Archive for March, 2012



That’s right, this post is all about finding free money. No strings attached, yours to keep free money. Sounds crazy & possibly like spam, but it’s not. For one thing, the words are spelled correctly & I haven’t thrown in any symbols that make no sense.

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Jammin’ Time!

Reading my newest issue of Better Homes & Gardens I ran across a tiny section in the know-how section about jam.

I love jam. Jam is delicious. Jam is tasty. Jam is flexible. 3 Jam tastic ideas in the magazine:
Jam-Champagne Glaze –
In a small saucepan heat ½ c seedless jam & 1 TBSP lemon juice until melted. Stir in 1-2 TBSP sparkling wine or 1 tsp vanilla. Spoon over cake layers or serve as a sauce with slices of coffeecake, pound cake, ice cream, fruit parfait, or flour less chocolate cake.

Strawberry Salad-
Heat ¼ c jam in the microwave 20-30 secs to melt. Whisk 1 TBSP vinegar, water & oil. Stir in 1-2 TBSP snipped fresh basil. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Toss with salad & sliced strawberries.

Jam Pinwheels-
Preheat oven 400°. Thaw frozen puff pastry. On a lightly floured surface roll pastry sheet seams flat. Spread with 2-3TBSP jam. Roll up & slice ½” thick. Bake on parchment papered baking sheet 15 min until golden.
^an appetizer change up: beat plum jam & softened 6oz goat cheese in blender, spread over pastry & sprinkle chopped prosciutto. Then prepare as directed.

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Every morning & evening I read Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening devotional/quiet time. It’s short focusing on one verse & the am & pm are connected thoughts.

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Weekend Extravaganza!

So, some of you know I’m nerdy. But I don’t believe most of you know to what extent. See, I like Star Wars, read old DC comics (Ka-Pow!!), in band in high school, & probably have way too much fun hosting themed parties.

But very few of you know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I do it every year, & ever since I was on TV at this event, I’ve worn make up there. (Maybe it’s maybelinne)

See… I go to the Hilton in Grapevine, Tax to the dank, dark, oddly lit by artificial LED lights full of disconnected whirling & dinging noises overlayed by popular 80s music.

Yes, that’s right, the Texas Pinball Festival.

(Cue nerdy music now)

Oh I know, even A-Kon isn’t subject to the basement of a massive hotel. But as one of the seminars states, we’re a lost pop icon. Hmm. Depressing.

Opens 5pm Friday the 23rd officially but the soft Tournament opening starts at 10. New machine is picked & tournament play begins! The cool thing about friday is that with the tournament soft opening you can see what of the 225 pinball machines available for play are going to be this year.
Saturday the swap meet starts out front of the hotel at 8 am sharp. The downstairs opens at 10 am & goes until 2 am. If you had children under 12 years old and they are 1 of the first 50 kids on saturday, they will receive a cowboy hat from the festival. The theme this year is a space cowboy pinball. (I love getting a shirt there every year!) on Saturday you can sit in on 1 of the following seminars:
Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball
Alan Lewis Bumper repair class
George Gomez pinball designer
Gerry Stellenberg & more!
Sunday 8 am playoffs for the tournament, 9 am open to the public, and on Sunday it closes at two thirty pm sharp.

Got swag? Go to TPF for shirts, goodies & limited edition hats.

Location: Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Tx
Dates: March 23-25, 2012
Price: weekend pass $40 adults/$30 kids 5-12; 0-5 free. Individual day wristbands available at door.

Look for me on Saturday participating in a lost pop icon, the girl wearing makeup.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies

Hello yall! As you might have noticed this isn’t my recipe or blog, but I had to talk up this site & recipe!

Dense, chewy warm child memories in a bar. Best thing is most likely you have all this on hand. 🙂

Please read her blog & eat these tasty blondies!

Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Every child’s favorite sandwich in blondie form-these Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirl Blondies are the perfect dessert for the kid in all of us! Are you a fan of peanut butter and jelly? I definitely am! Nothing is better than a big slice of bread smeared with creamy peanut butter and raspberry jam. I have eaten countless pb&j sandwiches over the years and they always bring back memories from school lunches, swimming pools, and picnics. If you have a peanut butter and jelly lover in your house, you really need to whip up a batch of these chewy blondies with swirls of creamy peanut butter and jam. Any jam will do: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, grape. Whatever you happen to have in the fridge! Serve these up with a big glass of milk for a delicious afternoon snack that people of all ages will enjoy. 🙂

One Year Ago:New Orleans Pralines 

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How to Write Your Story

My pastor a few years ago was so adamant that everyone know their story of salvation that we spent one  Sunday with a piece of computer paper and a pencil as he walked us through the process. I was one of those people that just didn’t know how to start writing my story, but it really wrote itself once we covered these 10 parts of Sin.

1) Ignorance (it isn’t bliss, I promise)

2) Self-righteousness (who isn’t self-righteous?)

3) Pride (we think way too much of ourselves)

4) Worldly values & ambitions (Money, power, Fame)

5) Rebellion & pleasure (hedonistic lifestyle)

6)  Error (We all make mistakes)

7) Fear (Fear of man, unknown & future)

8) Bitterness (How dare he, it’s not my fault, etc)

9) Intellectual questions (How could God allow hatred and anger?)

10) A Child (the fact of faith)

Here’s the 4 Questions you’ll answer when writing your story:

Question 1) Why were you not a Christian? How did you find out about your sin, when did this become important to you? What was your life like before Christ?

Question 2) What were you like? Did you learn & how did you start to apply it?

Question 3) How were you saved? Explain how God spoke to you. Where did God’s lightbulb light you up? What was your big moment of peace and relief?

Question 4) How have you changed? What in your life is so different after God stepped in?



**Shameless plug: One of my favorite stories of redemption is in this biography: And God Came In the story of Joy Davidman; the wife of C.S. Lewis.

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But if you feel your skills don’t match the couple above, you can always use the internet to get some special training. Ever wondered what is a shim-sham? The lesson not long enough for practicing your lindy hop? Want to snuggle up with a beau for the balboa? You can visit youtube sites for Dallas/Ft. Worth/Denton swing clubs or


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