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Out of Our Minds Recipes

I’ve received many, many emails, comments and handwritten notes about the recent Out of Our Minds – Devoted event. The Lord was so faithful to work and move among us. Many have commented on the wonderful food and asked for recipes. A big thank you to Pam Fette and Sueann Angel who made us all feel special that someone would take the time to prepare such delicious food for us. Several have asked for recipes so Pam and Sueann have graciously shared them to post on our website. Enjoy!

Pineapple Cheeseball

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 8oz cream cheese
1 can crushed pineapple- drained well
brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
chopped pecans
Ritz type crackers


Line the bottom of a small flat bottom dish with foil then plastic wrap. It just makes removing cheeseball easier. Press enough brown sugar into the bottom to cover ( like you would a pineapple upside down cake ). Cover that with 1/2 the crushed pineapple and press into place. In separate dish mix the cream cheese, remaining pineapple, 1-2 tsp brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well press into pan over the pineapple. Put in the fridge to set. To serve pull out of the dish by the foil then place plate over the cream cheese mix and invert onto your serving plate. Peel the foil and plastic wrap off. You can top with chopped pecans if desired. Serve with ritz type crackers . You can adjust this recipe for bigger crowds and use a springform pan.

Cherry Preserves w/ Sirachi Hot Sauce

  • Servings: 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 8oz block cream cheese
1/2 cup Cherry Preserves
1-2 tsp Sirachi Hot Sauce


Mix 1/2 cup Cherry Preserves with 1-2 tsp Sirachi Hot Sauce pour over 8oz block of cream cheese. Serve with crackers.

Caramel Corn

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 bags microwave popcorn
1 c brown sugar
1 c corn syrup
1/2 c (1 stick) butter (not margarine)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1 t vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 300. Pop the popcorn and remove all unpopped kernels. Pour popcorn into a large mixing bowl that’s been sprayed with Pam. Melt butter, corn syrup, sugar & salt in a sauce pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Add baking soda and vanilla and stir. Pour over popcorn and gently fold until it’s covered well. Pour caramel corn onto a large baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven to stir popcorn. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let the caramel corn cool on waxed paper. When it’s completely cooled, break apart and immediately store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Brownie Bites

  • Servings: 48
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 box brownie mix
1 small bag frozen raspberries, mini Rolos, mini Reese’s Cups, etc.
Mini muffin tins (totaling 48 muffin cups)


Prepare brownie mix according to directions. Spray tins with Pam. Put approx 1 T brownie mix into each cup. Place one raspberry (or mini candy piece) in center of each muffin cup. Use a spoon or knife to cover the center with brownie mix. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Let cool in tins for about 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely before frosting. Store in airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or refrigerated for 5 days.


Out of our Minds- DEVOTED

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6


Devotedloyal, affectionate, zealous, faithful, strongly attached

To what do you give your devotion?

Did you know that the devotion Christ asks of you in scripture can never equal the devotion he pours out on you?  Never. He’s divine and we are human.  His loyalty to us and affection towards us can never be matched.  Yet, he still longs for our unequalled devotion.

Psalm 139trust Jesus

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Can you hear the Lord’s supernatural devotion to you in these verses?  His devotion, that can’t be equaled, (Greek- PROSKARTERESIS) -unremitting care, his perseverance towards us, his steadfast and constant readiness.  He is so worthy of our loyalty.  He has proven himself devote-able.

imageI am so thankful for all those beautiful ladies who joined us at our Out of our MindsDEVOTED renewal event this past weekend.   Thank you to Amy Mahaffey,  Julie Pierpont and Pastor Adam Widecan who ushered us into worship right from the beginning.  You can find all those great worship songs right here on our website under the Music tab.

As you start this year, I pray that you will take some time to reflect and see all the ways God has shown his devotion to you.  Thank him for his faithfulness and constant care towards you.  Thank him for the invitation he gives you to be devoted- strongly attached- to him in prayer (Colossians 4:2), brotherly love (Romans 12:10) and the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42).

imageAs you pray, tell him of your affection towards him.  I was convicted as I listen to Cindi speak about devoted time in prayer, realizing that I have spent more time lately asking God to show his devotion to me than I have spent in expressing my loyalty and faithfulness to him.  I was challenged by Elaine to always be a student of the Word and can’t wait to dive into a new study on Hebrews this week. And don’t forget to “one- another” (fellowship) like the church in Acts.

imageAll those wonderful ministries we learned about are highlighted right here on our THRIVE site.  It has been exciting to hear how God has already used these women and their stories to inspire those listening to get busy being devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10).  In fact, after hearing about the Broken Bus Friday night,  one event participant hopped on the bus Saturday afternoon for her first trip downtown to serve with the ministry.  I heard about 2 gals who met at the event and didn’t even know they were neighbors.  Now, they are planning their new neighborhood outreach dinner!  God is so cool!


If you enjoyed Matthew West’s  “Do Something” video, take another look:

I also like this version:

I’d love to hear how God spoke to you at the renewal event this weekend.

Out of my mind with lots of love for Him!



Kara Tippetts – The Hardest Peace

Do you want to be inspired to enjoy every moment of life? Author Kara Tippetts challenges you to look through a different lens, respond in kindness and give thanks for every breath.

Expecting grace in the midst of life's hard

The Hardest Peace – Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard – Kara Tippetts, October 1, 2014

Back of the book: “Losing myself in the startling light of Kara’s story, I have found who I am, who He is, and more of the meaning of every breath.”  — Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow…and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.

The practice of loving beyond your limits

Big Love: the Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits – Kara Tippetts, September 21, 2014

Living in love takes courage. It takes unbelievable grace and humility to love others well. This book offers grace, ideas, practical help and a story of one broken mama fighting to live well with her children.

Women in Ministry Highlights

Erin Peterson – Cinderella’s Closet

cinderellas_closet_chathamCinderella’s Closet provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, we are able to “Turn Dresses Into Dreams” for juniors and seniors referred to our organization by their school, community organization or social care agency.  Even more than a dress, Cinderella’s Closet provides an unforgettable, amazing experience.  From the moment our princesses dance through our doors they are greeted with an environment of grace, love and respect.  It is our mission that they leave knowing they are cherished.

Cinderella’s Closet originated as a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, KY in 2006 and has now grown to other churches throughout the country. Each is founded on the belief that providing formalwear is simply a way to show God’s extrodinary love to some amazing young women.

Visit to find out more.

Cinderella’s Closet Headquarters
Northern Kentucky
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2551 Dixie Highway
Lakeside Park, KY 41017
Office Phone: 859-341-5330
Erin Peterson, Founder & Director – Email Erin
Northern Kentucky’s Facebook Page

Women in Ministry Highlights

Christie Dixon – We Care Ministry


We Care is a brand new ministry for the Foster Families in the South Western Ohio District. Our goal is to bring Foster Families together for support and encouragement as we … “Trust God Through The Twists & Turns Together”.  We will connect through events, private Facebook and email groups.

Not a Foster Family?? You can still support We Care by spreading the word to your church & foster families, join our  encouragement team, or donate gift cards (any where, any amount).

For more details, please contact:

Christie Dixon

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We Care – SWO NAZ Foster Care Ministry

Women in Ministry Highlights

Cindi Stevens – Target Dayton Ministries

targetdayton1Target Dayton Ministries is a church for the poor and homeless in the inner city of Dayton, Ohio. Our mission is to show God’s love to the poor and homeless through ministries of compassion and lead them to a life changing new birth in Christ. With the help of hundreds of caring volunteers and financial partners, Target Dayton served more than 60,000 delicious hot meals to the poor and homeless last year! And thousands prayed to receive Christ in over 300 evangelistic services!

Mark-and-Cindi-300x199Mark and Cindi Stevens moved to the inner city in the spring of 2000 and began full time ministry as the directors of Target Dayton in June of 2002. During the past 10 years the ministry has grown from a small Saturday meal for the homeless into a life changing ministry affecting 1000’s of poor and homeless people with 6 services a week.

Robbie-Amanda-300x196At the beginning of 2013, Mark and Cindi were joined by Cindi’s son, Robbie and his family.  Robbie, Amanda, and little Avery just left everything and moved from Atlanta, GA to follow God’s call on their lives to join in the ministry here in Dayton.

Visit to find out more.

Women in Ministry Highlights

Michele Bailes – The Broken Bus Ministry

brokenbuscoverphotoThe Broken Bus Ministry is an outreach ministry created by Greg and Michele Bailes with the assistance of their children Jordan and Justin. The Ministry is supported solely by friends of our family along with friends of friends and so on. God leads the way, we just follow.

What started with feeding homeless with our church for several months led to serving homeless out of our car for almost a year. We soon realized the car was not big enough as the needs of those who live on the streets were larger than we could provide out of our personal vehicle. God planted a vision in our minds – a mobile service vehicle – which would drive the streets of our city searching for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need. Once we chose to be obedient, God began His work.

brokenbusWe now have a bus filled with clothes, shoes, blankets, food, drinks, gloves, hats….everything and anything a person living on the street might need. We are currently in the legal process of becoming a non-profit charity but we rely solely on the donations of friends to make God’s plan a reality.

We are always in need of items to give directly to the poor and homeless. In addition, monetary donations are always greatly appreciated as we provide food and drinks for countless homeless on a weekly basis. If you can help, please send us a note!

In addition, our bus allows friends and family to ride along and serve with us! If you are interested, send me a note! We would love to have you join us!

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