Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mother-in-laws Guineau Pig Dinner

Well, we found out what my mother-in-laws
recipe was that she was trying out on us.
It was from Trisha Yearwood's show on Food network.
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Pork Chops & Rice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 pork chops, bone in
  • Salt
  • One 10-ounce can beef broth, plus more if needed
  • 4 onion slices, separated into rings
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the rice and saute until it is light brown, about 5 minutes.
Spread the rice in a 9- by 13- by 2-inch casserole. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and arrange them on top of the rice. Pour the broth and 2/3 cup water over the chops. Spread the onion rings over the chops and sprinkle them with the pepper. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the pork chops are tender, about 45 minutes.
Change the oven to broil, add a bit more broth if the rice is dry and return the dish to the oven for a couple of minutes until the pork is browned.

It really was delicious.  She selected it and liked the idea
because it was a one pot meal nice and easy.
But she felt the rice didn't cook up so well and was not
especially pleased with it. But hubby and it thought it was
quite delicious.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Some Very Special Visitors

Look who came to visit?
My sweet little cousins
Conor  5 & Cara 2

Here they are with Nana

And with Pop Pop

Bone fish grill is right across the street from our
house yet we have never been there.
We've been to one in Georgia on vacation.
So tonight when my hubby learned that they
had lobster rolls we just had to try it.

My hubby LOVES lobster rolls and speaks about
them all the time so he is quite fussy about them.
Being my NYC he use to travel to upstate to
get the "good" ones as he says.
Well, I am happy to report he really enjoyed this one.
Kudos to the chef as he is a hard one to please when
he comes to his lobster rolls.
 First this delicious warm bread

Oh I loved the salad.
We had crumbled blue cheese on ours.

We didn't want the chips so we both got
augratin potatoes ~ these were so creamy and
cheesy and I'm sure calorie free hah

Have you all been watching Cedar Cove !
I haven't read the books so I am enjoying it.
I've always like Andie McDowell. I enjoy her
accent and oh gosh love her hair!
Hubby and I love Sunday nights.
We have such fun competition watching
the food network shows.
This years Next Food Network Star

Stacie is my favorite this year
She is so good on the camera and I just
really want her to win !

Hubby says this guy the "PIE" man is his

But he really digs this "southern" girl too.
She is sweet but a bit ditsy for my taste hah

This year we are also enjoying
Food Court Wars - so fun
I enjoy Tyler Florence we got to meet
him at the NYC Food and Wine Festival
one year. 
He is much more handsome in person.
 Well that's what we have been up to.

Tomorrow we are heading to my mother-in-law's
Mary's house for dinner. She is making a new
recipe and asked us to be the guinea pigs. hah
She is a great cook ~ YUM I wonder what it will be.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

We Love Our Church

Just wanted to post some
photos from our church for my
blog books.

Our Pastor Charlie and Worship leader Harvey Unger
with his wife June. They are just the dearest folks.
Since the early 1970s, “Rockin’ for Jesus” has been the main emphasis of Maranatha’s worship style. This was established during the Jesus Freak era when Maranatha proved to be one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll churches in the NY metro area. Since then our tradition of using quality contemporary worship music blended with the great hymns of the church, done in a modern style, has continued. Every time we gather it is the Maranatha Worship Team’s goal to usher the body of believers before the throne of God by joyfully glorifying the Lord while preparing our hearts and unifying His body by worshiping in spirit and in truth.
Our Associate Pastor Jan
Upon graduating from Nazarene Bible College in May 1983, Pastor Jan has served as Associate Pastor for Maranatha Church of the Nazarene in Paramus, NJ. Sensing a unique calling as support ministry to the Senior Pastor her responsibilities vary from administrative, preaching, teaching, counseling, as well as assisting body-life within the Church.
Pastor Jan’s particular joy is working with women.  She relates on a personal level to every woman the Lord brings into her life. Her ministry has been a continuous journey of gratefulness and blessings as she serves the One who has captured her heart .

Baptism time - this is Angelina.
Hubby taught her when she was in 1st & 2nd
grade. Then he switched to 3rd & 4th so he
has her again. She loves him. She is a sweet
little girl.

How we decorate the sanctuary for Christmas
I look forward to it each year.
We are going to get a special ornament to
add to the tree this year. From The Azarian's.

When we have the children's program, it is so
fun as Pastor Charlie interviews each child.
Oh the things they say
Out of the mouths of babes . . .
I'm sure the parents are on the edge of their
seats in "fear" hah

Our Pastor is a great guitarist and rocker.
 He writes beautiful worship songs and we sing
them on special occasions.

Charlie Rizzo was born in the Bronx but moved to New Milford, New Jersey in the sixties. Looking for a way to reach the youth of his town, the Pastor of the Maranatha Church in New Milford at that time started a Coffee House on Friday nights and asked the High School to send some bands. Charlie Rizzo’s was one of them.
Though the Coffee House did not survive, seeds were planted. In 1970 when Charlie was saved, he went back to that same Church and publicly testified of his faith in Jesus.
In 1974 he became the Pastor of Maranatha Church and in 1984 the Church moved to Paramus, NJ where he still brings both his guitar and Bible each Sunday. Many Pastors and servants have come out of Maranatha and are part of the Church of the Nazarene to this day. Let it Grow, a weekly call-in radio program has been a part of his ministry for over 30 years.

Pastor Charlie’s love for the Jewish people extended all the way to Israel. From 1990 – 2001 his band Emmaus Road played from Dan to Beer Sheva on military bases, theaters and public venues bringing the love of Jesus to God’s people in their land. His guitar is never far from his Bible. His statement of faith has been the same all these years:
Jesus Never Fails.

Our church at Easter
Here's my hubby at his teachers desk.
Here I am, my turn as Sunday School Principal.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Busy Few Days - donated my wedding gown. Mailed it off on Friday. Feel so blessed to be able to have it used for such precious ones as these. This dear lady makes burial gowns for parents who face the death of their baby at birth, whether through still birth or miscarriage. Life at any stage is precious and should be recognized.  She said it is almost unbearable for a parent who just learned they lost their baby to have to go out and shop for a burial outfit. This way the hospital will have them on hand.

Sorry there are so many photos
I wanted to have them for memories.

I am very excited because I took off some of
the lace and am having a bracelet made.
I found it on Etsy and thought it was so great.
I chose the champagne color like this one
Oh I can hardly wait to receive it.

Friday night we had a covered dish
for my ladies bible study.
I made cucumber, snow pea & onion salad.
It was pretty good it had sour creme and dill.
My Aunt Rose made these delicious
zucchini squares. They were really good.
Lillian brought a bucket of chicken
Pat brought delicious homemade
macaroni salad.

Marianne brought a ham sub. 
New Jersey has the best subs !
Michelle who is our host home,
made rice pudding. I don't like it
but all the ladies love it.
This morning we had a send off
breakfast for two dear, dear
friends from church.
Tony & Anita
They are so precious and we are
going to miss them so much.
Tony served on the men's ministry
and was our resident chef!
 Anita is a teacher and she served
in preschool Sunday School.
They have retired and are
heading down to Florida.
They got married not too long
after Gary and I did.
In speaking with them they are both so excited
to be retiring from their jobs and having the
opportunity and time to serve God full time.
Tony is a dynamic evangelist and is ready to
put his effort full time into leading folks to Christ.
And Anita can't wait to get back in there in their
new church and teach the children about Jesus.

You can see how much fun they are too.

There is something so precious to me when
I see a man singing and praising the Lord.
Well, Tony would have the JOY of the Lord
all over him. I would see him dancing and raising
his hands in worship. It would make me tear up
every Sunday. I am so going to miss seeing that.

We also went to a Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach.
A town not far from us.  It was nice to see
so many folks on the beach and the boardwalk
after hurricane Sandy.
We are STRONGER than the storm for sure.
Here's my hubby checking out the crafts
He found a Flintstones photo that he loved.
It is hard to find Flintstones items now and
we were excited he found some.
The beach was looking beautiful today.

They have a really nice miniature golf course.

Me and my Mom, Lori
Hubby, Gar and I

Mom and Gar (mother-in-law & son-in-law) hah

Then it was time to select something to eat.
So many booths and choices.
Gar and Mom having a hard time deciding.

I am learning to enjoy seafood since my marriage.
My hubby eats practically all seafood.
Today I had my first lobster roll.  It was good.
Mom chose fried scallops
Then she bought one of these fried
stuff banana's for take out.
She is too much!
 So it was quite a busy week.

Thankful for opportunities to serve,
wonderful Christian friends and
fun times with family.