Friday’s Fave Five

Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five so we can share our favorite things from the last week. This has been a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God gives. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

1. Good results from the doctor. I mentioned last week taking a family member in for a procedure. We got the results back this week, and praise the Lord, it is not the big scary thing we most feared. There are still symptoms that we and the doctors need wisdom in dealing with, but we’re relieved and thankful that it is not as bad as it could have been.

2. A better week than last week, mentally at least. It hasn’t been as productive as I had originally planned, and I was under the weather a couple of days, but the “funk” I was in last week seems to have lifted. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

3. Google. Though it seems, I don’t know, maybe a little silly to list it, it has been a major help to me in getting ready for the upcoming ladies’ luncheon. I can’t wait to show and tell you more about it, but I want to wait til afterward so as to keep everything as much of a surprise as possible to those attending. But I was thrilled this week when I had a general idea for favors for the younger girls (thank you, Lord!), and searching online yielded just the perfect resources needed to implement it.

4. Just the right temperatures and rain. I have to admit I am not a big fan of rainy days, though I know we need them for food and plants to grow, etc. But I appreciate them more this time of year when they wash the pollen out of the air and off everything outside.

5. My husband’s helpfulness. I’ve mentioned this last week that I can chafe sometimes when interrupted or asked to help with something when I had other things planned, though once I actually get started my attitude changes. But my husband has always very willingly and cheerfully pitched in anywhere needed. Since he works way more than 40 hours a week plus keeps up with yard work and general repairs around the house, I try not to ask for his help unless company is coming and I am in a time crunch. But when I do ask him to do something, he never acts irritated or put out. I can’t remember what I made a mess of in the kitchen last week, but he just pitched in taking care of the problem. And whenever the kids need assistance, as well, he makes his time and expertise  available to talk or fix something or help with a decision, etc. Of course, sometimes he is in the middle of something and has to ask us to wait, but his general attitude is one of willing and cheerful helpfulness and availability to his loved ones, which is both an example and a rebuke to me.

And hey, I didn’t even mention food this week! 🙂 Though I did make Congo Bars last night…

Congo bars

1/2 cup margarine
2 3/4 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups flour
1 to 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt margarine and combine with brown sugar.Add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture into a greased 11 x 15″ pan. Sprinkle choclate chips on top. Bake for 20-25minutes. Makes 2 dozen, depending on how you cut them. Chopped nuts can be added if desired.

I don’t know why they’re called that, and in trying to find a recipe to link to, I found all kinds of variations! But this one is pretty simple plus makes more than the usual 9 x 13 pan. Great for when you need to take cookies somewhere but want to leave some home for the family as well. Though I am not taking these anywhere….

Have a great weekend!

15 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Oh, yummy looking Congo Bars (for whatever reason they are called that!)

    PRAISE GOD for a good doctor’s report! I’m sure that you all are greatly relieved and I’m glad to know that there is a burden lifted for you all. Thanks for letting us know! I was really worried for you all.

    Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  2. I’m so glad that you threw the food in at the end. They look delish. I’m glad the health issue wasn’t bad. That’s always good news. I’m also elated that you had a better week this week. And your husband sounds like a great man my friend. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. I’m so glad that the reports were not what you feared. May God grant you guys wisdom in how to deal with the symptoms.

    I love the Google too. LOL.

    Those bars looks yummy!

  4. I look everything up on Google.

    oh dear – those bars – I’m getting hungry and trying to resist sweets. They look so good!!

    Glad you had a better week and the funk lifted. It’s no fun being stuck in one.

    I’m thankful for a sweet and helpful husband too. I don’t know what I’d do without him

    Happy weekend!

  5. I’ve been wondering all week about the dr’s reports. Good news!

    Hmmm, those congo bars made me even hungrier than I was!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Wow — look at those bars. They look positively yummy!

    Rejoicing with you over the not-so-scary diagnosis. I can’t wait to hear all about this luncheon — and see pictures!

    I thought for a minute I was reading about my husband. Aren’t we blessed?

    Happy weekend!

  7. I also offered a thank you prayer for #1 & 2.

    #3. — God may have helped Google help you!

    #5 — the way you honor your husband in sharing is faithfulness, kindness, and goodness is refreshing and wonderful. Too often all we hear about mates is the bad stuff.

    I may just try these cookies tonight so Amoeba has them to come home to after his opening night performance.

  8. Those cookies made my mouth water! Your husband sounds like a wonderful man, and I’m glad the doctor had good news about your relative!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. UGH! Shame on you putting those Congo Bars in front of me! Aiy! Those look sinful!

    I am SO glad that the doctor news was GOOD! Thank you Lord! Amen!

    I think Google is well worth being thankful for! Sometimes it really would count as one of MY favorite things too!

    Your Jim IS a keeper … truly he is!

  10. Oh, Barbara, I’m so thankful that you received a good report and that all is not as bad as first thought!
    I’m blessed with a patient, helpful husband, too. I am so thankful for him, and even more so now that we are taking care of little Jaylon so much.
    I looove Google, too. It is just so easy to use and right to the point, not giving you a bunch of info and junk that you don’t need.
    I think I’m going to go and make some of the congo bars now! 🙂

  11. So thank you got good doctor results! Always reason to count your blessings. Glad your funk is lifting. I’ve been under a cloud for awhile myself, but it comes and goes.

    I’m with you in being thankful for Google! It has been a tremendous help to me on hundreds of occasions.

    Congo Bars! It’s a favorite treat at our house. My teenage daughter makes them all the time but not with that many chocolate chips. I’ll have to get her to up the count because those look fantastic.

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