Monthly Archives: January 2018

Cheesy Corn Casserole

Not long ago, I posted a yummy “comfort food”-type side dish called Easy Corn Casserole. It’s really good and very easy to make. Being a cheese-lover, I thought I’d try making another version with some sharp cheddar cheese and a little chopped green onion added in–and I loved the result! So I just had to share it with you! When you want something warm and cheesy, this is just the comforting kind of side dish you’ll want. It would be great served with a bowl of hot chili!

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My Word for 2018

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this year, I’m picking a word that will be “my one word” to focus on during the year. There’s actually a book called My One Word and a website, too– This is not a new book–it was first published in 2012. But it’s new to me. I’ve not read the book, but I’ve browsed the website and I like the idea of having “one word” to focus on instead of a list of resolutions that I probably won’t keep!

Here’s part of a description of the book and the “one word” concept you can find over at AmazonThe concept of “My One Word” is simple. Lose the long list of resolutions―all your sweeping promises to change―and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.

Over at, there are 3 steps to help you choose your word, which I’m condensing and editing a little here:

  • STEP 1: Determine the kind of person you want to become. Go beyond simply being healthier and wealthier. What’s going on in your heart and soul? How is God speaking to you and what do you need to focus on to become the person that God has created you to be?
  • STEP 2: Identify the characteristics of that person. Is that person gentle or generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become–the qualities you’re sensing God wants you to grow in?
  • STEP 3: Pick a word. Just one word that stands out the most to you. Commit to this one word for the year–it will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as help you see whether or not change is actually happening. Staying focused on your word will help you move in the right direction and see God working in your life.

You can visit, to see words other people have chosen for themselves to focus on during the year. That may help get you started.

So what is my word for 2018?

Yes, SIMPLIFY–this word has been on my mind and heart for a few months now, but I’ve never really fully focused on it. I want to simplify my life so I’m not distracted by unimportant things. I want a more uncluttered life so I can focus on what is most important and hear God speak more clearly.

Do you have a word you’ve chosen for 2018? If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late! Please share what your word is in the comments below–I’d love to hear!

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Tomato Carrot Soup with Basil

Soup is such a great thing to eat on a cold winter day. Like this Tomato Carrot Soup with Basil. Although, I have to admit, it’s also good in the summer made with fresh tomatoes. But during the winter you can use canned diced tomatoes and I think it tastes just as good.

I’ve been having lots of soup lately, because it is cold and because I’ve been getting over a nasty bout of bronchitis, which I had over most of the holidays. I was disappointed at not being able to post more holiday recipes, but just didn’t have much energy to cook or do much else!

So I thought this would be a good time to post a soup recipe–most people love a good bowl of soup in the winter and this is so good for you. It has a good variety of veggies in it–carrots, celery and onion–all blended to a smooth consistency. Garlic and basil also add to the flavor. It makes a great meal with some crusty bread. Or serve it before a main course for dinner.


Makes about 4 servings

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  •  2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced (or 2 [14.5-ounce] cans diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 Tablespoons dried basil, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

In large saucepan, cook carrots, celery, onion, and garlic, in olive oil, covered, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add half of the tomatoes and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Transfer mixture, in 2 batches, to a blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup water to each batch. Cover and blend until smooth, then return mixture to saucepan.

Stir in the salt, half of the basil, and the remaining tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining basil and balsamic vinegar and heat an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

If you are a fan of tomato soup, you’ll want to try this sometime! I love trying out new versions of tomato soup. Do you have a favorite tomato soup recipe?

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