Organized Chaos

Life as an Associate Pastor's wife: community, family and God

Whitt Annual Christmas Party December 18, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Holidays — Jessi @ 11:20 am

This past weekend Billy and I had our annual Christmas party. We invited some of my family and some of our friends from church. We had lots of food, played Rock Band, and played a few rounds of boys vs. girls Taboo. I think everyone had fun. I know I did even if no one else did. One of the highlights for me was watching my sister play the guitar part on Rock Band while her husband sang. It was great! Oh, I can’t leave out the girls Taboo victory. Way to go girls!

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Can You Say Trouble! December 17, 2008

Filed under: At Home,Cooking,Holidays,Winter — Jessi @ 6:15 pm

Ever since I can remember my Mom takes one night out of the year to make sweet treats. Our annual holiday candy making extravaganza took place the other night. It was a lot of fun. I deemed myself the taste tester. Not really, but I think I did more eating than baking. My two neices (one is 8 and one is 2) were there, and the youngest did not want to be left out so she got some sprinkles and decided to help decorate. As you can see, she ended up being my taste test helper!

 

Billy Tested + Approved December 9, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Holidays — Jessi @ 9:10 pm

This weekend Billy and I are hosting our annual Christmas party with friends from church and some of my family. Baking for this weekend has officially begun. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to have a menu that consists mainly of yummy little sweets and a few healthy things like veggies and dip, but it mainly caters to your sweet tooth. Today’s recipe is Chocolate Truffles with different coatings like powdered sugar, coconut, and sprinkles. I’ve also made coconut balls and am in the process of making peanut butter pinwheels. More pics later. Billy has already tested out my little creations, and I think he likes!

 

My Office Party = Contemplation # 3 December 8, 2008

Filed under: Holidays,Me,Midnight Reflections — Jessi @ 2:49 pm

This weekend was my work’s Christmas party. This is my second Christmas with True Line, but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned about the boss and his family is that they are very generous. Our party was at the Mayflower, a seafood restaurant, and we could order anything off the menu that we wanted. Not only was the meal paid for, every child got a Christmas present (toys or gift certificates) and every adult got a little something (women got the bags shown above and men got Swiss army knives). This is just one incident of why I am thankful for the job that God has provided for me. Billy and I have been blessed. I may not be doing what I went to college for or what I desire to do, but I’m trying to see the significance in why I have been placed here. Maybe it’s to show my synical co-workers that marriage is not a big flop, that there’s more to life than just work, or that living your life for God does not mean boredom and irrelevance. My desire is to please God and show Him to others, and I think He’s allowing me to do that where I am now. That doesn’t mean I don’t dream of doing other things. I like Louie’s analogy: ‘every life is like a boat with a sail and our job in life is only to hold up the sail… not be the wind. He said that Jesus taught us that the wind blows where it wants and that we don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. He said that there is nothing worse than doing life or ministry by rowing. The problem with rowing is that we might be going at it hard and fast at 66 degrees North, but the wind is blowing 19 degrees South and that is how most of us live and so it shouldn’t be surprising that we are tired… and lost.’ So if the wind pushes we will go, but if it’s still we will be too.

 

Thanksgiving @ the Whitt’s November 30, 2008

Filed under: Holidays — Jessi @ 7:27 pm

So in my last post I mentioned that I was going to deep fry a turkey. Well folks, that didn’t work out as planned. When I got my little turkey breast home I realized that it was still too big to fit in the deep fryer, but no worries because it turns out that I picked a turkey breast that was a fully cooked slow roasted young turkey breast. All I had to do was reheat and then put the glazing on top and cook for a little while longer. Everyone said that they enjoyed it! It turned out to be a fun evening. I love cooking and entertaining. I don’t do it that often, but that just makes me appreciate the times that I do get to do it. Besides I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much if I had to do it all the time anyway. Below is one of my recipes, more like kraftfoods.com’s recipes, that was a big hit:

Cheesy Potato Cups

Prep Time:1 hr 15 min       Total Time:1 hr 45 min        Makes:12 servings

Ingredients:

6 large baking potatoes (4-3/4 lb.)

1/3 cup  butter or margarine

3 Tbsp. milk

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Cheddar Cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 Tbsp. OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits

12   broccoli florets, blanched, drained

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Pierce potatoes with fork. Bake 1 hour. Let stand 5 min. Cut potatoes in half crosswise; scoop out centers, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells.

PLACE potatoes in large bowl. Add butter and milk; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. (If potatoes are dry, beat in small amount of additional milk.) Spoon evenly into shells; lightly press 1 cheese cube in center of each potato. Place potatoes in muffin pan.

BAKE 30 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle each with 1/2 tsp. bacon bits. Top with broccoli.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my guests did! What is one of your favorite recipes?

 

Thanksgiving November 26, 2008

Filed under: Holidays — Jessi @ 7:54 am

This year for Thanksgiving I’ve decided that I’m going to cook dinner for my parents, Ben, and Billy’s parents. My plan is to deep fry a young turkey. I’ve heard that they’re delicious, and ever since Louie Giglio tried it in one of his sermons I’ve always wanted to try. Should be interesting! I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree November 18, 2008

Filed under: Holidays — Jessi @ 10:15 am

It seems like the holiday season comes and goes, and this year I’m in the mood to savor it as much as I can so a couple weeks ago I decided to ask Billy if we could decorate the Christmas tree. He happily agreed, and off we went!