French Onion Mushroom Soup

When I go to a French Restaurant, many times I order French Onion Soup as an appetizer. I cooked up my own version of French Onion Soup and added mushrooms. Talk about easy to cook and talk about delicious to eat! Bon Appetit!

French Onion Mushroom Soup   (Yield: 6 cups)

  • 3 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3/4 cup whole mushrooms
  • 6 slices french bread
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Place onions, broth and mushrooms in Vita-Mix or blender and run for a few seconds or until vegetables are chopped.
  2. Pour mixture into a large pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour into bowls. Top with bread slices and cover each bowl with cheese. Place bowls on cookie sheet and broil until cheese melts.

Why Was I Born in Times Like These?

Do you ever get discouraged with the times we live in? I do, as I watch our great nation rapidly decline in ethics, morality and decency! Our freedoms are slowly being stripped away from our children and grandchildren.

After the news, my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table talking about the unbelievable outrageous current events that are taking place in our country, when he said, “We are living at a time when men call evil good and good evil.”

Yes, I know the dinner table talk was not good for digestion, but sometimes you just think in horror, “How despicable!”

NewsGod says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

I counted 100 Scriptures of God saying, “Woe”!  When God says, “Woe,” people had better listen!

Even though we are living in an Isaiah 5:20 time of life, we must teach our children they were born in a most privileged time. Why? God put them on this earth at this particular time to make a difference! God created them for a purpose.

We must teach our children to stand alone in a worldly world! We must teach them to be salt and light in a dark world peppered with evil!

salt“Ye are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13. For salt to do its job, it must get out of the salt shaker and make contact. We must teach our children to be savory by reaching the lost.  

We also need to teach our children to be grateful to be born in a time when they have the complete Word of God. Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” Matthew 13:17

I am glad I was not born in Old Testament days. They did not have modern conveniences such as a home with running water. Sara lived in a tent and she was considered rich. The folks who lived in Old Testament days also did not have the complete Word of God that we now have. We are living in a time and in a country with many conveniences that we often take for granted.

Reaching Muslims for Christ

We need to teach our children that in some countries the people are not allowed to own a Bible. A child must learn to never take their Bible for granted.

Pray about taking a family mission trip. Our family was able to go on a mission trip to a closed country. We legally passed out Bibles to Muslims in Spain as they were returning by ferry to Morocco and Algeria, where they are not allowed freedom of worship. The Muslims had to

Our family passing out Bibles to Muslims
Our family passing out Bibles to Muslims

hide the Bibles we gave them as they went through Customs in their closed country. So many Muslims were hungry for the truth about Jesus.  One Muslim said, “I am not like my family. I am searching for the truth.” I said, “The Bible teaches, ‘Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to God, but by Jesus.'” How excited this young man was to discover the truth about Jesus Christ!

Even if people are calling evil good and good evil in the USA, we can still be thankful we are allowed to own a Bible in our country. Our government does not confiscate our Bibles, thank the Lord. Do we teach our children by example how to take good care of God’s Word?

Teach children that having a thankful heart will cushion them from the trials that attack them. Parents, do our children see us as having a thankful heart?

We do not need to defend the Word of God, we need to declare the Word of God. Witnessing to others is not a program; it is a lifestyle.

Let us begin today to teach our children:

  • Read the Word of God until God speaks to you!
  • Study the Word of God until God reveals Himself!
  • Meditate throughout the day on the Word of God to have wisdom in the hour of opportunity!
  • Live the Word of God! Nothing gives us as much joy as precious fellowship with Christ!
  • Declare the Word of God to others, so they will trust Jesus! Teach children, “If we saw a house burning, we would do all we could to rescue the people inside.  We need to do all we can to rescue the perishing.”

Mothers, we are all a work in progress. If you have desire, discipline and determination to please the Lord, you will!  The signs of the times might get us down, but if we continue to mentor (disciple) our children, we will make a glorious difference in a dark world. Our children will brighten up the world as they shine as light reflectors of Jesus.


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
What a privilege to be alive in these times!

Bowling Family Fun

While Brandon and Jodi went on a mini vacation, we took their three sons bowling. Dwayne, our son-in-law, invited us to come with their family. He guided each of the little ones when it was their turn.


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Grandkids Kristen's Pics 191It is amazing how fast a two-year-old catches on to bowling.

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Grandkids BowlingGrandkids They loved watching the returning balls roll out of the machine.

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Our family was given a private tour behind the scenes. We were able to see how the bowling pins were set up and how they were reset when some were knocked down. It was quite a loud experience. We each held a 3 lb. bowling pin.

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The bowling pin may have been a little heavy for Landon, but he is holding on tight. Now it is time to eat pizza, fruit and a cookie at the Bowling Alley~

Pizza, Fruit and a Cookie at the Bowling Alley Have I mentioned that my favorite word is family? I am thankful to God for my family!

I was Cursed Going In and Blessed Coming Out

Years ago, my teen daughters and I went grocery shopping.

Upon entering the store, grocery carts were lined up by the greeter to make it easier for the shoppers. I have the hardest time getting grocery carts unstuck from one another, so I am appreciative of this gesture.

I took the first grocery cart in line. Then, my daughters and I went several feet ahead to plan our grocery shopping strategy. The plan was to divide the list three ways and spread out to get the needed items. The “divide and conquer” strategy is very effective and saves so much time, well, on normal days, this plan saves time.

“Kristen, you get these groceries, Melinda you get these, and I will pick up these and meet you at the front….”

Melinda was concerned, “Mom, people are staring at us.”

Kristen explained further, “That man over there is yelling at you, Mom.”

I thought, “Why is someone yelling at me,” as I shifted my attention from my “divide and conquer” plan.

Grocery CartA red faced furious man was yelling and pointing his finger at me, “You stole my grocery cart!”

I looked at the empty grocery cart I had, and thought, “What? Why would someone get so furious over an empty grocery cart? Plus, he could reach out and touch the next grocery cart in line where he was standing.”

The store offered free coffee, and this man just happened to park his grocery cart first in line, while he got coffee. Wouldn’t you know? The minute he turned his back to pour himself free coffee, in comes the sneaky grocery cart bandit, who runs off with his empty grocery cart.

Well, I brought the empty grocery cart back to the angry man and kindly said, “I am sorry. I had no idea this was your grocery cart.  I thought I was getting the first one in line. Is it alright for me to take this other grocery cart?”

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

The angry man was so embarrassed, as he sheepishly tried to explain why he was so angry at me. While stammering, he said, “I brought that grocery cart in here, all the way from the parking lot.”

I kindly replied, “I am so sorry. I didn’t know that. I thought it was the first one in line.”

The man, now backing away from me in shame, realized how foolish he had acted. He knew he had no excuse to behave in such an angry manner.  Anger is just one letter away from danger. Who wants to get shot over an empty grocery cart? I have heard of things like that happening.

After that incident, instead of the “divide and conquer” way of shopping, I decided my daughters and I had better stick together to do our shopping, just for that day.

Upon leaving the store, I met the nicest Christian cashier, who saw the whole episode. All of a sudden, the cashier started singing in the most beautiful soprano voice, a song blessed coming outjust for me. The song was about how much God loves me and how much God cares for me.

When I told my grocery cart story to my pastor, he said, “You were cursed going in the store and blessed coming out of the store.”

I wonder how this story would have ended if I had not used a soft answer to turn away wrath. I doubt it would have ended with a blessing. God’s Word is powerful. In this world, we are going to encounter angry people.  Unkind people are a fabric of life.

How we respond to an angry person is a choice. We can respond in one of two ways; we can either respond in the flesh or God’s way. People watch us to see how we respond.  In this case, my children were watching me, as well as many people in the store.

Do you have a story of when you used a soft answer to turn away wrath? I love hearing from you.

Are You a Flip-Flop or Nike, a Loafer or Ruby Slipper?

1 John 5:4,5. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Pastor Davey explained that the Greek word for both the words, “victory” and “overcome” is Nike. Nike is really the word for a Christian. Christians have victory and overcome the world, because they have the God-implanted life.

flip-flopsA person who is not saved, flip-flops through life. That was what I did for 20 years. My life would have been a complete flop, if I had not repented of my sins and trusted Jesus and in His shed blood to save me from my sins.

Are you a flip-flop or a Nike? All believers are Nike; victorious and overcomers. The born again believer is a winner at this present moment, because Jesus is winning this present moment. Everyone belonging to God wins.

What are you trusting in to get to heaven? There is only one way to heaven. Trusting in your good works to outweigh your bad works will send you straight to hell. If you are not 100% sure you are going to heaven, please see my post “How to Be 100 % Sure You’re Going To Heaven.”

If you trusted Jesus to save you, then you have Victory (Nike) because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

I love to sing the hymn, “Victory in Jesus” by Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr.

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

Nike Christian wife, are you a loafer or a ruby slipper? Are you slothful about what you are doing with your life, or do you sparkle in your home and outside your home for Jesus? When it comes to spending time with Jesus, are you a squeezer or a pleaser? Do you barely squeeze Him into your schedule, or do you seek to please Jesus by making Him first priority of the day?

Ruby Slipper photo~KwestStudio8
Ruby Slipper photo~KwestStudio8

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

  • The virtuous woman, like a ruby is rare, valuable and radiates inner beauty.
  • Her value to the family is far above many priceless rubies.
  • Everything and everyone the virtuous woman touches becomes more beautiful. She uses the opportunity to influence the world and lives around her by bringing beauty to those around her.
  • The virtuous wife knows she must put on her walking shoes to walk with Jesus. As she walks with Jesus, He equips her for the day. She does not depend on her own thoughts, strength and power, but trusts the Lord to lead.
  • The virtuous wife is dedicated to giving her best and doing her best for her household. She joyfully loves and serves her family.
  • The virtuous wife lights a fire within her children’s hearts, so that they desire to have Jesus as Lord of their lives.
There's No Place Like Home.
There’s No Place Like Home.

What is your favorite word? I think my favorite word is “family” and a second runner-up is “home.”

Because the virtuous Nike wife is worth far more than many ruby slippers, her family knows, “There’s no place like home.”