A Time For….

…..desserts!!!!  Oh my word….I love this time of year.  Spiced cider….roasting marshmallows….pumpkin this and that……just trying new recipes!!!  Which leads me to this next series of pictures!  When we had our Cajun night I just didn’t know what kind of dessert to offer…..I needed something easy…..but yummy!  And…..I’m really not into the whole bread pudding thing…. which is kind of a southern dessert…. that would have gone well with our Cajun evening…..so my friend Cindy to the rescue!!  She suggests a yummy ‘sopapilla’?!?!?!?!!  ok….well…..I guess we could also go with the Mexican theme!!!!  I thought …..what the heck……it met both my criteria….easy and yummy….and the cinnamon will make it a fall dish!  So…technically….you could call this anything you want!  Not knowing how much to make and who would want dessert….we choose to make two pans!!!  Needless to say…..it was devoured with no leftovers to spare….I didn’t even get to try a piece!  But….since then I have been asked to share the recipe on my blog!  So….while I had my hunters here I made them the dessert and took the pics along the way!!!!  And…..I finally got to try a piece….and……..yes……yummy!!!!!!  As a matter of fact….one of the guys from Texas took it upon himself to have 4……yes…..four….pieces….in one evening!!!!  We had a lot of laughs on that one!!!!  So follow the pics and you can have some too!!!

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Cast of characters….

2 cans (8oz. each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

2 packages (8 0z. each) cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees

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October 2014 004In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Beat in vanilla.  Spread over dough in baking dish.  CAUTION…….DO NOT LICK BEATERS!!!!…..or you will become addicted and need to consume prior to spreading on dough…..hee hee!!!  Licking the beaters and scraping the bowl is always my favorite part!!!!!

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Unroll second can of dough.  Carefully place on top of cream cheese layer.  Pinch seams together.

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Pour melted butter evenly over top.  Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over the butter.

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Bake about 30 minutes or until center is set.  Cool slightly, about 20 minutes.  Refrigerate for easy cutting.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

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Now….you could top these amazing creations with honey, caramel, chocolate……whatever your hearts desire.  We choose to eat them plain and savor every bite!!!!  You need to store these in the refrigerator, but are best served warm.  Heat bars in microwave uncovered 5 to 10 seconds to rewarm.

Be warned…..I have another dessert that I will post soon!!!!

Be Glad In It!!!!


The Flint Hills Bayou…..

…..well…..maybe not…but we do have a small pond next to The Lodge…..so with our Cajun music playing….we just tried to pretend we were in the Bayou!  And….I think fun was had by all!

Since my hubby likes shrimp and crawfish…he had the idea of putting on a ‘boil’ for anyone interested.  I wasn’t too sure about the whole thing…but I thought…what the heck….nothing ventured nothing gained….or think outside the box….maybe….just do something a little different!!!!  So…we did…not really knowing what we were doing in terms of serving a big group….but…..I think it was a huge success!!!  (I’m not a big fan of the crawfish stuff….so I can’t really comment….other than at the end of the evening when it was my turn to eat….I found I had lost my patience and didn’t want to sit there and work at eating my food….peeling shells, legs and what not off my food!!! )  But….hey….it doesn’t really matter what I think on this situation…what matters is my guests….so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking!!!!


After everyone arrived….we welcomed them and proceeded the food ‘distribution.’  It was a relaxed and casual evening….so they all helped themselves to the salad and the oh so amazing cheesy biscuits (again….no picture….they were devoured before I could even snap a picture)….and then we dumped out a pile of shrimp, crawfish, potatoes and corn for everyone!

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I can’t thank my amazing help enough……so blessed to have a two wonderful daughters and friends that are there to make the evening go smoothly!!!  At the end of the evening I thoroughly LOVE to hear the wonderful comments of how much fun everyone had.  This is still a new venture….so we are continually working to make it perfect for everyone….so we welcome any and all comments/suggestions!!!!

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We have made some amazing new friends…….and so thankful they are willing to travel from….Kingmon, Wichita, Dwight, Emporia, Newton, Kansas City and even Texas!!!  We look forward to each time we get to see them…and we would love to have you too!!!

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I think the best part of the evening was listening to the laughter and seeing everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves.  We even broke out a bag of marshmallows for roasting….what else can a person ask for on a cool fall evening…..food, friends, fire & fun!!!!!!……we even have the fun memories of one of the gals keeping her feet a little too close to the fire…..not knowing her shoe was smoking until she was informed by her friends!!!!  Good times……no…..great times!!!!!  I think the next picture pretty much sums up the whole evening!!!!

Thank you everyone……can’t wait to see you again!!!!

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Be Glad In It!!!

Love Life…..

….you are Bold, Confident & Courageous!!!!  It has been over a week now since I have come home from the Joyce Meyer ‘Love Life’ conference in St. Louis….going through my 24 pages of notes….I wanted to share some of the highlights!    So…..if you are just wanting to see pictures of my life or read about our latest event at The Lodge…..this blog isn’t for you!  But, I encourage you to keep reading…..I have been blessed by the number of people who have reached out to me about how my blog has helped them in their walk….and I hope my writings continue to reach others.  I am not a writer….I may not say things properly or politically correct….I am just wanting to share with others the joy I have found in developing a personal relationship with The Lord.  We are on this earth for such a short time…..and we need to leave a legacy to our children on how we are supposed to treat and love people.  So…..here it goes……



Several months ago a close friend of mine….who knew the depths of despair that I was in….asked if I would like to go to this conference.   I jumped at the chance because I was needing a renewal of my heart and mind!  I have a testimony….you have a testimony….we all have a testimony.  We all have things that have happened in our lives…that make us ask ‘why’? Life changing moments…..good or bad….but they have enough power to make you and your world change.  Sometimes these moments are gradual and happen over time….sometimes they can happen over night.  It doesn’t matter….but they are moments that build your testimony and faith.  As believers in Jesus Christ, we are never alone, and we always have the power of God and the authority of the name of Jesus on our side. And His power and authority are greater than anything else that exists!



The question is: Do you believe it? Think about it. If you really believed Jesus is always with you and He’s on your side, would you act differently? Your answer will reveal whether God is in control of your life…..or fear is controlling you.  Life on this Earth isn’t easy. We all go through hard times, experience disappointments, get hurt by people who mistreat us or let us down, face physical sickness, worry about how our needs will be met… And all of these circumstances open the door to fear in our lives: fear of being hurt, fear of death, fear of lack, fear of failure…etc.  I have had to overcome a great deal of fear in my life recently….but God helped me through it…and now I am stronger!!!  Some people will do things and say things about you….for all kinds of reasons…..reasons you would never even think of….reasons you may not even want to know about.  When I confronted someone who had a problem with me and was part of creating issues in my life….you want to know one of the reasons they gave?!?!?!…..I didn’t give their kids graduation gifts!!!!!!  I know that sounds absurd….but we are all sinners and fall short….we look for reasons and excuses to not love one another as Christ wants us to love.  We hold grudges…we judge…the enemy uses our mind to blow things out of proportion and to assume.  But….I recently heard someone say no one has the right to be mad at you unless they tell you why they are mad!!!  So…..I guess I got my answer……and my life has completely changed since.  No…..I don’t give more gifts….lol!…..but, I have completely turned my life over to God.  I know that if people on this earth (including you and me)….can be so selfish to require worldly things to be happy……we will never be happy!  So….yea….maybe if I would have done things differently….bought and gave more gifts….let people get away with what they want….not hold people accountable….let people believe what they hear on the street…..maybe my life wouldn’t have changed!?!?!? But….I’m so glad it did….because I am becoming a Warrior of God’s Word!!!!!  We have to let God take care of our reputation…..we have to let go of what other people say.   As Ed Young said last weekend…”God has placed people (crazy and all) in our lives to help us get where God wants us!”  So…..because of things that have happened in my life…..I am no longer fearful…because I know that the things we go through in life will only make us stronger!!!  Good things…and bad….work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Lisa Bevere gave a passionate session on making us Warriors of God’s Word—and that’s what we’re created to be!  But we don’t automatically attain warrior status as believers in Christ. We have hero potential as Christians, but we have a choice to make: Are we going to live as prisoners of our feelings or be heroes for the cause of Christ? Are we going to be warriors or prisoners of war? The enemy of our souls knows who we are before we know….he strategically targets people….so you have to use God’s word as your sword!!!  Trust me…I know….but you can’t listen to what other people say about you!  We have to know our own identity…..and God is using your trial to be an overcomer!  Have your mind set that there will be happiness…even if you don’t get what you want…when you want it….you receive through believing!    You and God cannot control the choices people make….don’t let your joy be dictated by others…….something I have to remind myself daily!  Your reputation in heaven is more important than the one on earth…..so don’t worry about what others will say or think…..just keeping going and continue to do what is right!  We cannot let the devil take away our believing…..live out of your heart…..NOT out of your head!!!!  Another great quote from the weekend…”if someone doesn’t treat me right it’s between them and God…..I shouldn’t let it hurt me.”  Pretty good stuff….huh?!?!?!


I could go on and on about how wonderful this women’s conference was. If you ever have the chance…..go! I plan on putting it on my calendar and trying to go every year! They already have the guest speakers and bands planned out for at least the next two years! Being in an arena with thousands of women singing worship songs, praising God….was very emotional!! So many people think that going to church once a week is good enough. There are so many unbelievers in church….they sit in the pews…listen to the message….but still have a hard heart! We are all sinners…..but it has to be a daily decision to love life…love others…and live for God!  Stop living for yourself and others!!!  Another new book I picked up at the conference is ‘The Approval Fix….How to Break Free From People Pleasing’…..by Joyce Meyer.  You have to surround yourself with positive books, positive people, positive music…..positive thoughts.  The enemy knows how to get to you…..you have to make it a daily commitment to fight the battle against him!  Some people may not like the new you…it will be hard for you and others around you….but you can do it!!!!!


Please take the time to listen to this link…Genesis Men’s Home Choir.  This was a tear jerker as these men sang I Am Redeemed.  If these men can overcome because of Christ…..so can you!


Be Glad In It!!!!

An Evening To…..

…remember!!! It was…..amazing!!! Our first steak night at The Lodge!!! Food and friends….what else do you need??? Even though my husband and I have organized steak nights before….this was our first time trying it in a different location!! Because there is a ‘perfection bully’ that follows me around in my head….I had a hard time letting go of the fact that everything wasn’t as perfect as I wanted….but I think everyone had a great time!!

About three days prior to the event we received 1 1/2 inches of rain……and we had not brought the rock in around the building yet!!! So….my husband brought in his big toy and dumped buckets of rock….leaving a few ruts….but it looked beautiful! We still have more big rocks to add…..but it was a huge improvement. Thank you honey!!!!!! My body didn’t thank me…..raking rock is a great calorie burner….so I was able to eat more chocolate to give me the needed energy to keep going. Then we built 6 tables for our guests…..I’m so blessed to be married to such a talented man!!!! (And don’t you other men reading this roll your eyes….I know you could probably do it too…..I’m just trying to make him feel good!!!!!)


Then…..the trip for the food!!!! I always love seeing the big pile of steaks. However….Troy isn’t so fond of the big pile!!! He hand cuts and trims every steak!!!! I would have to say it took over two hours to go through the pile….but we spent quality time together in the kitchen. He cut while I made desserts and worked on final touches.


I saved the best part…..the rolling of the green bundles….for my dear friend Cindy….she came the morning of the event to hand wrap….with love….each bundle!!!! She’s the best!!!! Nuts…..I was so busy that day I didn’t get any picture of her wrapping…..sorry Cindy….maybe next time…..if there is a next time?!?!? I have wrapped so many green beans that I have NO desire to eat one ….even though everyone raves about them. I wonder if I worked in a candy factory if I would loose the desire to eat candy?!?!? Hmmmmm!! Anyway……even though it was a humid kind of day….I was very thankful because earlier in the week they were calling for 80% chance thunderstorms!!!! No rain….until later!!!


Our first group arrived around 5:00…..and I was still frantic….finishing all the little stuff that piles up at the end….and my guests got to see the real me…..no make up….sweaty….yet still smiling (don’t ask my husband, daughters or Cindy…they may have a different version of my smile)!!!!!!! Once everyone was settled….I escaped for a minor touch up and then the evening was amazing!!!!!



During my brief escape….everyone was diligently working!!! Thanks to my trusted kitchen help Phoebe….one amazing lady…..could not do this event without her!!! And the guys….aren’t they cute working?!?!?




As we were about ready to start our second group….the skies darkened….the lightening and wind came in….but to my amazement…..everyone chipped in and started moving furniture around to get all the tables moved into the lodge!! It was absolutely wonderful how everyone helped….like one big happy family !!!!! I even stood back just watching….because all my guests had everything under control…..thank you!!!! So the outdoors was moved in and we continued our wonderful evening!!



It was great seeing our new friends that came……the Flint Hills are amazing and I felt blessed to be able to share the view with others!!!! I give thanks to my friends and family that helped pull this off…..I thank all those that made reservations with us….and I thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us!!! What a wonderful evening ….what a wonderful life!!!!

And with all this being said….I failed to get a picture of the wonderful meal….I think I need to hire a professional photographer to help me take pictures since I’m too busy!!! But…..we were able to have leftovers in the morning…so I did remember to get a quick picture….it will have to do!!!!


Our next event will be our Cajun Night, October 11 and then another Steak Night,October 18. Let us know if you would like to join us!!!

“When we consider the blessings of God-the gifts that add beauty and joy to our lives, that enable us to keep going through stretches of boredom and even suffering-friendship is very near the top.” -Donald W. McMullough

Thank you…..everyone!!!!
Be Glad In It!!