Point of Comfort

A little bit of comfort in this crazy world….

Warm Chicken Salad Casserole

This is one of my favorite recipes!

We have a local (live) TV show here in Green Bay called Living with Amy (kind of like Green Bay’s own Martha Stewart).  Amy has published a couple of recipe books that I love and use all the time.  Her recipes are easy with ingredients you would normally have in the pantry.  Working full-time I look for crock pot and casserole recipes that are a bit different and tasty.  This is one of my all time favorites and my husband loves it.  I made this for my niece Leah after she came home with her newborn baby boy and she is a fan now too.  She’s having another little guy in April…so I’ll treat her again!

Note:  I cut this in 1/2 and put it in an 8″ or 9″ casserole dish or pan for just my husband and I.  (The picture below is a half recipe).

This is great served with a salad on the side.

Warm Chicken Salad Casserole
Warm Chicken Salad Casserole

Here’s the recipe for Warm Chicken Salad Casserole:

3 to 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or finely diced – I use rotisserie chicken
1 cup almonds, silvered
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 (4 ounce) can sliced pimentos, drained
2 cups celery, chopped
1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups crushed potato chips


Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Spoon into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake covered with foil in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle cheese and crushed chips on top.  Bake another 10 to 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

This also makes a great ladies luncheon recipe or to bring to a church potluck!

God Is Everywhere

I took this picture this past Autumn when my husband and I took a Sunday ride down the back roads, trying to run along the Bay of Green Bay as much as we could to catch the sunset.  We happened upon a little park called Sugar Creek Park between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.  I stopped and snapped some shots of the sunset.

After I started looking through them I found this one and what appeared to be a cross on the water as the sun reflected down on it. God is everywhere…you just need to look.

God Is Everywhere

I added the bible verse for a friend of mine who lost his brother last year…thinking it was the most appropriate picture to remember his brother and his legacy.

Time out!

This past Christmas our family decided we were going to have a Home-made Christmas – all the gifts we gave were to be hand-made (which by the way – I love!).  So I put my list together trying to figure out what to make everyone. For the great-nephews who are approaching their 3rd, 4th and 2nd birthdays. I thought a “time out” stool would be fun…well maybe for their Mom and Dad…not so much for them! Here are some shots on how they turned out! They were easy to paint and colorful. I used paint pens to decorate the sides and add the lettering.
Football Time Out StoolBaseball Time Out Stool
I bought the stools at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon (went through the line twice) and they were bare wood.   If you download the Hobby Lobby app on your phone, you can show them a coupon for 40% off that you pull up on your phone.

The stools were the perfect size for these little guys.

Stuffed French Toast with a Twist!

Finshed stuffed French Toast

Yum! Someone gave me a recipe for this French Toast and thought I’d give it a try. I’ll most likely make a few adjustments but thought I’d try the recipe as it is before I go changing it (usually I’m changing it up right away). Here’s the recipe:
16 slice white bread (remove all crusts)
8 oz soft cream cheese
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 c melted butter
Use a rolling pin to flatten each slice of bread.
In a mixer, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened cream cheese on each slice of bread.
Roll it up…jelly roll style.
Dip the roll in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon/sugar.
Bake on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick foil at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden.
Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream.
Yum! Try it and enjoy a little twist on an old favorite.

Pastor Gary Retires

Today I was able to travel to Wausau, WI to be with Gary and Nan and their family for Gary’s retirement. It was a beautiful service at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, full of glorious music, a  choir that sounded awesome and included brass that was out of this world…gave me goosebumps.

Pastor Gary started the service out by giving a cute children’s sermon using a video from The Sound of Music with the Captain’s children singing the so long, fair well song.

The start of the Children's Sermon
The start of the Children’s Sermon
The Sound of Music Video Clip
The Sound of Music Video Clip

Gary always delivers a sermon with a message is so meaningful and yesterday was no different.  He is a dynamic speaker, he is so easy to listen to and I can apply the sermons and the message to my daily life.

Love the pulpit at St. Stephen's
Love the pulpit at St. Stephen’s
Gary giving his sermon
Gary giving his sermon

Here are some moments I captured from Communion and the Rite of Retirement.

Gary's Rite of Retirement
Gary’s Rite of Retirement

At the end of the service the choir sang the most beautiful benediction that brought moved many to tears.  Here is a picture of Gary as he looks up at the choir singing the benediction.

The Moving Benediction
The Moving Benediction

A reception luncheon was served in the church basement where the congregation at St. Stephen’s sent Gary and Nan off with gifts for them both to enjoy.  A weekend stay at The Inn At Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay and a date night for every month for the next year!

Opening their gifts!
Opening their gifts!

For me, friends are just as important as family and I have found family in my friends…the Froseths are my family and I cherish every moment I spend with them. Don’t ever take your family and friends for granted. I’ve learned, life is way to short…so tell the ones you love and care for that you love them and how much they mean to you.

Grandma’s Apple Pie Moonshine

Weather here in Wisconsin the past few weeks has been cold…like below zero cold but today and tomorrow our temps and wind chill take us to 40-50 below zero!  That’s cold!

Tonight I put a little heater under the sink to keep the pipes from freezing.  I also changed the furnace filter.  Trying to do all the things your suppose to do.  At work today, I went out and started my car to let it run for about 10 minutes each time.  Just to keep the motor warm, keep the oil moving…all those things my dad always told me to do.  See Dad, I was listening!  :o)

I worry about all the critters outside, hoping they stay warm somehow and even though I can’t do anything about this I also worry about any animals (cats/dogs) that are outside dogs…hoping their owners take them in, keep them warm and safe.

These cold winter nights, I’ve been warming up some of my homemade Grandma’s Apple Pie Moonshine.  I made this a couple of weeks prior to  Christmas and boy oh boy, does it warm you up prior to going to bed at night…I do actually warm it up too.  Here’s the recipe I used:

  • 1 Gallon Spiced Apple Cider
  • 1 Gallon Apple Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 8 Whole Cinnamon Sticks (and extra for the jars)
  • 1 Bottle (750 ml) Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 Bottle (750 ml) Everclear

Combine all ingredients except alcohol in a large stockpot and bring to a boil, remove from heat and cool at room temperature. Once cooled, add alcohol.  Transfer to sterile mason jars.  Add a couple of cinnamon sticks (using one from the boiled mixture and a new one) to each mason jar.  Store in a dark, cool room for a weeks before consumption.  Serve warm or cold.   Oh yeah!  So good, warms you up from the inside out!  Enjoy!

Little bit of Heaven~
Little bit of Heaven

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