Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie

Nothing celebrates warm, sunny days like the combination of fruit and cheesecake. At least in my world nothing does. And I like it in my world, filled with fruit and cheesecake.

With just five ingredients - two of which are remade for you - and about 20 minutes, you can slip a beautiful pie into the refrigerator. The red and white just screams summer, doesn't it?

1 premade, frozen pie crust
1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
1 8 oz container Cool Whip, thawed
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 21 oz can strawberry rhubarb pie filling
1 can whipped topping for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, or as instructed on the package.

2. While the oven is preheating, whip the cream cheese with a stand mixer until smooth. Add Cool Whip and combine completely. Pour in sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is creamy. Set aside until pie crust is done.

3. Bake pie crust according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

4. When crust is cool, pour in cheesecake bat…

The Library Book Sale And The 6 I'm Going To Start With

This was the weekend I’d been looking forward to since last May. Every year our public library asks for donations of books, puzzles, games and music to hold a fundraising sale. Last year they raised thousands of dollars thanks to the generosity of the community - and everyone who bought those thousands of books.

Yes … that means me. Several times over.
At noon on Friday they open the doors, and everyone follows the hand-drawn maps to their favorite genres. Nothing is priced more than $2, and the smart shoppers bring their own bags and boxes. I filled three bags on the first day and another bag on the second. I call Saturday “Regret Day” or “the day I go back and get the books I regret not getting on the first day.” Catchy title, huh? Sunday is 1/2-price day, which is always a winner in my book.
So this is the investment to my library from this year’s sale. I’m thrilled with all the amazing books I found, though I did have to finish a book I was already reading so I wouldn’t feel guilty a…

Iron Sharpens Iron

Watching Danny work in his shop is one of the most fascinating things ever. He has the tools he needs, he knows how to use them and the finished product is always a work of art. And sometimes I even get to help — handing, holding and running for things as necessary. I'm a great assistant, if I do say so myself.
One of my favorite tools is the sharpener. (It may have a more technical name, but please forgive me for not knowing it.) The sparks fly and the loud noise lets Danny know that the blade he is working with is losing that dull edge. Soon it will cut like a knife through butter, and he will be able to cut more effectively.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
We’re always telling the teens in our youth group that you will become the people you hang around with, for better or worse. They (and we) have to be so careful about the friends and acquaintances we spend time with because they will and do eventually rub off on us. 
In the …

All Those Puppy Personalities

When we walked into the local animal shelter back in January, we hadn't planned on having two black labs again. We went with the sole purpose of looking at a Great Dane mix puppy. Our plans were thwarted, though, when that puppy turned out to be lab/German Shepard mix twins. 
In the days and weeks since, we've seen our big girls - Bailey and Sadie - reflected in our new labs. Diesel is very much like Bailey in every way, especially in his possessive, protective nature. And I call Callie by Sadie's name at least once a day because she looks and acts so much like her. Here are a few pictures to help you understand how blessed we are with these babies.

What About Those Two-Thirds?

At a recent conference Danny and I attended, we were given some cold, hard facts about Iowans and their church attendance. Our view has always been that we should be in church every time the doors are open. Apparently we are in the minority.
One of the convention speakers gave us these statistics: 1/3 of Iowans say they don’t attend church at all 1/3 say they attend church 1-20 times each year
1/3 say they are regular church attendees
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was. I can't imagine not worshipping God with fellow believers. I can't imagine not knowing our church family's needs so I can pray for them. And I can't imagine not being spiritually fed multiple times during the week. If I have to eat food to be physically healthy, I also have to hear God's Word preached and taught to be spiritually strong. 
Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unt…

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