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Winner #5–Carol Laney

The final winner of the TCH holiday contest this year is Carol Laney. She wants to give her Colley House gift certificate to the originator of this recipe for mac and cheese. Macaroni and  cheese is a family-gathering-staple at our house.  What better time for a southern girl to overdose on dairy and starches than just before her New Year’s resolutions are made? (Yes, there’s a sad, but usually true implication about resolutions there!) Just click on this worn copy and you’ll have one more kid-pleaser for your holiday dinner! Congrat’s Carol and Marva!

From Carol:

Thank you for offering this contest! 
My recipe is the “BEST EVER Macaroni and Cheese”. If I win please gift the gift card to Sister Marva Johnson because it’s her recipe. She attends the LaFayette church of Christ in LaFayette GA. She is precious and I’ve used this recipe many times (as you can tell by the paper) with grand reviews and lots of lip smacking. I always “grade” my recipes after I make them so when I want to make something I know which recipe has been cooked, tasted and approved (not just by me but others)! 
Carol Laney
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Winner #4: Tracy Parsons

My sweet husband loves to cook and when he surprises us with his amazing homemade rolls, the whole room lights up. The warm, buttery rolls bring us comfort on these cold, dark nights. It’s a reminder to always be thankful for your blessings. God is so good to us!
Yeast Rolls

1 stick of salted butter

Melt the butter to liquid

Stir in 1.5 tbsp of sugar and 2 tsp of salt 

In a separate glass mason jar add 2 cups of hot water and stir in 1 tbsp of rapid rise yeast. 

Add water and yeast mixture to sugar and salt in bowl. Mix in 3 cups of King Arthur all purpose flour, proof for 30 mins. After dough has risen, lightly dust the dough in the bowl with flour to make it workable with your hands. Roll it onto a floured baking mat, cut out individual sized rolls (we use a small mason jar for perfect circles).

Bake at 350 approximately 10 minutes and enjoy! 

Happy Holidays,

Tracy Parsons ?

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Winner #3: Erica Grieves

Sometimes, keepers at home (and others, too) can evoke the most palatable and tangible memory of a loved one through the textures and tastes and smells of a kitchen. Erica’s submission is about that. I love it. She submitted it in photos and just a few words:

This is a comfort to my family even though it isn’t a “comfort” food:  Found in the pages of a cookbook that survived a house fire before I joined the family is the hard candy recipe I remember from my mother-in-laws each year at Christmas. We lost her too young over 4 years ago, and this is a simple way to bring Big Mama back to us each year. 

(I think it IS a comfort food. What a blessing in the reminiscing. Also, I think this would be one of those magical, fun recipes for kids!)



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Recipe Winner #2…Marsha York

           (the brew on my counter)

Here’s the second winning recipe.  I have this one brewing right now in a mini-crockpot in my kitchen. If this won’t put you in the Christmas spirit, you are a scrooge-grinch! It’s from Marsha York. She writes:

Here’s a great “recipe” to keep your home smelling great all holiday season. This also makes a great gift for a hostess. 

1 orange quarter
1 cup fresh cranberries
5 whole cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon of cloves
Place all ingredients in a pot and add two cups of water. Heat to a simmer. Keep a careful eye on the water level. As it evaporates, add more water.  The ingredients will turn darker as days pass but no worries it will continue to smell wonderful. It should last though the holiday season.
(I sense that a few of your cents will be spent for these amazing scents.)
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Drumroll, Please!…

The lucky winners of the Holiday Contest at the Colley House are: 

Sareena Morrow

Carol Laney

Marsha York

Erica Grieves

Tracy Parsons

Congratulations! Watch your inbox for your digital gift card!

Each of these five ladies will receive via email, a gift certificate containing a code to be used at our online store here: They can be used toward the purchase of any item(s) in the store. Best of all, I will share, in the next few days, the recipes and their stories. I love God’s women and I love how the keepers at home command (Titus 2:3-5) is so interwoven with our spiritual lives in Him. I’ll share a couple of “honorable mentions”, too!

Here’s the first winning recipe from Sareena Morrow: 

Chicken and Dumplins

You will need:

1 whole chicken





Boil chicken in a large soup pot. Remove chicken and set aside when fully cooked. Keep broth.

In a large bowl, mix some flour and water, making a dough. If too sticky add more flour. Roll out dough flat on a floured surface, cut into squares, if too thick you can flatten more to make bigger dumpling squares. Make more dough as needed. Once you have a good amount of dumplings, get the broth cooking again and slowly drop in dumplings. The broth will thicken the more you add. Stir occasionally. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and add in with the dumplings. Add some salt and pepper. Serve hot. Salt and pepper more to taste.

This is a special food of comfort to me because it reminds me of my Granny Lucy. She used to make this probably every week before she got sick. She was also a member of the Lord’s church. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in heaven one day.

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Today’s the Holiday Contest Deadline!

  1. You can read all about the holiday contest here:  It’s a simple thing to enter and there will be multiple winners! So enter!
  2. Digging Deep video podcast for the month of November is here: Flori Barber is co-host. It’s tomorrow night at 7 CST. It’s about the “Father of Mercies” and all of us are reliant on that mercy every single day; but some of us are especially reliant during the holidays. (I recently invited someone to come to our congregation’s family party and her response was “I think I would feel sad to come all alone.” …That’s not an uncommon phenomena.
  3. Regular blog posts will resume soon. I’ve been posting the snippets from Israel, instead, for the kids. I hope they have been helpful in some little way for your Family Bible time.  There are just a few more of those coming. The new one up now is about Chorazin. Someone has requested we put those in a folder and post on the DD page. Any volunteers with extra time during the holidays? ( I thought not, but worth a try!)
  4. One more dig-a-bit is forthcoming for the November study. I’ll try to get that up before the podcast.
  5. There are some people who have pretty heavy hearts this month with whom I have been talking and praying. There are some children in multiple families this holiday season that are very much at spiritual  risk. Please know that I pray for every digger and for all of your families. I just pray for some by name when we are weeping together! Most of all, I pray for the comfort that comes from our joint reliance on the “Father of Mercies.” My Psalm today was 89. Listen and reflect and praise.

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.

He left the splendor of Heaven–not just the splendor of being there, but the splendor of ruling there. All the Holy Ones were in awe of Him. But He emptied Himself of the splendor and took on the shame, for me, to whom the stroke was due (Is. 53: 8) From Galilee, He ruled the raging of the seas. When its waves rose, He spoke and stilled them. He can calm my storm, too.