Closing Comraderies: October {Kloe’s Kitchen}

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And just like that, another month has come to a close.  To finish out October, I asked Kloe from Kloe’s Kitchen to be my Closing Comrade.

Although I have never met Kloe personally, I am sure that we would be good friends.  We both love to run, play volleyball, cook, play the piano, eat oatmeal, and craft.  I sort of think that I might be her unknown older sister :)  If you aren’t already following Kloe’s adorable blog, you can check it out here.

Now let’s see what Kloe has for us…

 

Oatmeal Cookie Bars

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First off, I want to thank Kat for inviting me to guest post! Kat is such a fun person, and we have so many things in common: Mandie mysteries, Narnia, rain boots, goodwill shopping, a serious love for oats, and a heart for Jesus! It has been such fun to get to know her better through her blog.  I have never guest posted before either so this is an exciting new adventure for me, too!

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Now, for a recipe I knew we both would enjoy…..It has oats in it which makes it amazing. It also has some chocolate in it, which makes it even more amazing! :)  These cookie bars are extremely versatile. You can really put whatever mix-ins you want. I did a whole hodge-podge of half used bags from the pantry. I think some good old chocolate chips would be perfect with the oatmeal flavor, though.

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I got this recipe off of http://www.crazyforcrust.com/. I can never get enough of her recipes. Make sure you visit her and give her some traffic!

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 cups of mix-ins (I used a combination of chocolate chips, M&Ms, butterscotch chips, and white chocolate chips. Use whatever you have lurking in your pantry. Any combination works!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. (Foil is optional; I like using it for easy removal.)
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add flour and mix until combined. Stir in oats. Stir in your mix-ins.
  3. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). If you want, you can sprinkle a few more of your mix-ins on the top to make them look prettier (as I did with the mini M&Ms in the pictures).
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook – the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven and they will finish cooking and firming up as they cool.) Cool completely before slicing into squares.

For more on this recipe visit: http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/05/loaded-oatmeal-blondies/

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Enjoy and thank you, Kat!

-Kloe

 

Looks delicious Kloe! Anything with oatmeal and cinnamon is a hit in my book! I love how versatile it is, too.  I can’t wait to try out this recipe loaded with of coconut, pecans, and walnuts.

 

If you are interested in doing a guest post for part of my Closing Comarderies series, you can email me or comment on this post :)  I look forward to hearing from you!

On a Quest

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For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

–Mark 8:36

 

A few weeks ago, I sampled the highly-praised Quest Bar.  It didn’t disappoint.  It was chewy, sweet, decadent, and filling.  Both flavors I tried (lemon cream pie and strawberry cheesecake) are to die for.  Quest Bars are quite possibly the best snack bar I have ever had, and I could easily become an addict.

One night as I was struggling to fall asleep, I started thinking about their name and slogan.

Quest…

…On a Quest

For what?

The company’s “mission is to revolutionize food and make healthy eating fun.”

But what is my mission? 

The Declaration of Independence affirms that I can have the “pursuit of happiness.”

What am I pursuing?

Is fun and happiness all there is to life?

Matthew 6:33 says, “…Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…”

What am I seeking?

If I am seeking happiness in anything other than God, I will never find it.  Money runs out.  Good grades will only get me a piece of paper.  No matter how much I eat, I will be hungry again.  Friends are imperfect and will fail.  God is eternal, sufficient, righteous, and gracious.

I could become a national magazine photojournalist, a triathlon winner, a cookbook publisher, or a fashion week designer.  However, if I have lost my zeal to serve God, my life is aimless.

When I strive for Him, seek to know Him, and pursue a life revolutionized by Him, I will have a proper quest.

What is your quest?

Eat your Quest and know it too.

 

Halcyon Cookies

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In high school, you think that your teachers are crazy.  You know that you will never use their lessons in real life.  You will never recall portions of Beowulf for casual conversation, determine a ratio, or say, “Me llamo Catalina y tengo diecinueve años.”

You are wrong.  I have done all those things since graduation.

For seven years, I learned twenty vocabulary words a week.  As you can imagine, many of those words have been lost and are nonexistent in my normal verbal repertoire.  Nonetheless, a few words have persisted, and I feel accomplished when I toss them into a research paper.  Halcyon is one of those words: (adj.) golden, resplendent, serene.  These cookies are just that.

By now, you have probably seen a theme amongst my cookies:  1 mashed banana + 1/2 cup oatmeal + extras.  This recipe is no exception.  Golden raisins and sunflower seeds make these delectable cookies truly halcyon.

Enjoy!

Sunny Golden Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tbs. sunflower seeds (more or less depending on personal preference)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (more or less depending on personal preference)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray
  • Drop cookie dough onto cookie sheet by spoonful and lightly press down
  • Bake 8 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Eat and enjoy!

What did you learn in high school that you still use regularly?

Psalm 73

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Psalm 73
 
God is good to Israel and those of a pure soul,
But I was slipping, falling, and grasping for control.
I was jealous of the wicked because they have much wealth.
They are strong and prosperous–picturesque in health.
Other men are struggling, but the cruel have easy days.
They are clothed in haughty pride and violent in their ways.
They are full of lush sustenance; they have more than heart could wish.
Yet they take a wild, wicked breath and speak with brash pretense.
They mock Yahweh, scorn the Lord, and do so with no shame.
The treasure this wicked life bestows leads the righteous to seek the same.
The devout doubt God’s omniscience.  “Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
The evil ones are burgeoning; they are blessed when they lie.
I have lived faithful, pure, and right.  Did I shun the world in vain?
I execute the Lord’s commands, but my life is filled with pain.
Is it fault for me to claim that God broke His promise?
I do not understand His ways–forgive these words so honest.
But when I stood before the Lord, I grasped the villain’s fate.
He will cast them down to be destroyed and punish them for hate.
Suddenly their haughty laugh becomes a fearful plead.
When God inflicts His punishment, it is apt to fit the deed.
I beheld that God is just; I realized my own sin.
I was foolish, ignorant for not trusting God to win.
Nevertheless, God is with me.  He holds me in His palm.
Jehovah never fails me, and one day He’ll take me home.
I desire communion more than anything I see.
Health and wealth will vanish, but God will strengthen me.
Those far from God will perish; they have an aimless course.
But I will draw close to my Lord, and He will be my source.

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Dorm Life: “Toasted” Pumpkin Seeds

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I found myself dropping quarters into the man’s hand.  What was I thinking?  Everyone knows that quarters are a precious commodity to college students.    Well, I may have to combine some laundry loads, but at least the mini pumpkins would look festive on my counter.

They hadn’t been sitting there more than two hours before I grasped my trusty table knife and made the stab.  Surely I was out of my mind.  You use seeds from big pumpkins when you want to toast them, and you do so in an oven.  This was going to end badly.

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Somehow, it worked…

“Toasted” Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • Fresh pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon to Taste

Directions:

  • Press the pumpkin seeds between layers of paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Combine cinnamon and dried seeds in a sealable container and shake until the seeds are well-coated.
  • Lay pumpkin seeds n a flat layer on a microwave safe plate.
  • Microwave one minute.
  • Stir.
  • Microwave thirty seconds.
  • Stir.
  • Continue microwaving in thirty second intervals until seeds begin popping.
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
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GORP Butter Fudge

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Happy National Nut Day!

As you know, I am quite fond of, in love with, obsessed with peanut butter.  It is natural, sweet, creamy perfection in a jar.  Even though they are technically a legume, peanuts cannot be forgotten on National Nut Day.

It’s a classic combination:  good ‘ole raisins and peanuts.  Simultaneously sweet and salty, this freezer fudge is a perfect snack to keep on hand.

GORP Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbs. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. peanuts
  • 1/2 tbs. raisins

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  • Freeze.
  • Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Shirt Storage

I have an embarrassing number of shirts.  I considered counting just my school shirts to give you an idea how high that number is, but (like I said) it’s embarrassing.  When you consider that I also have dozens of t-shirts from playing sports in high school, the number becomes alarmingly massive.  It’s bad.

You may be thinking to yourself, “She lives in a dorm room!  Where does  she keep them all?”

It gets tight, but there are ways to fit everything in the drawers and closet.

Here, let me show you some options…

Ten Ways to Store Shirts

1. The Quarter Fold

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2. The Store-style Fold

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3. The File Fold*

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*This is how I store my t-shirts.  Yes, they are in ROY G. BIV order because I may or may not be am OCD.

4. The “I Bought Every Hanger at Dollar General” Hang

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5.  The “I Ran Out of Hangers” Hang

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6. The Sausage Roll

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7. The “Is this Clean?” Wad*

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*This seems to be my brother’s go-to method.

8. The “I Forgot I Owned This!” Smash

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9. The Lazy Hang

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10.  The “I Only Need to Fit One More Shirt In Here!” Bundle

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Hope you enjoyed this laughable post!

How do you store your shirts?