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Julie Wells

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THE RECIPE BOX: Apple nachos a tart but sweet addition to any event

The very first Recipe Box dish I presented to readers was how-to-make caramel apples. So I thought it was only fitting that the last recipe I would offer up would be a caramel apple recipe.

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JULIE WELLS: How we perform our ministry might change, but the purpose - sharing God's love - doesn't

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

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JULIE WELLS: How we perform our ministry might change, but the purpose — sharing God's love — doesn’t

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

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THE RECIPE BOX: Smoked sausage and potato bake can be tasty breakfast or dinner

Breakfast food is good any time of the day, especially when it involves smoked sausage and potatoes.

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JULIE WELLS: Allow Jesus to shine through you and share His love with others

Inspiring people, that is what’s been on my heart lately.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Raisin apple oatmeal a quick, hearty breakfast for school days

I can’t recall too many times in my life that I’d walk into the pantry at my grandparents house and didn’t see a box of Quaker Oats Oatmeal.

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JULIE WELLS: Seek refuge in God's Word, the Bible

My three-year-old daughter, Joy, was reciting the Pledge to the Bible the other day, as we were driving home. And while I was amazed and having a proud mama moment in the fact that she even knows what the Pledge to the Bible is, much less able to say and plainly say “pledge allegiance”, I was reminded of this great verse: “… the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

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THE RECIPE BOX: Roasted peaches simply another way to enjoy delicious fruit

Roasted peaches simply another way to enjoy delicious fruit

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THE RECIPE BOX: Top banana bread bars with icing for a moist, sweet treat

Banana bread is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. No matter to me if it is sliced, shaped like a muffin or baked into the form of squares, there aren’t too many things that says comfort food like a good banana bread recipe.

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let your mistakes keep you away from the Lord

Come to know the Father of Lights wherever you are in your life. It doesn’t matter to Him what you’ve done, or haven’t done. It doesn’t matter to Him your social status, your financial status, or your physical status is or isn’t.

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Vampires are back in town

Filming of ‘Vampire Diaries’ resumes on the Square

Filming of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ resumes for seventh season.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Caprese salads easy to make, great for summer

Ask and you shall receive … at least that worked for my husband, Kevin, when he requested Caprese salad as part of his special Father’s Day meal.

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JULIE WELLS: Appreciate God’s goodness on earth and know He awaits us in heaven

Greater things are yet to come. What does that mean you ask? Well it means that this place happens to be our temporary home, and the our eternal home awaits for us. It is also meant as a reminder to not get stuck on where you’ve been or your current situation.

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JULIE WELLS: Jesus commands us to love, not judge, one another

We can remove flags, take away gun rights, pass more laws and share our opinions all day long, but none of that removes the disdain and pure meanness from people’s hearts.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Use cooked, deviened shrimp for easy scampi dish

Keeping in mind that my husband follows the Paleo way of eating now, I knew with Father’s Day approaching I wanted to ask him in advance if he would like for me to cook him a special “cheat” meal.

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JULIE WELLS: When heartache overwhelms you, turn to Jesus for comfort

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Romans 8:26)

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THE RECIPE BOX: Classic French dish, Chicken cordon blue, can be made Southern way

Today’s featured recipe could also be referred to as the lazy man’s version of Chicken cordon bleu, it is easier to make this way, and in less time - a southerner’s way of making this French dish.

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JULIE WELLS: A father should never stop planting spiritual seeds in a child’s life

Today, I can’t help but think of the first father-figure to ever come into my life, Martin “Papa” Freeman. I know I’ve shared many stories in the past about him, but, that white-haired man was the first man to ever show me what it meant to have a father in my life.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Salisbury steak a savory, hearty main dish

I did it, I finally did it. I’ve finally conquered my fear of cooking Salisbury steak.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Creamy, sweet banana split fluff salad perfect for summer dessert

Being a huge fan of any kind of fluff salad recipes, you know the ones that are made up of fruits, mini marshmallows and Cool Whip, well I knew when I ran across this recipe titled Banana split fluff salad, that we would be in for a treat.

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JULIE WELLS: God's strength carries me and He can do the same for you

Are you waiting for something to change in your life? Are you desperately in need of someone to fight for you for once? Are you ready to give up, and exhausted of what life has handed you lately?

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THE RECIPE BOX: Tender summer potatoes a seasonal favorite

Papa, my grandmother, loved making these boiled-to-the-perfect-tenderness potatoes as much as he loved eating them. He was a jolly-soul who loves Jesus, loved his girls (grandma and me) and he loved to cook. He so much fun to watch in the kitchen.

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JULIE WELLS: Have you accepted Jesus into your heart?

It is that time of the week again where I begin to fill a blank Word document with what I hope to be words of encouragement and reminders of His love for all of you.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Enjoy the flavor of hot wings without the mess

If you love hot wings, but hate the mess that comes with eating hot wings, then today’s recipe should make you happy.

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JULIE WELLS: Our job as Christians is to love, not judge and condemn

We so easily condemn and judge one another based upon on another’s conviction. We make so easy to put down one another, instead of lifting another person up. And in doing so, we are forget, we are the body of Christ.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Prepare carrot and raisin salad as a summer side dish

Are you in need of a new summer salad to add to your collection of recipes? Today’s featured recipe is a carrot and raisin salad, a side dish that is as delicious as it is versatile.

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JULIE WELLS: Hymn 'Beulah Land' recounts joy in covenant made with the Lord

A gift I received from my best friend for Mother’s Day brought me to tears and sweet memories flooded my mind.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Mocktail with berries perfect for spring and summer

Much to my surprise, today’s recipe, mixed berry punch, is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart in a glass, or in a punch bowl, depending on how many people you are serving.

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JULIE WELLS: Children are God’s greatest gifts to moms

As we approach Mother’s Day I find that this saying is quite fitting: “The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.”

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JULIE WELLS: Be careful not to put others before Christ

We aren’t called to be like other Christians, we are called to be like Christ.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Easy creamsicle cake is ready in half an hour

Everyone should have a cake recipe on hand that doesn’t call for eggs, butter and oil.

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JULIE WELLS: Find your identity in Jesus Christ

A few months back my financial identity was comprised. If you’ve ever had this happen to you, then you can relate to the sickening feeling I felt in the pit of my stomach when I discovered the mess.

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JULIE WELLS: Share Good News of Jesus through love

A few weeks back while working the Citizen’s booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival, I was able to meet a few of you for the first, hug some folks I’ve known for years, but nothing would have prepared me for the reunion of a lifetime I would encounter that day.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Honey vinaigrette dressing is tangy, tart and tasty

Its tart. Its tangy. Its tasty. What is “it” you might ask? Honey Vinaigrette dressing is what it is.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Try these favorite tips and tricks while cooking

Food columinist, Julie Wells, shares her favorite tips and tricks while cooking in the kitchen.

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JULIE WELLS: Let Jesus be your comfort in times of loneliness

The scripture says “If you draw near to God, I’ll draw near to you…” (James 4:8).

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SCRAPBOOK: Lake Capri Woman's Club hosts religion columnist has its March meeting

Lake Capri Woman’s Club hosts religion columnist has its March meeting.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Keep fried avocado recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Avocados are classified as a fruit, and I always thought it was a vegetable.

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JULIE WELLS: Easter reminds us that Jesus shed his blood for you and me

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus … that is the song on my heart today, as we edge near Resurrection Sunday.

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JULIE WELLS: Be comforted in knowing God’s love for us never ceases

With this new season of spring upon us this Scripture comes to mind: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3: 22-24)

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THE RECIPE BOX: Easter trifle a sweet, silky dessert for holiday dinner

This Easter Trifle is made up of layers of crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate fudge pudding and topped off with a hollow chocolate bunny, edible Easter grass and Cadbury Mini Eggs.

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JULIE WELLS: God sent Jesus to guide us through trials and tribulations

Hold on friend, Jesus knows what He is doing and He’s got you in the palm of His nail-scarred hands.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Bacon-wrapped asparagus a flexible dish for spring

While on quest of a Spring-like recipe, I typed in “Spring recipes” in Google, and wouldn’t you know a million, well not literally but it seemed like it, recipes popped up that had one common green vegetable appearing in them — asparagus.

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JULIE WELLS: Keep Jesus in your heart and mind with every daily task

This week as I took time to bask in all of the blessings the Lord as bestowed upon me, one blessing in particular tugs at my heart the most — the one that calls me “Mommy” — well, she turned three years old this week.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Sweet mini muffins a time-saver and crowd-pleaser

Today’s seemingly easy recipe is called Joyful mini muffins.

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JULIE WELLS: Rely on God for strength and He will help you through life's problems

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

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Tykes, Tots and Teens sale draws thousands to its semi-annual Spring sale

TTT sale begins Saturday

One of the largest consignment sales of the year begins Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

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Tykes, Tots and Teens sale draws thousands to its semi-annual Spring sale

TTT sale begins Saturday

One of the largest consignment sales of the year begins Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Use chipotle rub on roasted pork loin for savory flavor

Pork loin, especially one roasted in a few chipotle spices, can be just as satisfying cooked in the oven or Slow-Cooker.

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JULIE WELLS: Roasted Brussels sprouts an easy, healthy side dish

THE RECIPE BOX: The most important thing to remember is to not overcook Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts, which as I child I used to call mini-cabbages, have some great health benefits.

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