Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Recipe - Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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2 whole pumpkins

1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

1/2 cup heavy cream

Salt to taste

Sour Cream

2 tsps. chipotle powder

A dash of ancho chili powder

Pumpkin seeds or croutons


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place pumpkins on cookie sheet, and roast until soft.
  3. Once cooled, slice in half and scoop out seeds and pulp.
  4. Scoop out flesh in a bowl and set aside.
  5. In a pot, heat pumpkin flesh with stock and chili powders until simmering.
  6. Puree using immersion blender or food processor until smooth.
  7. Add cream and blend again.
  8. Serve hot in hollowed-out pumpkin for an extra festive flair.
  9. Top with a dollop of sour cream, garnish with pumpkin seeds or croutons.

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Original recipe compliments of Public Service of Oklahoma Tips here

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them


A Thanksgiving Prayer and a Blessing from My House to Yours!


God bless you p1I love Thanksgiving as a holiday and a time to be with family and friends. What if on this day you spent one where there were no prayers offered, no thanks to God for his bountiful blessings upon us and our families, and no mention of His Son Jesus who left His heavenly estate to come and rescue us?

In the midst of all the preparations, let us all try to remember what is really important. Remember to the best of your ability to comprehend what love and grace and humility and compassion He modeled as an example to us all!

This year as I send greetings to you and your household, this is my simple reminder to make conscious efforts to keep Him as the center of all your holidays. Take some time to read scripture aloud and pray together with your gathering.

Come to Him with gladness and Thanksgiving and take time to remember all that He has done for you throughout the year.

Look to Him for answers to problems big and small.

May His love p2

Spend time in prayer and praise because it is invigorating and life changing for you and a sweet savor to Him as our prayers are instantly with Him in the throne room.Thank Him for life and sustenance daily. Serve Him with joy and gladness.  Love Him with all of your heart. May our lives be a testimony to each other of this way of living and loving Him and each other too.

May you experience a very special warmth as you serve and know the delight of His smile and the touch of His covering and the breath of the Holy Spirit moving on your behalf in delightful and unanticipated ways!

And His light p3

Blessings from my house to yours,

Special thanks to American Greetings for animated cards with a Christian message. These photos are compliments of this specific animation if you want to send online to friends via their website.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them


[originally posted 2009 here]

Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving in your Heart — Enter into His Courts with Praise

This is a wonderous holiday.  It lacks the commercial spin of some of the other holidays.  It is a time for getting together with family and friends and remembering the One who made us; the One we are here to serve with thanksgiving in our hearts.  Bless Him and be blessed in the process.

Some scriptures about Thanksgiving for you to proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here >>>
This week I received a special historical reminder from Norlyn Raisch (Nebraska) via email which is reprinted below.  It refers to one of our first Thanksgivings in 1789 with a proclamation from George Washington and a timely opening comment from Norlyn:
When we pray for our nation this Thanksgiving Day, let our prayer be first that its people return to God; only then can our nation return to the government and freedoms that God blessed us with at it at its founding, wherein we recognized that all men have been endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights..  It is only when we understand from whence our rights come that we can have the proper perspective on what are our political responsibilities as believers.


Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
[More on George Washington available via The Papers of George Washington]
Also published here via OK-SAFE >>>
My political graphic on the holiday is a composite of the flag and the cross here (2010)
My little ‘sermonette’  on the matter of the importance of the holiday is here (2009)
And so once again I send blessings from my house to yours.
I thank God for both your friendship and for your labor
for Life and Liberty in our land.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross-posted with OKGrassroots

Bartlesville Friends: Simplify your Holiday — Let Liz do some Baking for you!

Thanksgiving Menu 2011

Holiday Baking By Liz



Think quiche without a crust.  Will serve 6-8.   This is the Italian version of the French Quiche. This dish is eggy, cheesy, and great for the morning.      $10 each

Tomato Basil            Ham and Cheese    Spinach and Mushroom


One size fits all. (If you are into 9” pies!)   All pies are filled with handmade fillings on a buttery, flakey crust.   $15 each

Maple Bourbon Pecan            Secret Recipe Pumpkin           Country Apple


All soups are available by the half-gallon (2 quarts) or gallon.  These are oven roasted to magnify flavours.  Makes a great lunch or buffet item.

Curry Pumpkin (not hot)                                    Tomato Basil

                          ½ Gal.  $15            Gal:  $25

Cranberry Sauce

Whole fresh cranberries with cooked orange juice, orange zest and the right amount of sweet.  Ahhhh. . . . perfection for turkey!

  One size fits all:  $10

Please place all orders by Monday November 21st.  Delivery and/or pick up date:  Wednesday November 23rd.

Heart set upon something not on the menu??  Let Liz know and she may be able to accommodate.


Phone:  (918) 337-8020

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

If you would like a flyer to share with friends in the area please download this file: First Ever Thanksgiving Menu

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross-posted OKGrassroots

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