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TODAY’S RESPECT DARE: Five different times in the book of Proverbs, the author alludes to a “nagging” or “quarrelsome” wife.  How are you doing in this area?  More importantly, how would your husband say you are doing?  Today’s dare is to ask him that question – “Am I quarrelsome.”  There’s only one rule: You can’t argue with him or justify your behavior.

TODAY’S LOVE DARE:  In John 17, Jesus prayed that the church would be “one, even as we are one.”  Unity, in the church and in marriage, is a hallmark of our God.  Oneness in marriage requires keeping each other on the same page.  Today’s dare is to isolate one area of division in your marriage and pray about it.  Ask God to reveal anything in your heart that threatens that oneness.  Then pray for good communication, with a heart toward unity.

Remember to tell us you’re taking the LOVE/RESPECT DARE by signing up for the 30 day challenge on our home page.

TODAY’S RESPECT DARE: Proverbs 11:22 says “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”  Men tend to be more visual than women, which can lead to temptation.  So today’s Respect Dare ladies is to prayerfully spend 15 minutes going through your closet – and consider what your clothing is communicating and how it represents your husband and family.

TODAY’S LOVE DARE:  ”Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men.” ~ Ephesians 6:7.  You don’t have to be married too long before you realize that your mate doesn’t always motivate your love, but love that is lifted up as an offering to God never loses its anchor.  So before you see your spouse again, pray for them by name and for their needs.  Whether you feel like it or not, say “I Love You” and express love to them in some tangible way.

Remember to tell us you’re taking the LOVE/RESPECT DARE by signing up for the 30 day challenge on our home page.

buttermilkpie

 

CHAR BOLTHOUSE’S FAMOUS BUTTERMILK PIE RECIPE

Ingredients1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup biscuit mix (recommended: Bisquick)
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend for 1 minute with a handheld electric mixer. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.

Your Love Dare for today:  Take time to pray through your areas of responsibility and your areas of wrong doing. Where you have failed, ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love.
Your Respect Dare:  Prayerfully consider your husband as the man he has become. Ask God to show you what positive characteristics have developed in him over the years and in writing, let him know what those characteristics are. Support each one with why it’s important to you.

Your Respect Dare for today: Write a list of the times the your husband has wronged you and burn it. Make a list of the times you’ve wronged your husband and ask him to forgive you for those times.

Your Love Dare for today:  Whatever you haven’t forgiven in your mate, forgive it today. Let it go. Just as we ask Jesus to “forgive us our debts, we must ask Him to help us to “forgive our debtors” each day as well. Unforgiveness has been keeping you and your spouse in prison too long. Say from your heart “I choose to forgive.”

Just in time for the July 15th return of the Twinkie, here’s the recipe Shannyn uses to make a healthy-ish vegan alternative.

Twinkies

 Vegan Twinkies Recipe

Making the twinkies is a three step process:
Make the cream and let it chill for a few hours.
Make the cakes, cool and chill.
Fill the cakes with the cream.

For the Cakes:

Makes 16 Twinkies (2 pans). Once again, if you only have 1 pan, cut the recipe in half.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B or dark amber
¾ cup vanilla soymilk or rice milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Directions:
1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray the pan with canola or other nonstick spray.
2. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the pastry flour, white flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the strainer. Tap the strainer against the palm of your hand to sift the ingredients into the bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to distribute the ingredients.
3. Whisk the oil, maple syrup, soymilk, vanilla, and vinegar in a separate bowl until well blended. Pour into the dry mixture and stir with a whisk until the batter is smooth.
4. Fill each cup about 1/3 full (about 3 tablespoons of batter each). Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until the cakes are golden and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
5. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife between the cakes and the inside of the cup and lift each onto the rack to cool completely. Chill before filling.

For the Cream Filling:

Makes 1 ½ cups, enough to fill 16 twinkies. If only making half the number of cakes, cut the cream filling recipe in half as well.

Ingredients:
7 ounces firm tofu, drained (simmer in water for 5 minutes)
4 teaspoons expeller pressed canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B or dark amber
3 tablespoons raw light agave syrup
6 tablespoons light organic cane sugar
3/4 teaspoon very finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pure coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 ounces of vegan white chocolate melted
2 tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 6 tablespoons soy creamer

Directions:

You will need a food processor. An important tip to keep in mind: Tofu based creams must be pureed until absolutely smooth and creamy. If properly made, there will be absolutely no taste of tofu.

1. Crumble the tofu into a food processor and process for 1 minute. Add the oil and process 1 minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the arrowroot, and process 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth and creamy. Stop the processor a few times and clean the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
3. Taste and add more sugar for a sweeter whip. Stir the dissolved arrowroot to release any starch that has settled to the bottom.
4. Pour into a small saucepan and cook, whisking frequently over medium heat until the mixture reaches a full boil. It will be very thick and gummy. Immediately remove the saucepan from the stove. Add to the cream and pulse to incorporate.
5. Process until the cream is smooth. Spoon the cream into a container. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer to allow the flavors to blend. The cream will thicken slightly as it chills but it is not a stiff cream.

Assemble the cakes:
Use a pastry tip, large straw, or chopstick to poke 3 holes into the bottom of each cake. Remove a plug of cake, but don’t go all the way through the cake.
Fit a12-inch pastry bag with a star or round (¼ inch opening) tip and fill with cream. Slowly squeeze about one tablespoon into each hole. The cakes will seem to expand. Don’t worry if the other side of the cake cracks a little. Refrigerate the filled cakes in a covered container. Serve at room temperature.

Keep up with Fran on her Facebook page, Vegan Pastry Chef Fran Costigan. Find the video of Fran making her famous twinkies here, Fran Costigan video.

Holy twinkies batman! I know I’ll be making these soon. If you get to it before I do, please do tell! Drop a line below. Always love to hear from you! :)

Recipe posted with permission from Fran Costigan
Photo credit: Fran Costigan

 

Your Love Dare Today: Tell your wife the following “I love you and nothing will ever change that.” Pray, ask the Lord to make it true-even if you don’t “feel it” right now.

Your Respect Dare Today: Write a letter to a younger, newly married version of yourself, telling yourself HOW and WHY it’s most important to have a perfect marriage WITH CHRIST that any man THEWrite your husband a note, thanking him for being your knight in shinning armor.