Back to school snacks with a fun Bible lesson to learn

BIBLE SNACKS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL When I taught CCD to the little ones at my church, Holy Trinity, we used crafts and snacks to bring the Bible alive for the children. Here are some fun things we did. And with school starting, these are nice snacks for the kids. They get a bonus: a treat they’ll like plus a Bible …

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Don’t be afraid to make these potions to drink on Halloween

This makes a lot – great for all the goblins and ghosties HALLOWEEN WITCHES BREW Makes 32 servings, 8 oz ea.   Stir together: 1 gallon  fruit punch 1 quart  pineapple juice 1 quart Sunny Delight orange drink   Right before serving, stir in: 2 liters chilled orange soda   Variations:   Stir in 1 …

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Saffron: a spice to know

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                                     Chicken with Saffron Saffron was used during Bible days in cakes and to color and flavor whole rains. Buddist priests dyed their robes with saffron, making them a brilliant yellow. Elderly women are used to gather the saffron threads from the flowers.   It takes about 4,500 flowers to make a single ounce of dried …

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Jarlsberg spread clone perfect for Halloween appetizer

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Jarlsberg spread clone My friend, Linda Griffith, brought a container of this spread for me to try. “I love it and you can buy it at some delis”, she told me. Hmmm….checking the ingredients on the label led me to believe I could clone this really yummy spread, and I did. So here it is …

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Small batch 100% whole wheat bread

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As I sit here typing this recipe, I can look out the window and see Farmer Bruner bending over to pick day-glow orange pumpkins from the field. I’m still finding smaller pumpkins and squash in the untended remains of our veggie garden.  There’s also a softly colored mosaic of leaves covering the ground near the …

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River Grill Judging at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati

“River Grill before the Big Chill” at Sawyer Point. This is a two-day BBQ culinary competition and music festival. It starts tonight with lots of good eating and a music festival. There are 52 pro teams coming from across the country to compete and these teams will be judged by Kansas City BBQ Society judges–– …

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BAKED PENNE WITH PUMPKIN, SAUSAGE AND SAGE

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Penne with Pumpkin, Sausage and Sage   Each week I talk with Matt Swaim of Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about gourds, squash and pumpkins. Gourds are mentioned in the Bible in several places.   Lots of different types of wild gourds abounded in the Mediterranean region. Some were edible, some were not. In …

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Mantids, mantids everywhere

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This article is from friend and colleague Joe Boggs, OSU extension agent and lives by the nickname “Buggy Joe”…. MANTIDS, MANTIDS EVERYWHERE!  This is the time of the year when it seems that praying mantids are everywhere!  Actually, the numbers haven’t increased, only the size of the mantids.  When mantids hatch from eggs, the “nymphs” …

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Mulled Apple Cider

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I was making my annual “potions” – Kahluha, Frangelico, more Cherry Bounce,  Homemade vanilla, Schnapps, etc. and had a bit of rum left over. So I added it to this hot cider, perfect for those chilly nights. As I may have mentioned before, cider brings happy memories of when our kids were little and helped …

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Marge Miller’s Apple Dumplings

Grand-daughter Eva picking apples   Marge Miller’s Apple Dumplings Marge is known as the apple dumpling lady in Clermont County and at my church, Holy Trinity in Batavia. I love her dumplings with the wonderful cinnamon flavor – from cinnamon hearts!  They lend a pretty color to the sauce, and they are always the first …

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