Fall ‘n New Friends

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin butter, you name it! Fall is in full swing all around us. And a new season calls for some new friends.

GREAT-2We all have busy fall schedules kicking into high gear but did you know that there are people all around us who have never been invited into someone’s home for a meal? Maybe its the single guy or gal at work or the new couple who just moved in on your street, or a new family at school. Extend the invite! See what happens. People LOVE an invitation.

We’re going to make it easy for you…here’s your game plan. Pick out who you want to invite, make sure its 2 or 3 people to make it a good group. Stock your fridge, nothing too fancy. Easy enough for even a mom of little ones!

* (2) Trader Joe’s family lasagna
* Fresh salad
* Warm Apple pie
* Vanilla Ice Cream
* Decaf coffee w/creamer

Remember, this isn’t just E4E speaking, the Bible itself teaches us to exercise hospitality. And God will give you the grace and boldness to reach out to the ones He’s laying on your heart.

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:9-10

Come Meet Nan at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, NC Saturday!

headshotNan McCullough, founder of Entertaining for Eternity will be at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, NC tomorrow, Saturday 9/13! She will present her ministry, Entertaining for Eternity (E4E) during a special women’s event Saturday morning from 9am-1pm.  Lunch is included. And tickets are $5. For more information visit the Mountain View Baptist Church website at  http://www.mtnviewbaptist.net.

Comfort when Remembering September 11th

God Bless AmericaThe terrible events of 9/11 happened 13 years ago but it still feels like yesterday to so many Americans. As the images flash over the television and show up on your news feed its easy to fall prey to fears and anxiety.   If you have friends who are anxious,  why not invite them over for some comfort food right now?  Spur of the moment events are often the best.  Run to the store and pick up some simple items and put up your flag.    If you feel up to supper buy a frozen lasagne or whip up some mac and cheese.  Or easier than that, do a simple comfort dessert of chocolate chip cookies or an apple pie.  It doesn’t get more American than that.  When your guests arrive have them share where they were on 9/11 and then share how your faith gives you peace in times like these.  Listen to them and then be real and transparent.

Fallin’ Into Fall with E4E!

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Today I got to sit down the founder of Entertaining for Eternity, Nan McCullough herself! We had a blast trading stories about dinner parties, getting out of our comfort zone, entertaining with little ones and many NEW & EXCITING ideas for our E4E fans! That’s YOU!

So stay tuned, you may see some changes around here. And we want to hear from YOU! Let us know your questions, your hospitality hangups, and most importantly what YOU want to hear about.

You can find us at entertainingforeternity.com. And don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page and share it with your friends!

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Written by Yvonne Lingo

What’s Really in the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte….E4E Investigates!

Are you ready for this? Hold onto your socks because according to FoodBabe.com there is NO pumpkin in the ever-so popular Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Say what? So before you indulge, you may want to educate yourself. Entertaining for Eternity wants to give you the skinny, right here!

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Happy fall y’all from your friends at E4E!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Not Dead Watch Party

Gods-Not-DeadGod’s Not Dead (now available on DVD!) is a breakout movie about the existence of God. Follow college freshman Josh Wheaton (a devout Christian) as he stands up for his faith against his atheist Philosophy professor  who declares “God is dead.” Let the debate begin….This film is a perfect conversation starter to watch with believers and searching friends.

Create a fun watch party around this thought-provoking and soul stirring movie. It may just spur on a life-changing decision in someone’s life. God’s Not Dead is rated PG, perfect for high schoolers and adults alike. So what are you waiting for? Plan your watch party today!

For more information about the movie, discussion guides, and watch party tips go to: http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

Easy Slower Cooker BBQ Beef Stew

Here’s one of Entertaining for Eternity’s FAVORITE crock pot recipes. An easy dinner when entertaining large groups or guests from out of town.Easy CrockPot Recipes

Barbecue Beef Stew in Crock Pot

  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Cocoanut Oil)
  • 1 c. thinly sliced onion rings
  • 1/2 c. green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 1- 8 oz. can of tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 – 4 oz. can of mushrooms
  • 1/3 c. Favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 c. cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Steamed rice for serving

In large non-stick skillet, brown meat in oil. Drain. Place onion rings, green pepper and garlic in crock pot. Place meat on top and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add beef broth, tomatoes and their juices, mushrooms, and barbecue sauce and cover. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Combine cold water and cornstarch and stir into stew. Cook until thickened and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Serve over steamed rice. Serves 6-8.

Dinner Party Made Easy

I recently hosted a dinner party at our house and it took some advance planning, shopping, and thought. As a mom of two little ones, SIMPLICITY is the key in my life. Here are a few tricks I learned along the way….The Modern Dinner Party

* Make it Personal. Don’t be afraid to throw in your personal style to your entertaining. And please, use what you have, don’t go buy a whole new kitchen. Guests enjoy seeing eclectic pieces put together. It gives your event a more casual and homey feel. Its your house, not Pottery Barn! :)

* Know your Guests. Have a list of who’s coming to help estimate food, drinks, etc.. a week or two in advance. This will help you shop as you go and not wait till the day before to pull everything together from the store. Also, do as much as possible ahead of time! You don’t want to be mincing an onion while you talk to your guests in the kitchen!

* Let your Inner Hostess Flow. Those tricks you read about in a magazine or saw someone else do at their event…here’s your chance to shine! Do something different to make your home sparkle. Hang lights around your deck or porch, light candles, use slices of oranges in your water. Make it fun! Your guests will feel special that you took the time.

* Be a Conversationalist.  Tuck some fun conversation starters in the back of you head. Generally, asking people questions about themselves is a great place to start and you can naturally roll from there. Later on, you may find an opportunity to slip in a comment about your faith, your church or a recent example you saw God working in your life. You just never know what kind of response you’ll get but I guarantee it will stick with your guest. Plant those seeds!

This post was written by Yvonne Lingo. She’s a wife to Brad and mom of two little girls. She has a passion for using her home as a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy a good meal and conversation. She lives with her family in Charlotte, NC. DSC_0745

5 Back to School Party Ideas

Back to School Party!-2How can summer be ending? Didn’t we just start? Buckle up folks because school is starting! The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time to meet new people, and spread Christ’s love from your home.

Here are 5 ways & tips to reach out to friends and neighbors in the carpool line, at the bus stop and passing in the hallways.

1. Host a “back to school” brunch during the first week of school. Invite parents from your child’s class over for a simple brunch while your kids are in school. A great way to get acquainted with those you’ll be seeing on a regular basis around your child’s school.

2. Invite over neighbors you meet at the bus stop for cookies after the first day of school. Let the kids play while you connect with others. You never know who you might be living across the street that you’ve never taken the time to get to know.

3. Throw a good ole back to school bash for your kids and their friends. Have some easy finger foods, fun music and games in the back yard. A great way for you to meet your kids friends (new & old) and make them feel welcome in your home. Allow your hospitality to be tinged by Jesus’ love.

4. New moms orientation party. Seasoned moms can reach out to first time preschool or kindergarten moms to encourage and support as they adjust to the highs and lows of dropping little ones off at school or putting them on the bus. The start of school can be an emotionally difficult time for first timers and a cup of coffee with some words of reassurance is sometimes the best way to ease an unsettled heart.

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24

5. Use some handy dandy old school supplies in your decorating. Use paper clips to create rope perfect for triangle bunting. Make that lunchbox into a container for some popcorn cups, turn binder clips into sign holders and use apples and books as decorations. Have fun!

 

Get the Scoop!

Time for a Cool Treat!

It’s summer! And August means, it’s hot! Nobody needs an excuse to enjoy some ice cream. Invite over a neighbor or two and enjoy a cool summer treat together. Get the scoop on their lives, find out their favorite summer vacation spot. Make it fun, invite the kids over too! Here’s the scoop on the modern ice cream social:

+ Dress up your cones with fun paper wraps. *Free at BHG.com/Cones
+ Tuck a few mini marshmallows in the bottom of cones to help stop drips.
+ Put a few fun toppings (gummy bears, chocolate chips, fresh fruit) in colorful small bowls or even better, disposable bowls from Target!

Remember, your gathering doesn’t need to impress. Keep it simple and full of fun!

 

 

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