Saturday, December 24, 2011

Another "Gotta Share" Recipe...

These have become a favorite holiday breakfast around the Collins house. I'm sure you will love them, too! Enjoy!


Cotswold Cheese Toasties

3          eggs
2 ½     cups shredded Cotswold Cheese w/Chives and Green Onions*
1          tbsp grainy mustard
             Freshly ground pepper to taste
6          (1/2 inch thick) slices multigrain bread, cut on the diagonal
3          slices black forest ham, cut/tear in half (or to fit slices)

Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Beat eggs well in a medium bowl; stir in cheese, mustard,  and pepper. Place bread on prepared baking sheet and spread about a spoonful of cheese mixture and a piece of ham on each. Spoon remaining cheese mixture over the top. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is lightly browned.

* Other cheese options would be Sage Derby or Abbot’s Gold.

Tami’s notes:
I made a whole cookie sheet full of smaller sized slices.

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Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Love Story

The Bible tells us that we shouldn’t think of ourselves more highly than we ought, [Romans 12:3 NIV] and encourages, even commands a spirit of humility [Colossians 3:12 NIV]. We are to love God above all things, and our brother/neighbor as ourselves [Luke 10:27 NIV]. We are warned of the pitfalls of pride and arrogance [Proverbs 18:12 NIV].

Jesus demonstrated that right from his humble birth. A child developed in his mother’s womb – fearfully and wonderfully knit together by the hand of God - His earthly peasant parents brought him into a world full of sin and hatred and death. Yet, because of who He was, there was obedience and love and eternal life in Him. Even the heavens and all the angels couldn’t contain themselves. They had to sing, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and goodwill toward men.” [Luke 2:13-14 NKJV]

And it came to pass in those days [that] a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
- Luke 2:1-7 NKJV

The Christmas story has lost much of its splendor and awe-inspiring qualities as time and a hardened heart shroud the beautiful and simplistic message behind it, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16] “We love him, because he first loved us.” [1John 4:19]

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2:8-12 NIV

It’s a love story given to us by the Creator of all that is – because He loved.  

May God richly bless you and your family during this time of remembering the Christmas Love Story.
Merry Christmas!

Photo by Tami Collins
Christmas 2010

Photo by Tami Collins

Romans 12:3 NIV For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Colossians 3:12 NIV Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Luke 10:27 NIV He answered: “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Proverbs 18:12 NIV Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
Luke 2:13-14 NKJV And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I drove to work this morning like a mad woman — late again. Already having a meltdown before I even left the house — frustrated, angry, and seething poison from every pore, I wiped away the tears as I checked my mirrors for those red and blue lights. Settling on what I would say if pulled over for such an obvious disregard for the law — "yea, I’m having a bad day, yes, I was speeding and that is against the law. Where should I sign and thank you for doing your job to help protect me from myself." Thankfully, I didn’t have that conversation with anybody but myself. And, I made it to work in one piece.

Then, doing what I do every weekday morning — boot up the computer, start up the email, and reassess the day’s tasks. And, doing what He does every morning, the Lord speaks to me through my inbox. Here’s today’s “What the Lord is Saying Today.”

December 7, 2011. The secret for overcoming attacks from the enemy is to call upon the Overcomer Himself who abides with you. The Spirit of God lives within you to exalt Jesus and to do so many other things. He will teach, lead, and guide into the ways and path of the Lord. There are times when you know not which way to turn. At other times you cannot accurately assess the attack or the attacker. This is when you humble yourself and consider yourself of no account compared to Who is abiding within you. This Abider is not passive, timid, or weak. He is altogether sufficient to win every battle and He gives you perfect strategy and tools for the battle. He will never leave you. Ras Robinson

2 Chronicles 20:17 (AMP) “You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”    

December 7, 2011.  An opportunity is coming very soon. You will have a choice. I have been preparing you and drawing you. But, you are the one who will make the decision to participate. I am purifying a stream. This stream has been here for a long time, but now elements are coming together that will glorify Me in a way you have not yet seen. You will ask, “can this be true?” It is going to stretch way beyond your mind. You won’t understand it all. But don’t worry. Don’t touch it with any thought or hand of flesh. Stay in the Spirit and you will see things you have longed to see. Bev Robinson

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (NASB) “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;” 

As I read this, I felt the hand of God pulling me back from the edge — reassuring me that “He’s got this.” So, my prayer today is that He will hold me tight and move on my behalf as I relinquish anger and frustration’s control over me.


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