized in Jesus name. My sweet grands were dedicated to the Lord as young children, they are now four and six years old and Baptism is a step they must journey to on their own, as it is a gift from the Lord.

The very next day while face-timing with my grands, my six year old first statement was “Grandma, am I baptized?” I smiled and said “No, not yet!” He proceeded to tell me he had it worked out, he would be baptized when he was seven, which is this year. I smiled again, as I felt the spirit of God around us, God was in our midst in the details, showing the promise to come, the wooing had begun long before I prayed, long before he was born, it had begun when I prayed as if it were so, pleading the blood of Jesus, the wonderful working power of Jesus. My six year old grand preceded to tell me how he remembered me carrying him to church, he said he remembers playing with his toys under the pew, and how loud the singing was, he said Grandma, I was shy and scared, but I am ready to go back to church! ” “When you come visit, or we come visit you, will you take me to church?” I instantly said “Absolutely Buddy” (nickname)!! While in the stillness of that moment, I knew promises were being answered, the future is bright, and this Covid-19, it too shall pass! The best is yet to come!

So, the rest of my post is about pleading the blood, some of my readers might ask what does that mean and why do we as Christian say ” I plead the blood of Jesus!”


“Pleading the Blood of Jesus” is actually a legal term. When a lawyer goes before a judge he is given the opportunity to plead his case.  The attorney presents evidence and facts to support his case. The bible supports this in the Old Testament;

1 Samuel 24:15- May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”

Psalm 43:1- Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.

When the enemy comes against us, there are many areas he attacks in:

  • Satan attacks your Walk with God
  • Satan attacks Faith, Hope, Love
  • Satan attacks your Spiritual Life
  • Satan attacks your Mind
  • Satan attacks your Marriage
  • Satan attacks your Children
  • Satan attacks your Private Life
  • Satan attacks your Health
  • Satan attacks your Finances
  • Satan attacks your Career
  • Satan attacks your Relationships

The enemy is accusing us of sin, telling us we will always live in poverty, always have financial woes, constantly in sickness, terrible fear, constantly worried!  Know your enemy he attacks us when we are:

  4. TIRED

The enemy  four common tactics are:


How do we protect ourselves, our family and loved ones, especially those who are not saved?

First, we must remember, “GOD LOVES US!” Second, we must be, “STRONG IN THE LORD.” Third, we must remember, Resist Satan as he  was “DEFEATED AT THE CROSS.” Fourth, we are fighting from “CHRIST VICTORY AT THE CROSS.”

Here is an important point, we cannot win spiritual battles in our own strength! We must draw our strength from the power base, of God himself through prayer, reading the word of God in our bibles, by spending time with God through worship or talking to him, God desires to hear from us!

Lastly, we pray before God pleading the precious blood of Jesus, the Righteous Judge, is the blood of Jesus. It changed everything. The blood of Jesus established a new and better covenant between us and a holy God (Hebrews 8:6-7, 9:11-14, 22, 12:24). The blood is our defense. It declares we are not guilty but free from all penalty of sin. The blood also gives us the authority and dominion to resist Satan and put him out of all the affairs of our lives and our families’ lives. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, the devil has no legal right to interfere in our lives anymore. He says we’re guilty; we “plead the blood!” (James 4:7; 1 John 3:8; Luke 10:19). We have every right and provision to walk in victory through the precious blood of the Lamb.


Every day you have the right to exercise that authority by pleading what the blood of Jesus did for you at Calvary. Refuse to give the enemy even one small inch of territory. Satan is a defeated foe and through the precious blood of Jesus we are victorious!

Prayer to Plead the Blood of Jesus!

Father, I come in the name of Jesus to plead His blood on my life and on all that belongs to me, and on all over which You have made me a steward.

I plead the blood of Jesus on the portals of my mind, my body (the temple of the Holy Spirit), my emotions, and my will. I believe that I am protected by the blood of the Lamb which gives me access to the Holy of Holies.
I plead the blood on my Spouse, Marriage, my children, on my grandchildren and their children, my family and friends, on all those whom You have given me in this life.

Lord, You have said that the life of the flesh is in the blood. Thank You for this blood that has cleansed me from sin and sealed the New Covenant of which I am a partaker.

* Based on a prayer written by Joyce Meyer in The Word, the Name and the Blood (Tulsa: Harrison House, 1995).
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Additional Prayer


            Father God in the name of Jesus and in the power of Your Holy Spirit, I welcome You this day. I love, worship and honor You.  I thank You for being my God, my Father, my Friend and my Helper.  According to Your Word, I decree, declare and plead the Blood of Jesus and draw a bloodline over myself; my spouse; my immediate family; my extended family; my spiritual family; friends and church family, Eph. 1:7; Romans 5:9; I John 1:7.

I also declare that all of us have on the Whole Armor of God and function with the fruit of the Spirit and the best gifts You have given us in Jesus’ name, Eph. 6:12-18; Ps. 91; Gal. 5:22-23; I Co. 12:7-11, 28; Ro. 12:6-15 and Eph. 4:11-12.

I further draw a bloodline over marriages and Godly families, anointed men and women of God; the Kingdom of God; Godly world leaders; America and the White House; Israel and Jerusalem; Godly judges in America; our military men and women; the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) as well as other allies with America; North Carolina (your state); the Godly homeless; the remnant of God; Christian corporations and businesses are all covered by the Blood of Jesus.  I also release the peace of God in my inner man.
In the name of Jesus, I plead the Blood of Jesus over my inheritance; spiritual gifts; income; payroll; assets; investments; social security; money to pay taxes; all properties with deeds; bank and credit union accounts; library, administrative, biblical books and all resources; our personal, business and tax records; P.O. boxes; mail centers; computers; printers; all electronics devices; drives; all forms of communication: wireless, internet, WiFi, websites, emails and social media. The Blood also covers our homes; any storage; personal autos; personal and business items and equipment; furnishings for our homes and businesses in Jesus’ name.
In the name of Jesus, I rebuke and bind backlash, revenge, retaliation, retribution, slumber,  transference of evil spirits and distractions sent to rob me of my time and destiny. I further rebuke, bind, block and destroy all evil assignments sent against me, my family, ministry, projects and businesses.  I reverse every curse back to the sender, Prov. 26:27. I now release God’s favor, wisdom, joy, protection, guidance as I put on the Whole Armor of God daily.

I repent if I have or any family member has opened any door through disobedience, unbelief or any other sin that allowed a curse to operate, 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Cor. 7:10. In the name of Jesus, I now Break, Destroy, Disallow and Overturn any curses over my life or my family and decree the curse can no longer manifest in the name of Jesus. I now claim the protection of the Blood of Jesus and decree and declare that my family and I are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy and set free.

I thank You Father God that Jesus (Yeshua) destroyed the power of every curse and any recurring curses in my bloodline when He went to Calvary, died, defeated death and rose in three days, Heb. 12:2; Isaiah 53:1; I Cor. 15:4. So I choose not to receive or allow any curse that is sent but instead choose to enter into a new cycle of blessings released in this new season in Jesus’ name.

I Thank You for intercessors who pray on my behalf. I bind every force that would attempt to capture my destiny illegitimately. No weapon formed against me or my family (immediate, extended, spiritual or church) will prosper or prevail…. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it shall not come near me (Isa. 54:17; Ps. 91:7; Ps. 27; Ps. 120). I release the fire of God as the enemy is cut off by the Living God, I Kings 18:38. Thank You for divine intervention for my loved ones and me.

 I further rebuke, bind, block and destroy all evil assignments sent by any master spirits including, Sabotage, Azazel, Fear, Jabin, Jezebel, Ahab, Baal, Leviathan (lies, slander, gossip) Pisgah (tries to block your breakthrough), Python, Infirmity, Strife, Agitation, Rebellion, Affliction, Seducing Spirits and all other types of evil that have targeted this household and other children of God.

I thank You that my heart is pure before You. I also release prayer, praise, forgiveness, repentance, joy, intercession, giving, fasting and action on my part as I call forth the Spirit of Truth, Light, discernment of spirits, and the wisdom of God to know what to do and when to do it in Jesus’ name, Eph. 6:12; Judges 4:3; Neh. 6:1.

Father God, I also thank You for radical favor, signs and wonders, miracles and restoration in this season of transfer of wealth, unusual opportunities, healings and creative miracles.
 I thank You that the angelic force of strong angels, angels of joy, healing angels, warring angels, ministering angels, restoration angels, the harvest glory angels, revelation angels, business angels, prosperity angels, turn around angels, birthing angels, property angels and others are released to assist on my behalf.

I thank You for wisdom, order, mysteries uncovered (Your plans and purpose revealed, Dt. 29:29), fresh revelation, fresh anointing and a fresh spirit of boldness in my life. I have the victory in every battle according to Your Word because of Your Spirit, Your grace, Your power, Your strategies, Your might, Your faith, Your timing, Your favor and Your Glory in Jesus’ mighty name.

Therefore, I am making a demand on and instructing my seed as well as decreeing that “The Blessing”that belongs to me come forth now, you have no choice but to come to me now. I am blessed with health, wisdom, wealth, joy, favor, good relationships in my life and family, and preserved in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Prayer & Mercy for your Enemies!

God tells us to specifically pray for our enemies, we all have enemies, knowingly and unknowingly. How you handle them, shows your spiritual growth. When you pray for your enemies it draws God in by Faith.

I just want the adversary to know, I love my enemies.

In the beginning, trying to pray for my enemies was awful, I did not want to pray for them, they had hurt me badly, trying to destroy me, with words, actions, attacks and it took alot of work in me, through the love of Christ, before I was able to pray my first prayer for an enemy. Then through the guidance and love of the Holy Spirit, God showed me how to look past the actions of my enemies, and to look at their heart, seeing they are really just in pain, bruised from life , needing the Love of Jesus!

Jesus worked a miracle in my life by getting me to pray for my enemies, teaching me how to love them.

In my own personal situation, distancing myself from those who hurt me and going silent, gave me quiet time that was needed for God time, reflection and healing. Sometimes, you have to remove yourself from the person, in order to heal yourself, then you can begin to pray for that individual. God does something remarkable, he brings peace, love, forgiveness and restoration to both parties. God is always on time. So today, stop and pray for those who come against you, as if they were your most cherished love one, and watch a miracle unfold. Love you all!


Dear Lord

My enemies are hurt people, who are broken, who heart people , who are just as overwelmed by life events , just like me.

Hurt people hurt people.

It is written “It is a good thing to give thinks unto the Lord , and to sing praises unto thy name, Oh most high:

Lord today I pray MERCY for us all, that you  “to show forth your loving kindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night.”

Let our prayers become “upon an  instruments of ten strings, and upon psaltery, upon the harp with a solemn sound.” Our prayers would be beautiful music to your ears!

“For thou Lord, hast made me glad through thy works; I will triumph in the works of thy hands.” You are the master potter and we rejoice.

“Oh Lord, how great are thy works!and thy thoughts are very deep.” I can only imagine your thoughts are as deep as the ocean and as far as the constellations of the heavens. Even the stars were an afterthought of extreme beauty.

I pray all enemies would come to know you as their Lord and Savior, that they would repent and seek a relationship with you, and experience the miracle of Grace.

May our enemies be blessed coming in and going out, may all their needs be meet  on this day, may they have food , shelter, clothing and a place to lay their head and be safe.

May our enemies be in excellent health , strong, hard-workers, may all their families prosper and know God.

May all plans, schemes, strategics of the enemy , generational curses, evil curses, lies of the enemy be broken, cancelled, voided and rebuked through the wonder working power of the blood of Jesus.

Lord I  understand, people aren’t our enemy! Our enemy is Satan and the attack is spiritual in source and nature. That people are used as pawns in his attacks against each of us. These children of God who are saved and unsaved need prayer and protection. The enemy is Satan not people.

The cause is a spiritual agenda that wants to stop you from doing the things you are doing that is infringing on the kingdom of darkness.

Equip us Oh Lord through Prayer, Fasting and reading of the word of God. Let go and let God battle for us and raise a standard when the real enemy comes in like a flood.

Lord may we draw on your strength, when the battle gets hard, may the Holy Spirit lift and carry us, lest we dash our foot on a stone and when Satan comes like a roaring lion to devour, may we open our mouths and let the ROAR of God and his words be heard, unleashed, as our redeemer draws near! For God is for us, and will never forsake us! May God be our Strength always! For God is Victorious! The battle belongs to the Lord!


Luke 6:27-36 New International Version (NIV)

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


Polish Sausage & Fried Cabbage



Made this today, wanting something different!

Polish Sausage & Cabbage

You will saute on medium – 1 bell pepper (diced), 1 onion (diced), then add 1 pkg kielbasa sausage (sliced), stir and cook until meat is browned both sides.

You will add –in 2 tbls of butter,1 apple (Grate),chopped cabbage, 1 1/2 cup sauerkraut, , cook till soft. Add 12 small red potatoes potatoes(washed & cut in half), cook on med for 30 minutes, cover, keep stirring and mixing well as you go. Cover in between stirring. Add garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano.

So very good! My Belly Yum Yum Recipe!

The Mystery Blogger Award 2019 | 2nd Nomination

recently nominated me on his 3rd Mystery Blogger Award.  I have enjoyed Stu’s Blogs for some time, and recently my heart was very touched by something he wrote on Cry Like a Man ,  Stu, this post touched my heart and deals on so many levels those tough things people are going through, your ending was Great & Inspiring! These words you wrote are what broke open my tears “You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone. You are designed to feel deeply. It’s how you were made—you are human.” I have been in a fiery trial, ridiculed for my compassion & empathy, called emotional and crazy, I was doubting myself. I felt broke, shattered yet your words were healing. I was designed by a master creator, to feel deeply, to understand and show empathy & compassion. To help and encourage. I’m human…….yes I indeed am very human! Thank thank you for writing and encouraging us all with this post! All of us need to remember we are all Human and it is ok to cry and show emotion!Thank you STU 😊 Blessings to you and your ministry!

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma

Here are the guidelines:

Put the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Answer the 5 questions you were asked

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question

Share a link to your best post(s)

Here are Stu’s five questions:

1. If you have children, what is you favorite activity to do with them? Go to OLD libraries.


2. What is you favorite activity to do if single? Go to thrift and antique stores.

3. Do you still enjoy playing in the rain? ABSOLUTELY


4. What would you friends say is your best characteristic?  I’m not sure , maybe ask my bff  Renee

5. Funny/odd question time…

Have you ever gone to a public restroom, walk in and turn right around and that urgent need to go has left?



Here are 3 things about Deb…

I love Color Therapy Apps , helps with Anxiety!


🤔🤔🤔Oh yeah…

I love Autumn – my favorite Season!


I love reading:

woman lying on area rug reading books
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Here are my fellow bloggers I am giving this award to:




Here are my questions for my nominee’s:

1. What Inspires you to write?

2. When do you write your best?

3. Have you figured out your life calling, what you are meant to do? If yes, how did you figure it out?

4. What is your most favorite thing about Autumn?

5. Have you ever had a situation where you find yourself helpless and God provided!

Here is the link my favorite posts: I like or love most posts!

Granny’s Homemade Soup!

My nose is inclined to pick up the intricate changes in the the seasons from summer to fall. Something in the air changes and my eyes are visually drawn to the leaves hanging on our trees, most are still green, yet at the ending of this summer, on Labor day, the colors have started to turn early, as I am seeing hints of yellow, red and orange! Our little wild animals in the yard are scurrying around in frantic paces, as if they feel winter is coming early this year. I am anticipating a long winter myself.

I help our animal friends out by putting out on the porch bowels of wildlife food for birds and squirrels to store up for winter.

Before the Big Winter Wind blows I get to enjoy the most memorable time of year;   Autumn- September 23, 2019 – December 21, 2019, where nights get longer and days get shorter. The time change is fast approaching when at five pm it will be dark outside. Its time for hoodies , boots and sweaters, cute hats and mittens, fire pits , roasted smores and yummy decadent coffees and hot chocolates. Aren’t you just ready for fall?

I am thankful for the approaching cool crisp breezes, the wind in my hair and for all my allergies to be gone! Hurricane Dorian kicked up a reboot for me and currently my sinus and swollen eyes are in disarray.

My mothers front porch has always been a place of peace and reflection for me, during this past summer hot days , I avoided it at all cost because our southern mosquitoes, have been relentless and have not faded away yet. I read that you can keep them away with candles and plants, yet they still bite me, unmercifully, as a child and as an adult, according to one page this could be due to my blood type, guess I am just sweeter than everyone else! LOL.

Fall is a season of comforting to me, I get to experiment and create new soups and stews for the cold days ahead. I pray over everything when I am cooking, asking for healing and blessings by all who consume what I prepare. Cooking for me is a very deep act of LOVE! When I bring the food to the table, I sing…..This is because I Love You ! Soup is one of my favorite meals to cook, and honestly I just don’t think you can mess up a good pot of soup. I always use the same ingredients in my favorite soups, yet they never taste the same, reason why is when it comes to spices, I go by instinct, I shake a little more of this than last time, and I don’t ever measure out spices.

Tonight I am making simple vegetable soup : 1 pd hamburger, 1 sweet onion, 1 can veggie all, 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 can hunts tomato sauce.


Spices I like to add: Oregano, Basil, Italian, Dill, Garlic, Poultry, Salt, Pepper, Parsley, a sprinkle of sugar, a dash of vinegar

First slice and fry the onion,


Second crumble in raw hamburger, cooking until meat is brown and tender, not red.


Then add all three can of sauce and veggies.


Stir together all ingredients. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer 30 minutes.

Boil elbow or twisted noodles about 2 cups, drain and then add to 2 cups to soup base. Wait about 15 minutes and enjoy. Yummy! Serve with salad, or rolls, or both!


Here is a link to my other recipes previously posted, give them a try!:

“2 Corinthians 4:15. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV)”


Creamy Tomato Tortellini Basil Soup






Having A Rough Day?

Are things not going the way you planned today? Are you in midst of various trials?

All of us are going through unexpected events or things like relationship issues, separation, divorce, job loss, health issues, death of love one, custody issues, abuse, addictions, homelessness, attacks on our beliefs, morals, values and ethics, our very integrity.  These various assaults can leave you feeling hopeless. I personally have gone through many of these trials. I just want you to know there is HOPE!

Don’t focus on the problem, put your focus on Jesus! Below is a mild situation I went through recently, that had me stressing. Now if this had happened to me in my twenties, I’d be ranting, cussing, mad at the inconvenience. Despite what I know, I let it get to me. Yet God knew my need before I ever did, an dthis problem was more than just about the tires, there were things going on in the spiritual realm than I even perceived.

A few weeks ago, I ended up having 3 flat tires all in one week . I put air in tires, went got the tires plugged. Something this simple could have been a real problem, but a few days before a friend had blessed me with a gift of unexpected money due to the fact she knows I’m currently jobless and caring for my mother. All my friend said was that it was put on her heart to help me. My attitude about the tires were “Thank you Lord, for showing me the tires were flat, before driving my vehicle, thank you Lord my tires didn’t blow out while driving.”

Unknowingly, I would soon be traveling several stats away on a long  trip to rescue a husband and wife with four children from a bad situation, to take them to safety. Remember, I have no money, I’m broke as a two dollar bill. I received another gift of money,  which purchased 3 new tires, for the trip, and enough money to cover expenses on this trip. God already knew about this family, and God knows I’m willing.  God provided the means and the way. The family is doing great! God took what seemed a minor attack against me and turned it into a powerful testimony of his goodness, for his glory, turning my bad situation into good. The story doesn’t end here. Another person was very grateful for me helping this family and when I dropped them off, I was handed money,placed in my palm, with a grateful amount of thanks,  the exact amount of all my expenses I had incurred to get this family to their new location. Remember if you are willing, God can and will use you!

Maturity and wisdom have taught me that I can declare this change in plans will be a good thing, for my good and not evil, I am the head and not the tail. I am a child of God.  My Daddy is in control of all the cattle on the hills and all the banks on earth and if God says it is so , it will be! I believe! God is in control. Remember, prior to flat tires, I got a gift of money, because God already knew my need before me. God also knew the need of this family that was in the near future,  What the enemy meant for bad, God used for all our  Good!

Simply put you can’t fall apart every time things don’t go as planned. Rejoice you are part of a far bigger picture than you can even imagine. Rejoice, God is working it out, be willing!

Psalms 3:3 –But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

Heavenly Father, My plans are not working out, you are in control, and I have faith you are working things out for my good. I ask you to help me stay positive with a Good Outlook and Perspective on things turning around for good. Lord will you lift my Heart, Head, Hands, Attitudes, Moods and most importantly my Hope, which is anchored in you, Jesus. You Lord ,alone, are the lifter of my soul. Thank you for helping me to rise. Amen in Jesus name.

Lifter of my Head! This Song blessed me nightly!

Watch “Riley Clemmons – Fighting For Me (Piano Version)” on YouTube

Watch “Lauren Daigle – Rescue (Official Lyric Video)” on YouTube

My Fight With Shrubs!

I’m standing here in the front yard feeling blessed. Why?

Well, it’s hot in the south, I borrowed my neighbors electric hedge trimmer with good intentions of trimming my mother’s hedges and bushes. I’ve been at it two hours, it’s hard work.

I’m dressed head to toe like Farmer Brown, long checkered shirt, yoga pants, t shirt and hat. That hedger can really cut limbs, debris evidence is all over sidewalk. I was ok until I realized, I can’t lift the hedger up high, above past my shoulders, as my muscles went weak, then my arms gave out, I just can’t do it. The reason is due to my double mastectomy five years ago.

I’m sure someone will find fault with my efforts. Folks around here tend to see negative.

Yet, I stand here today, and I rejoice in my healing, scars and tears that God healed me. I am most grateful for this day the Lord has given me!

Don’t ever take things for granted, God takes care of the Giants, so we can handle the little stuff.

PS- I must confess when I saw the giant brown recluse spider, my intentions to try again went way South😜🤪🙄😬😱💯

Blessings 🙏💞❣️💞

Friday Thoughts!

Hello Readers and Bloggers!

I was thinking about the bible, how much the word of God means to me personally, while my memories led me back in time to my first time seeing a bible, opening it and looking inside.

My parents didn’t discuss faith much, nor did we attend church together often as a family. Yet there was always this “Big White Book” in our house which  I was fascinated with before I could read.

I was pulled to this book, opening it running my fingers over the pages, knowing there was a treasure , just not sure how to get it.

The “Beautiful Pictures” drew me as well, that were inside the bible. Oh, how I remember studying those pictures.

Now , that I am older, I see how God planted the seed for me to know his word.

I write this to encourage all that are in this world, to say , well its the best book I ever read! It changed my life!

Reading can be a little scary, not written like most books, yet if you pray before you open it, God will reveal his truth , to you in a way you can understand.

The more I read, the more that I feel was revealed. Then I did bible studies and devotions!

Here is a link to the bible study / devotion app I use, I love it.

The Bible App

If you don’t have a bible, call a few churches and ask if they have donations of a bible. Great versions are King James, NIV, AMP, MSG.

Then there are parallel bibles 4 in 1, which helps me a lot, to gain understanding.

Just open a bible, and begin an adventure you will never forget, this book is life, it has breath, rivers of living water flow from its pages, a story that captivates you, pulls you in to lead you to TRUTH!

Blessings on your journey!




Saturday Thoughts!

“Your in my thoughts and prayers!

This is a very comforting phrase given to others in times of hardship and loss. People hear this saying when going through difficult times, on cards or verbally, it’s a good thing to hear, yet it just kind of leaves the person hearing it hanging….

Where is the action of LOVE, COMPASSION, EMPATHY?

We as Christian’s tend to overuse this phrase, when possibly we are gasping to say the right thing to another who is suffering or going through a crisis or financial hardships.Finding words to comfort another is a difficult task, as in certain times words just don’t cut it, a human needs more…………….

It is overwhelming for someone suffering to rationalize asking for help when faced with an overwhelming crisis.

Those words just float over someone suffering, even when well intended.

My thoughts are ….

It’s “Great” to be in someone thoughts, knowing the person is thinking of you and all you are enduring,  while trying to overcome a crisis, knowing someone cares enough to get on their knees and earnestly praying for you.

The church knows the power of prayer. The lost don’t know the power of prayer. Unity comes through action from LOVE. Love is a universal lanuage a verb intended to show action to believers and non believers.

The church must reach deeper, as the word “LOVE” is a verb, a word of action. How do we apply “LOVE?”  Saying it to another shows me they care about others. Yet let me add a little salt, if someone is in your thoughts, maybe adding a little action to those thoughts by putting actions to your thoughts, reaching out and showing a valued person who is in your thoughts, what needs can you help them address. Maybe you could cook  a meal and deliver dinner, help with yard work, provide gas card, pay their light bill, every little action helps those in overwhelmed situations. It could be as simple as a hug, visit, or just listening.

Recently there was a story on local news stating a gentleman had gotten behind on paying his HOA dues for his subdivision. Per HOA department he was subsequently evicted from his home by HOA bylaws. Someone said “He is in our thoughts and prayers,” a few days later I saw an update on the story, someone started a go fund me page, raising all the money needed, to get this man back in his home. The second person had this man in his thoughts, he prayed, then took action. Crisis over!

A woman going through hardships, found it hard to discuss her financial situation fearing judgement from friends and family, it’s not easy to admit to hard times. A person at church observed this woman was struggling and wanted to help. The woman was in their thoughts, causing them to pray, then the person got with others, kept the woman anonymous, asking for donations to help out. That Sunday she slipped prepaid credit cards, for cell, food, cloths and gas in the woman’s bible with a big red bow, so it would be discovered. The woman was in shock and blessed. She wasn’t even sure how someone knew as she never spoke her situation. Yet someone observed, prayed then acted. Crisis Over!

A woman just had a mastectomy,  feeling alone, scared and betrayed. Overwhelmed in a fog, not processing events, her husband had walked out, leaving her prior to her diagnoses, she lost her job, then the state took away without warning the little unemployment she received, her home was foreclosed, there was little to eat, getting to appointments were nearly impossible the woman felt defeated. She had gotten cards, that read ” you are in our thoughts and prayers” no one came to visit, she was hungry, she gave all her processions, belongings and furniture to a local church to help recent victims of a tornado, she had no money to pay for storage, it felt good to help others in their need. When she prayed,  she wondered where her help would come from, where were her friends, family? She never asked why…………….. God saw her, covered her and provided for all her needs. In the midst of her own crisis, overwhelmed, she saw the needs of others and gave all she had to give, putting action in LOVE.

I will close here, hoping that in the future, you are able to keep others going through hard situation, that they are kept in our thoughts, praying for them always , stepping forward , taking action to help in any way possible!





This recent Easter Holiday  I found myself alone on a day usually filled with family at my parents, eating an Easter meal fit for a King. However, I was alone. Family was spread out like peanut butter, and there was no big gathering planned. I could have sat around and had a pity party,  coming from a large family, instead I choose to do a few acts of kindness, and being I love to cook, I figured, I’d try my hand for the first time making a quiche. The recipie called for a lot of ingredients, and I came to the realization, quiche is just a leftover pie. I used leftover veggies, ham, cheeses , 6 eggs, dash milk, butter, wine and spices. I cooked it for 45 mintues, till it was firm on top! My garbage pie was divine tasting…cough, cough, the quiche was good!! 😁


Chocolate Festival

My weekend adventure began with a three hour drive heading to the small coastal town of Morehead City, NC, otherwise known as the “Crystal Coast” for the 12th Annual Chocolate Festival! Seriously folks, I had chocolate bars dancing in my head, dreaming of nothing but chocolate cupcakes, cookies, cotton candy, chocolate dipped bacon, cheesecake , chocolate salted caramel and anticipating all the vendors creations!

Crowds were great on Saturday with a line out the door. The happy volunteer holding the door open; jokingly stated ” Hurry up inside , only 12 milk chocolate bars left.” His excitement and exuberance for the cause, was contagious!

One of my favorites treats are the heart shaped chocolate strawberries nestled closely together on a cake server, each one dipped into creamy luscious milk chocolate just waiting to be devoured, there is just no taste more divine, than sweet red berries covered in any kind of chocolate, dark, milk or white.


My 2nd favorite this year was none other than baked, thick-cut bacon, dipped in chocolate then drizzled with sea salt and caramel.  The taste was so delectable, it would make a puppy pull a freight train.

chocolate bacon

My new favorite  is Chocolate Peanuts, I bought a small jar and sadly they did not last to make the trip back home. We ate them all!


In concluding what I  love most about the Carolina Chocolate Festival is actually not the food, it is the “Cause” this wonderful heart endeavor was started by the late John Greene celebrating chocolate and local charities, with all proceeds going to these wonderful causes to help support those in need. The last I checked, over $400,000 has been raised.  If you were unable to attend the festival, you can still make charitable donations to the following charities of your choice!

  • Bridge Street Ministries
  • Carteret Domestic Violence
  • Second Blessing Community Outreach

Here is a link to highlight the charities, Donations are welcome! Please check out all the vendors, don’t hesitate to  contact them for your own orders! Valentines is right around the corner! Blessings




Grow A Garden!

Over hundred years ago my maternal grandmother was born during the depression with multiple brothers and sisters. Remarkably, they all survived the pandemic flu of 1918,  humbly living off her parents farm. They were poor, yet didn’t go hungry, as the years progressed, they carried on the tradition in thier own families living off their land land.

My descendants grew nearly everything they ate. My grandmother grew and sustained a garden where ever her life took her in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She always had chickens and one mean rooster. I remember grandma  cooking bone broth, liver& onions, vegetable soup bases, canning everything that came out of her garden like tomatoes, corn, okra, squash, zucchini, collards, cabbage, red onions, kale, rutabaga, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, scallions, strawberries, blueberries, green beans, butter beans, broccoli and lettuce; the list goes onward thinking of her vast garden in Hugo North Carolina. Grandma cooked in a cast iron skillet, a pressure cooker and saucepans. The thing is, even as a child, I remember all that food grown on a small piece of land. There was an abundance of produce, a family of six couldn’t consume it all, my  grandma sent the abundance down the road to less fortunate families. Neighbors always helped neighbors.

Sadly, America had a problem with starvation and it took WWII, when the federal government mandated everyone must grow a victory garden to help even out rations, that things changed. People were educated on how to grow gardens. Oh how I wish that had stayed with us, the knowledge being passed down generation to generation. Sadly a few generations got skipped. Eventually my generation was skipped.

Everyday American families are going hungry, because they lack knowledge on how to grow and sustain their own food source.Where are the teachers?

Do you grow a garden each year? This year ask your neighbor, if you can teach them how to plant a garden and sustain it. One act of kindness could feed a family for a lifetime!!! Ask them to pass on the kindness to a new neighbor the following year, donate surplus to food pantries. It’s America, our children and neighbors shouldn’t be going to bed hungry! Just a thought! GROW A GARDEN !

Here are some sights to get you more knowledgeable! Enjoy!


Click to access Grow%20Your%20Own%20Victory%20Garden.pdf




Autumn – My Favorite Season Has Arrived!

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the changing of the leaves, pumpkins, cool crisp air, hot chocolate, coffee, stews and cooking marshmallows over bonfires!


It is the season my creativity flourishes the most, being inspired by the shifting of seasons, changing of leaves and the arrival of cold weather.


Cold weather makes my passion for cooking come alive and I will make homemade soups, stews and cold weather favorites, freezing until the perfect time to thaw and enjoy.


I love long walks in wooded areas, pumpkin patches and trunk or treats at church.


Mostly though, it is a season that reminds me all the way through Thanksgiving, to be thankful for God, Family, Friends and my church family. Enjoy this Season!!Be Thankful!


May God allow us to flourish, prosper and walk in excellent health, allowing our lights to shine, so that lost souls may be drawn unto the truth, freedom and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!


Southern Carolina Fried Noodles

Southern Carolina Fried Noodles  is a favorite family recipe and we eat it for any meal of the day. We make mild and spicy batches, which the sausage blends determine.


1 package of your favorite pork sausage – My brand is Jimmy Dean Original, if you want spicy sausage, buy Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage “HOT”.

2 boxes extra large elbow macaroni

3 stalks of celery – Diced small

2 onions -Diced small

3 Green Bell Peppers – Diced small

Garlic Paste

Soy Sauce

1 tablespoon -Worcestershire sauce


Boil Noodles , then drain.

Dice up all veggies, squirt desired garlic paste into frying pan, add veggies, cook until tender, add Jimmy Dean Sausage, break it up to cook evenly, once sausage is cooked brown, add in boiled noodles.

Douse with Soy Sauce and and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. The trick is to not turn until you see edges getting crispy, then flip over, don’t get upset if you turn to early, most first timers do, Cook till other side is brown.

Serve 6-8, probably will have left overs. And Yes, it is like spaghetti, even more better 2nd time around when you eat leftovers.




My All Time Favorite Comfort Food!

Spaghetti is one of my all time favorite meals and is an easy recipe if you are good at dumping ingredients , below is a collage of what you will need minus spices. This will make enough to feed 8 people. I cook for large groups. LOL


Homemade Spagetti

  1.  Cook noodles 30 minutes before serve time . Usually 15 minutes to boil water and 15 minutes to cook. Fill the pot with cold water, for the noodles, you can use whatever  noodles you like , doesn’t matter, spaghetti, fettuccine or angel hair. Your choice. The average pasta pot size is between 6 and 8 quarts, and it should be filled about 3/4 of the way or about 4-5 quarts with water for 1 pound of pasta. When water comes to a boil add noodles cook according to directions on box. When cooked dump noodles into strainer and set aside. (Sauce is usually done within an hour to two hours.
  2. Take cast iron pot  and add half stick butter. Turn to 6 on your stove. Throw all frozen veggies into a strainer and rinse off , shake off water good. Add veggies into pot , cook until tender/soft.
  3. Add in Sweet Italian Basil sausage along with ground beef. Cook until brown. Drain grease.
  4. Dump all the cans above, into the pot with the veggies and meat.
  5. Add spices –  I like to use (1) teaspoon of  salt, pepper, oregano, Italian, basil, garlic, parsley.
  6. Stir everything together well. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer, and cook 1 to 2 hours allowing everything to blend and flavor the sauce.
  7. Serve over cooked noodles, with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Grandma Annie Hoell Smith’s Cucumber Salad

My Grandmother was a lady who grew up in hard times. Granny knew how to be frugal and always had a garden. It was such a thrill as children to run through her cornfields, gather eggs, and pick our food from the garden. My Grandmother Annie and her daughter, my mom, gave me a lifelong passion for things that grow. It helps when you go through hard times to tend to others, pets, or plants. Doing so gives you purpose. Cucumber salad is an easy salad that can be used alone or as a side dish. Make plenty of cucumber salad to store for the next week in Tupperware bowel, just double recipe.


  • 2 large cucumbers peeled and halved then sliced thin
  • 3 large juicy ripe tomatoes halved and chopped or sliced half cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large Vidalia or Red onion, halved and sliced thin or chopped

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar – apple cider, with mother (Braggs) Vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, or to taste
  • ½ tablespoon mixed fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, dill)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into thin slices and put into a serving bowl. Cut tomatoes into bite sized chunks and add to the cucumbers. Cut the onion slices in half, then slice thin or chop and add to the bowl. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, herbs, salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve as is or with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese. Next day use leftovers to spoon over torn lettuce, add chopped egg, enjoy a lunch salad.

Annie Wilson Hoell - Copy My Beloved Grandmother Annie!