Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cozy Soup Supper & a Swell Movie Night!

We had a cozy soup supper last night, hot off the press on the table at 6pm...accompanied by garlic breadsticks by our Michelle, she makes the best homemade breadsticks. Mm-Mm-Gooood....(You have to say it like Andy Griffith to get the effect) Yes indeed. The soup? An Italian Wedding soup. Some of the best stuff on earth I say, but it must be made with love, and a song in your heart. : )

The movie? ..... Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)

Synopsis of Tenth Avenue Angel.

Oh me oh my, we thoroughly enjoyed this sweet movie....Good lessons especially for parents and our children as well, no matter how old we are. Our daughters are ages 16 to 27 and these old movies are the best. If you want a sweet home, feed your home sweetness. If you want your family to eat vegetables, give them vegetables....If you want a home filled with joy and peace, then feed your home that....If you give your family what is real and true, they will turn the counterfeit away. Expect much and receive much in the ways of the Lord and His heart.

I don't know why families wouldn't like the old movies? Why feed our families junk food in the way of entertainment, from what we're seeing in peeps at the new movies, most of the newer movies are highly undesirable for our families as role models. So very cheap. Don't take seconds, take the best. Take the higher road in your entertainment choices. : )

Allow me to share a special clip from Tenth Avenue Angel:

Little Flavia played by Marget O'Brien prays to our Lord and loving Father in the sweetest way ever, this put me in tears, you could have heard a pin drop in our family room...

I can't see you but I know you're close, please listen to me, I've been a very bad girl, I didn't believe. But now I saw, you made the cow kneel to show me...I know You're close listening, make my mama live, only You can, it'll only be one more miracle...please, please...Dear God...make my mama live...

Is this not the sweetest thing ever? Please watch the clip in entirety to capture the full effect. We were all in awe watching this movie, my eyes welled with tears. I've said it once and I'll say it again...They just don't make God honoring movies like this anymore.

Two of my favorite actresses are in this movie, little Margaret O'Brien and Phyllis Thaxter plays such a feminine, pretty lady & mama to Flavia. She also played in the movie great, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.

And would you like my recipe for the Italian Wedding Soup? It really is delicious. Thanks to flylady for great recipes...I made mine right on the stove, and tweaked it a bit, using 3 chicken breasts and no meatballs, (I didn't have ground meat on hand for meatballs) I also used two bags of frozen spinach and added water to the two boxes of chicken broth. And I used more of an entire cup of parmesan/romano cheese in the soup. On the stove top, I made angel hair multigrain pasta separately to serve as a bed under the toasty soup, sprinkle more cheese on top and it is wowza. It's like being at my Italian grandma's house, just add laughter and love for the real thing. No stuffed shirts allowed.

Italian Wedding Soup basic recipe

Have a howdy-ho week everyone, smile til your face hurts! ; ) And for those of us facing trials and tests, our victories will be in that prayer closet. Blessings to All! ~Amelia

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And special thanks to our good buddy and brother in Christ, Adam, One Texan's Point of View for the Lemonade Stand Award, an award for gratitude or good attitude. May I keep that standard and may God always be glorified here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Standing Alone

On the Waterfront (1954)

When our family viewed this movie last week....I sat and really, really watched it with care this time around....Oh my. This movie says so very much and rings so many bells within my soul. I am a waterfront girl for many of you who don't know me....My family on both sides were old waterfront families....I know the waterfront very well...I will say organized crime was never in the equation in my family thank the Lord.

The waterfront people were very real people for the most part, not a fake bone in our bodies...Now I'm a homeschool mom and wife living in the suburbs, trying to live a simple life independant of this culture but dependant on the Lord and His ways... A sensitive person and that is a positive thing when it comes to the Lord and care for others may I say very clearly. I'm comfortable with solitude many a day, and careful as to whom I call friend. : ) Those I do call friend I cherish.

What troubles me greatly is the politics portrayed in On the Waterfront, seem very much the same in many Christianized groups and churches. It seems most places I go and live... Suburbs, country,'s much the same... People turning heads and sadly many times...politics and control as usual.

In what can be the cruelty of life, it makes my heart charge to see and hear Father Barry in this movie, there really was a Father Barry by the way...Let these clips speak for themselves.... You will either be challenged or blessed.

There is one brief scene in the movie that I didn't personally approve of, it is a kissing scene that seems a bit intense to me, so be aware of that for your children and young people. Also, anytime the mob is involved there will be violence that young children should not be exposed to.

Here's a great definition or, better, a great "re-definition" of church! Karl Malden, as the priest, gets it right. What would happen if the churches in America adopted this sort of gritty, street-smart approach to ministry and community reordering? Sounds like the Kingdom of God to me. ~LarryJamesUrbanDaily

"Boys! THIS is my CHURCH!"

I could'a been somebody.... This clip just broke my heart....when you see the movie in entirity you will also see the horrible tragedy that follows...

...May we all be a Father Barry

I will say the end of the movie is one that ultimately brings hope, it will have you on the edge of your seat; it shows what will finally happen when people dare to lovingly stand for what is right in the very face of adversity no matter how many bottles are thrown.

Blessings to all, take care now....The birthday blessings were so sweet on my blogs, they made me smile! I'm still recooping from what seems to be a pinched nerve in my back. Prayers are always appreciated. Happy New Year blessings! ~Amelia

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