Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Note About Faith & Religion Following a Jehovah's Witness Visit

I've been waiting to post this, because I didn't want to just fire off a couple sentences late at night on Facebook. I wanted to take a little more time and write a blog post. Here we go.

Last weekend, we got a knock on the door and put Bravo away before he could chew the door off its hinges. An older woman and a younger boy dressed in a suit stood out front holding brochures and a Bible. JWs. And I have Halloween decor out and about. Sweet.

I'm never rude, and I rarely turn away Witnesses from my door without talking to them a bit. I figure they have pretty rough mornings with people ignoring them, making rude comments, etc. There's usually a kid along for the ride, so I like to show them how caring, compassionate human beings act. It takes guts to go door to door and talk about your faith no matter who you are, so I will step outside, smile, and indulge them.

The situation and question they present is always something like "There are a lot of bad things going on right now in our world. What do you think causes those things, and why doesn't God help? Do you think God wants those bad things to happen?"

No matter the answer I give, the next step is for them to read a few verses from the Bible about these awful things coming to pass and Jehovah preparing us for the end times.

I always accept the recent Watchtower from them (the brochure they carry), but I also let them know FIRMLY, that we are of the Baptist faith, and we believe in the Bible's teachings, including Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and as the Holy Spirit - something JWs deny. Sometimes, I get a look up and down. Sometimes an eye roll. Other times, they're just fine with it and ask me about the military t-shirt I'm wearing or compliment me on a pretty German Shepherd dog.

It's the eye rolls, awful looks, and the aggressive ministry that sometimes follows even AFTER I've stated my strong faith that questions their tactics.

No matter your beliefs or mine, I'm willing to have a conversation about faith or non-faith with anyone. Anytime. My walk is different than yours, and if you can just be a good person, you're doing better than most. I really believe that. So I don't judge people for their religious beliefs, but I do get upset when you come to my house, I'm more than gracious to you, and you take advantage of that kindness by continuing to push after I've said my peace. There are enough people out there who think Christians are nutjobs who believe in things they can't see because a book written by men says so. In my opinion, we don't need religious people telling other religious people they're wrong for what they do.

So, whether you're a rattlesnake evangelist, Catholic, atheist, voodoo witch doctor, or otherwise, come to my door and I'll answer. Talk to me. Have a conversation. Let's teach each other. But don't look at me or treat me like I'm lesser than you or like I'm a lost soul because my faith is not the same as yours.

I don't think that's what sharing this earth is all about. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Sweet Deal: Yankee Candle Small Tumblers Only $8 When You Buy 3

This should almost be a "Triple M Favorite Things" post. I LOVE candles. Specifically, I LOVE Yankee Candles. I received an email notification this morning that for the next 3 days, you can get their small tumblers (normally $15.99) for $8 when you buy 3 or more!

Use the promo code TUM13, or click the image above. My discount was automatically applied, but be sure it applies for you as well. I've got Farmers Market, Autumn Wreath, and Apple Cider in my cart now. I think I'm ready to make the leap into autumn-scented candles since it seems the cooler weather is here to stay. :)

Enjoy the savings! Let me know if you order - I want to know your scent choices!

Triple M Favorites: Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal

Just taking some time to point out another favorite of mine. Today, I'm thankful for Quaker Real Medleys. Once the lid is off, you add boiling water to the fill line, cover it and let it sit, then dig in! Unlike Quaker Instant Oatmeal, this isn't oat mush with weird, spongy fruit squares. Depending on the flavor you grab, you could have real almond slices, pistachios, apples, cherries, and multigrains.

Honesty time: I skip breakfast. OFTEN. I know I shouldn't, but I've always been that way. When I get hungry in the mornings, I am so happy when I have one of these cups to grab. I use the hot water dispenser on the office coffee maker, and I'm ready to go. The flavors are above-average for any food item you can make on-the-go. Sure, a homemade bowl of oatmeal with chopped nuts, honey, and berries would probably be that much better... but not everyone has the time, and Quaker Real Medleys work out great.

So... I encourage you to grab some of these guys off the cereal shelf next time you're at the grocery store. :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

And Now, A Collection of Pumpkin Recipe Memes

Because they're incredibly relevant right now.

Pumpkin Pie Dip with Green Apples and Graham Crackers

Yum. This was my first pumpkin recipe of the fall season, and it was perfect! The weather is just cooling off here in Houston, and it's not quite time for a pumpkin roll or bread yet, IMO.

We've been really busy at work, so I thought it'd be nice to share my goodies with the team. I made this pumpkin dip recipe, placed it in a Graham Cracker crust to chill and serve, and laid it out for our design team with apples and crackers. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

Pumpkin Pie Dip


• 2 blocks (8oz each) cream cheese, room temperature
• 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree - NOT the easy pie filling you see on shelves in the fall
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 4 tablespoons honey
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I cheated - if you want to use your own combo of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, go for it!)

• Graham Cracker crust
• Graham Crackers, ginger snaps, or even pretzels
• Apple slices


In large bowl, mix cream cheese and pumpkin (if you buy the 15oz can of Libby's, it's almost the whole can) until smooth. Add spices, honey, and sugar. Mix well. Pour into serving dish or Graham Cracker crust and chill for at least 1 hour.

Serve with dippers, and pass on the recipe!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Favorite Bath & Body Works Deal: 5 for $15 Anti-Bac

My absolute favorite deal at Bath & Body Works is their 5 for $15 Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap. For $3 each, you can have new, seasonal scents at each sink in the house AND back-ups to get you through busy entertainment seasons for less than a dinner-for-two.

We're still using up Kitchen Lemon, Country Pear, a lavender scent, and a strawberry scent now. That's not keeping me from being tempted to snatch up these pumpkin scents! Yum.

Follow the image for a great deal, and let me know which scents you order in the comments below. :)

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial hand Soap Deal