Double Good Blueberry Pie

double good blueberry pie

double good blueberry pie

We went to Blueberry Hill Farm in Edom, Texas and picked some delicious blueberries.  Summer was under way and the weather was starting to heat up, so we had to get up early and be done before the sun got too hot.  We left the house at 5:30 and arrived at the farm just as they were opening.  It was very peaceful listening to the birds and stopping every now and then to enjoy a fresh blueberry.  There was a soft breeze blowing and just enough clouds to keep it cool.  When I sat down to rest, a song bird landed on a limb not far from where I was sitting.  He looked at me curiously then flew off to continue his busy day.  Now that the weather is too hot to enjoy being outside, it is great to have a slice of Double Good Blueberry Pie.  I used a graham cracker crust from the store, so I didn’t have to heat up the house by starting up the oven.

Double Good Blueberry Pie

1 8 inch graham cracker crust


4 ounces cream cheese

¼ cup powdered sugar

Spread in the bottom of the crust.

In a saucepan mix together:

2 cups blueberries

¼ cup cranberry juice

Dash nutmeg

1 cup sugar mixed with 3 tablespoons cornstarch before adding to the blueberries

Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil stirring constantly.  Boil until the syrup is clear then remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter.

Let cool then fold in 2 more cups of blueberries.  Spread over the cream cheese mixture and chill in the refrigerator overnight.  Serve with cool whip or whipped cream.


How to Combat Fear With Gratitude

How you can conquer fear

One of the most common things that keeps people from living happy and fulfilled life is fear. Are your fears immobilizing you, are they keeping you from taking risks,and are they literally keeping you from being all that you can be.

How would you like to begin a process that will get rid of your fears forever? It happens when you begin to recognize that the opposite of fear is gratitude. As you learn to practice a daily life of gratitude you will have found the key to  living a more enjoyable and successful life. I would like to recommend watching the video from Martha Beck explaining why a grateful attitude is important for your mental health. Simply click on the photo and will be taken to the video

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How to Combat Fear With Gratitude

Martha Beck

Best-selling author and life coach Martha Beck explains why a grateful attitude is important to your mental health.

Practicing Gratitude Every Day With Your Family

Chloe Vik

Chloe Vik

When my sister Chloe was in her senior year of college she was playing the organ one Sunday morning and heard of base note playing on the organ. At first she thought that one of the organ pipes had stuck open and was playing by itself. She looked down and discovered that her leg was had gone to sleep. Six weeks later she passed away from a brain tumor. She never got to enjoy her new husband, never got to have children and didn’t even get to finish college.

One thing I learned from that experience is to appreciate every moment God gives us. Have you told your spouse that you love her today? Have you hugged your kids and told him that you love them? I get tired of hearing people complain about their spouse and their children and literally deprive  everyone around them out of real joy. Have you practice the art of gratitude today?

Life is just too short to waste it by complaining and being angry. I would like to challenge you to begin a lifestyle of gratitude. You will not find it easy. Gratitude is a learned behavior. I would like to share with you a number of tools that I have found to help me become a better father grandfather and husband.

How can I learn to be more grateful?

Thank you For most of my life I had been taught to be grateful for the things that I had and to appreciate my family and the people around me. However, like most people I did a real good job of that around Thanksgiving, but the rest of the time I found it easier to complain and worry and gratefulness was far from my mind.

As I began to listen to the tremendous benefits my fellow Send Out Cards users were having, I realized that the process of simply sending a greeting card on a daily basis was having a much greater impact than I ever thought possible. Not only was the person receiving the card blessed, but the author began to realize the powerful benefits of simply being grateful every day.

Since then I have discovered three kinds of gratitude that has literally changed my life.

Reactive Gratitude

The easiest way to start improving your practice of gratitude is to simply start saying thank you. It’s amazing how many opportunities you will find every day to appreciate the people around you. The waitress that served you, your family members, your fellow workers, and it’s especially important to remember to appreciate those that help make your life better such as your pastor or teacher. You will find that  by practicing an attitude of gratitude you can lower stress, Improve your health, and help people see you as a happy person who has it all together.

Proactive Gratitude

Proactive gratitude occurs when you begin looking for ways to appreciate others. It involves deliberate planning and execution. It can be as simple as sending a thank you card or including a gift with it. It may involve an appreciation lunch or doing something special for the family.

This form of gratitude requires practice and some type of system that makes it hard to forget your prompting to do something special. I have several tools that can help you develop your practice of gratitude. I use my gratitude log and send out cards to help me improve my practice of gratitude.

Reflective Gratitude

Mountains and Lake Reflecton

Practice Reflection Daily

This practice of gratitude is usually easy to do around Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s much more difficult to do this every day. How many times do you go to bed worrying about finances or problems at work or health issues?

Be grateful every day

I would like to challenge you to write 3 to 5 things you’re grateful for just before you go to bed. I’ve included this in my gratitude log and it is really helping me to sleep better and to realize just how blessed I am.

When Excellence Becomes Average

Man at desk

Show your excellence by practicing gratitude

After 40 pulse years of working in a variety of jobs, I have learned that when you do an good job for a long time nobody even notices or acknowledges it. In fact excellence becomes average and the people who were doing a poor job and end up working like crazy to finish a project received all the accolades.

If you are part of a department or group that has created a smooth streamlined operation that rarely gets attention by upper management because your department is simply not a problem, then how can you achieve the recognition that is so well deserved. One of the things that you can do is to spend time with people from other departments. Show them show them that you care and that you value their opinions.

It’s also important that you talk about your achievements without being arrogant many times people simply are not aware of the excellence of your group. This is especially true if your department is running smoothly and no one has had to come and rescue you from some screw-up  It’s also important for you to recognize others for their accomplishments. This is your chance to help others feel good about themselves and their abilities.

It is so important to practice daily acts of gratitude. You will find that everyone around you is easier to get along with and you will even find that the daily challenges you face will be less stressful.


Gratitude is your secret weapon

Gratitude is your secret weapon

Building a Relationship

Gratitude Pays

Do you want to build a better relationship with your customers, family, friends, coworkers …. everybody?


Say thank you in a special way

  1. Say it in person
  2. Say it by phone
  3. Say it by e-mail
  4. However, a card delivered to their door with a heartfelt thank you, an inspirational picture, and a note of appreciation will be remembered for a long time.
  5. A daily process of expressing thanks opens the door for abundance into our lives.

So let’s get started

It is so easy to simply say thank you but so many times we simply forget. Gratitude is such a beneficial practice. But it has to be practice daily. You will be surprised to discover what a difference it makes on others.

The important thing is to get started. It is so easy just to become consumed with all the problems that we face in life that we forget this beneficial practice. One way to start is to simply make a list. Your list can include current and past clients callings friends family neighbors and don’t forget your children’s teachers. Has anyone done something special for you recently?