When to leave a church???

“When should I leave a church or ministry team? How bad does it have to get?”

“If God sent you, do not leave until GOD releases you. If the Lord is silent, HE is often saying, Don’t change a thing. Do not leave. Stay where I had placed you!”

“When God does instruct you to leave, you will go out with peace, no matter what the condition of the ministry.”

“For yes shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.”~~Isaiah 55:12.

“Therefore, your departure will not be based on the actions or behaviors of others but rather on the Spirit’s leading. So leaving a ministry is not based on how bad things are.”

“Physical growth is a function of time.
Intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is neither a function of time or learning, but it is a function of obedience.”

“Jesus learned obedience by the things HE suffered, we learn obedience by the difficult circumstances we face. When we obey the Word of God that is spoken by the Holy Spirit, we will grow and mature in the times of conflict and suffering. Our knowledge of Scripture is not the key. Obedience is.”

” Now we understand one reason why we have people in the church who have been Christians for 29 years, who can quote verses and chapters of the Bible, have heard a thousand sermons, and read many books, but still wear spiritual diapers. Every time they meet with difficult situations, rather than responding by the spirit of God, they seek to protect themselves in their own way. They are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(2Timothy 3:7). They never come to the truth because they do not apply it.
Truth must be allowed to have its way in our lives if we are going to grow and nature. It is not enough to give mental assent to it without obeying it. Even though we continue to learn, we never mature because of disobedience.
~~~~~John Bevere

Not Too Far From Here

“Not Too Far From Here”
Not too far from here there are people facing giants and losses no one should have to bare such as losing/mourning the loss of their spouse, child, losing their home due to medical & burial expenses, saying “til we see you later” to a grandparent whose meeting Jesus tonight or met him recently, or a little girl going through major life changes such as “no mommy” to kiss her goodnight, read to her a favorite bedtime story or share what happened at school today because her mommy died and scared her now guardian may die, too.

Not too far from here there are those needing comfort, peace, and strength to face the continual GIANTS that keep occurring. There are those battling sicknesses, death, the loss of property, the empty nest syndrome, seniors who sit home every day hoping someone will stop in for a visit or a call with complete presence from their children, grandchildren, or neighbors, the loss of a job, fellow co-workers who out of jealousy make going to work so unbearable, students being left out of activities-last to be picked-picked on-laughed at/made fun of- yes all forms of bullying, adults who use or demean others in the workplace/church/community, teachers needing lots of prayers as they’re expected to not only teach curriculum but behavior/respect/good daily health/hygiene habits/right over wrong/how to deal with anger/everyday issues responsibly/etc, and for others, financial setbacks, looking for love and attention in all the wrong faces/places.

Not too far from here, there are teens afraid to smile because they need braces the family can’t afford because of finances, income, or heavy medical expenses of their other child. Not too far from here, there’s a child just wanting their Dad/Mom to be present in their life, if just once a month. Not too far from here, parents of blended families are trying so hard to bring unity among the children and other parent(s)-for the well being of all-especially the children. Not too far from here, there are a lot of teens/adults needing Jesus. Not too far from here there are young boys needing a father figure/a male mentor. Not too far from here, there are young girls needing a mother figure/a female mentor. Not too far from here, there are parents missing their adult child(ten) in their lives. Not too far from here, there are people facing all types of addiction(s)/strongholds, and families battling to help them. Not too far from here, there are law enforcement, emergency responders, firemen, and our military who are risking their lives to save others while their spouses/families are asking God to protect them. Not too far from here there are spouses and children dealing with the day to day issues of being a spouse/parent as their parent returns home from military service-all trying to deal with the mental/physical scars of war.

Not too far from here, there are relationships crumbling. Not too far from here there are homes, churches, communities, states, and nations crumbling.

Reach DEEP into your heart and Listen to your heartstrings. PRAY!
There are so many good people and blessed people in our day to day lives. There are also people who battle for control to be numero one, which could be from having been numero one in the lives of all they’ve ever known, needing to be in the limelight because they’ve had to fight disabilities others didn’t, or because they just don’t know Jesus, because without HIM/HIS PRESENCE, there’s no true JOY and you’ll use any or all means available to be liked, get praises, etc. Since they’re no substance to such, they still climb.
There are so many people facing their own Giants.

Let’s pray for all these in need! God knows the hearts and the needs.
Prayer is life’s Internet-prayer is bringing the spiritual world and the physical world together so they can overlap.
Pray without ceasing.
One could pray nonstop for the needs around them in they would “open their eyes” and “open their hearts”. There’s needs all around us.
God is love! It’s God’s mission as a missionary God to bring about the global purpose/COVENANT HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM!
It’s the common thread throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Praying without ceasing isn’t to start praying and not stop. It’s to remain in a state of prayer. Be prepared to lift prayers throughout your day. If someone asks for prayer, stop and pray right then for them. It’s that moment in asking they are needing it more than ever. It’s also later you may get so busy in your life, you forget.
Don’t fall captive or be baited in Satan’s trap. Pray that God works through the Bait of Satan and the offenses you’re holding on to that aren’t yours, may not be the truth, as could all stem from one or two and/or who through disabilities, jealousy, personal goals, intentionally or unintentionally may just be Satan’s Bait to divide, destroy, and/or create enough of a crack that others are hurt and/or stops needs from being met, as Satan smiles and God weeps.
Praying! Won’t you join me?
Treasure life!
Treasure the physical, mental, and spiritual life-all three are needed to be healthy!

Safety Tips For Live Christmas Trees

A video on keeping your live trees fresh as well as safety tips for live trees in the home.

https://www.facebook.com/pinkhillwatch/videos/1163668997021565/

Flexible hours sharing products!

imageI am  looking for seasonal consultants. 10-15 people. Start in August, working through mid December to share Pampered Chef’s Fall and Holiday collections. You can earn $25 to $30 an hour in about 15 to 20 hours a month; you pick the days and set your schedule.Please message me for more details if interested.

Military Love Gift

This is a means to give back to our military, whose fighting in behalf of us, so many are in harms way.
For example, $200 would put 40 bandanas in the hands of men and women requesting them. It’s an awesome gift of love to do in memory and/or in honor of someone who has served.
Check out the summary of operational bandanas and explore the website. It’s a phenomenal ministry, I’ve been proud to work with for many years through the NC WMU & Associational WMU.
The founder Mary B Gray is not only a retired military wife, the mother of soldiers, mother-in-law to a soldier’s wife, grandmother to a soldier’s children, but a friend and sister in Christ!

www.operationbandanas.org
“Some have asked what the Psalm 91 bandana costs and what the procedure is to get the bandanas into the hands of our troops. It is a finely tuned operation that could not exist without donors and volunteers! The nuts and bolts:
(1) OpBan purchases the fabric or purchases blank bandanas if a supplier carries the pattern. Right now, we have to purchase the multicam fabric by the bolt with a minimum of 1500 yards ordered, which is quite costly.
(2) The fabric or blanks are shipped to the manufacturer who then cuts, hems, and prints whatever quantity we are able to order (based on donations) to meet a request(s).
(3) Upon completion, the manufacturer ships the prepared bandanas to OpBan.
(4) OpBan also prints a card (two-sided) that accompanies each bandana that is then packaged in a sandwich sized baggie.
(5) Once received, volunteers fold, package, and pray over the bandanas.
(6) The bandanas are then mailed to those requesting them, primarily chaplains, who want to distribute them to their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. There is no expense to our chaplains and servicemen and women as the bandanas are given as GIFTS of love, appreciation, and spiritual encouragement. They have already “paid” for them with their service and sacrifice.
*Shipping and handling costs are a large expense in addition to the bandana itself, the insert card, and the baggies that are purchased.
**A minimum donation of $4.00 is now the cost per bandana. $5.00 per bandana would help with the shipping and handling.
Presently, we have requests for 8,000 bandanas. You can do the math. Our resources today meet 1/4 of that demand. But individuals and churches have provided 268,357 Psalm 91 bandanas since November, 2006, and donations continue to come in, so we will march on as the Lord provides through His people!
***Thank you to all who have provided, continue to provide, and will provide Psalm 91 bandanas to the extraordinary men and women serving in our armed forces through your gifts of gratitude.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the Shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust’.” Psalm 91:1-2
(Please share this post on your Timeline to introduce and perhaps involve others in our mission.)”~~Mary B Gray

 

Change? Do you really know the players?

Thinking out loud, today.

It’s amazing how many people self promote themselves for selfish reasons.

It’s even more amazing at the people who jump on those band wagons, promoting & thinking how wonderful without knowing the exact reason they do what they do.

It amazes me how smart intelligent people (educated isn’t just those with a college degree, not speaking of just those with a PhD) are taken in through the socializing tools of society without research and thorough background-socializing is a tool of familiarity, laughs and connections made & shared, so you may be naive enough not giving thought to the fact you’re falling prey to the other.
People who consider and put themselves on a high pedestal (often showing their belief they’re better than others) to promote themselves could be with any group of people, ask yourself, why they chose you and not others to socialize?

Some people give the public imagery of  “love and community” when it’s all about being a part of specific groups to acquire their own personal selfish goal. It’s amazing to see those who do, be humorous if it wasn’t so sad, and knowing none of the goals trying to reach have been bathed in prayer.

We are in some tough times; I honestly believe we are in our last days. People need to get back in the Word of God, pray, pray for discernment in projects, direction, following, and causes.

For those who use to be a strong voice and promote causes you believed so strongly in to give that voice away to promoting others, you have been led to believe support you and the same causes with the same zeal, please please beware! Examine. Pray for discernment.  satan is alive and thriving!

Some people give the image they are community/neighbor based but when they are not “present”, don’t listen for clarity, repeat privately what’s been told to them without even hearing correctly, or purposely give just enough half truths to gain followers/support knowing others will follow/not follow without checking it out personally, and honestly don’t even know or respect their own family, neighbors (your neighbor is not only the person who lives beside you but are the ones you deal with privately & publicly day by day), beware as “they might just be wolves in sheep clothing”.

Don’t lose your own voice or integrity by promoting those whose actions or character doesn’t coincide with yours. We will all have different perspectives or views on most everything as we each have our own DNA, created uniquely different, but be sure if you are supporting something/someone, God would support it! If not, it might appear/happen, but it will eventually crumble or be used by satan.

Praying strongly for people’s eyes to be opened, minds seek head knowledge and discernment, and people “cease” to be transforming little by little to the worlds ways as spiritual warfare is strongly raging and our communities/nations are falling prey to the ungodly.

I love the couple communities I grew up in.
It’s sad to say, they’re not the same today.

We’ve gone from leaving doors unlocked to bolting them; people strongly feeling the need to conceal carry where possible; afraid for children and even pets to be left outside ones home to play without watching/hovering over them; knowing to have/keep what you’ve worked for you need security cameras inside your homes, businesses and cameras watching the outside perimeters so you can get back what may be stolen/justice served; car cams, possibly; knowing you need to scope out quickly where you’d like to sit before the hostess wants to seat you in a restaurant; needing to know where “exits” exist before you begin to enjoy your dinner or the activities at hand; neighbors being neighbors-helpful, watching out of care and concern, conversing over how each one really is getting along, helping/giving of time to listen to them, and truly wanting to be together for friendship versus getting out one’s agenda.

Life has changed.
Things have changed.
People have/are changing. More and more people are transforming to the world, rather than transforming to the WORD.

We are responsible before God for our actions. Be sure before you support an individual or cause, bathe it in prayer for godly discernment rather than jump aboard an individual’s quest. I’ve found that jumping before praying can lead not only to regrets, but to much time needed for God to move past the choice made and all the strongholds attached to it.

One thing I do know, if it takes meeting behind closed doors, being engaged one on one privately versus a public transparent public gathering of people, more than likely it’s not up and up or the person isn’t being up and honest about their part of wanting the quest they’re pitching. It’s about acquiring individual loyalty/following by using half truths (lies) about another, getting individuals together who might not ask the questions/speak up alone to gather their support because a stronger individual with questions/knowledge might discourage the others just by questions rendered, Etc to a certain cause/quest for a self seeking goal.

With life/the world changing, know the players in the game of life you choose to play and be sure without a shadow of a doub, their ideas align with the principles you live and believe.

The world and our own communities need prayer.  Praying.

Treasure life,

Yvonne

 

The Condition Of One’s Heart!

The Everything skit link below never gets old….I’ve seen so many youth groups perform it, including ours from Bethel Baptist of Jonestown, Pink Hill.
The Everything Skit and the song, “Not Far From Here” (below) are all the message one would need/should need for a full altar call in any church and/or youth/adult event.

There’s so many worldly things/thoughts pulling the young and the old today: lust, depression, drugs/pills, alcohol, peers, ideology of “thinness”/look a particular way, beauty/ugliness, money, misuse of knives/guns, hatred, anger, violence, manipulation, lies, theft, bullying, control, and the list goes on and on.
Anything or anyone who ANGERS YOU, CONTROLS YOU!

The world needs Jesus!
The world needs peace, unity, and love! Not lust, but LOVE! AGAPE LOVE, is the LOVE that comes from God! Agape Love is the LOVE that’s needed!

Until we as a community, state, nation, and a world unifies with LOVE, CHANGE will not come to its people. LOVE & MAKING A DIFFERENCE CAN BEGIN WITH JUST ONE PERSON, WITH ONESELF!

Our churches are half full, and prayer has become a bandaid, rather than a vital part of everyday life.

It’s hot outside, do you drink something cool once a day? Do you want only 5minutes of air conditioning?

We need to get back to the basics: God, Country, Family, Community…. If we have God, we can with the help of others who know God, pull through the valleys as well as cheer from the mountaintops.

ALL LIVES/ALL PEOPLE: “ALL LIVES” MATTER TO GOD AND SHOULD MATTER TO EACH OF US!!!

There’s “good” and the “not so good” in everyone. WHICH PART ARE YOU GOING TO FEED?
“The one you feed is the one that prevails.”

ALL Believers sin! The bible says so! ALL Nonbelievers sin and they OFTEN use sins of believers to accept the ideology that believers are no different than them/it’s a hypocritical way of life, so no thanks; I don’t need your God! We need to assemble together with others and pray. PRAY we believers will make a difference and others will come to know Christ. Sinning is also sins of omission! Things we should do!

Don’t “forsake the Assembly of God” because of the short comings of believers-some believers never grow up-they stay as babes in Christ; some may not be where they need to be yet; or others don’t see their untactful behavior, being cliquish, or controlling selves. If we stay out of church, rather than in church praying for them and ourselves, to “tolerate” their shortcomings/personality traits as we ask for our own to be tolerated til we through HIM grow, love better, and be a better self than we were the day before -we don’t become part of the solution, we become part of the problem.

In society, (communities, nation, jobs/careers/workplace, homes, families, schools, etc) it’s the same struggles. We all struggle “to be better than we were” yesterday. There are so many good people who are believers/unbelievers playing with worldly things/people. We need to pray for them to see the light, not the darkness the world offers.

We need to pray for believers and unbelievers, that ALL see the light, not the darkness. “All of us fall short”! The bible says so. We are human and there’s not a perfect one anywhere.
All have and will have differences of opinions; our makeups and personality are different. There will always be different opinions, those doing good and those doing bad, but we must “bind together in prayer” that the godly and love prevails! We must pray people see there is a difference in love/hate, peace/violence, unity/division. We must pray for those people who may not do horrific things, but they don’t do good things such as those who prey on the weaker ones/vessels and/or manipulate others to follow them as they use their money, titles, status, things they own, etc to control/manipulate others to meet their own goals.

ALL People are people/part of humanity, who deserve to be treated with the same respect, love, compassion, and friendliness as you want to be treated.

Does that mean we stand up and support illegal things such as trafficking, violence, drugs and thievery? Bullying, manipulation, lies, controlling individuals,etc? No, but it means we don’t and should not join them with more violence & bullying!

We can agree that we will not always agree and we will have differences, but we do not have to use or feed the “tumors” of society such as violence, lies, half-truths which are lies, addictions, rumors, or minimize others publicly to make one feel superior to another.

We need to pray for peace, love, and unity-not just once a month, once a week, or once a day. We must “pray without ceasing” for a change/light bulb moment/aha moment and a wake up call for those playing with/in the mud puddle of the worldly lusts/darkness.
If you play in the mud puddles of the world or stand on the edge of such mud puddles, it splashes upon you. Playing with/joining peers just once or twice may be all it takes to be a part of a life that brings death-Death of a nation, community, church, family, and yes, DEATH Of AN INDIVIDUAL(S).

Note: (everyone needs to understand a life taken cannot be brought back to life.) Don’t be fooled by your peers and/or the devil! satan will work his way into a family, church, or community til he can get just one crack. One crack is all he needs to destroy any of the above. Remember, wolves can appear clothed in sheep clothing.

We need more prayer!
Pray for yourself, your families, your neighbors, churches, your communities, leaders, co-workers, children, teens, young adults, emergency responders of all areas of careers, those working in the media, government officials, and our nation. Pray for those who serve you, your communities, etc. and pray for all the volunteers in your communities.

Media outlets would rather fill your minds with the negative and violence because that equals “high ratings” and high ratings equal job security, pay days, and their existence. People strive on the negative news. Let’s change to strive on positive news and good things of ALL PEOPLE/AREAS within our county.

A recent two posts in my community- one about a suspicious vehicle/person versus a community nonprofit entity needing help to help others. The first got an overwhelming “WOW” number of shares and reached more than a thousand people. The second had a couple shares and reached a sad sad few people. If our churches, able people, and communities don’t stand up and be an active part of the solution displaying love, putting others before themselves, and volunteering even when it takes you from what you rather be doing/out of your comfort zone, our society and our communities do not and will not get better. They will get worse.

Do you honestly think VOLUNTEERS have nothing else they could be doing at home, work, or with their families/friends? Think again! They, like those who don’t volunteer, have plenty they can do! Volunteers care about people. They are selfless. They are people responding to the Great Commission. As one young girl said years ago at age 8 and I’ll never ever forget-doesn’t just ONE COUNT? Another young girl about 11-12 said, no one wants to hear about our Jesus if we don’t feed them; if they’re hungry, they cannot/will not listen. That same precious child said when trying to collectively choose a ministry project, “can’t we just love people”? “People need love!”

For companies/business owners who offer money or employees to serve to meet community needs, thank you as that’s needed too!

For businesses or individuals who are local to a community who do not participate personally in the hands on serving, you’re not really part of the solution. By not leading by example, not realizing the perception you’re giving off as being better or above others or/as your time is more precious than the others you send. “PRESENCE” is needed by others.

Not one person is better than another. All people need respect, presence, and see ALL people working beside them, not above them. I believe this is exactly why there’s the stories/parables in the bible. The parables in the bible are to make it easier for we humans to understand. The real deal here is, we must pick up the bible to read it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a person with plenty or a person with little, each has the same amount of time-24 hours a day(1,440 minutes). What and how you spend it, is what puts you as being part of the solution or the problem as well as where your treasures lie.

Look in your community to see how you can be a physical part of service/serving others.
Volunteering, serving out of a godly heart, and your bodily presence serving the lives of those needing the service can never ever come with a price tag! The love and kindness shown blesses the giver as much as the recipient. It’s PRICELESS! The smiling face, warm heart and hands, “the presence” is worth more to the recipient than the actual need being met. People NEED People!

“Peace not violence” and “selflessness not selfishness” starts with the condition of the heart!
Everyone needs a heart checkup, everyday! Not one individual is exempt from needing a heart checkup.!!! The bible continually tells us we will never be where we need to be: WE “all fall short”!
We need a checkup daily, and the man upstairs is always available! There’s no long lines, busy numbers, or voice mails. He’s waiting on us to contact HIM!

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THE SKIT AND LISTEN TO THE SONG!

Treasure life,

Yvonne

(Skit)

(Song)

(Heart Checkup)
Prayer/God

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.Amen.”

 

 

Help Fight Hunger!

Help Fight Hunger
1 in 5 children in America struggle with hunger, and when school lets out for the summer millions of children might not know where their next meal will come from. Many children depend on the breakfast/lunch received at school and others depend on weekend nourishments from the backpack buddy program offered to many schools for their students, provided by churches and other civic groups in their area coming together to meet nutritional/hunger needs.

In June, July and August help support those in need by purchasing the Classic Round-Up from the Heart® Trivets.
$2 from each $5 Trivet purchased will be contributed to Feeding America® to help provide meals to those in need. 4 of the $5 trivets = $8 to Feeding America = 72 meals being provided through the local food banks.

The trivets make beautiful wall art/decor for the kitchen, nice gifts for any occasion, and are the perfect protection for the countertop or table for your hot dishes. You can order from my website or inbox me.
http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/getyvonne/guest-landing/8874183834779 , if local to me, this link the items can be shipped to the host/which the order will come to my house & I can get imageyour order to you.

If not local to me, you can use the same link but be sure to click the tab to have shipped to your address. If in doubt about shipping to your address through the online show, you can inbox me or type in the URL, www.pamperedchef.biz/getyvonne to place an individual order, not part of a show order, which will automatically ship to your home.

Remember, the food bank in your own backyard/county will be depleted during the summer months with all meals-breakfast, lunch, and dinner- dependent on the food banks because schools are not supplying the children their first two meals of the day. By placing the individual order if you’re outside Lenoir County, the money will go to the Feeding America Food Bank in your county! Order as many as you would like of any or all the trivets to help the children have sufficient food this summer!

Refreshing Drinks

Loving My Shaker in this hot weather. I seldom leave home without it!

Heading out in the car, to the office, to a doctor’s office, out to the pool area (where glass should be prohibited), to ball practice and games, it’s a great tumbler to have along….Double wall construction minimizes condensation and quickly chills beverages without causing the exterior of the Shaker to become cold. The lid has a silicone seal, preventing liquids from leaking or dripping while shaking and pouring. Frosted dots add a unique decorative touch.

So whether it’s to be filled with your water, favorite tea or powered drink, the shaker will keep it cool and refreshing. Martini’s, it’s great for those too! If you would like 1-8, let me know. I can help you have these by the pool this summer or in the office to keep your water or beverages cold & practically spillproof.

 

Strawberry Tea/Drink

Using a mini mix ‘n chop, muddle or mash the strawberries in the bottom of a glass. Fill with lemonade, sparkling water, or iced tea for a refreshing drink.

Kiwi-Mint Julep Recipe

Combine two tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 cup hot water in a 2 -cup prep bowl. Let this mixture cool for a few minutes. In the manual food processor, combine the mixture above, 3 peeled & quartered kiwis, 2 oz bourbon (optional), 3 tablespoons of frozen limeade and 8 fresh mint leaves (2 tablespoons). Blend (pump the manual food processor) until coarsely pureed. Pour over ice and garnish with mint(optional). Makes 2 cocktails.

Raspberry Lemonade

1 (12 oz) can frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, 3 cups water, 3/4 teaspoon lime juice, 1 (12 oz) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, 1 cup crushed ice, 1 cup fresh raspberries(garnish), 18 mint leaves as garnish(optional)

In a large punch bowl, combine raspberry lemonade concentrate, water and lime juice. Stir in lemon-lime soda and crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf.

Yields: 18 (4 oz) servings

Pink Martinis
Ingredients:
1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
1/2 oz (15 mL) grenadine
4 oz (120 mL) Southern Comfort® (70 proof)

2 oz (60 mL) light rum
3 oz (90 mL) pineapple juice
2 oz (60 mL) sweet & sour mix

Directions:
Place ice in Shaker. Measure remaining ingredients into Shaker, starting with grenadine.
Secure lid and jigger on Shaker. Shake 10-15 times or until desired drinking temperature is reached. Remove lid from Shaker; pour into glasses.
Yield: 2 servings. Nutrients per serving: (about 3/4 cup): Calories 310

Fresh Mango Margaritas!

2 large mangoes, peeled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup mango nectar
4 limes (divided)
1 tbsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups ice cubes divided
2 oz tequila , divided
mango and lime slices

1. For mango puree, finely chop mango wedges using food chopper. Place mangoes, sugar and water into batter bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot.
2. Pour mango mixture into strainer over classic batter bowl. Press using classic scraper. Add enough nectar to mango puree to measure 1 1/2 cups. set aside. Juice limes to measure 1/2 cup . (Reserve one for the juiced lime halves).
3. Place salt onto appetizer plate. Rub cut ends of reserved lime half around edges of four dots martini glasses; dip glasses into salt. Fill shaker with half each of the ice, lime juice, puree and tequila. Secure lid on shaker and shake vigorously until chilled. Garnish with mango and lime slices….

Fresh Herbs, Veggies, & Chardonnay

Fresh sliced garlic, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and Chardonnay combined together with pasta creates an aroma and taste at home, as if you were sitting in an upscale Italian restaurant.  Using the Pampered Chef’s newest cookware, the Rockcrok, you can have a delicious one pot meal in about thirty minutes. The Rockcrok is an awesome addition to your kitchen as it is safe to be used on your stovetop-flat,electric, or gas; oven; broiler; grill-gas or charcoal; refrigerator; microwave;and freezer. Excellent cleanup as it is dishwasher safe!

Grilled Chicken Penne al Fresco

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, peeled, 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, 3 cups uncooked mezze penne pasta, 3 cups chicken broth, 3/4 cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay, 1/2 tsp each salt and coarsely ground black pepper, amd 1 & 1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, divided. 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed), 2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts.  Additional grated fresh Parmesan cheese and coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

In the Pampered Chef’s Rockcrok Dutch Oven, pour in your olive oil, slice garlic thinly using garlic slicer, add tomatoes. Cover and microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or unti tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Cut up tomatoes using the salad choppers. Add the pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper. Return the covered rockcrok back to the microwaveon HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. While that is cooking, coarsely cut fresh basil with a knife and grate your cheese. Carefully remove the Rockcrok from the microwave and remove the lid, liting it away from you. Add the basil, parmesan cheese and grilled chicken cubes to the Rockcrok. Mix thoroughly using a nylon spoon. Add additional Parmesan Cheese and black pepper, if desired to individual bowls. Yields: 8 servings.

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