Wow! Summer is flying by! I have been in the US for almost a month now and still haven’t gone to Target! We hit the ground running with family visiting us for the last 3 weeks. While it was crazy it meant more memories, good food and a lot of laughs!
We did something we have never done before, we had a week long dinner book club. I can highly recommend giving it a try if you are looking for more family bonding at dinner time. We used a book my mom recommended called The Seven Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Decisions-Understanding-Personal-Success-ebook/dp/B00GUTB61M/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1405129356&sr=8-5&keywords=andy+andrews. Each night a different family member led the discussion on a chapter. We had kids ages 10, 12, 14 and 17 lead a chapter as well as the adults. It was very interesting and though provoking to hear the kids views on the authors ideas about making decisions.
The 7 decisions are:
1. The Responsible Decision, the buck stops here -Take responsibility for your past, NOW! Stop blaming others, have constructive thoughts, not destructive, and if you have an opportunity to make a decision, make the decision! Andrews says “God didn’t give us the ability to always make the right decision, but he did give us the ability to always make it right”.
2. The Guided Decision, I will seek wisdom – We learn wisdom from reading, taking counsel of others, and serving others. If we don’t read, we can’t learn. Evaluate your friends and create a board of directors whom you go to for help with decisions and support. When we serve others we increase the possibility of them sharing their wisdom with us!
3. The Active Decision, I am a person of action – No more despair and moaning! Seize the moment and make a a good decision. Don’t think “I am waiting for God”, but that “God is waiting for me”, so go ahead and actively make a decision.
4. The Certain Decision, I have a decided heart – Be passionate about your vision for the future. Embrace every morning with the happiness of a new day! Think forward and leave doubt behind.
5. The Joyful Decision, Today I will choose to be happy – Happiness is a choice! Right now choose to be a happy person. Greet each day with laughter. Being happy will make you feel different and will make the possibilities in your life endless. Smile, be grateful and be thankful for the gifts God gave YOU!
6. The Compassionate Decision, I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit – Forgiving releases the demons of the past. Forgive those who don’t even ask for forgiveness. By forgiving we are no longer consumed with unproductive thoughts.
7. The Persistent Decision, I will persist without exception – Stay the course and don’t quit. Of course you will get tired and that is when most people quit, but you are not “most people”. Focus on the end prize and persist in your decisions!
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom–2 Corinthians 3:17
This was a great dessert! Easy because you only need to bake the crust and then only refrigeration time!
9 ounces graham crackers
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
3 T water
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
4 ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
Make the crust:
1. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper
2. Process the graham crackers in a food processor until they are finely ground. Pour the melted butter over the crumbs and process to blend well. The crumbs should stick together when pressed. Press the crumb mixture over the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of the springform pan. Refrigerate.
3. Combine the brown sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat and boil without stirring until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in the condensed milk and butter. Continue stirring for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
5. Remove the toffee sauce from the heat, and spread 1 cup of the sauce over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Keep the remaining toffee sauce at room temperature until later.
Fill the pie:
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream in a large bowl until thick and soft billowy peaks form.
2. Slice 3 of the bananas into very thin discs. Fold the sliced bananas into the softly whipped cream, and spoon the filling into the prepared pie crust. Slice the remaining banana and arrange over the pie.
3. Rewarm the remaining toffee sauce gently over low heat. Drizzle some of the sauce over the pie. I had some sauce left over. Use that another night for a banana fondue dip with pound cake or drizzle over ice cream.
4. Cut the pie into wedges and ENJOY:)