Sunday, August 30, 2020

This Little Light of Mine

Oh... the soon to be high school sophomores and juniors who might just cause me bodily harm if they saw I re-posted this.

I haven't seen the one in the middle in five months. Haven't really talked to her in eight. I miss her. 


This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Not one, but two cooking mishaps... or is that three?

My EveryPlate box ended up coming a day late this week. It's still August in Texas, so the ice was melted and I had to toss the meat and sour cream. That was mishap #1 that I'm not sure if it counts towards my total or not. That wasn't on my part.

Thankfully, I had some ingredients in the freezer and was able to add a couple of things from my grocery order to pull off the recipes. 


After the last jalapeno incident, I cooked it with the bell pepper and onions to skip belly burn. Good choice.

I'm staying away from adding zest in my sour cream after this. I'm just not digging it right now.

I can always eat fajitas though!


I do like doing burger patties in the air fryer. 


I tried the potatoes in there too, but wasn't as successful. I think that's going to take some trial and error.


Now, see this little thing here? It's from the end of my slicer. I sliced my onions and it landed in it. I cooked it with my onions. I noticed it, but thought it was still just an onion.

It wasn't until I microwaved it with my leftover onions that I realized it wasn't an onion. I felt so stupid after cooking and reheating it!

I should pay more attention. :/


So after that stupid move, I made another one.


I decided to make mashed potatoes with my porkchops. I boiled them up, added in butter, sour cream and some cream cheese to the pot I cooked the potatoes in. I plugged in the mixer and had to reset the plug because it wasn't working for some reason. Got it going.

Flung potatoes all over the kitchen because the beaters threw them all over creation.

Finally got them beautifully mashed. I served them up on the plate. I noticed black flecks throughout. Like a fine ground black pepper. Except I didn't add black pepper. 

It was the black from the bottom of the pot I cooked the potatoes in. I had to throw the whole pot of potatoes away.

I think that is a garlic chunk you see there in my fig jam glaze. Because... garlic. Not something I'd normally have, but it was good. I'm broadening the norm.


In better food and beverage news, I was able to celebrate the beginning of Starbucks' "fall" season today by getting a salted caramel mocha Frappuccino on the first day it was available on app. This is my favorite flavor that they need to have year round. 


From there, I stopped at the farmer's market where I bought a hanging basket for my mom's birthday and a jar of pickled okra from a lady we've run into over the years at craft shows. That's an exciting weekend around here!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Upcoming New Releases in Good News for Little Hearts Series Available for Review



The Good News for Little Hearts series brings gospel help and biblical counsel to families. Based on CCEF’s model of hope and help, each story focuses on an animal family’s real-life issues, encouraging young readers toward a growing relationship with Jesus in the midst of challenging circumstances. Each individual story guides parents toward meaningful conversations with their kids, based on what Scripture has to say about living by faith in everyday life.

Next month, we will be releasing three books in the series, and we are excited to share them with you!

Please note: Due to high demand of our children's books, at this time, we are only offering the digital copies for review. If you are unable to review digital copies, you may request to be considered by our team for hard copies, especially if you have a large blog and/or social media following.


Hop into Buster Bunny’s world to learn alongside him how to bring his worries and stress to Jesus. 
Buster loves racing, but the more he thinks about the upcoming competition at the county fair for who will be the fastest animal in Mulberry meadow, the more stressed he gets. No matter how hard he trains, he can’t eat or sleep, and eventually he decides he wants to quit running. Buster’s parents talk with him about quieting the noise in his head so he can listen to Jesus instead of all his worries.
Based on David Powlison's minibook Stressed Out, and edited by Nan Powlison, parents and children will learn concrete, grace-based ways to deal with stress. Buster Tries to Bail ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching their children to respond with faith when worries take hold in their hearts.


Leap into Caspian Squirrel’s world to learn alongside him how to bring his jealousy to Jesus.
Caspian’s brother, Jax, is having a birthday party, and Caspian is jealous of all the attention and presents Jax is getting. One thing leads to another until Caspian crashes into the tent his parents set up for Jax’s birthday, bringing the whole party down with him. Caspian’s parents talk with him about jealousy and its bad effects, and eventually, peace is restored. 
Parents and children will learn concrete, grace-based ways to deal with jealousy. Edited by Edward T. Welch, Caspian Crashes the Party ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching their children to respond with faith when jealousy takes hold in their hearts.


Step into Halle Hedgehog’s world to learn alongside her how Jesus gives her courage to take a stand against meanness.  
Halle Hedgehog has a group of school friends she sits with at lunch and plays with at recess. One day, the whole group excludes another girl and decides to be mean to her. This bothers Halle, but she doesn’t say anything because she doesn’t want to be excluded, too. Halle’s teacher Mr. Owl talks to her about who she really needs to fit in with, and how she can speak out against bullying because Jesus is with her.  
Parents and children will learn concrete, grace-based ways to deal with the pressures of fitting in. Edited by Paul David Tripp, Halle Takes a Standends with a special section that guides parents in teaching their children to respond with faith when fear or the overwhelming desire to fit in takes hold in their hearts.  

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Lord's Army

This is the song you make kids sing to get their wiggle energy out. They need to march around the building, not just the table. Usually, I make them go round and round until they sing it with enthusiasm.

Thanks to COVID, it's been five months since I've taught any kids in person. About three since I taught via Zoom. I did that for nine months until we went back to having services in person. The timing didn't work right to keep doing that. We're supposed to start back to class in four weeks. Admittedly, I'm a bit nervous about that because I've been so shut off from people lately. 


The Lord’s Army

I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o’er the enemy,
But I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!

I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!
I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!

I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o’er the enemy,
But I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!


Saturday, August 22, 2020

My new purple air-fryer and a little bit of sign making

Saturdays are now food posting days because all I do these days is cook and work.

During COVID days, I have become quite the expert in Chex Mix. 

Peanut butter and chocolate Chex with honey roasted peanuts and Reese's Pieces. 

Cinnamon Chex with dried cranberries, yogurt raisins and chocolate covered cranberries.

The traditional mix of wheat, corn and rice Chex with coconut chips and M&Ms.

I've eaten a whole lot of Chex Mix. It's better than baking cookies like in the early days of quarantine, right?


I decided that with all the cooking I've been doing, instead of oven roasting all my veggies and pan cooking all my meat I would get an air fryer. 

Of course, it had to be purple! If it hadn't been purple, it would have felt too different from the crockpot and the toaster. 

I bought a lot of accessories too that I'll need to try out!


After the pepper hands (and pepper gut) issues of last week, I think I am going to skip using this little tiny chili pepper this week. 


Studded zucchini. Ok. I didn't notice that description until just now. Not completely sure that that was supposed to mean. 

While some people are add the garlic girls, I'm add the onion girl. That's how I studded my zucchini! And I don't roast sweet potatoes. I didn't pick my meals and veggies right because I have had a lot of baked sweet potatoes lately. I tried baking them in the oven, but I didn't get them started early enough and had to microwave it. 

My first attempt at the air fryer was a success. The honey butter was not. I melted my butter instead of softening it.


Growing up in my family, the gravy you smothered everything in didn't have chicken stock or sour cream, but this was really good.


Sometimes I cheat on roasting carrots too. A little butter, some water and the microwave works too. It's quicker too. I had too many things cooking at once.


That is because I made two recipes at once since I got off on my cooking schedule. When I get my box in, I don't freeze my meat, so I make it a point to cook everything within a week. If I freeze it, I can more easily make an excuse not to cook it, then my veggies would go bad too, and I'd waste food and miss the point of the food box.

My Persian cucumber though did go bad though. I couldn't use it in my pitas that I actually swapped out ground meat for. The pitas just weren't good this time. I hated everything about it this time around. When I first started getting boxes, I didn't think lemon or lime juice in sour cream was bad. Now I hate it. (Didn't like it in the quesadillas this week.) The lemon juice in the sour cream this time was awful. I couldn't stomach it. People rave about the spicy ketchup. It was ok the last time I did it. I didn't like it at all this time.


I tried to make the second meal more like hamburger pitas. Pickles are cucumbers. Didn't help. Cheese didn't help. But the first time I thought they were good enough to order again. Maybe I was just off whack. 


In other news, I did a little crafting. I can be listening for my delivery on Fridays and still miss hearing when my box arrives. It is super hot outside, and I don't want the box just sitting on the porch. I almost tripped over the box going out to get the mail not realizing it was there. They have switched from UPS to FedEx delivery, and FedEx does NOT ring the doorbell or anything.


I posted this, and got an order for a sign asking for the opposite. I get it. There are times I would agree. The other sign is an address sign. They get deliveries for the wrong people.

So, I am sneaking a little bit of crafting in. I have plenty of crafting I could do, but I haven't had time. I guess some of it is, "What's the point?" It isn't looking good for craft shows happening this year, and that is kind of depressing to me.

But if you need something, let me know! I need a distraction!


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Reviewer sign-ups open for Restore




What’s your story? Each of us has a unique one—a way of weaving together past experiences, relationships, and current joys and sorrows to make sense of our lives. But if we live our stories without looking to the master Storyteller, we get lost and confused. Changing deeply held patterns of living and loving happens as we find our place in God’s great story and learn to trust his love and care for us.  
In Restore: Changing How We Live and Love, pastor and author Robert K. Cheong shows us that because we have been united to Christ, we can draw near to God, enjoy his love, and live with new patterns and life rhythms. This thirteen-week study guides participants through creating their own storyboards that will connect them to God’s overarching story and help them to rethink, reframe, and move forward. As participants discuss, do response activities, and learn to meditate on God’s Word, they will reconnect with God and reignite their love for him and others. 
God knows you and he cares for you. Through this study you can be confident God will reframe how you see and experience life, as well as how you see and experience him. Christ will restore your soul as you abide in his love and find rest in him. God will redeem your story as he takes what was meant for evil and uses it to free you to love him and to live for him. 
Restore: Changing How We Live + Love
Study Guide with Leader's Notes
by Robert K. Cheong
September 14, 2020 / Paperback / Retail Price: $19.99

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About the author

Robert K. Cheong, PhD, serves as the Pastor of Care at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, KY. He has a passion for helping the church to be confident in Jesus, and he is the executive director of Gospel Care Ministries, which trains leaders in churches, networks, and mission organizations. He is the author of God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline and Restore: Changing How We Live and Love. He enjoys life with his wife, Karen, their grown children, and their adorable grandchildren.

What others are saying

“There is always a need for rich, practical, and transformative gospel resources. Robert Cheong’s Restore is one of the best I’ve seen.”
~ Paul Tripp, Pastor; conference speaker; author of New Morning Mercies

“If you want to connect deeply with others around rich content for reflection and discussion, you’ve got the right tool in your hand!”
~ Dave Harvey, President, Great Commission Collective; author of When Sinners Say I Do and I Still Do!

“By consistently giving clear insight and directional promptings, Robert Cheong helps us understand how God promises restoration throughout his story and does so in ways that impact our hearts and lives.”
~ Brian Howard. Executive Director, Acts 29

“This work will help pastors and leaders disciple people to care for one another in the way Jesus and the apostles envisioned.”
~ Jamaal Williams, Lead Pastor, Sojourn Midtown; president, the Sojourn Network

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Deep and Wide

Another dug out of the archives...




Deep and Wide

Deep and wide. Deep and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
Deep and wide. Deep and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

Hmmm and wide. Hmmm and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing hmmm and wide.
Hmmm and wide. Hmmm and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing hmmm and wide.

Deep and hmmm. Deep and hmmm.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and hmmm.
Deep and hmmm. Deep and hmmm.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and hmmm.

Hmmm and hmmm. Hmmm and hmmm.
There’s a fountain flowing hmmm and hmmm.
Hmmm and hmmm.
Hmmm and hmmm.
There’s a fountain flowing hmmm and hmmm.

Deep and wide. Deep and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
Deep and wide. Deep and wide.
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.





Saturday, August 15, 2020

Pepper hands

I own a frappe maker that I haven't used in quite sometime. 

The ones I make never taste right. Probably because I don't add cups of sugar or sugary substances. I decided I would try brewing coffee, adding it to the International Delights iced coffee I'm addicted to.

Keep in mind, I had to buy coffee because I never drink regular coffee. I like a hint of coffee such as in a Frappuccino. Well, actually, when I get them, I get them with an extra shot so I can get more than a mere hint of coffee.

I get it loaded up. I go back to the other end of the house while it brews because I know when the blender starts it will wake anyone in the neighborhood who dared to think that they would sleep late. Seriously, the thing almost gives me a heart attack it is so loud, even though I know it's going to happen. 

When I came back into the kitchen, I had put too much of everything into the blender and it was overflowed and overflung all over the counter.

And it tasted horrible. I don't understand how it had no flavor at all. It was mostly frothy some sort of liquid cross between watered down coffee and milk.

So much for my low cost, lower calorie attempt at being Starbucks. 

I had better luck with this week's other kitchen creations. 


The apples and porkchops were really good! I think the gravy that the apples were in would have been better without garlic. While most people in the EveryPlate group thinks more more garlic is better, I don't think more garlic makes apples better.

I did throw in some squash with my zucchini because a single zucchini doesn't always go very far.

I also don't think that a sweet potato has to be chopped up and roasted. They are a kitchen hazard to cut up raw. I'd rather nuke it in the microwave and add butter and salt. 


Here is my question about green beans... Why are fresh green beans so... I don't know the word. Squeaky between my teeth?


Maybe I just don't cook them long enough. I also don't understand why it's necessary to garlic infuse olive oil to brush onto bread to toast. If you want garlic bread, spread on some butter and garlic salt. It takes less time!

This was my first time to cook with fresh thyme. I felt all fancy!

Since I skipped roasting potatoes for my burger last week, I needed to use some up. The microwave is quicker. Much like the garlic, I don't get roasting everything in oil in the oven. It feels like a time waste as much as anything. 

Everything seems to take forever to prep. I just don't have that kind of time or patience, though with some meals it's getting faster knowing the EP routine and recipes better.


For example, I don't have to follow step-by-step recipes to make a quesadilla. I do enough of that when I cook on my own. Goodness knows, I can make grilled onions. 


Normally, I can knock back jalapenos too. I realized that I don't usually do them raw though. 

While I was eating, I noticed the tips of a couple of fingers seemed burned. I had touched a hot quesadilla when I flipped it, so I thought I just burned my fingers slightly.


After I took my shower and got into bed, my fingers were burning like I had touched my straightening iron. After posting about it on Facebook and Googling it, I figured out I had pepper hands. (I was thoroughly freaked out in the moment because I had never done that before.) 

I also felt that jalapeno burn my insides as it digested. I usually do not have that issue with pico, but that pepper was hot! Next time, I'll cook the jalapenos with the onions. At least it tasted good. I don't normally have mushrooms around for my quesadillas. 

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