Monthly Archives: September 2012

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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So I was headed to a Christian Students club welcome dinner tonight and was asked to bring dessert for 20 with a special request that I make peanut butter blossoms. So that’s what my daughter and I were up to this afternoon. Before that she and I went to join the club to pass out invitations to the dinner. She was nervous but at the same time thrilled when someone accepted her invitation. I’ve been realizing lately that the best way to spend my time is to tell others about the God I love so dearly! So when I can I go out on the colleges near me to do so. It’s so satisfying!

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This recipe I found online uses butter instead of shortening. That’s great because I’d rather use butter than shortening although oil and applesauce are my preferred liquid. You can find the recipe here. Of course, I cut the sugar by almost half. Other than that I did as the recipe indicated. Oh, and I had some Hershey Kisses that were milk chocolate with raspberry white creme so I just used those and the tops got a little burnt…

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Dates – the fruit, that is

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Do you know what these are? Remember that I’m still in the desert. Dates! They’re all covered up to keep the pests away and that’s how they look as they are being grown for us to eat. Sweet! Literally that is. Dates are sweet. So, of course I have to blog about it!

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Interestingly enough the mecca of dates in this country is in the Coachella valley with its high temperatures, low humidity and minimal rainfall. They grow in such an intense environment. We stopped by Oasis Date Gardens to pick some up and to have their delicious date shake that you can’t get at your local fast food joint.

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Smooth, creamy and full of bits of dates. Delicious! I also picked up 10 lbs of dates! Will I just eat them one by one? Yes and no. I’m going to bake with them! I’ll use the natural sweetness and cut down sugar in a cookie or bread or something. Stay tuned!

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Tonight we are getting together with some other lovers of the Lord to have dinner, sing unto the Lord and enjoy the riches in the Bible! I’m bringing dessert so where else would I turn but to my cousin’s blog Lovin’ From the Oven. I saw one recipe I wanted to try out so here it is!

Melted chocolate chips in the middle!

I had to taste it of course, before serving it to everyone else! What a bite of chocolate! Only thing missing? Ice cream of course! I’ll pick that up on my way to our “party!” It still gave me a sugar rush even though I cut the sugar by 1/4. Oh, and I didn’t use butter and used white whole wheat flour so I can’t even imagine what it would taste like with butter and white flour and all the sugar! I’ll stick with this version for my health’s sake and others. It’s still good, especially if you top it with ice cream!!! You can get the recipe here.

Here are my substitutions for this batch:

1/2 cup of butter – 1/4 cup of applesauce & 1/4 cup of canola oil

1/2 cup of sugar – 1/4 cup of sugar

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour – 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

Love suffers long

Today I was musing and praying over 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love suffers long. Love is kind; it is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not puffed up.” Isn’t it interesting that the definition of love starts with it suffering long, not being kind or anything else. Love suffers long. It just happened that I just gave a lesson on God is long suffering to some preschoolers on Sunday. Just the words long suffering or suffers long does not sound pleasant at all. Why would I want to suffer long? How can I possibly have that kind of love? Impossible! Not only does it suffer long love is kind. I always think I’m kind but realize there are definitely times when my kindness just plain runs out and I can’t be kind even if I try to muster up the energy to. It is not jealous? Oh, there’s definitely jealousy. Does not brag? Outwardly I may not but I know within I have failed in that matter. So why would God put this demand on us when it just sets us up for failure? Because we CANNOT do it. We DO NOT have a love that is defined in this portion. This love is only IN God and this love IS God. Love is not a thing we can try to obtain. Love is actually God Himself. God is love (1 John 4:8). What I need is God! God is love! God suffers long. God is kind. God is not jealous. God does not brag and is not puffed up. Oh I need God! When I get God I get love! And I get the love that is impossible for me to be. Wow!

 

The Joys of Childhood

Yesterday we went to a friend’s daughter’s soccer game. Of course my preschooler was not going to be sitting watching the game. Her buddy is the soccer player’s little sister as you can see in the 2nd picture below.

Spinning joy. I get dizzy just watching.

The soccer field is on the right and yet their chairs are facing another direction…

Today she got to open a little party favor she received on Saturday. Does anyone ever get tired of playing with bubbles? Nope.