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Julie Wells

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THE RECIPE BOX: Meatloaf can be made to suit your taste

As a child, my grandmother had to force me to eat meatloaf.

THE RECIPE BOX: Don't be shy with the mayonnaise in this onion dip recipe

This week's recipe box is dedicated to a person who has devoted many years to Rockdale County -- Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington.. The recipe is called onion dip, and a little birdie told me that anytime the local sheriff's association meets or anytime any of the ladies in the

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THE RECIPE BOX: Serve hearty chicken while you're preparing Thanksgiving dishes

I did it, I finally did it. I finally got brave enough to throw a bunch of ingredients into the Crock-Pot to see what happens.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Make these s'mores without the campfire

You might not want to whip up a batch of these s'mores bars this week because of Halloween and all of the candy around the house. But do yourself a favor, and make this s'mores bars recipe during the holidays, which are just around the corner.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Hold the beans in fire and ice chili

My husband Kevin and I were discussing what we needed to bring to the church chili cook-off. We were signed up to bring side items, but much to my surprise, Kevin wanted to make a chili to enter into the cook-off.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Buffalo chicken dip is a great dish to kick off the football season

We had our own little football kickoff party here at the Citizen office last Friday.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Squash and zucchini casserole will become a family favorite

My sister-in-law Stacy Ingram, who is from Macon, gave Janie, my mother-in-law, a recipe book written by Mark Ballard, who is an author, artist and entertainer.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Jell-O, Cool Whip make this strawberry cake unique

As far back as I can recall, Patricia Richardson, who is a mother-figure in my life, has made me a chocolate eclair cake my birthday every year.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Mushroom fans will enjoy this dish

Mushrooms are not on my top 10 list of favorite foods, but if mushrooms please your palate, then you might enjoy this week's featured recipe -- toasted mushroom sandwiches.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Bacon-cheese pull-aparts is a comfort dish

Before our daughter Joy came into the world, it's safe to say I did most of the cooking and my husband Kevin did most of the cleaning in the kitchen. That is just how we do it our house. Kevin just happens to be "cool," if you will, in

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THE RECIPE BOX: Use biscuit dough to make a hearty breakfast of waffles

The Recipe Box — Cinnamon waffles

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THE RECIPE BOX: Pasta salad is the perfect summer dish

The Recipe Box — Pasta salad

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THE RECIPE BOX: Cool off with sparkling raspberry lemonade

The Recipe Box — Sparkling raspberry lemonade

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The Recipe Box - Smashed caulifower

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Cookie bowls are a tricky, but sweet, delicious dessert

It is said that the third time is the charm. I concur.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Gluten-free mac-n-cheese doesn't sacrifice taste

You have probably noticed the term "gluten-free" listed on all sorts of products in the grocery store lately. I've even started noticing some restaurants serving gluten-free dishes. Most people assume that if someone is on a gluten-free diet, he has a wheat allergy.. I know several folks

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THE RECIPE BOX: Broccoli chicken Alfredo pasta a simple but grand dish

The Recipe Box -- Broccoli chicken alfredo pasta

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THE RECIPE BOX: Peanut butter frosting a versatile topping

The Recipe Box - Peanut butter frosting

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THE RECIPE BOX: Mexican dip an easy-to-make appetizer

The Recipe Box - Mexican dip

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THE RECIPE BOX: Coffee cake will have you asking for seconds

May I have seconds please?. That was the question I heard when it came to eating Betty Jean Brown's coffee cake.

Coffee cake recipe

Coffee cake. Start to finish: about 1 hour. One box of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. One box of Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding. One box of Jell-O Instant Butterscotch Pudding. Four eggs. 1 cup of oil. 1 cup of water. Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly.

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RECIPE BOX: Tater Tot casserole is comfort food

This week's featured recipe is Tater Tot casserole, and whoever came up with the original version of this dish sure did make my husband happy.

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let history steer you away from God

While sitting in church on Sunday, Pastor Charles Hodnett was really bringing forth some of what I like to call golden nuggets of wisdom.

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RECIPE BOX: Add the ingredients you like best to your shepherd's pie

One of the first meals I cooked for my husband Kevin was shepherd's pie.

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JULIE WELLS: Trusting the Lord means putting your heart in His hands

I am beginning to learn a whole new dimension of faith.

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RECIPE BOX: Snickers salad is a sweet conversation starter

Before you completely turn the page or turn your nose up at this week's recipe -- Snickers salad -- just try it first. If you don't like it, you'll never have to eat it again.Sounds a little something like what your mom would say, doesn't it?

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JULIE WELLS: Our Almighty Savior gives us the ultimate peace, comfort in times of loss

Kevin and I have a group of friends we used to get together with most every weekend. We would all hang out, eat, watch the kids play, watch football, and such.. As life goes sometimes, we don't all hang out that much anymore.

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RECIPE BOX: Ambrosia salad is a fast, easy, sweet treat

Ambrosia salad -- it seems to me that this is one of those dishes people either like or they don't. I've not met too many people who are in-between about it.. Some time last year I shared my version of an ambrosia salad and it is my favorite but

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RECIPE BOX: Cheesecake-filled strawberries satisfy a sweet tooth without offering a lot of calories

Just thinking about having a slice of cheesecake makes my mouth water. I’ve always been a huge fan of cheesecake. I’ve tried all kinds of cheesecake — chocolate, turtle cheesecake and I’ve even had a key lime pie cheesecake.

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JULIE WELLS: Family reminds us of how much God loves us

The day of love, better known as Valentine's Day, is Tuesday.. But wait, shouldn't every day be a day of love? I think so. Especially if you a Christian.. The word tells us to love, as He first loved us. No where does it say we should love some days

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RECIPE BOX: Red velvet cake perfect for Valentine's Day

I'm not sure what could say Valentine's Day more than a homemade red velvet cake, and today's recipe happens to come from a lady who is just as sweet as her mother's recipe for a made-from-scratch cake.. Conyers resident Betty Jean Brown submitted her recipe via her co

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RECIPE BOX: Serve cream cheese chicken dip at your Super Bowl party

Chicken cream cheese dip is this week's featured recipe. Stacy got the recipe from her friend Gloria, who I hear is quite the cook. Stacy also noted that Gloria and her family have this appetizer on their sailboat so you know the recipe has to be easy and not messy

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JULIE WELLS: God can perform miracles, even through the death of a loved one

There are two things that I've never forgotten about the late Jay Ingram -- he was always smiling and, if he wasn't on the soccer field playing, he had a soccer ball in his hand.

JULIE WELLS: Biggest hope for child is that she walks with the Lord

When my husband Kevin and I got married, neither of us wanted to leave our home churches. We both had invested a lot into our home churches, but moreso into the people we had worshipped with week after week and year after year.

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RECIPE BOX: Crock-Pot Hawaiian Chicken a sweet, tangy dish

Some of you might get a kick out of this week's column. I know I've laughed about it all week.. I learned a few lessons from cooking this recipe, Crock-Pot Hawaiian chicken.. Here's my No. 1 tip -- Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.. I had seen

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JULIE WELLS: All of us should pick up our Bible more often

My husband Kevin preached at our church service this past Sunday while our pastor, Pastor Charles, and his family were out of town.

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RECIPE BOX: Vegetable chowder has a creamy base, great flavor

While hanging out with the in-laws and watching some college football one Saturday afternoon not too long ago, my mother-in-law Janie stirred up a delicious pot of vegetable chowder for all of us to eat.

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JULIE WELLS: Music, whether it be traditional hymns or Christian rock, can help you worship God

There is something about the old hymns that just bless my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the worship songs and contemporary Christian music we have nowadays. But just to reach down and pick up a hymnal does something for my soul.

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RECIPE BOX: Cabbage casserole a time-saver for busy moms

We've all heard the old saying, "Southerners can make any dish into a casserole." Well, that is exactly what I thought when I heard about this cabbage casserole that my sister-in-law Stacy Ingram was making for our Christmas dinner this year.. I'll have to be honest --

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JULIE WELLS: This new year focus on loving one another, spreading the good news of God

It is so easy to get caught up in resolutions in January, only to have forgotten about them by February. But maybe this new year we should just focus on doing what God truly created us all to do, and that is to love one another and spread the good news of Him.

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RECIPE BOX: Make a French toast Christmas tree for your holiday breakfast

The memories behind this week's featured recipe are just as sweet as the syrup that covers this homemade French toast recipe.. As a child, it used to amaze me how my grandmother would whip loaf bread into golden delicious squares of french toast, lightly sprinkled with powered sugar and drizzled with hot syrup.

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JULIE WELLS: Receiving the gift of 'Joy' at Christmastime is a blessing

"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!" Yes, the lyrics to "I've Got the Joy in my Heart" have been sung more than once at our house since my husband and I found out that we will be the parents of a little girl. And we are naming her Joy.

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JULIE WELLS: Receiving the gift of 'Joy' at Christmastime is a blessing

"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!"

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RECIPE BOX: Make a French toast Christmas tree for your holiday breakfast

The memories behind this week's featured recipe are just as sweet as the syrup that covers this homemade French toast recipe.

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RECIPE BOX: Christmas tree cookies a quick, festive treat for the holidays

Christmas tree cookies are this week's featured recipe and the last installment of our cookies-for-Santa for the month of December. I hope you've enjoyed checking out the recipes over the past couple of weeks. I know we've enjoyed eating them at our house.. More importantly, I hope you've

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JULIE WELLS: God already knows everything about baby yet to be born into this world

Well, hopefully by the time you read this column, my husband and I will have found out if we are having a little boy or a little girl.

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Start to finish: 40 minutes

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Today, we honor some of Santa's helpers by making this Christmas treat -- reindeer cupcakes.I can't remember where in the world I first saw the recipe for reindeer cupcakes. It may have been online or in a magazine. Either way, the recipe has stayed in my memory long enough for