What’s New?

Well, that’s sort of a loaded question.

I knew it had been a while since my last post here, but I didn’t realize it was last summer.  Yikes.  For any readers I may still have out there, thanks for waiting.

I hardly know where to start in terms of summarizing all the happenings of the last several months.  Our girls started attending a new school in the fall (Katie for – gulp – kindergarten!).  We listed, and promptly did not sell, our house.  Our car (that we’d finally finished paying for) died.  Our van (that we have not finished paying for) is trying its level best to die.  Our refrigerator and dryer both broke down the same week our dishwasher decided to stop, well, washing dishes.  Our (clothes) washer flooded all but two rooms of our house and left us walking around on a concrete slab throughout the holidays and into – get this – March.  My father-in-law had to have emergency heart surgery the week of Christmas.  My Mom had back surgery a few weeks later and anesthesia complications kept her in the hospital until just a month or so ago.  My wife and I took the girls for their second trip to Disney World, in the aforementioned questionable minivan.  I came down with the flu.  Katie broke the screen on my iPad.  I’ll stop now… but suffice it to say, if whatever doesn’t kill you does, in fact, make you stronger, my entire family should be able to take turns bench-pressing a 1974 Buick at this point.

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 13

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Saturday

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 12

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Friday

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 11

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Thursday

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 10

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Wednesday

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Dad Recipe: Mexican Cornbread

Fresh jalapenos and home-ground yellow cornmeal are key for this yummy south-of-the-border one-pot supper!

Fresh jalapenos and home-ground yellow cornmeal are key for this yummy south-of-the-border one-pot supper!

Our friend Lisa at Happy Place Organics hooked us up the other day with some fresh-from-the-garden jalapenos, and whenever there are jalapenos around Mullins Manor you can bet this dish is pretty sure to follow.

The dish itself is a family favorite, and relatively common summer fare where I grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky – although I’m not sure of the particular folkways that would account for its prevalence there.  Each person making it seems to have a slightly different take on ingredients, but generally there’s always meat, always some cheese, (almost) always whole kernel corn and definitely always jalapenos – the fresher the better, and the ones from Happy Place Organics were about as fresh as they come.  I think there might have been thirty minutes, if that, from garden to pan.

It’s an easy dish, has lots of flavor and very minimal clean-up.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef (although I used chorizo)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. cornmeal (I’m really lucky to have home-ground from my parents’ garden!)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. diced jalapenos (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese

Gear

  • An iron skillet is a BIG plus for baking this (or any) cornbread!  Otherwise, use a 9×13 pan.
  • Pan for browning hamburger
  • Mixing bowl
  • Oven at 450

Brown and drain your hamburger meat and onion.

Combine (in your mixing bowl) corn, eggs, cornmeal, baking powder, milk, salt, peppers and 1/4 c. of oil.

Heat the other 1/4 c. oil in your skillet or pan.  Pour half of the batter into the pan.  Layer meat/onion mixture and cheese, then top with the other half of the batter.  Bake at 450 for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 9

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Tuesday

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 8

Exciting point in this blog series – this week we roll into the book of Acts, my personal favorite.  I love it not just for the history, but because our family was so fortunate to find ourselves at a church founded on the principles in Acts 2.

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 5: Monday

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 3-7 (Oops!)

Sorry about the gap – technical difficulties. :-)

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 4: Wednesday

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 4: Thursday

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 4: Friday

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 4: Saturday

 

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Dad Faith: Make Your Mark Challenge, July 2

Each day this summer, I’ll be writing short posts to accompany my church’s series called Make Your Mark. We’re reading through a big portion of the New Testament as a group, following a reading plan put together by our pastor and teaching team. You can watch the video of our service from the weekend of June 8-9 to hear Pastor Justin explain the challenge (and hear him dive into his life verse(s), Hebrews 12:1-3) on the Quest website by clicking here You can find more details (including a link to download the entire plan) at my initial post. -R.M.

Make Your Mark Challenge, Week 4: Tuesday

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