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New Year’s Eve Party Planning & Safety Tips 2017

The New Year’s Eve Holiday is exciting and Fabulous!  With Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, it ‘s time to turn our thoughts to the New Year!  It’s a time to celebrate our accomplishments of the year, reflect on the goodness of God in our lives and how He has brought us through.  It’s also a time of reflection on the lessons He teaches us along the way, as well as time to look forward to the New Year!

The blessing of a new year gives us hope,  a fresh start, and a chance to be near those closest to us. Time to celebrate!  Yes you can plan an awesome party for New years eve inexpensively.  The Good thing is New Years eve at least is not one of those big food holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So you should be spending less on preparation.  New Years eve parties can be simple or fancy.  It’s really about having fun, seeing friends, and the countdown to midnight.  Of course you’ll have food but it doesn’t need to be over the top.  Traditionally New Years Day dinners are nice, but New Years eve you can get away with appetizers.  The number one rule keep it simple!

  1. Keep Decorations Simple.  Use candles! Set a nice table, (use  holiday decorations as in opening picture) Check out dollar store for banners, party hats, noisemakers, plastic ware, etc.. You’ll pay more at other stores and for throw aways, it just make sense.
  2. Host later in the evening. Hosting later in the evening allows you to serve a lighter meals or appetizers.  If people are arriving later, chances are they’ve eaten, and late new years eve parties often have champagne and appetizers not full course meals.  Serve Amazing appetizers like mini cheese burgers on a stick, buffalo wings, Baked Potato,topped with butter cheese and sour cream with bacon.
  3. Check the internet for free or cheap New Years eve events in your neighborhood.  Local community parties can be great, get your friends together and check out a local party.
  4. Host a potluck dinner.  You’ll have variety and save money on buying everything yourself.

  1. Have a designated driver.  If you are unable to get a designated driver, in most cities this is the only day of the year when cab rides are free if you’ve had too much drink.
  2.  Women should travel together to stay safe. There’s strength in numbers.  Or at least buddy up!  Two of you together rather than alone.
  3. Make sure phones are charged before going out, use a car charger if you have one.
  4. Use self control avoid drinking so much that you are unaware of your surroundings. Be alert.

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Thanksgiving Planning Guide 2017

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Anyone who’s been following SCW knows it’s my favorite time of year.  The weather, the blessings, entertaining, the love, the cheer, and most of all family and cherished friends.   Entertaining can be so much fun but it’s a lot of work depending on the number of people you serve.   Planning and preparing for big meals decreases the stress and takes the guess-work out of the day.  When you’re armed with a plan things go a lot smoother.
Make a list, create a budget for the number of people you have and how much you want to spend.  Plan the time of day you want to have your dinner.  Let guests know when dinner will be served.  If you are cooking your turkey for instance early thanksgiving morning, remember it takes about five hours to cook which is why some opt to cook it the night before.  You do what works for you.  I’ve prepared several videos for your main dishes as well as dessert.  Refer to the videos as often as you like.  Have fun and enjoy a stress free holiday.

 

 

 

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Coming up in December:

Christmas holiday entertaining and decorating

Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list

New year’s eve entertaining and safety tips

 

Author’s Note: The blessings of the Lord are upon us.  Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.  I will continue to pray for my beloved readers and followers that God will touch your heart and bring change in your area of need.  Joshua 1:8 “Thou shalt have good success.”  What are you thankful for?  I’m so grateful and thankful for all God has done in my life and especially in the lives of those that have been touched by SCW.  Leave a comment tell us what you’re thankful for and what your looking forward to in the new year.  It’s a busy time for me.  Those of you who’ve been following me for some time now know that I’m working on my second degree!  And I’m almost there, about 80% of the way praise GOD!  I’m preparing for exams.

Thankfully we have the Thanksgiving break coming up.  I’m looking forward to some much deserved rest and time with family.  Continue to pray for me and my family, as I will pray for you that God will give you the desires of your heart and bring you to the place He has for you on your journey.  We all have different hopes and dreams but it is God will that will succeed.  So we’re in it together!  We know that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

 

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Mind, Body and Spirit

We are a three-part being.  1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We are spirit, we live in a body, and we have a soul, which is  made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions.  We are a spirit just as God is a spirit.  God is the Master Spirit.  The Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.  The “natural man” (unsaved),  is governed only by his soul and bodily appetites because he is spiritually dead. (1 Cor 2:14)  If you are saved today, you are a new creature in Christ Jesus.

However we still have some work to do.  We as born again Christians, have been made spiritually alive and we are supposed to be governed and controlled by the Holy Spirit and our own born again Spirit, the Bible calls it “the new regenerated self”.  So we have “put off our old ways”.  Old ways of thinking, old ways of doing and being.  While our spirits are saved, our minds are still being renewed.  This means we must deal with our thought life and emotions.  Part of the battle is the battlefield of the mind!

The enemy comes against our minds.  We must be careful what we put before our eyes and what we allow into our minds and emotions.  That’s why we are told to “take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  Our soul includes our emotions which are unreliable!  We can’t trust it nor can we let our emotions be the final authority over us.  Our minds have to constantly be renewed.  Make up in your mind that you will ask God to renew your mind daily.  To be renewed means to have a fresh mental attitude.  Cast down every high thing that exalts itself  against God.

God’s Word must be the final authority!!  Is it easy?  No!  It’s the toughest fight of your life, but God didn’t promise it would be.   He said He’ll be with us!!!!  The scariest thing for me was being out of the will of God.  I don’t want to ever be out of the will of God!  I’ve been there and trust me, “being covered” by God is much better.  I love this scripture, Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which can kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell!”

Do you know what He’s saying?  He’s saying instead of being worried about “people” living to please them, what you better be worried about is ME! (The Lord God Almighty).  Guard yourselves with all diligence, take care of your body, mind, and spirit.  Feed your spirit the Word of God.  Read to build up your mind!  Exercise to build your body and eat nutritious meals to stay healthy.

 

Healthy Habits for mind Body and Spirit

 

  • Eat real Food – Processed foods are a major contributor to obesity and illnesses.  Real foods and a healthy balanced diet are keys s to good health!

  • Move your Body – You don’t have to have a gym membership. Start right where you are, get moving by walking, biking, going up and down stairs, swimming, exercising at home, the point is to use or lose it!

  • Prioritize your sleep – When we are low on sleep it affects our metabolism, makes us irritable, low on energy, unable to think clearly.  A good night sleep regenerates us!

  • Learning something new – Expands our mind and thought processes and keeps us moving forward in life.  When the mind has been expanded it cannot go back.

  •  Avoid the negative – Negative people, places, TV shows, thoughts, concerns.

  • Focus on the Good and Positive – The Bible says whatsoever is true and of good report think on these things.

  •  Let yourself have fun – Laughter keeps us young!

  • Retreat to calm the mind and the body.

  • Show love to God, yourself and others –  You show love Love to God by reading his Word, obeying, his Word, aligning your life up with his Word.  Show love to yourself by taking care of yourself, show love to others by showing them you care.

  • Reach out and help someone else. We help heal ourselves by reaching out to others.

  • Pray without ceasing

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Summer Meals in 30 minutes or Less

It’s Summer in the kitchen!  Time to  use the oven less and prepare lighter, healthier, tasty summer dishes.  It’s the time of year to prepare meals in the crock pot, wok, and stove top.  Temperatures outside are warm and who wants to slave over a hot oven for hours.  So whether you are vegan or a meat lover, you’re sure to find something on SCW’s list of delicious summer meals that you and your family will love and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

10  Delicious Summer Meals

  • Meals Prepared in a Wok

Beef and broccoli stir fry – Delicious and tasty you can use either rice or noodles

Chicken stir fry

Vegetable stir fry

Spaghetti

Italian Pasta Salad

Chicken  Caesar salad w/Parmesan cheese

Wedge Salad

Baked Talapia or a light pan fried coating

Pan fried lamb chops- olive oil, coat and brown on each side

Grilled barbecue chicken

  •  Keep plenty of fresh fruit around wherever possible

Delicious Summer drink

Coconut Penna desert drink

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Summer Inspiration & Safety travel tips 2017

  • Summer is a time for fun, food, relaxation, travel, outdoor activities, and vacation.  Being smart means a summer safety checklist that will ensure you keep your family safe.  Following these simple effective tips will take the worry out of your summer adventures.  With the 4th of July holiday coming up millions of people will hit the road.  So whether you’re hosting guests, traveling by car, plane, or train make sure safety is first for a stress free summer travel.
  • Smart safety tip of the day:  Do not announce on Facebook or any other social media platform that you will be on vacation and will not be at home!!!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu for Two

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Love at first Bite!  We love going out to dinner and trying new restaurants!  but if you’rE like me on Valentines Day we usually just enjoy staying in and preparing a delicious meal!  That way you can avoid the holiday crowds, driving, parking, waiting,etc…  And it’s much more relaxing to have an awesome evening at home.  It’s also nice to have a great evening out with your significant other and be waited on while you focus on one another.  No matter how you choose to make your dinner plans this year the key here is to divert from the norm. This is where you want to splurge a little and choose a meal you wouldn’t normally have.

For instance since my husband and I have cut down on the red meat, for diet and health reasons now steak is a luxury for me. Also, I love lobster but it’s not something I have every night so that’s one of the dishes on our menu for VDay this year.  So what do you have a taste for that you haven’t had in a while?

While you give that some thought let’s get started planning your Valentine’s day dinner menu.  I’m sure you will be inspired by a delicious dish that makes the cut this year for SCW’s special holiday menu! And dessert on Valentine’s day is a must!  So no counting calories, no feeling guilty, just total delicious abandon!

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Steak and Lobster

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Rack of lamb

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Halibut

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Crab stuffed jumbo shrimp

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Oysters Rockefeller

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Deserts

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Strawberry creme cake

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Red velvet cake

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Dark knight chocolate cake

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Triple chocolate layer cake

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Christmas Dinner Menu Guide

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Want to make an impression on your guests with the perfect Holiday feasts?  Browse our collection of show stopping main course entrees, side dishes, and desserts to keep your guests talking long after dinner. Christmas dinner is a traditional meal.  The meal can take place Christmas eve, and or Christmas day in tradition of the Christian feast day celebration. It’s a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate Christmas. No gathering is complete without a holiday feast! SCW has you covered with step by step instructions.

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  • Ham

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  • Turkey

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  • Mashed potatoes and gravy

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  • Gravy

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  • Green beans

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  • Stuffing

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  • Christmas Holiday Roast Beef

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  • Leg of Lamb

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  • Holiday drink

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  • Deserts

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