TexMex Beef Noodles

I’m always on the lookout for quick and simple recipes that don’t break the budget. This TexMex beef noodle, one pot dinner fits the bill. This recipe can be quite versatile by changing the type of salsa or cheese that you use.

This recipe is an adoption from the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook, “5 Ingredients Or Less,” and the original is called Beef & Noodle Skillet. The original recipe can be found here.

The recipe sounded quick and easy, but I saw a change for our family right away. We prefer to have our ground beef cooked before boiling. Next, it is two days before grocery day and I didn’t have elbow macaroni, so I used egg noodles. The salsa I had on hand was one of my favorites, Kroger Thick and Chunky Mild, and the cheese I used was Aldi’s Clancy’s Processed Cheese Spread.

And for the recipe:

1 pound ground beef

8 oz egg noodles

1 1/2 cup beef broth

16 oz. Pastuerized Processed Cheese Spread, cubed (or 16 oz of any cheese of your choice)

16 oz of your favorite salsa

In a 12″ Skillet, brown the beef. Add broth. When the broth comes to a boil, add in the noodles. Reduce heat, Cover and allow the noodles to com until al dente. Add in cheese and salsa. Cover and allow to simmer until cheese is melted. Stir and server.

This is great with a salad.

The whole dinner was done within 30 minutes.

It serves 4-6.

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Resurrection Sunday vs. Easter

Have you considered that you have an opportunity to witness to those around you in the very near future? I have already seen many posts on “Easter”. How about honoring Christ and call it for what it is… Resurrection Sunday! There is a difference in the celebration of Easter and the celebration of Resurrection!

Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Will you serve the pagan tradition of your ancestors or will you serve the Lord?

For years, I saw that it was “ok” to do both the “easter egg/bunny” thing AND the church thing.. but God has impressed upon me that taking ANY glory from the resurrection of His Son and giving ANY attention to “paganistic” ritual or tradition is wrong.

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28 Days In Acts-Chapter 28

February 2013:

As we come to the final chapter in Acts, we see Paul and the passengers of the ship, ship-wrecked on the island of Malta.  The natives were kind to them and helped warm them with a fire.  Paul gathered sticks and put them on the fire.  Just as he did, a viper came out and bit Paul.  When the natives saw this, they thought he must be someone doomed because of the horrible death that was sure to ensue.  When Paul shook the creature into the fire and no harm came to Paul, they changed their minds and began to say Paul was a god.

A wealthy man of the island, Publius, had a father who was sick with a fever.  Paul went to the man, prayed, laid hands on him, and healed him.  After this, many on the island came to be healed. When Paul and his party were ready to leave, the people of the island supplied all they needed.

I pray we can minister to those Good brings to us, and provide for their needs.

After wintering in Malta for three months and then headed for Rome.  When they entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with a guard.  After three days, Paul called the leaders of the Jews together and he said to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. And when they had examined me, they were willing to release me because there was no ground for putting me to death. But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. For this reason, therefore, I requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel.”  How far are you willing to go for people to come to Christ?  Are you willing to bear chains, beatings, prison?  I pray God would give me the strength to endure whatever necessary to see a people brought to Him.

The leaders tell Paul they have received no letters or any bad reports, but they wanted to know about this “sect” being spoken against.  They set up a day for Paul to speak and they came to his place of lodging. He spoke about the Kingdom of God and Jesus.  He used the Scripture of the Old Testament to do so.  He spoke from morning to evening.  Some were persuaded and others were not.  When those in attendance began arguing and leaving, Paul spoke again.  He said, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying, ‘Go to this people and say, “You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes; Otherwise they might see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I would heal them.”’ Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.”  The Jews departed in great dispute.  Paul stayed for two years, welcoming all who came to him.  He preached the Kingdom of God and taught concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.  Does this quote from Isaiah describe our world, our country, our state, our community, even our church, today?  Are we hearing and not understanding?  Are we closing our eyes to the Truth? Is our land not being healed because of this state of sinfulness?  Has God taken the Word to those “far off” because of our stubbornness?  Are we teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered?  I pray we, the CHURCH, will hear and understand, will see with open eyes, will repent from our wickedness and turn to You, our Sovereign Creator.  I pray we will be healed so we can teach, open and unhindered, concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.  I pray we can take the Word to those “far off” for your sake and Glory.  Amen.

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28 Days In Acts- Chapter 27

February 2013:

Paul, as a prisoner, was put on a ship for Italy, along with friends, sailors, centurions, and other prisoners.  The trip became dangerous.  Paul began to admonish the centurion that the voyage would cause damage to the ship and to the lives of those sailing.  The area they were in was not suitable to stay during winter, so they decided to try and make it to a more desirous location to winter.   Even though they tried to travel close to land, a large storm hit and the situation looked bleak.

They had gone some time without food and Paul stood up and basically said, “I told you so,” but also gave them a bit of encouragement.  Beginning in verse 21 Paul says, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss. Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on a certain island.”  God sent an angel to encourage Paul and he encouraged those with him.  I pray when God gives me encouragement, I can pass it along to others.  I pray I realize the ministry, even in encouraging others.

Paul not only encouraged them they would survive, but they needed to eat.  Paul blessed the bread and ate.  The others also took food.  This is an instance showing us how often our example to others can influence them.  If we are not following a Godly example, it can encourage them in a negative way.  I pray my encouragement to others will be a Godly example and when it is not, God puts people in place to point it out to me.

The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners who were present on the ship so they would not escape after being ship-wrecked  The centurion wanted to deliver Paul safely and kept them from following through.  There were 276 people on the ship and they were all brought safely to land.  I pray we can remember, no matter the circumstances, God’s plan will always prevail!

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28 Days In Acts- Chapter 26

As chapter 26 opens, Paul was given permission to speak for himself before Agrippa.  Agrippa was well acquainted with Jewish custom, as he controlled the temple treasury.  Paul addressed him by once again recounting his conversion on the road to Damascus.  He then shared with Agrippa that he was following the obedience of the vision by declaring Jesus as Christ, and this very act is the reason the Jews were against him.  In verse 22 Paul again, gives glory to God.  He says, “So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

Festus said loudly, “Paul, you are out of your mind!  Your great learning is driving you mad.”  Paul said he was not out of his mind and King Agrippa even believed the Prophets.  Agrippa told Paul in a short time he would persuade him to become a Christian.   Paul wished not only Agrippa, but all who heard his voice might come to Christ without the chains.  King Agrippa concluded Paul had done nothing worthy or death or imprisonment and had he not appeared to Caesar, he would have been set free.

This was the beginning of God’s promise that Paul would testify about Him in Rome.  Paul proudly and boldly continued to proclaim God’s Word unashamedly.  I pray we can stand on the Truth and declare Christ to all.

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28 Days In Acts- Chapter 25

February 2013:

Festus arrived three days later.  After some time, the Jews who had come from Jerusalem, once again brought charges against Paul with no witnesses or evidence of any kind.  Paul respected the law and had not defiled the customs of the temple. Festus wanted to do the Jews a favor.  He asked Paul if he was willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial.  Paul insisted that he should be tried where he was, and that he had done no wrong.  Paul also took a stand to say that if he had done anything worthy of death, he would not refuse to die, but none of the charges were true, and because of that, no one could hand him over to the Jews.  As a Roman citizen, Paul appealed to Caesar.  Festus conceded.

Are we willing to take responsibility for our wrongdoing, even to the consequences of death?  I pray we can realize we have consequences for our actions, even persecution for representing God’s Word.

Several days later, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived and visited with Festus.  Festus shared the case with the king. King Agrippa wanted to hear Paul speak.  The next day, in great ceremony, the king entered the auditorium. Festus presented Paul to Agrippa saying that he needed something to write to Caesar as he sent Paul.  There was no reason to send Paul without charges.

Festus has essentially admitted Paul’s case was unfounded. Festus handled civil charges, not religious, and the accusations against Paul were religious. If Festus sent Paul to Caesar without credible charges, he would appear foolish.

I pray we will not be more concerned about how others perceive is when we are attacked or accused falsely because of our sharing the Gospel.

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28 Days In Acts- Chapter 24

February 2013:

After five days Ananias, some elders, and Tertullus (an attorney) went before the governor, Felix, and brought charges against Paul.  They complimented the governor in hopes he would grant them the favor of finding Paul guilty.  Paul was given a chance to speak and told of the false charges against him.  He did admit that he was a follower of Christ.  Paul also told the governor there were Jews from Asia who should have brought the charges.  Felix, knowing about “the Way”, put them off.  He told Paul his case would be decided when Lysias came.  He gave orders for Paul to be kept in custody and still have freedom to allow his friends to minister to him.

Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was a Jewess, sent for Paul to hear him speak about faith in Jesus.  Paul spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come.   Felix became frightened and sent Paul away until he summoned him.  Felix was also hoping Paul would offer him a bribe and sent for him often.  Two years passed and Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus.  Felix left Paul imprisoned in order to show favor to the Jews.

I pray when we are questioned about our faith, we can be honest and bold.

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