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Christmas Cookies – Chocolate Pixies

chocolatepixiesThese are my husband’s favorite Christmas cookies. His mother used to make them. They are called Chocolate Pixies according to her old recipe card. Her children, however, refer to them as Army Helmets.

Apparently, as the story goes, one year she didn’t do something quite right and they resembled an army helmet in both shape and texture. And we all know … kids never let you forget!

Melt together:
1/4 cup butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate

Mix in:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs

Add:
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like walnuts, but any will do)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. salt

Chill at least 2 hours, overnight is better, it’s a pretty sticky dough. Scoop out with a teaspoon and roll in powdered sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet (I much prefer to use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet) and bake at 300 for about 20 minutes. A little messy to eat, but very rich and worth it.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Pegg Thomas, Recipe

 

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Counting My Blessings

DSCN1814Can you believe another Thanksgiving is behind us? As I refrigerated the leftovers, washed the dishes, and finally got the chance to prop up my feet, I contemplated my blessings.

Now that my sons are grown, it’s rare for us to be under the same roof, so naturally, praising the Lord for the joy of their company was fitting. Thoughts of my sons brought to mind an extra blessing, my future daughter-in-law, so I offered thanks for her. I then recalled my parents, sisters, aunts and uncles, and cousins. I thanked the Lord for them, and for my family members who’ve passed from this life into eternity.

I thanked the Lord for health, purpose, and His provision for me. At each remembrance, my list of thanks expanded. The more I gave thanks, the more I recognized how blessed I am. Psalm 136:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Ultimately, it was God’s goodness that called me to repentance and faith in Him. This is the greatest blessing of all. I’m so thankful.

What blessings are yours? I’d love to hear!

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Jericha Kingston, Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Holiday Greeting

 

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Honoring My Grandfathers

Today is my grandfathers’ birthday. I always thought it was special that they were born on the same day, albeit eight years apart. And so often their birthday fell on Thanksgiving, making it even more special. I owe a lot of who I am to both of these men. Grandpa Lewis passed on to me my love for the land, farming, hunting, and – most importantly – how to tell a good story. Grandpa Champanois taught me to be fiscally responsible and to give generously. Both men lived by a strict moral standard of treating others with respect and standing on your own two feet. Neither one was perfect, but both were exceptional. I love you, Grandpas. I’ll see you again some day.

Grandpa Lewis

Grandpa Lewis born 11-25-1909

Grandpa Champanois

Grandpa Champanois born 11-25-1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Pegg Thomas

 

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Giving Thanks

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Trust.

Such a small yet powerful word. Trust was my word of the year and appropriately so as certain unexpected things entered my life this year, prompting me to trust. Sometimes I succeeded. Other times I failed. But either way, God was there.

Though I strive to have a spirit of thankfulness year-round, the holidays seem to make me extra conscious of my blessings. This year, aside from my salvation, family, friends, and health, I’m thankful for God’s provisions. For strength during times when I don’t have any. For His mercies that renew every morning. For His faithfulness. All of which have gotten me through my Mt. Everest of trials and tribulations this year and taught me how to trust.

Thank you, Lord, for being You.

 

~Candice Sue Patterson

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Glimpse

The GlimpseAustin Kelly is about to learn a lesson: Be careful when you pray for God to change you, because He answers prayer.

Even though he’s a Sunday School teacher, Austin’s faith in Jesus Christ is no match for his fear of rejection from others. Lizzie Kelly has more courage than her husband, but struggles to find fulfillment and meaning in her job at their church. The couple’s friends aren’t faring much better. Computer tech Daniel Cabrera fights disappointment with the direction his career has taken, and even more frustration with the church youth he teaches. His wife, Jackie, strives to maintain a sense of control over her life, but it’s quickly faltering. Faced with churches dying across New York City, the four Christian teachers have a cry in their hearts for their lives to make a difference. God answers their cry by throwing them into a world that looks like a nightmare version of the United States. Everything is so similar, yet totally different, starting with the fact that Christians are nearly extinct after decades of persecution. They soon discover it is a fascist nation, where anyone who professes faith in Christ risks their life. The four travelers encounter a group of teenagers that turn out to be one of the last surviving churches, led by their high school teacher, Eric Peterson. With no visible way to get home, Austin, Lizzie and their friends join the underground church in their fight to spread the Gospel while avoiding the National Police. Their task is made even more difficult when revival breaks out in the local high school and draws unwanted attention, but they know they can’t stop until their work is complete and the Lord makes a way for them to go home…if there is one.

MY REVIEW:

In this stunningly timely novel, the reader is given a “Glimpse” of what the future of our country will be like for the next generation if the current generation refuses to teach the uncompromised Word of God. The tale is fictional but the reality of it happening is real. This story is well written with action, intrigue, suspense and with a surprise twist so unpredictable it’ll make your head spin.  The best way to wrap up my review of this novel is with two words – MUST. READ.

Grant Carroll is a freelance writer, playwright, published poet and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. He is a devoted husband and71pT+V9CFqL._SX150_ a father of five. He and his wife, Nikki, are also the Children’s Pastors at their church in Austin, Texas. His prayer is for his life and writing to impact the world for Christ.

Grant grew up in a little town called Claude, Texas and began writing poetry as a preteen. His poetry was published at age 14, and he began writing professionally in 2005. His first professional work was website product and ad content that he found to be less than inspiring.

In 2007, God placed a burden for the next generation on his heart, and he began writing Christian plays to minster to youth. Late in 2007, he and Nikki started Child Refuge (www.childrefuge.org) to fight sexual abuse through awareness, prevention and empowerment. Grant and Nikki have worked in children’s ministry for over nine years and their greatest joy is seeing kids encounter the living God.

Links:
www.facebook.com/theglimpsebook
www.ChildRefuge.org
www.TenTalentsAcademy.com

Kara writes supernatural suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. BlogPhoto Resized

She’ll also keep you updated on upcoming writing contests and some of the best reads in Christian suspense.

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Two Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts

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Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

My kids don’t like pie. I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, we had pie on Thanksgiving Day—always sweet potato and pecan. (And if you’ve never had sweet potato pie, imagine pumpkin pie, only much, much better.) But alas, my kids won’t eat it. And my husband’s not real keen on it, either.

So for a few years, I’ve been making a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving. This year, since my mother is abandoning us to spend Thanksgiving with my sister in Utah (I already miss her, and not just because she usually makes about half the food, including at least one dessert) I’m baking a second dessert, one recently discovered and immediately cherished.

So for your enjoyment, two awesome non-pie Thanksgiving dessert recipes.

Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Serves 8 to 10

CAKE
1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

FILLING
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 15×10 inch jelly roll pan. Line pan with waxed paper. (Don’t skip this step!) Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle clean towel larger than the pan with plenty of powdered sugar and set aside.

Combine flour, powder, soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a small bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched.

Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake and towel together, narrow end to narrow end. Cool, rolled up, on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in all mixer until smooth. Carefully unroll cake and remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake and re-roll it. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour (can be refrigerated a day or two.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Apple Pie Bars with Caramel Drizzle

Makes 12-16 bars

Apple Pie Bar with Caramel Drizzle

Apple Pie Bars with Caramel Drizzle

SHORTBREAD CRUST
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour

APPLE FILLING

2 large, tart apples (I use Granny Smith), peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 -1/8 inch thick)
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

TOPPING
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, cold and cubed
Smucker’s Simple Delight Salted Caramel or other caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 300°.

Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Be sure to leave an overhang on two sides, which will make it easier to remove and slice the bars later.

To make the crust, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until all of the apples are evenly coated.

To make the topping, whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (I admit it—I used my hands) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

After the shortbread is removed from the oven, turn the oven to 350°F. Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.

Let it cool at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then in the fridge for at least 2 hours. With the foil or parchment overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into bars. Place them on a pretty serving dish, if you like, and drizzle some room temperature salted caramel sauce on top of each. (Tip: Put the caramel sauce in a squeeze bottle. If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, use a zipper bag and snip the corner and squeeze the sauce out. This will help you to drizzle it with style.)

*recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction, http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/07/03/salted-caramel-apple-pie-bars/

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Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its FREE prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. She is one of the contributing editors to Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction–a new self-editing resource for novelists, available for preorder now. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Holiday Greeting, Recipe, Robin Patchen