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Yummy Recipe Monday: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Bean Taco Casserole Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network
Ingredients2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for greasing dish 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 medium onion, finely diced 4 cloves garlic, minced One 15-ounce can pinto beans, strained and rinsed 2 cups jarred tomato salsa, plus more for serving 6 cups yellow corn tortilla chips (about 5 ounces), plus more for serving 3 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey jack blend Suggested toppings:1 cup sour cream, stirred well for easy dolloping 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 2 plum tomatoes, diced 1/2 avocado, diced 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped DirectionsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the beef and sprinkle with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, brea…

Sacred Truth Friday: He Knows Us

Psalm 139

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you fo…

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. 
Spend time with family and friends, enjoy the good food and most of all, give God thanks every day. Not just on Thanksgiving. 
James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 

Gospel Wednesday: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Psalm 136
His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever; and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever; with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures fore…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

Just in time for Thanksgiving. Corn bread dressing recipe.

Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

Recipe by: Amy "My grandmother often made this for my family at holidays and also just with good homemade meals. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!" Ingredients 1 h 15 m 1 (16 ounce) package dry corn bread mix 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 small onion 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups chicken stock 2 tablespoons dried sage salt and pepper to taste Directions Prep 45 m Cook 30 m Ready In 1 h 15 m Prepare the dry corn bread mix according to package directions. Cool and crumble. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft. In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.


Sacred Truth Friday: His Wonderful Deeds

Psalm 66

How Awesome Are Your Deeds
To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and…

Gospel Wednesday: John chapter 21

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.  Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.  Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”  He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.  That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.  The o…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


For as long as I can remember, chicken noodle soup has been my go-to meal whenever I’m bogged down with a cold.  It’s about time, that soup has been replaced with a new favorite.
Smooth, velvety soup.  Warm savory dumpling.  Shredded juicy chicken.  Yes to all.  I’ll pretend to have the sniffles if it means I’ll get a bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Slow cooker meals are a favorite here at Chic.  We love one pot meals that make life easier (see: balsamic pot roast, loaded baked potato soup, and taco chili).  Not only are slow cooker meals delicious, but they give you extra time to spend with family, perhaps curl up with a good book, or time to watch your favorite show!
I hope this recipe becomes a staple in your slow cooker repertoire.  Since it uses frozen chicken breasts and frozen peas and carrots, it’s so simple to prepare!  And because it’s a one pot meal–clean up is a breeze!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
3 Tbsp unsalted butter

Sacred Truth Friday: New Every Morning

Hosea 6:3
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Lamentations 3:22-24
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him.”
I am a chronic worrier.  What if this or what if that. Instead of trusting God and giving my burdens over to Him, I worry. A lot. 
And this is a problem. Causing me to focus on myself my problems instead of on Him and his faithfulness, mercy and love which are new every morning. 
I could use a lesson over in the worry department. Hand it over to God, let it go, and let His peace and love overflow my soul. 
Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Even this verse says to come to Him. To lay our burdens there. And leave them there. Don'…

Gospel Wednesday: John Chapter 20

John Chapter 20

The Resurrection​

 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,  and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not un…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Microwave Pralines

Microwave Pralines

Recipe by:Debbie McDonald
"The most fantastic, EASY candy you can make... sinfully delicious and habit forming. I have only seen this fail once, and then the disaster was the most marvelous gooey pecan praline ice cream topping."
1 pound light brown sugar  1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 tablespoon butter 2cups chopped toasted pecans
20 m
13 m
Ready In
35 m
In a deep, microwave-safe bowl, mix together brown sugar, whipping cream, and corn syrup. Microwave on High for 13 minutes.Mix in butter until well blended. Then stir, stir, and stir until mixture begins to cool and get creamy. Stir in chopped nuts. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper  to cool.


September 14, 2003 If you wait and add pecans after sugars have cooked, it will cool the mix too much and it will set up prematurely. I have found that you can add the nuts in the original sugar mix and cook along with the sugars and it co…

Sacred Truth Friday: Rest and Strength in God

Isaiah 40:28-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
According to these verses God is our hiding place and shield. He never grows weary or tired.  He supplies us with strength. Jesus even invites us to rest …