Weekend Wisdom

Advent Wisdom: Hope

This week the Hope candle is lit as we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent. This year I have my own advent candelabra and will be lighting it each week.

It is wood and hobnail glass and given to me by my mother. The leaves came from my neighbor, the throw on the wall Joe bought because he loved Frank Lloyd Wright and the little cardinal sitting on the joy rock was bought by me.

Here are verses from the Old Testament that foretell Jesus’ birth.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel

Isaiah 7:24 (NKJV – New King James Version)

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

Micah 5:2 (ESV – English Standard Version)

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.

Hosea 11:1 (NKJV – New King James Version)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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Weekend Recipe: J.T.’s Bean Dip

Instead of scripture, quotes, or poems on Saturdays, prior recipe posts will be tweaked and republished.

The first one is from my friend and career and blogging coach J.T. O’Donnell.

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients

  • Two small cans of Cannellini beans
  • One bottle of Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.
  • A container of crumbled feta cheese.

Directions 

  • Drain cans of beans completely (no liquid) and then puree the white beans in a blender.
  • Slowly add the Girard’s dressing (about 1/2 bottle) until its smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in the 1/2 have container of feta cheese.
  • Pour dip in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle remaining feta cheese on top.
  • Shake a few dashes of your favorite spices (basil, paprika) on top for color.
  • Serve with pita chips.

This dip is easy and delicious. You will not go wrong fixing this for your holiday get togethers. 

Sprinkle with Tastefully Simple’s “Spinach and Herb” dip mix for color. They now have a value pack of two bottles (not associated with Tastefully Simple but sold these products about 10 years ago).

Bean, Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette Dip w/Pita Chips
Weekend Wisdom

Thanksgiving Wisdom

“The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.”

Norman Vincent Peale

May you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear your many blessings and may your heart humbly give thanks for those blessings.

Related Recipe: Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, The Only Pumpkin Pie Recipe You’ll Ever Need.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.