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  • Dixie Ryan: I thank God for what I've always had

  • During the past week I spent a lot of time going through some of “Grouchy Bear’s” personal items and the thought came to me, “How often do we count our blessings?” I know I did not follow the instruction in the old hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings and see what God has done.”

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  • During the past week I spent a lot of time going through some of “Grouchy Bear’s” personal items and the thought came to me, “How often do we count our blessings?” I know I did not follow the instruction in the old hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings and see what God has done.”
    It suddenly struck me how neglectful I had been in “counting my blessings.” God blessed me with a wonderful husband, five great children, seven incredible grandchildren and many other blessings. I hugged them and told them I loved them, but often I was rushed or just forgot, and how much I regret that now.
    While dusting, I picked up a bird house that the “Bear” had made. It is an oak “outhouse” and very detailed. When you open the front door, it says, “Jerry Ryan. For my “tweetie.” Happy Valentines Day, February 14, 2003.
    I remember receiving it, and I cried and thanked him. Gave him a big hug but did I take the time to thank God for such a great husband. I don’t think I did until this past week. If I must, I will spend the rest of my life thanking God for the blessings I have had, even if it takes me the rest of my life. So to my children, thanks so much for being great kids. To my grandchildren, thanks so much for being so wonderful, and to my husband, if he can hear me, “Thanks, Grouchy Bear for being the darling bear you are.
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    This was one of the favorites around here, however, the “Bear” did prefer just plain biscuits and gravy but for a change he loved this recipe.
    Biscuit and sausage bake
    2 cups biscuit baking mix
    1⁄2 cup milk
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    6 fully cooked breakfast sausage links, thawed if frozen
    Maple syrup, warmed.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk baking mix, egg and vanilla in medium bowl. Stir in blueberries. Batter will be stiff. Spread batter into prepared pan. Cut each sausage link into small pieces. Sprinkle sausage pieces over better. Bake 22 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cut into squares; serve with warm maple syrup.
    Since the “Bear” was supposed to eat less meat and more chicken and fish he loved these.
    Cajun chicken burgers
    1 pound fresh ground chicken or turkey
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1⁄4 cup chopped bell pepper
    3 scallions, minced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco brand pepper sauce
    Dash of ground pepper
    Page 2 of 2 - Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Form into 4-inch patties. Broil or grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through (160 F). Serve immediately. Make 5 servings.
    I added lettuce, sliced tomato and mayo to the burgers. Some frozen french fries rolled in Parmesan cheese and baked are great, also.
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and hints with readers for many years.
     
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