The Joy of Youth
I just adore teenagers. I guess it’s their unadorned honesty, their vivacious energy, and their goofiness.
But what is really great for me is delving into each of these unique people in our youth group and seeing what really makes them tick. British period dramas? 450-page tomes? Sports? Singing? Acting? Comedy? The list could go on and on. They’re searching out who they’ll become.
That’s why it was so fun for me to work with the artist who created our lovely artwork from this year’s theme verse, Hebrews 6:19. “We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, sure and steadfast.” Here she is, hard at work.
The last two years I’ve muddled my way through the painting of the youth room walls, creating stencils out of cardboard. Jenny was a big help that first year.
And here’s the finished product:
Oreo Cookie Delight
I made this dish for our first Redeemer youth event of the fall on Sunday night. It’s easy–basically just crushing oreos, topping them with ice cream, and cool whip and fudge. What could be better?
Here’s the giant bowl of crunched up oreos:
And here’s the pan of oreo goodness squished into the freezer (note to self: it’s usually best to see if the pan fits in the freezer before putting in 2 pounds of ingredients!).
If you’re counting calories, it may be best to steer clear of this dish. If not, it’s one layer of deliciousness upon another. I mean seriously: oreos, ice cream, fudge, cool whip, and more cookies? Wow.
I think this has also been called mud cake. I used to make this (remember mom?) in a clean flower pot. It’s a little different, in that you mix crushed oreos with vanilla or chocolate pudding and cool whip, instead of having the layers. Oh–not mud cake–dirt cake! That’s it. And then we’d go searching for gummy worms to hide inside. Oh, the things we do when boys are in the household and love all things dirt-related.