Thursday, August 26, 2010

Revival meeting fellowship

On our second night of Revival meetings, we invited everyone to come over to our place for some light refreshments. We had a great time together.

We served chips and salsa, garlic cheese toast, chocolate chip cookies, four-fruit salad and chunky chocolate jam bars.

The salad and jam bars were a big hit, so I thought I would share the recipes with you. The salad is a recipe from Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking Magazine (Aug/Sept. 2010).

Four-fruit salad

4 cups fresh raspberries (or strawberries)
4 medium plums, coarsely chopped
4 medium apricots, coarsely chopped
2 medium peaches, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons honey

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Drizzle with honey and toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled.

As for the bars....I can't believe I haven't shared these yet on my blog, as they are a favorite at our house and at get-togethers. The recipe comes from Food and Family Magazine.

Doesn't it look scrumptious?

Chunky Chocolate Jam Bars

1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (I use old-fashioned oats, and it comes out just fine)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
5 squares semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1 jar (12 ounce) raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil lining. Mix flour, brown sugar and baking powder in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add oats, coconut and pecans; mix well. Press half of the crumb mixture firmly onto bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate. Spoon jam over top; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Lift from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 32 servings, 1 bar each.

We had a wonderful time with Tim and Brittany. On our last day together before the final service, we visited a couple of people from church, played a good game of putt-putt, then ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. They are not just fellow-laborers in ministry, but also our friends. Our church was blessed and many great decisions were made for the Lord. To God be the glory!

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