The Best Oven Fried Chicken

The best oven fried chicken – Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and baked right in the oven for easy cleanup.

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Parisian Hot Chocolate with Raspberry Whipped Cream

You only need 3 ingredients to make this deeply flavorful, thick, luscious Parisian hot chocolate (Le Chocolat Chaud), that will most likely be the finest cup of hot chocolate you will ever have! Top it with some raspberry whipped cream and marshmallows and enjoy an indulgent hot chocolate whenever you need some cozy comfort! 🙂 A truly decadent hot chocolate that’s served in cafes in Paris, this is also known as Le Chocolat Chaud. But I call it, the best freaking hot chocolate ever! You only need 3 ingredients to make this Parisian Hot Chocolate, but it’s everything you would dream

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Chocolate Italian Love Cake

Perfect Valentine’s dessert! xo

Veronica's Cornucopia

I made this for our Valentine’s Day dessert because 1) it’s “Italian” (I put that in quotations because honestly, I think the only reason it’s called “Italian” is because there is ricotta cheese in it), so I thought it would go well with our Spaghetti & Meatballs, and 2) it’s a Love Cake, therefore perfect for Valentine’s Day. 🙂  However, I’m sharing this with you today, a regular non-Hallmark holiday day, because it’s simply a fantastic cake that should be enjoyed and made for those you love on any old day, not just days designated for celebrating your loved ones.

This cake is every bit as good as it looks.  I don’t like ricotta because of the texture, but it really works with this cake.  It’s not a heavy cake, which is dangerous, because it’s also addictive and the “lightness” makes it easier to trick yourself into thinking that…

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Dealing with the Fear of Doubt and of Questioning Religious Beliefs We have been Taught

Love this. It is ok to think and have doubts.

Jesus Without Baggage

Growing up a fundamentalist, and then 25 years as an evangelical, I witnessed a lot of fear and experienced significant fear myself. These very conservative environments are filled with fear and, to a large extent, are based on fear—fear of God, fear of hell, fear of making a mistake, fear of being wrong, and fear of being rejected by God (and the church).

One must constantly toe the line on God’s many requirements, believe all the right doctrines, and never waver. One of the greatest dangers is doubt; doubt is castigated as being from the devil, and we are warned of the dire consequences of being led astray—punishment in eternal hell fire. Security is found only in accepting tradition passed down as God’s own certain truth from one generation to another to another.

In these circles, having doubt is considered a loss of faith, so…

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