Monthly Archives: July 2016

New Book! The Coffee Shop Pastor

pic from AmazonSo, maybe three years ago my husband (PK) said something to me and I think I jokingly said he was the coffee shop pastor. The phrase stuck in my head and ideas started coming and I thought, hmm, I’ll write a book. After writing here and there for almost a year, I sat down and typed it up. All that time and it wasn’t even 50 pages long! Wow, this is hard.It didn’t matter, I thought it was a nice story and wrapped up an electronic, PDF version for him for Christmas. He said he liked it. I decided to turn it into an ebook for several reasons.

  • One, I wanted to make it real. So many people have good things to say and I believe this story does as well.
  • Two, we buy a lot from Amazon and how neat would it be to see something I did on their site.
  • Three, I have four kids and I want to inspire them and show them what can be done if they set their mind to it!

This book will help you realize the impact you have just through conversation. When you listen, really listen, you can hear people.

You don’t need a fancy degree or years of training to listen. Every day, opportunities come your way and you can be the one to help someone along the way.

The Coffee Shop Pastor will be available on August 10, 2016, but you can pre-order on Amazon here. Be sure to check out this book trailer above to see what it’s all about! Don’t forget to share with your friends. Thank you!

 

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Goodness

Last summer, the kids and I had a cowboy day. We dug out some cowboy hats and bandanas, made up a wanted picture frame, and had a water gun duel at high noon. It was a lot of fun, but the real treat was dinner. I told them we were going to have Bacon Blankets for dinner. This was a throwback meal to when I was growing up and I hadn’t had it in ages. All the kids like bacon, they all like bread, and they all like cheese. I was pretty sure it was going to be a hit.

Bacon Wrapped Goodness

These Bacon Blankets are super easy to make and with all the bacon wrapped recipes floating around on the internet (bacon wrapped corn on the cobb?!?!) I’m feeling trendy! Just last week, we decided to make them again and the kids were delighted. PK was happy to have them too!

Let me just say, these aren’t good for you. The bacon juices (ok, fat) seep into the bread and onto the cheese and it makes a glorious mess on your grill. But, it makes your taste buds dance. You see we often look at life this way I think. We see the bacon – the bad for you or life’s troubles part, and forget that the bacon, cheese, and bread – all together, makes up life. It makes your life!

I want to encourage you to embrace your whole life…the good, the bad, the tasty parts, and those that leave a bad aftertaste. You really have something special to offer, everyday, to those around you. Bacon Blankets are delicious because it is all together. Sure, you can eat  each ingredient separately and each will taste good, but the fun is in wrapping it together.

If you’re a little behind in your quiet times or can’t settle into reading the Bible, (me included) think about it this way. You can read little verses here or there and they are good alone, but when you get the whole story, in context, it can really come alive and your Jesus loving taste buds will start to dance! PK did a great series on Ecclesiastes.  You can read my take on it and see how together faith really is better.

Ok, so here is the recipe for Bacon Blankets so you can make yourself some bacon wrapped goodness for your dinner!

Ingredients:

  • bread (two pieces per person…hubby may want three)
  • cheese (I used American, but muenster or mozzarella would be delicious too – one slice per piece of bread)
  • bacon (one slice per piece of bread)
  • toothpicks or kabob sticks

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Put a piece of bread down, one piece of cheese on top and roll it up. Wrap a piece of bacon around the rolled up bread and cheese and stick some toothpicks in it to hold. Repeat. Cook over the grill the best you can without burning them until the bacon is done the way you like it. Eat. Enjoy. Let your taste buds dance.

20151009_153415Need something for dessert?

These Lofthouse copycat cookies are really good and quite easy!