Saturday, May 06, 2006

Happy Mommy's Recipe Collection

It has been pointed out to me that sometimes my Empty Nest blog is too informative, too open, too public, too offensive, too revealing, or just plain "not appropriate." I'm guessing it would be OK if I typed out cookie recipes.

Therefore, I am repenting and will try to be nicer. I will try to follow the words of my late father, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I suppose that could mean a lot fewer posts, huh? :-/

In case I never post again (just kidding), here is a recipe. Good if you need desert for a crowd.

Chocolate Peanut Bars

Combine in large saucepan:
1 ½ cups light corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Bring to boil over medium heat, boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add
1 cup peanut butter
and mix well. Then stir in and mix well:
7 cups cornflakes
2 cups salted peanuts
Press into heavily greased jelly roll pan (oversized 12in.x17in. works well) with slightly wet hands. For topping, melt together in microwave:
2 cups chocolate chips
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons shortening
Spread over bars with back of spoon.
Refrigerate until topping is set then cut into bars. Makes 4 dozen or more.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Prayer Request

Although this photo looks relaxed, at the moment Andrew and Laura are moving into stress mode trying to sort out visas, sell belongings, and pack to leave Ethiopia next Thursday night. Please pray for them. I remember preparing for a couple intercontinental moves during my first year of marriage and I wasn't sure there was still going to be a marriage at certain times during that process! May God grant them grace and mercy.

Monday, May 01, 2006


Rachel continues to collect things for having her own place to live. She's buying some, begging some, and making do with stuff from the missionary barrel some. She seems to be having way too much fun doing this and when I tease her about "playing house," she replies that she's not playing.

I know one day she hopes to have a real house complete with husband and kids, but for now, this will do.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Value Added Miracles

The first miracle God did was making something out of nothing--ex nihilo--voila! his beautiful creation.

Since then, He seems to specialize in taking something small, and turning it into something better:

dust -----> Adam
Adam's rib -----> Eve
small flask of oil -----> many jars of oil sold for food
20 loaves -----> enough for 100 prophets
5 loaves, 2 fish -----> feeding the 5000
water -----> wine
mud -----> healing the blind
mustard-seed faith -----> mountain-moving ability