Keepers Connection Report & A Healthy Recipe for YOU!!

Posted by Lori Merrill & Brett Currie on 08/10/2017


Friendship, Food & and Fun were all included in our latest Keepers Connection event! Our theme for the evening centered around books with "Back to School" in mind at this time of the year. Brett Currie, our guest speaker, shared how we have a responsibility to grow in our relationship with our Lord and some of the practical ways we can do that.

The verse Brett spoke of is Luke 2:52, "And Jesus kept increasing wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." A great example of what we can pray for our children, but also what we can apply to our own life. 

In her humorous, yet practical approach Brett shared with us:

1. How preparing healthy foods for our body and our family promotes growing in stature. Tasty food & drinks were provided along with the recipes. We will be sharing one today (see below) and more in future posts, so keep watching!
2. Some practical tips on memorizing God's Word for us or for our children.
3. How to promote conversations with others through examples and sharing ideas.
4. Her love for books and how a good book can help us to grow in wisdom. 

Our evening was wrapped up with a book exchange. What fun to bring a book that has impacted my life and be able to share that by giving it to someone. Taking one home given by someone else was the bonus! 

The night was so fun...we keep them short, but packed with information. So, if you missed this one, please be watchful for another one soon!

Lori Merrill




      • Bowtie pasta (or Barilla GF penne)

      • Grilled chicken, cut in strips (or frozen chicken fajita meat)
      • Walnuts
      • Fresh shredded parmesan

      • Olive oil

      • Balsamic vinegar
      • Salt & pepper

I got this very "precise" recipe from my friend Robin Patchen. 
It is my family’s number one requested dinner. When I make it, I make a big batch so we have some leftover. I use a whole box of pasta, two bags of frozen fajita meat, a couple of handfuls of walnuts, and a hearty sprinkling of parmesan.

To make the dressing, I shake together 2 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegar with some salt and pepper. (1 cup oil + 1⁄2 cup balsamic makes more than enough. You can save the remainder and add a little dijon or a little maple syrup for a salad dressing.) This can be served warm immediately, or it is just as good cold. 

Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar:
 Low in calories (that’s why it’s in every dish. DUH.). Contains calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium--improves body function, has weight loss abilities, and can curb appetite. 
Boosts activity of pepsin, which helps digestion and improves metabolism
. Contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from heart disease and cancer. Other antioxidants can also help repair damage caused by free radicals, fight cell damage, and boost immune system 

Benefits of Gluten-Free Pasta:
 Gluten can contribute to a leaky gut and cause inflammation in the body.


Brett Currie




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