Sep 29 2011

From Milestones to Maturity

"Parenting is all about helping kids through transitions, from developmental milestones to maturing likes and interests. Yet the toughest transitions of all may happen when kids start a new phase of school, due to stresses from new environments, academic subjects and even friends."  8 tips for helping kids with tough school transitions. TODAY

"As we wait for the formal written verdict to come through, Pastor Nadarkhani’s life hangs in the balance. CSW calls for continued urgent international action to prevent his execution, which could still happen anytime."  IRAN: Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s life still hangs in the balance. Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Interview with Max Lucado

God's Story your story

Parable about the pearl

Life is tougher without God

"Childhood obesity rates in America have tripled since 1980: Today, 19.6 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are obese, and 18.1 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 19 are obese."  The 5 worst kids' meals in America. TODAY

"Each week, 200 million shoppers visit a Wal-Mart, and while these mega stores get a lot of flack for selling supersized, less-than-nutritious fare, the company is taking steps that may make it easier for you to get healthy and slim down."  5 ways to lose weigh at Wal-Mart. Shine from YAHOO!

"Nobody expects books on paper to go the way of LP records and film cameras -- at least not soon."  Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab: What To Consider. abc NEWS

"Remember these?  From Charleston Chews to Mallo Cups, we count down eight of our favorite retro sweets."  Classic Childhood Candies You Still Crave. Shine from YAHOO!

"What goes up, must come down.  Very quickly.  Especially if you press the wrong button."  Plane Plunges 6,234 Feet After Pilot Error. abc NEWS

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9/29/2011 8:56:05 PM
Jean Kelley United States
Jean Kelley
I really enjoyed your interview with Max Lucado, I am looking forward to reading his book.  I learned rather abruptly that we can't survive if we try to do it alone.  Life can seem so hopeless.
I lost my first husband when I was 29, I had 2 girls 8 and 3 1/2, another young mother from same town lost hers also and her children were younger.  It seemed as though I got through the grief process much easier then I realized it was because I had Christ there to walk me through and I had no need or desire to lean on myself.
My latest husband of 26 years just divorced me, here again I am so certain that I would never make it on my own and more than thrilled that Christ has given me a mighty big hand to guide me through.
The times aren't any easier when you suffer a tragedy or loss, but when we all get to the other side those that have Christ come out feeling a sense of healing and the ability to move on.
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February 2010
Feb 08 2010

Tim Tebow is SUPER!

Sure I am a Florida Gator fan, but a far bigger fan of Jesus!  Whether you a Gator fan or not, it's hard not to be a fan of Gator quarterback Tim Tebow.  There has been controversy surrounding the Super Bowl this year due to the Focus On The Family commercial featuring Tim Tebow's story.  The commercial is very sweet, and certainly nothing controversial, in my opinion. 

If you missed the video, here's a link to the Focus on the Family website so that you can see it, and a great follow-up video with Tim's parents. 

I think that you'll love hearing Tim's miracle story, and how much of a difference you can make as a parent.  I hope this encourages you today! 

We would love to hear how you encourage your kids....

Feb 05 2010

The Winning Recipe....

OREO BALLS! Congratulations to Jennifer N for her winning recipe voted on by YOU! Due to popular demand, below you will find the recipes for each of the top 5 finalists. The rest of the recipes can be found in the comments section of THIS post. Without further ado...

Oreo Balls

8 oz cream cheese, softened
18 oz Nabisco Oreos

1 package Almond Bark



Twist Oreos and take apart

Scrape cream from cookies and put into a large bowl. Add cream cheese to bowl and cream together

Put remainder of cookies into Ziploc and seal. Use a rolling pin to finely crush

Add finely crushed cookies to creamed mix and stir

Roll into 1 inch balls and chill

Melt almond bark

Dip cookie balls into almond bark and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet

Let set and enjoy


Makes about 3-4 dozen.


Deep Fried Avocados

Halve an avacado. Fill hollow pit with sour cream and salsa (or pico de gallo), dip whole thing in egg and tempura batter, fry in oil until golden. On plate, sprinkle fiesta style cheese and black olive bits, drizzle with chipotle dressing and top with fresh cilantro - BEST THING EVER!!! (To save money if you have a large group, quarter the avadados - just as wonderful!) 

~Submitted by Jennifer N.

~Submitted by Alicia M.

Armadillo Eggs

• 24 jalapeno peppers

• 1 pound Jimmy Dean sage bulk sausage

• 2 cups Bisquick

• 1 (16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, Shredded • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 tablespoon garlic salt • 1 (16 ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, cubed (or) a couple pkgs of cream cheese.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking sheet. Cut a slit in each jalapeno pepper. Remove and discard seeds and pulp. In a medium bowl, mix sausage, baking mix, Cheddar cheese, crushed red pepper, and garlic salt. Stuff jalapenos with the Monterey Jack cheese cubes. Shape sausage mixture around the jalapenos to form balls. Arrange jalapeno balls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.

~Submitted by Laurie J.


Sopapilla Cheesecake!


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls 

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup honey

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer. Set aside. Unroll and press 1 can of crescent roll dough in bottom of 13x9" glass baking dish. Spread cream cheese mixture on top evenly. Arrange second can of crescent roll dough on top of mixture to cover cream cheese. Melt stick of butter in microwave. Pour butter on top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes in preheated oven. Once it is golden brown, take it out and allow to cool, then drizzle honey over the top. Notes: You can eat this warm or cold. I prefer to eat it warm. This recipe is always a hit. When I serve or take it, I usually take the recipe with me to share. Number of Servings: Serves 8-12

~Submitted by Courtney B.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

I LOVE Buffalo Chicken Dip for ANY get together. It's low carb & the ladies love that! You can also make it low fat if you buy fat free/low fat ingredients. Even better! If you like buffalo wings, this is a super easy way to serve a large crowd. I've taken this to everything from PTA luncheons to the neighborhood Bunco parties and everyone always asks for the recipe! Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup Ranch OR Blue Cheese dressing (I use blue cheese) 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®, plus extra for cooking the chicken 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces 1 (8 ounce) box crackers Directions 1.Rinse chicken and place in stock pot with water, add some Franks Red Hot Sauce, and bring to boil. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to Medium-High, and boil until done. About 10-15 mins. Remove chicken from water and let cool for about 5 minutes. 2. While the chicken is still warm, shred it using a fork or chop it in a food processor. 3. In a clean pan/pot place the shredded chicken and hot sauce and heat on medium until warm, add cream cheese & dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. 4. Add in half of the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until it's all melted and mixed in well. 5. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, cover, and cook on Low until it's hot and bubbly. 6. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

~Submitted by Sarah W.




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Feb 05 2010

VOTE for the winning recipe!!!

We had a hard time narrowing down the winning Superbowl recipe.  WE need your help!!!

Here are the 5 Finalists!!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Deep Fried Avacados

Oreo Balls

Armadillo Eggs

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Which one should WIN???

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