Showing posts from October, 2012

The Summer of Love--Part 1 (Lancaster & Simi Valley)

Working on the Holloman Family Christmas card (see posts here and here), has led me into a contemplative state of mind. Looking back over the past year while looking for appropriate photos for the Christmas card has allowed me to

wonder why in the world I do not have a better handle on digital photo organization, and reflect on God's matchless goodness to us this year. Let's talk about #2!
This summer marks a first for me. I was able to take a trip (with Rodney, of course) to the left coast. In June, we were given the opportunity to attend the Spiritual Leadership Conference at Lancaster Baptist Church. Being in full-time ministry can be challenging, anyone will tell you that. It is a wonderful thing to go and have your batteries recharged and that is exactly what happened. We were able to meet up with friends out there and had a wonderful time of fun, fellowship, FOOD (of course) and Spiritual renewal (sorry, couldn't think of a word that starts with an "f" to c…

Do you edit photos?

As I was beginning to work on my Christmas cards last night. . . . Yes. Christmas cards. If you would like a further explanation, please seethispost.

Anyway, as i was beginning to work on my Christmas cards last night, I was going through the photos that we had taken at the NC State Fair (see aforementioned post). One of the things that I noticed was that although the photos were good, some even great, they needed a little extra "umph". (Yes, I realize that "umph" is nottechnically a word, but it does embody the point i was trying to make.) 

At that exact moment, I remembered a post that I had read over at my friend Julie's blog,Corbett Capers. The post was entitled "How to Add Text to Photos - 4 Surprisingly Simple Tips" and you can go there byclicking here. In the post, she mentioned a site that I had never heard of calledPic Monkey. On the site, you can upload photos, add  text, edit exposure  adjust sharpness, crop or re-size photos and you can als…

Kindle Freebies for Today

Here are some Kindle freebies that I found today:

The Covenant (Abram's Daughters #1)  by Beverly Lewis
Didn't My Skin Used to Fit? by Martha Bolton

Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Messby Brooke McGlothlin

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

 4-5 Boneless Chicken Breasts  1 (18oz) bottle of your favorite honey bbq sauce.  1.5 cup of chicken broth  2 cups of frozen bell pepper strips  1 (20 oz) can of pineapple chunks, drained  1/2 cup of water Directions
Place all ingredients in crockpot.Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 4-6 hours.Use 2 forks to shred chicken while it is still in the crock pot. Let shredded chicken remain in crockpot sauce for 15 more minutes

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients ·4 Flour Tortillas ·2 cups diced chicken or leftover bbq ·1 cup BBQ Sauce ·2 cups freshly shredded Monterey Jack cheese ·1/2 cup green or sauteed onions ·3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled ·1 tablespoon butter, cut into 4 sections 
Dipping Sauce ·3 tablespoons sour cream ·1 tablespoon bbq sauce ·1 tablespoon yogurt ranch dressing
Mix sauce ingredients, stir well and set aside. Divide ingredients among four tortillas in this order: 1/4 cup bbq sauce, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 cup chicken, 1/4 of the bacon and then 1/4 of the onions. Fold the quesadilla over (like a taco) and repeat with remaining ingredients. In a pan over medium heat, cook quesadillas one at a time, each with its own cube of butter, cut from the original tablespoon of butter. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Once melted through, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, slice into triangles and serve with dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Crockpot Meatball Subs

Crockpot Meatball Subs

Yields about 2 1/2 dozen small meatballs

 1 lb. of ground chicken (or ground turkey or beef)  1/2 cup of bread crumbs  1 can of Italian style diced tomatoes  1 large egg, lightly beaten  2 tbsp. of Italian Herb seasoning  1 tsp. of garlic salt seasoning  1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese  1/2 an onion, diced  1 - 24 oz jar of pasta sauce (or homemade)  1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese Directions
Place the diced onion evenly on the bottom of the crockpot.In a large bowl, mix together your ground chicken or turkey, bread crumbs, egg, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.Roll mixture into approximately 1.5" diameter balls (golf balls) and begin to place evenly, and stack, in your pot.Pour half the can of diced tomatoes over the meatballs.Pour enough pasta sauce over the meatballs, just to cover them. About half a jar.Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.Ten minutes before serving: on your stove-top in a medium size sauce pan, heat your remaining pasta…