Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #153!
Today I have a treat for you (in more ways than one…).
My friend Sue, from WelcomeHeart recently finished a series called “Every Table Tells a Story“, which was a series of guest posts where bloggers shared their own “hospitality stories.” I was honored to be included in that line-up, so today she’s returning the blessing by sharing her brand new summer Bible study…AND her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (yes, everything good that chocolate stands for!)… Hope you enjoy both 🙂
Please read through Sue’s post and enter to win a copy of her study!
June just ended and now you’re thinking:
“How did that happen? Summer is almost over and I never began a Summer Fun Bible Study!”
Who said Bible Study couldn’t be *fun? God created fun, after all. Which reminds me of when our eldest child went through 6th-grade facts of life course at the public school. At recess, her friends were discussing what they had just heard, and Bonnie piped up: “Well, God created sex so I don’t think we need to worry about it.” (#whew #homeeducatingwhiledoingpubliceducation)
Back to summer fun.
Hospitality, 101: Lessons From the Ultimate Host is a great way to spend the rest of your summer. Yes, it’s a 12-week course, but the chapters are short and do-able and you can double up if you like. And it includes recipes. Who doesn’t like a good recipe? And they are easy recipes because who doesn’t like a good easy recipe?
Each chapter is divided into three (fun) parts:
- God’s Hospitality on a Platter: studying God’s welcome to us
- RSVP: Accepting God’s Hospitality: evaluating our response to His welcome
- Passing the Platter: practicing a little simple hospitality each week, including simple recipe
Chapter titles include:
“God’s Welcome: The Open-Arms Inn”
“God’s Invitation: It’s All About the People”
“God’s Provision: What’s in the Pantry?”
“God’s Open Heart: Developing a Hospitality Worldview”
You might want to do this on your own and take your time. Or invite a neighbor or two and introduce them to the welcoming heart of God. Right now my dear friend Erin and I are working our way through it and having a blast (see *fun above.)
I wrote this studybecause my mentor, Laurie told me I had to and I usually do what she says. But I had never sat “under it” myself until now and it’s a great study for both old and new believers as well as “seekers” seeking more to life than a good meal.
Did I mention recipes? Here’s one of our family favs that gets raves: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies.
I know. Get a napkin. For the drooling.
A party and a dog and a Bible Study.
One winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email.
Contest closes midnight on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Now, on to our features…
Looking at these, I’m thinkin’ I had strawberries on my mind this week…
Looking for a treat to beat the heat? We love anything with cold, but with allergies in our home, finding dairy-free desserts isn’t easy. So a long time ago I began freezing fruit and experimenting. You literally can make any “ice cream” out of frozen bananas, even dairy-free strawberry ice cream!
You literally can make any “ice cream” out of frozen bananas, even dairy-free strawberry ice cream!
Making multi-colored cupcakes is such an easy way to add some more fun to your parties and celebrations! You can color a simple cupcake mix to match any theme or holiday – I will show you how!
Here are some red, white and blue cupcakes we made for Memorial Day that are equally good for the 4th of July!
This Mocha Morning Breakfast Yogurt Parfait is loaded with chocolate whey protein, Greek yogurt, honey, cinnamon, crunchy granola, fresh fruit and a jolt of caffeine to start your day off right!
It’s time to wake up with an incredibly delicious Protein Parfait that will knock your socks off! Make it the night ahead for a quick breakfast, or take the yogurt and a bag of granola to work, for a fantastic afternoon “pick me up”.
And now let’s party…
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