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Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Will Be Like Him!

The Hope of Easter Is That We Will Be Like Him

by Randy Alcorn 

Contemplating The Cross This Easter
"As Jesus was raised to come back to live on Earth,
so we will be raised to come back to live on Earth."
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
Oh, what we miss out on when we rush past the cross of Christ.  Oh the richness and reward when we stop to linger before it, when we take the time to “consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself” (Heb. 12:3). In a culture where crosses have become commonplace as architecture and jewelry, how we need to truly gaze upon the cross of Christ in all of its ugliness and beauty, in its death and in its healing, in the painful price paid  there, and in its free gift of grace. Jesus, keep us near the cross.  
— Nancy Guthrie, from Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
We Shall Be Like Him  
We have an example in Scripture of what a resurrection body is like. We’re told a great deal about Christ’s resurrected body, and we’re told that our bodies will be like his. The empty tomb is the ultimate proof that Christ’s resurrection body was the same body that died on the cross. If resurrection meant the creation of a new body, Christ’s original body would have remained in the tomb.
When Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, “It is I myself,” he was emphasizing to them that he was the same person—in spirit and body—who had gone to the cross (Luke 24:39). His disciples saw the marks of his crucifixion, unmistakable evidence that this was the same body.
Jesus walked the earth in his resurrection body for 40 days, showing us how we would live as resurrected human beings. In effect, he also demonstrated where we would live as resurrected human beings—on Earth. Christ’s resurrection body was suited for life on Earth, not primarily life in the intermediate Heaven. As Jesus was raised to come back to live on Earth, so we will be raised to come back to live on Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:14; Revelation 21:1-3).
Eternal Promises
The two told what had happened ... and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them. ... He said to them, “Why are you troubled ... ? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself!” Luke 24:35-36, 38-39
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:26-27 —Excerpted from Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn
Rejoice, O Christian - He Is Risen
"Come, see the place where the Lord lay," with joy and gladness. He does not lie there now. Weep, when ye see the tomb of Christ, but rejoice because it is empty. Thy sin slew him, but his divinity raised him up. Thy guilt hath murdered him, but his righteousness hath restored him. Oh! He hath burst the bonds of death, he hath ...come out more than conqueror, crushing death beneath his feet. Rejoice, O Christian, for he is not there—he is risen. — Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. — Martin Luther

Randy Alcorn
Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspective Ministries
He is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn for 13 years co-pastored Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. Randy is a best-selling author of over 30 books including HeavenThe Treasure Principle, and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

What a WONDERFUL way to end a scrumptious Dinner!  This is what I'm serving after our Ham and AuGratin potato Dinner on Easter - tomorrow!!

slightly adapted from the Novice Chef 


For the Cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar, scant
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups cherry Coke (NOT diet)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 can cherry pie filling

For the Whipped Cream Topping

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
maraschino cherries (for decoration, optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.  

In the bowl of a large standard electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Mix in the eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. In a separate small bowl, combine the buttermilk, cherry Coke, and vanilla extract.  Make to sure to let the foam settle out after you mix everything together!

Add the flour mixture and the Coke mixture alternately to the butter mixture, beginning with the Coke mixture in four parts.  Beat each addition until just incorporated; take care not to overmix! 

Fill each cupcake well about 1/3 full.  Add a small spoonful of cherry pie filling to each cupcake (I used about two cherries and a little bit of the liquid filling). Add the remaining cupcake batter to each cupcake well, making sure to cover all of the cherry pie filling.  

Bake the cupcakes for about 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow the cupcakes to cool slightly in the pan, then transfer to wire racks to allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

To prepare the whipped cream topping, add the heavy cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla to a well chilled bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until the heavy cream has become light and fluffy.  Top off the cooled cupcakes with a dallop of whipped cream or pipe on with a piping bag. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, or leftover cherries from the pie filling.

Other Recipes that I plan to make for Easter are:

Au Gratin Potatoes

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter
look for my Easter Blessing Post tomorrow morning.

Au Gratin Potatoes

I plan to make AuGratin Potatoes (from scratch)...and veggies or a salad and dessert, in addition to my Baked Ham and Glaze in My CrockPot Recipe I shared here.  These potatoes turn out so yummy...a great addition to any meal.

AuGratin Potatoes
1-1 1/2# Red Potatoes, thinly sliced
Onion, finely chopped
8T Butter, cut into cubes
2c Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1c Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2c Milk

Butter a small casserole dish.  Layer thinly sliced potatoes, chopped onions, butter cubes, salt, pepper, Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Repeat for a total 3-4 layers.  Pour the milk over everything.  Bake at 350° for at least an hour or until potatoes are tender.  Serves 4 

A Couple of other Recipes I'll be preparing for Easter Dinner...

Have a Blessed Easter!

Ham In My Crock Pot

I will be making a Ham in my Crock-Pot tomorrow...using one of these two Recipes:

The first Recipe is My Own Tried and True Ham Glaze and Baked Ham Recipe...just being used in my CrockPot rather than the oven.  If I need to change anything as I experiment with this recipe in my Crock-Pot, I will post the changes here.

Jan's Ham In the Crock-Pot

6# Smoked Semi-Boneless Ham
3.5# Smoked Boneless Ham (which I chose today)

Juice from the Crushed Pineapple used in the Glaze, below
Dole Pineapple Juice (bottled or canned)

Score the Ham, making criss-cross cuts about 1" apart and about 1/4" deep.  

Pour the juice from the crushed pineapple (that you've drained for the glaze) into a measuring cup and add enough Dole Pineapple Juice from a can or bottle to measure 2 cups.  Pour the juice in the crockpot.  Put the scored ham, flat side down, in the crock-pot on high for 1/2 to 1 hour.  

***Do Not Over-Cook...this is a SMOKED ham...it just really only requires to be heated through to the temperature suggested on the packaging***

Open the crock-pot and spoon half of the Glaze) over the ham.  Reduce the temperature of the crock-pot to low and cook for an additional 1-2 hours or until heated through to the desired temperature.

If the ham has no luster to it - or in other words, isn't as browned as I would like, I'll be putting it on a foil-lined baking sheet and browning it for a couple of minutes under the broiler - watching it VERY CAREFULLY, so it doesn't burn.

When ham is ready, reheat the other half of the glaze, heat over medium heat in a saucepan, boil 2 minutes.  Serve over the sliced ham.

1...My Favorite Glaze

2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
1-1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cloves
16oz can Dole Crushed Pineapple in Juice, drained (save juice)
7-Up Cherry Soda 4-8oz

Mix the brown sugar, cloves and drained Pineapple in a saucepan.  Add enough Cherry Soda to the pan to make the glaze like a thick syrup.  (You can always add more Cherry Soda)  But...Remember, as you cook the ham in the crockpot, the glaze will thin.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 2 minutes.  Divide the glaze into 2 separate bowls or cups. 

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Glazes you can Substitute for the one above...


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Honey Dijon Mustard
8oz  Peach Jam or Preserves

Mix together...and add 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch, whicked in.

Baste the ham every hour as it cooks.

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2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2-4 Tablespoons water

Mix together.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat and baste ham...as it cooks.

2 Additional Recipes will be posted shortly...that we'll be enjoying on Easter!

Have a Blessed Easter!

Just a Little Something...

This week has been a whirlwind - getting things checked off my TO DO LIST!  I knew I had alot of things that needed my attention...and it seems that with every item I checked off, I added two more!  I think most of us have been there before.

Seriously, though...after my BioMat Treatment and Massage with Heidi, I didn't feel very good for two days.  I lacked energy, was achy and just felt icky.  I know that was the toxins coming out of me, from both the treatment and the massage - Heidi found lots of things going on, especially around my neck, shoulders and up into my ear and face - all on the Bell's Palsy side.  On May 28, 2012, I was sticken with Bell's Palsy, which paralyzes the 7th Cranial Nerve, in turn paralyzing muscles in the face.  You can read all about my Journey with Bell's Palsy here.

As soon as I got home after the massage, I began drinking lots of water and in general, took it easy.  I took a nap with my 3 little Pups and even took an Epsom Salt bath to help rid my body of the toxins released...and all in all, yesterday I was feeling pretty good.

In visiting several Blogs, I see that most of you are ready for a Huge Easter Weekend.  The tablescapes are phenomenal...the Easter decorations are beautiful and the Menus sound scrumptious.  Enjoy your day and rejoice in the special message of our Risen Saviour!!

Hubby and I will be enjoying a quiet day with our Pups,
once we return home from Church.

Here's my Favorite little Easter "Funny"

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Have a Blessed Easter and please return tomorrow, as I will be sharing an Easter Message.