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Here are this month’s questions for your “10 and 10” :
(10-minute written reflection and 10-minute couple dialogue)

"Summer fast approaching! Think of a special recipe that you both can make or a special dinner date! "

Dialogue question: Have you been a "Date" lately? Dialog over what you would like to do for a special date. Most importantly put it on the calendar.

Popular Recipes :

Overnight Apple French Toast

For 9 people:

1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 large tart apples, sliced (Gala apples seem to work best, Granny Smith's can be okay)
3 eggs
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
loaf of french bread sliced into 1" slices

1 c. apple sauce
1 jar (10 oz.) apple jelly
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves

In a small saucepan, cook brown sugar and butter until thick; 5-7 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan. Arrange apples in bottom of dish. Dip bread slices into egg mixture (eggs, milk, & vanilla) for 1 minute and place over apples. You can squeeze a few extras in since the bread is pretty soft. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove for 30 minutes before baking. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

While it bakes, combine syrup ingredients, cook over medium heat, stirring until hot (this makes a lot of syrup, so you may want to half it). Dish up, add some blueberries for color and pour some syrup to serve.

Original recipe brought to ME by the Williamsons, altered a bit by Maria & John Thibodeau

Marriage Encounter Egg Bake

For 12 people:

1 1/2 lb bulk sausage
1 loaf of bread
1 dozen eggs
1.5 cups of milk
1.5 cups of shredded cheese (we use cheddar)

Cook sausage. Meanwhile break bread into small parts. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk. Add the bread, sausage and cheese and mix well. Place in a 9x13 greased pan (or the 10x12 foil pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or till knife placed in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

For a large group just make more batches.

modified by John Thibodeau

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
by Laurie Hauser in

• 1 pounds ground beef
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1/4 cups water
• 2 tbs cups brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
• 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 4 hamburger buns, split


In a saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve on buns.

Popular Poem :

A Ring

by Heather Twining

It's a symbol of everlasting love
A symbol of forces bigger than us from up above.
One's undying commitment and trust in another
A special bond that never gives up hope or faith tin the other
We wear it to show our loyalty and to let others know we are taken.
This little band with a huge message that's never meant to be forsaken.
It's a kiss or a hug at the end of a long day
It's a sympathetic heart when there is no longer anything to say ...

It's amazing what a gold band on your left finger can mean
It's not really about the beginning or end -
It's about all the memories in between.
One life shared together.

Read at the Feb. 2010 weekend by Maria & John Thibodeau


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