That little spark called hope

Fear is paralyzing Like a python wrapped around your heart Squeezing tighter Trying to suffocate that little spark called hope. Fear is dark and hollow Like a cave Trying to swallow That little spa…

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Change of Plans

The world was only 6 days old When God created man. And yet he knew he’d have to Revise his master plan. For man made a big mistake That messed up the intended peace. And from the Garden of Eden Ma…

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Pie Crust Dippers 

This recipe looked so good. I found it on Recipes From Home Facebook Page. They found it on Yesterfood’s Blog.

This is a rich, delicious, milk chocolate pudding. Kids (and grown-ups!) love using the dippers.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding  Print Recipe
4 to 5 servings

1 and 3/4 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cocoa (use 3 tablespoons for more of a semi-sweet chocolate taste)
3 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan off heat, whisk together the milk, sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then whisk yolks into milk mixture until completely incorporated.

Place saucepan onto medium-low heat, and whisk continuously until mixture begins to thicken and then bubble (about 8 to 10 minutes). After mixture begins to bubble, continue to cook and whisk for an additional two minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and butter, and whisk gently until butter is completely melted.
Pudding can be served warm or cold. Leftovers should be refrigerated. If refrigerating, cover surface of pudding completely with plastic wrap (wrap should lie on the surface of the pudding). This will prevent a skin from forming.

(This pudding recipe makes a great chocolate pie filling, by the way. Just reduce milk by 1/4 cup (from 1 and 3/4 cups to 1 and 1/2 cups). Makes one, nine inch pie).

For the full recipe visit: Yesterfood: Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Pie Crust Dippers

Mercy Break!

The Catholic Church declared 2016 the Jubilee Year of Mercy. To celebrate, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood are posting “Mercy Breaks” to encourage people to show mercy and compassion to people in their lives. I thought it was a neat idea, so I will share them with you as well.

Mercy Break - FinalMercy Break: Send an encouraging text or tweet to a friend facing tough times.

“As Missionaries of the Precious Blood, we feel a special connection with the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Can there be anything more merciful than Jesus shedding his Precious Blood for us? So in honor of the Jubilee Year, we’re offering Mercy Breaks — short and (we hope) doable suggestions for demonstrating the Father’s mercy.”

Missionaries of the Precious Blood

Circle B Bar Reserve – Florida

My sister and I took these photos on our trip to Florida.

Tired . . . Tired . . . Tired . . .

Tired . . .

Tired . . .

Tired . . .


Busy . . .

Busy . . .

Busy . . .


Dear God,

I drop down on my bed

And want to go to sleep

But I do remember

To you I did not speak.


Help me to make time for you –

To pause my busy life

That way you get so much more than

“Love ya, God! Good night!”


I have every good intention

Of spending quite time

With you in the evening

But then I come to find

I’m making progress on this and that

Or, I’ll be five minutes more.

So when I do decide to stop

What you hear are snores.


Help me make the time

In the evening before I sleep

To spend some time with you, O Lord

In prayer and thanksgiving.


*Glory be . . .




* For those of you who don’t know the Glory Be it is as follows:

Glory be to the Father

And to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning

Is now, and ever shall be

World without end.

Party Dip and Bread Bowl

Party Dip and Bread Bowl

The perfect party dip and you can eat the bowl.

8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. cheddar cheese, grated (sharp or mild)
4 oz. chopped green chilies
Green onion (suit your own taste)
1 c. chopped ham
1/2 pound chopped bacon
1 round bread loaf, hollowed out

Mix first seven ingredients together and put into the hollowed out bread loaf. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for one hour. Serve with leftover bread or chips.


Magic of the Seasons

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

Magic of the Seasons

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

•2 cups sliced fresh carrots
•2 cups broccoli florets
•1 cup sliced celery
•1-1/2 cups chopped onion
•1/2 cup butter
•1/4 cup all-purpose flour
•1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
•4 cups whole milk
•1 cup of cheddar or marble cheese, shredded

•In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add carrots, broccoli and celery; cover and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
• In the same saucepan, saute onion in butter. Add flour and stir to make smooth paste. Gradually add chicken broth and milk. Cook until mixture thickens, about 8-10 minutes. Add vegetables; heat until tender. Add cheese; heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).


Jennifer Park

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