Friday, July 31, 2009

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Found this keeper on Sparkrecipes :) It has already been requested again and I just made it for dinner.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup ketchup
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup water
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 lbs boneless pork roast

Combine all ingredients except roast in the slow cooker.
When well mixed, add roast.
Cover, cook on high for 6-7 hours.
Remove roast.
Shred the meat and return it to the sauce.
Note - You may want to thicken the sauce some.
Great for making sandwiches or using in other recipes. The sauce is good on rice too.

Number of Servings: 12 (I got 27 1/4 cup servings for sandwiches out of it!)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Six Reasons to Read Your Bible Everyday!

Six Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day
Habits of the Heart
Ken Pierpont

1. The Bible gives spiritual life. “…the law of the LORD is perfect converting (reviving) the soul.”

Matthew 4:4 "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" 2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever

2. The Bible is the only accurate record of who God is. “…the testimony (biography) of the Lord is sure (accurate) making wise the simple.” (What you believe about God is the most important thing about you).

3. The Bible gives specific direction for living. “…the statutes or precepts of the Lord are right rejoicing the heart…” (Joy comes from walking in the right way, sorrow and destruction from straying from the path).

4. The Bible contains the commandments of God. “…the commandment of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes…”

5. The Bible shows me how to experience genuine, lasting worship. “…the fear of the Lord is clean enduring forever…” I am made to admire, adore, and worship God. The Bible shows me how to reverence (fear) God in a pure and lasting way.

6. The Bible shows you how to live a righteous life. “…the judgments of the Lord (rulings or case law) are true and righteous altogether…” warnings and rewards.

• If you read your Bible every day you will find it is more valuable than anything else
• You will see that it is more satisfying than anything else
• You will find that it effectively works in you to keep you from self-destructing your life through a cycle of presumptuous sins, secret sins, and great transgressions. “This book will keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from this book”

Conclusion: Example: Pitcairn Island. While the Bible was still in the chest there was sin, sadness, chaos, selfishness, ignorance, drunkenness, debauchery, murder, and suicide. When the Island was governed by the Bible there was order and peace and tranquility. All will be death and sickness and chaos until you order our life under the Word of God

For the word on life from the life-giving living God. Regeneration
For the satisfaction of your soul
For the joy and rejoicing you desire
For the warnings you need
To keep right values.
To keep your heart tuned to eternal things
To drive out impurities that threaten us every day.

Spiritual Vitality Requires Regular Spiritual Nourishment. So feed continually on the Word of God.

Five Stages of growth after salvation: One Great Act of Consecration, Seasonal renewals of consecration, weekly, daily, moment, by moment intimacy with Christ. Do you have daily habits of the heart and moment-by-moment intimacy with Christ? Our meditation time, our devotional time is not “checking boxes” Its not completing assignments. It’s not required reading, it is more like sitting in the window of a coffee shop, or going on a walk, or sitting in a deer stand. Not duty, but delight. Not ritual but relationship.

Wise, noble people are people to make the Bible a part of their daily routine. Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. [19] And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, [20] that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, said, "For years I have read my Bible through once a year. I read It every morning, as the very best way to begin the day.” Advice for the new president: Read the Bible every day and take it seriously. My advice to you, too.

Best Pastoral Advice: As your pastor I am eager to help you grow spiritually. There are many tips I could give you but there is one thing that I would say is Read your Bible every day. Start in Genesis and read as much time as you can and move the ribbon each day to the next spot. If you drop a day don’t worry. Start early the next morning and pick up where you left off.

• Get a new Bible and mark your way through.
• Get a Bible you like
• Read in a quiet place you like
• Make it your first priority
• Use a different version than you are used to .
• Keep it simple and read with a conscious awareness of the presence of God.
• If you read the Bible aloud at a slow reading rate, you could read through the Bible in 80 hours
• If you make it a habit to read the Word of God every day, you will read through the Bible eventually…probably sooner than you think.
• Once while speaking at Lake Ann camp I read through the entire New Testament in the NIV in one week.
• Press through hard parts like getting through a hedge. (ill) Like hiking North Manitou Island—speed up until you get to the vistas, then slow down.

The Bible is a powerful book: 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

You need help with what you should think. “doctrine” (v. 13). what you should not think. “reproof” with what you should not do. “correction” with what you should do. “instruction in righteousness”

Notes from my Pastor speaking on reasons to read your bible everyday :)

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Menu Plan Monday


Most of these are Weight Watchers friendly or will be made Weight Watchers friendly. Some of these are from the Sparkpeople recipe website.

Monday: We had The Perfect Hamburgers and french fries.

Tuesday: Juicy Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob.

Wednesday: Navy Bean and Tomato Soup, Summer Vegetable Salad

Thursday: Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Oh Boy Salad

Friday: Sausage Brown Rice Casserole

Sausage and Brown Rice Casserole

1 lb bulk pork sausage (I'm using turkey sausage)
2 cups cooked brown rice
3/4 cup milk (I'm using fat free milk)
1 large stalk celery chopped about 3/4 cup
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1 small onion chopped about 1/4 cup
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (I'm using FF cream of mushroom)
1 can sliced mushrooms 4 oz, drained
1/2 cup shredded cheese about 2 oz (I'm using 2% shredded cheese)

Cook and stir pork sausage in Dutch oven until brown, drain. Stir in rice, milk, celery, green pepper, onion, soup, mushrooms. Pour into ungreased 2 qt casserole sprinkle with cheese. Cook uncovered at 350 until center is bubbly, about 45 minutes. 4 servings.

Saturday: Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, scrambled eggs.

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, 6 servings 7 points each.

4 cups Ore Ida Hash Browns
8 oz lean ham steak diced
1/2 cup diced onions
1 cup 2% shredded cheese
1 cup reduced fat Bisquick
2 cups FF milk
1 cup FF egg substitute

Spread hash browns in bottom of sprayed 9 x 13 in dish, sprinkle ham, onions, and cheese on top. Combine Bisquick, milk and egg substitute and slowly pour over potato mixture. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 375.

UPDATE: Made some great Blueberry Bran Muffins

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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Good Recipes?

Wondering if anyone has some good Weight Watcher recipes or any good recipes in general....

I have been pretty busy with family in the past couple weeks which is why I have not posted in a while.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Family Outing, Haircut and Being Attacked...

We took the kids to a street fair. It was a lot of fun for what little time we spent there. It was sooooo hot though. Driving back in a car with no air conditioning was no fun either....we decided it was time to recharge the air in said car :)

My daughter decided to get a lot of her hair cut off. I was really proud of her for making a change, but why should'nt she..she is on to a new phase of life now that she has graduated high school. We all think she looks absolutely adorable and that it suits her.

I was attacked...while just minding my own business taking pictures...

Here comes the assailant

I cannot seem to get anything done around here, look closely and you can see why.

Hoping for a wonderful week here at my house :)

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: We had pizza as a special treat for my son's last day of homeschool for the season!
Tuesday: Asian Beef and Cauliflower Stew

Wednesday: WW Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Thursday: WW Salisbury Steak

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Hubby's off work...he grills.

I might try this with whatever we grill --

Penne Pasta Salad

Going to make this Guiltless Strawberry Pie

and this--

Banana Bundt Cake LOOOOWWW FAT!!! of course....ONLY 2 POINTS PER SERVING!!

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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11 Months Old

Today the little guy is 11 months old. Hard to believe. I really wish it would not fly by so quickly. In just 4 weeks he will be one....I am struggling with not wanting him to turn a year yet.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

That's What I Love About Sunday

Got to sit outside with three of my favorite people today. My middle son was trying to put something together....

and as you can tell by the looks on his must have been pretty difficult.

so focused...

He ended up getting a bit perturbed by my picture taking during his difficulties in putting such thing together.

My daughter sat and learned the joys of writing out thank you cards. She said "I never want another gift again...writing thank you cards is hard"...I said well be prepared cause you have wedding shower, wedding and baby showers to think about in the future.

The baby was a bit fussy from not getting a normal morning nap with being at all I got was a pic of me holding him on my lap ;)

Later in the day, I found these two sacked out on the chair this point the baby was VERY ready for bed.

I hope all of you had an enjoyable Sunday. I am just trying to get my house straightened up before my husband gets home from work. I am enjoying watching the sun go down and thinking about tucking myself into my big snuggly blanket later....

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Morning Devotions...

My husband and I did our daily devotions together this morning and todays from Utmost From His Highest was pretty good. I love being together with him outside around all of God's creation spending time in the word and praying together.


"Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing." Psalm 37:8 (R.V.)

Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say "Fret not," but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret. It sounds so easy to talk about "resting in the Lord" and "waiting patiently for Him" until the nest is upset - until we live, as so many are doing, in tumult and anguish, is it possible then to rest in the Lord? If this "don't" does not work there, it will work nowhere. This "don't" must work in days of perplexity as well as in days of peace, or it never will work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work in anyone else's case. Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself.

Fussing always ends in sin. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are; it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are. Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not "out" to realize His own ideas; He was "out" to realize God's ideas. Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God.

Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all "supposing" on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Some Family Fun

Today we decided to take it easy since hubby works tomorrow. We got some new games to play outside and the kids and Bill had a good time playing them. Then we had an excellent dinner. The summer vegetable salad I made was out of this world, but really everything was good.

Here are some photos from our day...

Summer Vegetable Salad

1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup fresh baby carrots
1 cup sliced red onion
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 cup chopped zucchini
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, carrots, onion, tomatoes and zucchini. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients; shake well. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings. 2/3 cups

For dessert 2 Weight Watcher point blueberry pie...YUMMMM

Ended the night outdoors with a bonfire, enjoying each others company and eating smores :)

Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend with friends and family.

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