Friday, June 3, 2011

21 Days of Prayer Challenge

Several months ago I heard about a book called "Warrior Prayers" which is book on praying for your boys.  Being the mom of two little boys, this interested me alot.  I pray for my boys daily but this book goes a little deeper.  Recently, I saw the 21 days of prayer challenge on Facebook and started clicking away.  The author did a giveaway of her Ebook to those that signed up for the challenge at that time so I signed up!  Don't worry, you can still purchase the book by just going HERE - you'll find a link on the left side of the blog to purchase the book or the Ebook. 

Here the basics for participation in this challenge from the Warrior Prayers blog:
Here’s how to participate:
  1. Purchase your own copy of Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most (just $5.97)
  2. I recommend getting your copy of the eBook bound or placing it in a 3-ring binder (or buying it for Kindle!) so that you can easily flip from page to page and leave your book open all day to the topics you’re currently praying. To help you go deeper, study questions accompany each of the main chapters.
  3. Commit to praying for your sons ten times a day for 21 days straight. (Note: this IS a commitment. If you feel led to participate, pray and ask the Lord to give you the strength, courage and endurance needed for the length of the challenge).

This challenge begins on June 8th - next Wednesday and I've signed up to be a leader through my blog so you can join me too!  I have both the Ebook and the Leader's guide and will be posting based on that information.  I plan on printing both this weekend and will let you know on Wednesday when to expect to see posts (I'm leaning towards I'll be doing a post each day on this topic but want to read through the info first :-)) I look forward to sharing this info with you and hearing about your stories too. 

Are you going to join me?  If so, leave a comment and let me know!  I'm going to try to have a Linky set up for the posts starting next week but, if that doesn't work, we'll do it all through the comments instead :-) 

Use this weekend to get your book and prepare to make an impact on your boys :-)

Bacon Crescent Wraps

It is Show Us Your Life Friday over at Kellys Korner - and this week is Appetizers!  Amazingly, as much as we love appetizers, I don't have any of our favorites posted on my recipe page as of yet!  There are a few items such as the Frozen Hot Chocolate which is so fantastic in the summer.  It is quick and easy and I think counts as an appetizer :-)  Another favorite of many people that you can check out is Rotel Dip.  This link will take you to a post I did about the appetizers we had on New Years Eve so there are several others listed there as well!!  You can also "morph" my Baked Teriyaki Chicken recipe into an appetizer by using chicken wings instead of thighs.  We do that often and they are just so good!!

I also wanted to share another of our favorites - Bacon Crescent Wraps.  This is an old Pampered Chef recipe that I've been making for at least 15 years.  We have it at almost every party we host and often I'll make them to have on a Saturday night for something fun.  I don't have an actual picture but this stock photo gives a pretty close idea of what they look like.
1 3 oz package of cream cheese, softened  (or just just 1/2 a block - 4 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup real bacon pieces
1 8 ounce package crescent rolls
2 tablespoons chopped onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine cream cheese, bacon, onion and pepper.  Separate crescent rolls into 2 rectangles.  Pinch seams together.  Spread cheese mixture on each rectangle.  Roll up, starting at the longest side and seal. Cut each roll into 16 slices.  Place on baking sheet with cut side down.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

For parties - I always double this recipe, sometimes I triple it - they go fast. 
I usually buy bacon pieces in the jar (for salads).  This saves time and mess from having to cook bacon.

Another family favorite is Warm and Creamy Bacon Dip:

1 16 oz container of Sour Cream
1 - 3 oz jar Hormel Bacon Bits (the real bacon - not the hard crunchy bits)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped green onions

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In bowl, combine all ingredients.  Place in a 1-quart baking dish.  Cover.  Heat 25-30 minutes or until hot.  Serve with assorted fresh vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips.  Makes about 3 cups.