Crock Pot Enchiladas

Winter isn’t complete until you’ve pulled out the crock pot and find the perfect slow-cooker recipe. We’ve got just the recipe for those cold days when you can throw in a few ingredients in your crock pot, and then enjoy the delicious aroma filling up your home the rest of the day. Enchiladas made easy ~ brought to us from Heritage Schoolhouse. 

Crock Pot Enchiladas
8 servings

Ingredients: 
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans, drained
1 can (10 ounces) Rotel tomatoes mild, drained
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby jack cheese
8 flour tortillas
1 can (15 ounces) red enchilada sauce
Directions:
+ Cook beef over medium heat until done; drain.
+ Meanwhile saute onion and bell pepper in oil until tender.
+ Add onion and pepper to beef. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, cumin, pepper and garlic powder.
+ In a slow cooker place two tortillas side by side, overlapping if necessary.
+ Layer with a forth of the beef mixture and a fourth of the cheese.
+ Repeat layers three more times.
+ Pour enchilada sauce over all.
+ Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until heated through.
Enjoy!

January Scripture Writing Plan ~ Hope

A New Year is here! Time for a fresh start. We are going to continue with our monthly scripture reading plans here on the blog. For the month of January we will be reading scriptures on Hope. Each scripture will be a reminder to us of what hope is, and who we can have hope in.

Here is your Scripture Reading Plan for this month:

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How You Can Use the Scripture Reading Plan:

Journal:

+ Write the scripture of the day in a journal, along with your thoughts, memories from the day, and prayer requests.

+ Use the SOAP method:

S ~ write out the scripture of the day

O ~ write down what you observe about the scripture

A ~ write down how you can apply the scripture to your life

P ~ end in prayer

+Using this website type in the scripture of the day, and then write down at least 2 other scriptures that are similar that come as a cross reference.

Read:

+Simply read the scripture of the day. Set a goal to spend just a few minutes of each day checking the Scripture Reading Plan, and reading the scripture for that day.

Pray:

Pray the scripture of the day. Pray its words and message as you go about your daily tasks. Let the scripture be in the forefront of your thoughts, as you reflect on it throughout the day.

It’s a new beginning, and that means new opportunities and fresh starts. Happy New Year! Here’s to making 2018 a year filled with faith, hope, and love.

~ Cooking Up Faith

 

 

 

Peppernuts ~ A German Christmas Cookie

These German Christmas cookies are a fun twist on the traditional sugar cookies usually baked at Christmastime. You can still make fun shapes with them, decorate them, and serve them as a fun treat.

This particular recipe was found in a recipe book from the 1920s. A true vintage recipe!

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And here is an easier version to follow:

Peppernuts ~ German Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

6 eggs, well beaten

4 cups brown sugar

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. cloves

1/2 tsp. soda

1/4 tsp. salt

4 cups flour

3 tbsp. milk

a bit more flour

Directions:

Cream eggs and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add pepper, cloves, soda, and salt. Sift together with 4 cups flour.

Add milk and enough more flour to make a stiff batter

Roll small amount of dough at a time rising the palms of the hand until dough resembles a roll 3/4 inch wide.

Cut in 2 or 3 inch length.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

*Optional ~ Use Christmas cookie cutters to make shapes with the cookies, and icing for decoration.

Enjoy making these German Christmas cookies this year!

December Scripture Writing Plan ~ The Book of Luke

Hello December!

This is going to be a special month for us at Cooking Up Faith. We are going to be reading through the book of Luke, which is a beautiful gospel of Jesus’ birth, life, and resurrection.

Each day we will have a new scripture from the book of Luke to read and journal. We will be joining you with devotions and encouragement along the way.

Here is your Scripture Writing Plan for the book of Luke:

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You will start today, with Luke 1:43-43. All you need is your Bible, a journal to write down your thoughts and the scripture, and a cozy spot for your quiet time.

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Enjoy your time in God’s Word. We’re excited to join you through this journey of growing deeper in Christ through the study of scripture.

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Glory to God in the highest heaven; and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

~ Cooking Up Faith

A Thankful Heart Brings Freedom

But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. ~ Jonah 2:9

Jonah was given a specific task from God – go to Nineveh and give the people there a word from God. But Jonah was afraid to go and ran away from the Lord. We know from Sunday school what happened next. Jonah was swallowed by a big fish and found himself in an adult sized time-out.

While in the fish, Jonah prayed. He acknowledged his distress, and then he gave thanks. “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord. And my earnest prayer went to you in your holy Temple. With the voice of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” ~ Jonah 2:9

After Jonah’s prayer the Lord ordered the fish to spit up Jonah on the beach, and it did.

Jonah was released from the trap he was in after he gave thanks. So many times we wait until we are out of an unpleasant situation to give thanks. We tell ourselves we will be happy and thankful once we have closure from a situation. But freedom comes by giving thanks in the moment. The release from any trap we are in begins the moment we give thanks.

Giving thanks glorifies God.

Giving thanks changes your perception of people.

Giving thanks changes your perception of your circumstances.

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You cannot stay trapped in a negative situation if you choose to be thankful. Negativity and darkness cannot be in the same room as gratitude, and they suddenly flee once thanksgiving is brought into a situation.

It was thanksgiving that released Paul from the prison he was in. “Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord – and the other prisoners were listening – suddenly  there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open – and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” ~ Acts 16:25,26

The chain of every prisoner fell off. When you are chained with guilt, bitterness, frustration, worry, envy, gluttony, or grief every link will suddenly fall to the ground when you start thanking God for who He is, what He has given you, and what He can help you through. The doors of freedom from darkness will fly open and you will see things in a new light.

Let the peace of Christ be present in your hearts and lives. Always be thankful. Remember what you have learned from Jesus, and let His words enrich your lives and make you wise; sing praise to the Lord with thankful hearts. ~ Colossians 3:14-16

~ Cooking Up Faith

*We are studying scriptures on Grace & Gratitude this month. Click here for the Scripture Writing Plan and all devotionals for this study.

 

 

 

 

 

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

If you’re from the South you probably remember growing up and having King Ranch Chicken Casserole as a staple for dinner. It’s one of those dishes that is always a crowd pleaser, and is great for a home-cooked meal or a dish to serve for a big group.

Serve it with Caesar salad and home-style beans and you’ve got yourself a complete meal ready to impress your guests.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole
serves 4-6

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut in cubes

1 can Cream of Chicken

1/2 cup of your favorite salsa or 1 can Rotel

1/2 chopped white onion

1/4 chicken broth

1/4 cup of sour cream

1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)

1/2 crushed tortilla chips

1 cup shredded Kraft Three Cheese

salt, pepper, onion powder

Directions:

  1. Wrap each chicken breast in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30  minutes, or until fully cooked. Unwrap and cut in cubes.
  2. While the chicken is baking, mix all the other ingredients together in a mixing bowl, except the cheese.
  3. Once the chicken is cut, remove from foil and cut into cubes. Add the cooked chicken to the mixture.
  4. Grease a glass casserole dish and place the chicken mixture in the casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
  7. Serve with a side salad and home-style baked beans. Enjoy!

Serve with a side salad and home-style beans. Enjoy!

 

November Scripture Writing Plan ~ Grace & Gratitude

Hello November!

It’s time for turkey, colorful leaves, sweaters, and Thanksgiving.

This month we will journey through scripture and discover more about Grace and Gratitude. Here is your Scripture Writing Plan for the month:

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James 2:13 says mercy triumphs judgment. Mercy is the entire message of the cross. God’s grace poured out over every person He ever created.

Grace says it won’t look at your behaviors. It won’t look at what you’ve done or should have done. It won’t carry a list of rules and check off the ones you’ve followed and the ones you haven’t. Grace looks beyond rules, right, and wrong and instead offers love, forgiveness,  and acceptance.

God’s Word is full of rules and commands, and they are good. They are necessary and when followed they offer a protection against many trials.

But we are not perfect, and rules we break. Often. But with God nothing is helpless or hopeless. To Him, and through Him, everything can be restored and made right again. His solution is grace. Grace allows restoration to be made, and second chances can begin.

When we realize this hope – this chance at a new beginning – we start feeling grateful. So thankful that our future does not depend on our past, but can move forward with grace.

This November, let the Word of God soak into your mind, heart, and soul. Allow your heart to change and transform. Receive grace, give grace, walk in gratitude.

 

 

How to Use your Scripture Writing Plan:

  1. Write out the scripture of the day in your journal.
  2. Write out your thoughts, events/memories, and prayers for that day under the scripture.
  3. Reflect on the scripture of the day as you go about your daily tasks and activities.
  4. Join us on Wednesdays as we share a devotional covering the scriptures studied for that week.

Today is November 1st, so you will start on #1 scripture today – 2 Corinthians 8:-9. Follow the plan for each day.

We will join you on Sundays with a reminder of what scriptures to write out for that week, and a devotional on Wednesdays to keep you motivated.

Enjoy your quiet time in God’s Word!

~ Cooking Up Faith

When Someone Frustrates You and You Can’t Let it Go

Have you ever had a person have such a stronghold over you? The choices they make irritate you. The way they treat you and others infuriates you.

One of the scriptures from this month’s study is Romans 4:14

This life verse can literally help you release and let go of any stronghold a person has in your mind. The grudge can be lifted, the annoyance can take a back seat, and peace can resume in your head. Here it is:

For God has accepted them to be his children.

They are God’s servants, not yours.

They are responsible to Him, not to you.

Let Him tell them whether they are right or wrong.

And God is able to make them do as they should.

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We can get SO worked up over the way people around us are acting and choosing to live. It can frustrate us to the core. But it doesn’t have to. We can release them and their actions to God. Let Him judge them. He sees their heart. They are His servant’s, not yours. They are His responsibility, not yours. Let Him deal with their heart and actions.

Meanwhile, you just keep being the best you that you can be. Live in a way that is pleasing to God, because you are His servant and responsibility too. He’s watching over you and your heart just as closely. Make sure to guard that heart of yours, so it remains pure and pleasing to God.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ~ Proverbs 4:23

Everything you do flows from your heart. If someone is acting in a certain manner it is because of a heart issue. You cannot simply get mad and voice your frustrations at someone and expect them to change. It is their hearts that need to be changed, and God is the most effective means of changing hearts. Make sure you are allowing God to change your heart as well. Make sure you are welcoming Him into your heart so His presence can take residence in your life and actions.

This is one of those “Life Verses” that you want to hold on to and remember. People come and go in our lives – new people and those who have been with us forever. This brings new issues, new temperaments, and eventually new frustrations. In those moments, pull out this scripture and remember the words that bring freedom from letting others consume our thoughts and worries.

 

 

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Friday was the first day of Fall, and Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us this weekend with her Pumpkin Oat Muffins! A great recipe for the new Fall weekend!

Pumpkin Oat Muffins
12 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 cup oats
for topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon butter

Directions: 

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In separate bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, milk and oil.

Then, add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

Stir in oats.

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

Combine brown sugar, flour and oats, cut in butter. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Thank you Heritage Schoolhouse! 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

The mornings are getting cooler and it feels like fall is coming! This is a perfect pot roast recipe to slow cook all day in the fall and winter.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Ingredients: 

3 pounds Chuck Roast

1 large Onion, sliced

4 Cloves garlic, chopped

1 c. Beef broth

1/2 c. Balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp Soy sauce

2 tbsp Brown sugar

1 package Baby carrots

Directions:

  1. Mix the sauces, garlic, and brown sugar in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. Place chuck roast in slow cooker, and then pour the sauce mixture over the meat.
  3. Place the carrots and onions on top. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-5 hours.

Serve with warm rolls and a side salad. Enjoy!!