Saturday, August 30, 2008

Fruit Salsa

You guys are going to love this one. I made it this morning/afternoon - who really knows what time it was. I was still in my PJ's, but of course I didn't take my shower until 5:00 and then I just put fresh PJ's on. But you don't want to know about that. (I did get my apartment cleaned an my living room rearranged.)

Here is the cast: mangoes, fresh pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, lemon juice and sugar. I made this at my parents' a few weekends ago and their store didn't have mangoes, so we substituted peaches. It was still really yummy.

Chop it all up and mix it together.

So what do you eat it with? Take a stack of fajita tortillas and cut them in six.

Heat some oil on the stove and mix up some cinnamon and sugar. (Please ignore the pile of stuff on my counter top. I was going to work on that after I was done cooking, but it's still there. I guess I worked on the more important stuff...once again...I better get back on target.)

Fry up those tortillas and then cover them with the cinnamon and sugar.

Here they are! Ready to dive into that fruit salsa!

Here is the recipe. It makes a really big batch, so I just made a half batch today.

Fruit Salsa
3 mangoes
1 pint strawberries
1 fresh pineapple
2 10 oz. cans mandarin oranges
8 kiwi
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 T. sugar

Mix and serve.

Amazing Chocolate Cake!

You guys are going to love this recipe! I was watching the Food Network one weekend at my parents' and saw Tyler Florence make this. I had to try it. Well, here it is! You can find the recipe here, so I don't have to type it all out. Yes, I'm lazy. I made this for Judy's Birthday a few weeks ago. Yum!

Dad's Installation Service

August 17 was my Dad's installation service at his new church, First Baptist Church, Pana, IL. I was able to go and meet their people and see their new home. It was wonderful to see my parents again and much more of my family as well. Here are some pictures.

Aren't my mom and I cute?

This is my Uncle Danny and his wife, Sue.

Ethan said he was wearing his "King clothes."

These kids love their Grandma and Papa!

The kids wanted me to read them stories before they left to go home. I was to oblige. Yes, I'm still in my PJ's here and my hair is a mess.

Sweet slumber.

This is my parents with my Pastor Ted and Pat Phillips (my Dad's pastor). He was able to come and preach at the installation service. It was very special

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another Camp Update

Okay, so here is the much awaited update. Sorry it didn't come sooner, but the internet connection this weekend wasn't very good. But hey, it's still the weekend...and I digress.

This week is the end of the summer for our full-time summer staff. They have worked so hard and we will miss them so much!!! I have loved working with Keri and Melissa and will miss having their companionship in the office. They have done a wonderful job of making me look good.

I have learned much this summer. I'm not going to spill my guts for all the world to read, but I do want to say that God is good. It is amazing that He chooses to use me in this ministry. There have many that have trusted Christ this summer; many have given their lives to serve as missionaries; many have committed to read their Bibles and apply it to their lives; many have confessed sin. The list could go on and on. Even though I may not be the one counseling these in their decisions, it is wonderful to know that the work I do makes a difference in lives. People are changed because of what God does through IRBC.

On a lighter note, here are some pictures of the second half of the summer. Enjoy!

They just love to organize! I have to make a list of all the stuff I don't want to do before they leave me. (You think I'm kidding?)

Not sure what Anna was thinking when she did this to her hair that morning. Okay, so it was for Jr. Girls.
James wanted to see if his mouth was bigger than mine, so we took a picture to find out. Yep, an eight year old has a bigger mouth. I know what some of you are thinking about me and a big mouth, but I just want to say that if you can't be nice then keep it to yourself.
Some of the Dining Hall girls wore tie die one day. They came to help us fold new shirts for the gift store. Aren't they cute?

We'll call the next few pictures, "Fun with Lost and Found." We put out the lost and found at the end of the week, but we take a few fun pictures in the process.

This was a test run of "Don't Get Out of Your Chair Day. " It only lasted for one customer (don't worry, it was a staff member). What can we say, it was a late night.Aren't they cute in their camoflauge raincoats? It was pouring rain and they had to bring in several tubs of mail. Hence the raincoats that belong to Pastor Dave and Aaron.
I know...this is disgusting. Katelyn did the "Chubby Bunny" thing with bubble gum. She actually got 40 pieces of that gross stuff in her mouth!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Okay, it's been awhile since I have posted anything fun. So I promise to post this weekend with pictures and everything. How is that for a teaser?