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The Sweet Taste of FRIENDSHIP
By KARLA DORNACHER
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Karla Dornacher
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Chapter OneA friend loves at all times.
You deserve a banner of blessing, a standing ovation, a grand declaration ...
For being a friend so very special, forever inspiring, always desiring ...
to instill within the hearts of each friend, a genuine loyalty through thick and thin.
Thank you for pouring out a drink of Your tender love to warm the heart of my dear friend. I pray for her today that she will receive every drop of blessing You have for her so that her cup is not only full, but that it spills over into the lives of those You've placed along her path.
Bless my friend today with a heart overflowing.
Savor This Moment
Apples and Cream Pancake
Have friends over for breakfast and whip up this deliciously sweet pancake.
Ingredients: ½ cup milk 2 eggs ½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt 1 Tbs. butter ¼ cup packed brown sugar 3 oz. cream cheese, softened ½ cup sour cream ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1 ½ cup thinly sliced apples ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, combine milk, eggs, flour, and salt. Beat ingredients until smooth. Heat a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet in a 450° oven until hot. Add butter to the skillet and coat entire bottom. Pour in batter; bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Beat sugar and cream cheese. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Fill pancake with ¾ cup cream cheese mixture and top with apple slices. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over apples and sprinkle with nuts. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
Early Bird Apple Casserole
This is a wonderfully sweet but nutritious casserole perfect to share with friends over brunch.
Ingredients: 2 cups sour cream 12 slices of wheat bread 1 Tbs. butter 12 thin slices of ham (suggest maple-flavored) 2 cups shredded cheddar/jack cheese 1 cup half-and-half (or hazelnut creamer) ½ cup packed brown sugar 4 eggs 1 (20-oz.) can of apple pie filling 1 cup granola
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix sour cream and brown sugar in a small bowl. Chill until serving. Whip eggs and half-and half together. Soak bread slices in mixture. Preheat griddle and add butter when warm. Cook bread on each side until golden brown.
In a 9 x 13 baking dish, place 6 slices of the French toast. Add a layer of all the ham. Top with 1½ cups of cheese. Add remaining 6 slices of French toast. Spread apple pie filling over the top. Sprinkle with granola. Bake 25 minutes at 350°. Top with remaining cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
Serve with chilled sour cream topping and enjoy!
You always listen when I need an ear, You comfort my heart and wipe my tear, Your counsel is godly, Full of wisdom, and true, I thank God for giving me a friend like you.
A-tisket, a-tasket, A friend's apple basket, A token of my gratitude To honor your great attitude!
Apple Basket for a Friend
Line your basket with excelsior and add a raffia bow. Start with a few juicy apples and then, depending on the season or occasion, choose a few of the following goodies to finish filling your basket.
A bag of apple chips Red and green pencils Sparkling apple cider Apple erasers
Dried apples in a bag or on a string Caramel apple dip with sticks Apple cider for mulling with a bag of mulling spices
Apple cinnamon tea An apple-decorated teacup or mug Apple-flavored jellybeans A red and green apple towel
An apple parer Red and green candles Apple-shaped cookie cutter
Don't forget a little note to your friend that says, You are the apple of God's eye.
A Bushel Basket of Apple Facts
There are tart apples, sweet apples, crunchy and juicy apples. There are pie apples, eating apples, bobbing and drying apples. There are about 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and about 7,500 worldwide, each distinct enough to be given its own name. God loves variety and that's why He created you and me—similar in some ways but very different in others. God made us each unique individuals so that we would bear fruit to meet different needs. Don't ever try to be like me ... the world needs both of us!
It's easiest to prepare this delightful brew in a 30-cup coffeemaker.
Simply combine the following ingredients and heat:
1 gallon of apple juice 32 raspberry tea bags 16 regular tea bags 1 quart of water 2 tsp. of lemon juice ½ cup of sugar
If they're in season, add a couple of fresh raspberries to each cup for a splash of color!
Apple Cranberry Cider
Here is another beverage that is sure to warm the hearts of friends.
In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the following ingredients:
4 cups of water 4 cups of apple juice 1 (12-oz.) can of frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed 1 medium orange, peeled and sectioned 1 medium apple, peeled and sliced 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cinnamon stick
Cover and heat on low for 2 hours. Discard cinnamon stick and fruit before serving.
Cultivating a friendship garden requires patience, perseverance, and time ... but it's worth it!
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. Proverbs 11:30
Have you ever thought about how many apples can grow from a single seed? One seed, one tree ... but countless fruit! You may be only one tree, but your single life has the incredible potential to impact and influence not only those closest to you, but generations to come.
Through all of life's ups and downs ... it's good to have a friend around!
What activities have you enjoyed with a friend? _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Thank you for my friend! She is such an incredible blessing in my life. I am so glad that You made her just the way You did ... right down to the number of hairs on her head ... and the color of them too! She truly is fearfully and wonderfully made—one of a kind by Your creative design.
I pray for my friend today that You will always enable her to see herself through Your loving eyes—not her own or the world's. Remind her how there is only one of her and only she can fulfill that perfect plan that You have designed especially for her.
Bless her today with confidence in who You've made her to be.
Hand in hand, we walk together; Heart to heart, friends forever.
Dear friends, you are my joy and my crown. Philippians 4:1
The average apple contains 5 seeds and 5 grams of fiber.
The first recorded planting of apple seeds was in 1629 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In early America the apple was called a winter banana.
The reason we bob for apples is because twenty-five percent of their volume is air, and they'll always rise to the top.
More than 3 billion apples are harvested by hand in Washington each fall.
Statistics indicate that sixty-one percent of the apples grown in the United States are still eaten as fresh fruit.
Apples are actually part of the rose family.
The apple variety "Delicious" is the most commonly grown in the United States.
A is for Apples and Angels ... they're both sweet and so are you!
B is for Birds and Blessings ... singing the praises for all you do!
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