Saturday, March 31, 2007

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17

Hello! Here are some pictures of our bushes and the fresh spring blossoms that were on one of our Bradford Pear trees. We have received a lot of rain here, lately and these plants are thriving. :-)

And here's some recipes that make great snacks! Enjoy!

Bread Sticks or Pizza Crust

1 1/4 cup water
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2-6 Tbsp. olive oil ( we use 3 Tbsp. oil)
1/2 -1 tsp. Italian or pizza seasoning (optional)
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups unbleached flour
1 Tbsp. yeast

Set to dough cycle on Bread machine. Roll out on greased cookie sheet, sprinkle with garlic salt California style, (optional).Bake at 450* for 15 minutes.

Note: These are also great with spaghetti!

Chewy Granola Bars

1 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup of Water
1 Cup of Regular Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 Tbs. Vanilla
5 Cups Whole Oats
1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Heat first three ingredients in a large pan mixing well until sugar is dissolved. Let cool for 3 minutes and add vanilla. Stir in oats until well moistened. Then stir in chocolate chips. Line a 9 x 13 pan with waxed paper. Spread out and press mix into bottom of pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Turn onto a cutting board and peel off waxed paper. Cut in half lengthwise and then into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Don't lose heart!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Youth Camp, Recipe and Gardening!

Hello everyone! This past weekend was our churches youth camp. :-) It was a really good and enjoyable time. We sang some songs and a few things that we were encouraged in was to "Listen carefully" to what the Spirit has to say to us, to stay pure and to walk in love.

" Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails;"

1 Cor. 13:4-8

We played some games indoors one of which we had to put a "scripture puzzle" together. We also played some outdoor games such as basketball, volleyball, jump rope, and soccer as well as going on a hike up a mountain on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! :-)
And here is a recipe that we tried a while back that was pretty tasty! Hope you like it!
Streusel Coffee Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Oven 375° Stir together the 1 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine egg, milk and oil. Add to flour mixture; mix well. Stir in raisins. Turn into a greased 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Combine nuts, brown sugar, 1 Tbsp flour, butter or margarine and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in a 375° oven about 25 minutes. Makes 1 coffee cake.
Our family has also been working on a spot for a garden in our back yard! It will have four sections with paths going in between them. I was excited with the progress.! :-)
Hope you have a great day!
In Christ,
Chloe :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Poppy Seed Chicken with veggies :-)

Here's a casserole that we like to have sometimes. It's good with carrots, peas (we like frozen peas), steamed potatoes and hot rolls. :-)

Poppy Seed Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small container of sour cream
1/3 soup can water
40 Ritz or Club crackers, crushed
1-2 T. poppy seeds
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted

Precook the chicken by baking or boiling. Cut into bite-sized pieces when cool. Put this the bottom of casserole dish. Mix soup, water, sour cream and poppy seeds and pour over chicken. Crush the crackers and cover the soup mixture. Melt a stick of butter and pour over the top. Bake 30 minutes at 350* until golden brown.

"Do not let any unwholsome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs."
Ephesians 4:29

Chloe :-)