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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Twelveth Day of Christmas: A Christmas Message

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas this year. Today, my mother and I are going to head down to visit with my aunt and uncle. I hope that you can spend this day with your family. Please take to time to remember the reason we have Christmas is because God sent his son to earth to die for our sins. In that, we could have forgiveness for our sins.

I hope you enjoyed my twelve days of Christmas entries. Maybe next year, I will have more things to share on the history and customs of Christmas. I enjoyed reading your comments and greetings.

For all who are serving the protect my beloved United States today, I would like to say thank you for all you do. If it was not for want you do I would not have the freedoms I enjoy everyday.

Merry Christmas to all. May God bless everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Out on the Web: Tracking Santa

Each year NORAD tracks Santa Claus on his journey around the world. I thought I would share this website with you so you could track Santa Claus and see when he is near our house.

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Christmas Eve Service

We are almost there, tomorrow is Christmas Day. Today day is Christmas Eve. One thing that has been a tradition for me for Christmas is Christmas Eve Church Service. Each year my church, Hendersonville First Baptist Church, hold service on Christmas Eve. The pastor shares a Christmas message and we sing Christmas Carols.

Christmas comes from Christ and Mass. Christ of course is Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Mass is a church service. The Christian church had church service on Christmas day. Many Christian churches have services on Christmas Eve so you can spend time with family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tenth Day of Christmas: Progressive Dinner

Progressive Dinners are lots of fun. For those of you who have not heard of a progressive dinner before is where you have each course of the dinner at a different house. For example, you have drinks and appetizers at the first house, then salad and soup at second house, the main course at the third house and the dessert at the last house.

Everybody likes to eat and you can have a lot of fun with the themes. You can also listen to different music and play a different games in the car between the houses. You can also add at house at the end to play games or sing Christmas carols.

You can have progressive dinner anytime of year but it is fun to have during Christmas. With gas prices down right now it is a great time to do one. If you plan a progressive dinner for Christmas, I hope you enjoy at and it is part of your Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Ninth Day Of Christmas: Good Deeds

Many during the Christmas season do things for others. With the economy going down the drain it is even more important for the people who can to help others this year. I try to share the blessings the God has given me throughout the year. I hope the following story that I found will inspire you help help those in need not only during Christmas but all year round.

Man loses job, still offers holiday help to others

A man loses his job and still manages to give away Christmas Tree to people can not afford one.

Area volunteers prep for bountiful Christmas feast

The Bounty of Bethlehem, is a community dinner held at Immaculata School gym. Over 600 volunteers work to provide dinner for people on Christmas especially people who have no one to share Christmas dinner with and can't afford a Christmas dinner.

'Secret Santas' Dole Out $100 Bills to Needy Strangers

Each years I hear about someone handing money out to people in need anonymously. You to can do this one.

Some other ideas to do good deeds for people:


  • Tip people more then want you normally tip then. (i.e. $50)

  • Tip people you normally do not tip (i.e. Store Clerk, Front Desk Clerk at Hotel)

  • Help a neighbor with yard work or putting up Christmas decorations

  • Help at the Homeless Mission

  • Help at the local Food Bank



I hope you will remember the blessing you do have this time of year and help others with the blessings you have. If you do not not have money give your time to people. May we all have a Merry Christmas this year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eighth Day of Christmas: Candy Canes

I enjoy eating candy canes during the Christmas season. Many people like me use them the decorate their Christmas Tree. Candy canes first appeared in the 17th century and the red and white strips we know today come to be at the begin of the 20th century. Even though there or stories that they were used by persecuted Christians in Europe,these stories are not true. By the 17th century most of Europe was Christian. The only historical connection to Christianity is their use as decorates for Christmas. For more information on the stories of candy canes go to Snopes.com.

As with many customs we have during Christmas, the use of candy canes depends on what they stand for to you. To many people the candy cane is the "J" in Jesus name. to others it represents a shepherd's hook. The red color stands for the blood of Jesus through which we have forgiveness of our sins. The white stands for Jesus' purity. So enjoy your candy canes and remember the greatest gift you every received the forgiveness of your sins.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Seventh Day of Christmas: Christmas Carols

One thing, I enjoy doing around Christmas is singing Christmas Carols. The youth and many other Sunday School classes at my church go around to the nursing home in the area and sing Christmas Carols for the people there. It is a lot of fun to talk to the people in the nursing homes because you get to hear stories of Christmas of the past. Some people share great stories of how God has provided for their needs over the years.

The word carol according to whychristmas?com means dance or a song of praise and joy. For thousands of years carols used to be sung for all four seasons. Now only carols for Christmas are still sung.

My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night, which was written by Fr. Joseph Mohr in 1816. I often sing this carol through out the year. Another carol is the Twelve Days of Christmas, in which, I got the idea for this series of entries on my Blog. Below is the words for Silent Night.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.


I hope that you will take the chance to get together with your family and friends and sing some Christmas Carols. And share in remembering the greatest gift ever given to us, Jesus Christ who died so we could received forgiveness for our sins.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sixth Day of Christmas: Christmas Tree

One thing, I looked forward to doing when I was younger was getting out the Christmas tree and decorating it each Christmas. My grandparents had an artificial tree that they bought when my mother was a little girl. My Grandfather and I would put it together. Once we had the tree together my grandparents and I would decorate the tree. We would put lights, tinsel, store brought and homemade ornaments on the tree.

Christmas Trees are believe to be first used about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Evergreen trees are used to symbolize the everlasting life of God. If you like to read more on the history of the Christmas Tree go to whychristmas?com

Today, families and business decorate their Christmas tree different. I prefer artificial tree up in the house. My roommate and his family prefers live trees. Live trees are safe as long as you keep them watered. Many people choose a theme for their tree and other buy or make a new ornament for each year. The Christmas tree in the picture in from the Mountain Inn & Suites in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Here in North Carolina, just a little north of where I live you can go to Christmas Tree Farms and buy a live Christmas tree. In this morning's Hendersonville Times News I saw the following stats.

2nd largest Christmas Tree producing state is North Carolina
20 percent of all live Christmas Trees in the United States are produced by North Carolina
95 percent on all North Carolina grown Christmas Trees are of the Fraser Fir species
100 million dollars annual North Carolina income is from the Christmas Tree industry
source: Times-News, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fifth Day of Christmas: Santa Claus

I remember when I was young waking up early on Christmas morning and rushing out to the living room to see what gift Santa Claus brought for me. The story of Santa Claus goes back to a fourth century bishop named St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas would gave gift secretly to children and other people who were in need. He was declared a saint by the church for his acts of kindness. In the early history of the United States, Santa Claus was called Kris Kringle. The Dutch settlers mixed the stories of Kris Kringle and St. Nicholas calling him Sinterklass. Overtime, Sinterklass become want we called him today, Santa Claus.

In 1882, Dr. Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem for his children that described Santa Claus with the round belly and the red suit we know today. He also wrote about his eight reindeer. The ninth reindeer, Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward Department Stores.

When I have children, I plan on sharing the story of Santa Claus with them. In telling the story to our children we should focus on St. Nicholas giving to people in need as Jesus asked us to do.

And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' ~ Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fourth Day of Christmas: Cool Christmas Websites

As you know I like to share cool websites when I find them. The following websites are about Christmas that I found interesting. I hope you enjoy them.

Northpole.com has games and recipes for Christmas. This is a family friendly website with not banner ads.

Whychristmas?com has information on the history, traditions and customs of Christmas. I use this site for some of my research on Christmas.

Christmas-Day.org this website is run by the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI) to promote Christmas. You can found history and fun stuff to done on this website.

All Things Christmas, while the name says it all. This site has all things Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Third Day of Christmas: Gift Giving

I enjoy giving gifts to people and not just at Christmas. We give gifts at Christmas in remembrance of the gifts that the wish men gave to Jesus and the gift that God gave to us.

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:11 (ESV)


Let us take a look at the gifts that the wish men gave to Jesus. Gold is a gift that you give to kings. Frankincense is a spice used with meat that is sacrificed as an offering to God. Myrrh was used during the embalming process and for other things dealing with a funerals. As you see these gifts had meaning behind them. So let the gifts that you give this Christmas and every Christmas have meaning. Give gifts in remembrance of God's gift to the world and to show your love for someone.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Second Day Of Christmas: Movie Traditions

I am sure that we all have movies that have become a tradition for us to watch during the Christmas season. I enjoy watching the movie A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. This movie came out in 1984 and I believe it is the best of the A Christmas Carol movies.



Now another movie that has become a tradition to watch each Christmas for many people is A Christmas Story. This is the movie that has the famous line "You'll shoot your eye out!" in it.



I hope you get a change to enjoy watching the movies that are a tradition for you to watch during the Christmas Season, this year. I would love for you to post a comment and share your favorite Christmas Movie.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

First Day of Christmas: Why Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is twelve days away and I decided to do a twelve days of Christmas countdown. Jo Anne and I have 61 days left before we meet in person for the first time. We hope to be married before Christmas next year. I want to share what Christmas means to me and some traditions my family and I use to celebrate Christmas. For the next twelve days ending with Christmas, I will countdown to Christmas by talking about a issue or tradition of Christmas each day.

I figured that on the first day it would be good the talk about why celebrate Christmas? Also why is Christmas celebrated on December 25? Christian celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Jesus. That is the biggest reason I celebrate Christmas. You can read the Christmas story in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2:40.

OK know why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Lets look at the facts. We do not know on which day Jesus was born. Christmas was first celebrated on December 25 in the fifth century when Constantine was the Emperor of the Roman Empire. If you know some history, Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire. December 25 was chosen to replace a couple different pagan holidays that had to do with the Winter Solstice and midwinter festivals. If you like to learn more about why we celebrate Christmas on December 25, whychristmas?com tells why here.

Now I'm sure you maybe asking if Christmas is celebrated on December 25 because it was the date of pagan holidays and many of our Christmas traditions have pagan roots why celebrate should we celebrate Christmas? First we should look at the reasons we have holidays and tradition in the first place. It is not just should we have a reason to get off of work or to go shopping. We have holidays and traditions to remember things. In the case of Christmas, it is to remember the birth of Jesus who came to died for our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.~ John 3:16 (ESV)


As a Christian you should celebrate Christmas to remember that God love you to send Jesus, who had not sin, to die for your sin. Your Christmas traditions should in some way remind you of the great gift that you or I have or ever will receive. I encourage you this Christmas not to stop celebrating Christmas, but ask yourself why you celebrate Christmas. Do not celebrate Christmas because you get gifts. Celebrate Christmas because when you give gift to other you remember the gift of forgiveness that God give to you.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Debt Free Report: Trusting God

Besides get married to my beloved Jo Anne, one of my biggest goals for my life right now is to become debt free. In doing these articles, I hope to encourage other people to become debt free. I plan on doing my Debt Free Reports on Fridays.

As you know if you has been reading Mountain Highs and Valley Lows, I am planning to go to the Philippines to spend time with my Love, Jo Anne, in February. I saved up the money I needed for my flight there and back. Now that I have the flight paid for I am working on saving up the money to cover my bills, shots, and spending money. The challenge is to do this without getting into more debt. I have 62 days to go, to be with the woman that I love.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.~ Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV)


Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will(give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. ~ Psalm 37:4-6 (ESV)


I have trusted God to provide for every need for Jo Anne and I to get married. He has not failed in providing for us both in everything in our lives. In my life, I have found that when we are good stewards of what God provides to us, he will bless us with more. I believe that going into debt for anything other than buying a house is saying, God does not provide for your needs.

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'~ Matthew 25:21 (ESV)


I should have my car paid off by February of 2010. I get notices every month from the finance company asking me to burrow more money from them. It is temping to burrow more money but I remember the freedom that I have now, that I own less money to people. I have more freedom to go out and buy things and own them without having a monthly payment. It feels great to go out to dinner or watch a movie and not have to worry if I will be able to pay a bill because I used that money to go out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Remains Found Near Home of Caylee Anthony's Family

With a body found near the home of Caylee Anthony's family it seems that the search for Caylee is coming to a sad end. Caylee has been missing since June. I as many others have many questions about the mother of Caylee. I believe if the body is Caylee and the mother murder her daughter then she should at the death penalty. If my child disappeared I would immediately connect the police and report her missing. I would not rest until my child was safely back in my arms. The biggest losers in this is Caylee's grandparents since they have lost a granddaughter and a daughter. Children are a treasure given to us by God. It is a shame that it looks as if this little girl thrown away like she was a piece of trash.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

64 Days To Go: Changes To The Blog

Last night, was I first night back to work after three nights off from working at the hotel. During my time off, I made some changes to the look of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I am always trying to improve this Blog. The biggest change if you give up with Mountain Highs and Valley Lows is I changed the template. Blogger has several different templates you can choice as a layout for your Blog. I had been using the scribe template since I first started this Blog. I changed to the rounders 4 template since it works better with the picture that I added to the header. With visiting other Blogs, I always liked the ones that had a picture behind the title and description of the Blog. I could not decide on a picture to use for the longest time. I finally settled on a picture that I took on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I like the picture since it shows many mountains and valleys which I feel best illustrates the many Mountain Highs and Valley Lows of ones life.

I am also working on a schedule for the different type of articles I write for the Blog (For Example: Food Journey and Out on the Web). I hope with the schedule, it will improve the readability of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. You will also know when to check the Blog for your favorite section. One of the main reason I blog besides keeping family and friends up to date is to improve on my writing skills.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

65 Days To Go: Dinner With Mom

Last night, I enjoyed dinner at the Olive Garden in Asheville. Mom and I love to get together every once in awhile after have dinner. We talked about my trip to go see my beloved Jo Anne. She is looking forward to the day that Jo Anne will join me here. Dinner was very good. We got excellent service from our waitress.

After dinner, we went to the Asheville Mall to looking around. It has been a long time since the last time I went to the Asheville Mall. Now days I go to the Haywood Mall in Greenville, SC. They had some new stores but it seemed there was less choice there. We looked around in the stores and I was nothing that I care to have or get for anyone. I guess that is a good thing since I do have my trip to the Philippines. I have notice the less and less debt I have and the more freedom I have to get stuff the less I want stuff. It also seems that all the things that I need right now, I can only get by ordering them online.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

66 Days To Go: Doing Good

With 66 days to go, I took some time to try to find a soup holder on Main Street in Hendersonville. I was not able to find it and I have not found one in any other stores that I have checked. While looking around in the Mast General Store, I ran into Andrew who I know for around ten year now. Andrew told me about the film that him and his brother, Ben, are working on. They have made a documentary called Freedom House, about orphans in Thailand and Burma that use video cameras to produce movies. The documentary is called Freedom House. Andrew and Ben have a heart to do things for God and you can often find they doing something to impact the world for God. I had added a link to the web site for the Freedom House Movie on the side bar of this Blog.

After talking with Andrew, I got to thinking how blessed I am to have many friends that are doing great thing to sharing Jesus with the world. I look forward do spending the rest of my life sharing Jesus with the world with my beloved Jo Anne beside me as my wife.

Monday, December 08, 2008

67 Days To Go: Learn Tagalog

With 67 Days to go, I thought I would share the videos that I have been using in try learn Tagalog. Tagalog is the language used in the Philippines. Bud Brown, who's wife in Filipino made a series of videos to help people learn Tagalog. I have found the videos very helpful.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

“Be Joyful Always”

Last Thursday, on our morning devotion at work, the leader asked each and everyone of us if it is easy to be joyful. Most of us told that it is not easy to be joyful always, yes, it is true because sometimes we are facing difficult challenges in our life. But God said:

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17

This message inspired me a lot and I feel God’s presence in my life. We must remember, everything happened for a reason and God has a wonderful purpose behind those circumstances we had in our life. Let us be joyful for whatever circumstances we experience in life because this is the will of God and His will is always the best for us. Give thanks not only for the good things happen to us but also be thankful for the pain and struggles we had because through this we learned a lot and become more stronger. Friends, if we allow God to take control of our lives and if we let Him live in our heart, we will feel the true joy despite of circumstances we encounter in life. I want to testify how God works on our family, during the time when my Mom was sick, there are moments that we are running out of budget because of the expenses we had and I don’t know what am I going to do that time. I went to my room and I pray to God. I cried and unload all the struggles we are facing and suddenly I felt the peace God has rendered in my heart. Truly God is working in ways we cannot see, we just need to pray continually and without ceasing because God is the source of everything. Be joyful always because God never leaves us. Now, I can say that I am so blessed and full of joy in my heart because God already answered my prayers after a long time of waiting. God gave me a precious gift that I can keep and treasure in my heart forever and that is my Beloved Daniel, the man I am going to marry soon. God’s answer is always perfect and on time, be patient in waiting because God is preparing the best for you. No matter what happen, be joyful always because God loves you so much.

68 Days To Go: Education

This past day has been focused on education related stuff. Jo Anne and I have been talking about her exam for physical therapy. She has a degree to be a Physical Therapist. We have been looking up the requirements for her to be a Physical Therapist when she gets here in the United States. As far as we can tell she will only need to take the board exam. We will find out in the application process if she need to take a class or two first or other exams. I am sure she will do great.

I also talked with my friend David from Africa. I have been trying to help him get into a college here in the United States. He want to use he education to help people in Africa to come to know the Lord. He applied to a state school but we have not heard anything from them. We are now going to check into some of the colleges that are corrected with the Southern Baptist Convention. There for at least four schools within a two hour drive from where I live that I am going to look into for him. In doing this we hope that we can get some help from my church and the Southern Baptist Convention. I will post updates hear as things happen for David.

With will this research in to exams and school I have been thinking about going back to school. That will wait until atleast next year.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

69 Days to Go: Saving Up Money

The days until the day I get to be with my Love are going by fast. On Friday, I got two paychecks. My paycheck from the hotel had extra money on it from the holiday pay for Thanksgiving. The other paycheck was my last check from working a second job at a restaurant. I put $135 in my savings account to cover the bills that will be due while I in the Philippines, my shots, baggage fees and for some spending money. It is best to save up the money you need for times in the future then to take out a loan. If you have followed this Blog for a while you know that I am help on getting out of debt. Part of getting out of debt is saving up money for emergencies and future needs. I am already enjoying the freedom of wise handling of money. This trip is possible because of me working to pay off my debt.

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.~ Proverbs 21:20

Friday, December 05, 2008

70 Days to Go: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

I thought of this when I was thinking about want to post for today for the countdown. With 70 days to go to be with my Love, I remember that being able to forgive is very important in a marriage. God asks us to show the mercy of forgiveness to one another as him showed for our sins. When issues come up in a marriage, one thing a husband and wife need is a spirit of forgiveness so they can work out the issues. So many times today people do not want to forgive someone who has done wrong against them. The need to forgive is rarely one sided when you spend lots of time with someone. So share the blessing of forgiveness with others and enjoy the blessing of forgiveness that was given to you.

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." ~ Matthew 18:21-35 (ESV)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Out on the Web: Drink Coffee. Do Good

Jo Anne and I have 71 days to go to be together. I was having a hard time thinking of a entry for our countdown today, that is why I late in posting on the Blog today. I'm sure God had a reason for everything. I ended up working a hour over since the first shift person did not show up this morning. Once the hotel manager took over the front desk, I started home. On the way home, I was listening to the morning show on 106.9 the light. They had a guy from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee telling about their ministry and how it is helping the Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa farmers in Rwanda heal the wounds of genocide.

Jo Anne and I want to serve the Lord together and help people comes to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ our savior. I was blessed when I heard about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee because it is the kind of work that we would like to do. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee provided a job for the people of Rwanda and also shows they the love of Jesus. I hope you will take the time to watch the video below and look for their website.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

72 Days To Go: Airline Baggage Fees

I checked out the fees for checked baggage yesterday so I can save the money I need for them. I will be flying with Continental Airlines and Japan Airlines to go to the Philippines in February. Continental Airlines charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second checked bag. Japan Airlines lets you have two bags without charge a fee as long as they are within set dimensions and weight. So with this I am looking at $260 for baggage fee if Continental charges per flight. I am flying two Continental planes going there and two coming back. I do not have a choice but to pay the fees. I have been watching the airline industry for years and it seems the more they charge the less you get in return. I am sure that I will enjoy my flights and will feel safe as one can on their first flight anywhere.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Food Journey: Guinness Stew

I have 73 days to go to see my Love. I made a pot of Guinness stew. I started the stew, Saturday morning with marinading the stew beef for 48 hours. Monday morning, I cooked the stew beef on low in the slow cooker. Two to three hours for the meat was done. Then I put in a 11.2 ounce bottle of Guinness Draught Beer, beef broth, and water in to the slow cooker. After I stirred them together I put in soup starter, mixed vegetables, potatoes, and black pepper. The potatoes I cut into cubes and should have put only them in at this time and let them cook an hour or two before putting the rest of the stuff in the stew. Leaving it on low I let it cook for five hours. I then turn in a half cup of cornstarch. You can use one cup of flour. After an hour or two I turned the slow cooker off and let the stew sit overnight. This lets everything mix together. All you need to do is reheat and eat. I like to eat the stew with saltine crackers.

Monday, December 01, 2008

74 Days to Go.

I have Monday night off and depending on the weather I hope to get a couple time done. I have to go out looking for a second job to earn extra money for my trip to see my Love, Jo Anne and the other things involved with us getting married. I will also meet up with my friend Keith as we try to do each week. We get together and talk about how things are going in our lives and share ideas. Keith has been a great mentor to me. I also will try to cook some stew which if it turns out good I will post it here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.

Jo Anne and mine excitement is growing each day as the time for us to be together gets closer. At this point, I believe that I have enough money coming in from my job at the hotel to cover my bills and spending money. I want the second job to help unexpected stuff that I'm sure will come up. Please pray that I will found a second job and things will go good for Jo Anne and I at the jobs we are working now.