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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars {Recipe}

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Raspberry.

Chocolate.

My husband loves me.

He loves, he loves me not. He loves me, he loves me not.

Here is another great recipe that weakens my husband’s will, just like this one.

If I make this he says he hates me, all the while he is batting away our little people to get to the pan!

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Fantastic recipe and so super easy to make.

Luckily for this one, I had everything on hand and it only took a few minutes to throw the ingredients together and get it in the oven.

This is the perfect recipe for last minute dinner guests!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup of seedless raspberry jam (I used an entire jar of Polaner All Fruit Raspberry 10 oz)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil, then grease the foil and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. stir in the oats and brown sugar, breaking up the chunks of brown sugar as needed. Add the butter to the mix. Using your fingers work the butter into the mixture until evenly distributed.

Put just over half of the mixture into your prepared pan. Pressing lightly with your hands, make the mixture as even as possible along the pan.

Spread the raspberry jam evenly over the top of the mixture, while leaving about 1/4 inch space from the edge of the pan.

Add the rest of the mixture to the top of your raspberry jam, trying to cover the jam the best that you can. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the mixture and press down slightly so the chips will stay in place.

Bake for 35-37 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Makes about 12 bars.

Store them in an airtight container. Should last a few days (if that long…ours were gone before the night was through!).

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment!

In His Grace.
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Blessings by Laura Story for Musical Monday

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What if the trials in this life are our blessings in disguise?

Thank goodness this world is NOT our home.

Blessings can come through raindrops….

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Lyrics to Blessings by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

 

May you see your blessings in whatever form they show themselves.

In His Grace.

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DaySpring Customer Appreciation Sale 25% OFF

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With so many incredibly beautiful items offered at DaySpring I had such a hard time choosing just a few to share!

Needless to say, this Customer Appreciation Sale is the way to stock up on some gifts, cards and so much more.

Customer Appreciation Sale- 25% off with code THANKS25!

Here are a few goodies I saw while I was over checking out the sale – which by the way, the sale is on until July 18th!

Everything Beautiful - Teacup with Lid

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I am seriously LOVIN the coffee mugs!

How about you?!

You can click on any of the images to get to the product pages…

Yes, these are affiliate links, so thanks if you find something you love and make a purchase!

Enjoy the sale!

I’m off to pick up some goodies myself.

In His Grace.

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{Product Review} WriteShop for Encouraging Young Writers

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I have a love for the written word. (You may have noticed that once or twice already, lol)

You can guess my enthusiasm when I was notified that Ana, my 9 year old daughter, and I would be reviewing a product from WriteShop.

This is exactly what I wanted for all of my kiddos, but alas, my still struggling budding journal writer is the only one that got to use this amazingly wonderful WriteShop Primary Book C set.

With so many choices out there for helping children learn how to be better writers, I was a bit unsure about this program at first.

But to my utter delight, it is exactly what she needed to grow in confidence about her writing and her ability to really think about a story and then make it happen!

Our set contained the WriteShop Primary Teacher’s Guide Book C  (printable ebook in PDF) and the WriteShop Primary Activity Pack, Book C (printable ebook in PDF).

WriteShop Primary Teacher’s Guide Book C ($29.50) is simply the best I’ve seen with the amount of information provided.

The ebook I was given has 241 pages in it with step by step instructions on how to prepare for the lesson with a detailed list of items you may need. I did not print this ebook, which i normally do, I left the PDF on my iPad for continued use. It works well either way you choose to use it.

There was a few items I had to make so that Ana could complete the lessons that she was given.

Not too much was involved and luckily we homeschool so most everything was on hand…well, almost everything.

I did need to pick up some colored file folders, some new 3×5 index cards, some fun pointers and a newspaper writer style flip notebook.

Anyway, this just a little needed extras that were designed to help Ana in the completion of her lessons.

We ended up using this program for about 20-30 minutes every few days. The lessons were not so hard that she couldn’t complete them, rather the actual writing portion still took her an extra bit of time. She is so much like me that, at first, is was extremely hard for her to learn to simply “write” out her thoughts because she inevitably knew that some of the words were spelled incorrectly.

The beauty of this program is that the point is to simply encourage this young writer to just write.

As we trekked through the lessons it was delightful to see Ana begin to bud with enthusiasm over how she was beginning to pull these stories together.

She was able to overcome her fear of being corrected as much as normal (it is sad to say, but the truth nonetheless).

Not only was this program a wonderful tool for encouraging Ana to be a better writer, it was a tool for me as well. It made it more clear to me that my natural tendencies to critique was way too overbearing. Little minds need more encouragement sometimes and awhole lot less correction when it comes to being creative. I cannot believe that I was actually making it harder for her (and my other kiddos) to be creative because I was constantly critiquing their ideas. Mind blowing lesson there for me….

Anyway, Ana by far has become a writer that gets way more encouragement now than ever before and the proof is in the pudding as they say.

WriteShop Primary Activity Pack, Book C ($4.50) was a excellent addition to the lesson plans. This ebook has 20 pages for reproduction (a total of 10 lessons) and they were easily printed from my computer.

Each activity was fun to set up and easy to administer. Ana enjoyed being able to capture her thoughts on paper and then work diligently on her stories.

Having been read to her entire life it was fun teaching her the who, what, when, where, why and how aspects of every story. She was better able to comprehend exactly how a story comes about.

Her favorite activity was the journal that she began to keep once she started this program.

She also loved to carry around her “newspaper” notebook and collect facts and information throughout her day.

As we near the completion of this program she has been able to gather her ideas, organize them into written words and “publish” her own stories.

The workbook pages also provided her numerous opportunities to correct other written works. I believe that was also encouraging to her because it made it easier for her to see that everyone makes mistakes the first, second and even third time during the writing process.

Overall we enjoyed using this program and I can even use it for review in a few months just to help refresh her in the aspects of writing. Thankfully the lessons were laid out well and were easy for me to understand therefore making it easy to explain the concepts to Ana. She had very little difficulty completing any of the lessons that she was given.

The WriteShop Primary Book C set is designed with second and third graders in mind. But I also think that a younger child that can write well or even the older reluctant writer would benefit from this program. There are various age groups that WriteShop produces so I would take the time to check out all of their products.

Would you like to keep up with WriteShop, you can do so here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writeshop
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/writeshop
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/writeshop/boards/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kimkautzer
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Writeshop/

Check out some of the other programs offered by WriteShop and what the other Review Crew members had to say:

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I hope you enjoyed this review and find something that just might work for you in your homeschool environment!

In His Grace.

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{Product Review} Moving Beyond the Page with Helen Keller and Sound

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I may have mentioned a time or two just how incredible it is to find a home school program that incorporates so many different lessons into one. Moving Beyond the Page does just that and I find it wonderful and so very helpful.

Ana, my 9 year old daughter, and I were delighted to receive the Language Arts Package – Who Was Helen Keller? as well as the Science Package – Sound to review this time around.

Seriously, there is sooooo much to talk about and I need you to stick around to read the whole review…okay? Here goes…

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First off, my most favorite part of this entire review was how very step by step it was and how easy it was to incorporate everything in the lessons.

Ana and I spent between 2-3 hours each lesson time when we were using these products. Staring with the language arts portion and moving into the science portion to close out our session.

Each lesson covers a lot of information and it is so well written that my daughter was able to grasp the concepts quickly and without much confusion. Our units consisted of the 7-9 year old section of the individual units area of the site.

I have to be honest, unit studies have always been appealing to me but I have never really been able to find a company that “did all the work for me” so that I could just sit down and teach. Well, Moving Beyond the Page took out a lot of the guesswork for me and provided me with a plethora of information, worksheets, directions and activities to make the lessons “real” for Ana. Absolutely well worth the cost too.

Our first product was the Language Arts Package – Who Was Helen Keller? and the online unit cost is $22.87. Which includes the lessons, activities and conclusion in online form, the physical book Alexander Graham Bell and the physical book Who was Helen Keller? If you would prefer the physical unit lesson plan book, the total cost will be $26.93.

The unit study consists of 8 lessons and a final project to wrap up the unit. Each lessons has numerous sections:

  • Questions to Explore to help get the mind moving in the correct direction for the study.
  • Facts and Definitions that pick up specific words and phrases that are important for the student to know in regards to the study.
  • Skills that each study should be able to perform or to increase their abilities.
  • Materials needed for the lesson at hand (a wonderful resource for people like me!).
  • Introduction to the lesson for the day.
  • Reading and Questions and answers section to round out the lessons.

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Ana loved reading about Helen Keller and was always fascinated with all of the issues that the little girl / young girl / woman had to endure. I too love Helen Keller and what she accomplished in her life and was so excited to share her story with my daughter!

You know how I said I love when someone else does all of the work and I have to do is sit down and teach? Yea…well, from reading to the activities, perfect for busy mamas like me.

Once the reading section was finished, which sometime took a little bit of time as Ana is still in the “gaining confidence” stage of reading, we moved into the activities. Reading out loud was an emotional battle on some days. She really never wanted to read in front of her brothers or daddy but ultimately she did well. The story was just on the perfect level for her and she was immediately intrigued once she began reading the story again.

The lesson then slides into the activities for the day. There was always a questions and answer page to work on after the reading. Ana was never too pleased to do the worksheet but I truly believe that doing them increased her ability to completely comprehend the reading she had just completed. With the maximum of five questions, it was over rather quickly for her and provided me with the opportunity to have her exercise her penmanship.

Once she moved onto the activities though it was always her most favorite part. She is a hands on kinda girl, so coloring, drawing or writing for fun always trumps “real work” in her book. The activities provided were usually simple enough and the PDFs were also provided (again, score one for awesome unit studies!). The activities provided were fun, easy and just the right amount of info to wrap up the lesson for the day.

For instance, coinciding with the Who Was Helen Keller? book we read the book Alexander Graham Bell, a short biography, then the activity was to write out 10 facts about Mr. Bell. Simple work yet enough that Ana had to really use her thinking cap to focus on the story and pull the needed facts from the story she read.

When we were done with the lesson and activities I was able to draw all the important points back to the forefront of Ana’s mind by going over the conclusion portion of the lesson for the day. Neat and tidy, just how I enjoy teaching!

After a short break we often moved right into the second portion of our unit, the Science Package – Sound lessons for the remainder of our schooling day.

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I have to share with you that I much prefer the physical book for the unit study.

It makes it much easier to read our lesson, then hand the book over to Ana so she can complete her worksheet (if there is one for the lesson that day). I tried to stay organized with the online curriculum that I printed of the language arts portion, but honestly, I felt more relaxed and “all together” with the physical book. But, if you are better at organization that I am, by all means, save the extra few bucks and print the lessons yourself.

The Science Package – Sound will cost you $33.93 for the online version, which will consist of the lessons online with printable PDFs and the manipulative Human Anatomy of the ear model (more on that in a minute). Or you can get the physical lessons book with the ear model for $37.99.

This was a fun unit to study for both of us.

It was fun due to the fact that with each lesson Ana was introduced to ideas that she might have known but it never really was discussed.

For instance – the fact that there are three states of matter.

Just because she has learned that the table is hard, the pillow is soft, the water is wet and that the sun is mostly hydrogen did not mean she completely understood the whole matter concept. With how well written these units are, it was so simple to say, there are three states of matter. And that matter was simply the combining of molecules…teeny, tiny, need to use a microscope small, God created building blocks.

After I was able to explain that to her it was much easier a task to explain therefore why there are three states of matter. Because of how the molecules sit in each object. There are more molecules shoved into the table, therefore making it a solid, less molecules shoved into water making it less dense, therefore a liquid and even less molecules shoved into hydrogen, leaving a bunch of room, in turn making it a gas.

It was fun watching all of this new knowledge sink into her little brain!

When she used the ear model for the first time…wow, it was like watching the electrical impulses jump all around her brain. She took a while to put it together that first day, absolutely refusing any assistance from me or her older brother. It was a proud moment seeing her complete that ear model. She was so pleased with herself!

The ear model was an amazing addition to this science unit and I was so pleased to see how well made it really was. I don’t know exactly what I expected but needless to say, this model is well constructed and has numerous pieces. It was easy to see all of the small parts inside the human ear and it was fascinating to touch each piece, they are very vivid in detail.

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With everything that we were given from Moving Beyond the Page, I am excited to say that this unit study was a complete hit!

Ana said that every single part of this unit study was good, fun and she enjoyed all of it. That sure is a nice thing to hear from your kiddo when it comes to school work.

Overall, the items received are wonderful, full of information and essentially step by step directions. A pleasing product for this school work weary mama. With these unit studies I feel secure in that fact that Ana is learning a lot without too much effort on my part. I like school when it is “easy” and I know my kids do too.

My one, teensy qualm with the company is that the website is a little overwhelming when trying to find products. It feels like you jump around but on the other hand, each age group is color coded for ease. Maybe it’s just me…

There are so many levels of study that I look forward to the next units that we get.

Homeschool curriculum doesn’t have to be overwhelming, I am the mama that likes things laid out well with little effort from me. I have said it before but it bears saying again, this is why I personally do not create school products. I am thankful for those that can and those that can do it well.

If you would like to read more about this company and the numerous products it has to offer, then make sure visit the review crew post to find out more!

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I hope you enjoyed this review and you have found a new product that you can use in your own homeschool environment!

In His Grace.

 

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread {Recipe}

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Okay. I have found that making a loaf or two (or 8) of any type of bread will tame the natives for early morning grazing.

Yes, I said grazing in regards to my children.

You do not live with these young people…you have no idea how much they eat! Holy Cow!

So I have a small garden (4th year this year) out in the back yard and I was checking for anything edible. I found the largest zucchini I have ever seen! I kid you not, this thing was gigantic!! (So huge in fact that I ended up making 6 loaves of this bread from this ONE zucchini!!!)

I have been wanting to try chocolate chip zucchini bread for a while but was always apprehensive because of what my children would think. I did not want to go through the hassle of making it then have it go to waste because they hated it. (Normally this never happens, but there is a first time for everything, right?!)

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So I got up super early the other morning and got a jump on making the bread before anyone was up. I know, a bit on the sneaking side, but hey, I needed to use this monster zucchini before it went bad!

I internet searched and found a recipe, yep, you guessed it, I amended it to suit my needs (and ingredients on hand!).

This recipe makes 2 loaves of bread. You will need at least 2 9 x 5 pans (or it will take a really long time to make).

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I used bread flour, that’s all I had on hand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used freshly grated)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 2 teaspoons of orange extract
  • 2 cups of grated zucchini
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or butter your loaf pans.

Grate your zucchini and set aside.

In a large bowl put your flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and whisk together well.

In another large bowl beat your eggs until light and fluffily. Add in sugar and continue beating until well blended. Add in your applesauce, almond oil, extract, zucchini, chocolate chips and mix. Add in your dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour into your prepared loaf pans. Bake for 65 minutes (1 hour and 5 minutes) according to my clock and oven. Bread is down when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool on cooling rack for 15-20 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely.

Slice and enjoy this incredibly moist and oh so yummy bread!

 

By the way, my kids LOVE this bread and so far have eaten 3 of the 6 loaves I was able to make!

Recipe amended from Paula Dean’s recipe that I found in my online search.

Did you try this incredible bread? DO you change your recipe at all? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment!

In His Grace.

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Why Being Spontaneous in Your Marriage is Important and Okay

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There are a lot of times that I have to turn off my mama/wife brain off and just go with the flow.

I have had a lot of years to practice and sometimes I still need to work really hard in quieting the noise.

My husband is a spontaneous kinda guy. Not everyday but most days. His job takes him away from home up to 4 days in a row, every week. Our life as a family is always in an ebb and flow status.

When my husband is home, I pretty much am lax in what type of scheduling I do…on the off chance that my hubby wants to do “something”. The something is anything from going to Home Depot or even WalMart.

I like my husband, like huge quantities like, so I want to spend as much time with him as possible while he is home.

On the flip side though, it is so hard sometimes to slide into “bendy” mode. I handle life by myself for days at a time while he is gone so it sometimes makes life a bit harder to let go.

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Since there is only a few days I get with my husband, I need to make the best of it I can. Right?! Like being spontaneous….

I have come to understand that sex for a married couple is so very important. But it is a conversation that is so awkward to have with even the best of friends.

So, I’m stepping out to share with you a few important reasons why you need to make time for this sacred and soul binding moment and why you need to quiet those voices in your head and be okay with spontaneous sex.

The voices in your head are not always the best voices you need to listen to. I’ve learned this the hard way, unfortunately.

Being spontaneous in this area of your marriage will help keep that spark alive.

Here are some examples I personally have had in my life that I want to share with you. It is hard, really hard to quiet the voices that say….

- I can’t, I have all this laundry to fold (which is all over the bed, no less).

Shove the laundry aside, throw it on the floor, throw it in a basket…lay on it even. He will appreciate you more for saying “yes” to his advances than to clean folded laundry.

I know, because I had to ask my man about it. He would much rather spend time with me being intimate now and worry about the laundry later. He might even go as far as helping with it later, just say “yes” to him now. It’s more fun and better for your health and well being anyway.

- I can’t, I haven’t showered in (insert number of days here, we’ve all been there mama, it happens).

I have so been there ladies. Honestly, I still am most days here at my house. Since we homeschool, life really and truly does not stop for me once I get out of bed….so showering kinda falls too low on the list some days.

I kid you not, say “yes”, then take a three minute shower. No need to wash your hair or shave your legs. Get in, get the main business clean and get down to spontaneous fun. Each time you make the extra time to drop everything for him, he is honored and his value (in his own eyes) increases because you chose him over everything else.

- I’m tired. It is without a doubt an issue that comes into play a lot. Being a mama and wife is tiring work.

Most likely he is tired too. Working long hours takes a lot out of you. Providing for a family wears a man down. This moment is about connecting as a married couple. Bringing life back into balance. Rejoining your husband and again becoming one.

I believe the Bible makes a wonderful example of telling us that a man leaves his family and cleaves to his wife and that what God puts together no man can tear apart.

So making time to bond, cohere, to each other ultimately makes you stronger as a couple. Stronger to head back into the world, a world that seeks to destroy good Godly marriages.

- I can’t, the kids are in the other room. They will hear. They will question. They will know.

For other than the obvious reasons, spontaneous sex is good for your children too. How? You may ask. Because they see mama and daddy taking time to be together.

I am not saying that you need to make this an ongoing, daily, time consuming occurrence. Rather, I am saying that once in a while, locking the bedroom door will tell the children that mama and daddy are making time to be healther, happier, more connected and stronger.

This may come as a shock to you but I’m gonna say it anyway.

Sex is by far one of my favorite ways to relieve stress.

When my husband is gone for numerous days in a row, things get kinda stressful around here.

My nerves are shot.

My emotions have been on a virtual rollercoaster.

I need some one on one time with my man.

The same thing happens to my husband when he is gone.

Do I always reeeaaalllly feel up to initiating sex? Oh my, heavens no. But for the way that I feel once I have reconnected with my husband….well, I for one say, make the effort!

He will think you are hot since you brought up the idea.

He will be much more into providing some good attention to you.

He will totally be shocked and he will be deeply touched because you took time to show him just how much you need him too.

Spontaneous sex.

Seriously, one of the best reasons for being married.

Make time to be spontaneous, it is good for both of you and it will help your marriage in ways you never thought possible.

And, it is totally okay to be spontaneous, to quiet those voices….I promise.

In His Grace.

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The Only Name (Yours Will Be) by Big Daddy Weave for Musical Monday

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I cannot wait until The Only Name Yours Will Be.

When I wake up in the Land of Glory, with the saints I will share my story….

Oooooh, YES!

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Lyrics for The Only Name (Yours Will Be) by Big Daddy Weave 

 

Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

Yours will be
The friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me

And yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

And yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Na na na na na na..

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Yeah la la la la la la ..

Jesus la la la la la la ..

 

Sweet music for my soul.

I hope you enjoyed this song and you were encouraged.

In His Grace.

 

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Ultimate Monster Cookies {Recipe}

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I may not have ever shared this info with you but I am slightly enamored with the Amish and their way of life. Maybe because it is so much more simple than the life I lead…nevertheless, I like their food, for sure. Most of the baking done in their culture is usually with items that are normally found in a kitchen. And let me tell ya, these women bake A LOT. Wow…

This recipe I am going to share with you today is based on a recipe I found in one of my new cookbooks, The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes, and it knocked our sweet tooth’s for a loop! Sooooo, sooooo good!

The recipe is based on $250 Cookies and like normal, I amended it just a bit. Mostly because I didn’t quite have everything listed but because, well…because I can and that’s just me.

The story behind Amish $250 Cookies is that these cookies are usually made for weddings and large gatherings, like church Sunday or on the not so bright side note, funerals. The expense that goes into these cookies is that there are nuts, chocolate chips, and a bunch of other ingredients to make 10 dozen cookies.

10 DOZEN COOKIES

Right?!

Can you imagine making this many cookies often, me either. Until I made them of course. Wow (shaking my head), these are sure making it hard to be diligent in the weight loss department, lol

Never in my life have I made such a gigantic batch of cookies.

Check out the bowl I had to use for all of the cookie dough.

MCS-UMC-Pot

Yep. I had to use one of the largest pots I have. This is the pot that I make my large batches of soup in. Do you see how much dough is in there?! The pot was 2/3 full! Right…that is a lot of cookie dough!

Now, I did follow the recipe to some degree but ultimately, I changed it to meet the ingredients that I had on hand.

Enjoy and make sure that you share a few!

Ingredients:

1 pound of butter (4 sticks – softened to room temperature)

2 cups granulated white sugar

2 cups of packed brown sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

5 cups of quick rolled oats

4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup of chocolate pieces (like M&M’s – mine were store brand, organic ones)

1 4oz package of nut topping (which has peanut and pecan pieces)

1 12 oz package of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (Nestle)

3/4 (8 oz of a 12 oz package) of milk chocolate chips

6 oz of mini marshmallows *

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl (or large pot, if need be, lol), cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until completely smooth and well combined. Mix in your eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and oats, mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix until evenly combined.

Add in all of your extras (chips, nuts, candy pieces, etc…) and mix until combined. It gets a bit difficult to do but try to get all ingredients combined.

MCS-UMC-Sheet

If they are going to be the Ultimate Monster Cookies, they need to be enormous!

I use an old ice cream scoop to make these bad boys…so go grab yours now so you too can have giant cookies….okay, back? No ice cream scoop? Okay, well, carry on as usual, you will have smaller cookies but the taste will still knock your socks off!

Use your ice cream scoop (or roll a small tablespoon size in your hand to make a ball) and place them 2 inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.

If you are baking enormous cookies (i.e. cream scoop size) bake them for 12-13 minutes, closer to 13 minutes for me, until they have just risen (puffed up). They will look a bit under baked, but when cooled they will be soft and chewy. Let them cool about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to the cooling racks. They need to set a bit before you move them otherwise they will fall apart during transition, trust me.

If you are baking the smaller cookies, bake then for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown on the edges. Let them cool for about 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to cool completely on cooling racks.

This is a wonderful recipe to share with friends and family.

With the large cookies I made I got almost 6 dozen monster cookies. I am guessing that with the smaller ones you would get much closer to the 10 dozen cookies suggested.

* If you use marshmallows, be prepared for some major melting while baking. The stuff turns to liquid sugar and is a beast to remove front he cookie sheets. But in retrospect, they made for some extra chewiness in the cookies that the kids LOVED!

Enjoy and let me know if you change up the recipe at all and how your cookies turned out!

In His Grace.

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Overcomer by Mandisa for Musical Monday

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Do you need a moment to fill up on some good words?

Just take a few minutes and listen to the incredible words of this powerful song.

You too are an Overcomer!

Overcomer-Mandsia

 

 

Lyrics to Overcomer by Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

[Chorus:]
You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Ooh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

[Chorus]

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
He’s living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling you

(Take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises)

[Chorus]

You’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

So don’t quit, don’t give in, you’re an overcomer
Don’t quit, don’t give in, you’re an overcomer
Don’t quit, don’t give in, you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

 

I hope you have been blessed by this wonderful song.

Thanks for stopping by for a little bit of encouragement. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know why this is a favorite song of yours.

In His Grace.

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