Archive for September, 2011

Wanna go to Lebanon?

Always wanted to go to Lebanon but can only afford to go to Lewisville?
You’re in luck!
This Friday – Sunday you’ll have your chance. The Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church (what a mouthful!) Of Lewisville is hosting their annual Lebanonese food fest.
Even better news: no cover fee
You buy coupons for food at the door, so if you don’t like falafel you don’t have to bite! Authentic dishes like tabbouli, hummus, beef kabobs, falafel, baklava (what a mouthful!) plus more will be available to nibble & chew.

Don’t have a lot of time? Take-out available
Live folk dancing/music will be happening as your entertainment!
Hours: 11A-11P Fri & Sat; 10:30A-4P Sun
Location: 719 University Place Lewisville, Tx
Phone: 972-436-7617

You might see me sneaking some kabobs to go this weekend…

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Tasty Tidbit Tuesday: Melted Blue Bell Cake

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That’s right. Ice cream cake. Melted. So get your tastebuds rolling, this is the simple version & I’ll follow up with my specific cake & frosting.

I’m pretty sure Mama wouldn’t like me giving away all her secrets but too many ask me for the recipe!

Basic Melted Blue Bell Cake:
2 cups melted Blue Bell ice cream (a pint when melted is just shy of 2 full cups, add milk, preferably whole, for a full 2 c)
4 eggs
3/4 c oil
1 boxed cake mix

Preheat to 350°. Blend all ingredients until creamy, smooth, & evenly distributed.
In a well greased pan ( I really prefer bundt pans for this cake) pour the batter in, keeping it well distributed. Bake for 25-45 minutes until set & a toothpick is clean.
If using a bundt pan, let cool then flip onto a cooling rack & remove the pan. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container for freshness.

Victory Cookies n’ Cream Cake:
2 c cookies n’ cream ice cream melted thoroughly
1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 c oil

Preheat to 350, blend ingredients, pour in a well greased (crisco spray with flour was very helpful) bundt evenly & bake for 45 minutes. Remove, cool 10 minutes then flip upside down on a cooling rack allow an hour to cool before frosting.

Cookies N’ Cream Frosting:
1/2 c shortening
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 1/2 c confectioner’s sugar (powdered)
2 tbsp milk
10 oreos or similar cookie

Beat on high shortening until silky. Add both powders on low until well incorporated should be thick. Add milk to taste, I like it thin enough to spread but not a glaze.

Crush oreos in a bag until chunky, but not pureed. I like the contrasting texture.

Ice cake to taste, then spoon oreos over the icing and lightly press into the frosting to stick.

Tightly seal the container or eat now. Might need some milk to go with that cake!

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Mel on Sunday.

Last Tuesday I listened to the awesomest octogenarian I know, Mel Sumrall. A late comer to the doing Christianity (aka active Christianity) he spoke for nearly two hours, telling us his life story (with a few interruptions from the collegiate pastor). Born before the great depression, fought in WWII, worked as a supervisor in a large steel mill until his life fell apart. His baby girl died before he made it to the hospital.
He spiraled down for a year and a half before God brought him a man he’d call his first true discipler. He soon decided at 48 God wanted him to get a degree & he chose to attend Dallas Theological Seminary and at 52 he was at that time the oldest graduate. He has since then planted churches around the globe one of them here in Denton in 1976 before a young gun named Tommy Nelson, disenchanted with his current Methodist pastor, joined along side. Mel and his wife have travelled the globe together, starting churches, training pastors, helpmates, & eager learners seeking God around the globe. He has learned what it meant to go out and make disciples, the great commission.
He praised his ‘slick chick’ who has always supported & walked along side him, his beautiful wife Patty.
We ended the evening in praise to God with Mel’s favorite song:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

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Round about town!

Here’s a nice place to visit in Denton tonight!

Thursday Night Music at UNT on the Square Sep 22, 2011 7:00 PM -9:00 PM @ UNT on the Square: 109 N Elm Join us for Thursday Night Music, a free music program where you can come and go as you please! The UNT College of Music and Institute for the Advancement of the Arts present Thursday Night Music, an eclectic series of musical performances at UNT on the Square. John Murphy, Chair of UNT’s Division of Jazz Studies, will lead the house band and program the performances, which will include a variety of groups from UNT’s College of Music. The performances will happen every Thursday in September and October 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. Denton, TX (940) 369-8257. For further information, contact Herbert Holl, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, at (940) 369-8257 (email: herbert.holl@unt.edu) or John Murphy at (940) 565-4344 (email: john.murphy@unt.edu).

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Tasty Tuesdays: Peanut Butter Cut-outs

Mmm, Yes, another peanut butter recipe, but it’s okay, I love peanut butter cookies! 😉

This cookie makes an excellent cut out cookie exchange out for your regular sugar cookie cutouts.  This recipe is from Cookies! A Cookie Lover’s Collection. (It’s originally Peanut Butter Dinosaurs page 35)

3/4 cup butter softened

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, nut butter, sugarS, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.

Divide dough in half. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 2 to 3 hours, or until firm.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a well floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/4 ” thickness (dough will be fragile). Using 4 -5 ” cookie cutters, cut shapes into dough. I like to go with a theme for the season. 🙂

Place the cut-outs 2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 10-13 minutes, or until set. Cool completely. Prepare frosting as you like, decorate & let dry all the way … then eat!!

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Sweet Sundays: Do not be afraid!

It is good to work with my munchkin peoples on Sundays. Every Sunday (of the regular school year, I get a ‘vacation’) I teach my little heathens… er, adorable & perfect little angels. Last Sunday was what we call Rotation Sunday (Sunday!) (Sunday!)(Sunday!) where the grades officially switch sunday school rooms. All my little heathens turned adorable sometimes angelic gentlemen moved on. with out me. A sad sad day. But I get new little heathens who will become good (sometimes) gentlemen & ladies.

Last was Elijah, this week is Elisha, who knew Elijah. Elisha was not afraid (2 Kings) of the king of Aram who wanted to kill him, instead he had faith in God. He had the peace. His servant did not and in fear questioned Elisha. Elisha prayed that his servant could see there was nothing to fear and then the servant could SEE. The servant wasn’t blind physically, but spiritually veiled from God’s works. When the servant looked at the advancing army again, the Lord let him see that He had them surrounded with his heavenly army in chariots of fire and he was no longer afraid.

 

Sometimes, we can’t see the Lord surrounding us, but He’s there with us always. When we are frightened by this world the peace of the Lord can settle all our fears, but we need to admit to them & allow him access to our hearts.

 

As my kids learned their Main Point: “I will have peace when I fear, because God is with me.”

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OK…C? Travelin’ Thursdays

Welcome to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art!

I loved this little mini vacation. I went for a staycation & mini graduation gift from an aunt. I chose this, so no don’t pity me. I went on my last day of my vacation (more posts from other places visits) and it was the one thing I wanted the most to do while in OKC other than the Memorial.

They have the largest stateside collection of Dale Chihuly art. He does blown glass and combines two different groups of glass artists to make beautiful and masterful creations out of what looks like spun sugar!

This photograph was in the grand hall to the right of the exhibits. But absolutely beautiful, go look at the website for some pretty pictures!

If you have the chance to go visit in 2012, what are you waiting for?

For more information: http://www.okcmoa.com/see/collections/dale-chihuly-glass/

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