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Holiday reflections and gossip issues

As I sit here and think back over the holidays I am in awe how blessed we really are.  We want for nothing and were blessed to have family in over the holidays so we weren’t alone.  

On New Year’s Eve we hosted family and friends at the house. Lots of food and laughs were had by all.

I have seen what the holidays can do to people and how being alone is not good.  Life is short, so love your loved ones a bit harder.  You never know when God is going to call them “home.”

Another thing that has been on my heart is this. I don’t understand why people say things that are downright cruel. These days, people don’t have a filter and things just come out. Then there are people that do things behind the scenes — meaning they send a message or a email, but don’t have the guts to put their name on it. Things hurt no matter if you know who did it or not.

In my opinion, If you don’t have the guts to put your name on it, you shouldn’t be saying it at all.  We are all human and we all make mistakes, and people assume things that aren’t even true.

What does the Bible say? “If you have an issue with someone you go to them.  If that doesn’t work you take someone with you and go back.” (Matthew 18:15-17.)  

We are all here trying to live our best life forward.  No one knows really what someone else is going through.  I don’t think most could walk in the shoes of the one they are gossiping about. 

I have a hard time with people assuming something about someone else, running with it and gossiping.  What things look like on the surface isn’t always the case.  We should all sit back for a minute and get to know whomever it is we are making assumptions about.

If you have an issue with someone. be up front and ask them yourself.  Most will tell you the truth if you ask them.  There are always multiple sides to every story.

A lot of people go around hear or assume something about someone, and take it as the gospel truth.  When you truly get to know the person, what you thought isn’t even close to being true.

I have dealt with a lot in life — people thinking one thing or another about me and or my husband, but once they sit down with us and ask us we tell them they are in awe that it really wasn’t true. 

There are many of times I want to lash out at someone and give them what I feel is coming to them. When I step back, pray, and have time to think, I decide to rise above and live my life to a higher standard.  Vengeance is mine says the Lord.  

I also don’t want to stand before God and have to explain about not being nice to someone because of hearsay.  God said love one another.  Stop all the hate and do so!

Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells

Looking for an easy but delicious dinner? Then you’ve come to the right place. Cheesy spinach stuffed shells are so easy to make that anyone can make them. If your family is a fan of pasta dishes as…

Ingredients

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

2 cups Spinach, fresh

1 24 oz jar Favorite pasta sauce

20 Shells (about 1/2 of a box), jumbo

 Salt and pepper

1 15 oz container Curd cottage cheese, small

1 cup Mozzarella

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 15 oz container Ricotta

Instructions

Cook pasta shells al dente and let cool.  *You may want to cook a few extra, sometimes a couple will fall apart while cooking.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

While pasta is cooking and cooling chop your spinach.

Combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 c mozzarella cheese, chopped spinach, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Cover the bottom of a 9×13 dish with 1 cup of pasta sauce.

Once the shells have cooled and are easy to handle start spooning the mixture into each shell and place in your 9×13 dish.

When you have finished with all 20 or so shells pour the remaining jar of pasta sauce over the top of the shells and top with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, or more if you like 

Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 375.  Then, uncover shells and bake for 10 additional minutes.

Then, enjoy!

Tina Specht is co-publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. She shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday.