Archive for August 12th, 2007

Company Potato Casserole

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

We had a wonderful time of fellowship with friends after church this morning. Our hostess served a tender slow cooked beef roast, baked potatoes with all the fixings, steamed baby carrots, homemade gravy, tossed salad, croissants, and cream puffs and coffee for dessert. Thank you, Memry, for all your cooking and hospitality!

There were, sadly, some leftover baked potatoes. Sometimes it’s puzzling to know just what to do with those potatoes, and still have them taste good the second time. In the past I’ve found that the following recipe works well:


6 large potatoes, unpeeled
¼ cup butter (or less, as preferred)(sometimes I even omit the butter)
1 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup grated cheese (We prefer sharp cheddar.)
1 cup sour cream

Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water until almost tender, about 20 minutes. Drain off the water. Hold potatoes with a hot pad and grate them coarsely, discarding the potato skins.

Sauté the onion in butter until golden. Add the cream of chicken soup, the grated cheese and the sour cream and heat slightly.

Pour the sauce over the grated potatoes and toss gently.

Pour into a covered casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

A Bible study help

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

I enjoy reading through the Bible systematically. For many years I would just start at Genesis and proceed through the Old Testament and on to the New.

Usually I like to read portions from the Psalms each day, too, since they speak so much to my heart. No matter which psalm I read, it just so happens to address some yearning or crying or striving of the soul appropriate to my present needs.

Currently, I am using a program which I think is the best yet. This Bible reading program is available online at Blue Letter Bible. Once you are at their site, click on Daily Bible Reading Program. They offer the following methods of reading through your Bible in one year:

Canonical: Seven Days a Week
Old Testament and New Testament Together

Currently, I’m using the chronological plan, in which one reads through the books of the Bible from oldest to newest, which means you do some skipping around, but it’s interesting. As you are reading, resources are available to do further study on portions of the Scripture which are puzzling or interesting.

Another plus is that, with this plan, you choose which Bible translation to read. I have read the King James Version for years, so that is what I am using.

Last, but not least, there are various devotional works to read as well. My favorite so far is Day By Day Grace by Bob Hoekstra. I usually read this after reading the Bible portion for the day. Currently he is doing a great series concerning God’s grace to His people in salvation AND in sanctification. I have a button on my sidebar that you can click which will take you directly to the current day’s selection of Day By Day Grace.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a blessed Lord’s Day!