Granny Saides Blue Berry Crunch Cake

I found this recipe YEARS ago and has been a favorite in our house ever since.  It’s a recipe Justin Timberlake shared on ABC.  It’s one his Granny use to make.  It’s an amazing dessert and also a great brunch recipe as well.

Ingredients:

1 Tall can of crushed pineapple undrained

3 cups blueberries

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup chopped pecans (optional, my family doesn’t like them so I don’t include them.)

1 stick margarine, melted

1/4 cup sugar

1 box yellow cake mix

2 Tbls margarine, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9×13 baking dish. Pour can of pineapple into baking dish. Coat blueberries with ¾ cup of sugar and pour on top of pineapple. Optional: Add 1 tablespoon melted margarine to the blueberries and sugar to help the sugar stick to the berries. Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix on top of blueberries. Optional: Add ½ cup chopped pecans to cake mix before sprinkling. Drizzle melted stick of margarine on top of cake mix. Mix ¼ cup sugar with 1 cup pecans and sprinkle on top. Optional: Add 1 tablespoon melted margarine to help sugar stick to pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Some changes I have made along the way:
Blueberries are pretty expensive, especially three cups worth.  I began using frozen blueberries and added strawberries as well.  Make sure they are completely thawed and drained as much as possible.  I also used Splenda instead of real sugar and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray instead of margarine.  I try to cut calories where ever I can.  I will say it’s not quite as tasty, but it’s still amazing.  When I’m making for people other than my family, I will use real sugar and I also like to use real butter.  I know this is bad, but I also use two sticks of butter instead of margarine.  Oh My Goodness it tastes heavenly.  I like the butter over the yellow cake. It’s my favorite part and I usually pick all that part off and eat just that if there is any left overs (not often though).  It’s very much like a cobbler, try it with vanilla ice cream.  You can also try it with peaches or pears…. YUMMMMM
I hope you all try this recipe.  It’s fantastic.  Let me know how it turns out!!!!
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Saturday Soiree – Minnie Mouse First Birthday

For my daughters first birthday I decided to do Minnie Mouse!  I love anything Disney.  This is so girly and perfect for my little girl! 

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Party Hats!!!

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Food

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Party Favors

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Caramel Apple Gifts

It’s teacher appreciation week!  So to show our appreciation to our teachers, we decided to put a twist on the usual apple!  I saw something similar on pinintrest so I decided to make my own.  We have five teachers so I needed enough for each of them.  It was less than $20.00 for all five gifts.

What you need:

Jars: I got them at Hobby Lobby.  They were $3.99 but lucky for me it was 50% off all glass ware!

Apples:  One for each gift.  Granny Smiths are personally my favorite for caramel apples.

Caramel:  One jar seemed to be the perfect amount for two gifts.  I made two jars stretch for 5 gifts.

Pralene Crunch:  I wanted to add a little extra something… so I got these to put on top of the caramel.  You can usually find them near the caramel by the ice cream section of the store.

Gift Bags:  I used the large pleated bags on the candy making isle in Hobby Lobby

Raffia & Ribbon: For the bows

Tags:  You can usually google free printables and find some you like.  I used these ones from Dimpleprints http://www.scribd.com/doc/53890816/TeacherTags-courtesyofwww-dimpleprints

Begin by washing and drying the jars completely.  Then begin filling the jars with the caramel.  I filled them about 3/4 of the way up the jar.

Then add the pralenes on top of the caramel.

Then put the lid on tight and then place them in their bags.

Then clean and dry the apples and place them on top of the jars inside the bag.  The bags aren’t long enough to just tie the top so I taped them down.

Next make the bows and tags.

Last tape or glue the bows to the top and you’re done!!!

Then Taaadaaaa!!!!! Done!

SUNDAY SERVICE – 6570 Part 2 Discipline Default Mods

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The second part of this series is Simply Amazing!  I’ve started applying it and I have already noticed a big difference!  THANK YOU GOD!!! This is something worth taking the time to watch.

http://www.mynewhope.org/watch/6570days2.html

Here is the listening guide!

“Your Discipline Default Mode”

Series: #6570 Days (Part 2 of 5)

Open: Which phrase best describes the atmosphere of discipline in your house growing up? a) fast and furious, b) consistent and fair, c) all show but no go.

Explore: Read 1 Samuel 2:12-26. Eli served as the high priest for the nation of Israel. He had two boys destined to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, they were wicked men. At the same time, a young man named Samuel was also training to be a servant of God under Eli’s care. 1. In what way did Eli’s sons corrupt the priestly office (vs. 12-17)? According to the story, what did their father, Eli, do to correct their behavior? 2. Leviticus 7:25 states that any who violate God’s offerings should be “cut off from his people.” Why do you believe Eli failed to follow God’s standard with his own two boys? 3. Although Samuel was not Eli’s son, he did grow up with God’s favor on his life. What does this tell us about the connection between our obedience and God’s blessing (vs. 18-21)? 4. What danger did Eli put his sons in by not taking the time to discipline them earlier in the story (vs. 22-25)?

Reflect: Review key points from the lesson before discussing the questions. Feel free to ask the same question to more than one person. 1. What do you believe is the best practice a parent can utilize to raise a child the right way? a) love, b) discipline, c) education, d) prayer, e) chores, f) other.

2. If parents truly love their children they will discipline them. How are love and discipline actually two sides of the same coin? What steps can parents take to ensure that they always discipline in love? 3. Pastor Tim gave several guidelines for preparing kids for the future. Share one parenting lesson you know now that you wish you would have known a little sooner. Is it ever too late to start doing the right thing as a parent?

4. Even as adults God continues to train us as His children. How has God been testing your faith/shaping your behavior lately? 5. What is the biggest take away you learned from this lesson? How will you put this lesson into practice in your life over the next several weeks?

Apply: Next steps. As a group: Write down the names of every child represented by your group (age doesn’t matter). Next, pray for each one of them by name. Ask God to protect them, bless them, and use them for His glory.

On your own: If you are a parent, think about what kind of adult you are trying to develop in your children. Evaluate yourself in the area of discipline and training. Make adjustments as needed. If you are single, think about how God is developing your life. Ask God to show you any areas that need to change.

Listening Guide Notes When you discipline in a God-honoring way…

1. Your attitude is not anger / but love. “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves.” –Hebrews 12:6a (p. 845)

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”

–Revelation 3:19 (p. 863) 2. The result is not guilt / but security.

[6] “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. [7] Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? [8] If you are not disciplined — and everyone undergoes discipline — then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.” –Hebrews 12:6-8 (p. 845)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4 (p. 817)

3. Your focus is not the past / but the future.

[9] “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

[10] They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” –Hebrews 12:9-10 (p. 845)

4. Your purpose is not to bring the pain / but to train.

“Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure— not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.” –Jeremiah 10:24 (p. 532)

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” –Hebrews 12:11 (p. 845)

[9] “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? [10] Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? [11] If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” –Matthew 7:9-11 (p. 679)

SATURDAY SOIREE – Once Upon A Baby Shower

We threw a double baby shower for some friends of ours.  One was having a girl and one was having a boy!  So fun.  Both of them went back to their home towns for family baby showers and got most everything they needed, but we still wanted to do something fun to honor the two mommies to be.  So it was decided to throw a shower that will help them to stock up on diapers and as an added bonus we thought starting a book collection of favorite childhood books would be fun too!  We decided a brunch would be nice.  We served French Toast Souffle, homemade cinnamon rolls, scones, fruit salad, eggs, and hash browns. I hope you enjoy the pictures!!!  The invite read like this:

Come celebrate these beautiful mommies-to-be

With a shower over brunch and maybe some tea

Lets PAMPERS and HUGGIES them with diapers and care

Also a favorite children’s book for each baby we’ll share

Please bring one of your favorite children’s book and some diapers for each mommy.

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I for one am not one for games… I do find them fun, but I find that most guests don’t enjoy playing them, so we thought this one game would be something sweet for everyone.  Not to mention it took up some time and actually was fun and a new  game for everyone there.

So the game was called Baby Memory!  It’s basically the Memory Game with all things relating to baby.  Prizes correspond with the words.  Here are the pictures of the game board.  For each match the person who won that match gets a candy bar that goes along with words that were matched. Below the pictures is the Key.

Key:

Words:                               Candy Bar:

Sleep the first Year         Take 5

Triplets                              3 Musketeers Bar

Conception                       Skor Bar

Epidural                            Life Savors

Umbilicalcord                 Gummy Worms

Contractions                    Woppers

Hospital Bill                     100 Grand

Baby Giggles                     Snickers Bar

Nurses and Staff               Smarties

Baby Lulliby                       Symphony Bar

Anesthesiologist               Mr. Good Bar

Chubby Baby                      Rolos

Deciding On Names        Whatchamacolit

Obstetrician                       Butterfinger Bar

Baby Poop                           Tootsie Rolls

Post Baby Belly                   Jelly Bellies

Twins                                    Mike & Ikes

Breast Feeding                    Mild Duds

there are so many more ideas for this came.  Get creative and make it your own!

Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

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My husband isn’t much a sweets person, which makes it hard to try out recipes in my home.  He’s always honest on his opinion but will only take a bite or two.  But when it comes to anything with strawberries, he’ll eat the whole thing.  This recipe is a favorite in our house.  

Ingredients

  • 3 pints fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups whipped heavy cream
 

Directions

  1. Slice the strawberries and toss them with 1/2 cup of white sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease and flour one 8 inch round cake pan.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons white sugar and the salt. With a pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg and milk. Stir until just combined.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool partially in pan on wire rack.
  5. Slice partially cooled cake in half, making two layers. Place half of the strawberries on one layer and top with the other layer. Top with remaining strawberries and cover with the whipped cream