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Have you girls started memorizing your “pearls of wisdom” scripture for this year?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let her ask. God who gives generously without reproach and it will be given her. The prices of wisdom is above pearls.” James 1:5 & James 28:18

We will focus on wisdom this next Wednesday night. We are going to explore what wisdom is, where we can get and how we should use it. Be sure to wear your pearls.

In the meantime, here’s a snack that goes with this year’s “pearl” theme. You can actually change it up for just about any holiday or party with different colored chocolate and sprinkles. Here’s the recipe.

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White Chocolate Pretzel Rods
An easy and elegant snack that can be adapted for any party, holiday or season by changing the chocolate color and sprinkles.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (10 oz.) bag pretzel rods
  2. 1 (24 oz.) package white chocolate bark coating or 1 (1 lb.) bag white candy melts (you'll only use about 10 or 12 oz.)
  3. 1 to 2 T. shortening
  4. White "pearl" sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a tall skinny container (such as a pottery cup or perhaps even a small glass vase), melt bark coating or candy melts and shortening together in the microwave per package directions (typically in 30 second intervals, stirring in between).
  2. Dip each pretzel rod in the candy coating, letting excess coating drip off back into the container. Sprinkle with sprinkles, as desired.
  3. Place on waxed paper and let stand for coating to set up.
Notes
  1. Pour the leftover white chocolate coating into a plastic storage container and save it for another recipe later. All you have to do is heat it back up in the microwave, omitting the shortening (since it’s already in there).
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There are a lot of different kinds of vessels. When you read the dictionary’s definition of “vessel,” you probably picture a vase, a bowl, a cup, a jar. But a vessel can be anything that be “used for the purpose of holding contents.”

Like these rain boots. These boots were created with a specific purpose in mind.

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What is the purpose for this set of boots? To hold feet and to keep toes dry and warms when it rains.

boots2But what would happen if the boots were never filled with feet? What if they just sat there in the back of the closet? Not only would they be empty, but they wouldn’t be doing what they were made for.  

The key here is not just that the boots need to be filled, but that they need to be filled with the right contents. If you stuck your rain boots out in the rain, they would just fill up with water. They wouldn’t be keeping anything dry or warm–their ultimate purpose. 

boots3We are like rain boots. God has created us all with a unique purpose. If we let God fill us up (like feet fill the boots), then we can live out the purpose and plan that God created uniquely for us. But if choose to fill our vessels/lives/boots up with the wrong stuff, we won’t be able live out what God has intended for us. 

It’s only when we live out God’s plans for us that we become most beautiful versions of ourselves.

 

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These muffins are delicious, especially warm from the oven. Make a big batch and freeze some to reheat for breakfast or a snack. FOR VESSELS, DO NOT ADD THE NUTS!!!!! Teacher Leslie tested the recipe and suggests adding ½ teaspoon of salt. Click here for the recipe.

 

 

 

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VESSELSBEGINS

VESSELS is a crafty club for Christian girls (grades 3rd -6th), created to explore what it means to be a woman of God. 2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us that we are God’s “vessels”–empty containers that can be filled. Our vessel is our life. We can fill it with things of this world–money, fame, friends, popularity, material things. Or, we can fill it with the things of God–treasure! When we are filled with God’s treasure (things of true value and significance), then we can become the most beautiful versions of ourselves. 

Each week, we explore a different woman of the Bible, reading her story in the Bible, identify what made her a unique vessel and if she allowed God to fill her vessel/life. Wednesday nights are full of crafts, music, homemade snacks, earning points for shopping, and more. 2Cor4-7

We meet at Faith Bible Chapel on Wednesdays, 6:15- 8 pm. It’s completely free. Feel free to email me (info@godsvessels.com) or leave a comment if you’d like more information.

You can also download this PDF for more details. Parents, this is a PDF for you. 

MovieNight

Let’s celebrate Back-to-School with a movie night.

Friday, August 26th at 7:30 pm at Teacher Janna’s house. Bring a sleeping bag or camp chair & a sweatshirt or blanket. It’s a great night to invite a friend.

We will have popcorn & Dr. Pepper floats. (Bring an alternative snack if you have allergies.) We will watch the Nancy Drew Movie -2005 (PG). Pick up is at 9:30 pm. Call for questions 303.880.6568.

Leave a comment and I will email you direction to my house. 

Here are some fun recipes for a “Garden Party” menu. Some are very simple. Remember, pretty presentation can make a simple recipe seem very special. 

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Veggie Cups

This a super easy way to serve veggies. The individual cups make it easy for guests to grab. We usually like ranch dressing at the bottom, but you could use a squeeze of any dressing flavor. Use veggies with a lot of color for a beautiful presentation. 

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Tomato Toadstools

These are also a super-fun veggie to serve. Although, these are a bit more time-consuming than the veggie cups. Check out the recipe card below.

Toadstool Tomatoes
A darling veggie treat to serve in the summer on a platter or as a garnish on a dinner/lunch plate.
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Ingredients
  1. cocktail-sized tomatoes (I got mine at Costco. They are bigger than cherry or grape tomatoes.)
  2. white string cheese
  3. herb cream cheese (make your own by adding fresh garlic, chives, salt, pepper, etc. or buy a tub at the store)
  4. Fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley)
Instructions
  1. Hollow out tomatoes and try to get most the seeds out. Place them upside down on a paper towel to drain out some of the liquid.
  2. Using a butter knife, smear in some herb cream cheese.
  3. Cut a stick of string cheese in half. Then, insert the stick into the center of the tomato top.
  4. Insert the stem of a cilantro leaf into the cream cheese center to hold it in place.
  5. To make the specks on top, put plain cream cheese into a small zip lock bag and snip the corner off. Then, squirt little specks on the top.
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Chocolate-dipped strawberries

These always go fast at a party. Everyone loves strawberries AND chocolate. This blog has a great post on how to make them. 

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Quiche

Quiche is basically egg pie. You can combine any type of meat, cheese, veg or seasoning to create a savory flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is my recipe. I like to add a bit more egg than many recipes do. You can make your pie crust from scratch or make things simple and just buy pre-made pie dough at the store. Simpler still? Just purchase a two-pack of quiche at Costco!

Quiche
Serves 6
Quiche is really a fancy word for egg pie. It's a perfect savory dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs (for a 9-inch pie)
  2. 1 cup half and half
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. prepared (uncooked) pie crust (homemade or purchased)
Your combination of flavorful ingredients
  1. Cheese: feta, Swiss, Gouda or cheddar cheese
  2. Meat: bacon, sausage, ham
  3. Veggie: broccoli, sauteed green onion and mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, asparagus
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle/layer your cheese, meat and veggie ingredients in the bottom of the pie shell. P
  4. our the egg mixture on top.
  5. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the egg is “set.”
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Banana Muffins

Muffins are also another great garden-party food, again, because they are easy for guest to grab. I’ve shared this recipe before because they are seriously our VERY favorite.

Banana Muffins
Yields 12
Banana muffins freeze beautifully. Perfect for an after school snack.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup melted butter
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 1/2 Tbsp. strong coffee
  6. 4 ripe bananas
  7. 1 1/2 cup flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
  9. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients.
  3. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray the muffin tin with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter into the tin and bake for 20 minute or until very light brown.
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NEXT Wednesday (June 1) is our last night of VESSELS. We will celebrate with our annual garden party and shopping boutique. You’ll be able to shop with your points to purchase some fabulous prizes. 


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We still need a few items for our party, including some food. Please check out this sign up here. Remember, June 1 will be last night to earn your diamond and cross charms for you necklace. This will be our last night of VESSELS until the fall. 

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fruit kabob

You and your friends can have fun making these “Fruitfully Cheesy Kabobs” for parties, picnics or after school snacks. No cooking required, this healthy recipe can be changed up depending on the fruit in season and type of cheese desired.  Click here for the recipe.

 

 

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