Monday, December 5, 2016

Today in Country Music History...December 5, 2016



Eric Church and Miranda Lambert receive four nominations apiece to lead the country contingent as finalists are announced for the 57th annual Grammy awards

Carrie Underwood takes the role of Maria Von Trapp as NBC airs a three-hour live production of "The Sound Of Music"

Hunter Hayes receives three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist, tying him with Taylor Swift for the most among country acts

Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney are recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is on hand for the ceremony

Lost Highway releases the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Among the artists featured: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake

Jeff Hanna, of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, marries singer/songwriter Matraca Berg nine years after they first met. Singer/songwriter Marcus Hummon performs "Only Love" during the ceremony

George Strait tops the Billboard country singles chart with "I Cross My Heart," from the "Pure Country" soundtrack

The Charlie Daniels Band records "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at Nashville's Woodland Sound Studios

Gary Herzberg is born in Montebello, California. Under the stage name Gary Allan, the scratchy-voiced singer debuts in 1996, launching a string of hits that includes "Smoke Rings In The Dark," "Nothing On But The Radio," "Watching Airplanes" and "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)"

Ty England is born in Oklahoma City. A guitarist with Garth Brooks during the superstar's peak years, England leaves the band in 1994 to pursue a solo career, scoring the following year with "Should've Asked Her Faster"

December 5th...This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle 1945

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At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.
Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.
By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion seen at 7:50 p.m.
The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found.
Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.

 (More Events on This Day in History)

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Asian American woman has been selected by President-Elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Transportation in his upcoming administration

Holiday Quick & Easy Appetizers, Meals, Snacks, & Drinks...Something Different Everyday Til 2017 (Meal, Dinner)

BBQ-Glazed Meatloaf

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf Recipe 


Transform this dinner classic with a tangy glaze.
Total Time:
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1/4 c. bbq sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic; pulse 3 to 4 times until finely chopped. Scrape side of bowl if needed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; combine with Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ketchup, egg, and breadcrumbs. Once well mixed, add ground beef and ground pork. Mix by hand just until incorporated.
  3. Divide mixture into 4 large ovenproof ramekins placed on a sheet pan. Brush meatloaf with BBQ sauce and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Change oven to broiler setting and cook until BBQ sauce glaze is slightly caramelized, about 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Holiday Quick & Easy Appetizers, Meals, Snacks, & Drinks...Something Different Everyday Til 2017 (Snack, Cookies)

Carrot Cake Cookies

 Carrot Cake Cookies Vertical 

Who says you have to wait until Easter?

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 16 Servings


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extraact
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ and line a baking sheet with parchment. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, then add vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture until well-combined.
  2. Stir in carrots, coconut, raisins, and oats and mix until just combined.
  3. Scoop 1” rounds of dough onto baking sheet. Bake until golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Make glaze: Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until combined. Drizzle glaze over each cookie and let harden before serving.

Holiday Quick & Easy Appetizers, Meals, Snacks, & Drinks...Something Different Everyday Til 2017 (Appetizer)

These Crab Cake Bites Will Outshine All Other Appetizers At Your Holiday Party



Crab Cake Bites

 Crab Cake Bites 

Cutest holiday appetizer ever?

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 6 oz. lump crab meat
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 c. Sour Cream, Divided
  • 2/3 c. finely grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives, divided
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine crab meat, cream cheese, egg, ⅓ c Parmesan, 1 teaspoon Old Bay, sour cream, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon lemon, cayenne and about 1 tablespoon chives in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir until evenly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining cheese, bread crumbs and melted butter. Divide mixture between muffin pan cups and press around the edges of cup to make a crust. Spoon the crab mixture into each cup and bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, make dipping sauce. Combine sour cream, remaining chives, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and remaining Old Bay. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve crab cake bites warm or at room temperature.

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 4, 2016 (Today with Traditional Church Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
December 4, 2016
The Second Sunday
of  Advent
"Open Door Policy"

 Today's Verse:      ( James 1:5 )

      But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.

 Entrance Hymn:

Recite:   "The Apostles Creed"

     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell, and on the third day he arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 

"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just"

 The 1st Reading:

                ( Isaiah 11:1-10 )

The Peaceful Kingdom
      The royal line of David is like a tree that has just been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.
      The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the Lord's will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appear- ance or hearsay; he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die. He will rule his people with justice and in- tegrity.
      Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats. Calves and lion cubs will feed together, and little children will take care of them. Cows and bears will eat together, and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace. Lions will eat straw as cattle do. Even a baby will not be harmed if it plays near a poisonous snake. On Zion, God's sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil. The land will be as full of knowledge of the Lord as the seas are full of water.

The Exiled People Will Return

      A day is coming when the new king from the royal line of David will be a symbol to the nations. They will gather in his royal city and give him honor.

 Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 15 )

The Prayer of an Innocent Person

      Listen, O Lord, to my plea for justice; pay attention to my cry for help! Listen to my honest prayer. You will judge in my favor, because you know what is right.
      Reveal your wonderful love and save me; at your side I am safe from my enemies. Protect me as you would your very eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
      They are like lions, waiting for me, wanting to tear me to pieces. Come, Lord! Oppose my enemies and defeat them!
      But I will see you, because I have done no wrong; and when I awake, your presence will fill me with joy.

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 The 2nd Reading:

               ( Romans 15:4-9 )

The Example of Abraham

      A person who works is paid wages, but they are not regarded as a gift; they are something that has been earned. But those who depend on faith, not on deeds, and who believe in the God who declares the guilty to be innocent, it is this faith that God takes into account in order to them right with himself. This is what David meant when he spoke of happiness of the person whom God accepts as righteous, apart from anything that person does:
      "Happy are those whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sins are pardoned! Happy is the person whose sins the Lord will not keep account of!"
      Does this happiness that David spoke of belong only to those who are circumcised? No indeed! It belongs also to those who are not circumcised. For we have quoted the scripture, "Abraham be- lieved God, and because of his faith accepted him as righteous."

  Today's Gospel According to:

                ( Matthew 3:1-12 ) 

The Preaching of John the Baptist

      At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching. "Turn away from your sins," he said, "because the Kingdom of heaven is near!" John was the man Isaiah was talking about when he said, "Someone is shouting in the desert, 'Prepare a road for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!"
      John clothes were made of camel's hair; he wore a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. People came to him from Jerusalem, from the whole province of Judea, and from all over the country near the Jordan River. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan.
      When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him to be baptized, he said to them, "You snakes - who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send? Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins. And don't think you can escape punishment by saying that Abraham is your ancestor. I tell you that God can take these rocks and make descendants for Abraham! The ax is ready to cut down trees at the roots; every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire. I will baptize you with water to show that you have repented, but the one that will come after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. He is much greater than I am; and I am not even good enough to carry his sandals. He has his winnowing shovel with him to thresh out all the grain. He will gather his wheat into his barn, but he will burn the chaff in a fire that never goes out."

  An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Amy Welborn )

      After Christmas last year, I stopped in Savannah, Georgia, for an afternoon. The object of my pilgrimage - the birthplace of writer Flannery O'Connor - was closed, so I headed to the Cathedral across the did dozens of others. Tour buses unloaded and passers-by stopped in. I thought it was because it was a beautiful, historic building, but they were coming to see the large, gorgeous creche scene inside. 
      I took a look at the creche myself and then sat in a pew for awhile, just watching. People waited patiently in line to view the nativity, but then they stayed and craned their necks to study the ceiling, gazed at the stained glass windows, pondered the furnishings.
      There are many ways to welcome each other in Christ. We listen, we offer food, we smile, we make room. But it all starts with an open door, inviting all to encounter the glory, the beauty, the challenge and the mercy of Christ.
      Lord, may I live a spirit of welcome to all this season.

Recite: The Lord's Prayer 

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it tis in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil.  Amen.

  May the Peace of the Lord be with You

 Recessional Song:


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook