Daily Archives: July 15, 2012

Pineapple Delight

I remember the first time I had this dessert. I LOVED it then & I LOVE it even more today.  Its cool, refreshing and not overly sweet. Just perfect for a hot summer’s day. It’s even better the next day;  if by chance there are any leftovers. Truly a family favorite here in the Porter House.

Ingredients

2 cups of grahams crackers, crushed

6 tablespoons of sugar

6 tablespoons of butter, melted

1 – 8 oz of cream cheese, soften

1 – 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1  – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained

1 – 8 oz container of cool whip

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom of 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake for 10 min.

In a large bowl, beat soften cream cheese and sweetened condense milk until smooth. Next mix in the drained crushed pineapple. Now fold in the cool whip. Spoon pineapple mixture over graham cracker crust once it has completely cooled. Garnish mixture with a few graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top. Refrigerate overnight. Serve the next day and enjoy!

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Porter House Sweet Tea

This is truly a Porter House Original and is made at every family get together.

Ingredients

1 Gallon Pitcher

2 Family Size Tea Bags

2 cups of Sugar

1 pack of Lemonade Kool-Aid

1 cup of Minute Maid Peach Juice

Sliced Lemons for garnish (optional)

Mint for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Fill gallon pitcher with water and place in tea bags. Put pitcher in refrigerator overnight to let the tea brew. Next day remove tea bags and add lemonade kool-aid, peach juice and sugar. Stir until well combined. Pour yourself a glass and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint (optional). Don’t forget the ice & ENJOY!

Italian Potatoes

Ingredients

8 red potatoes, cut into quarter chunks

1 package of Italian Dressing & Salad Mix

1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1/4 cup of butter

chopped parsley, garnish (optional)

Instructions

Wash and scrub potatoes clean; cut them into quarter chunks. Place into pot with water and bring to a boil until fork tender. This should take about 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove over low heat for about 1-2 minutes. This allows all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off stove and add butter, garlic,Parmesan cheese and Italian dressing mix. Carefully toss potatoes until well coated and throw a few pats of butter over the top. Garnish with some chopped parsley for color (optional).

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Ingredients

4 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast

1/2 Cup of Mayo

1/4 cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese

4 Tablespoons of Italian Bread Crumbs

1 Package of Italian Salad Dressing Seasoning Mix

1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

In a small bowl combine Italian Salad Dressing Mix, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Lightly season each chicken breast with a little of the spice rub and place on a greased baking sheet. In another small bowl combine parmesan cheese and mayo. Spread a dollop of the mayo mixture on each chicken breast. Sprinkle a tablespoon of Italian Bread Crumbs on each chicken breast.

Bake for 30 -40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Let stand for 5 mins. Eat & enjoy!

Our Daily Bread – Opening Our Homes

READ: Acts 18:1-4

Because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. — Acts 18:3

In Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado writes: “Hospitality opens the door to uncommon community. It’s no accident that hospitalityand hospital come from the same Latin word, for they both lead to the same result: healing. When you open your door to someone, you are sending this message: ‘You matter to me and to God.’ You may think you are saying, ‘Come over for a visit.’ But what your guest hears is, ‘I’m worth the effort.’”

This is what the apostle Paul must have heard and felt when Aquila and Priscilla opened the doors of their home to him. When he arrived in Corinth, he was probably exhausted from his journey from Athens. He may also have been discouraged because of his seemingly unsuccessful ministry there (Acts 17:16-34). He later wrote, “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3). Aquila and Priscilla probably met Paul in the marketplace of Corinth and opened their home to him. They provided a spiritual oasis through Christian hospitality.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be hospitable, to be a “hospital” that helps those who are going through life’s storms and need restoration. We can be used by the Lord because He has provided for us. —Marvin Williams

Heavenly Father, make me open to be willing to serve
others through showing hospitality.
May I provide a safe haven for those going through
the storms of life. Amen.

Christian hospitality is an open heart and an open home.

Copyright © 2012, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49555 USA

How Color Can Change Your Life

Discover Your Power Color

By: Pamela Harding

Are you feeling blue? Seeing red? Looking green around the gills? Try a healthy dose of color therapy. It might be just the prescription you need!

Our ancestors believed that color held magical properties. It could be used to ward off evil spirits, attract good ones, and even heal the sick. While in this age of hard science and cool technology we may view such beliefs with skepticism, our fascination with color has taken on new forms. Biochemists, environmental and industrial psychologists, make-up experts, wardrobe consultants, and, of course, advertising pros have studied color and found how it affects mood, health, image, perception, even heart rate. Certain colors can prompt you to eat faster, perceive objects differently, and even make you spend more money.

Although babies are drawn most strongly to bright colors, and children often prefer solid, vibrant hues, adults tend to choose more subdued tints and shades of color: pink and rose or maroon instead of fire-engine red, for instance, or peach, melon or rust instead of bright orange. To surround yourself with what you feel comfortable is most important. Certain colors can ramp up your mood, but only if they appeal to you. If they don’t, they can do the opposite.

Red

Blood Pressure, respiration, and muscle tension all increase on initial exposure to red. But, this jazzy hue also boosts spirits and stimulates creativity, conversation, and the appetite (which is why it is used in many restaurants). Red is also a popular color in casinos—people are more likely to gamble in a red environment than in, say, a blue one. Rooms with a lot of red feel warmer, heavier, and time seems to pass more slowly in them. Red may increase passion, but also aggression, anger, and restlessness—it’s probably not the best choice of color for a bedroom. In clothing red conveys energy, power, and leadership, but can also signal romance and sensuality, depending on the garment.

An interesting note: when you have two objects of identical shape and weight, one red and one blue, most people will think the red one is heavier. (Might be one reason to rethink that red wardrobe! On the other hand, red accents could perk up your image.)

Orange

Like the edible fruit, orange is associated with health and well-being. Eye-catching, stimulating, exciting, and mood elevating, the color decreases irritability. Like red, it boosts appetite, but it will stimulate people to eat and run—hence the popular orange in many fast-food restaurants. Generally, orange conveys a sense of youth, quickness of mind and body, and is perceived as a warm and friendly color. An orange accent on a plate makes food look more appealing and lighter tints on walls or clothing flatter the complexion. Peach and melon are good colors for living rooms and dining areas. People who wear orange are seen as cheerful, emotional, communicative, enthusiastic, and fun.

Yellow

Vibrant yellow, bright and easily visible, is a great color to wear on dull, dark, or rainy days to add a little sunshine to your life. (It’s also a good color to wear after dark if you’re walking along busy streets.) The color projects love, light, warmth, and wealth, enhances communication, learning, mood, and energy level.

Generally, yellow combats gloom and fatigue. It opens up or brightens rooms, and pale tones are good choices for classrooms; warm tones good for play areas and living rooms. It’s the most visible choice of background color for signs (with black lettering). People who wear yellow are perceived as sunny, intelligent, warm, and compatible. So wear gold (also in jewelry) or yellow when you’re asking for a raise.

Green

The color of money, but also balance, harmony, and control, green exudes prosperity and well-being. It increases the ability to concentrate, while reducing muscular tension and stress. Refreshing and restorative, green is an ideal room color for sedentary or monotonous tasks—a good color for learning and doing. Rooms feel cooler and fresher. Turquoise and light green are good choices for kitchens, since they make room temperatures feel cooler and time and tasks seem to pass more quickly. Wear green to give the impression that you feel in control. It’s a good color to wear if you’re trying to keep the peace, mediate, or generate team spirit.

Blue

Blue hues lower blood pressure respiration, and pulse and convey a sense of peace, serenity, and tranquility. Blue objects tend to feel lighter than they are. A pale blue bedroom creates a light, airy atmosphere and is likely to create a peaceful, restful environment that helps lull you to sleep. Rooms feel cooler, and time passes more quickly. Blue is also a good formal color for living rooms. However, choose the hue wisely, because it can also be depressing in bathrooms or dining areas, making people’s complexions look gray. In clothing, “true” blue is an American favorite. Wear blue to inspire trust and loyalty, encourage communication, and convey a sense that you belong.

Violet

Violet hues suggest something unusual and superior. Associated with high spirituality, violet can also convey somberness or solemnity, and may be interpreted as either uplifting or depressing. Good for prayer and meditation, the color has an otherworldly character. It’s not generally a good color choice for walls, since large expanses disturb the eyes’ ability to focus. Wear violet and you’ll project unconventionality, nonconformity, and creativity. The color stands out in a crowd and may be associated with acute perception and deep insight.

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10 Quick Ways To Recharge

When our lives are busy and we’ve been on-the-go, we can end up feeling off balance and out of sorts. Sometimes it can feel like we’re juggling so many things that we lose track of ourselves in the midst of all that needs our attention. In such moments, it helps to have a quick way to come back to our center—to recharge and reboot before we move on with our day. Here are 10 strategies to try, each containing an action to do, as well as an intention to either speak or think.  Experiment with each one to see what works best for you, and adapt them as needed to make them your own.

Get Some Fresh Air

Step outside and take in several deep breaths, allowing yourself to feel renewed as you literally breathe in (“in spire”) fresh air. You can even imagine being an item of clothing that’s been hung up on a clothing line, allowing the air to move in and around you, refreshing your whole being. “May I feel refreshed and renewed with each breath I take.

Stretch

Lie down on your back, extend your arms and legs and take several deep stretches. You may also want to bend your knees, bringing the soles of your feet to the ground, and let your knees drop to the floor on one side and then the other side. If you’re standing up, extend your arms over your head, leaning to the right and then to the left. Next, bend forward, letting your arms hang down and gently swaying them from side to side. “May I release any unneeded tension in my body, heart, and mind.”

Lie In A Inverted Position

Resting in an inverted position can be especially rejuvenating. Try scooting close to a wall and then raising your legs and resting them on the wall in a way that feels comfortable. You can also move into a similar position by resting your legs on the seat of a chair. If the floor is hard, put a blanket under your back and a small pillow under your head. “May I empty out what I don’t need and be filled with the qualities that I can most use right now.”

Let Out A Sigh

One of the quickest, most effective ways to release stress and come back into the moment is to let out a sighing exhalation. Allow there to be some sound and an intentional elongation of your out breath. “May I come back into the moment, so that all of me is here.”

Smell An Invigorating Scent

It can be useful to carry an essential oil with you, either in a small bottle or in the form of a lotion or spray. Experiment with a citrus scent, lavender, or mint to see what feels most enlivening to you. “May I feel refreshed and renewed as I take in this scent.”

Lighting A Candle

One of the most universal gestures for coming into the moment and inviting in a sense of the sacred is to light a candle. There’s something about the presence of light and flame that can be powerful in helping us reconnect with ourselves. “May I feel a sense of the sacred, right now and throughout my day.”

Take A Brief Nap

Even if you don’t fall asleep, simply lying down and resting for ten minutes can feel mentally and physically restorative. “May I receive what I most need from this rest.”

Listen To Music

Find a song that’s either enlivening or calming, depending on your mood and what you most need. With the arrival of downloadable music, it’s even easier to create a variety of playlists to have on hand. “May this music enliven and soothe my spirit.”

Pause

It can be useful to simply pause for a moment, taking several intentional breaths and bringing your attention back into the present moment. In this moment, may I come back to myself, right here and now.”

Ground Yourself

If you’re standing, notice how the soles of your feet are making contact with the ground and imagine sending down roots through the soles of your feet and into the earth. As you inhale, imagine drawing up strength and nourishment through these roots and into your whole body. “May I be grounded in my body and rooted to the earth, feeling supported and connected.”

You’ll Be Recharged

Once you’ve had a chance to experiment with each of these ten ways to recharge, notice which ones work best for you and under what circumstances each might be most effective. The more you get in a habit of taking a minute to reboot and reconnect with yourself, the more you’ll find yourself feeling energized and present in your day-to-day life.

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