If you have been around the blog for a while, you know how passionate our family is about Pine Cove Christian Camps! From the Woods Family camp, to week-long kid camp, to Father-Daughter retreats, our experiences at Pine Cove continue to have deep, long-lasting influence in our family’s life.
David and I have taken the kids to family camp for ten years, and we so love the ministry of Pine Cove. For many people (including us!), some of the most important and life-changing decisions are made at camp, and the setting offers a much-needed break from the loud, frantic, and very digital world we live in. The need for emotional, physical, and spiritual renewal is always met at Pine Cove. Not to mention, it is hands-down, the most fun the kids have all year long…as seen here in our “quiet” child’s photo…:)
Our oldest child, Maddie, had the opportunity to attend kid camp for the first time last summer. I recently asked her to tell me what her favorite thing about camp was and what impacted her the most…her first answer was “the barn swing!” Agreed, sweet girl, it is the coolest swing! Digging a little deeper, she said “my counselor.” Through Pine Cove summer camp, Maddie, as well as our other children over at Family Camp, learn first-hand how to make Jesus a daily part of their lives and how to apply their faith to everyday life. Well-trained and committed counselors do a fabulous job imparting Truth to our kids!
Pine Cove offers kids a crazy, fun, safe, Christ-centered environment that is hard to find elsewhere, and they hire cream-of-the-crop college students to work their camps! Maddie and our entire family stay in touch with counselors we’ve grown to love over the years! Over and over, we have watched Maddie grow and change spiritually through her relationships with these precious college girls…
…which brings me to Winterfest!
Winterfest at Pine Cove offers a mid-year opportunity for your child to experience all the fun of summer camp…in December! Pine Cove packs as much summer camp as they possibly can into a few days during Winterfest. Perhaps you have been on the fence about sending your child to summer camp? Winterfest offers your child…and you:)…a little taste of summer camp where they can “try out” Pine Cove for a shorter amount of time and at a much lower cost.
Kids 2nd-12th grade can attend Winterfest. Winterfest is held in both Tyler and Columbus, TX, and you can click HERE to for dates, pricing, info, and photos!
And from now until December 1st, Pine Cove is offering my readers a $25 discount to Winterfest! Use coupon code AMANDABROWN at checkout! To register, click HERE!
We all have our favorite go-to cheese dip recipes, and this simple Creamy Sausage Dip is one you definitely need to try! I made it for the first time this weekend and it got thumbs up all around. With just three ingredients, Creamy Sausage Dip is easy to throw together for parties, tailgates, or just because! Adjust the spice/heat with different strengths of Rotel.
This dip is officially in the rotation for this fall and winter when we get together with friends. Be sure to check out two other favorite cheesy dips that stand the test of time…Easy Queso Dip (in the crock pot) and Hot Corn Dip (on the stove). Enjoy!
Creamy Sausage Dip
1 lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled
8 oz. block cream cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes
Crumble and brown sausage in a skillet til cooked through. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Combine sausage, cream cheese, and Rotel in a saucepan over low heat, or add all ingredients to a crock pot and heat on low until ready to serve.
Serve with your favorite corn chips and enjoy!
Linking to: Weekend Bloggy Reading
Fall is officially in the air down here in the South, despite our still-warm days! And I believe it’s safe to say two favorite things about fall for most folks are
football food and friends! I’ve joined a few of my favorite bloggers today to celebrate Fall, and we’ve made it easy for you to host a Fall Progressive Dinner Party! Delicious food and drink, beautiful table decor, and precious Fall printables-you’ll have all you need for a Fall Dinner Party with friends!
If you are visiting from the other blogs, Welcome! It is a joy to have you here today!
Below you will find the links to each item for your own celebration!
Free Fall Printables for Table: The Busy Budgeting Mama
Fall Table Decor: Bonfires and Wine
Beverage: Cranberry Cider from Love of Family and Home
Appetizer: Hot Bacon Swiss Dip-See Recipe Below
Main Dish: Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney from Beneath My Heart
Side Dish: Homemade Baked Mac-N-Cheese from House of Rose
Dessert: Mountain Dew Apple Turnovers from Walking in Grace and Beauty
Hot Bacon Swiss Dip
Preheat oven to 350°.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup real mayo
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (1/4 lb. block)
2 T. chopped green onions
8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
Ritz or other round butter crackers
Using mixer, combine cream cheese, mayo, Swiss cheese, and green onion. Place mixture into a small, greased baking dish. (small oval or 8×8).
Serves 6. Easily doubled.
If you are following the Fall Progressive Dinner in order, you can click over to Traci’s Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney HERE.
Have a great week!
Happy Monday morning! It has been a long couple of months for our family we have made the transition from Little Rock, Arkansas to Oxford, Mississippi. It has been quite a challenge to blog amidst an emotional move, and slowly but surely I am getting back to the blog. I have missed being here!
Having gone to Ole Miss and coming back to a place I consider “home,” I was thrilled recently when Invitation Oxford Magazine asked me to guest post for their new blog! I’ll be over there once a month, so be sure to check back often!
With football season in full swing, you may be looking for an easy snack to throw together for game day parties or tailgates. Funfetti Snack Mix is a crowd-pleaser, and with team or fall-colored candy, you can coordinate team colors or table decor!
To see the full recipe, click over to the Invitation Oxford Blog!