From My 50th Class Reunion BHS

From My 50th Class Reunion BHS
Tom and Me on our 49th Anniversary

Saturday, September 17, 2016




1 cup Pumpkin puree
2 Eggs
2 cup Quick oats
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cloves, ground
1 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cup Semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 cup Butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.

Mix flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; stir into creamed butter until combined.

 Fold chocolate chips into batter. 

Drop 1 tablespoon batter for each cookie onto a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of each cookie are lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes.

Friday, September 16, 2016



2 pounds ground turkey
2 pounds boneless chicken breast (cooked and cubed)
2 - 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste (rinse can with water 3 times)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 large onion, chopped
2 cans chili beans
2 packages Durkee Red Hot chili mix (or regular, your choice)
Garlic salt (to taste)
Chili powder - 2 tablespoons or more to taste
Hot sauce (to taste)

In a large pot, brown the chicken breasts and remove to cool and cut into bite sized cubes. 

 Brown the ground turkey and then drain..

 add the chicken cubes to this and continue to cook til the chicken is totally done. 

Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, paste, chili diced tomatoes, chili beans, chili mix, chili powder, garlic salt, and hot sauce and mix well.

Add a couple of cans of water to it, stir, and heat on medium high heat with the lid off for about an hour.. Stirring occasionally. Turn heat down to medium low and cover and cook for another 1 to 2 hours.. Stir during this time.. Take lid off and let cook for another hour.. stirring.. and the chili will thicken..

Serve with chopped onions and shredded cheddar on top.. and you're in store for another wonderful taste treat.. (  A real Sawhook favorite)

Monday, September 12, 2016



7 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish 

  1# Any pasta (I used penne pasta)

  2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  1 small onion, finely chopped
  3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (or 5 chicken breasts)
  2 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  1 cup hot sauce (preferably Frank's)
  2 teaspoons dry mustard
  2 1/2 cups half-and-half or a little more as needed
  8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  2/3 cup sour cream
  1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)
  1/2 cup cheddar
  1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about seven minutes. Drain.
   Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about five minutes. Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook two minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute.
    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining 1/4 cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about two minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

   Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish,

 then top with the chicken mixture 

and the remaining macaroni. 

Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top.

  Put the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko,  cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni

 and bake until bubbly, thirty to forty minutes. Let rest ten minutes before serving.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Jesus says, "Please don't forget Me." I'm with you all the time and some days you don't even recognize the fact that I've got your back! When you go through tough times, I hear from you. 

When you're scared and I lonely, I know it! Hey, but in the good times... in the happy times, in the just plain old nice and easy days.

 Don't forget to say THANK YOU. I didn't forget you that day on Calvary. Really, I didn't. You were on my mind and my heart all the way.

 So, Please don't forget Me. Love me with all of your heart, your soul and your mind. I will never never leave you and I will never no never forsake you.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

In The Name Of The Lord

So what are you doing to prepare for this Holy 

Week? Or does it even matter it all. It 

matters to me. This week is what our 

faith is based on. 

Our Savior who came 

from heaven with a divine plan... knew 

what He was up against this week, yet 

He didn't run.. He didn't leave. He stayed.

 He waited. 

Today marks the day that He 

came into Jerusalem on a donkey ( the 

way that tradition says that kings would 

ride into a city). People waited for hours.

 Laid their clothing in the streets with 

palm branches to make way for the king

. They were looking for a king, a leader,a 

Messiah to deliver them. Would this be 

the man? Behold the man, the Lord 


Think about it this week. Ponder and

 meditate on what He did for YOU. What

 He did for all mankind. The choice is left

with us. Whom will you choose? Blessed 

is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

 Hosanna to God in the highest!!!!!! 

Happy Palm Sunday.

From a song by Sandi Patti "In The Name Of The Lord."

Crowds have lined the narrow street
To see this man from Galilee
Just a carpenter some say, leading fools astray
Yet many kneel to give Him praise

And in His eyes, they glimpse the power
That sees the heart of all men
And He knows His Father's mind
He speaks His Father's words
For He comes in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

Monday, September 21, 2015

Don't Give Up----Your Prayers Are Being Heard

Did you ever do this... ??? You pray and pray and pray and ask for mercy and grace. You pray for changed hearts. Anything ----any sign at all. And then it happens a little glimmer.. a little ray of hope, 

Just like Elijah when he prayed for rain in the midst of a 3 1/2 year drought.. and I Kings 18 reads "So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” 

So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain."

 Well, maybe there's a little cloud as small as a man's hand, but it's something, ya know?? Then the darkness, then the black clouds and wind.. and then the rain!! 

What you prayed for with all your heart, starts to barely break through.  Are you shocked and surprised and say.. oh it's just a little cloud almost in disbelief?? Or is this the beginning of God's answer little by little. 

It assures me to NOT give up To keep Asking, Seeking, and Knocking.  Matthew 7:7,8  reads, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

God's not done.. He doesn't quit.  He doesn't give up. Thank God!!      I need to keep praying and get in my War Room and pound the heavens even more.  Don't give up loved one. Watch the heavens for that little cloud.!!  And put on your whole armour.  It's a spirtual battle we're fighting.  

Saturday, September 12, 2015


            The day was beautiful.. a lovely early September day... then while watching Fox Morning News, it began for me.  What?   Oh no....they said a plane crashed into one of the World Trade Center buildings!   Was it pilot error?  Was it just a fluke?   Was it a small plane?    No.. it was a passenger jet!  Oh no!!  The poor people... how many would die and how many would be injured..     Then right before our eyes.... another plane.........the other World Trade Center building!  This was no pilot error! 

This was a terrorist attack against the United States.. How?  Why?  

    And then, there we were glued to the television in amazement and wonder... watching people running for their lives.. then again. The news breaks out with another plane crashing into the Pentagon....
then another one in the hills of Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh (possibly headed for the White House). 
 Oh dear God in heaven... what's happening?  Will more come?  Will more people die?

    We call our loved ones in those areas...   Myself...... I called my 5th child, Jonathan, who lives in Washington, DC.   I called my sister, Patty, who lives in Virginia outside Washington near Dulles Airport.  Is everyone all right? 

     My dear friends, I know we all have stories to tell of that fateful day... where we were.... what we were doing... who we knew that lived near the areas... and then there were those who received phone calls to say their last 'good byes' from the airplanes or business offices in the towers...Phone calls or visits from the police or fire departments telling them that their  loved ones bodies had been recovered and yes...they had died.   For days and weeks and yes even months later, families still waited word.  In fact, just this past week or so, a couple of men were located in a local hospital with amnesia who were victims of 9/11.  Their families were rejoicing... but the victims didn't remember who they were.

     There's coming a day, dear ones, when we will all face this time in our lives.  It may not be a terrorist attack or
explosion of such magnitude.. but someone dear to us will depart this earth for their final destination.

    You, too, will feel the pain and hurt and despair that they feel at the loss of this loved one.   Some of us have lost parents or children or sisters and brothers and other family members or friends.  It's so hard, isn't it?  But an old hymn says it well.. "What a day that will be.. when my Jesus I shall see.. when  I look upon His face... the One who saved me by His grace.. When He takes me by the hand.. and leads me to the Promised Land.. what a day.. wonderful day that will be."  

The Bible says that our life is but a vapor...disappears in a moment... time will be no more.. and eternity awaits us.   Are you ready?Are your loved ones and friends ready?   Have you talked to that neighbor near to you who doesn't know this Saviour.  None of us is promised tomorrow... Proverbs 27:1 "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth..."  

     So.. take this 911 Memorial time as an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with those who know not our precious Saviour..Don't let them go into eternity without Him .. knowing that you didn't share His love.. It only takes a minute.. and it lasts forever and forever!!!!