Monday, October 27, 2008

Hope Community Church Dinner Theatre

Dinner Theatre 2008
Nov. 7-8 , 2008

Hope Community Church

Come enjoy an elegant evening out on the town at Hope Community's Annual Dinner Theatre! This year's theme is "Thanks-Living." The evening is filled with both humorous and touching moments that reflect our daily lives. Through laughter and tears, we are reminded that in spite of the turbulent and uncertain crises of our time, we ALL have many reasons to live gratefully!

Accompanying the ministry of Hope's Drama Team is a delectable gourmet meal prepared by one of the Piedmont Triad's finest chefs, Mr. Jeff Bacon. The menu is listed below.

The cost is $25 while tickets last. Each evening begins at 6:30.
For more information, go to our web site at
or call the Church office at 896-0002.

Dinner Theatre Menu

Beverage Service of Coffee, Tea and Water

Dinner Rolls Petite Pain

Butternut Bisque

Spice Seared Beef Loin
And Soy Demi Reduction
Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallop
with Dark Java BBQ Sauce

Fondant Potatoes

Winter Greens Braise

Granny Apple Smith Torte

Cookin w/ Bacon--Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Recipe By : Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :45

Amount--Measure--Ingredient--Preparation Method
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12 ounces pasta --cooked
1 cup broccoli florets --blanched
1 cup sliced carrot -- blanched
1/2 cup red bell pepper -- diced
1/2 cup mushroom --quartered
1/2 cup yellow squash --sliced
1/2 cup zucchini --sliced
1/4 cup shallot --minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups cream
1 teaspoon garlic --minced
1 teaspoon fresh marjoram --chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano --chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme -- chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese -- grated

Assemble all ingredients then heat pan and add oil.

Sauté shallot and garlic for a few seconds then add s
quash, zucchini and peppers

Sauté these for 30 seconds then add wine and reduce.

Add broth and cream and bring to a simmer for about
30 seconds

Add broccoli, carrot and mushrooms and continue to
simmer until sauce begins to thicken

Season with salt and pepper

Add pasta and fresh herbs and toss.

Serve hot and top with parmesan cheese.

"48 ounces"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 725 Calories;
39g Fat (48.2% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 77g Carbohydrate;
5g Dietary Fiber; 106mg Cholesterol; 673mg Sodium.

This recipe is excellent when adding protein to the dish. Try adding grilled or other cooked chicken. Shrimp scallops or other seafood also work well.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Lynne Garms - Executive Director of Next Step Ministries
Patti Sheets – local artist and owner of the Gray Wing Gallery in Walkertown
Next Step Ministries - Domestic Violence shelter located in the Triad
24 Hour Crisis Line: (336) 413-3156
Office: 413-5858

Fundraiser: The Carolina Skyline Players
presents "The Education of Angels"
A dessert theatre event at the Grey Wing Gallery in Walkertown
There will also be a silent auction with your chance to take home
an original signed print by local artist Patti Sheets.
Dates: October 24, 25 30, 31 and November 1st @ 7pm
October 26 @ 3pm( Doors open 45 minutes prior to performance)
Ticket information: (336) 595-3553
(the net proceeds going to Next Step Ministries)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Habitat for Humanity and Centerpoint

ReStore Spaces Fundraiser to benefit
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Eight design teams from across the Triad will test their
design expertise during the 3rd annual ReStore Spaces
event from 6:30 - 10pm at the ReStore location at
341 Witt St. this Friday, October 24th.
All money raised goes to help Habitat build
more homes in our community.
Ticket info: Heather Miller at 768-5560 or

Centerpoint Fall Information Fair 2008
Family Friendly event this Friday (Oct 22)
at the Gateway YWCA

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Matt Maher

Hope to see you at one or both of the Matt Maher events coming up this Saturday (10/18). First at 9:00, Matt will be leading a Worship Workshop at Confluence Coffee in Winston-Salem. If you are involved in any sort of worship ministry you are welcome to come. We do ask that you RSVP for the event. Here's a link to more info. After the workshop, everyone is invited to join us at Hanes Mall for a free concert with Matt Maher. The concert will be in front of Belk at Noon. For more info about the concert, click here.

For more info about Matt Maher, and to watch the infamous "chair malfunction" video, here's a link to his website.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Charlotte...Episode Airs this Sunday at 8:00 PM on ABC 45

If you weren’t looking for Sudbury Road, you’d probably drive right past it. I was looking for it and still drove past. It’s a small, unremarkable street in a quiet suburb east of Charlotte. However, something happened there just a few months ago that would forever change this working-class neighborhood.

The now famous brown and white RV containing the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Design Team turned down Sudbury Street on a Monday morning in late July and came to a stop in front of the little “L-Shaped” ranch home belonging to Curtis and Alisha King. The King family got a life-changing wake-up call that morning, delivered by a mega-phone wielding Ty Pennington.

Every Extreme Makeover Family has a story; a series of trials and troubles that has left them with a desperate need for a new home. These families are always so deserving that the rest of America says, “I’d love a home make-over, but I sure wouldn’t want to endure what this family has in order to get one”.

This is the story of the King family from Sudbury Street. Alisha King, mother and wife, had her first child, Justin, when she was just 15 years old. Unfortunately, in today’s world, being a single, teen mother is not all that uncommon. What is uncommon about Alisha, however, is that she did not let one bad decision multiply into many. She allowed friends and family to help her with the baby while she worked and attended college.

Eventually, Alisha met and married Curtis King. They bought the little house at 4214 Sudbury Street and started a family. Alisha never forgot the support network that helped her through her years as a young parent and dreamed of helping parents in similar situations some day. This dream is what led her to open “Step by Step Daycare”. She was running the daycare from her home where, in addition to her own 3 children, she cares for 11 others on most days, more than that as need arises. She keeps some of these kids free of charge and after hours for moms in a tight spot.
As her daycare grew, the space in her house became less and less adequate. To make matters much worse, the family discovered that toxic mold was growing within the walls of their home, threatening the health of their own children as well as the children in their care. Their daughter, Laila, even had a couple of asthma attacks so severe she had to go to the hospital.

Something had to change.

And, now, thanks to the Extreme Makeover Design Team, change was on the way.

The old, moldy home was to be demolished that Wednesday and just one week later the King Family would have the opportunity to shout with anticipation those five wonderful words, “Bus Driver, Move That Bus”!

Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Charlotte...Episode Airs this Sunday at 8:00 PM on ABC 45

Demolition day on the Extreme Makeover Home Edition set started with the "Braveheart Walk". This is the part of the show when the blue shirted and hard hat-wearing volunteers march down the street cheering, ready to start the makeover.

After the Braveheart Walk comes demolition. Now, normally tearing a house this size to shreds would take just a few minutes. However, since the Extreme Makeover demolition is made for TV, the process takes much longer. There's alot of stopping and starting to change camera angles. The demo process for this show took about 1 1/2 hours.
Once demolition was over, clean up began. The producer told me that within 24 hours a home would be framed out on this very site. On Monday, August 4, the family was to be welcomed home.

Seeing Design Team Stars in Charlotte

One of the most frequent questions I was asked after returning from the set of Extreme Makeover Home Edition was, "Did you get to meet Ty?" I never got any face time with Mr. Pennington, but I did get to give him a few "High-5's". I got some great pictures of Ty and the rest of the design team. I also had the opportunity to interview Rib, one of the newest members of the design team. I also got to spend some time talking with Rick Merlini, CEO of American Heartland and Ed Estridge, President of JED Development...two of the main people in charge of the construction of the King family's new home. Everyone on set was so warm and friendly. I could tell they all had a real passion for their work and a heartfelt concern for the King family.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition--Reveal Day--Episode Airs this Sunday at 8:00 PM on ABC 45

The main thing I can say about the Extreme Makeover Home Edition-Charlotte reveal day is that it was SO HOT!!!

The reveal was supposed to happen at around 2:oo that afternoon, and I was advised to be there no later than noon to ensure that I'd be able to get to the media area before the street was completely closed off. I am pretty sure that August 4th was the hottest, most humid day of 2008. My make-up had completely melted off of my face after about 2 minutes of being outside. Several folks who had come to watch the unveiling passed out and had to be helped out by the paramedics who were on site. Fortunately, the crew had thousands of bottles of water to pass out to the crowd. Everyone appreciated that.

Thanks to some last minute details that needed attention, the reveal didn't happen until about 4:00 that afternoon. But, the long, hot wait was worth it to be able to watch, first hand, as the family saw their new home for the first time. I think the pictures below capture the moment pretty well...

Click on Album Below to See Pictures at Your Own Pace:

Extreme Home Makeover Reveal Day

Bottled Water is Best? Maybe not...

Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.
Read more here.

If You Give A....

Pig a Pancake, Moose a Muffin, DJ a Donut, Cat a Cupcake...

OK, one of those titles is not a book by Laura Numeroff. To find out more about Laura and her best-selling line of children's books, visit her website.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Chef Jeff Bacon Goes Bananas!

Bananas Foster Base
Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time : 00:20
Categories : Desserts

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 each banana -- sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup dark rum
1 tablespoon banana liqueur

Melt butter in pan over medium flame.

Add bananas and simmer a few seconds

Add sugar and lemon juice and cook until bubbling starts,
just a few seconds

Add rum and make sure flames ignite to burn off excess

Add banana liqueur and simmer 30 second until sauce is
creamy and smooth.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 164 Calories; 8g Fat
(48.5% calories from fat); trace Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 1g
Dietary Fiber; 21mg Cholesterol; 82mg Sodium.

Serving Ideas : Serve over ice cream for a dessert appliciation.
For breakfast serve over banana bread or muffins or over pancakes.
Top with whipped cream.

NOTES : Please note to be very careful when igniting alcohol
during cooking. These flames can flare very high but are
short lived and not too dangerous if proper care is taken.
Do not let flames touch any combustibles or any part of
your body. If cooking on a gas range the flame from the
stive should ignite the pan if tilted slightly toward the
burner flame. If using an electric range use a grill
lighter or long match.

Banana Bread

Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breads Desserts

Amount--Measure-- Ingredient --Preparation Method
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 bunches eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 each banana -- mashed

Cream sugar and shortening in mixer.

Beat in eggs one at a time.

Sift flour with soda and salt and add to mixture.

Add bananas.

Mix well.

Bake in a greased loaf pan for 40 - 60 minutes at 350

"2 ounces"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 329 Calories; 18g Fat
(48.8% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 40g Carbohydrate;
1g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 204mg Sodium.

NOTES : Smaller or mini loaves will cook faster. For muffins cook
for 17-22 minutes.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :0:50
Categories : Breads

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/2 pound all-purpose flour
1/2 ounce baking powder
1/4 tablespoon salt
2 ounces shortening -- hydrogenated
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon baking soda

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in mixer bowl. Mix on
low speed until blended, approximately 10 seconds, using flat

Add shortening to flour mixture. Mix on low speed for 1 minute.
Stop and scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Mix 1 minute longer.
The mixture will be crumbly.

Add buttermilk. Mix on low speed to form a soft dough, about
30 seconds. Do not overmix. Dough should be as soft as can be

Place one-half of dough on lightly floured board or table.
Knead lightly 15-20 times.

Roll to 3/4-inch thickness. Biscuits will approximately double
in height during baking. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch (or 2-inch) cutter;
or cut into 2-inch squares with a knife. When using round hand
cutters, cut straight down and do not twist to produce the best
shape. Space the cuts close together to minimize scraps. Use of
a roller cutter or cutting the dough into squares eliminates or
reduces scraps. The scraps can be rerolled, but the biscuits may
not be as tender.

Place on ungreased baking sheets 1/2 inch apart for crusty
biscuits, just touching for softer biscuits. Repeat, using
remaining dough.

Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Biscuits may be held 2-3 hours in the refrigerator
until time to bake.

"10 (2 1/2-inch) biscuits"
Start to Finish Time:
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 138 Calories;
6g Fat (39.1% calories from fat); 3g Protein;
18g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; trace Cholesterol;
291mg Sodium.

NOTES : 7 oz nonfat dry milk and 1 3/4 qt water may be
substituted for fluid milk. Combine dry milk with
other dry ingredients. Increase shortening to 1 lb 6 oz.


Sugared Biscuits: Top each biscuit with ½ tsp sugar
before baking.

Butterscotch Biscuits. Divide dough into eight parts. Roll
each part into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. Spread with
melted margarine or butter and brown sugar. Roll the
dough as for jelly roll. Cut off slices 3/4 inch thick.
Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes.

Cheese Biscuits. Reduce shortening to 1 lb and add
1 lb grated cheddar cheese.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits. Substitute 2 lb 8 oz margarine
for shortening. Combine 8 oz sugar and 2 1/2 Tbsp
cinnamon with dry ingredients. Add 1 lb 12 oz raisins to
mixture after margarine has been mixed in. When baked,
ice with Powdered Sugar Glaze (p. 196).

Drop Biscuits. Increase milk to 2 qt. Drop by spoon or
No. 30 dipper onto greased baking sheets.

Orange Biscuits. Proceed as for Butterscotch Biscuits.
Spread with orange marmalade.

Raisin Biscuits. Reduce shortening to 14 oz and use 1/2
cup less milk; add 4 whole eggs, beaten, 3 Tbsp grated
orange rind, 8 oz sugar, and 8 oz chopped raisins.

Scotch Scones. Add 10 oz sugar and 7 oz currants to dry
ingredients. Add 5 eggs, beaten, mixed with the milk. Cut
dough into squares and then cut diagonally to form
triangles. Brush lightly with milk before baking. (See
Exhibit V in the color insert.)

Shortcake. Increase shortening to 1 lb 12 oz. Add 8 oz

Whole Wheat Biscuits. Substitute 2 lb whole wheat flour
for 2 lb all-purpose flour.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Dealing with Depression

Thanks to Georgia Youssef from Associates in Christian Counseling for joining us this morning to talk about Depression. She recommended the book, Emotionally Free, by Dr. Grant Mullen. For more infomation about Associates in Christian Counseling, visit their website.

Gospel of John

Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church (Winston-Salem)
Saturday, October 4 @ 7:00pm
"The Gospel of John" will be performed by award-winning actor Brad Sherril
It's Free!! / Love Offering
For more info: (336) 765-5561