Thank You Farm to Feast Sponsors!

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There is so much that must go in to preparing and presenting my annual garden gala, Farm to Feast, an event benefitting Point Hope, a voice for forgotten children.

I am so very grateful to the many many people who in small or large ways helped to make the day a success! Special thanks go to the following 4, who have underwritten a great deal of the expenses necessary for hosting over 100 guests, preparing the gardens and grounds, serving a sumptuous meal, and entertaining the masses.

Without their help, it would be very difficult to come together in this way, to support the work of Point Hope, which I am so passionately committed to. My deepest thanks to:

Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins

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Representing the works of over 2,000 authors and the world's largest Bible translations, HCCP is the most award-winning inspirational publisher in the industry, publishing bestselling content in every format, connecting words and people together wherever they live, work, or play.

Books like Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s by Jamie TenNapel Tyrone, is her story of accidentally finding out she will most likely develop the disease at some point in her life. She founded B.A.B.E.S (Beating Alzheimer’s By Embracing Science) and through the group, and her book, gives those affected by Alzheimer’s courage and hope. If you or someone you know is living in the shadow of this disease, pick up a copy!

Many of the books I highlight as part of Delilah’s Book Club are published by this group. A Brave Face, by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe, was one of the recent ones. I also had these two brave, beautiful, and inspiring women join me on an episode of LOVE SOMEONE with Delilah, my podcast series. Listen in!

And, the autobiography, Grateful American - A Journey from Self To Service, by Gary Sinise is published by Thomas Nelson. It’s about honoring, celebrating, and serving our Freedom Providers and calls upon all Americans to to what they can for those who have done all they can! Gary joined me on LOVE SOMEONE recently as well! Take a listen.

Visit Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins HERE

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Balsam Hill

We welcome long-time sponsor Balsam Hill back to be part of our Farm to Feast event. They have everything you need not only for holiday decorating but all year round for every season.

I’ve been using Balsam Hill decor for all my decorating needs for several years now. Whether I need some really incredible Fall or Halloween decorations, one of the most realistic faux Christmas trees available, along with wreaths, swags, garland, and ornaments for the winter season, Easter and Spring Florals, or to welcome Summer with vivid faux florals and lush lifelike greenery that won’t wilt, turn brown, or shrivel when the temperatures soar and water becomes scarce….

Find it at Balsam Hill, all season long, all year long!

Click HERE to shop

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Sony/AFFIRM Films

I’m so honored to again have the support of Sony/AFFIRM Films year. AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures, is the industry leader in faith-based films including the upcoming “Overcomer” in theaters August 23rd.

Make sure you enter to win my Flyaway Sweepstakes to attend the movie premiere in Dallas, Texas on August 13!

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: What do you allow to define you?

Learn more about OVERCOMER

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Back2Back Ministries

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We welcomed a new sponsor this year, Back2Back Ministries , an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a global voice for orphans. They exist to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs, so that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.

Back2Back Ministries and Point Hope are perfect allies in the fight for children, helping them to RISE UP from the circumstances they were born into, leaving poverty, malnutrition, and abuse behind. I am so grateful they decided to partner with us!

Learn more about Back2Back HERE

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We are in our 5th season of Farm to Feast, and each year it becomes larger, better organized, and enjoyed by more attendees. This was our biggest year yet and we were met with blessing after blessing; a beautiful day, delicious food, a phenomenal performance, and the generous contributions of attendees to further our goal of building a health and wellness center in Point Hope Village, Ghana, West Africa that will benefit thousands of under-served deserving people.

We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!


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New Music for Summer Time!

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Summer is here!


Bring on the picnics, beach days, ice cream trucks, book lists, and feelin’ fine music!

So many concerts, so little time! No warm-weather schedule is so packed however, that it wouldn’t allow for some downloads and earbuds. Might I suggest…

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Katy Perry’s new single, Never Really Over. I find myself singing along in the car with Blessing and Delilah Jr… It’s contagiously catchy and fun, but what else could it be? It’s from Katy Perry!

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Or how ‘bout those Jonas Brothers?! Charming, handsome, and hip; I’m a sucker for their new single, Sucker, from the album Happiness Begins and I know you will be too! Their tour kicks off from Miami, FL in August and wraps up in Paris, France next February. Grab tickets when they’re in your area!

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Meanwhile, P!nk’s new album, Hurts 2B Human found itself in the No. 1 spot on Billboards top 200 list back in March. Walk Me Home is another great sing-along as I shuttle kids back and forth, and the album is packed full of what I know will be your new favorites!

And, I can hardly wait for Lover, one of the most anticipated albums of the year from Taylor Swift. It comes out on August 24 and features the fab singles, ME and You Need To Calm Down. Me? Calm down? No way, I LOVE this album!!!

My kiddos are all out of school now, and summer is fully underway. That means numerous trips daily between friends homes, craft stores, sporting events, and more!

Sometimes I feel like a taxi driver, but then I remind myself of how precious this time is. So much sharing goes on between us (not to mention the eaves-dropping on precious and precocious conversations) and our “performances” as we belt out the week’s new faves are legendary (in our own minds!)

I hope your summers are off to great starts, full of good people, good things, and fabulous music!

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Cauliflower 'Faux-tato' Salad

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My potato salad is famous (or perhaps infamous, not sure which…) and I’ll make it for any occasion; BBQ’s, birthdays, bar mitzvah’s… but (confession session) sometimes I crave a lighter dish.

Enter this delicious “faux-tato” salad made with steamed cauliflower florets - it’s so so tasty, but far lower in carbs. It’s got everything you want for a great picnic salad except all the starch. Go ahead, give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1/2 cup bacon bits (about 6 rashers of bacon)

  • 1/2 c. sour cream

  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise

  • 1 tspn stone-ground mustard

  • 1 tbsp. dill pickle brine (vinegar or lemon juice work too!)

  • Salt and Pepper

  • 1 1/2 c.  cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/4 c. chives, chopped small

Directions:

  1. Add cauliflower florets to about 1” of boiling water in large pot or pan. Cover and allow to steam until tender - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and cool. Set aside.

  2. Cook bacon rashers until crispy, turning to crisp each side. Drain on paper towels then break or chop into bits.

  3. Mix together, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, pickle brine (or vinegar or lemon juice) in a large bowl. Add the steamed and cooled cauliflower florets and gently stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper, then fold in bacon, cheddar, and chives. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Of course, like most of my recipes, they’re more suggestion than anything else. If you have a particular way you like to dress your potato salad, give it a try only use the cauliflower florets instead of starchy ‘taters.

I’m always interested in what you think - so tell me if you try this, any adjustments you might make to it, and most importantly, what was the cause of your gathering and celebration?! I’m nosy that way!

Rhubarb Nut Bread

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I recently posted a photo of myself and one of the GIANT rhubarb leaves from my garden on Facebook. At the time, I ask my visitors for their favorite rhubarb recipes - I’ve got enough for every recipe out there! Many were kind enough to send me their best-loved, tried-and-true, blue-ribbon-winner rhubarb treats.

From fruit leathers to sauces, pies to puddings, and bars to breads, I’ll never have to ask myself “What am I going to do with all this rhubarb?!” again!

Here’s the first of many recipes I’ll share. This one comes from Bonnie - thank you!

Rhubarb Nut Bread

Ingredients:

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  • 1-1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup veg. oil

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2-1/2 cups flour

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh rhubarb stalk, cleaned and diced

  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

  • For Topping:

    • 1/2 cup sugar

    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

    • 1 Tblspn softened butter

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients: brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla, blend well.

  3. Add dry mixture to large bowl, stir to combine and add diced rhubarb and nuts.

  4. Pour into greased and floured bread baking pans.

  5. Blend the Topping ingredients in a small bowl with a fork, sprinkle over tops of bread batter.

  6. Bake at 325 degrees approximately 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  7. Cool, slice, and enjoy with a cup of tea!!!


Veterans: Make The Connection!

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May is Mental Health Month, and before we turn a page on the calendar, I wanted to take the opportunity to spread the word about an organization that helps our military heroes called Make The Connection.

By nature, military service exposes our brave men and women to traumatic events. While trained to act and react in the moment for the best possible outcome, the emotional imprints can last long after service has ended. Most of us could never comprehend the situations they find themselves in…

There are millions of Veterans and family members who have needed support during tough times. Their lives got better. And so can yours, or that person you’re concerned for, because there’s a place to turn to: MakeTheConnection.net 

Make The Connection is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members, friends, and other supporters, with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. There, you can hear personal stories of recovery from Veterans that have served during many different time periods such as: Post-9/11 Era (2001 - Present), Desert Era (1990 - 2000), Post-Vietnam War Era (1976 - 1989), Vietnam War Era (1960 - 1975), Post Korean War Era (1954 - 1959), and, WW II through Korean War Era (1941 - 1953).

They've worn the uniform, shared similar experiences, and found a supportive path to recovery by reaching out for help. If you, or someone you know could use some support, this is the place to come.

I simply can’t begin to express how much gratitude I have for our active military members and the Veteran’s who have served! I want to think that anyone needing support can find it, because they are owed that. For everything our freedom providers do for us, kindness, caring, and tangible support is that least that they should receive in return. That’s why I’m honored to share the services of Make The Connection.

Need some help? Get it here! Make The Connection.

Thank you for your service and for the safety and freedom it provides for all of us! I am so very humbled and grateful!

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