I apologize for this lengthy post, but I have some very exciting 4RE news to share as I'm heading to Nashville tomorrow! Yes, I will be attending the Blissdom '09 Conference this weekend! Are you going?
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, do you remember my Balcony Girls post last month, where we had an impacting lesson on “words” and where we made mouth-watering Oreo Truffles?
It's so easy
As promised, I said I’d share this SIMPLE recipe with you. It’s EASY for kids to make, in that they can use their own creativity by adding different flavors and decorations – to make their very own truffles! My daughter, Abby, just whipped up a batch this past weekend and had a ball decorating them herself. I think she has the recipe memorized now!
Remember it's not about perfection
I didn't stand over my daughter making sure these truffles turned out perfectly round, or that they were dipped exactly right. She had success in making them her own, and I will say it got a little messy!
What a delicious tasty treat to give away to teachers, grandparents or even neighbors!
18 oz. package of OREO Cookies
8 oz. package of Cream Cheese, softened
16 oz. Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted
(I doubled the recipe using ½ fat-free and ½ regular cream cheese. I also used dark chocolate, which I bought in the bulk section at Winco grocery store.)
Mix cream cheese and crushed (fine crumbs) Oreo cookies together
Roll dough into 1 inch balls, putting on wax or parchment paper
Refrigerate for 30 minutes
Dip balls, using toothpicks or a spoon, into melted chocolate (use double broiler or microwave on 50%)
Refrigerate another 30 minutes until chocolate hardens
Decorate and Devour! Or package them up and give them away! I think we’ll be sharing this tasty LOVE with others by passing some out ourselves!
I’m on my way to Nashville!
Yes, I'm on my way to Nashville for the Blissdom ’09 Conference. It all came together rather quickly, thanks to Melissa (Inspired Room), and Nester (The Nester), and Emily (Chatting at the Sky), who are letting this Oregon-small-town-blogging-gal share a room with them!
Yep, lots of excitement
We’re going to have so much fun (I wonder if I will sleep!) Thanks to these awesome girls – and my free air miles! And to Mrs.Fussypants, for putting on such an exceptional event!
And a gigantic thank you to Meredith (Like Merchant Ships) who is picking me up from my hotel on Thursday, and taking me to … (drum roll …) her home for dinner!
Can you believe I'm going to Meredith's house for dinner?
Meredith is hospitality, in my mind. She is the essence of it - she lives and breathes it. She is a great example and role model for all women. She is a friend that I have admired from afar, as we both share a love for hospitality. I'd say she is the "queen" of frugality, as she has inspired and helped so many women across the country by being so real with her thrifty ways!
It’s all about connection
All this to say, I am blessed. I am happy to be able to meet, greet, and share in the lives of many talented women for 3 whole days – to learn, grow, and connect. I'm looking forward to meeting some old friends like Rhoda and Shannon, and some new friends like Deanna, Jen and Kimba!
Ask Sandy … CWO
If you’re tired and burned out - you’re just “done” with trying to be a hospitable person - read my latest article Wake Up Your Heart: Get Over the Burnout. I think many women relate to hospitality burnout – and hopefully you will be encouraged to try again! You can discuss this post on my blog, here.
Crosswalk is an online inspirational site that brings insight and encouragement to people in all walks of life. Read my latest contributions, The Power of Empathy (on marriage), and Prickly Friends (on parenting), and a recent post to singles, Singles Can Offer Hospitality.
Blissfully Domestic definitely needs to be bookmarked, as it has something for everyone! It’s an online magazine devoted to real life – written by seasoned women, just like you and me. I’ve been asked to be a contributor for the Blissful Home channel, thanks to my friend Melissa. You can read my most recent post, Valentine Dish Swap!
Top 100 Christian Women's Blogs for 2008!
It was also brought to my attention that 4RE has been listed as one of the Top 100 Christian Women’s Blogs for 2008. I am truly humbled and surprised. I didn’t even know such awards existed, so thank you very much for the nominations! 4RE won under the Beautiful Cup Blog category!
I really appreciate the mission that was behind giving out these awards: This was not a contest. There were no prizes. We firmly believe that there is no competition in ministry and we are to support and encourage each other as the body of Christ.
If you can take the time, it would be so worth checking out the other 99 blogs!
I see it this way
The beauty that is portrayed from my blog comes from comments, questions, suggestions and your inspiration. That is what makes 4 Reluctant Entertainers! My blog would not exist without you.
So thank you, faithful readers! I’ll be back next week ... (and would you please drop me a comment if you will be in Nashville? I'd love to meet you!)