Pistachio Marshmallow Salad

 

Here’s a fun spring/summer recipe from Janelle at ComfyInTheKitchen.com.

Janelle writes:

Can anyone tell me why this is called “Watergate Salad”? Hehe…I decided to change it to “Pistachio Delight” because, well….Watergate was a scandal, and this is more…delightful! This is an especially sweet Spring treat for the kidos…they love all the colors. Serve as a side or dessert, it will be sure to please the little ones {and bigger ones} at your table.

Pour 1 pint whipping cream and 1/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Beat on high until soft peaks form like so…you can over beat, so be careful to stop when the whipping cream looks like the picture above.

Add 1 small box of instant Pistachio pudding mix.

Then add 1 can of fruit cocktail {you certainly may add fresh fruit instead-I have tried mandarine oranges and bananas}, 1 cup coconut, and one cup of multi colored marshmallows- be careful of tiny hands. {I had to hurry up and mix this, lol!}

Also add in crushed pineapple and nuts {optional}. You can do this in all one step, lol…

Stir by hand until all is combined.

LOVE! Wouldn’t this make such a sweet dish for a baby shower? The colors are so pretty…and it’s so delicious!

Pistachio Marshmallow Salad {Watergate Salad}

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Ingredients
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 small box instant pistachio pudding
  • 1(20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 cup multi-colored marshmallows
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans {optional}
Instructions
  1. Beat whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.
  2. Add box of pistachio pudding and beat together.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

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speakerJanelle Nehrenz

Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com Follower her on facebook at Comfy In The Kitchen Follow her on Twitter at ComfynKitchen

How to Respond to the Labels – Intolerant, Judgmental, Hater


Impossible to please everybody J C Ryle quote

 Some might think I live in a bubble because I’ve homeschooled my kids for the last 5 years…they’d be wrong.  For the first 18 years of my life, I attended public schools.  I also worked in the “real world” as a waitress for many years and later as a receptionist, Administrative Assistant and Business Sales Rep.  During those years, I made friends with all sorts – gay and straight, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist and every denomination from Charismatic to Fundamentalist to Methodist and Presbyterian.

I sincerely enjoy people and anyone who is kind to me, I quickly adopt as a friend.

I have never been shy about my faith  - 100% of those I listed above, I discussed faith with and probably 25% of them I gave a Bible to as a gift.

And never – never once was I ever called intolerant, judgmental or a hater.  Why?

Because when we are able to get to know people in real life –real flesh and blood, we are able to know a person’s heart, accept them as they are and understand differences without getting angry.

But the on-line world is a whole.different.story!

Did you know that 7% of our communication is words, 38% is through vocal tones and 55% through NON-VERBAL elements like facial expressions, gestures and posture.

This means that when we discuss “hot topics” on-line, 93% of our heart as we communicate (the non-verbals) are missing.

I believe this gets Christians into hot water – FAST!

A 140 character tweet that contains “truth” as we call it  - can sound judgmental or hateful to someone who sees you as…judgmental or hateful.

A Facebook debate where we add our 2 cents, in the most gracious way we can, can come off as intolerant.

It is incredibly hard to speak “truth in love” on-line!  This is why I’m continually putting hearts and smiley faces all over my social media. It is my attempt to give some non-verbal love.

Before I share how I handle these labels, I want to share some of what I have faced on-line.  I have received hundreds of comments and emails with insults.  The first time it happened, I was devastated…it was five and a half years ago on a post about my daughter and this woman commented and said ~ “I hope your daughter becomes an atheist and never speaks to you again.”

Total shock! I only had about 50 followers at the time and it came so out of left field that it troubled me for weeks!

But as my blog grew – the volume of insults grew too.  With each new insult, I was a little less shocked.

Here’s an example of some negative comments I have received on my Women Living Well Youtube Channel:

  • I hate you. You need to be slapped, promoting these erroneous morals that destroy progression in our modern world.
  • Keep this in mind: You make the world a worse place. You are the reason for war. You are the reason for violence. You are the reason for all of the willful ignorance in the world. YOU are the cause of EVERYTHING evil involving gender equality. YOU.
  • How sad that you treat a book that has been rewritten and proven false to be absolute truth. I feel pity that you will never know real life by throwing it away. Stupid doesn’t begin to cover your retarded beliefs. Here’s hoping you grow a brain and are unable to have children to grow up into this self-destroying dogma.
  • Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
  • You are a foolish woman!!!
  • It’s preposterous to claim you follow God’s word literally. You follow what your warped surroundings have ingrained in your twisted mind.
  • Crazy that my post didn’t make it! Can’t deal with the true contradictions of your flawed bible, you ignorant creature?
  • You’re an idiot bigot.
  • You want to brain-wash your kids into your silly myth and keep them from the truth.
  • I find you Highly annoying and egregiously idealistic…I am pretty sure you are no Provebs 31 woman, and everything you claim that is so amazing to you is actually so far from reach and unattainable that your constant lust for perfection causes you severe emotional break downs.
  • God’s word? What bull sh**! What the f*** would you know what god wants?
  • this is retarded. , F*** your ideas , F*** your literal bible translation, and F*** you.

And just last week – I got a long ranting email – this is a short excerpt:

You are so fake and obnoxious in your videos. Your over-sized fake smile with your giant gums is so annoying that I’ve stopped watching your videos entirely.

OUCH!!!!!!!

A W Tozer To be right with men

For years, this has surrounded me – at times, I’d say it has even jaded me.  I have always been one to assume the good in others…but I’ll admit, I see things differently now.  I live in the midst of spiritual warfare everyday.

I used to speak more boldly…and I thought that maybe my choice to soften a bit was maturity…but now I realize it’s not maturity – it’s fear.  I have a lot of fear inside of me.

And I have cried out to God – how in the world do I respond to these people?

Luke 6:27-36 (NIV)

Love your Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Mercy.

We follow a crucified man…the crowds hated Jesus to the point of death –of course we’re going to be labeled and insulted.

Being a follower of Christ means…

we must humble ourselves.(Philippians 2)

we must deny ourselves. (Luke 9:23)

we must live the crucified life. (Galatians 2:20)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

***Pause for a moment…is there a person that God is bringing to mind that you need to extend mercy to?  This person has wrongfully labeled you, either in real life or on-line, and you are hurt, angry and have shut them out.

Be kinder than you feel.

Luke 6:35 says – “your reward will be great” if you extend mercy.

I have a feeling the Holy Spirit is bringing someone to mind for all of us. Do you feel that nudge?  Don’t ignore it!

We have a direct command from Jesus –”Pray for those who mistreat you.”

Go heap kindness on them! You will be blessed!

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
~Romans 12:20,21

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Previous Posts from this series:

Speaking the Truth In Love

The Authority of Scripture and 5 Ways to Defend Truth

The Ultimate Cultural Sin –Intolerance

Our Easter Family Traditions

I LOVE celebrating Easter – the Resurrection of Jesus my Savior and Lord!   Here are some of our spiritual – and not so spiritual traditions!

First, the not so spiritual…matching clothes. I have no idea why I ever started this tradition but I started it and I guess I’ll do it until the kids complain. Lol!

Easter 2004 – just the boys were matching

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Easter 2006 – the entire family now matching!

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Easter 2007

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Easter 2008

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Easter 2009

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Easter 2010

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 Easter 2011

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 Easter 2012 -

the year Alexis got a big boo boo on her face while knocking out her two front teeth

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 Easter 2013

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So you may wonder what the clothing plan is for this year…I’m still working on it – maybe I’ll post it after Easter. ;)

Now for what REALLY matters!  

Our Spiritual traditions.

Last year I posted our 3 favorite Meaningful Easter Activities.  Just click the links below to get the recipes and details of the traditions.

3 meaningful easter activities

Our Easter Traditions include:

Easter Breakfast – Resurrection Rolls

 

This is the simplest of the 3 traditions.  We LOVE this!

Break open the tomb (the roll) and the body of Christ is no longer there!!

Celebrate!

 

Another tradition is:

Easter Story Cookies

You will find a host of verses and the symbolism of each ingredient for this cookie by clicking here.

 And Finally:

Resurrection Eggs

This one takes a bit more preparation – but it is so worth it and so neat to do together as a family.
Find the list of items needed, verses and script for these eggs by clicking here.

These are all great tools for sharing the gospel with your own children, the children in the neighborhood or the children in Sunday School class.

One other tradition I typically face is stress. :(  Booooo – right?
Stress and holidays seem to go hand in hand for us mamas.  We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do it all perfectly. There’s a laundry list of things we have to do to pull off great memories and a meaningful day for our kids and the pressure can warp mommies mood!

Let me forewarn you – Satan HATES Easter and us celebrating Jesus Christ rising from the dead! He would LOVE to ruin your holiday. There are many spiritual battles that we may face during this holiday and we need to be aware and stand firm (Ephesians 6)!

So here’s a few practical things to remember:

1. It’s the tradition of being together year after year that builds security and love within the family. NOT how big the basket is or how perfectly the eggs are dyed.

2. Be on guard against marital strife. Inevitably your husband is not going to help enough or is going to do it his way not yours. Bite your tongue (till it bleeds mamas!)- be gentle with your words toward your husband – avoid having an Easter blow up – that ruins it for everyone. If there’s something that is just way out of line – pull him aside privately or save it until bedtime to discuss (unless of course someone is in danger!).

3. Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure everyone’s clothes and shoes and bows and accessories are out and ready to go in the morning. Put out the breakfast plates and cups so breakfast is efficient – you’ll be in a hurry to church and might want a picture before you leave (be sure your camera batteries are charged). These extra few minutes can make the difference between being frazzled and pleasant.

4. Get enough sleep Saturday night - do not stay up late watching television or browsing blogs and facebook. Be disciplined about your bedtime.

5. Wake up before everyone else and get your quiet time in and shower. I know that might mean waking at 5am but trust me – if you are a step ahead of your family the day will go much more smoothly than if you are a step behind.

6. Pray and ask God to give your family peace and joy. Someone could wake up sick, get chocolate down the front of their pretty dress, the Ham might not turn out right or your mother-in-law might just say something annoying…again.

Remember – there is a spiritual battle we are in – pray continually that God will help you to respond lovingly and patiently and peacefully!

I am saying a prayer for all who read this post – that God would bless your Easter! Stand firm mamas!!!
Ps. 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

**Chime In: Do you have a fun Easter tradition?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section too!

Walk with the King,

Easter Dinner Menu

Easter Dinner Menu

Is Easter at your house this year?

Then Janelle from ComfyInTheKitchen.com and I have the perfect Easter Dinner Menu for you!

Simply click on the links to get our recipes below.

First, this is what I take every year to my mom’s house for Easter

Deviled Eggs
(that I prefer to rename – Angelic Eggs!)

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Classic Green Beans

green beans

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

bacon wrapped asparagus

 Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

mashed potatoes

 Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese - while your oven is filled with the main dish and sides – make this side in your crock pot! It’s a family favorite here in our house!

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Easter Ham

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Easy Cheesy Beautiful Bread

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel salad

Mmmmmm…looking at this feast makes me hungry!

What’s on your Easter Dinner Menu?

 

Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

Thank you to Janelle for sharing her recipes with us!

speakerJanelle Nehrenz

Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com Follower her on facebook at Comfy In The Kitchen Follow her on Twitter at ComfynKitchen