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Let the earth resound… September 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 7:06 pm

We have been singing a new song in youth group and last night we sang it in worship.  It is a Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend song called “Let the Earth Resound.”  I love how it speaks to God our Creator, God our Sovereign Lord, and God who gives Grace and Mercy.  My junior high class on Wednesday night has been tracing God’s promise of a Savior and Redeemer from Genesis through the Old Testament.  We are highlighting all the ways that God kept his promise and we are looking forward to how Christ came and fulfilled them all.  Our theme verse is 2 Corinthians 1:20,”For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.  That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

Last night’s song sings of God’s goodness to us throughout that history and His goodness to us in Christ:

Let the earth resound with songs of praise to the Father’s power and love-

For the One who set each star in place chose to set His heart on us.

To the One whose might gives victory yet whose mercies never cease-

as the tapestry of history tells the story of His grace.

King Immortal, faithful God, crowned with splendor, rich in love. Let the heavens and the earth resound with songs of praise to You.

It is so encouraging to sing of His goodness and His character that never changes!


Emily’s chicken pot pie September 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 11:04 am

Last night we ate our chicken pot pie from our freezer cooking meals.  My mom is here helping this week and I am so grateful.  It has turned into a very busy week.  I am eagerly trying to get rid of all the clothes that the children aren’t wearing anymore.  I am doing back to back consignment sales and it has almost done me in.  I am so T.I.R.E.D of these clothes!

I pulled out the chicken pot pie because Eric had a session meeting at 6 and we needed to eat a meal quickly.  He can eat a plateful and get lots of vegetables and chicken too.

You will need: 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of cream of potato soup, 3 chicken breasts cooked, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 Tablespoons of parsley, 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables, 2/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 medium potato boiled and cubed.  Mix all this together in a bowl.  At this point, we freeze in bags.

To cook, thaw.  You will need a double pie crust to complete the recipe.  Place the mixture in the pie crust.  Place second pie crust on top. Pinch edges and cut slots on top.  Cover edges of crust with foil.  Bake at 375 for 50 minutes.

Everyone ate it- some more happily than others 🙂


Emma P’s pizza casserole September 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 10:51 am

Tonight we are pulling out the pizza casserole from our freezer cooking-  I have made variations of this recipe.  This one was highly recommended by a sweet lady in our church (emma p.) who taught my biblestudy in the spring and often has wonderful advice, helpful information, and good tips for parenting, biblical study, and biblical worldview.

You will need:  3 cups of uncooked rotini, 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 medium onion, 1 can of tomato sauce (15 0z), 1 jar of pizza sauce (14oz), 1 can of tomato paste (6oz), 1.5 teaspoon of sugar, 1.5-1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1.5 teaspoon of onion powder, 1.5-1 teaspoon of dried oregano.    When you serve it, you will need 4 cups of mozzarella cheese, 3-4 oz of pepperoni, a half cup of grated parmesan cheese.

Cook the ground beef and onion over medium heat.  Stir in tomato sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasoning.   Add some salt and pepper too.  Cook pasta and drain it.  Stir pasta into ground beef mixture.  Our group freezes it at the time.  To serve: thaw.  In a 13 x 9″ pan, put half meat and pasta mixture on bottom of pan.  Top with half of the mozzarella cheese.  Repeat with other half of meat mixture and then the rest of the cheese.  Top with pepperoni and sprinkly grated parmesan cheese on top.  Cover with foil.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake 20 more minutes.

This can easily be doubled, tripled, etc to serve lots of people.  Thanks for the recipe Emma!


Walking for Choose Life September 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 4:44 pm

Our church invited Choose Life (  to share about their ministry during evening worship.  To prepare for them coming, the girls and I had to have a talk about what their ministry does and how they help save lives and support ladies.  The girls asked lots of questions and by the end of the conversation, all three of us were crying.  Having to answer the girls’ questions was literally watching innocent eyes become open to a harsh world.  Because our children believe life begins in the womb and have loved Psalm 139, the horror was overwhelming when they talked through this issue.  They have seen ultrasounds of Cord and Lucy and they know the heartbeats were strong even before week 12.   Why would this be a choice and why would America allow abortion to be legal? 

At the evening service, the Choose Life representative shared the statistics for North Alabama and she clearly showed that when ladies received an ultrasound, they were moved by the life they saw and over 90% elect to keep their children.  Choose Life comes alongside with parenting classes, donations, grief recovery for those touched by abortion, abstinence education, and counseling.  Our youth group has supported them and ladies from our church work there.  A lady in our church began this ministry out of her home with her phone serving as a crisis pregnancy hotline and service. 


Choose Life is having a fundraising walk this Saturday morning.  The organization is funded 100% by donation and has a volunteer staff.  Our girls immediately asked if they could walk.  Eric and I are sponsoring them (and I am walking with them).  Our pastor’s wife is sponsoring them- she is a true encourager to my girls and I appreciate her so much.  The above picture is the flyer for their walk and to get more information about it, click on their website.


Italian Beef Sandwiches September 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 1:43 pm

Today we are doing lots of “chores” (as my dad likes to say).  I am dropping off consignment clothes today!! I cannot wait to get them out of here- It feels fantastic! Since our team played Thursday, we are casually watching games all day as we work.  I pulled out Italian beef for our dinner tonight- It is perfect for football in the fall.

You will need:

3-4 pounds of boneless chuck roast, one can of beer, one can of beef broth, one small jar of pepperocinis, garlic salt and oregano.  Heavily coat the meat with garlic salt.  Place in dutch oven and pour in beer, broth, peppers, and oregano to taste.  Cover and bake on 300 for 3-4 hours or until tender.  I take just the roast out of the pan and put it in a mixing bowl.  I used my handmixer to shred it and then returned it to the pan of peppers and broth.  It is ready to eat. If you are freezer cooking, you take it and bag it after shredding.  To prepare it after freezing, thaw it, dump all of it into a pot and reheat it on top of the stove. 

To serve:  You will want mozzarella cheese and hoagie rolls.  I cut the rolls, put the meat on, sprinkle the cheese on top, and broil it briefly to toast it- YUM! This is my favorite meal we made for freezer cooking this time.  Hope you enjoy 🙂


chicken tortilla soup September 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 1:01 pm

Last night, a friend of mine came over to watch the Auburn/ Mississippi State football game.  I am an Auburn Tiger and she is a Mississippi Bulldog.  However, she is sweet, interesting, and easy going (and actually attended Mississippi State, which makes me love her for loving her college team like I love mine).  It didn’t hurt that Auburn won either 🙂

We  had chicken tortilla soup from one of my freezer meals and I thought I would share the recipe with you.

You will need: 1 chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 4 cups of chicken broth, 1 (28oz) can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of tomato paste, 1.5-2lbs of chopped chicken, 1 Tablespoon of chili powder (we half this sometimes), 1 teaspoon of cumin, 2 Tablespoons of lime juice, 1 (16oz) package of frozen corn. 

Sautee the onion and garlic until tender.  Add broth, tomatoes, paste, chicken, chili power, cumin, and lime juice.  Bring to a boil.  Add corn and continue cooking 5 more minutes.   At this point, our freezer cooking group lets this cool and we bag it.  To serve, thaw and reheat.  Serve with tortilla strips (cut corn tortillas into 1/2″ strips and bake on coated baking sheet until lightly browned) or chips.


Chicken fajita recipe September 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 11:11 pm

Tonight we had chicken fajitas for dinner from our freezer recipes.  I wanted to share the marinade with you in case you wanted to cook it too!

Put in a blender: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 4 scallions, 2 large garlic cloves, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar.  Pour marinade over 1.5 pounds of sliced chicken.  We freeze it at this point.

When you are ready to cook it, thaw it.  Sautee red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and onions in a pan.  I baked the chicken in the oven for 15-20 minutes and then added it to the peppers and onion mix in the pan.  Wrap in tortillas and serve with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and lettuce. 

This was originally supposed to be with skirt steak instead of chicken.  Either works great. Enjoy!