Friday, October 30, 2009

I Wondered Where The Permanent Marker Went...

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and now I know.


Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's In It? Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan



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This has a lot of ingredients, but they aren't difficult, and the taste is worth it!

You'll need:

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp salt
dash of pepper
4 chicken breasts (thawed)
1 Cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
3 8oz. cans tomato sauce
1/2 tsp basil leaves
1/2 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp parsley
dash of garlic powder
2 Tbsp butter (optional...I've left it out and it was fine)
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded


Combine eggs, salt, and pepper.
Dip thawed chicken in this, then in crumbs.
Heat oil in skillet; brown chicken on both sides.

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Place chicken in baking dish.
Stir tomato sauce, basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder in sauce pan.
Heat to boil, then simmer for 10 min.
Stir in butter (optional).
Pour sauce over chicken.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cover with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
Uncover, add mozzarella to top and bake additional 10 min.

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Serve over pasta and Enjoy!

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Peace of Christ to you,

mommy and monkey

What Are My Kids Up To Today?



Well, Kate is being a mommy...

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a good mommy at that!



And Keagan is being a monkey...

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a good monkey, of course.


Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Photobooth Guys

Me & Keagan Photobooth


Peace of Christ to you,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flying Purple People Fruit Loop Eater

All dressed up and ready to "hit the town" as Daddy says:

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I just think she's cute in purple and had to share!

Peace of Christ to you,

Friday, October 23, 2009

Oct. 23, 1981 - Feb. 19, 2007

Sgt. Buddy Hughie








We haven't forgotten you, Buddy.

Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

At Last

So, this

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is me being ECSTATIC to meet


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her!


Little Anna Elizabeth has finally arrived, and she is perfect!

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7 pounds, 5 ounces; 20 inches long.


And my beautiful friend Tera is doing wonderfully! Just look at the joy in her face!

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Anna's blessed to have this daddy:

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The new (and improved) Palmer family:

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Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MIA

Sorry I've been MIA...but I have good reason. And another apology: no What's In It? Wednesday for tomorrow.

BUT...to make it up to you, I do have a SURPRISE, so check back tomorrow to find out!

For now, here are my kids playing in the backyard at our friend Fallon's house:

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Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Even While I Wait

***edit***

So, I found this version and like it even better:





***original post***
This is my favorite part of Fireproof, as it says so much on how we should live--not just in a marriage, but with the over all vision of our lives.




As you wait for whatever hardship or circumstance you're in to work out, to be brought to completion, for God to reveal His purpose and plan for your life...

are you serving Him?


Peace of Christ to you,

What's In It? Wednesday: Mini BBQ Cups

These are fun for snacky friend-get-togethers or a creative lunch for kids.

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You'll need:
1 pound ground turkey or beef (I use turkey)
1/2 chopped onion
2 cans refrigerated biscuits
1/4 Cup barbeque sauce
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Cook meat and onion together in skillet.
Add barbeque sauce and set aside.
Cut uncooked biscuits in half and press into mini muffin tin, creating "cups."

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Add meat mixture into each cup, pressing into center.
Add cheese on top of each cup.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Enjoy!

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Peace of Christ to you,

Saturday, October 10, 2009

To This You Are Called

One morning this week, I somehow ended up in 1 Samuel, though I couldn't tell you then what made me turn to David's story from Luke's gospel.

Now I know.

Something struck me (and I'm totally not making this up!) about the time between when God called David to be the king and when he actually became the king--even more specifically, when he killed Goliath. See, Samuel came and anointed David to be the king.

And then he left him there.

David kept doing what he had always been doing: tending sheep. He went to serve Saul a little later by playing music to soothe him, but that was a transition period, too. He did not get to go with Samuel right away and begin his reign as king. He had to be patient.

And he had to keep doing what he (and his brothers) thought was insignificant. I read about how his brothers taunted him and even called him "evil" when he brought them food on the battle lines. Evil? This was jealousy speaking, because remember: Samuel had anointed David as the chosen one right in front of his brothers.

But God's plan of HOW to bring it all about was a little surprising. David was just obeying his father and taking food to his brothers on the battle lines. Had he not gone there, he would not have heard Goliath's taunting and, therefore, would not have resolved to kill him, which is how he gained leverage in Saul's service, which brought about many victories, and...you know the rest.

I absolutely love that God showed me this BEFORE I saw the message from Steven Furtick in the series "Kaleo" from Lifechurch.tv because it confirms in my heart what He is teaching us. Has your jaw ever dropped when you know without a smidgen of a doubt that God is speaking into your heart?

This is my favorite sermon. Ever.

http://www.lifechurch.tv/message-archive/watch/kaleo08/3

Peace of Christ to you,

Friday, October 9, 2009

There Will Your Heart Be Also

I've been reading in Luke, revisiting Jesus' birth lately. I've also been trying to imagine what it must have been like to be Jesus' mother. What kind of woman was she? Was God's call on her life easy for her to embrace, or did she wrestle with it often? I mean, He did ask her to carry a baby. As a virgin. You can use your imagination and guess what the townspeople called her.

"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart" (Luke 2:19 ESV).


This girl--literally--just birthed Jesus Christ, whom Gabriel told her would be her Savior (and yours and mine). There she was, I'm sure, overwhelmed that she was now a mom to begin with, and then shepherds came to worship her baby.

And when they did, she treasured it in her heart.

I've been asking God to reveal to me what I treasure in my heart, and where I treasure the wrong things--to change my heart.

Jesus grew up and taught others how to live a life that treasures the things of God. He said, "Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:33b-34 ESV).

My treasures at times (usually in stretches where I'm distant from Christ and not wholly seeking His plan for my life) are focused on what I can get, what I can be known for, what will give me status, etc. But when I wrap myself in scripture, I feel God compelling me to invest in eternal things rather than earthly things:

My marriage--how I can serve my husband as Christ serves the church.

My children--not to idolize them, but to invest in their souls to grow into people who passionately run after God's heart.


Relationships. Serving and loving others.

Representing the body of Christ, to which I belong.

Asking how I can promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm certainly not GOOD at these things; I'm just working on them as a sinner who needs Christ's mercy daily.

What treasures are you laying up?

Peace of Christ to you,


All scripture taken from:
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pray for Phoebe

****update****

Phoebe is coming home!! Thanks, God! (and thanks to all who prayed!)



****original post****

Prayer request RIGHT NOW:

Please, if you're reading this, stop and pray for our pastor's little girl, Phoebe, who is 4 years old. She has a fractured skull and was air-lifted to a hospital a couple of hours away from home. God is already healing her, as the break is closing up! Last night there were plans for surgery, but because the break is closing up, there should be no surgery now!

Praise God, and please pray that He continues this healing that He's already begun! Last night there were plans for surgery, but because the break is closing up, there should be no surgery now!

This family has been through a lot of pain, and need peace and calm right now, so pray for Phoebe's parents and Phoebe's brothers and sisters, too. Thank you.

Peace of Christ to you,

What's In It? Wednesday: Cranberry Chicken Salad

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This is one of my ultimate favorites! And it's simple as pie chicken!

1 large can chunk chicken
1 1/2 Tablespoons fat free (or low fat) mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon dill relish
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries (Ocean Spray is the best brand)
dash of parsley flakes
1 Tablespoon pickle juice (optional)

Drain chicken.

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Mix all ingredients together in any order.

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And enjoy!

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I like to serve this on crackers to guests. I haven't found anyone who dislikes it...yet!


Peace of Christ to you,
Cara