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This recipe has been a family tradition for many years and the smell of the pumpkin bread in the oven brings memories of baking with my children and the sweet smells of the holidays. Make an extra batch and freeze them to have ready for company. 

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Pumpkin Bread
A perfect holiday tradition. Make extra loaves and freeze.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Sugar
  2. 4 eggs, beaten
  3. 1 C melted Butter
  4. 2/3 C water
  5. 2 C pumpkin
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla
  7. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp Nutmeg
  9. 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  10. 3 ½ C Flour
Instructions
  1. Mix in order given.
  2. Pour in greased & floured loaf pans - either 2 large or 4 small pans or muffin pans lined with paper baking cups.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1+ hour for large pans; 30 minutes for small pans; 20 minutes for large muffins (makes approx 30 muffins).
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A festive fall treat to share with family and friends maybe sipping a cup of hot apple cider. Here are the ingredients needed to make these edible acorns: Icing, Mini Vanilla wafers, Hershey Kisses (chocolate or pumpkin spice flavored) and Reeses peanut butter chips or Hershey’s butterscotch chips. Just assemble and eat!

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These are easy to make and would be great as an after-school snack. You can mix in new ingredients to customize your bars. Wouldn’t it be yummy to chop up leftover Halloween candy to add to the bars? If you are making these for VESSELS club, DO NOT use any nuts.

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Mini M&M Granola Bars
Yields 12
These are easy to make and would be great as an after-school snack. You can mix in new ingredients to customize your bars.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 c. Old Fashioned Oats
  2. 1/2 c. Rice Krispies
  3. 1/4 c. Unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 c. M&M minis, plus more for top
  5. 1/2 c. brown sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 c. butter, softened
  8. 1/4 c. Coconut oil, melted
  9. 1/4 c. honey
  10. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toast dry oats for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring half way, until lightly golden.
  3. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray.
  4. Mix together dry ingredients, then stir in wet. Press into prepared baking dish and bake for 18 minutes.
  5. Let cool and cut them into rectangles!
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Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods
This is a great variation on yummy chocolate dipped pretzel rods. Be creative with decorating the pretzels with mini chips, sprinkles etc.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup salted butter ( 1 stick )
  2. 2 cups Sugar
  3. 1 cup light corn syrup
  4. 1 Can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. pretzels ( Pretzel Rods )
  7. 12 ounce semisweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. Prepare two large baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Add butter, sugar, and karo syrup to a large heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Gradually add the evaporated milk, pouring it in slowly so that the mixture maintains a constant boil.
  4. Stir the mixture regularly, scraping the sides until it reaches a soft ball stage. This part takes patience and could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes or longer, depending on where you live. Just test the caramel with the ice water method--drop a spoonful of hot caramel sauce into a cup of ice water and mold it with your fingers. When it's ready it will feel really soft but still pliable. Don't overcook it! Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Dip Pretzel Rods in caramel. I use a spoon to scoop the sauce onto the pretzels and turn them as I go. Allow excess sauce to drip off and place the dipped pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. After the caramel has set on the pretzels (about 10-20 minutes) prepare the melted chocolate by placing chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave until melted. Dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate. (I used a spatula to spoon the chocolate onto them and smooth it around.)
  7. Again lay the dipped pretzels on a parchment lined sheet to set. At this point you could add other toppings like mini chocolate chips or sprinkles.
  8. Refrigerate until fully set. If chocolate pooled at the base of the pretzel you could easily shave it off with a knife, for aesthetics, if you want. Let the pretzels sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating.
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harvest-hash-trail-mixThis yummy blend of salty and sweet is a festive and colorful fall treat!

If you are making this for a Wednesday night VESSELS snack, DO NOT USE NUTS. Also, please  put the mix in individual baggies for easy distribution.

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Harvest Hash
This yummy blend of salty and sweet is a festive and colorful fall treat!
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Ingredients
  1. Pretzels
  2. Bugles chips
  3. Honeycomb cereal
  4. Candy Corn
  5. Candy Corn Pumpkins
  6. Chex Muddy Buddy
  7. M&M’s or round Chocolate Candy
  8. other options ( marshmallows, popcorn, goldfish, cheerios, chocolate chips, craisins)
Instructions
  1. Mix together and serve. Quantities of each item can vary based on your preference and the total quantity needed. The key to a delicious looking snack is a variety of textures and shapes.
Notes
  1. DO NOT ADD NUTS if you are making this for VESSELS club snack.
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mint-chocolate-lasagna-4602-400x400A sweet twist on lasagna! Just layer mint Oreos, cool whip and instant chocolate pudding for a delicious minty dessert. It looks fancy, but this no-bake mint-chocolate dessert is simple to prepare.

 

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Mint Chocolate Lasagna
Yields 16
It looks fancy, but this no-bake mint-chocolate dessert is simple to prepare
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package mint Oreos
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 2 Tbl. heavy cream
  6. 1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
  7. 1 3.9 oz. package instant chocolate pudding
  8. 2 cups milk
  9. 1 tsp. mint extract
  10. 2-3 drops green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Prepare chocolate pudding according to directions on the box. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Put Oreos in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. In a medium sized bowl, combine melted butter and Oreo crumbs and mix well.
  3. Grease the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Press the Oreo crumbs into the bottom of the baking dish and place in the fridge to chill for 5 minutes.
  4. In a separate medium sized bowl mix cream cheese, sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 cup of cool whip, 1/2 tsp mint extract and 2-3 drops of green food coloring. Spread this mixture over the crust.
  5. Spread pudding over the cream cheese layer. Mix remaining cool whip, 1/2 tsp mint extract and 2-3 drops food coloring together. Spread over the pudding layer.
  6. Top with mini chocolate chips.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
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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.