Saturday, April 23, 2016

Through Jessie's Eyes

Jessie can't wait to grow up. She loves fashion and make up and is currently "married" to Rusty [the dog]. She became extremely upset the other morning when I told her there was no way she would get a phone for her 6th birthday. I love to listen to her talk and sing her made up songs that tell an epic tale.

Today, while we were trying to fly a kite, she grabbed my phone and took some pictures. Finally get to see the world through her eyes:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Palm Sunday

Riding into the city on an ass
And the people cried out.
Leaving the city carrying a cross
And the people cried out.

Where would I be?
Which side would I be on?
When would I cry out?
Would I listen if even the rocks cried out?
What would it take?

Would I cry out Hallelujah?
Would I cry out crucify him?

Luke 19:40 He answered them "if they were silent, the stones would shout out."

Monday, March 14, 2016

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cheesecake Truffles

Girl Scout cookie sales have come to an end (almost) and here I sit with 2 CASES of Peanut Butter Sandwiches (or Do-Si-Dos). These are a classic Girl Scout cookie, around back when I sold cookies in the 80s. They have their own following, but are no where near the popularity of the Thin Mint, Caramel Delite (or Samoas) or Peanut Butter Patties (or Tagalongs).

Here in South Dakota, we do not do pre-sales (think the Girl Scout out with her sales form and then delivering cookies several weeks/a month later), we have cookies on hand. I really prefer this method. Neighbors are more likely to purchase from the girl with cookies in hand. The hard part is predicting what you might need. My girls like to do booth sales, so I have made it a habit to schedule 1-2 booths during the last weekend of sales and let my parents return cookies they aren't able to sell (by a deadline).

The number of girls tripled for me -- Maggie's troop doubled in size and Jessie is now a Girl Scout. We went from 5 girls selling last year to 16 girls! So lots of new girls selling. We had a fantastic year. Unfortunately, some of them over-estimated the popularity of some cookies, which is why I now have 24 boxes of Peanut Butter Sandwiches (and Shortbreads). We have one final booth coming up at SDSU right before Easter, so I am hoping we can find some creative ways to sell these not-as-popular cookies. 

In browsing around Pinterest, I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Cheesecake Truffles and decided to see if they would work with Peanut Butter Sandwiches in place of the peanut butter. And I'm happy to say they were a success! Just a few ingredients and we have another way to enjoy these cookies! I'm hoping to do the same with a couple of other cookies before the final sales.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cheesecake Truffle

1 box Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (you will use 1.5 sleeves)
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/3 cup powdered sugar (more to taste)
8 oz chocolate chips + 1/2 cup if desired.

Finely crush 1.5 sleeves of Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies in a food processor. Whip with 8 oz of cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips (if desired). Chill mixture in refrigerator for 1 hour. Form into balls. [I used a small cookie scoop for the balls above. I think I want to find a smaller one so they are truly bite sized.] Freeze. [Due to time, I froze them overnight, which was more than enough. An hour should be fine.] Melt 8 oz of chocolate chips. Dip & cover balls in melted chocolate. Sprinkle with extra crushed cookies. Freeze minimum 1 hour. Enjoy!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wild Generosity

Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money -- come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)

Is there anyone among you who, if a child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for fish, will give a snake? (Matthew 7:9)

Two messages to cut me to the core
Of selfishness
When have I chosen the easy route of looking away
When have I chosen to wonder what's in it for me
Before I give
My time
My talents
My tithe

When have You been before me
A stranger, reaching out a hand for a bit of my tithe
A friend, asking for a bit of my talent
A child, wanting just a bit of time

Yet I selfishly turned away
What's in it for me

Selfishly, I cling to the world
I cling to my stuff
I cling to that which doesn't really matter
Wanting more for me

Remind me that there is plenty for all
There is more where that comes from
You will provide all that I need.
How often you have proved it over and over and over
Yet still I want more
More proof

When have You been before me asking me for something?
Let me see You and know
Let me hear You and give
Freely to whomever asks
Let me be wildly generous

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stillness

Where can I find quiet
Where can I hear the stillness
In this noisy world 
The giggle of my girls
The honking of the geese
Returning from the south
The crackle of a fire
The whine of the dog
Begging someone to just throw the ball
And then I realize
You are in all those noises
You are behind
You are the source
You are the reason 
I can find the beauty in each of those sounds 
Meaning
Joy
Thank you.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bearing Fruit

Prompt from Luke 13:8-9

Waiting.
I've done that.
I've been there.
And it is now
Now I am seeing the fruit
Now I am seeing that you are faithful
And that everything happens in your time
Not mine.
We can continue to let the tree grow.
We are planted in the right spot.
I was impatient but you have shown
You have proven to me again
And again
I do not need to be afraid.
I will continue to trust you.