Bible study · Christian growth · Christian Life

Early Shopping

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Laryngitis is keeping me from posting a video today, so I’m writing my post instead.  Hopefully I’ll be back with a voice and a video next week!

 

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is closing in on us.  I’ve seen Black Friday ads long before November even arrived!  I can remember the days of shopping on Black Friday.  One year my whole family was in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and we decided we were going to join the crazy shoppers and head out and get some bargains, too!  We mapped out: Continue reading “Early Shopping”

dessert · pumpkin · Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Monday Returns!

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m bringing you the ultimate of pumpkin recipes!  How about a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie?!  If you’re not familiar with whoopie pies, my definition of them would be, two cake-like cookies with a cream filling in-between.  Chocolate and white cream are popular, but when I was at The Wilds of New England in September, a sweet young woman made these pies for all the ladies’ dessert!!! I begged asked her if she would share her recipe, and she sweetly obliged!   Continue reading “Pumpkin Monday Returns!”

Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Family Friday – Seven Truths About My Marriage

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Recently at a marriage conference my husband and I were privileged to do, he preached a message that had some really great points that are just too good not to share!  If your marriage is struggling (and we all struggle at one point or another!) these are great truths to tuck away and preach to yourself! Ready?  There are seven of them…

  1. My past doesn’t define or confine me.  Are you guilty-ridden?  Have you messed up as a wife along the way and regretted your behavior, or attitude?  Those things don’t define you – nor do they keep you from changing!! Old things are passed away and all things are become new!  II Cor. 5:17
  2. We can live free from sin, guilt and condemnation.  Remember point #1 when you might have thought about something hard?  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
  3. Nothing done against me compares to my sin against God. When we feel we’ve been done “dirty” by our spouse, this truth is so crucial to remember! Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. I Peter 2:24
  4. I’m not dependent on my spouse for what I am or need.  A husband can do lots of things, but Christ is ALL I need.  Psalm 62:5 Oh my soul, wait though only upon God, for my expectation is from Him.
  5. I can obey all God has called me to do regardless of any situation.  Submitting is hard.  Asking forgiveness is difficult, but…It is God who works in us, both to will and do of His good pleasure.  Phil. 2:13
  6. I can endure any suffering or hardship with the assurance that God is working all to my greatest good.  God can take even ugly situations and turn them into blessings!  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  7. God is always with me and always at work in my marriage, even when progress is imperceptible.  Though I may feel alone, I am not.  Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

After I got these truths home, I asked myself, “Where does the Bible tell me that?” then I found a verse that is the backbone of each of those truths.  I would encourage you to do the same thing.  Find Scripture verses that will remind you of God’s forgiveness, presence, work, plan and help for your marriage.  Write it in your prayer journal and thank God for the fact that He cares more for your marriage than you even do!! God wants your marriage to succeed and bring glory to Him!  You have His Word on it!!

Do those Truths encourage you like they do me?! 

Refresh your marriage so you can refresh others!

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Proverbs · Work

Who Wants To Work?!

Work…it is often called a “four-letter word.”  We run from it and avoid it, yet God has much to say in the Book of Proverbs about being a hard worker.  He uses a tiny insect to teach us how to be industrious.

Here’s today’s video lesson in Proverbs, Consider the Ant, found in chapter 6.

 

What tasks are most difficult for you to tackle?
What spiritual work will you attempt today?

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main dish · vegetarian

Meatless Comfort Food – Vegetable Pot Pie

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We are meat eaters at my house.  We love it all!  However, I recently needed a recipe for a vegetarian family, so I went to Pinterest and landed on a recipe by Ina Garten (where you can never go wrong!)  I changed it a little bit to make it just what I thought my vegetarian friends would enjoy.

Whenever I make a meal for others, I try to fix the same thing for our supper.  Even loving meat as we do, we really enjoyed this Vegetable Pot Pie!

For the crust, I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect! It was flaky and so good! It is made in the food processor and that makes it a cinch to bring together! For our pies, I made individual servings.  I made my friends’ in an oblong dish.

Here’s the easy recipe:

Vegetable Pot Pie

Ingredients

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cups Frozen pearl onions

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash – (I really loved the addition of the butternut squash in this!  Did you know you can cut it up and freeze it to use later?  I was glad I already had it prepped! )

1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound)

1 Cup frozen Peas – You can vary what your family likes! The peas and corn were some of my additions to the original recipe

1 Cup frozen Corn

1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

For the pastry:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water

1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
  2. Cook the squash in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.
  3. For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.

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I might not be a lover of a vegetarian lifestyle, but I’m definitely a fan of this Vegetable Pot Pie!  Are you a carnivorous?  Even if you are, you need to try this great recipe!

Denise

breakfast · Make-Ahead

Friday Favorites

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!  I wanted to share some of my recent favorite things that might help and refresh you as they have me!

  • Let’s start with a reminder about a hot, filling breakfast.  This is an important meal, but it can be difficult to find time to put it together on busy days.  Last year I shared these easy Instant Oatmeal Jars that make having a hot, delicious, filling breakfast super simple!

I pulled my small jars out this week and put several breakfasts together in just minutes.  All you have to do is add a cup of hot water and let it sit for 4-5 minutes!

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Sure, you could use those Oatmeal packets, but who likes eating paste first thing in the morning?  (Sense a little sarcasm there?! )  I’m not a fan, but these instant jars are creamy and delicious!

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  • I recently found a Podcast that has been so encouraging!  Donna Otto’s podcasts on Modern Homemakers is full of biblical wisdom and practical, helpful tools!  She speaks on child training, marriage, Christian growth, organization, and current events.  I’m sure you’ll find something that will be a blessing to you!
  • My new Fall dining table centerpiece is made up of all things I had on hand.  My parents had just given me a bag of their beautiful pine cones and I piled them onto the wooden board I had.  I added some pumpkins, both fabric and metal and also added some softness with a cloth napkin.  The flickering candle adds another measure of softness.  It’s rustic, it’s earthy, and I love it!fall centerpiece 2
  • One last thing is the reminder I set on my phone.  This isn’t for my afternoon nap, rather it is a reminder to pray for a lost individual.  I have it set for 1:00 in the afternoon.When I hear the notification,
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    I immediately stop and pray for one minute for a friend who needs Christ.  This has been such a blessing to me!
    Do you have a special burden for a lost individual?  Can I encourage you to set an alarm or reminder for 1:00 p.m.and pray for one minute?  Oh sure, we pray for them at other times, but I’m consecrating this time until Christmas to pray for my friend.  I can’t wait to see what God is doing and how He will answer these prayers!

What’s your favorite new thing?

Denise

 

Responding to trials · womanhood · Work

Dealing With the Mundane Or Critical Times With Purpose

What mundane things does this day find you doing?  Going to work?  Washing dishes?  Caring for a baby or toddler?  Cleaning up a mess?  Perhaps yesterday was the very same and tomorrow will follow suit.  As you trod through your days, what guides your steps?  What makes you do the next thing and the next?

There are also those days when the situations makes your heart race and your steps quicken.  We gasp at the thought of those days that are marked by trial and difficulty.  How will you respond?  What will keep you from coming apart?

Proverbs 4:11-12 gives good encouragement about how we can do more than just survive both kinds of days.  Watch the video below to hear the wisdom we get from God’s Word.

Where does today find you – walking the monotonous, plodding steps? Or are you running in a trial?  I pray you now have the wisdom to know how to make the most of each kind of day so that you know what to do next and how to keep from stumbling.

God has a purpose for today.  Make it count for His glory.

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