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Have you ever seen someone walk into a party that looked scared to death, unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screaming, “I wish I was anywhere but here!” Entering a room full of people that you do not know can be intimidating. I get that. Yet, your entrance is important in displaying overall confidence and portraying a strong image.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We will enjoy and appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food and drinks. We would also like a clean bathroom and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest.

Giving a party, of any type, requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost between $15-$30, but there are less expensive things you can find at the local discount store.

Attire: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture


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Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for your party, make it clear. Do not let your creative thoughts have you writing a description that requires an interpreter.  We do not want to force our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

Do you believe there is a creator behind this painting, or did it create itself? I believe if I polled 1,000 people, 100% would say, “Of course, there is a creator. That’s common sense.” Do you believe there is a Creator behind this picture? If I polled 1,000 people with the same question, stats show I would not receive 100% agreement that there was a Creator behind this picture.

People are returning to work, which means many of us will be navigating changes that would otherwise seem mundane. Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Below are 9 basic reminders when riding the lift. I have thrown in a few exceptions while we live in a COVID world. 

Throughout history we have seen God place people in power that made us say, “What is He thinking?” Yet God clearly reminds us in Isaiah that the way He thinks is far beyond what we can sometimes understand. In a child’s eyes, a parent giving her yucky medicine when she already feels poorly can seem cruel. “Why would Mommy make me take this?” The child lives in her “here and now” moment of life, yet the parent sees the big picture. The mother knows what is best for the child, even when the child does not understand. 

Our 4-part series on living as Christians in a political world was written in response to questions I have been receiving on knowing how to separate truth from lies, when to engage in our political system, and the most effective way to stay informed. In Part 1 we learned the biblical formula for seeking truth. In Part 2 we discussed the importance of knowing your foundation. In this post, Part 3, I will provide you with 7 practical tips I use to find truth in our news driven world. 

We are living in a time where many do not know who or what to believe. It seems our national 24-hour news media seeks ratings more than they seek truth (regardless of which way their bias leans). Many journalists receive bonuses based on how many clicks their story receives, and companies earn more advertising revenue if they can show a high click-through rate on articles. It has become too common to read endless bait-and-switch headlines.

“How do I know what is real? How do I know truth when I see it? I want to stay informed, but where do I turn when I feel every news source is somehow deceiving me?”


Giving you tips on hosting a Halloween party during COVID is sure easier than tackling subjects on news, politics, and finding truth. Yet these are the questions filling my inbox. 

Does this blog seem early? Did you know we only have 10 weeks before we move into December? It is time to start planning!
1. Decide how much you can spend. If you have a $500 budget and 10 people you need to give gifts, then you can only spend $50 a person.

Halloween in 2020 will be different than past years, but there are still ways to enjoy this festive start to the holiday season. This blog may seem early, but October 31st is only 7 weeks away! It is time to start planning. Below are my top 10 ideas for a jovial and happy start to your fall celebrations.

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Chicken Biscuits Taste Test



Happy Foodie Friday! This recipe comes courtesy of Penny and Eleazar Martinez.

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Each of our Taste Test Reviews comes with the original recipe and the tester's notes/changes listed with the ingredient list in blue. We hope you enjoy!


Chick-fil-a breakfast is my all time favorite meal, and now it has some competition! I've never fried chicken before, but this recipe made it simple for a beginner like myself. The mix of the spices and flour makes an excellent, flavorful crust for the chicken that is well-balanced with the honey butter glaze on the biscuit. This filling southern breakfast paired with seasonal fruit is definitely a must have at your next brunch.


Chicken Biscuits
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Makes 8 servings

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


Ingredients:

*1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers biscuits

*2 large chicken breasts

*1 cup flour

*1 teaspoon onion powder

*1/2 teaspoon red pepper

*1 teaspoon chili powder

*2 teaspoons paprika

*1 teaspoon celery salt

*2 teaspoons sugar

*1 egg

*1/4 cup milk

*1 cup vegetable oil

*3 tablespoons butter, melted

*2 tablespoons honey


Preparation:

*Preheat oven to 350°F.

*Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, then half again horizontally to create 8, thin, triangle-shaped pieces of chicken.

*In a small bowl, stir together the flour and spices. (Add a pinch of salt to the flour mix to bring out some of the other flavors.)

*In a second small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.

*Heat oil in a large skillet on top of a medium-hot stove.

*Open the Pillsbury Grands! and place them on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. (Follow Pillsbury instructions.)

*While your biscuits are baking, dip the chicken pieces into the egg and milk mixture, then into the spiced flour mixture.

*Fry in the hot oil. (To know when oil is hot, stick a wooden utensil in it to see if it bubbles or measure it to 350 degrees.)

*Whisk together the melted butter and honey.

*Remove the biscuits from the oven and use a basting brush to spread melted honey butter on top of the biscuits.

*Slice each biscuit in half, then place a piece of cooked chicken in the center.

*Serve with orange juice and enjoy!


Recipe and Taste Tester - Cecelia Zook

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