As we look into the rear view mirror at the year we just experienced…once again I am reminded of the highs and the lows it brought……..for us…..mostly highs! We grew as individuals,  as well as a family! It brings a huge smile to my face to hear my husband and daughter talk about things to come……oh…not so much about what we might be looking at as far as the economy and the current state of affairs in America…but rather…the thrill of being one of God’s children in persuit of relationship with HIM! We are experiencing some serious spiritual breakthrough here in our home and I wish I could begin to share about how thrilling it is! In 2009….I just want to know Him more!!! We live is such exciting times and while the world around us might be unstable……we have a most stable God!

I know today is recipe day, and I promise to get to that….but I just wanted to share a simple poem that made me smile this morning….

Dear Lord,
In the new year, we pray
that You will guide us each new day
in paths that are pleasing to You.
Lord, the new year gives us another chance
to rededicate our lives to You,
to study Your Word
so that we know right from wrong
and to act in accordance with Your commands.
Thank you for the sense of
direction, purpose and peace we get
from aligning our lives with Your Holy will.
We pray for the strength and the will to obey You
each and every day of the new year,
and when we fail, we pray for Your mercy,
Your compassion, Your grace and Your love.
Help us in the new year to be your faithful servants.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

So simple……but worth the effort to pray as well as share…don’t you think??

Ok….here is one of our faithful New Year’s Eve dishes! We will be having a houseful of people over tonight as we ring in the New Year together with some of our very very best friends! Karen already passed the ham off to me as she has to work today, so soon…..the house will be smelling like a restauraunt! (I am sooooooo sick of eating and will be relieved when Ashley and I start our Master Cleanse together on Monday….more on that later)


Sweet and Sour Crock Pot Meatballs
Crockpot meatball recipe, made with tasty meatballs, pineapple, bell pepper, and a sweet and sour sauce. Very easy recipe and it does the job when it comes to pleasing the crowd! I always double this recipe.
  • 1 pound ground chuck or round
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fine plain breadcrumbs or corn flake crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons grated or finely minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 large sweet bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • hot cooked rice
  • 1 can pineapple, chunks (15 ounces)


In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, bread crumbs, and onion. Shape into 1 1/2 in balls. In a large skillet, lightly brown meatballs in the vegetable oil. Drain well. Transfer meatballs to slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, cornstarch and bell pepper; stir to blend. Pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in pineapple with juice. If thicker juices are desired, combine more cornstarch with a little cold water and add, stirring, until thickened. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Serves 4.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Praying that 2009 is FILLED to the BRIM with all the things you love the most! Until tomorrow…..we are IN HIS GRIP!