A Trio of Found Recipes by Professional Mom (a repost)


I don’t really remember what I was looking for, but the kitchen drawer was the spot I chose to start. Everyone has “that drawer” in the kitchen, be honest, everything paper and otherwise that you have saved is there. Addresses, recipes, pens, birthday candles, I could go on and on.  As it turns out I found several recipes, some I had made before and some not. I picked three and decided to rustle up all the ingredients and make them.

After a hundred-dollar trip to the grocery store, I was ready to proceed. My son and his family were on the way home from a trip and I wanted to prepare a great meal, so I chose three out of the ordinary (for me) recipes to make. I will share these recipes at the end of this post.

There is a certain significance to these recipes in that my mother-in-law, Kathleen McDonald, who had a huge impact on my cooking and all-around housekeeping skills, wrote one of these recipes with her own hand. She’s been in Heaven for about ten years now, so it was particularly moving for me find this recipe. That was the Broccoli Salad. The Four Layer Pie, our all-time fave, was another recipe, although written by me, but was another family recipe I got from Grandma.

She was what I would call a precise cook. As I put these recipes together, I was reminded of her special and neat way she cooked, especially the Four Layer Pie, because you could see the layers both defined and beautiful. The Broccoli Salad was cut in tiny little pieces, again, precise and beautiful to behold. My daughter pointed this out when we ate mine, but, oh well, it’s me. As I was pressing the crust into the pan for the pie, and thinking of Grandma McDonald, I sized my cooking skills up as too good for “Worst Cooks in America,” yet not good enough for “Chopped.” Funny what you think about when you’re cooking.

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Joe McDonald Ministry January 2024 Newsletter

Here is the January Newsletter “The Evangelism Trail” for January 2024!


Follow us all year and email me if you want to receive your own copy either email or snail mail!



Reverend Joe McDonald  Isaiah 6:8
sharing “the message of grace”
Joe McDonald Ministry Inc.
a 501(c)(3) donation supported ministry

New Year, New Goal to Read the Bible Through!

I’m one day away from reading my Bible through. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I am so excited to have experienced this! Thank you to the folks at Teach Sunday School (.com) for putting together this chronological guide, that is both extremely easy to follow and keeps you on target to finish in a year!

I have been a Christian and Bible student since my teens but 2023 was the first year I actually read the Bible from cover to cover!

You can too! Simply download the guide link and either print it out, like I did, or follow on line. It’s that simple.

I plan to do it again in 2024, starting Monday!

Click Here For Your Download

*Disclaimer: This does cost $9.99, but you can copy and use multiple times.

Be sure to comment when you get started! Patti (Professional Mom) Click the title of this post to comment.

Joe McDonald Ministry December Newsletter and Family Update!

Time is moving right along and Christmas morning is just around the corner.

Check out the December two page ministry newsletter by clicking here: “The Evangelism Trail” Christmas News


I have also attached it in PDF format for you to print or share with friends and family.

Thank you for all you do for us and let us hear back from you after you look this over.

Merry Christmas,

Joe and Patti

Honoring Veterans 2023


I am grateful to all veterans who have served on my behalf to allow the freedoms we enjoy to continue in perpetuity. That said, sometimes the history is lost on younger generations and I in addition to thanking veterans for their service, and I have many veterans I love in my family, I decided to give a short bit of history, with information from the web, written and researched by the Editors of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, November 10, 2023.

Although the original celebration of Veterans started in 1919 after the First World War;

“November 11 became an official national holiday in the United States in 1938. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honour those who had served in all U.S. wars. Ceremonies are held each year at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and floral tributes are placed on the graves of service men and women and at memorials throughout the country. Naturalization ceremonies have come to be an important part of the day’s activities.”

Again, thank you for your service, all veterans that have served in all of the branches of the military to keep us free!

Professional Mom

The October Newsletter from Joe McDonald Ministry

As most of my readers know, I joined my husband Joe in full time missionary work since my retirement from AT&T five years ago. My website is priority as I can maintain it from the road, and as you’ll see from the newsletter, a book I wrote is in presale on Amazon right now. Thank you to those faithful supporters that allow us to do this! Here’s the latest news of the ministry and please email your address or send your email address if you would like to be on our mailing list. PM

October and cooler weather greetings to you. God is faithful!


Here is the Joe McDonald Ministry October newsletter. Please take two minutes and catch up with us.

You can see it here: “The Evangelism Trail” for October 2023.

It is attached to this email in PDF format, too.


Lots of ministry and family things happening and many of you are a part of all we do.


Remember. Normal isn’t coming back, Jesus is!




Joe and Patti

Disappointment: How to Cope by Professional Mom

We all face disappointment in our lives. Sooner or later, someone, something or our own actions will disappoint. I’m not talking about disappointment that our team lost a game, although that does bother us, I’m talking about disappointment in a person, sadness or loss, a life event, or a physical challenge that can’t be changed.

So, disappointment in a person. I’ve faced it. I remember a friend of my girls. She lived with us for a while as a teen when her mother moved to a nearby city. She fit right in with my four daughters and was a delight to have as a house guest. Although I loved her like my own, I had a few quiet moments to give her my motherly wisdom and offered that she would think about going home to her mother, my theme was that “she is her mother,” like no other. I didn’t want her to regret her decision to stay with us.

Time went on and she reconciled with her mom and did go home. Then she disappeared from our lives, disappointment number one. She later reappeared for a quick visit with a baby boy, who we never knew the father. But as time went on, she seemed to be on track for a normal life, with a new husband and two children by him.

Disappointment reared its ugly head when we heard she was taking drugs, losing her family and then, sadly, her life. Her decisions, however they came about, seemed to lead to a horrible end. One bright spot, she was a Christian and her children have grown up successful and happy despite their tragic loss.

This story is just one way disappointment can come into our life, and depending on your involvement in the situation, this could lead to disillusionment and despair.

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🍁🎃 HARVEST Bible Lesson: 11 Activities for Grades K-6 [PRINTABLE]

Another great download from Teach Sunday School! Only $4.99 for unlimited prints containing hours of activities for mixed ages. Non-denominational and Christ-centered, always!!! Great for Sunday School activities or to do at home. PM


Throughout the month of October, empower kids to create an abundant spiritual harvest by sowing seeds for Christ!

Click here for a printable Harvest Bible Lesson.

Abundant Blessings,


Joe McDonald Ministry News

My husband, Joe, is on the ball, already delivering the September Newsletter. I hope you will keep up with our Ministry news and put us on your prayer list as we travel and share the Good News of Jesus Christ, wherever God sends us!

Here’s the link:

The Evangelism Trail-September 2023

And be on the lookout for the Amazon presale of my book, Hell is Forever: The Way of Escape, An In-Depth Look at Death and Hell, Providing Hope for the Hopeless.

Be sure to read click the link for the September News!

✝️ Christ-Centered Back-to-School Idea

Here’s a great way for your kids to learn (and keep in their heart) the books of the Bible! Not a download, free shipping, click the link below and Happy Back to School 2023! Professional Mom




I think all Back-to-School backpacks need a few items that are Christ-centered.


Check out this adorable “Bible Periodic Table” surprise I’m handing out at church this year.


It’s something that kids & teens will all be excited about and actually use to deepen their faith.


Plus, it will last a little longer than those pencils that break and markers that dry out!


Check it out here.


Talk Soon,


Order "The Gospel Parade" Today!


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 "The Gospel Parade!" Second printing!

A great way to share the Gospel with your children

and grandchildren. A "read to" or read on their own,

    target audience is 4-9, but all ages will enjoy this!

The first edition was published in 2011, with just a few changes in the pictures, this is the same story that thrilled all of our readers!

Joe McDonald Ministry has made a parade float for local parades and church events! Complete with pictures from the book and gospel music!

Available now in

hardbound and softbound and at a reduced price!



Volume XII Sunsets on Mobile Bay 2024

Made Exclusively for Joe McDonald Ministry


Sunsets on Mobile Bay 2024 Volume XIII is available now!!!

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Sunsets on Mobile Bay Calendar 2024 Volume XIII is available on Lulu.com, featuring the award-winning photography of local artist, Tommie Peterson. Tommie has delivered on the most fantastic photos yet! Volume XIII, 13 years of calendars and if you've been getting one every year, you won't be disappointed! Lovely views of the Mobile, Alabama skyline with the most gorgeous sunsets ever! $2.00 per calendar is donated to Joe McDonald Ministry after printing costs. Thank you to all of our ministry supporters for your faithful giving! For more information on Joe McDonald Ministry, visit our FaceBook Page or website, JoeMcDonaldMinistry.org

Be sure to use a LULU.com discount code for extra savings!

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Mother's Day 2024!

Professional Mom








"Hell is Forever: The Way of Escape" By Patrice Nodar McDonald (that's me!)




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