Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 15th Verse: Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2013, Living Proof Ministries

I am participating in this memory challenge again with Beth Moore's living proof ministries.

This is a challenge to memorize two verses a month for the year.

Beth has instructions here, including information on the event that will happen in early 2014 for those who have checked in at least 21 of the 24 times on the blog, who bring a spiral with the verses written in it, and who able to recite the verses to another participant.

Since I plan to memorize Romans 1, 8 and 12 with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience, I will probably frequently use those verses for this challenge.

From Romans, chapter 1:

April 1

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

April 15

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Oatmeal, White Chocolate and Raisin Cookies (made with whole wheat)

I made oatmeal cookies tonight using Smitten Kitchen's recipe for thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. Oatmeal cookies on Easter evening? We had enough sweet stuff without them, but my oldest was going back to college and I wanted to send a little treat with him.

Actually, I adapted the recipe from her recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate-chip style (see the note just before the recipe itself).

I decided to try this recipe because Deb had cut down the sugar and used only brown (instead of brown and white, which many recipes call for). She doubled the raisins (which would be fine for me, but not for some family members, so I did not do that). And then added chocolate chips.

I doubled her recipe (she makes about half a standard recipe for these) and
  • substituted whole wheat flour for the all-purpose 
  • used smaller amounts of raisins and 
  • used a smaller amount of white chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips. 

(White chocolate chips because I love the recipe that I tore out of a Family Fun magazine about ten years ago, developed by Ken Haedrich, which uses oatmeal, dried cranberries and white chocolate. It was the first one I saw that used this combination, which is pretty common now.)

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
3 medium eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats (the kind you cook for 5 to 6 minutes)
1/2 cup raisins
scant 1 cup white chocolate chips

Go to Smitten Kitchen for directions for these yummy cookies.

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