Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Crunchy Oatmeal

The following is a recipe I have had for some time.  About a month ago I decide to actually make it and it was awesome!  The boys don't like granola so I call it crunchy oatmeal.  The first recipe is what I found online the second is what I actually do.

Lazy Granola
·         1/2 cup brown sugar
·         1/2 cup oil
·         1/2 cup honey
·         1 tsp. cinnamon
·         2 tsp. vanilla
·         7 cups oats (old fashion, NOT quick cooking)
1.      Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan.  Bring to a low boil.
2.      Remove from heat.  Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
3.      Pour over oats in a large bowl.  Stir until well coated.
4.      Spread oats in a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
5.      Take out and stir.
6.      Return pan to oven.  Turn oven off.
7.      Go to bed.  Wake up to a delicious, cinnamon-y sent wafting through your kitchen!
Crunchy Oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. Mexican vanilla
7 cups old fashion oats
In a glass measuring cup combine oil and honey.  Microwave for about 1 min and stir.  Add cinnamon and vanilla and stir.  Pour over oats in a large bowl mixing well.  Spread on cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins. at 375.  Turn off oven and let sit for about 10 hours.
We eat this as cereal with dried fruit and nuts, use as a topping on creamy oatmeal and make a super yummy breakfast or dessert of sliced bananas, creamy oatmeal, crunchy oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Muddy Shoes

Yesterday, for Mother's Day we went on a picnic at Washington on the Brazos.  The weather was perfect--sunny with a nice breeze!  While there we walked the trail that leads you to an overlook of the Brazos river and along a path that was I'm sure very pretty just a few weeks ago with Texas wildflowers.  Yesterday, however it was just muddy!  At a particular muddy area I was in the lead (1st mistake) and then followed someone else's footprints (second mistake).  I ended up ankle deep in mud!  Luckily no one else followed me.  Josh helped me out of the mud and then lead us over this muddy area on firmer mud.  It was pretty funny :)  As, we walked on I realized what a great lesson this could make for the boys.  So, I explained to the boys that just because someone else had gone through the muddy area a certain way didn't mean it was the best way to go.  And in life we shouldn't just follow anyone, but make sure we are following the right person.  I then asked who should you follow?  Jackson said, Jesus.  And he is right Jesus is the only sure way to get through the mud of life and to eternal life with God.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

4th anniversary

Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of Jamie's stillbirth.  It was a very hard day that kind of took me by surprise.  I had planned for Mother's Day ( I don't really like mother's day), but not for yesterday.  Today has not been much better, but that's ok.

Over the last few weeks studying Jesus’s death and resurrection (at BSF and Church) I have come to a deeper understanding and realization of God as my Comforter.   As, Jesus was hang on the cross with the weight of my sin on Him God could not look at Him or help His son.  God had to let the plan unfold.  The God of the universe knows my pain and sorrow like no one else!  Not only does He know my pain and sorrow, but by His power Jesus was raised from the death so I will one day see Jamie healed completely just like I prayed for four years ago and until then God is my Comforter!