- Bag of Mini Tootsie Roll Pops
- White Fabric
- Ribbon, any color
- Black Marker
- Cut the white fabric into little squares, about 4" x 4".
- Place the Mini Tootsie Roll Pop in the middle of the square, and scrunch the fabric together at the base of the pop.
- Secure it with a piece of ribbon and repeat.
- Draw on happy or scary faces with the marker.
- Prop them up in a bowl of candy, I used Reeses Pieces to match the ribbon
- I used mini tootsie roll pops, but you can also use regular sized ones as well, just adjust the fabric size.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Luke 5: 8-11
What does it mean to be a disciple for Christ? In our verse, Peter saw the miracle that Jesus performed by casting out his net after catching nothing all day, throwing it back in at the command of Jesus and God overfilling his net with thousands of fish. He immediately knew this was God’s work through Jesus and fell to his knees in reverence, recognizing his own sinfulness before Jesus’ holiness. Jesus didn’t condemn him, He accepted Peter with open arms and simply asked for Peter to follow Him, and he did. Peter, James and John left everything they had, their life work was dedicated to fishing and they left it all on the shore to follow Jesus. This is discipleship. Jesus became the priority in their life; all that mattered was following Him.
We have so many things that hold us back from making Jesus the number one priority in our lives. Jesus says not to be afraid. He knew it would be hard for Peter to give up those things that were in the way of making Him a priority. Peter chose forgiveness, he chose to leave those roadblocks that kept him from the Lord and wanted to be a fisher of men to give others the opportunity to know who Jesus is so they too could follow Him. Are there any roadblocks in your life that is keeping you from making Jesus a priority? Are you afraid to relinquish having full control over your life and fully trusting in God? Stop and pray right now and ask the Lord to make known the areas of your life that is holding you back from a deeper relationship with God. Ask Him to help you make Him a priority and to help you to fully trust in His perfect will.
- 6 Medium Apples, washed with stems removed
- 6 Sticks
- 1 (11 oz.) bag of Soft Caramels
- 4 Tablespoons Water
- 1 (10 oz.) bag Pumpkin Spice Morsels
- Prepare a large plate or baking sheet with wax paper.
- Make a small slit in the top of each apple where the stem used to be and push the stick in the apple a little over halfway through. Set them on the prepared plate.
- Unwrap each caramel and put them in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. In one minute increments, microwave for three minutes, stirring after each minute until the caramel is smooth.
- Dip the apples one at a time into the hot caramel, swirling to coat and using a spoon to get the top. Set them back onto the prepared plate and put them into the freezer to cool for about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, in a separate small bowl heat up the pumpkin spice morsels and 2 tablespoons of water in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after each minute until smooth.
- Take the apples out of the freezer and drizzle on the melted pumpkin spice. You can use a spoon to drizzle, but if you would like to be more precise, you can pour the melted pumpkin spice into a plastic squeeze bottle and drizzle it on that way as well.
- Let cool for a couple minutes and enjoy!
- Apples can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
- Make sure your apples are not waxed. It's harder for the caramel to stick to the apple if they are. Wash them in a bowl of hot water before you start if they do.
“The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
Have you ever gone on a diet? I have, many times, but there is always that moment when I’m three or four days into eating healthy where I think “Well, I’ve been so good that it won’t hurt if I eat a tiny cookie.” Sure enough, the cookie turns into 2 cookies and 2 cookies turns into, “I’ll start my diet again next week”. This is exactly how backsliding works. The Webster’s dictionary definition of “backsliding” means to revert to a worse condition. We have all done this at some point in our lives in different ways, reverting back to old habits. The saying goes old habits die hard and that is absolutely true.
Before we became a Christian, we were set in our own ways, doing what was satisfying to us. We lived in a self-evolving world, but when we accepted Christ into our lives everything changed. No longer were we living for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that it becomes easy not to backslide and revert back to old habits, we have to work at it, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. It requires fully relying on God to get us through, if we take it into our own hands we will always fail. God wants us to trust that His ways will be satisfying enough for us. 2 Samuel 22:31 says, “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Let God be your shield, pray and ask Him to protect your heart and mind from reverting back into old ways. Ask Him to show you His ways so that you can walk in them, ask Him to be your shield and guide. God’s ways are perfect; our heart will be satisfied in His hands.
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Apples (Green or Red), cut into thin slices
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/2 Cups Canned Pumpkin
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a Bundt pan.
- For the Filling: In a medium skillet, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Add the sliced apples and cinnamon, cook for about 10 minutes or until the apples are soft. Take off heat and set aside.
- For the Pumpkin Batter: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, beat the 1/2 cup butter for about 30 seconds. Stir in the brown sugar until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one. Stir in the vanilla. Alternately add the flour mixture and the canned pumpkin stirring after each addition until fully combined.
- Spoon half of the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and spread it out evenly. Pour the apple filling on top and distributing them evenly and slightly pushing them into the batter. Spoon the remaining batter over the top, spreading to cover.
- Bake for 50 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a plate. Let sit for 15 minutes before pouring on the glaze.
- For the Glaze: Whisk together all four ingredients and pour over the coffee cake.
- Finish with powdered sugar to decorate and serve!
- The glaze will not harden, it is just meant to soak into the cake.