Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Prayers for Healing Update

Prayers for Healing

Prayers for Healing UPDATES

Hello Dear Ones,

I've been giving thought to how to go about our prayer chain. I have decided to do an ongoing prayer post with updates and with Praises as they come in!

If you would like to be on this list, or if you would like me to post a prayer for you, just let me know by the comments below or on my email: CJD.Sign@yahoo.com  in the Subject line put 

"Prayer Request" and I will add it asap.

We pray to you Lord Jesus Christ to do your will the lives of your children. We pray for comfort in pain, strength in healing and blessings through struggles. We lift up these Dear Ones on this list to you. We ask for guidance, knowledge, comfort and Spiritual Healing.

  Healing Prayers

We lift up:

Evelyn C. who is dealing with severe neck pain.

Dianne B. recovering from a  lumpectomy and radiation for Breast Cancer.

Betty H. daughter Carol and son-in-law Mike’s  mountain home in the evacuated area of southern California fire, safety, emotional healing. 

Terry C. who is recovering from a broken femur, surgery, rehab, therapy and now walking with walker & driving again.  

Matt D. who is suffering from severe arthritis in his fingers & hands, shoulders and ankles, foot. Also suffers from depression.

Karen R. who is struggling with depression, auto mechanical troubles and hip pain issues.

George R. who is recovering from facial burns due to smoking with his oxygen. Prayers for healing and that he quits smoking.

Nancy H. who deals with anger issues, severe health issues and is currently doing physical therapy to help with her physical health issues.

 Wes H. who is dealing with severe back pain and working with a chiropractor for healing relief.

  Kalila who is being heavily treated with Cancer Therapy for radical  cancer in her body. Recovering from a Kidney infection and a heart cath. scheduled this week.

Dot T. who recovered from one shoulder surgery, is scheduled for the other shoulder surgery and for both knees surgery.

Sara who is struggling with depression and other medical issues.

 Lynn who just lost his son, Andrew, to a long and hard battle with cancer.

"Little Champ" who is only 4 months old and receiving Cancer Treatment.

 Don who is dealing with a stroke in his eye.

Gary who is having arm and hand pain.

Terry C. who fell and broke her hip and it is not healing correctly.

 Gwen L is asking prayers for her sister Joyce who was rushed to a Flagstaff, AZ hospital for emergency surgery for a blood clot.

 Dot D. having heart issues.

Alex S. who had back surgery and is recovering.

 Misty who is awaiting several surgeries.

 Patty’s New granddaughter that she continues to thrive!

Ella L. who had a biopsy; awaiting results and is now having severe back pain.

CJ P.  who travels to Denver for medical treatments and for his children who are struggling to hold the family together.

 CJ D. who struggles daily with chronic pain issues and migraines with neck pain.

 Clara V. who is having liver troubles. She is at home now, still in need of Recovery Prayers.

Angela is fighting recurring cancer again & prayers to bring her family back together.

Larry D. who has stage IV Pancreas Cancer and is in treatments. UPDATE* the numbers are coming down and spots are no longer visible in some areas! Praise GOD!

Sandy H. who has stage 1V Reoccurring Breast Cancer.

Rhonda K. who struggles with chronic back pain and pressures at work.

 Caroline A. also struggles with chronic back issues & pain.

Silvana who is recovering and near 75% back to normal!! Praise God! And she still needs prayers for recovery.

We ask for your healing in all these peoples lives; these and those unspoken. We praise You for the healing you are doing. We thank You Lord for loving us so much that You gave Your Only Son to die for our sins. We ask in Jesus name these prayers turn into praises. Thank You Father God. Amen.

"So then, don't worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the peoples of the world seek.  And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will also be provided."

                                   —  Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:31-33
Prayers for the Widows & Widowers
 May they find comfort in their grieving knowing their loved one is in God's hands.

We lift up:

Silvia P.
went home to the LORD. Please be praying for the family of Silvia during their time of grief. 

 Henrietta T. who's husband went home to be with Jesus.  Keep the rest of the family also in prayer, during this time.

 Evelyn K. who's husband went home to be with Jesus.

We come to your LORD and lift up these grieving people to you. We know that they need You in their hours of need. They look to You for guidance of things to come and strength to take one day at a time. The challenges they face will not be without You LORD. We thank You  for your grace, comfort, and support. In Jesus Name. Amen 

 What a joy it is to move people from the top list or prayers for healing to the Praise List!! YEAH GOD!! We give you thanks and praise for your glorious work and miracles! Thank You Jesus Christ!

~Phil C.  the Dr. says he no longer has cancer! Praises to God!!!

~CJD. New cream meds are working!! Praise GOD!!
~Jessica K. healing from shoulder surgery. Doing better! Healed Praise GOD!!
~Cathy M. who is awaiting more Foot Surgery. MRI done, awaiting news. UPDATE* No surgery, but cast for 6 weeks Praise GOD!!
~Trevor D. who is recovered from a sliced finger. Healed Praise GOD!!

 ~Caroline  who is recovered from a sliced thumb dealing with severe pain and slow healing Healed Praise GOD!!
 ~Dana Lynn M. who has recovered from Brain Surgery. Healed Praise be GOD!!
~ Janet's house sold! And she will be moving closer to her children and grandchildren.
~GREAT Vacation Bible School attendances and newly SAVED children of God!!! Praises to God on High!

May God be with you always, CJD.Sign

Monday, September 26, 2016


Hi Friends,
Today we are canning up our cucumbers, zucchini & squash for Pickles! Pickles are a wonderful addition to a meal, side condiment, or just for eating! Try making some pickles for yourself or your family today!
Boil the jars to sterilize them. I keep hot water in them until I am ready to use them. I just dump out the water and they are ready to go!

Pickle Relish from Zucchini & a Mix of Peppers
A Close Up photo! Aren't they pretty? And Delicious!

 Use the time chart above for your altitude. We live in Colorado and use the 3,001-6,000 , so we add 10 minutes to the final processing time. Total time for my pickles is 30 + 10 =40minutes of processing time for each individual batch.
 I make up the "brine" for the pickles in a steel pan. Bring to boil and ladle over cucumbers or veggies or relish in the hot jars.
 Keep your jar lids hot, not quite to boil, but hot.
 These jars are ready to be "cold packed". Cold Packed means that the vegetables will be placed in the jar with out any cooking or heating process done to them.

 Ladle the brine over the veggies and wipe the jar edge dry.
 I use a jar funnel in the photo above. It keeps the brine from spilling all over the jar and counter.
 Use a canning stick to release air bubbles. Trapped air can enable bacteria growth. Not a good thing. So get out those bubbles. Clean jar edges and place the hot lid and ring on the jars. Don't over tighten jar lids. Twist just until the lid just feels tight. That way the lid does not pop off during the canning process.

*Note: for crisper pickles always use "Pickle Crisp" available where canning supplies are sold. 

Here I had to use my rock to weigh a jar down in the boiling water bath. I have processed quarts in this batch and had just enough to give a pint jar too. I used the quart processing time for the whole batch of cucumber pickles.

The pickles all turned out wonderful!

I hope you decide to make your own pickles, relish, zucchini pickles, pickled onions, pickled beets or pickled mixed vegges! They are a great snack too! 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Zucchini Grilled, Sautéed , Stir Fried, Steamed and Stuffed!

Hi Sweet Friends!
Since Harvest Time is upon us and the Zucchini is a bit, well... much, I am going to give you a few extra ways to use up the zucchini in your garden before the frost sets in. We were inundated with Zucchini this year, to say the least, but we love it and share the bounty with our family & friends.

First, Grilled Zucchini is terrific! I usually cut my slices and lay them on a oil sprayed or coated grill rack and sprinkle on some herbs & spices. They don't take long and I usually flip them at least once. Keep an eye on the grill so the heat does not burn the zucchini.

Sautéed Zucchini has to be one of my favorites! I so love the caramelized onions and the flavor is so delicious! After slicing the zucchini, add them to a large sauce pan with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, Sesame Oil or Peanut Oil.
Heat to medium high and add the onion slices. Cook until the onions caramelize and the zucchini is fork tender. I sprinkle a little sea salt over the dish and serve hot. Yummmy!

 Zucchini can also be added to any vegetable stir fry recipe. 
We add it to "Happy Family" LINK , "Chili Shrimp & Vegetables", "Peppers & Zucchini" LINK , "Thai Chicken, Zucchini & Tomato Curry", and  if a recipe calls for "mixed vegetables", we toss in some zucchini.
Steamed Squash is a nice way to keep all the vitamins and minerals in the squash. I use a wire vegetable steamer or my wooden Asian Steamer. I like to cut the squash into chunks and put about a cup of water in the bottom of the pot. Bring the water to a boil and set the wire basket into the pot, or put the Steamer Baskets over the pot. Allow the vegetable to become tender to the degree in which you enjoy. Any where from 5 to 20 minutes.  Grandma likes zucchini a bit under done. She says she does not like it squishy. I thought that is how the name squash came about!
Sometimes, I will add onion or pepper slices to the steaming squash.
Zucchini Squash Flower
This year we planted the regular "Black Beauty" Zucchini with it's dark tender skin, "Yellow" Zucchini with a tougher skin, but makes a great Panko Fried Zucchini and great pickle chips. And lastly, since we had such a great planting of the Billiard Ball Zucchini last year, we planted them again.

 Above is the "Lemon Yellow" Variety of Zucchini. We liked this bright and sunny variety. The texture is good and they last about a week after picking. We froze, shredded and pickled this variety.
This type of Zucchini is called Billiard Ball and it have 4 colors it comes in. This is the yellow variety, there is dark green, medium green and light green. The optimal size of this zucchini is the size of an "8-Ball" used in the game of Pool. These little Billiard Ball Zucchini are great in all recipes that call for zucchini. They are meatier than their long tubular "Black Beauty" Zucchini Cousins. If they grow large, just remove the seedy area in the middle and cook as chunks or they even make great pickles!

 OH and don't forget stuffing them like you would a bell pepper. Hollow out the seedy parts and fill with stuffing, hamburger sauce and top with cheese!

We had a bumper crop, and made squash pickles. We also like to marinade the zucchini and grill it. Drying them is also a good way to store Zucchini. 

 Back Links:
Aug 13, 2016 ... HI Friends, Today we are Canning Squash and Zucchini. Here's a super easy way to can summer squash and zucchini. Raw pack method…

Jul 17, 2015 ... We've planted Golden, Billiard Ball & Black Beauty Zucchini this year. We are very pleased with the plant growth even with the strange weather.

Apr 17, 2015 ... This was a full bodied chili packed with flavor. Instead of the usual beans, this recipe calls of zucchini. And Wow is it good! I give it a 5* out of 5.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stone Grinding Bowl - Foodie

Hi Friends!

 I just received a terrific gift from my son and wanted to share it with you all on here! It's a  Rock Mortar and Pestle Grinding Bowl.   This 3 footed, basalt stone, pestle and grinding bowl called a

Molcajete -
"A molcajete (mo̞lkaˈxe̞te̞ or mol-cah-hay’-tay; Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mulcazitl)[needs IPA] is a stone tool, the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle,[1] similar to the South American batan, used for grinding various food product."Wikipedia

This link above has some useful information on using and cleaning these types of bowls. It also says that it is used for guacamole and other recipes that are served in these bowls.

This particular bowl is not as deep as the traditional grinding bowl or molcajete photoed in Wikipedia.

I have already been grinding my flax seed and herbs with my new "old" gift!
Thank you to my dear sweet son!
Hope you enjoyed seeing this!

Monday, September 19, 2016

4 Ways to Preserve Zucchini

Hi Friends,
Today we are canning Pickled Zucchini Relish. This is a variation to the "Garden Pickle Relish" I make at the end of the season. I also use this left over brine for Pickle Poppers and Pickle Peppers.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
1. Zucchini Pepper Pickle Relish
 Slice, then dice the Zucchini as shown above & below.
Then dice the peppers after removing the stems, seeds and inside membrane.
 Add diced peppers & zucchini into a steel pot.
Then make the brine for the relish. This recipe took 6 large zucchini's and 6 assorted peppers. Green peppers work well too, if you don't want the heat.
This year I used "Mrs. Wages Kosher Dill Pickle" Brine. Make the brine as directed on the package and add the vegetables into sterile jars. Fill with brine to 1/2" from the top of the jars. Add the hot lids and rings. Place in a Boiling Bath Canner and bring to boil. Boil for the time needed for your altitude and location. I boiled mine, in Colorado with the altitude of 5,000 ft, for 20 minutes. Here is a great link for Boiling Water Bath Canning Times LINK
Turn up the heat, and bring the water to a full rolling boil. Put the lid on the pot.
Start timing according to the recipe you are following. Canning recipes that call for a boiling water bath will include an instruction like "process for 10 minutes." The processing time doesn't start until after you've put the jars of food into the water and the water has returned to a full boil. If the water is boiling too vigorously, reduce the heat until it comes down to a more gentle but still full boil.

2. Canned Zucchini Chunks
Chunk your zucchini and place in sterile jars. Pour boiling water over the zucchini about 1/2 inch from the top of the jars. Add the hot lids and rings on the jars. Place in a Pressure Canner and bring water to boil. Put on lid and let steam vent for 10 minutes. Then add the weights. Boil for the time needed for your altitude and location. I boiled mine, in Colorado with the altitude of 5,000 ft, for  40 minutes. NOTE* let the pressure canner cool down before opening the lid. Put the cans on a folded towel using the can lifter.

3.Julienne Zucchini
Put up in freezer bags and freeze. I use these bags (two cups at a time) in zucchini bread, zucchini chocolate cake ,

Zucchini-Oat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

and zucchini pancakes!

4. Food Saver Freezer Bagging Zucchini

Taking the cut up, chunked, or diced zucchini and rinse well.

Cut the Freezer Food Saver Bags to length off the roll.
Here is the FoodSaver Machine. It is plugged in and already warmed for the sealing process. Seal the top of the bag.
Put the zucchini into the bag and make sure there is enough space to make a good seal. This is imperative so not to have too much food in the bags and the seal does not adequately seal the bags.
Let the bag sit in the machine until the seal has been made.

Take out the bag and check for a firm seal and adequate removal of the air from the bag.
These bagged, frozen pouches/bags can be frozen for a good bit of time. We have had foods preserved in this manner after 2 years and it is still full of flavor and the texture is wonderful!
With all the zucchini in our garden and the bumper crop it produced, we are using all these ways to keep the garden vegetables going through out the Winter!

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