Haystacks Recipe | via http://www.tasteofhome.com

My familiar loves this meal. You can make it vegetarian or add ground turkey or beef.  All ways taste great. Enjoy!

Camping Haystacks Recipe

2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 2 packages (1 ounce each) corn chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  • In a small saucepan, heat chili. Divide corn chips between two
  • plates; top with chili. Layer with cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa,
  • olives and sour cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.

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AF Daily Devotional |Old Dakota Three Toes

For Sep 20, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  Between 1883 and 1918, over 80,000 wolves were systematically slaughtered. By the early 1920s, wolves in the lower United States were all but completely wiped out. Near the end of the wolf extermination a lone wolf limped up to a ranch house in South Dakota. He had lost one of his toes in a trap. Wolves are social creatures, and because he had lost all his fellow wolves he seemed to be seeking human aid. Instead of help, he was met with a raised rifle and had to flee. From that day until his death in 1925, Old Dakota Three Toes waged a vicious one-wolf war on Harding County, South Dakota.
Measuring six feet and weighing over 80 pounds, Three Toes spent his remaining years killing ranchers’ stock. In one three-month period he destroyed $6,700 worth of sheep, cattle, and even horses. This “renegade wolf” who had watched his species annihilated undertook seemingly wanton attacks on cattle and sheep, killing scores in a night out of what seemed sheer vengeance.

Whole communities marshaled their resources to kill this last of the Dakota wolves. Old Three Toes proved to be more intelligent than the 150 professional hunters who tracked him. He led riders down ravines that became too narrow for the horses, and through fields full of gopher holes where the horses could easily trip. He once hid in the body cavity of a dead horse. The old wolf ate only his own freshly killed prey to avoid poisoned bait. He was also especially good at springing traps.

Finally, the legendary old wolf was trapped by a state deputy predatory animal inspector who buried traps on a hill, then transplanted sagebrush beside them. The next day Three Toes, curious about the freshly dug earth round the bush, stepped into two of the traps. “Old Three-Toes,” the last natural wolf in South Dakota, was killed in 1925. He had lived for nearly 20 years, twice as long as the average wolf, driven by vengeance.

Some people spend much of their lives driven by bitterness and anger until they self-destruct. Peter once rebuked a man named Simon who thought to buy the Holy Spirit for money. “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity” (Acts 8:22, 23). In the end, vengeance will trap and destroy us.


Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
– Ephesians 4:31

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Back to Jerusalem | Storacles Lesson #2

Back to Jerusalem

Revelation is a book that reveals Jesus Christ. We understand the prophecies of this book is through other Bible verses that “unlock” the code of Revelation. The story of Jesus walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus opens our understanding of the purpose of all Scripture.

Downloadable PDF: Back to Jerusalem Lesson #2

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AF Daily Devotional |Armadillo Lepers



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For Sep 18, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  Armadillos are among the strangest of God’s creatures. Like their cousins, the anteaters, armadillos have a very long, sticky tongue to slurp up bugs as quickly as possible. They are also equipped with strong claws to tear open ant nests and to dig a burrow 15 feet long in which to bear their young. Unlike other mammals, the female armadillo always bears four young, which are always the same sex. Some female armadillos have been known to give birth up to two years after they were captured! These “virgin births” are a result of the female’s amazing ability to delay implantation of the fertilized egg.
Armadillos are good swimmers, but because their heavy shell makes them sink they must swallow air to become more buoyant. If necessary, they can hold their breath for up to six minutes, and can even travel underwater, walking along the bottom of streams and ponds like a lobster.

The nine-banded armadillo is 29 to 36 inches long including the tail; it usually weighs 8 to 17 pounds. Armadillos make timid pets, partly because they sleep an average of 18 hours per day and only come out at twilight or when it’s very cloudy because their eyes are sensitive to light. But some still say they can be housebroken and make good pets.

Generally, armadillos struggle in their coexistence with man. The greatest cause of death is automobiles. But most armadillos seen dead on the road weren’t hit by the wheels. They have a habit of jumping straight up into the air when they are frightened. This increases their mortality rate on the road. Unfortunately, armadillos are also ideal creatures for many types of medical research. Their low body temperature causes them to have a very weak immune system. Because of this trait they are used in leprosy research because they are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy. In fact, some people have been known to contract leprosy from eating armadillos.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons the Bible says we shouldn’t eat unclean animals. Many people mistakenly believe that Jesus abolished the health laws, but they were given for a purpose. There is a solid scientific basis behind each of these laws. God, who gave us life, wants to protect our health.


Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
– Leviticus 11:4

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AF Daily Devotional |Sharp Defense

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For Sep 16, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  Wood rats are nocturnal rodents that are native throughout North America. These social creatures eat seeds, fruits, roots, and vegetation, with a few bugs thrown in for added protein. They can grow up to 20 inches long, including their tail. Wood rats are also called pack rats because they have a curious habit of collecting an assortment of manmade material for their nests. They are especially fond of confiscating small, bright, shiny objects like tin, colored glass, shells, coins, and stones.
Wood rats are also sometimes called trade rats because of the popular myth that when it takes something, it always leaves a replacement. In fact, what’s really happening is that, while carrying one prize, the pack rat may spot another trophy that is more attractive, and so drops the first object to pick up the second.

Pack rats build large nests on rock ledges, in woods, and in fields. The bulky nests are generally made of sticks, twigs, and leaves and may be as much as four feet high. But these big nests make it nearly impossible for the wood rats that live in the open deserts to hide their homes from their enemies. As it turns out, God has given pack rats the wisdom to use the natural resources of the desert to overcome this problem. The pack rat covers its conspicuous nest with cactus plants; then, for additional protection, it places pieces of cactus spines all around the entrance to the nest. Amazingly, the little wood rat can scramble easily over and around the long, sharp spines of the cactus without being hurt. It is one of the few animals that can navigate safely between the thorns to feed on the juicy pads. But the coyote that tries to dig a wood rat out of its nest will be very sorry! The pack rat has prepared in advance and has little to fear from the wily coyote. His home is so well protected that it is almost as though it’s a fortress defended by an army with drawn swords.

And just as God protects the wood rat in its desert home, we can be protected from the temptations of the enemy by collecting treasures of truth and surrounding ourselves with “the sword of the Spirit”! God’s Word is our security.


And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
– Ephesians 6:17

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Herbed Salmon Recipe | BHG

Herbed Salmon

Herbed Salmon

Dowloadable PDF of recipe: Herbed Salmon BHG


1 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions
1 lemon
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dillweed
1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or lemon thyme
1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley or bias-sliced chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 Lemon peel and fresh herbs (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse fish; pat dry. Shred 1 teaspoon of peel from lemon; set aside. Cut lemon in half; juice half the lemon. In a small bowl combine lemon peel, snipped herbs, salt, pepper, and butter; stir to combine. Spread evenly on the salmon.
  2. Heat a 12-inch nonstick oven-going skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, herb side down. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn salmon; pour lemon juice over salmon. Place pan in oven and bake for 3 to 7 minutes or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  3. Transfer salmon to serving plates; drizzle with pan juices. Top with additional shredded lemon peel and snipped fresh herbs.
Nutrition Facts (Herbed Salmon)294 kcal cal., 21 g fat (7 g sat. fat, 5 g polyunsaturated fat, 6 g monounsatured fat), 78 g chol., 401 mg sodium, 3 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 24 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


This recipe can be found @ http://www.bhg.com/recipe/seafood/herbed-salmon/

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AF Daily Devotional |Clever Hans

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For Sep 15, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  In Germany around 1904, Wilhelm von Osten owned an extremely bright horse he named Clever Hans. He earned his name because, von Osten claimed, his horse could solve complex arithmetic problems, tapping out the answer with his hoof. Observers asserted that Hans could even read the instructions to a mathematics problem written on a chalkboard and then tap out the correct answer.
Hans never seemed to give the wrong answer. It appeared that the horse had the mathematical ability of a calculus professor. Skeptical researchers tested Hans, asking strangers to present the math problems. Nothing made a difference. Hans was even able to answer questions posed in foreign languages, questions whispered to him, even questions not asked at all but merely thought. Hans still came up with the correct answer. For a brief moment in history, Clever Hans had the German scientific community chasing its tail trying to explain the phenomenon. Many believed they had found a horse that was at least as intelligent as a human and possibly even brighter.

But along came a skeptical psychologist, Dr. Oskar Pfungst, who refused to believe the obvious. Through a series of tests, Dr. Pfungst proved that although Hans was able to provide correct answers, he was not solving the problems himself. The horse was exceptionally clever about observing people. Hans was carefully watching the person presenting him with a problem, slowly tapping his hoof until he noticed a slight flicker of behavior that told him it was time to stop tapping. His perception was so keen that he noticed slight reactions that humans could not see. He was so gifted that he could recognize the slightest change in the facial expression or body language of everyone he observed. Hans was better at reading the behavior of people than people are at reading the behavior of horses.

Some have wondered, “Do angels know what we are thinking by reading our minds or are they simply observing our body language?” The Bible teaches that only God can read our minds. “The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile” (Psalm 94:11). Perhaps angels can observe our body language better than human beings, but only God
can see deeply into our inner thoughts. That’s why even when we pray silently, the Lord can hear us.


And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
– Matthew 9:4

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Vegetable Lasagna BHG | Meatless Monday Recipe

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

Downloadable PDF of the recipe: Vegetable Lasagna BHG


8 ounces dried lasagna noodles (9 or 10 noodles)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups cream-style cottage cheese
1 15 ounce carton ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups milk
1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
1 10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and thoroughly drained
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (3 ounces)
1 8 ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)


  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook mushrooms, onion, and garlic in hot oil until tender. Stir in the flour and pepper; add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in the spinach, broccoli, carrot, and 1/2 cup of theParmesan cheese.
  4. To assemble, in a greased 3-quart rectangular baking dish, layer one-third of the noodles, folding or cutting to fit, if necessary. Spread with one-third of the cottage cheesemixture, then one-third of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with one-third of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers twice. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Makes 12 servings

From the Test Kitchen

Quick Vegetable Lasagna:

Substitute 6 ounces no-boil lasagna noodles (12) for the dried lasagna noodles. Increase milk to 2 cups and spread 1/2 cup of the vegetable mixture in the bottom of the dish before adding the first layer of noodles. Continue as directed above.

Prepare as above through Step 4. Cover the unbaked lasagna with foil and chill for up to 48 hours. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 30 to 35 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Vegetable Lasagna)

  • 322 kcal cal., 15 g fat (8 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 5 g monounsatured fat), 78 g  hol., 388 mg sodium, 25 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 22 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


This recipe is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.


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BHG Fajita-Style Quesadillas Recipe

Hello everyone,

I know in today’s society a lot of us are trying to find healthy budget friendly meals to feed ourselves as well as our family’s.  I have come across some great recipes from various sites that I would love to share with you.  I made the following recipe for my family and they absolutely loved it.  Enjoy and there are more recipes to come.

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Downloadable PDF for recipe: Fajita-Style Quesadillas BHG


1/2 medium red or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
1/2 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 fresh serrano pepper, halved, seeded, and cut into thin strips*
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 6-inch white corn tortillas
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
2 thin slices tomato, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
Light dairy sour cream (optional)
Cilantro and lime wedges (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook sweet pepper, onion, and serrano pepper in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Remove from heat.
  2. Lightly coat one side of each tortilla with cooking spray. On the uncoated side of two of the tortillas, divide half of the cheese. Top with onion mixture, tomato slices, the 1 tablespoon cilantro, and the remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, coated sides up.
  3. Heat a very large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Cook quesadillas for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until cheese melts and tortillas are lightly browned. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serve warm and, if desired, with sour cream, additional cilantro and lime wedges.

From the Test Kitchen

*Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition for 2 servings

Make this a heartier meal instead of an appetizer by simply serving two instead of eight. Each person would get one whole quesadilla. Nutrition analysis per 2 servings: 263 calories, 10 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 15 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 3 g total sugar, 30% Vitamin A, 75% Vitamin C, 161 mg sodium, 24% calcium, 6% iron


Add cooked beans, chicken, shrimp, or your other favorite protein to these quesadillas for a heartier meal.

Nutrition Facts (Fajita-Style Quesadillas)61 kcal cal., 4 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat,1 g monounsatured fat), 6 mg chol., 41 mg sodium, 5 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Recipe found at http://www.bhg.com/recipe/printview/appetizers-snacks/fajita-style-quesadillas/

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AF Daily Devotional |Little Tyke


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For Sep 14, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  Little Tyke, a female African lion born and raised in America, lived her entire lifetime without ever eating meat. In fact, her owners, Georges and Margaret Westbeau, alarmed at the lioness’s dislike of meat, went to great lengths to try to coax their unusual pet to develop a taste for it. They even advertised a cash reward for anyone who could devise a meat-containing formula that the lioness would like. The curator of a New York zoo advised the Westbeaus that putting a few drops of blood in the lioness’s milk would help, but the lioness refused to drink the milk—even when only a single drop of blood had been added.
Meanwhile, Little Tyke continued to do extremely well on a daily diet of cooked grain, raw eggs, and milk. By four years of age she was fully grown and weighed 352 pounds. To condition her teeth and gums—as she refused to gnaw on bones—Little Tyke was given heavy rubber boots to chew on, which generally lasted about three weeks. The lioness not only survived on a vegetarian diet, she thrived. One of America’s “most able zoo curators” apparently said that the lioness “was the best of her species he had ever viewed.” As well as Little Tyke, the Westbeaus had sheep and cattle on their 100-acre ranch. Visitors to the ranch were often amazed to see a full-grown African lioness wandering peacefully among the sheep and cattle, and even chewing on succulent tall grass in the field.

Some of Little Tyke’s favorite friends were Pinky the kitten, Becky the lamb, and Baby the fawn. The lamb especially liked the lioness and preferred Little Tyke’s company above all the other animals on the Westbeaus’ farm. She was once filmed by a TV crew to see how she would respond to chickens. To the surprise of the owners, they brought
in four-day-old chicks. Little Tyke was gentle with them all.

Did you know that the Bible predicts that one day every lion on Earth will be vegetarian? “The wolf also shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 11:6, 7).


The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
– Isaiah 65:25

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