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A Christmas Feast

Written by Staff on December 16, 2014 – 3:02 pm -

sgnscoopschristmasheader3From SGN Scoops December 2012 – Compiled by Lorraine Walker

Christmas time for many is a time of being with family and friends, socializing, singing and enjoying treats we may have only once a year. We have gathered a sampling of favorite recipes from our SGN Scoops friends, fans and family. Special thanks to all who contributed their recipes and pictures, and to all of our readers who will enjoy making and eating these culinary concoctions. Have a Merry Christmas…and happy feasting!

Appetizers

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan-Clark – Features Editor, writer, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
My favorite Christmas Recipe is one that we enjoy from the first of November through the New Year Holidays. This delight is good as an appetizer with dip, and as a snack with eggnog and Hot Apple Cider. And it’s great just to munch! I always make two batches in the beginning, since I know they will disappear quickly. Merry Christmas Everyone. May your Holiday be the best ever.
SANDI’S ZESTY CHEESE STRAWS
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, according to your taste preference).
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne.
Process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into your cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
(Alternatively, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3- inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.

Main Dishes

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Joan Walker

Joan Walker – proof reader, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
JOAN’S WARM–YOU-UP CHRISTMAS CHILI
1 1/2 pound ground beef
2 cans beans
2 cups salsa
1 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 chopped onion
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded cheese
Brown meat and drain. Add meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker, except cheese. Heat on LOW 5-6 hrs, or HIGH 3-4 hours, add shredded cheese before serving.
Add fresh green peppers for a festive look!

Channing Eleton – artist, musician http://channingeleton.com/
My family started a tradition several years ago. After a month of turkey and dressing, sometimes you just want to do something different. One year, I suggested that we do a Mexican dinner for Christmas. Everyone loved it and we’ve been doing it ever since.
The most popular dish of these Christmas get-togethers has been Christina’s Chili Mexico. It’s easy

Channing Eleton

Channing Eleton

and quick to make and after one taste, you’ll see why the Eleton family loves it. Christina’s dish had become popular at Christmas-time; she was getting recipe requests and questions about what she called it. Up until that point, she didn’t have a name for it. I kept encouraging her to give it a name. Neither she or I had any original ideas that we liked, so I turned to my little girl for wisdom. I asked, “Chanler, what would you call Mommy’s dish that we love?”
Without hesitation, Chanler replies in her cute little five-year-old voice, “Chili Mexico”.
We smiled…it stuck…and that’s what we’ve called it ever since.
ELETON’S CHILI MEXICO
2 – 8 oz. packets cream cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
2 cups chili
2 cups shredded cheese
In a baking dish, spread out cream cheese first. Next, comes the layer of salsa, spread evenly. The third layer will be 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Now, pour in all of chili and spread evenly. Lastly, top it with remaining cup of shredded cheese – spread evenly of course. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy with your choice of nacho chips! Read more »


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Gospel Music Today For December 15 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 15, 2014 – 8:21 am -

Gospel Music Today December 15

Gospel Music Today December 15

Deon and Pamela Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Broken Vessels, and Jean reviews new recordings by Undivided and The Williamsons.  An article from Southern Gospel Update is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by Tim Livingston, exclusive video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 7 Mile Road at The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.  News Headlines include Aaron Crabb, the Blackwood Brothers plus exciting concert updates from Mark209 and the Crabb Family Revival.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Gospel Music Today For December 8th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2014 – 9:15 am -

Danny Jones On Gospel Music Today

Danny Jones On Gospel Music Today

Singing News editor Danny Jones is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 8th and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Stevens Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by Sherry Anne and 11th Hour. A Singing News article by Morgan Easter about Olivia Collingsworth is the subject of this week’s News Notes.  In the News this week is Pat Barker, Gerald Crabb, The Bowling Family and Mansion Entertainment.  The show features singing by The Wilbanks, exclusive video of John Lanier, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Mark Trammell Quartet in Cordell, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com


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Gospel Music Today For December 1 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 1, 2014 – 7:52 am -

Gospel Music Today

Gospel Music Today

Aaron and Amanda Crabb are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 1st. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Page Trio, and Jean reviews new recordings by Keith Barkley and The Dunaways.  A Singing News  article by Adam Wagner is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by Brian Free and Assurance, exclusive video of Aaron and Amanda Crabb, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Nashville,TN, at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 11th Hour at the Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Gospel Music Today For November 17th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 17, 2014 – 9:02 am -

Gospel Music Today November 17 2014

Gospel Music Today November 17 2014

McCray Dove is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 16. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Ball Brothers, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Hyssongs.  An Absolutely Gospel article about Three Bridges is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News Headlines this week are Jim and Melissa Brady, Steve Ladd, the Perrys and the Old Paths.  The show features singing by The Akins and Karen Peck and New River, exclusive video of McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Booth Brothers at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Gospel Music Today For November 10th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 10, 2014 – 8:10 am -

Gospel Music Today

Gospel Music Today

The Mark Dubbeld Family is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 9. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Sacred Calling, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Erwins and Kenny Glass. A Christian Voice Magazine article by Lou Wills Hildreth is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a new music video by Back Home, singing by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, exclusive video of The Mark Dubbeld Family, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Nashville, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Melody Boys Quartet at Geyer Springs Baptist Church, in Little Rock, AR.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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2014 Diamond Award Winners Announced At Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Written by Staff on November 5, 2014 – 8:31 am -

Karen Peck and New River with Rob Patz.

Karen Peck and New River with Rob Patz.

Pigeon Forge, TN.(November 5, 2014) – SGN Scoops and Creekside Gospel Music Convention was proud to present the 2014 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The gala celebration was hosted by Tim Lovelace and included appearances by The Blackwoods, Karen Peck and New River, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Freemans and many others. The evening was also filmed by WATC, Channel 57 of Atlanta, Georgia, to be aired/streamed at a later date.

The big winners of the night were Karen Peck and New River, who were honored with Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Mixed Group Of The Year and Trio Of The Year. Karen Peck Gooch was the 2014 Female Artist Of The Year.

"Living Legend" Ed O'Neal

“Living Legend” Ed O’Neal

Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today were award winners and Jean also contributed to the planning of the program. “It was a Southern Gospel star-studded night in Pigeon Forge at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Diamond Awards. What a blessing to see so many artists and friends for the annual Awards show.  Although it was a lot of work, it was well worth it as the artists sang and the artists and industry professionals received their awards.”

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops, commented, “The Diamond Awards are always a special time of honoring the Gospel artists that fill our world with the music we love,” said Patz. “It’s great to take this opportunity to thank them and to be able to share the ceremony with fans across the nation and the world by internet. We are grateful to Tim Lovelace, our special musical guests and t

The Freemans, 2014 Christian Country Group Of The Year

The Freemans, 2014 Christian Country Group Of The Year

o WATC for recording the Diamond Awards. We had a great time at the ceremony and we hope everyone will tune in and watch!”

“What an awesome night at the Diamond Awards at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014. What a blessing to be a part of such a great event!” said Vonda Easley, from Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley. Vonda is also a vocalist with Hope’s Journey and part of the SGN Scoops staff. “The music was amazing and the winners were deserving. I loved it!”

Jonathan Edwards, from Faith’s Journey, is part of the Creekside crew and the voice of SGN Scoops Radio. He stated, “I am always thrilled at the amount of talent that is featured on the Diamond Award program and this year was no different. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a small part of this special event.”

Lorraine Walker, acting editor of SGN Scoops digital magazine, was unable to be present but noted that a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of the Diamond Awards. “Many people have contributed to this year’s Diamond Awards event and I am thrilled that it was such a beautiful night. My thanks to the volunteers and staff of Creekside and SGN Scoops for making the Diamond Awards an exceptional evening. Congratulations to each of the very deserving winners!”

Lou Hildreth Award Winner and MC, Tim Lovelace

Lou Hildreth Award Winner and MC, Tim Lovelace

The 2014 Diamond Award Winners Are:

J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Ed O’Neal

MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River

QUARTET OF THE YEAR: Brian Free and Assurance

TRIO OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River

DUET OF THE YEAR: Aaron and Amanda Crabb

FEMALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck Gooch

MALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Crabb

SUNRISE AWARD: 11th Hour

SONG OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: The Freemans

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Christy Sutherland

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: James and Jeff Easter – Like Father, Like Son

ANTHONY BURGER INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: Gordon Mote

DOTTIE RAMBO SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Steele

BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver

VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR: Lead Me Home – The Freemans

FAVORITE ARTIST WEBSITE: LeFevre Quartet

FAVORITE INDUSTRY WEBSITE: Gospel Music Today

Karen Peck and New River, multi-award winners.

Karen Peck and New River, multi-award winners.

PAUL HEIL AWARD (Broadcasting): Ken and Jean Grady- Gospel Music Today

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Crabb

LOU HILDRETH AWARD: Tim Lovelace

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE AWARD: Donna Blackwood

 

The  Creekside Gospel Music Convention is being held now at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 3rd through 6th, 2014. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Thanks to Robert York for the Diamond Awards pictures.

About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the home of the Diamond Awards, a fan-based annual awards program recognizing the best in Southern Gospel and Christian Country music.   SGN Scoops is always digital, always free. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 


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Gospel Music Today For October 13 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 13, 2014 – 8:24 am -

Gospel Music Today October 13

Gospel Music Today October 13

The Martins are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 12. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Lunas, and Jean reviews a new recording by New Road. An article by Pat Barker entitled “Where Are They Now?” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Three Bridges, exclusive video of Jeff and Sheri Easter, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, including an exciting interview with Brian Lester and Gene Reasoner.  In the news headlines this week are The Kingsmen, Karen Peck, Bev McCann, the Steeles, Paul Heil, Eddie Crook and Claude Hopper.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Gospel Music Today For September 29th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 29, 2014 – 7:39 am -

Gospel Music Today September 29

Gospel Music Today September 29

Lily Isaacs is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 28. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Phillips Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Coffmans and Tribute Quartet. An article entitled “Front Porch Fellowship”, featuring High Road III is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Tribute Quartet, exclusive video of Declaration, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Melody Boys at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN. In the news this week, Jean shares news of Faith’s Journey, the Erwins and the Down East Boys. There is also a Happy Birthday wish to Morgan Easter.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com


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Gospel Music Today For September 21st On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:02 pm -

Gospel Music Today September 21 2014

Gospel Music Today September 21 2014

The members of The Tacketts are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 21. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Friends by Grace. Jean reviews a new recording by The Diplomats, and Ken and Jean visit The Dove Creek Cafe’s gospel singing night in Roanoke, TX. An article about Bobby Clark is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by The Talleys, exclusive video of The Tacketts, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Reggie Saddler Family at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK. In the News this week: The Jay Stone Singers, Gold City, Jeff Stice, the Booth Brothers, the Lesters and Tommy Browder has a birthday. The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com

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