Archive | June 2013

Granola Oatmeal Bars

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The cookbook  I adapted this recipe from is called Fat-Free Baking By: Sandra Woodruff, RD
Really these came out best and I will use this as a basic all purpose Bar with many variations. I enjoy tweeking recipes and flavors Craisins and pistashio for example. But for this first try I followed as close as I could with the ingredients.
Instead of:
1/4 cup of wheat germ (I used a packet of cream of wheat.)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour  (I used flax seed powder.)
1/3 cup raisin or apricots ( dried apple chips and craisins.)
I bet dates, nuts and/or seeds. What about ginger instead of cinnamon? Yummy
Ginger is proved to have a capacity of improving metabolism.
Improved metabolism is the key to lose weight naturally and healthily.
What would you add or change? Let me know if you try this please interesting to hear from you!!!

But, I really needed to use up some old bananas, that was really the part that got me started on making a granola and using banana instead of egg so they would be Vegan. So, my first thought had been to make my A.B.C. P.R.O. Bars. Which for the life of me I can not find the recipe. It was on an old computer… so oh well. I started to look through all my recipes and found that one but it does not call for bananas. Well I got all this stuff. So I started. Nope, no Wheat germ… OK Flax seed I do have. I also have whole red wheat… That won’t work I have cream of wheat. O:) That worked!!! So they come out good but plain old. So onto my A.B.C. P.R.O. Bars( which is Apple, Banana, Cranberry, Peanut butter, Raisin, Oatmeal ) So I searched up those things and looked for energy bars with those ingredients. So here is what I came up with…

A.B.C. P.R.O. Bars
Makes 12-16 bars (depending how large you cut them).
Bars stay fresh for up to one week in a  Zipper bag at room temperature or in the refrigerator longer.
Vegan option: see note below. Gluten Free option: see note below.
Ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I used quick oats)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, loosely packed (or light brown sugar)
1 teaspoon baking powder     1/2 teaspoon salt     1 teaspoon ground            cinnamon
1/2 cup milk (regular, almond milk, or even powdered fat-free)
(I used 1/4 c of ff milk and 1/4 c Apple butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ( what about a variation here)
1 large egg (or 1 “flax” egg – see note below for vegan option)
(2 Tbsp flax and no water added another banana so I used 3 bananas total)
2 large very ripe bananas, mashed      1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips   and or     1/2 cup peanut butter chips
( I used 1/2 cup diced dried apple, 1/2 cup craisins, and 1/2 cup shredded coconut)

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Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 8×8 square (or 9×9 inch) baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg. Mix together until evenly combined. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. Stir well.
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

Notes: these bars can easily be made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips + vegan putter butter chips and using a “flax egg” instead of a regular egg. Flax egg = mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up. Use the “flax gel” as a replacement for the egg.
* make sure your oats are certified gluten free to ensure these bars will be gluten free.

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Compost Can Rain Chimes

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As I am reading, I recall my devotional this morning from the Upper room (I get sent to my email daily).
It was about showing mercy to others…Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy. Matt5:7  (who judgmental me just popped into my head, I could stand to do this.)
Then
the next one I read was  Hypocrite…hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,‘This people draw close unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’” Matt 15:7
Well, hmmmm, What first came to mind was, I am gonna need mercy for being so judgmental… Then the Truth of scripture came to me to back up my thinking… Do not judge, or you too will be judged.For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matt 7:1+2
So, this gets my mind spinning this rainy morning. And I decide to read about my assurance of Salvation from John Mac Arthur. And he is gonna explain it all to me…
Don’t continue to live with doubts about your eternal salvation. Rather, live with the blessed assurance God wants you to enjoy as His child!
Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation (John MacArthur Study) (p. 16). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.1 Peter 1:2

I know because of the way I am convicted, the Holy Spirit lives in me. I struggle with obedience as all flesh does. But I believe Jesus was the Son of God and that His blood covers my sins.  God has been so good to me. I may go back and forth beating myself into sense.  It is not wasted though. Every time I do (beat myself) I grow more and more to changing the bad and being less of a tail.There is scripture about that. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God, Due. 28:13
Oh wait does that Old Testament apply to me or any of us…? If we are relying on the New Testament…? Hmmm…
As I listen to the rain hit those cans these things pass through my thoughts and I grow closer to God and each one of you by overcoming my judgment. I see those rusty cans in the picture. I see me in those cans. Most people would judge them to be garbage. They have been all used up and sat too long in the weather. BUT GOD (pause for a smile cuz I love those words), can and does use everything for His glory and the expansion of His kingdom.  I know I was enjoying the music he was making on them with the rain and when I refill them with compost over and over again to feed my worms and enrich my soil I know God can do amazing things with old rusty things!!! AND I aint so old and rusty. The sun is coming out and the fields are white, harvest should be plentiful. I leave you with this… I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 1 Cor. 3:6

      My precious friend and dear reader I would love to know if you read this and I pray that it gave you encouragement. I don’t know if anyone reads it unless they comment. No comments means nobody is reading…? Well that can’t be true… can it?
I love you and I pray God’s grace, peace, light, and love for you today and every day. That you are blessed and that you would be a blessing. In Jesus’ service, Amen & Amen!!!

Been Outside

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Well…no it is not one… But it is a stone just another one I dug up and transplanted into my path. I have been hard at work in God’s garden I tend to it now and again. Things most plants here in Florida need alot of rain.  Well the ones in my vegetable garden do. God sends lots of rain for me but I always like to give them plenty more. I have been combating many different caterpillars. A yellow one, a fluffy light yellow, a black one with spikes. a orange one with spikes. The usual uggly buggly from last year is still coming around. They have many host plants. Although they eat the pretty poor thing. But then I get to see them flutter by!!!
I will be posting more in a while ifnot tonight tomorrow for sure. I pray God’s grace, peace, light, and love shine through you in Jesus’ Service Doreen

PS. Thursday’s thought is something I read :
Beware of trying to assure people of their salvation based on an untested profession. True assurance is the reward of tested and proven faith (James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:6–9). And it’s the Holy Spirit who gives real assurance (Rom. 8:16). The human counselor must guard against any tendency to usurp that role.

MacArthur, Jr., John (2010-01-01). Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation (John MacArthur Study) (pp. 12-13). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.

Vintage scans

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This beautiful lady was in a box of vintage picture I had given to me.
She reminded me of scripture I love…Well I love all scripture!!! But God breathed Proverb 31:25  She is clothed with strength and dignity,
                                                and she laughs without fear of the future.
o here is a slight improvement. I am gonna use as a decoupage for my bedroom. Pictures of that to follow. I would love to see how you use it. Please share.

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Now this is just my version I left the original as it is a posted it if you would like to add or subtract.
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God is so gracious, peaceful, and merciful to me. He alone gives me light, strength, and dignity. Today I pray Jesus finds you where ever you are and gives you all the things He alone can give you. Be blessed. In Jesus’ Service, Doreen

I’m not going to Church!…?

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How are you feeling? What did you do today?
I have such a bad headache I have been in bed all day in my pajamas. I didn’t even feed my bunnies today…
Ever have that day? Ever gone to work feeling like that?
It is pouring rain and dark and gloomy… I don’t feel good. I wanna stay in bed!
Ever have that happen? Ever gone to work feeling like that?
So it is Wednesday night Bible study… I have been in bed all day in my pajamas it is dark and rainy. I have a headache and think I am dying. My blood pressure is fine. I have taken my medicine. My husband is still at work and it is time to be there. I call him… “will you be home?” “should I get dressed?” ” I don’t know if I wanna go. ”
“Everyone else misses.”
“Heck the Pastor probley wont even be teaching tonight. He has something else to do. It will be brother Miller quick and done. Why bother?”
“Ok” husband says. He is in car on his way home.  So I lay here.
Phone rings… It is husband. ” I am here on Palm ave.”
OK I’ll get dressed.
Well, I did and I went. Yes there were people who did not go. There were people Ihad bad thoughts about them being there. The Pastor was talking about Charter school stuff and things he has repeated before. And yes he was leaving… Yes brother Miller was teaching. It was freezing cold and my head was pounding. Subject enter : worshiping God. You are in His presence. Not just ow because you came in but every minute of every day.
WOW!!!
Feeling better…
Scriptures about that  Genesis 28:14- the end of chapter.
Well This is amazing…!!!
I am feeling so good I can sit up I a, not shaking. Not too cold any more. Not disliking those around me.
I feel good!!!
So I talk to a few sisters and brothers a little fellowship.
WOW!!!
I feel great!
Is it just me or does this happen to others…?
I believe it happened to Saul on his way to becoming Paul.
Shake off the dis- you name it … like, whatever it is. We do not go for others. We go for Him God/Jesus. Do you think Jesus wanted to go? He did not go because of the pay check at the end of the week. But when we go to Church you could look at it as the payoff of eternity.
I guess I am just rambling. I love you, and today I pray that you have a worship encounter with God on His terms. I pray the Holy Spirit fills you to overflow and you tell others around you about the Gospel(Good News) of Jesus the Christ. All these things I ask in The Name Of Jesus. Amen & Amen

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In the end I will be worshiping The Almighty King Jesus!!!

 

XL to M/ Long to short all in one day

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This was passed on to me, so free to me. Gotta make it work. But it is way to big and long…Oh and stained!!!

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This shirt inside is built in only the front and so it can cut it out. The jacket part is way to big for me so I took it in about 2 inches at the side seam, shoulders and arms so it fit great. Then for the long skirt that was with it. I chopped it and hemmed it, where the sides were slit up to my knees anyway.
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Good for Church and other places were it is air conditioned. I am always cold, this works good.
It is nice to have a new outfit and it didn’t cost a penny which is good. I don’t work so I make do. I pray for those who don’t have shoes or anything clean to wear. We are so Blessed here in this country. I thank God I have so much and can read His Bible everyday in the open. It is scary to think how things are in other parts of the world. I have been thinking of the little girl in some foreign country who is working in a factory and can’t go to school or go out to play. God help us to pray for others and share the blessings you have given us. I wish you God’s grace, peace, light, and love today and always. In Jesus’ service Doreen

Garden fun and tip for today

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So when in Rome, do as the Romans…
When in Hialeah, do as the Cubans!!!
Working with what you have on hand. No need to go inside and get a clip and I didn’t wanna use a nail or stick.
I am now actually going to come up with something like it that could be beaded now that I did this one there is so many possibilities. So I encourage you to try something new. I always used a nail or stick so this was new. I liked it except for when I sat back and poked my head. But if it was cut right and beaded… The beauty of it… I would love to hear what you think and maybe even see a copycat or two. What is your new thing? What have you tried and liked it? I have rabbits to feed…so I will wait your replies.
PLEASE COMMENT, if you don’t I don’t even know you came. I love you and pray that today you are as happy as me. Secure in the knowledge or Lord and savior hears us and acts on our prayers and we receive blessings always!!!
God’s grace, peace, light, and love to you now and always Doreen