Friday, January 25, 2013

Week 3 and a Recipe

Well, week 3 of the 52 Photos/52 Weeks is late.  But, there is a recipe that goes along with it, so I think you will forgive me.  Maybe not until you have tried the recipe, but after you have you are sure to forgive!  At least I hope.  Maybe?  Maybe not?  Even if you don't forgive me, do me a favor and try the recipe.  It is amazing!  Gooey peanut butter with chewy oatmeal and sweet chocolate chips.  What more could you ask for?  Unless of course you are allergic to peanuts.  That wouldn't be good.  You could always use Almond Butter.  Unless of course you are allergic to almonds.  Then that wouldn't be good either and you're on your own.

Now, on to the recipe.  How I came about this recipe was flipping through pins on pinterest.  Just minding my own business, and that of a bunch of other pinners, and there it was.  Just sitting there on my screen looking back at me.  It didn't help that the recipe began with the word "healthy".  That really made me look.  After a quick glance at the ingredients and seeing that they were "no-bake" I knew I had to make them!  So I pinned it to my "Healthy Eating" board and went on.  Fast forward a week or two and my closest-to-me-younger-sister was looking through my boards one night and saw it and said "You really should make these."  So the next day I did.  They didn't last long!  I won't mention that I ate quite a few, maybe more than a few, who knows.  Ahem, moving on, even the 1.5 year old brother loved them!  I loved the fact that they were fairly healthy for him, too.  I did manage to snap a few pictures of them before they disappeared.

Update: I was able to upload the picture at a later date.  If you want to see more pictures you can visit my Flickr account.

Again, I will have to direct you to my Flickr.
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You can see more pictures of this recipe in the Culinary set on Flickr.

The original recipe is here:

If you want to browse through my pinterest, it is here:

Here is a slightly (very slightly) different version of the recipe, this is how I made the "Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites"

Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites
1 Cup dry Oatmeal  (I freshly rolled some, it adds a lot of flavor)
1/2 Cup ground Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter (regular will work)
1/3 Cup Honey (raw is best)
Combine all ingredients.  This takes some muscle to get it all mixed in good.
Roll into balls.
I find they taste best after they have been refrigerated and are cold, that is if they last that long! 
  These are so easy to make!  I made these again today and substituted raisins and dried cranberries for the chocolate chips.  They still tasted just as good.  This makes them a bit healthier with a little less sugar.  You could try making these with peanut butter that has no added sugar to make them even healthier. 
 Another thought:
The sermon at church today was very thought provoking.  It was about praying for a spiritual awakening, or revival, in ourselves and our community.  Praying for God to transform us and open our eyes to how we can be living for Him everyday, not just on Sunday.  To live our Faith.  To take our troubles to Him in prayer (Phillipians 4:6).  I know I need to do just that.  Sure, I pray a couple times a day.  But do I really stop, and take a moment to really talk to God?  More importantly, to listen to what He has to say?  This is what I know I need to be doing, along with studying my Bible more, not just reading but studying.
The passage today was Luke 12:1-12
The four points were:  1. Beware of hypocrisy-vs 1-3
                                    2. Fear God-vs 4-7  and I'll add Proverbs 29:25
                                    3. Confess Christ-vs 8-10
                                    4. Do not worry-vs 11-12   and Phillipians 4:6
These are not things I am trying to tell you that you need to do, these are things that I know I need to do.  I am always wondering "How can I use photography to serve God?  How can I give Him the glory?"  hopefully this is one way that I can do that and encourage someone along the way.
One of my goals for this year is to study my Bible more and to memorize more verses.  I leave you with the last verse I've memorized.
"But He said, Yes, rather blessed are they
that hear the word of God,
and keep it."
Luke 11:28  

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A New Year: 2013

It's a new year, and with it comes resolutions of all kinds. Most of these are not kept more than a week. Well, for this year, I have made a few resolutions and goals myself. One of which I have already broken. That goal was to post a new picture on this blog every week for 52 weeks. I missed the first week and then the second week due to internet difficulties. To make up for that I am posting two new pictures. I plan to keep up on this from here on out, we'll see. It's kind of hard to post new pictures when the internet won't co-operate!

One reason I have chosen to do this is I am hoping it will help me get out and take more pictures, more frequently! Maybe it will help me go through them and edit them a little faster too! I tend to take a bunch of pictures and then not do anything with them. They don't do me any good just sitting on the computer!

Another reason for my resolution is, I NEVER post anything on here! I thought I would point that out since you probably didn't notice. ;) Now, on to the pictures.

Um, well, another bump in the road, I can't seem to get the picture uploader to work on here, so instead, here is a link to my Flickr. The images for the 52 Weeks are in a set of the same name.
Click here: (A post with no pictures! It just doesn't seem right! Hopefully I can get that fixed.)

On a positive note, the weather today was awesome! 58 degrees in January! My youngest sister and I took advantage of the mild weather and went for a walk. It felt good to get out and stretch our legs. I think that is what makes winter bearable, a nice day once in a while.

Be sure to check out my Flickr page, it has a whole bunch of photos on it.

Be on the look out for a recipe post soon.

Leave a comment and let me know how the weather has been in your area.