Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fifi's White Pizza

We have a favorite at our house. As of late it has become a Friday night tradition. It is one of my most requested recipes.  The recipe varies from time to time but for the most part the basics are the same.
  • Chicken, 2-3 breasts (I use chicken, free of antibiotics and hormones. On occasion, if I am in a hurry, I will use a rotisserie chicken. 
  • Alfredo Sauce. (Any brand will do  but I use Paul Newman or Bertolli)
  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1/2 Medium Red Onion
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning or substitute seasoning of your choice
  • Parsley, fresh or dried
  • Variations/Additions: Mushrooms, Peppers, Broccoli, etc.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Boil chicken until done and shred.
Spray pizza pan or cookie sheet with Pam and spread out pizza dough.
Use a pastry brush and spread a small amount of Olive Oil on pizza dough and place in preheated oven until it begins to brown. Then remove from oven. (About 5-7 mins.)
Spoon Alfredo sauce on top of pizza crust. I use approximately 3/4 a jar.
Spread chicken on top of sauce.
Spread onions on top of chicken.
Sprinkle seasoning on top of onions
Spread cheese on top and bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

Serve with a nice crisp salad and a glass of southern sweet tea.

Until we meet again, Fifi

Deuteronomy 31:8  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let Me Be Singing

Hello sweet friends.

One of my favorite songs is "Ten Thousand Reasons" by Matt Redman and my favorite phrase in the entire song is “Whatever may pass or whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes.”  When we wake up in the morning we have no idea what we may be asked to face in the day ahead of us.  We do know that we can face whatever lies before us because of our faith in Jesus. 

This past week our family had one of those moments. I didn’t know when I wrote last week’s post that I was writing that post for us.  I usually write to encourage you. Last Thursday night was an exception.  When we woke up Friday morning, we had no idea what we would be asked to face by Friday afternoon and on into Sunday. My precious father in law, Pa Bennie, as he is affectionately called, has been having a health problem for several months, seemingly without any solution. A couple of weeks ago the doctors finally decided to start running tests to determine the reason behind the symptoms. On Friday the results of those tests came back with a diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. Surgery was scheduled for Monday and we all jumped on the emotional roller coaster ride of our lives.  You get a plan. Reschedule this. Drop this. Cancel that. Life stops all around you and your main focus is on this one thing.  Stopping “it” in its tracks.  You become consumed with it. You feel pummeled by it. Your every waking moment is used up. Processing and praying. You just don’t want it to be true.  Then a call comes on Sunday afternoon from the doctor. The preliminary pathology report is in. It isn’t quite as first reported and can be treated without surgery but with treatments instead. Praise the Lord for answered prayer!   And now we wait for the final pathology report and the next step.

Trials in life happen. They happen to all of us. They can make us stronger in our faith or they can weaken us. We  have His song in our hearts. We can sing!  Lord, let me be singing when the evening comes. Help my faith be this strong!  Help my faith be stronger than my worry!!! I have said this many times over the last few weeks. This is my new motto when things start getting tough. “Help my faith be stronger than my worry.” Is your faith stronger than your worry?

I Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.

With love from  my heart,  Fifi

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Favorite Pins of the Week

I love a plaid shirt. Blame it on my country roots. This one with the pullover sweater is so cute. 
I just bough a new one this weekend and I think I will try this look,

Bedding can make or break a bedroom. This bedding is just gorgeous. James would think there were too many pillows but I love it.

You can always find great quotes on Pinterest. I think this is my favorite one
for this week. I think we can all use this one. Right?

Until we meet again, Fifi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Long, Winding, Curvy Paths

You know those roads or paths that you can’t see around the next curve or bend? The ones that are unfamiliar to you. The ones that you’ve never been on before.  James and I love to go on road trips to the mountains but sometimes those beautiful, curvy mountain roads scare me.  You can’t see what’s on the other side. Will we be meeting another vehicle on the wrong side of the road?  Will there be a cow, wild turkey or deer in the road? Will there be a tractor puttering along at a snail’s pace?  I remember one time we were on one of those mountain roads on the motorcycle and we went around the curve and there was a beautiful clearing. An open field of wildflowers.  It was like a breath of fresh air.  I didn’t realize that I had been holding my breath, until I saw the flowers. What beauty had been waiting around the bend.  This summer we took a hike and picnic in the mountains. After a few minutes of hiking through the woods we came out on the other side and saw these beautiful mountains.  Sometimes we have to cross rugged terrain to get to the smooth beaten path. You can always tell that others have been there before you because the path is well worn. Beaten down.

Life is like that.  A curvy mountain road or path.  Situations are out of our control and we are winding around unfamiliar territory. Bills, cancer, separation, divorce, loss of jobs, etc.  We just have to put our faith and trust in God. We have to trust that right around the corner is something better. It might not be today, but it will get better. He promised that it would. 

AND OBEY HIM! "Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?" Romans 6:16.

Until we meet again,  Fifi

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Eradication Hot Pink

It just had to be done. I couldn't handle it anymore. I'm sure the neighbors are thankful too.  This adorable  little playhouse was built by Pa Bennie for Kristen several years ago.  When she was about 16 years old, she and a friend decided they needed a "real" hangout  place and decided to "upgrade" the playhouse by spray painting the trim hot pink. Yes!  Hot pink spray paint. It was terrible. They didn't tape off the windows or anything else, just started spraying. 

It had to go. We started scraping, washing, puttying, and then the fun part of painting.  

My beautiful niece, Mariah, helped  with the painting

Yes,  it was a very hot day and the task was daunting. There was pink everywhere.
(Thanks Kristen!)

I'm sure the neighbors are happier. I know for sure that we are. Lola seems happier too!
 Next spring I think I will put up hanging baskets or flower boxes.

We also cleaned out the inside.  Sometime back we began to use the playhouse as a storage building.  We piled and piled things on top of stuff until I was afraid to open to door. The inside was in definite need of purging.



It’s always hard to start a project but the rewards are always great! I love the new color and the organized storage is amazing too!  
The best part though, was spending time with my  precious niece.

What kind of projects did you accomplish this summer?

Until we meet again Fifi

Soul thought:  "Prayer is more about enjoying the presence of the King than getting 
something from Him."  Dr. Archie Norman