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Miniature “Cutie Pies”

The only thing better than a big pie is a personal one! As in, it’s ALL yours!

That might sound excessive, but it really isn’t because it’s a miniature one, made in the lid of a canning jar. Not only are they adorable in their miniature state, they’re also practical and can be suited to each person’s taste.

For our last Apples of Gold class, we rolled these mini pies out! It was so much fun, and a delicious ending to our six weeks’ discipleship!

(I’m posting this from a place that has no cell service, so if the photos aren’t posting check back later!)

We made up a recipe for a regular two crust pie, and gave 11 or 12 of these mini pies. Placing them in a canning jar lid makes it very easy to pop them out, as though they were in a springform pan. After they’re baked, you simply push up on the ring and they come out so easily!

We made Kentucky Derby Pie and Blueberry Pie. We simply divided the filling. They take the same amount of time to bake as a large pie.

It was as much fun to decorate them as it was to eat them… well almost! 😉

Ready for the oven.

The bakers, getting ready to enjoy the fruit of their labor…

With Thanksgiving around the corner, this might be an idea for you to tuck away for your dessert buffet!

Happy (mini) baking!

Denise

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His ways are higher

What a blessing it is to watch God direct and redirect our steps! I got to see him do that even last weekend.

On Monday I got a phone call from a dear pastor’s wife. She had planned a Ladies event for Saturday and learned only days before that the speaker was sick!

Could I come and speak?

My husband and I prayed about it and we watched God clear the way and open every door for me to be able to attend.

My dear sweet friend who has traveled with me many times also cleared her schedule so she could travel with me.

The ladies at Kerwin Baptist church in Kernersville, North Carolina did an awesome job carrying the theme of, His Ways are Higher in every area of the event. From the decorations to the music, we were reminded that God’s ways that are better than our own. Yes, the theme was being lived out even in the change of their plans and mine.

This sweet pastor’s wife took care of every detail for me and the other ladies. She had a host of helpers that did a fantastic job! God was glorified in every moment.

We may never understand until eternity why God changed their plans and my own. One thing is clear, we can always trust God for the surprises that he brings. My definition of God’s surprises is,

Situations in which we have no control, so that God will get the greatest glory.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my Ways your Ways saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8,9

Whatever surprises have touched your life today, know that you can trust the Lord for the outcome. He is at work doing things that are higher and greater than you could have ever imagined!

Refresh yourself by preaching in God’s house this Sunday! My husband and I are boarding planes to head out to serve the Lord this weekend. We look forward to seeing how He will be glorified in what he has planned!

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Do Ahead Italian-Themed Entertaining Menu

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Crispy, char-grilled pizza crust, savory sauce, melted  cheese and toppings of choice were part of our menu for Apples of Gold this week! We added an Olive Garden Salad, and we finished with Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple slices topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was heavenly. I love this menu because most of it can be done ahead of time, so that dinner can be ready in minutes!!

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If you’re saying, “Grilled Pizza?” you’ve missed my former posts about this grilled delight!  It sounds intimidating to grill a pizza, but it’s SO simple!! As I told the ladies at our Apples of Gold meeting, you can have this finished before Pizza Hut could deliver to your door! This recipe makes 8 individual pizzas that are hearty in size!

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Re-purposing Dollar Tree Finds

There are few You Tube channels that I watch or follow, but I love Do It On a Dime!  Katherine’s channel is fun, inspiring and also full of brief videos.  If you’re not following her, you need to check out her channel!

This week she posted a video about re-purposing a couple of Dollar Tree finds.  She inspired me to give it a whirl.  Here’s what I did with mine ~

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School, Seasons and Sad Momma’s

With school starting back up, I thought this might be a helpful reminder to some moms who could be hurting with the changes that have come this year.

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I want to take just a minute to encourage moms today. From one who has been there, I realize that this time of year can be an emotional roller coaster for women who may feel they aren’t needed in their children’s lives quite like prior years. My only longing is to give a biblical perspective to guide a mom’s heart. So, here we go…

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Late August can only mean one thing for children – school is back in session. For some of their momma’s, there is relief of no more slamming screen doors, frantic baseball schedules and camp-bound teens. They greet the fall and its changes with a happy sigh and open arms.

But for some moms, this school session brings sadness because they’re not just staring at lunch boxes and back packs; they’re staring at the changes it has brought. Perhaps…

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Don’t Stress; Simplify Summer

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School’s out and the kids are wildly excited! Their moms, however, are shrinking back in the corner, an Iced Mocha in one hand and their other hand on their forehead in an effort to calm the storm they feel coming.  It’s called Summertime.

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