Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 20, 2013

Thankful for safety through weekend storms

By Alice Woodhull Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — It was good to wake up this morning after a day of threatening weather. I am so thankful that the only inconvenience we had was about five hours of being in the dark after the storms had basically passed over us.

Thank you to the Decatur County REMC for getting us back on so quickly.

My heart does out to those who lost their homes and businesses. We don’t usually hear of this kind of weather at this time of year. The TV stations did a good job of keeping us aware of what was going on all around us. We will indeed have something for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving season.

I had a wonderful little vacation a week ago when I went to South Carolina to see my grandson graduate from Basic Training in the National Guard. It was certainly an impressive ceremony and the young men and women look so neat in their uniforms. They are ready for the challenges that are before them. The military have a way of making them into persons that will be there for us whenever the emergencies arise.

This is the time when we all get very busy as the holidays are right around the corner. This reading was in our church’s bulletin Sunday and I think it tells us what Thanksgiving is all about.

It’s easy to be thankful with a bountiful table spread,

But could I offer sincere thanks for just a crust of bread?

It’s easy to be thankful when I’m feeling well and strong, but what about the pain-wracked hours when time seems oh, so long?

It’s no effort to be thankful when the sun shines all the day,

But how about the other times when skies are gloomy gray?

It’s no effort to be thankful when all things are going good,

But how about the times when things don’t go the way they should?

“When friends misunderstand me and so freely criticize?

When someone I most dearly loved quite suddenly dies?

When bills keep piling up on me until they’re mountain-high?

When I can’t seem to get ahead--no matter how I try?

“In everything give thanks,” I read; and this I know is right;

The sacrifice of praise to God I know is His delight;

So help me, Lord, to do the thing that pleases Thee’

Count my rich blessings every day and always thankful be!

And if you don’t care for turkey at this time of year, how about something else.

BISCUIT TOPPED STROGANOFF

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 to 2 cans refrigerated biscuits, halved

2 cups sour cream, divided

1/2 cup water

1 egg

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown beef and onion; drain. Stir in soup, heating until hot and bubbly, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sour cream. Pour hot mixture into greased 2-quart casserole dish. Top with biscuits, cut side down. Mix remaining sour cream with water and egg. Spoon this mixture over the biscuits. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

PORK CHOPS SUPREME

6 pork chops, 1-inch thick

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2cup chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper

2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce

1/3 cup wine vinegar

1 can pineapple chunks and juice

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Season chops with salt and pepper. Bake in a shallow baking dish at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Drain any excess fat. While chops bake, mix remaining ingredients and let stand to blend flavors. Pour over chops and bake 45 minutes longer, basting frequently with sauce to glaze chops. Serves 6.