Kid friendly options can be satisfying and fun for finicky family members that don’t like anything, and tasty too!

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Lets face it, we’ve all been around them.

Those family members that just simply don’t like anything served them to eat. If the food was dusted in gold, they would complain that it was too shiny. The following recipes found in the cookbook, Feeding the Flock, by North Side Baptist Church have those finicky family members in mind.

As the holidays approach be sure that if your little one is going to consume something sweet at least try and make it something that has some health benefits to it, like the candy apples. They are very tasty and can be made to look like almost anything. Most of all, it will silence that culinary critic setting across the dinner table when it’s time for dessert.

As the temperatures get cooler, there’s nothing better than a bowl of chicken and dumplings, baked spaghetti or how about a chili dog casserole?

Bon Appetit!

Candy Apples

By Makayla McLeod

• 8 wooden craft apple sticks

• 8 med. Gala apples

• 2 (6.5 oz.) pkgs. caramel apple

• 1 (16 oz.) chocolate bar

• 16 oz. vanilla bark coating

• Orange paste food coloring


• Colored sprinkles

• Chopped peanuts

• Black writing gel

1. Insert craft sticks into apples.

2. Cover each apple with 1 caramel wrap.

3. Microwave on high 15 to 20 seconds. Cool.

4. Melt chocolate bar in a small saucepan over low heat.

5. Dip each apple into chocolate. Let dry.

6. Melt in vanilla bark coating in a small saucepan over low heat.

7. Stir in orange food coloring.

8. Dip or drizzle each apple with vanilla coating mixture.

9. Decorate with desired toppings and let dry.

Preparation time: 40 minutes.

Yields: 8 apples.

Bubble Pizza

• 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

• 2 tubes sm. refrigerator biscuits

• 1 (14oz.) jar pizza sauce

• 1 c. cheddar cheese

• 1 c. mozzarella cheese

• Mushrooms, onions, green pepper, pepperoni (opt.)

1. Brown meat and drain.

2. Mix meat, sauce and any optional toppings together.

3. Cut biscuits into quarters; place in bottom of greased 9 x 13-inch pan.

4. Top with meat sauce mixture.

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then top with cheese and bake another 10 minutes.

Yields 6 to 8

Chicken and Dumplings

By Doris Reese

• 1 rotisserie chicken

• 1 (14-oz.) can Swanson chicken broth

• 1(1 1/2-lb.) pkg. frozen Mary B's kettle or flat dumplings

1. Remove skin from chicken.

2. Debone and cut meat into small pieces. Set aside.

3. Pour broth into large pan and bring to a boil.

4. While broth is heating, separate frozen dumplings and break each one into 3 to 4 pieces. Drop dumplings into rolling water and cook until is tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.

5. Add chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. You may need to add another can of broth or hot water if it gets too thick.

Yields 6 to 8

Baked Spaghetti

By Crissy Young

• 1 pound ground beef

• 1 chopped onion

• 1 (10-oz) pkg. cooked spaghetti noodles

• 1 lg. jar spaghetti sauce

• 1 can cream of mushroom soup

• 1/4 cup water

• 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Brown beef and onion.

2. Mix cooked spaghetti and sauce.

3. Put mixture into a 9 x 13-inch pan and top with cheddar cheese.

4. Mix soup and water and spread over the cheese.

5. Top with Parmesan cheese.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yields 6 to 8

Ashmom Smoothie

By Ashlyn and Freedom Fields

• 1 cup Orange juice

• 1 small cherry Yoplait yogurt

• 12 to 14 frozen strawberries

• 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries

• 1 fresh banana

1. Mix orange juice, yogurt, strawberries, mixed berries and banana in blender until smooth.

2. Serve immediately.

Yields 2 servings

Low calorie fruit & banana milk shake

By Phyllis Harris

• 1 banana, chunked (must use banana so it will thicken)

• 1 c. Whole frozen strawberries or blueberries, unsweetened

• 6 ice cubes

• Artificial sweetener to taste (I use Equal)

1. Blend all ingredients in blender at low speed until ice cubes are ground into find chips.

2. Blend at high speed until it thickens and turns frothy, about 1 minute.

Yields 2 servings

Chili Dog Casserole

By Crissy Young

• 8 hot dog buns

• 8 hot dogs

• 1 (15 oz) can chili

• 1/4 c. chopped onion

• 1 T. Prepared mustard

• 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1. Lightly greased a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

2. Tear up the hot dog buns and arrange in bottom of pan.

3. Slice bite-size hot dogs and layer over buns.

4. Pour chili over mix, sprinkle with chopped onions and spread mustard on top.

5. Top off with cheese.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yields 6 to 8

About Prayers and Squares

Prayers and Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that began in California in 1992. North Side began their chapter in June 2007.

The concept of Prayers and Squares is to make a quilt but instead of quilting it, a heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers and the ends are left free to tie a square knot. After each knot is tied by a member of the congregation, and silently praying the individual's specific prayer request, the quilt is then given to the individual in need of prayer.

Prayers are offered by the quilters as the quilt is being prepared, prayers are said by members of the congregation when tying a knot and prayers are offered when presenting the completed quilt to the individual receiving the prayer quilt.

Prayers and Squares has Three Commandments:

1. It's not about the quilt, it's about the prayers.

2. To never accept monetary gifts for a quilt. Prayer and love cannot be bought.

3. Surprises are not appropriate. Each recipient must be asked before a quilt can be given to them.

Request forms for Prayer Quilts can be found in the church office, the foyer and other locations throughout the church. If you know of an individual who is in need of prayer, you can get a request form, complete it and return it to the church office. North Side tries to get a quilt tied within a couple of weeks after receiving the request form.

Individuals who need prayer do not have to be a member of North Side. It has mailed prayer quilts all over the United States, as well as some foreign countries.

Besides preparing quilts, the chapter has other projects, such as gifts for the homebound of the church, gifts for folks in nursing homes, walker caddies for those who use a walker, salvation bracelets for the Brazil mission trip and tote bags for Operation Christmas Child boxes. They have had participants in the Weatherford Relay For Life for the past two years and have contributed greatly to the American Cancer Society. You do not have to quilt to participate in this ministry. They have one or more projects above and beyond quilting.

Quilting is not a cheap ministry, and North Side is able to continue this ministry through the generosity of members of the church, who are willing to donate great fabrics. “We thank each of you for helping this ministry reach so many. Your fabrics have made a great difference in the cost of the ministry.”

The chapter continues to grow and currently has about 30 ladies involved. If anyone would enjoy a fun ministry with lots of projects and great fellowship, you are more than welcome to join us on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Featured cookbooks are: Just Us Cowgirls Cookbook on sale for $15 and available at Brazos Trails Cowboy Church, located at 300 Sharla Smelley Road or by calling Janet Walker at 817-599-7377; Taste and See by the Ladies Intentionally Going Helping Touching at the First Baptist Church of Weatherford. The book is $17 and available at the church office; Made with Love by the Parker County Committee of Aging (senior center). The book is available at the Senior Center on sale for $25; Feeding the Flock by North Side Baptist Church benefiting the Prayers and Squares ministry. The book is $16 and available at the church office.

Three Chilies and a Bean can be purchased for $20 at Something Special benefiting breast cancer awareness; Favorites from Our Table by the Parker County Quilter’s Guild can be purchased at Quilters Guild meetings or by calling Andrea Killias at 877-441-2471 for only $10. Center Point Baptist Church, Favorites from the Country, is available at the church office. The Brock United Methodist Church, Classic Recipes, benefits the women’s group at the church and is only $10. It can be purchased by calling Lisa Belding at 817-613-0332.

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