Days Of Thankfulness: My Husband

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I am thankful for my husband.

My hubby, who would rather remain picture-less in the blog world, is a wonderful husband, father and my best friend.

We have been married for 17 years (got married at 19 & 21-young, I know!) and have been together for almost 22 years.  He isn’t perfect, though I am guessing I am not either. ;-) We make it a priority to have date nights once in a while, time each day to talk (even if it is only a few minutes) and we pray for each other.

We don’t always agree, but we manage to have a give and take most of the time.  He leads this household well and works hard.  He also is my listening ear and my shoulder to cry on.  I am very grateful for him and his love for God, me and our children.

Do you need encouragement when it comes to your relationship with your husband?  My husband and I have studied many books, listened to many sermons on marriage and sought out advice from those we respect.

Here are some of the books I recommend: Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and MotherThe Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective and The Power of a Praying Wife.

It’s day two.  What are you Thankful for?

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Days Of Thankfulness: On The Cross

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*For the next four days, I will tell you the things for which I am thankful.  Thanksgiving often gets shoved under the rug in light of the upcoming Christmas season.  I want to remember to give thanks.  Will you share what you are thankful for? Leave a comment telling us why you are giving thanks this season.

First and foremost, I am thankful for the salvation I have in Christ Jesus.

I go to a church that speaks the Word of God straight from the Bible.  I have a church family I can rely on for help, guidance and correction when needed.  They are a group of believers who aren’t perfect but strive to serve God, help others and do what is right.

Do some of you feel you have been hurt by churches?  Hurt by Christians?  Maybe you want to stay away from the whole church scene because of a past incident or maybe you don’t even know what church is all about?

Find out.  Don’t wonder if you are missing something, look into the answers. Go here if you want to learn more.   Have questions? Ask me why I believe what I believe.  This powerful song by Keith and Kristyn Getty is something you want to listen to.

Lose your way?  Maybe this one will call to you.

Search for answers.  Find out why I believe what I believe.  God loves you. He will never leave you.  Nor forsake you.  Be thankful for Him.

What about you?  What are you thankful for?

Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake.

There, the post is done.

My husband was one happy man.  I had told him I was making a cheesecake for our church’s Thanksgiving supper.  Being he is a cheesecake fan, he told me in no uncertain terms: save the bowls.  And the spoons.  And whatever else I use to make this dessert.  He’ll clean them for me.

He’s such a great guy.

I make a cheesecake for him every year on his birthday.  It is typically a fruit cheesecake; I have never made him an Oreo cheesecake before.  I think he was a little uncertain, but trusting my cheesecake abilities, he allowed it to happen. ;-)

I am a self taught cheesecake maker.  However, our neighbor (who makes everything yummy) makes a delightful cheesecake.  My hubby raves and raves about her cheesecakes and they are certainly worth raving about!  I have always made good cheesecakes, I just wanted to step it up a notch and make it like hers.

I’m on to you, Alice, I think I figured it out. :-)

One cheesecake tip is to always, always use Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  I have tried to get by with store brand cream cheese and for a cheesecake, you just can’t.  It has to be Philly’s. There is a flavor, a tang that comes with Philadelphia that can’t be duplicated.  Another tip is to make your own crust.  The store bought crusts work fine, I have used them many times before.  When you make your own, you can have a thicker crust resulting in a thicker cheesecake.  More cheesecake, more happier husband.  More happier husband, more chances my stairwell will get sanded.  If my stairwell gets sanded, I can paint it.  If I paint it, I can get this really cool sign from Hobby Lobby I want to put on it.

It really is a win-win for all involved.

Oreo Cheesecake

I know cheesecake looks complicated, but I promise you, it isn’t.  It really doesn’t even take much hands on time, just baking and cooling time.  Plan ahead and you will be set.

Oreo Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 4 (8oz packages) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 package Oreos, finely crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  • Take crushed Oreos, reserving 1/2 cup, and mix with butter. Spread on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9 in. springform pan. Set aside.
  • Mix cream cheese with a mixer.
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beat on low until combined.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix until blended.
  • Pour batter into prepared crust. Mix in reserved Oreos and swirl in batter.
  • Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes on wire rack.
  • Take a knife and loosen sides.
  • Let cool for an hour.
  • Place in refrigerator to chill for several hours or overnight.
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How To Have A Perfect Cookie Exchange

How To Have The Perfect Cookie Exchange

I tremendously enjoy cookie exchanges.  Why, you ask?  As I have stated before, the cookie is THE perfect dessert.  Oh, yes it is.  They are easy to make, they are quick and if you eat one cookie and it’s not enough, there really isn’t any guilt about eating a second.  Or third.  Maybe the guilt hits when you have eaten your forth. Unless of course you are taste testing the batch to make sure they are suitable for human consumption.  Then a forth cookie would be completely acceptable.  You are only doing your duty as a mom.  Leave it at that.

I used to lead a M.O.M.S group at my church and come Christmas time, we would have a cookie exchange for those who wanted to participate.  All those varieties of cookies sitting in one spot.  All for me to take and try.  Just beautiful.  Are you wanting to have your own cookie exchange with the people you work with, your next door neighbors or Bible study group?  Do you wonder how to have the perfect cookie exchange?  Wonder no more.  I got you covered.

Why Have A Cookie Exchange

Um, it’s cookies.  Any reason is a fine reason. :-)  If you aren’t a fan of working in the kitchen, but want a variety of cookies to have, having an exchange with some close friends is a great way to cut down on your work load during Christmas.  Doubling (or tripling) a batch of cookies is a lot easier than making several different kinds of cookies.  Cookie exchanges are great to have for Women Fellowship gatherings or M.O.M.S groups.

Choose A Date Wisely

A cookie exchange is only as successful as the cookies that are brought.  If you are planning an exchange and are trying to set a date to have it, try to take note of the days surrounding the exchange.  I know you don’t know everyone’s schedules, but asking people to bring large batches of cookies when their days are already filled, is not a good plan.  Don’t schedule the exchange near Thanksgiving or right before Christmas.  If you are planning it for a M.O.M.S group, don’t plan the exchange when the school is having their Christmas concert or Christmas skits.  Be mindful of the community events surrounding the date and go for it.  You won’t be able to make it work for everyone, but at least the major events are avoided.

How Many Cookies Should We Bring

That is a tough number to decide on.  If you are having a small exchange, perhaps with some close friends, it will be easier to decide the appropriate number of cookies to bring.  For example, if 4 people are exchanging cookies, everyone can bring 4 dozen cookies.  Then everyone can leave with 4 dozen  cookies.  However, if you have a large group of people exchanging cookies, you can’t ask everyone to bring 12 dozen cookies.  It probably wouldn’t be a good turnout.  For a group of 10 women, I would ask everyone to bring 3-4 dozen cookies.  Then when the day came to exchange, divide the number of cookies by the number of people there.  Typically, everyone would get 4 or more cookies off of each tray.

Provide Trays Or Remind The Participants To Bring Their Own

That right there could be a cookie exchange blunder.  You are all excited, you show up with your tray of cookies to exchange and you have nothing to put the new cookies on.  Unless you do a juggling act with your tray and cookies, you need something to put the new cookies on!  I would always buy some trays for the participants.  They were never costly, but they were new Christmas trays and that was fun.

Don’t Worry About Duplicates

I never worried about duplicating cookie kinds.  If there are multiple chocolate chip cookies being exchanged, chances are, they aren’t the same recipe and will be different in some way.  You can certainly provide a list for everyone to sign up and say what type of cookie they will bring.  It’s up to you.  I found most people don’t know until last minute but it may help give ideas of what other’s are bringing.

Let The Exchanging Begin!

Have everyone set their trays on the table or counter and simply go down the line.  The best part of the exchange is seeing what everyone brought!  A personal note, if you see a cookie you probably won’t like, you may want to take it anyway.  You certainly don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

What do you think?  Want to try a cookie exchange with your co-workers or friends?  Try it this year and enjoy all the varieties of cookies you will receive.  Remember, you can always freeze them for later so they will last longer than a few days.  Ahem.  Ask me how I know. ;-)

Need Some Cookie Recipes? Here are a few for you:

Gooey Butter Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies

Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Peppermint Hershey Kiss Cookies

You can also follow Baking With Mom on Pinterest. I have a group Cookie And Brownie Board with great cookie and brownie recipes!