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Proverbs  12:25  An anxious heart weights a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

These are great to do with your children.  It takes a while for the sugar mold to dry, so not something you can complete in one day.

2 cups granulated sugar

4 T. water

Food color of your choice to your desired color

Mix the ingredients together.  Pack into the mold (use 1/2 of plastic eggs that are cut lengthwise).  Pack the sugar mixture in tightly.  Unmold onto wax or aluminum paper with the flat side down.  Allow to air dry overnight for small to medium shaped eggs.  Allow more time for larger eggs.  When the surface of the sugar feels hard, gentle turn over the mold.  The sugar should be dry at least 1/4 inch deep.  Gently scoop out the softer sugar.  Cut off a small amount of the pointed end of the mold to make the hole through which you will view the inside of the egg.  Allow the eggs to dry scooped out side up until completely dry.  Store the sugar that you scooped out in an airtight container, or make more eggs.

Place small pictures, animals, etc in one half of the egg.  If one side has a flattened bottom that is the side you want to make your picture/animals, etc. on.  Cement them to the egg with royal frosting.

After everything is completely dry cement the two halves together with royal icing.  Do this by piping a small amount on the seams and then after pressing the halves together pipe a decorative border in the middle and around the hole.  Decorate the top of the egg with royal icing flowers and leaves.

You can use this same mixture to place into molds for hearts, shamrocks or other shapes that you might be able to use for decorating cupcakes or cakes.

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AdeleCookbookPhotoConcept_BackgroundDesign2John 6:27  Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.

There are 300 recipes in this cookbook.  All of these recipes have been tested by me personally.  This is an expansion of the first cookbook:  Family Favorites. Family Favorites II, Second Helpings is now available.  The recipe collection has a southern influence recipes that require no fancy equipment or exotic ingredients.  One person who recently purchased the book said she enjoyed it because she usually had most of the ingredients already in his fridge or pantry. The cost is $15.00 plus shipping. Part of the proceeds (about 1/2) will be donated to a free meal program that is hosted by my church:  Manna Meals: this is a meal that is offered every week on Saturday to anyone who enters our doors.  Get your copy now.  They would make a great Mother’s Day present.  Contact me via this site or visit our Facebook Page:   Family Favorites II:  Second Helpings.

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So God created man in his own image,in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Genesis 1:27

We have had over 100 lbs. of rice donated to the Manna Meal Free meal Program.  I tested a new recipe to help use some of the rice.  Since we cook for about 200 meals each week, it is really a pain to have to cook rice in the traditional way on top of the stove.  I took a recipe that we have for using uncooked macaroni and letting the casserole sit overnight and replaced the macaroni with rice.  Since rice takes more cooking liquid I increased the liquid.  It came out great.  The variations on this are endless.

2 cups uncooked rice

4 cups water or stock

2 cups of:  chicken, ham, broccoli or mixed vegetables

2 10 oz. cans of cream soup:  mushroom, celery, chicken or even tomato soup (if using large cans use 1/2 of a 50 oz. can of soup)

2-3 cups of shredded cheese or 1/2 lb. processed cheese such as Velveeta-cubed

4 hard boiled eggs – optional and I did not use them

salt and pepper to taste

Could add other seasonings as desired:  garlic, onion, chili powder (tomato soup)

Mix all ingredients together and place in a 9 x 13 pan or half sheet pan.  Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.  Take out and uncover the next day.  Bake at 325′ for 1 hour.  You may want to stir this after about 30 minutes.  You can top this with additional cheese or bread crumbs the last 10-15 minutes if desired.  This serves 12-15.

This multiplies well.  If you add meat this could be a main dish, with vegetables a great side.

Variations:

1.   Rice with diced tomatoes and broth to make the amount of liquid needed: onions, chili powder and peppers for Spanish style rice.

2.  Rice with chicken broth for the liquid, cream of chicken soup, cooked chicken.  Could add broccoli, peas/carrots, or mixed vegetables for main dish.

3.  Rice with ham and ham broth for the liquid, cream of mushroom soup.  Could add broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, etc.

4.  Rice with water for the liquid, cream of mushroom soup.  Add broccoli and/or mushrooms for a great side dish.

5.  Rice with water for liquid.  Bacon and/or sausage, chopped hard boiled eggs.  Add onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. for a breakfast style casserole.

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This is definitely God’s ministry.  I have had some serious health issues the past year, but the ministry has continued without missing a beat.  God continues to provide volunteers and monetary support.  I am so thankful to be a small part of this meal.  The volunteers have really stepped up and continued.  I always knew that this was not MY ministry, but some others felt that I had to be there.  The past few months has proven that God is in charge.

The number of meals that we are serving each week has increased to an average of 200 each week.  We have had a few weeks that went over 300 meals.  We have had a lot of food donated this year and with smart shopping we have still been able to keep the cost of our meals to approximately $1.00 for each meal.  Through the end of October we have served 48,301 meals since the program began in September of 2008.

Manna has definitely become a Community effort.  We have several churches involved, businesses and individuals from the community.  Personal donations have decreased some this past year, but with some organizations, grants,businesses and other groups donating Manna continues to have funds with which to operate.  Manna is considered a non-profit because we operate under the United Methodist Church 501 (c) 3 guidelines.  If you would like to make a donation please contact me and I can give you the information where to send the donation and we can provide you with a form for a tax donation.

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Acts 20:32  I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

I have been on a journey to complete my second Cookbook.  I wrote the first one when our children left home and then kept calling back asking how to make _______.  I decided that the best way to get everything together was to print a Cookbook.   To my delight and surprise people wanted to buy some of the books.  After I sold out people were still asking for cookbooks. 

I am constantly searching for new recipes and asking people to share their favorites with me.  I starting compiling recipes for another cookbook almost three years ago.  It is finally done, has been printed and has arrived.  This new book has a lot of the favorites from the first book, but it also has almost 125 NEW recipes.  This book has 300 recipes that have all been personally prepared by ME. 

My wonderful daughter has developed an ecommerce site and has set up a PayPal Account if you would like to purchase one.  There is a tab at the top of this page called:  Adele’s Cookbook.  The cost is $15.00 plus $3.25 for shipping/handling.  If you want multiple copies you can message or email me for the shipping costs.  They are also available for wholesale rates.

After I recover the costs for the printing at least 1/2 (if not all) of the profits will be donated to charity.  I hope some of these recipes that have become our Family Favorites might become some of your family’s favorites also.  Believe me, most of them you will want to have Second Helpings.

 

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Manna well be entering year number FIVE beginning in September.  I am constantly amazed at how God is working through Manna.  None of this would have been possible without all of the many volunteers and contributions from the NUMC family, community and other organizations.  I just completed some figures for a funding request for the Beef Cattle Association.  They have been wonderful supporters of Manna from the first year.  From July of 2011 to July 2012 we have served 9821 meals.  That is an average of 182 meals per week.  Because of the wonderful donations from God’s Hands Food Pantry, God’s Pantry and others who have donated meats and fresh produce, etc. we have been able to reduce our meal costs to about $.75 cents a meal.  This is down from last years costs of $1.25.  The increase last year was due to the increased number of take outs and the cost of the take out containers.  We have served a total of 24,078 meals through July 14th since we began the program in September of 2008.  If we average the number of diners that we have had so far this year we will serve over 9500 meals this year alone.  We could hit 10,000 meals this year, because two of our largest meals (Jamboree and Christmas) usually have more than the average number of diners.  With our average number of diners we are experiencing an increase of 18 diners per week over 2011.  New Beginning is continuing to serve the community with their clothing give away each month.  Fresh Start has given away as many as 80 bags of toiletries recently.  Together we are making a Difference in the community in God’s name.  We can always use more volunteers.  You will be more blessed than the time that you give.  Our volunteers range in range from 90+ to toddlers.  There is something for everyone to do.  Come and join us and help to expand the Kingdom here on Earth.

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Psalm 119: 32  I run in the path of your commands, O Lord, for you have set my heart free.

I have finished editing my newest cookbook.  I will be selecting the cover, design, etc.  The only problem is that I don’t have a NAME for this new book.  It will contain 250 recipes that I have prepared for my family on Sunday dinners, church pot lucks and regular dinners.  The first book was “Family Favorites”, which is currently sold out.  This book has many of the recipes from Family Favorites, but many new recipes as well.  Let me know your creative titles.  If I choose your Title you will WIN a FREE cookbook when it is published.  Looking for some creative ideas.  Get Ready – Set – Go – Get Creative.

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