BBQ Tuna Enchiladas

If you aren't a big fan of tuna, you'll want to try this amazing recipe. A little bit of BBQ sauce tones down the fishy flavor while giving it a huge boost of taste. You'll never look at canned tuna the same way again!

Using a grill pan for these enchiladas is possibly the most important part of the whole recipe. The ridges in the pan will make crispy marks on the tortillas, adding the perfect amount of crunch.

There are many variations of ingredients you can add to this dish, and I've chosen just one to share with you today. Once you've tried this one, create your own combination and share it here.

4 medium tortillas
2 large cans of tuna
1/4 cup honey BBQ sauce
1/8 cup peach mango salsa
1/4 cup plain kernel corn

1. Spray your grill pan with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat.

2. Combine the tuna and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl. Divide evenly between two tortillas on a plate.

3. Divide the salsa and corn evenly between the two tortillas and …

A Week Of Insufficiency

In a culture that emphasizes power, determination and self-sufficiency, it's impossible for a woman to keep up. Busy women are applauded, successes are celebrated and weakness is seen as something to be purged from our vocabulary. Higher - faster - stronger - louder is all we hear.

The problems that result from this mentality are worse than ever. We are exhausted, frustrated and cranky. We move so fast that we don't know if we're coming or going. And God forbid we take a break without feeling guilty.

The truth is that we are insufficient in and of ourselves. We've long believed the lies that we should pull ourselves up by our boot straps and reach deep within to keep moving, doing and thinking. It's no wonder we're running ourselves ragged because we're trying to do the impossible - function under our own power.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

Matthew Henry once wrot…

Cactus Pear Scones

Whenever our local grocery store has something weird and wonderful in the produce section, we have to try it. This is how we learned about dragon fruit, rambutan and lots of other yummy treats. Grocery shopping really can be an adventure!

So when I came across cactus pears this weekend, I couldn't resist. You've probably seen them in pictures of cactus in the desert. They're all covered with spines on a tough skin, which is why they're also called prickly pears. When you buy them in the store, though, they've already been cleaned and had the spines taken off.

To make these yummy scones, I adapted one of my favorite pear recipes to work with cactus pears. Note: If you don't like seeds in your food, this is not the recipe for you. If you don't mind them so much, read on!

For the scones -
4 cactus pear, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, diced very small
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Words For Wednesday


Ridged Scarf DIY Pattern

This year our church is again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox program that provides Christmas gifts and the story of Jesus Christ to children all over the world. As we gather small items to put in these boxes, I used a beautiful variegated yarn to make a girl's scarf.

I don't know much about how to crochet, but I know the two stitches required to complete this pattern. If you're like me, here are some basic instructions. For those of you who do this on a regular basis, the actual pattern is at the bottom of this post. Start with a chain of 10, then add one more to make the turn (a total of 11 chain stitches).

Single crotchet in the 10 loops of the chain, then chain one more to make the turn.

On this row, single crochet in the back loop only. This is what gives you the ridges. Then chain one more to make the turn.

Continue until it is the desired length or you run out of yarn, whichever comes first.

Weave the ends into the body of the scarf so they…

A Week Of Your Daily Best

The signs were hung in the school office where all the teachers could see them. There were no cute pictures or crazy fonts to catch their attention. They weren't printed in glow-in-the-dark ink or matted on seven layers of coordinating papers.

The words were the important part.

And they were simple words. Give the students your best every single day. Give them the best instruction you can possibly offer. Give them every ounce of your wisdom because that is what's in your heart.

Students deserve the maximum effort a teacher can give every day.

Every day. No exceptions.

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Acts 5:42

If these teachers had been instructed to put all their heart and mind into their efforts at school, how much more so are we to be sharing Jesus Christ in our daily lives? The apostles here in Acts had been imprisoned and beaten, then released with the command to never speak in the name of Christ again. How ama…

Traveling With A Great Dane

Molly had all kinds of firsts this week. It was her first long car ride.

Her first stay in a hotel.

Her first time meeting another Great Dane.

Her first time meeting a German Shepherd puppy.

Her first time having breakfast in a hotel with lots of people.

Her first ride in an elevator, which was life-changing.

Her first boudin, a southern delicacy.

 Her first fireworks with both light and sound.

Her first frozen custard. I wonder what the next trip will bring!