Saturday, December 12, 2009


I'm writing another post for Keelie's Week 10-Holiday Parties and for Spiritual Sundays, as I prepare for and look forward to tomorrow night's "Family Night at Christmas".

UPDATE: We are home from the "Family Night at Christmas" and it was a lot more fun than we could imagine! The Family Life Center was transformed into a beautiful candlelit dining hall, with tables set up for 300 people. There was a lot of delicious food. The church pastoral staff had videoed some comical skits for us, and then they sang serious Christmas carols. Next, a high school boy and his brother who was about 6 years old, sang Christmas Shoes, and they received a standing ovation. They were followed by the Preschool choir. The finale was the children's choir doing a rap song about Jesus' birth, with glowing colored balls. It was a very nice evening!

I have been to many of those at different churches, and it is always a special time to celebrate with fellow believers.

Tomorrow night's is sure to be special, as we purchased tickets to pay for the meat, but are also asked to take a vegetable, salad or dessert, and a non-perishable food item offering, and each of the age group choirs will be performing.

A lot of work goes into the preparation by different church members as they decorate, move furniture, set up a stage, practice, and prepare food. I pray that everyone remembers why they are doing all that they do and cooperate with each other in love, as a church family.

I pray the same prayer for families as we plan our Christmas celebrations.

Below is another recipe that is a family favorite. It is the vegetable that I am taking for tomorrow night's church Family Night at Christmas. I like that it is red and green.


2 lbs. carrots

1 small onion (optional)

1 small green pepper (optional)


10 oz. tomato soup

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup salad oil

3/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Cut carrots in serving pieces and boil 3 minutes, then drain.

Chop onion and pepper separately. Alternate layers of carrots, onions and pepper in dish.

Combine ingredients for marinade. My recipe says to bring to a boil and to continue cooking and stirring until thick. I have used another recipe just like this, except it said to blend the marinade in the blender. I like to boil it.

Pour the marinade over the vegetables.

Serve hot or cold. (We always eat it cold, but I always take a bite of it while it's warm, too, and it is great both ways. I did not go down the side of the table that it was on tonight, so I did not get any of it at the dinner. It was all eaten.)

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  1. May you have a most blessed time with your church family, and thank you for sharing this recipe, I haven't had copper pennies in a long time.

  2. This does sound quite yummy, and I am always looking for new veggie dishes so thanks for sharing this. Have a wonderful time at the Christmas party and I pray all goes well. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Debbie

  3. We just got home from being with the church "Family" at Sunday morning worship. It was wonderful. We too have many church events this time of the year. Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening was a musical program. Wednesday evening will be our "Family Night" with a lot of things going on including a snow mountain for the kids. There will be about 1500 people there. Your recipe looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Special events with special church friends are some of my most precious memories. Thank you for sharing your special moments.

  5. It sounds like so much fun. Enjoy!
    God Bless,

  6. It's a special time of year to celebrate with family and friends. I'm glad you enjoyed your evening. Your Copper Pennies sound really good! Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by. I pray you will have a lovely week.

    Christmas blessings,

  7. what an interesting receipe....God bless and thank you for posting this...