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Archive for November, 2017

A Tasty Tradition–Sweet Potato Souffle

Posted by The Neely Team

Nov

20

I’m sure your family has certain holiday foods that you look forward to enjoying each year. Not only to taste, but to anticipate, prepare, smell…. oh, the season of cozy warmth, deep spices, and quality family time! For us, it would be hard to imagine a holiday spread without our Sweet Potato Souffle from our family cookbook, Tasty Traditions. In fact, we almost crossed it off the menu this year for various reasons, but nooooo. It is now in the freezer just waiting to jump into the oven on the Big Day of Gratitude (it is also anticipating being gobbled up with delight, just like the turkey).

We hope you are all enjoying the days that are passing so quickly and savoring every delicious moment to the fullest. There truly is much for which to be thankful!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

Posted by The Neely Team

Nov

18

These fun and adorable treats are perfect for building relationships with the small people in your life. Watch smiles form and grow as you build your turkeys with your children, siblings, nieces & nephews, or little friends. And besides, who doesn’t like to have miniature turkeys around for the week of Thanksgiving? Smile

 

You will need:

Oreo cookies – 1 per turkey

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Large marshmallows – 1/2 per turkey

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Candy Corn – five per turkey, plus a few extra

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Small amount of frosting

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

Mix all ingredients to make frosting.

 

Assemble your birds:

Spread a little frosting onto a cookie.

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Press half of a marshmallow (cut around the middle “east/west” fashion) onto the cookie, NOT centered.

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Place 5 candy corn evenly spaced above the marshmallow. These are the feathers that make your gobbler’s fan. Winking smile

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Break a tiny piece from one of the extra candy corn, and stick it to the marshmallow with a teeny bit of frosting. This is the gobbler’s beard. Winking smile

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Your bird is complete!

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Nov

16

A few weeks ago our family started a diet. This diet didn’t allow for any sugar.  Well, this doesn’t work very well with our tradition of getting Blizzards from Dairy Queen when we go to work with Daddy. On the second week of this diet my brother and I got to go with Daddy on his overnight business trip. Were we going to “fall off the wagon” by yielding to the strong temptation of getting the Blizzards that we REALLY wanted, or were we going to choose the right option, and refrain? When we got home someone would ask us what we had eaten, and whether or not we had been “good.”  What would we say: that we had not given in, or that we had?

Although we didn’t yield and get the Blizzards that time, it taught me a lesson.  It is the same in our spiritual lives. We are frequently tempted by various things in life, but we must remember that we will one day stand before God and give an account of the temptations that we gave in to. How inadequate our earthly excuse will be in comparison to His righteous law.

P.S.  We still get them when we aren’t on a diet. 



Mini Pumpkin Pies

Posted by The Neely Team

Nov

16

It’s the time of year for spicy, pumpkin sensations, and the girls and I had fun putting these little pies together for a ladies event at our home. The recipe measurements should be done a little ad lib (the pie filling is adapted from our family favorite Paradise Pumpkin Pie from Tasty Traditions, available at NeelyMarketplace.com), but that makes it all the more fun. Enjoy!

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit. Line 3, 1 dozen, muffin tins with papers.

Prepare the crusts:

2 c. graham cracker crumbs

3 Tbsp. sugar

1/3 c. butter

Combine all three in a food processer and process until well combined, then press about 2 Tbsp. of mixture into each muffin cup. Set aside.

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Make the filling:

1 large (29 oz.) can of pumpkin

1/2 c. sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. ginger

1/4 t. nutmeg

Dash of salt

1 c. evaporated milk

2 eggs

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined.

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Assemble the pies:

Using a large muffin scoop, drop one scoop of pie filling into each crust.

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Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until the tops are golden and starting to crack slightly.

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German Shepherd Puppies

Posted by Victoria

Nov

14

The past several weeks have been a delight as we welcomed our new litter of pups into the world. The joys of raising this canine family have been myriad. I’ll let the pictures tell you the rest…

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Nov

3

A few days ago we were on our way to Greenville, SC when we were once again reminded of God’s presence and protection. We were going over a two-lane, curvy, mountain road before sunrise. As we rounded a bend, we suddenly saw two  sets of headlights coming straight toward the front of our van, as an oncoming vehicle passed another vehicle. God gave the driver of our van an extremely fast response, and moved us off the road, away from the on-coming vehicle. We were within inches of a head-on collision.

Looking back we realize that God had prepared a place for our van as we swerved off the road; there was a driveway at exactly the right place, and so we were able to swerve onto that instead of into a ditch. There was even a mailbox beside the road that the LORD allowed us to miss.

It is such a comfort to know that God is always with us. “Lo, I am with you always.” Our merciful Savior spared us from what would have ended with disaster.

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” -Psalm 34:7-