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Recipe and Helps
by Pauline Murphy

Beef Casserole (Serve with tossed green salad)

2 - 8oz cans crescent rolls, divided
1½ pounds ground beef
½ small onion, minced
2 cups (8oz) shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup water
½ cup chili sauce
2 tbsp. taco seasoning
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. pepper
Toppings: sour cream, salsa

Unroll 1 can crescent rolls, and press into a lightly greased 13X9 inch pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.

Stir in cheese and next 6 ingredients; spoon over crust.

Unroll remaining can of crescent rolls, and shape into a rectangle, pressing perforations to seal. Cut into ½ inch strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over beef mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream and salsa, if desired.

Yields: 6 servings.
Prep: 15 min, Bake: 35 min, Stand: 10 min.


Confetti Bean Salad

¼ cup olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained *
1 medium size red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
½ medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, thinly sliced
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Wisk together first 4 ingredients in a lage bowl, add beans and next 5 ingredients, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with feta cheese, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.
Prep: 15 min.
Chill: 1 hour.

* 2 (15 oz ) cans of navy beans may be substituted for cannellini beans.


Apple - Oatmeal Cookies (These soft, chewy cookies are perfect for filling the cookie jar.)

1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup raisins
1 cup finely chopped, peeled apple (such as Granny Smith)
1 egg, slightly beaten
½ cup honey
½ cup oil
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

Stir in raisins and apples.

In a large bowl, combine egg, honey, oil and milk. Stir in dry ingredients. Mix to form a smooth batter.

Drop batter onto ungreased baking sheets, using a rounded tsp. of dough for each cookie, leaving 2 inches between. Dip fingers into water, Press dough down to about 1 ½ inch diameter.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Remove sheet from oven. Transfer cookies to cooling rack.

Prep: 20 minutes, Baking Time: 10-12 minutes.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Pauline Murphy


The nearest thing to heaven on this earth is the home where husband and wife, parents and children live in love and peace for the Lord and for each other. The nearest thing to hell on earth is an ungodly home, damaged by sin and iniquity, where parents quarrel and bicker, and children are abandoned to the devil and all the forces of wickedness.

In the wisdom of God, the family is the smallest complete unit of society on the earth. As goes the family, so goes the nation and civilization and the world.

No nation has ever risen higher morally, intellectually, or spiritually than the families of which that nation was constituted. All efforts, therefore, at improving moral and spiritual standards in the world, combating crime, infidelity, and violence, must begin with the home and the family. Attacking these problems anywhere else, anywhere farther down the line, can only be temporary. It can only restrain but never result in a cure.

Until the homes of our nation, and that means first of all parents of our nation, turn to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, our country will deteriorate morally and spiritually. - M.R. De Haan

O Bless that house where faith and find
And all within have set their mind
To trust their God and serve Him still
And do each day His holy will! -- Amen