Saturday, December 22, 2007

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Try this recipe. You won't be disappointed!!

1 cup sugar
1 cup pecans (may use walnuts)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup self-rising flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick of butter
1 unbaked pie shell

Mix sugar and flour; add eggs and melted butter. Add nuts and choc. chips, then vanilla. Mix well and pour into pie shell.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

This has become a family favorite all year long - especially at Christmas.

Thanks to Jimmie B. of Macon, GA for the recipe several years ago when I served as Worship Leader at Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Favorite Christmas Music

Okay, a few of "my favorite things"... or recent (and not so recent) Christmas discs I highly recommend:

1. Great Joy - A Gospel Christmas - Broadway Inspirational Voices (MUST HAVE for gospel fans)
2. Christmas Songs - Diana Krall - just great Christmas jazz
3. Christmas Time with Oleta - Oleta Adams ("Breath of Heaven" cover is worth the disc!)
4. The Christmas Collection - Michael McDonald (the zydeco version of "Children Go Where I Send Thee" is too much fun!!) originally titled "In the Spirit - A Christmas Album"
5. Christmas Fantasy - Anita Baker (if you like Anita, you'll love this disc)
6. When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick, Jr. (not new, but a new standard in my opinion)
7. Christmas at The Brooklyn Tabernacle - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (not available on iTunes but a great deal on currently)
8. First Christmas - BeBe & CeCe Winans (another classic from this dynamic duo)
9. This is Christmas - Luther Vandross (one of the most incredible voices of our time)
10. Christmas Portrait - The Carpenters (just a classic, what else can be said?)
11. Home for Christmas - Rhino Records - a great compilation of true classics, which, if I had left off this list, my kids would have never let me live it down. This has become a family tradition on Christmas morning. While most of this 2 disc set is very "dated" it is a great compilation! ("Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mabel Scott is one of my personal favorites and always makes me smile!)

There are actually many more that are my favorites. You should see my Christmas CD collection, it's ridiculous, I admit.

Interesting most of these include the word Christmas in their titles instead of the politically correct "holiday"... hmmmm...

wow, the iTunes store sure was slow on searches today - not sure what that's about.

Well, Merry Christmas, and Happy Listening!

Jonathan Butler - great jazz!

If you like jazz guitar (even if you're like me and not a big guitar fan) you'll LOVE Jonathan Butler! Think of a cross between George Benson, Earl Klugh & Stevie Wonder with worship thrown in and you've got Jonathan. Born in South Africa, he is a fantastic guitarist in the smooth jazz style, has appeared on at least one of Israel Houghton's projects, and is not afraid to use the name of Jesus in his music.

His latest gospel project is "Brand New Day" and I highly recommend it. Great drive time music and great worship tunes on the same disc. Also check out "The Worship Project" and "Jonathan".