It just so happened that I was scheduled to host my 11 Bunco friends last week the day before leaving for our trip. With lots to do before taking off, I decided I’d better keep refreshments super simple. You know, because otherwise I would have done something really fancy and elaborate. (Yeah, right.)
As I was putting out the spread, I thought all the colors looked so pretty. And so, out came the camera.
Here’s what I made:
- Black Bean Salsa with corn chips
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with apple slices, strawberries, and pineapple
- Chocolate Chip Cookies made into mini muffins
- Water with lemon and lime slices
It was easy, fun, and yummy. What are your favorite snack foods to serve at a get-together?
Here are the winner of the Omaha Adventure Coupon Books:
1) Karen @ Crafty Commons: craftycommons@
2) Lyndsay: corbysmom99@
3) Natasha: Taslerfamily@
4) Sarah: mrandmrsanderson@
5) Jennifer: gardencottagessl@
Ladies, email me with your full name and address, and I’ll forward your information on for your prizes!
Local(ish) readers, remember that starting this weekend, you can get a discount coupon book from Omaha Adventure!
Just in case you’ve never tried this before. Just in case you hadn’t thought of this idea. Just in case you want a breakfast or snack that will make you pass out cold on the floor because it is so delicious.
I thought you should know that the Giant Breakfast Cookie recipe made with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips are really, really wonderful. I used about a half cup of each (instead of raisins or chocolate chips) when mixing up the dough. I almost sort of felt guilty eating these and serving them for breakfast. But then I got over it and helped myself to a second one.
Where do I get white chocolate chips? I found some at Vitacost that aren’t necessarily as good for you as green beans, but aren’t as horrible as those that have hydrogenated oils. We won’t eat these every day for breakfast, but when we do, I will enjoy myself very much.
What other tasty combinations have you figured out to add to the Giant Breakfast Cookie recipe?
The winner of the Wai Lana Snacks giveaway is:
1) Erin: erinkhitt@
Erin, email me with your full name and address and I’ll forward your info on for your prize.
Be sure to look for Wai Lana snacks online and at Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, and TJ Maxx!
It really pays to listen to your friends. (Not all of them though, because if they’re encouraging you to do things that aren’t good for you, maybe you should consider getting new friends.)
Well where did that piece of parenting advice come from?
Anyway, I happen to have good friends, so I feel that it is okay to listen to them. It just so happens that I had two friends in one week tell me that I was missing out by not adding sweet potatoes to my menus more often. When the first friend said it, I kind of nodded and smiled. But when a second friend mentioned it a few days later, I sort of wondered if God was trying to tell me something.
Okay, I’m pretty sure He is working in bigger ways in my life than sweet potato consumption encouragement. But still. I figured there might be something to this sweet potato thing since it came up twice in one week with two different people at two separate times. (Am I making too much of this? I mean, should I just get around to sharing the recipe already?)
Why have I not been eating or feeding my family sweet potatoes very often, as in, pretty much never? It’s very simple really. As a child, the only way I had been served sweet potatoes was in a casserole with brown sugar and marshmallows at Thanksgiving and I didn’t like it one bit. If I’m going to eat something sweet, I want it to be a dessert – not as a side dish with my turkey. But that’s just me. I’m the one who needs chocolate with my sugar. What can I say?
But, per my friends’ suggestions, I decided to try making sweet potato fries. They looked and smelled great. I ate one. Hmmm, it was okay, I guess. But I kept thinking about marshmallows, and couldn’t get past it.
By the way, I don’t like marshmallows.
But I’m a big girl, and all grown up, so I made myself eat a second sweet potato fry. And then a third. Oh wait. They suddenly began to taste good to me. Then, before I knew it, I had to tell myself to stop eating the sweet potato fries and save some for my family. (I didn’t feel bad though, because usually it’s the other way around and I’m the one asking my family to save me some food before they inhale all of it.)
So it turns out that while I think my friends may have helped me become an addict in this regard, it does pay to give in to sweet potato peer pressure.
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries:
Scrub and cut sweet potatoes into wedges or fries – as thin as you like. Toss them in olive oil or coconut oil (about 1 Tablespoon per sweet potato). Place them in a single layer on a baking pan. Sprinkle on sea salt and bake in a 400° oven for 30-40 minutes.
Deep fry the cut sweet potatoes in a fryer (we have this one, which works great) for 3-4 minutes, remove, salt, and eat.
The Meet and Greets we’ve held so far have been so much fun. I am excited about having the opportunity to meet more of you – this time in Colorado. Below, I’ve listed the details of our upcoming two Meet and Greet events. Can you come?!??! :)
Denver, CO: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am
“Purple Door Coffee is committed to creating a loving, Jesus centered community where every single individual is valued.” Read more about their mission here.
Colorado Springs, CO: Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm
We will meet at Panera Bread, located at 3120 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922.
With each of these Meet and Greet events, you are welcome to bring your kids if you like. Please do bring along your friends too! We will have my Oh, For Real books along with us to save you shipping if you’re interested in getting one. But there won’t be a sales pitch. We just want to have time to visit with you.
Hope to see many of you this weekend!
Okay, it’s time for true confessions.
What? Like I typically tell a bunch of lies on my blog?
Side note: I always kind of laugh inside when people use the phrase, “To be completely honest…” or “To tell you the truth…” Why do people say this? Because usually they are not being completely honest or not telling me the truth? Oh, we are funny people are we not?
But seriously. I’m not gonna lie. It’s time for true confessions. I am not even kidding.
(Somebody stop me.)
I am often asked, “How many 9×13 casserole dishes do you have?” I can’t be sure, but I am guessing that they ask this when they read about how much freezer cooking I do, how many people I feed at one time, or how many lasagnas I make in one afternoon. It makes sense. A person can’t make eight lasagnas without eight 9×13 pans to put them in, right?
I counted, because while I had a guess, I wasn’t completely sure how many I actually have. It turns out that I have five glass 9×13 pans (with lids), two stone 9×13 pans, one 10×15 glass dish, plus a nice variety of smaller glass dishes that I won’t even take the time to document. I also have two metal 9×13 pans, but I rarely use them because they aren’t stainless steel and are kind of junky.
Seem excessive? Maybe kinda. But I believe it would only be ridiculous to have this many casserole dishes if I didn’t actually use them all. If you can believe it (and you should, because I am, after all, being completely honest here), I use all of these so often that sometimes I don’t have any in my cabinet when I need them. They are all in use, in the freezer, or at a friend’s house because I delivered meatballs there last week.
How do I store this many casserole dishes? I find it easy because they stack and/or nest together in my cabinet. I slide the lids toward the back of the cabinet and just reach behind to find the right size.
Yeah, I got lazy the other day and just put my stone casserole dish on top of the stack instead of nesting it. To tell you the truth, I do it that way quite frequently. Just wanted to be completely honest.
And now it’s your turn to share. Tell the truth: How many 9×13 casserole dishes do you have? Do you feel that you have enough? Do you love Pyrex like I do?
I was at a friend’s house briefly this morning, and saw her kids’ Melissa and Doug Cutting Food. As I mentioned earlier this week, these were some of our very favorites when the kids were little. You should be proud of me. I did not cry when I saw them. Although, I may have lovingly caressed one of the wooden pieces when I picked it up off the floor though. What can I say? I’m working my way through this “my kids are all big now” thing and if I need to give a wooden apple slice a squeeze every now and again, I think I should be entitled.
This set just so happens to be on sale at Amazon right now. I figured that even if I don’t need it, someone should be able to take advantage of the good deal. So I’m sharing it with you.
Melissa and Doug Cutting Food. The perfect toy to keep kids occupied while you’re making dinner. Or cleaning up after dinner. Or trying to eat dinner. Be forewarned though. You’ll be served many a slice of wooden watermelon by your preschooler.
Enjoy a slice for me. ;)
I’ve talked here recently about how important it is to serve together with your family. We’ll be talking about that more – and I’ll be sharing some specific ideas of ways to serve with your family, specifically a ministry we can all be a part of together here at Heavenly Homemakers!
But today, I want to share what my family is up to this week and part of next. We’ve been praying about, saving for, and working out details for this ministry opportunity for quite some time.
Originally, we had planned on all six of us going together on a foreign mission trip. That is still something we’d like to do within the next two years before our oldest, Asa, graduates from high school.
But for now, while we continue to put funds aside for a bigger trip that will take us to a far away country, and while we give our younger boys a little more time to grow (we’re not quite ready to take our eight year-old overseas for a mission like this), Matt and I decided to plan a “state-side” mission trip instead. There are needs all over the world, and certainly needs right here in the United States. What a great stepping stone and training ground for our family!
God led our destination choice to be in Colorado. It just worked. The more we put together the details of our trip, the more we are seeing just how God has orchestrated this for us.
Supplies are ready. Bags are being packed. We take off Wednesday morning, will be staying with some friends in the Denver area, and will be serving in different forms of ministry the rest of this week and into the beginning of next. We’ll be taking pictures along the way so that I can share it all with you after we get back. In the meantime, I’ve got some fun posts and recipes lined up for you to read while we’re gone!
We are all so excited about this trip! It will be great family time together, a great learning experience, and most of all, a great time to grow closer to God as we serve Him as a family.
(And don’t forget the Denver and Colorado Springs Meet & Greet events too! If you live in the area, please make plans to come. We would love to meet you!!)
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