Monday, December 17, 2012

Southern Poppy Seed Chicken

Southern Poppy Seed Chicken

This past Thanksgiving, I spent it down in Tennessee with my fiancé and his family. A few days after Thanksgiving, my fiancé's mother took left over turkey and even cooked some chicken to make a dish called Southern Poppy Seed Chicken. This past Saturday, December 15, 2012 my family had two couples, two ladies, and my fiancé coming over for lunch, so I decided to give it a whirl and make a double batch of Southern Poppy Seed Chicken by doubling the recipe below for everyone. It turned out very well, and this will be a dish I will be making again in the future!

  • 3-5 Cups Cooked Chicken or Turkey
  • 1 Can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, Melted
  • 2 Cup Ritz Crackers, Crushed (About 1 1/2 Rolls of Crackers)
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil raw chicken with salt and pepper until done. Let chicken cool slightly and pull apart chicken into smaller pieces. Place chicken in a 9X13 casserole dish.
  3. Mix together the condensed cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Spread over the chicken.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Frigidly Waiting

Frigidly Waiting
Finally it is the very last class of the day, 
Not to anxious for my class lesson to be over.
Bearing in mind near by snow is all around,
Wondering if I will be able to tolerate the weather.

Last class has reached to a closing end, 
Packing my books into my school bag. 
Putting on my jacket, gloves, hat, and scarf, 
All bundled up, going outside will be a drag.

Slowing making my way out of class, 
Now it is time to go home for the day. 
Knowing I have to take the Transit Bus home, 
So why am I going gradually through the hallway?

Not really wanting to go outside, 
Being aware of the dreadfully chilliness. 
At last I am approaching the end of the hallway, 
A set of doors in front of me to the outside frostiness.

Opening a door to journey outside, 
All my winter wear keeping me bundled up. 
Now feeling the icy wind hit my face, 
As I am making my way out to the bus stop.

Looking at my watch to see what the time is, 
Around five minutes before the bus is arriving. 
Feeling the coldness all around and through me, 
Chattering, shaking, feeling numb, I am freezing.

Wounding when the bus will turn up?
It feels like fifteen minutes have gone by.
Glancing at my watch to notice the time,

Resentment inside me of only two minutes flew by.

Moving around to maintain body warmth, 
The weather must be in the single numeral. 
Peering up the road to see if the bus is coming, 
Waiting for the bus seems futile.

After waiting for what feels like ten minutes,
I at long last see the Transit Bus coming my way.
Soon there will be no more frigidly waiting;
I can finally feel warmer for the rest of my day.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Veil of Pearls

"Veil of Pearls"
MaryLu Tyndall

She thought she could outrun her past...

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants.  Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston.  But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados.  Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored - and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances.  Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.

But Adalia's new life comes at a high price - that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God.  How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves?  And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?

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My Review

Finishing MaryLu Tyndall’s eleventh book, but second single novel she has written, I have found myself once again transported back in time deep into the storyline.  “Veil of Pearls” takes place in the year 1811 right before the war of 1812 between the Americans and the British.  Adalia Winston escapes as a runaway slave from Barbados to Charleston to seek out freedom, but realizes later on she may have not truly escaped to freedom.  Morgan Rutledge is a man who is born into a prominent family where he gets easily bored with his life and seeks adventure where his family does not approve of to where he is afraid of losing something that seems important to him.  Reading through how the relationship between Adalia and Morgan takes way, will snatch your heart away.  Find out how wavering Adalia’s faith in God takes control of her, and if Morgan will find out his true purpose in life from God or not.  An outstanding part about MaryLu’s novel, “Veil of Pearls”, is that this time there are discussion questions at the very end of the book to leave you or anyone thinking more about what happened throughout the story, and to think about how your very own life with relating to all this!  If you like to read Christian Historical Romance novels where it will leaving you wanting to know more of what is going to happen with the main characters of the story, this novel will be right for you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Dragon Wings

My Dragon Wings

Wearing a massive backpack,
So others don’t notice what is on my back.
Why not wear a nice jacket?
It won’t keep what’s on my back a secret.

Why keep my backside hidden from another?
If the public saw, they’d run in terror.
Scientist would want me for experiments,
To me that would be many torments.

Kids give me the nickname like backpack girl,
I can’t help it, but it really hurts on how I feel.
What I am hiding is not a curse,
But a gift from Jesus.

Only a few know of this gift from the Jesus Christ,
With all my heart, those are the ones I can trust.
Of those few they too have something like me,
They too have to hide their trait, as you can see.

I will take my backpack off at night,
Only when it’s real dark and I am out of sight.
Spreading out to the left
Even to the right.

I take off into the darkness,
Soaring high into the air of nothingness.
Powerful wings keep me up high,
Where no harm will come my way in the sky.

Coming down very quietly,
So no others see me, I decrease slowly.
Touching the ground I fold them back,
Stuffing them into the large pack.

I ask my mother why I have these things.
My mother tells me why I have wings,
Even though she looks human,
She told me she use to be a dragon.

An anthrozil is what I would be labeled,
That is me being both dragon and human to be defined.
These wings are a symbol of faith,
To God having loyalty, trust, & belief.

Thursday, April 26, 2012



I am a programmable device,
I respond to specific set of instructions;
I can perform a prerecorded list of directions,
Wonder who I am?

I am digital and electronic,
Wires, transistors, and circuits are my hardware,
Instructions and data are my software.
I am your personalized computer.

Purpose of a Semicolon

Purpose of a Semicolon

I bind two sentences more closely,
Than where the full stop would happen,
If separated by the period.
Which I often replace the conjunction.

I am much stronger than the comma, 
Where reading is clear. 
Wondering who I am?
Semicolon if you so care.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Falcon and the Sparrow

"The Falcon and the Sparrow"
MaryLu Tyndall

A Reluctant Spy Captures More Than She Bargained

London of 1803 is a wild as Rome before the fall of the Empire as the rich seek to feed their insatiable hunger for pleasure while ignoring Napoleon's resurgence.

Into a dark London townhouse walks a timid woman set upon saving her brother's life, even if it requires her to commit treason upon the country of her birth.

Admiral Chase Randal is intrigued by the new governess in his home and cannot deny that his grieving heart is beginning to awaken as he watches Dominique Dawson with his son.

Dominique loves the admiral's son, but how can she understand an attraction for the admiral when he claims to deny the existence of God?  For only through God does she find her courage to spy for France.

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My Review

This single novel, "The Falcon and the Sparrow", written by MaryLu Tyndall has lots of action, trickery, and romance. The sparrow, Dominique Dawson, is forced to become a spy for France by them keeping her only brother captured. The falcon, Admiral Chase Randal, needs a governess for his son, William, after three years of his deceased wife, so he can still be out at sea. Dominique becomes the governess William needs, but in the process she is also sent to steal the Admiralty documents from Chase's home in London for the French or the French will execute her brother. As time goes on Dominique learns Chase has lost and turned from God, she grows deeply to care for him to help him see the truth again of God, though as she tries she feels her own faith wavers at what she is doing and seeking guidance from God. Read this wonderful historical fiction novel to see what happens with Dominique and Chase throughout this intense adventure!