Oh, what a wonderful morning! Oh, what a wonderful day! (Can you hear the tune in your head? I am having a fantastic Friday and I hope you are too! I got up and first thing made coffee – DUH – followed by making bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast. Usually our breakfast is a smoothie, but I ran out of some of the ingredients yesterday and didn’t stop for more and seriously, I get tired of smoothies. Bacon is such an invigorating aroma first thing in the morning anyway, right? After hubby went to work, I got really busy. I am experimenting with another batch of cinnamon rolls, so I know exactly what I want to do for the morning after Thanksgiving breakfast with my wonderful mother-in-law and her friend, and a new sourdough roll recipe experiment for Thanksgiving dinner rolls. The last few haven’t turned out very well. I also put together a double batch of cookies that actually turned out this time, so that makes me happy. Last sheet comes out of the oven in a few minutes, at which point I’ll check on how the dough is rising for the other two. Before too long it won’t just smell like cinnamon in here – the aroma of baking yeast breads will be too.
Verse of the Day
November 17, 2018
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
From our perspective of grace and having been liberated from law-keeping as a means of justification and righteousness, this is a very fitting prayer. We can look around our world and see the anarchy and brutality when there is no principle of law undergirding the soul of a society. God’s law provided so many wonderful blessings and can still bless us today if we will let it. But the greatest blessing of the O.T. Law is Jesus, in whom all of God’s promises find their fulfillment.
I Am Thankful For . . .
I admit it, I am spoiled. I have had 4-day work weeks for over 20 years, and I can’t imagine having to work the full week. I know I could, but I’m grateful I haven’t had to give up my day off. This is the day I can run errands, clean house, or create yummy treats. It is the day I can plan menus, write about life and celebrations, or watch movies and catch up on shows I have recorded. I am thankful for a day to do these things without having to take away from the weekend time with Hubby.
Have a Party with Your Bear Day – We had Teddy Bear Picnic Day in the summer, and today is the day to take that a step further and have a party with them! It helps if your Teddy Bear is a real party bear of course, so I hope for you that he is! I’m betting that if you have kids there are plenty of bears in the house, and wouldn’t it be a fun surprise for them if you broke out the banners and balloons, sent out invitations to their friends to come with their Teddy Bear friends, and had a surprise Teddy Bear Party? I think so! Makes me wish my kids were little again. . . of course I could do this with the Grandbabies, especially now that Miss B is old enough to know what is going on. We may have to turn our party into a Tea Party though – because, well, it’s fun!
National Button Day – Buttons are fun, right? I mean, who doesn’t love buttons? They are useful, decorative and have been around for a very long time. Of course, there are the buttons that make a statement, or share a feeling. Some of them can have a picture, some can carry a political view, or even have a holiday theme! People collect both sorts of buttons – the wardrobe variety, and the statement variety. So today can be spent collecting – or starting a collection – or even wearing some. I don’t know where this celebration started, but that’s ok – it’s a good one no matter.
Food Celebration of the Day
Homemade Bread Day – Is there anything that smells quite as amazing as the aroma of freshly baked bread? It just epitomizes the hearth and home feeling, giving us a feeling well-being and comfort. Bread has been made for thousands of years, with estimates dating it back to 5,000-10,000 B.C. Our busy lifestyles have pretty much relegated homemade bread to special times and holidays, and we run to bakeries and grocery stores for most of our bread instead. Many people have rediscovered a love of home baked bread with the new bread machines, and many of us just bake bread because it’s better for us to do it ourselves. Today we are encouraged to bake fresh, tasty and nutritious bread. Yum!
National Baklava Day – I love Baklava. I’ve never tried making it, but it is so delicious that it might be worth giving a try! From Taste of Home – try out this recipe! Here are some interesting tidbits of information about the history of Baklava.
- Baklava is the ancestor of strudel.
- It was brought to Hungary by Turkish invaders in the 16th century.
- A dessert cake of Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, created sometime before the 16th century.
- Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds.
- After baking, a syrup of honey, rose water and lemon juice (sometimes spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc) is poured over the pastry and allowed to soak in.
National Fast Food Day – I admit it, I do like some fast food. Not ALL fast food places are appetizing, but there are a few that, once in a while, I enjoy indulging myself with. I don’t often eat fast food these days, unless you count the occasional Subway sandwich as fast food. Fun fact: The first Happy Meal was served in 1979. It contained a hamburger, French fries, cookies, a soda and, of course, a toy. Below are some really fun copycat recipes to try at home – fast food AND knowing what’s in it? Does it get better than that?
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
- Sonic’s Ocean Water Drink
- Steak ‘n Shake Chili
- Taco Bell Enchiritos
- Wendy’s Frosty
- In-N-Out Double Double
- Better-Than-Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich
Ooooh, it’s time to heat up the oven for the cinnamon rolls! YUM! Have a fantastic Friday everyone! I already am and know the rest of the day will be wonderful too. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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