Keeping A Short List

Keeping A Short List

 When the holidays are upon us, or really anytime I anticipate a large meal for several folks, I begin the process by giving my freezer a good ‘going over.’

I need space for that turkey or ham I will be buying, and room for the side dishes I can make ahead and freeze.  This saves me so much time and energy on the day itself.

This inventory time helps me know what I need to buy, and to use up what I already have.  I find stuff I forgot was even in there.  I plan daily our daily meals around the meats and vegetables in the freezer.

I keep a magnetic note pad on both the freezer AND refrigerator doors to jot down a short list of needs. My memory is like a sieve.

My Sunday school teacher often mentions ‘keeping a short list’ with the LORD.  What he means by this is daily confession of wrong doing, and asking the Lord to bring up unconfessed sin, so it, too, can be brought up to the Lord.

The Bible tells us there is ONE mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus.  Did you know God, the Son, intercedes on your behalf to God, the Father?  He is YOUR advocate!  You can have none better!

I’m so glad I don’t have to confess my sin to another human to find God’s forgiveness.  Of course, I DO need to make things right with people in my life I have wronged.

 As a wife and mother, I often asked my family to forgive my wrong actions or reactions.  It was important to do this as soon as possible after I messed up so resentment doesn’t build up.  I guess you might call this is ‘keeping a short list’ with others.

I’m sharing today a recipe for Baked Ziti.  Most of the ingredients come from the freezer and pantry shelf.  This dish freezes well, too, making it a great option to pull out & bake when schedules are busy.

Confectionately Yours,


Baked Ziti

1 (16-oz.) box ziti pasta, cooked as directed
1/2 tsp. salt (added to water)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 lb. cottage cheese
2 tsp. parsley
2 eggs
4 c. spaghetti sauce
3/4 c. parmesan cheese
2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
Slightly undercook pasta and drain, about 6-7 minutes in boiling salted water. Set aside.

Combine cottage cheese, eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, and parsley. Heat sauce until warm. Add ziti and remove from heat.
Layer in greased casserole dish. Place  1/2 of the noodles with sauce, then 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture and 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers.

 Bake at 350° for 30 -45 minutes. Yield 6 servings.
Note: Use my quick spaghetti sauce for this dish or just Prego doctored up with extra
garlic salt, oregano and pepper. This recipe freezes well, but I add additional sauce to
the noodles and on top to ensure a moist dish.