Friday, September 21, 2012

Recipes, Relationships, Redemption

Tonight was a sweet night.

Our Bible study small group met together to share life together by sharing our stories - what has God done in our lives to this point.

I stole this idea from a fellow small group leader and was so excited to get to know this incredible women in a new way as our small group time FLIES by each time we meet.

Cheryl was SUPER kind in us being able to meet in our apartment, meaning she was banished to her room! :) Thanks, roommate!

Having people over is so fun and it means I get to use fun new recipes!

I am going to show two of my current favs!

 I found this cute printable on moneysavingmom.com a couple of weeks ago.

Simple finger foods were on the agenda - pumpkin muffins, spicy hummus (did not make this), salsa, pizza dip and lemonade and tea.
 One of my new favorite recipes was found on Pinterest.
My Pinterest Page

It is seriously SOOOO easy

Pumpkin Muffins
1 box of cake mix (I used yellow, but white would work too - or a spice cake would be DELISH)
1 can of pumpkin (the smaller, 15oz can)
1-2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Mix together. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

I added just a little milk to lighten up the dense batter (less than 1/4 cup)

 This is one of my friend, Kara's, favorite recipes. SOOOOO yummy!

Pizza Dip 
4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 c. mayo
1 c. mozzarella, grated
1/2 c. parmesan, grated
1 c. pizza sauce
2 ounces pepperoni
Any other pizza toppings you want!

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayo and 1/4 c. of each cheese and spread on the bottom of a pie plate. (I only used mozzarella because that's what I had on hand!)
Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the remaining cheese, pepperoni, and any other pizza toppings you want.
Serve with crusty French bread, pita chips, or crackers.
The night was filled listening to stories of how God has intricately woven His tapestry through each one of our lives.
The themes of redemption, guidance, direction, plan, and grace were mentioned repeatedly.

Our paths in coming to this place in this time vary greatly, but the impact is far-reaching. The journey can be a number of things - painful, joyful, stretching, adjustment, hopeful, redemptive, and so much more.

I love how God's masterpiece is brilliantly orchestrated, sewn, and how the fabrics of our lives include the colors of so many themes - all to bring Him glory.

Our time went so quickly, that we are meeting again soon to finish hearing each story.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of friendship. What precious women with whom to walk this part of life together. Your story is beautiful told in each life. Oh how I hope you delighted in seeing the tears, laughter, amazement, rejoicing, and life spoken here tonight.

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