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Phenomenon of Buffalo Chicken wings


Who would have thought that the phenomenon of Buffalo Chicken wings would have led to the advent of chicken-wings-with-every-kind-of-sauce-in-the-world that includes COFFEE! Amazing, but true. Enjoy this recipe. I have and so will you and your buddies. All you need is a good grill.

Chicken Wings have a relatively short history, but in the making of it, all kinds of variations on the theme have emerged. This delicious recipe is no exception! Since Labor Day is just around the corner, why not wow your friends and family with this interesting version of the easy appetizer known as “wings”. You’ll be glad you did!

What you’ll need:

– 1 ounce butter
– 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
– 3/4 teaspoon chile powder
– 2 drops hot sauce
– 1 cup barbecue sauce
– 2 Tablespoon honey
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– 1/2 cup coffee liqueur
– 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 20 chicken wings, cut in half
– salt and pepper, to taste

In a 2-quart saucepan melt the butter and saute garlic and onion over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add the cumin and chili powder and cook, stirring the whole time for 2 minutes.

Next, blend in the coffee liqueur and cook to reduce the liquid by one-half. Then, you’ll stir in the hot sauce, Worcestershire, barbeque sauce and the salt. Simmer for 5 minutes – afterwards, remove from the heat and add the honey. Set aside and allow the wings to cool.

You’ll need to prepare the chicken wings by removing and discarding the tips. Then, cut or divide the wings in half at the remaining joint.

The secret to this recipe for your Coffee Chicken Wings is to marinate the wings in the cooked sauce for about an hour at room temperature or to make this an easy appetizer recipe, marinate the wings overnight in the refrigerator.

To cook, place the marinated wings on a broiler pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper and broil 5 minutes. Then, turn and brush with the remaining sauce and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. That’s it!

Serve the Coffee chicken wings hot. The nice thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared a day ahead and can be reheated in the oven. EASY!…

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Most mornings, I quickly grab something before heading out the door and eat it at my desk at work. I recently found this recipe for Over Night Oats in a Jar and got really excited. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meals, but I just CANNOT do the instant packets. Call me a food snob, but I’ve tried almost every brand and flavor out there and they all end up tasting terrible. But now I’ve found a way for old fashioned oats without the time on the stove!


I made a few changes to the Skinny Taste recipe.


  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (slightly less for thicker oatmeal)
  • 1/3 medium banana, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp Flax
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbs. of agave
  • pinch cinnamon


  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans


Place all the ingredients in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

I make a few all at once and keep them in the fridge for the week. I’ve also started warming up the jars after they’ve been sitting overnight. The results are delicious and always leave me satisfied at work. If you like oatmeal, give it a shot!

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What its Like Getting a Cat in Your Family

Last Sunday was when we brought our newest addition home. She is very tiny, (probably only about 7 weeks) but has instantly won a big place in our hearts. Even though baby kittens require special care, our little one has been through a lot in just one week of being away from the shelter. She spent all of Monday night sneezing next to us in bed, and looked at us in the morning with a gooey nose and an expression that brings tears. Stephen took off of work to bring her to the vet, and I am so thankful he did. We found out that instead of being 8 weeks old (like the shelter said) she was probably only about 6.

The vet identified the sneezing as part of an upper respiratory infection, and also discovered a parasite lurking inside of her and fleas that were giving her anemia. As heart breaking as all of this is, we were lucky to find out that she tested negative for FELV and FIV, which means she is treatable. She received two shots for the infection, medicine for the parasite, high calorie food, vitamins, and was given a flea treatment.  We’ve been taking very special care of her to nurse her back to health, desperately hoping that she receives a clean bill of health when we go back for the recovery check up in a week.

We are in better spirits now than we were a few days ago. The sneezing is gone, she’s eating, and seems more playful. She is sleeping a lot, but don’t we all when our bodies are fighting hard? She a wonderful cuddle buddy, and likes to sleep on top of her mamma and daddy.

Since taking care of her has been the priority, getting nice shots of her hasn’t been so easy. However, I did manage to capture this funny face on my iPhone!…

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Having a meal that you can whip up quickly after a long day is a fantastic alternative to take out. I love this new homestyle baked Mac & Cheese from Kraft; it isn’t too heavy, and it only takes about 25 minutes to make. To create more of a meal instead of just plain old Macaroni, I decided to jazz it up a bit. Simply put… I added ham and peas 🙂

All you’ll need is: 1 bag of Kraft’s Homestyle Mac & Cheese, 3/4 c. milk, 2 tbs. butter, 1/2 a bag of frozen peas, and some deli ham. I used the Alfredo bag instead of the Hearty Four Cheese, but I think either package will work.

Just follow the instructions on the bag to make the macaroni (that is when you’ll use your milk and butter). When you’ve got your macaroni in the strainer and you are making the cheese sauce on the stove, add in the cut slices of deli ham ( I used Boar’s head). Let that simmer for about a minute, and then toss in your macaroni and peas.

Once its well combined, transfer to a greased baking dish and sprinkle on the crumb/ parmesan topping that came with the kraft bag. Bake in the oven at 325° for 10-15 mins and presto! A great meal that took very little time away from your evening! We really enjoyed this meal. I suppose you could throw in whatever additions you wanted and it would turn out tasty!…

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The Present Evil Age vs. The God of All Comfort

In Galatians, Paul mentions something interesting. He describes his time as “the present evil age” (Gal 1:4).  Yikes, I wouldn’t want to live then!  He is referring to his age, in the 1st century, but it also rings true for us, two thousands years later. We often experience our own age as very evil.   It can even feel like our own present age is actually worse than ages that came before it.  That’s an impossible case to make historically, but nevertheless it can often feel like we’re in a downward spiral of social degradation!

My point is that Paul’s language of an ‘evil age’ applies also to us. For the last two thousands years Christians have been living in an environment that could be described as ‘evil’. It’s still presently the case, and will be for the foreseeable future. What Paul described as ‘the present evil age’ is not going anywhere. We had better come to terms with that, and figure out a few things. We need to figure out how to have a healthier relationship with the larger culture. In light of our age, I believe that God has given Christians with a job to do, and here is our job description:

Job #1: No whining

Christians often rant and rail against this present evil age, maintaining a fever-pitch of righteous indignation and offended-ness.   It ain’t healthy.  There is nothing attractive about it.   It has no similarity to Jesus’ ministry, or semblance of the fruit of the Spirit.  Jesus was so attractive and interesting to people that they dropped everything and followed him around.  It’s hard to imagine that happening now.   Furthermore, Paul, whose suffering makes our own look like a paper cut, does not become indignant at it.  Our own sense of entitlement has placed a temptation before us. We are tempted to see ourselves as disenfranchised.  If Paul doesn’t feel disenfranchised or wronged by the present evil age, even with all that he went through, then we don’t have the right to feel wronged or disenfranchised by it.  The man was shipwrecked people!  The man was bitten by a poisonous snake, immediately after a shipwreck!  That’s a bad day!  Part of our job description as Christians is avoid indignation, and the believe that we have been disenfranchised.

Job #2: Reveal the God of all Comfort

It’s important to remember that this present evil age is an equal-opportunity force of destruction. Christians and non-Christians alike are suffering the effects. Part of our job description is to comfort others with the measure of comfort we ourselves have received from God.  Our God is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Co 1:3b-4).  If our God is the “God of all comfort” and we are supposed to be His ambassadors to this world, then part of our job description as Christians is to be a comforting presence in society.  It’s nice to do this with fellow Christians, but mainly we need to be doing this with fellow sufferers of this present evil age, most of whom are not Christians.

There are a lot of people out there who are suffering from collateral damage of this present evil age.  Let’s partner with the Spirit and actively work to alleviate some of this suffering.  Let’s think outside the box and be creative.  If we can’t find Spirit-inspired creativity and invigoration for this task, what can we find it for?  Are some people suffering from sin that they themselves have caused?  Yes of course, but we are supposed to have compassion, regardless of merit, like Jesus who had compassion on whole crowds.

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