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Jul 28

She Speaks Pics {& a Big Announcement for Moms}

Whew! What a fun and faith-filled weekend at our Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks conference. I had a wild return trip that  I’ll blog about sometime. For now, enjoy these pics and a super fun announcement for moms about a project I am doing with a dear friend. {I’m off to catch a nap and then drive to the airport where I hope my bag will finally arrive a day after I did!}

Setting up the hotel. I was on decorations committee with the lovely Paige from our staff. I can't believe I put one of the daisy ball things together from Ikea. I just prayed all weekend that the one I did din't fall onto an attendee.

Setting up the hotel. I was on decorations committee with the lovely Paige from our staff. I can’t believe I put one of the daisy ball things together from Ikea. I just prayed all weekend that the one I made didn’t fall onto an attendee.

 

Pre-con session with the smart and lovely Ruth from Living Well Spending Less.

Pre-con session with the smart and lovely Ruth Soukup from Living Well Spending Less.

My assistant for the weekend was Sharon Glasgow {that is when she wasn't teaching sessions herself!}

My assistant for the weekend was Sharon Glasgow {that is when she wasn’t teaching any workshop sessions herself!}

Our opening keynote by P31 Prez Lysa TerKeurst on the theme of her new book The Best Yes--"Unrush Me"

Our opening keynote by P31 Prez Lysa TerKeurst on the theme of her new book The Best Yes–”Unrush Me”

Hanging with far away friends for an up close weekend: Summer Saldana, Ruth Schwenk & Mandy Young

Hanging with far away friends for an up close weekend: Summer Saldana, Ruth Schwenk & Mandy Young.

A sneak peek at a main stage session. Lots of creative elements.

A sneak peek at a main stage session. Lots of creative elements.

Renee Swope with the Saturday morning devotion

Renee Swope with the Saturday morning devotion telling us to “Bring It!” Bring all that you have because you already have what it takes to serve Jesus.

I led the advanced speaker group. We brought in the fabulous Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith to teach. Here she is showing an example of someone who dresses in the right colors & style. {Sandy Vanderzicht, who happens to be my editor at Zondervan!}

I led the advanced speaker group. We brought in the fabulous Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith to teach. Here she is showing an example of someone who dresses in the right colors & style. {Sandy Vanderzicht, who happens to be my editor at Zondervan!} We also brought in Teri Lynn Underwood to talk about putting our best foot forward online, but none of my pics turned out :-(

The P31 Online Bible Studies dynamic duo of Nicki Koziarz and Melissa Taylor giving announcements and a light comedy routine.

The P31 Online Bible Studies dynamic duo of Nicki Koziarz and Melissa Taylor giving announcements and a light comedy routine.

Got to hang for a bit with some of the P31 Online Bible Studies team of amazing women. They lead THOUSANDS of gals in online Bible studies each year.

Got to hang for a bit with some of the P31 Online Bible Studies team of amazing women. They lead THOUSANDS of gals in online Bible studies each year.

The lobby when all the attendees had gone back to their families and ministries.

The hang out lounge once all the attendees had gone back to their families and ministries.

My favorite person I got to see: daughter Kenna. She popped up to the hotel to do my make-up Friday morning before heading out to do hair and make-up at a wedding in the mountains of NC.

My favorite person I got to see in Charlotte: daughter Kenna. She popped up to the hotel to do my make-up Friday morning before heading out to do hair and make-up at a wedding in the mountains of NC.

Getting FroYo (frozen yogurt} at the airport with Summer before we I took of to MI and she to CA}

Getting FroYo (frozen yogurt} at the airport with Summer before I took of to MI and she to CA}

And there were SO MANY of my Proverbs 31 sisters I didn’t get a picture with because we were too busy attending to details and giving workshops. My roomie and coauthor Glynnis Whitwer and I didn’t snap a single shot! :-(

But now it is time for the announcement………..

Ruth Schwenk (from The Better Mom} and I signed a contract with Zondervan at the conference for a book and DVD Bible study series for moms. More details and release date to come. I just LOVE this woman and we are super excited to write an encouraging project for other mothers in the trenches of raising both young and adult children. Stay tuned!

Ruth and me with our Zondervan editor Sandy and our agent Esther Fedorkevich

Ruth and me with our Zondervan editor Sandy and our agent Esther Fedorkevich

My new coauthor Ruth Schwenk and me

My new coauthor Ruth Schwenk of The Better Mom and me. Pray for us as we write this book and film the Bible study lessons. :-)

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Jul 25

Christmas in July! Pistachio-Cherry Muffins

Christmas Pistachio cherry muffinsIt may be an adapted phrase, “Christmas in July” for sales and marketing of items at the mall, but why not enjoy a yuletide delicious treat this weekend?  Only five months away from today {YIKES!}, Christmas is such an incredible time of year. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe from my book Everyday Confetti to enjoy today, in July. {Who doesn’t like holiday lovin’ from the oven?}

These are as pretty as they are delicious. You could even update your Christmas card address list this weekend while you nibble on your muffins and sip some hot cocoa. You know that December is not the time to go searching for addresses so be ahead of the game!

Christmas Pistachio-Cherry Muffins

1 box white cake mix

1 sm. box instant pistachio pudding mix

1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained, coarsely chopped, and tossed in 1 Tbs. flour

white sugar

Christmas cupcake liners

Mix cake batter according to box directions and add in dry pudding mix. (Do not make the actual pudding, just add the dry mix to the cake mix.) Gently stir in drained cherries. Spoon into muffin tins lined with papers. Sprinkle a little white sugar on top of each. Bake according to box directions for muffins, or just a bit less. Do not over bake.

Enjoy!

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Jul 23

Red Hot Faith giveaway by Cindy Bultema

Today I am excited for you to meet my close friend and prayer pal Cindy Bultema who is guest posting on having faith that is Red Hot. Can I get an Amen?  {I am on Cindy's personal prayer team and she is on mine. I pray for her children and marriage and she prays for mine. Our combined seven kids and … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 22

Two Clicks. Two Posts.

The winner of my book Everyday Confetti is: Kim Stewart. Congrats! My assistant Amy will email you at the address you left when you commented with instructions for claiming your book. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am busy getting ready … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 18

SNAPPY & SAVORY SUMMER SALADS

Before I share these delicious salad recipes, I have some winning announcements to catch up on first! {It's been crazy busy around here getting ready for the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference}. So let's get caught up and congratulate the following winners. {Drum roll please.} 7 Simple Outreach … [Continue reading...]

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