Regina’s smoked ribs

Around our house, ribs are serious business, in fact it is a 3 day process. 

  

Here’s the basic recipe:

…. Dry rub and refrigerate for 24 hrs, next day smoke for 5-6 hrs between 200-225 degrees. Take off smoker, wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight. Next day, cut the cooled ribs, place back in foil and bake for 5-6 hours at 225 degrees. 

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Cheesecake Crescent Rolls 

Yummy…. This is an easy great dessert, or splurge for Breakfast.

 

What you’ll need:

2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
Cinnamon
1 cup Sugar

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350F oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.

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Sausage and Red Potatoes 

Comfort food….. Cooked red potatoes with sausage and bacon, add a little spice and something sweet.  Great dish!



  • 1 pkg Bacon
  • 5-6 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, diced
  • 6 green onions 
  • 2 tbs chili paste 
  • 3 tbs seedless raspberry or blackberry jelly

Cut bacon and cook in skillet until crispy.  Pull bacon out of skillet.  Cook potatoes in bacon drippings.  In separate pan, cook sausage.  When potatoes are cooked, drain bacon drippings.  Add bottoms of onions to potatoes and sauté.  Add cooked sausage to potatoes.  In separate pan add chili paste and jelly, heat until smooth, add bacon.  Then add to potatoes and sausage, toss with green onion tops.  Serve and enjoy. 



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New Year’s Prayer

Father, I pray for those in our world that do not have your Son as their redeemer. For those that do not know the good news, the gospel, and for those that have never obeyed the gospel.
Father, we know that He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way but His. Help us as we strive to show others the way.
Father, I know we will stumble and fall as we strive towards the way, please forgive us and set our feet back on your path, that we will not be misled but that we will lead others to the truth of your word.
Father, help us to see that our life is not about what we want, but more about what You want. Help us to give our lives to you….
In Jesus name, I make these requests. Amen

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Jesus is Lord

We say that…. Jesus is Lord, but do we understand what that means?
Probably not, I think we have a hard time with the concept of Lordship.

I could focus on so many different dimensions, but the thing I find hardest to wrap my brain around is truly trusting our Lord. I want to be capable, independent, self-sufficient but just the act of claiming Jesus as Lord says, “I can’t, I need You to take care of me”.

I usually don’t have a problem acknowledging that with my words, however sometimes my actions don’t quite match up. I say that I will give my problems and issues to my Lord, but then I try to step in and tell my Lord what to do and how to do it……

Help me to learn to truly follow (submit) to my Lord, and trust that He will take care of me. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is capable, all powerful. He has payed the ransom for my sins, My Lord has redeemed me. He can do what I cannot…..

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Faith

Hebrews 11:1 Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.

Faith… It’s so hard to explain.
Faith is unique and different to each individual. It’s kind of like a barometer measuring your relationship with God.

When we develop a relationship, as we get to know someone we begin having expectations. We begin to expect them to act in certain ways and do certain things. As that relationship grows, flourishes, and develops we are then convinced of the existence of things we cannot see…

Trust……. Mercy……. LOVE……..

To me that is the beginning of developing faith, then as it grows we are assured of the promises God has given us and we can be convinced that He will deliver on each one.

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Cleansed from Sin

1 John 1:7
But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other and the blood of His son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.
How can a perfect, sinless God have relationship with a spotted and stained sinner like me?
The truth is that God will not “dwell” or have a relationship with sin. Then how can I cleanse myself of sin, how can I atone for my sin? The cleansing of sin requires a blood sacrifice. It requires perfect blood, the blood of animals doesn’t cleanse….
What am I to do?
Thank you Jesus….. You are the perfect, unspotted, sinless lamb.
Thank you for your sacrifice, your atonement.
Thank you for your plan, a way that I can be cleansed with your blood through baptism.
Colossians 2:12-14
1 Peter 3:21

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Psalm 22:19

Do not be so far away, O Lord.
Come quickly to help me, O my strength.

Sometimes I feel like God is far away, I should remember that God is near but sometimes I find myself far away from Him. How do I fix that? I need to get moving – draw closer to God. Examine my life, look at the things I’m doing. Are they keeping me from drawing closer to God?

God is ready, He is waiting. He will come quickly. His help is real, He is able and His strength is unfailing. I need to remember that my strength if found in God. He is true strength. I shouldn’t deceive myself. Humans are weak, but with God’s strength amazing things happen.

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Prayer for 2014

My prayer for 2014 is that everyone will seek God’s approval. God has left His word for us so that we can find out how we can obtain His approval. If you are unsure if you have God’s approval, please do not wait. Let 2014 be the year you put those doubts to rest, study the bible to answer all your questions. If you need a study partner, I would love to study the bible with anyone that is seeking God’s approval. Don’t be deceived, not everyone will inherit the kingdom of Heaven, only those who have washed their robes have the right to the tree of life. Make sure your robes have been washed according to God’s directions.

Revelation 22:10-21
Then the angel said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy in this book because the time is near. Let those who don’t have God’s approval go without it, and let filthy people continue to be filthy. Let those who have God’s approval continue to have it, and let holy people continue to be holy.”
“I’m coming soon! I will bring my reward with me to pay all people based on what they have done. I am the A and the Z, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are dogs, sorcerers, sexual sinners, murderers, idolaters, and all who lie in what they say and what they do.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give this testimony to you for the churches. I am the root and descendant of David. I am the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let those who hear this say, “Come!” Let those who are thirsty come! Let those who want the water of life take it as a gift.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy in this book:If anyone adds anything to this, God will strike him with the plagues that are written in this book. If anyone takes away any words from this book of prophecy, God will take away his portion of the tree of life and the holy city that are described in this book.
The one who is testifying to these things says, “Yes, I’m coming soon!”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
The good will of the Lord Jesus be with all of you. Amen!

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Remember

September 11th.
It will forever be remembered.
We will remember where we were.
We will remember what we were doing.
We will remember how we felt.

We will remember.

I hope we will also remember how we pulled together, as a people, as a nation.
We did things that needed to be done.
We cried with each other, we comforted each other.

I hope we will continue to remember by never forgetting to take time to see the disasters that occur around us everyday. That we will stop our busy lives for a moment and cry with one another, comfort each other.

Somewhere today we all have a “neighbor” who has had disaster strike their life today. Can we pull together and do what needs to be done?

Galatians 5:13-14
You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don’t turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love. All of Moses ‘Teachings are summarized in a single statement, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

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