Archives for December 2015

Lynn’s Chicken Casserole

chicken casserole

 

 

 

 

Cook 2 large or 3 small boneless chicken breasts

1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion

1/2 to 1 cup chopped stalk of celery

1 cup of milk

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 can of cream of celery soup

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 bag of herb stuffing mix

1 stick of butter & 2 T of butter

1 t sage

1 t parsley

1 t poultry seasoning

pinch of garlic salt

2 T of water

Put chopped up cooked chicken in bottom of sprayed 9 x 13 dish

Cook onion and celery in 1 T of butter until tender and set aside

Mix together milk, seasonings and 3 soups

Pour onion & celey (not drained) into soup mixture

Pour soup mixture over chicken

Mix stuffing with melted stick of butter and water

Spread over soup mixture

Cook for 35 minutes at 350.

The soup mixture that is poured over the chicken is also good to pour over

boneless chicken in a cockpot to slow cook.

Enjoy both

 

 

 

Family Photos: Worth the Hassle?

Autry       Autry5

 

I love to take pictures of family events.They document our family life together from the very beginning. From the wedding day to five wonderful children and three grandchildren,  photos capture the wonderful moments for me. To my family dismay at points, I  say, “Let’s take a picture”. I will use the pictures to just look at, send to grandparents or do a scrapbook page. Family photos can be difficult with adult children. Some parents have a breeze with this because all the children live close or visit often. If you are like me, my children do not all live close. Getting together for a family photo can be challenging. Last year was not a year with a family photo. As I look at the family photo from three years ago on my mantel, I think this year we need at least one time together for a family photo. Moms get the importance but many adult children do not see the big deal. There are important reasons for a mom or me for family photos.

  • Family photos show a time we were all together. As children grow, marry and move away, it gets harder to get the family  together. Family photos show a time, the family were all together at one time during the year. Moms like to keep their family close. A time together helps to do this. It can be hard to work on family relationships without time together. Photos can be a form of communication. Taking a family photo can have multiple family benefits.
  • Family photos documents your family’s life together. Photos show the big events that my family have shared together. Family photos show the birth of all five children with the family. Photos show birthdays, graduations, marriages and more. They also show the sad times like the death of MaMaw Autry. When members of your family may not remember, a photo is there to show the event.  They show emotions and information of families. They show silly times and serious times of our family. Family photos are pictures of history for each member of your family.
  • Family photos are memories to communicate with friends and family.  We can post photos on face book or send to grandparents. Some grandparents do not have internet. Photos are memories to send to help them keep up with family events. Photos posted to face book help long-distance friends stay connected to your family. This is a way to keep your family connected to friends and extended family.
  • Pictures are comforting. On days when life is hard, their are family photos to look at. I have a family photo on my mantel. When I am missing some of my children, I can look up at the photo when we were all together. It is comforting to see the photo. This is my family. When I am having a difficult day, the photo shows the blessings of 5 children and 3 grandchildren that only God could give.

Photos can do all of these. Photos express our life together as a family. When it gets hard to have a family photo together, the benefits are worth the efforts. If you are like me, you may be the only one in the family that will push for this. The picture on the mantel is more valuable than I could ever convey. It is a time together, our family, a memory and a tremendous encouragement during difficult days. This blessing is not easily taken for granted since it is a awesome blessing when it happens.