Dutch Cheese Biscuits

Dutch Cheese Biscuits

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My maternal grandparents live in a quaint, western-Michigan town known as Holland.

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When I say it is quaint, I mean that it is the best town I have ever visited.

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I would almost be convinced to move there if it did not snow.

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Maybe I will make it my summer home.

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When I try to associate foods with Holland, I am always brought back to Mickey Mouse pancakes, lil’ smokies, macaroni-and-cheese, and lime sherbet–the delicious foods that my grandma served when I visited her house every summer.

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Unlike me, most people associate the Dutch with cheese and apples.

To be honest, I did not expect this recipe to taste good.  I was inspired by this recipe, but I made a number of adjustments based on what I had.  For example:

  • I reduced the measurements to snack-size (I didn’t want thirty cookies laying around if i didn’t like them).
  • I used Swiss cheese instead of Gouda.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour was substituted in for white flour.
  • I added a teaspoon of water to bind the dough together.

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I greatly feared that all my adjusting would ruin the recipe.  In fact, I almost chose to forgo any picture taking because I thought it would be a waste of time.

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I was wrong.

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Just take my word for it; you don’t want to miss out on these mild, cheesy, crispy biscuits.

Dutch Cheese Biscuits

*This recipe serves one.  For the original recipe, click here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. cheese (Gouda is recommended, but I used Swiss)
  • 2 and 1/4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • water (as needed)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Combine all ingredients (besides water) in a food processor and grind until a crumbly dough forms.  Add water if necessary.
  • Cover and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and roll dough onto a floured surface.  Continue flattening and spreading dough until it is about  1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and transfer to a cookie sheet.
  • Bake approximately 10 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Kaleidoscope lives – Guaranteed Gold {Queen of Sheba}

Kaleidoscope lives – Guaranteed Gold {Queen of Sheba}

Kaleidoscope

Ruler
Rich, distinguished

Traveling, questioning, doubting

Sight gave her belief

Beholding, honoring, believing

Humbled, fulfilled

Queen of Sheba

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“You are undeniably mad!” Exclaimed the queen. “There is absolutely no possibility of a man being so wise. You must take me to be the most gullible individual on earth”

Despite being told by numerous subjects of the grandeur of King Solomon of Israel, the Queen of Sheba refused to believe such claims. While the prospect of his immaculate wealth did not surprise her (she was quite prosperous herself), the fame of his intelligence seemed unlikely. No human individual could possibly rule so cunningly.

As Solomon’s fame spread throughout the world, the queen decided to visit Solomon and test his supposed knowledge. Loading a caravan with gold, jewels, and spices, she traveled the journey to Jerusalem, armed with hundreds of pressing questions for the acclaimed king.

Upon her arrival in Jerusalem, the queen was awed by Solomon’s vast houses, temple, and servants. Everything was beautifully arrayed and immaculate. “King Solomon,” she started, “I have some questions for you.”

Hours later, the queen sat dumbfounded. Solomon had easily answered every question she had presented. It was as if he knew everything!

Once the Queen of Sheba had gathered her thoughts, she addresses King Solomon a final time. “The outlandish stories my servants told me were true! I did not – I could not – believe the claims until I met you and heard your wisdom with my own ears. But they did not even tell of half of your brilliance! Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the stories I had heard! I honor your God for appointing you as judge and ruler!”

The queen then gifted spices, gold, and precious stones to Solomon, and she contentedly returned to her country with her servants.

The Queen of Sheba did not believe the magnitude of Solomon’s wisdom until she had seen it for herself.  Today, we cannot see God and His majesty.  However, we believe that He is omniscient and sitting on His throne in Heaven.  “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29)

Top Ten Tuesday: Bible College

Top Ten Tuesday: Bible College

collegeCollege will be starting back in just a few weeks, and many freshman will be hitting the halls for the first time.  For those of you who will be experiencing your first tastes of Christian college, here are a few things you should know.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Attending a Christian College

1. Not all Christian colleges are alike.

My friend goes to Christian college X.  He has no curfew, and he only goes to chapel four times a semester. I go to college Y. My weekend curfew is 1 am, and I go to chapel four times a week.  He uses a communal bathroom in a filthy dorm; I share a bathroom with one other girl in our clean suite.  Here’s what I am trying to say:  don’t assume that everything your friend at college X has told you is true about college Y as well.

2. Dorm life at a Christian college is not a year-long summer camp.

If you’ve attended a Christian summer camp, you likely stayed up late at night laughing, eating pizza, and mourning the fact that you had to leave your new friends at the end of the week. Before my freshman year, I had the unrealistic expectation that my roommate and I would stay up late every night pondering God’s love and confessing our past sins. In reality, we usually went to bed around 11 o’clock (we aren’t really night people). The times that we did stay up late, we made ridiculous plans for our distant futures that involved opening cookie factories and taking adventurous trips together.

3. You may not find your mate here.

Sorry, but it’s the truth. Not EVERY match is made at Bible College.  (Some matches are made in phosphorous factories.  Either way, it all starts with a little chemistry).  Also, not every guy is a “preacher boy” that walks around quoting Song of Solomon.

4. Jesus did not build the ark.

While it is not necessary, a basic knowledge of the Bible is definitely helpful. However, you do not need to be able to fully contrast Dispensationalism with Covenant Theology. Your professors exist to teach you.

5. Your professors are not God.

In light of the last fact, you must remember that your professors are not omniscient. They make mistakes, and they may (unknowingly) teach you a lie. You must still search God’s Word for yourself.

6. The “spiritual high” is not ubiquitous.

As one girl on my hall said, “I thought my spiritual life would explode with flowers.”  Yes, the first few days will feel like literal Heaven. You will be surrounded by people of like-faith, encouraging you to focus on God. However, classes will start, and you will fall into a routine. If you do not consciously make God a priority, you will begin to backslide.

7. Knowledge about God cannot replace a relationship with God.

Do not be content to only learn about God in class. Continue to pray and spend time with Him daily.

8. Temptations abound.

Bible College is not a “Holy Zone” where you can escape sin. You must guard your heart.

9. God will work in your life.

According to I Thessalonians 4:3a, God’s desire is for you to be like His Son. He will bring trials and blessings into your life to change you.

10. Time flies.

Enjoy every minute of your four years. Once they are gone, they are gone.

Peanut Butter Bombs

Peanut Butter Bombs

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V-I!

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

PBJ is flying high–

Watch us cruise right on by.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!

Peanut Butter Jelly!  Peanut Butter Jelly!

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Choosing a team name was always one of the hardest parts of a Tuesday at camp.  The name had to be catchy, creative, and compatible.  If your team didn’t start with a strong name, you might as well accept defeat for the entire week.

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I was part of both failing and successful teams during my years at teen camp.  My first year, The Gunslingers lost game after game and challenge after challenge.  One of my final years, Hypnotic Black Hooks won the week.  However, the most successful team I was ever a part of was the 2010 coalition known as PB&J: Power, Brains, and Jesus. 

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What made us successful?  First of all, we bribed the judges with PB&J sandwiches.  We also had a memorable cheer, appealing flag, and positive motto (PB&J is all you ever need to win!).  To top it all off, we dominated every team challenge and were undefeated the entire week.

I believe that our success all began when we chose a great name.  PB&J is all you ever need, after all.

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PB Bombs

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Directions:

  • Combine banana and peanut butter in a medium bowl
  • Slowly fold in oatmeal.  I added 1/2 cup and completely combined them.  Then I mixed in another 1/4 cup and mixed.  Lastly, I folded in the remaining 1/4 cup.
  • Form into balls (approximately 12) and place in a sealable container.  Freeze for at least one hour.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Raisin Protein Shake

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Shake

DSC_0065For the past ten days (since my return from camp), I have been taking day trips, snapping pictures, and trying to catch up on sleep.  However, I am hopping an airplane today for another extended trip.  Until I get back to North Carolina, we will have to settle for some scheduled posts.  Stick with me!  I will be back to a normal(ish) posting schedule in late August.  Until then, make yourself a shake and enjoy your summer vacation.

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Oatmeal Raisin Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbs. oats
  • 1 tbs. raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Transfer to cup
  • Drink and enjoy!

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The Unmarked Trail

The Unmarked Trail

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Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves…We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live?

– Hebrews 11:9 (MSG)

For what seemed like the tenth time that day, I gripped my camera tightly and tried to step on the same rocks as my Dad.  The water was not high or fast, but I was not dressed to fall into a creek.

My family was spending a warm summer day at Stone Mountain, and (as usual) we had asked, “Where does this trail go?” As usual, we decided to follow the unmarked path.  As usual, Dad assured us that he could guide us to our destination.  As usual, it was an old trail that was once navigable but is now overgrown and seldom used.  We lost the trail at various points, bushwhacked through the woods, and crossed a creek numerous times.  My dad claimed that years before he had taken the same route and eventually found himself at a camping site. I dutifully believed him.

Many close calls later, my family emerged at the promised campground. Sure enough, my Dad knew right where we were headed.  Often, my Heavenly Father expects the same silent following. To me, the path seems overgrown, difficult, and even dangerous.  However, God knows exactly where He is leading me.

On our return descent to the car, we fought a laborious, gravelly slope. My mom and I agreed that the climb through the untraveled forest was much more enjoyable than a trek up this steep trail would have been. Although the climb along the creek seemed illogical at the time, we later saw the benefit of trusting Dad and taking the unknown route.

Right now, I do not know why God is leading me down the path that He has chosen. Sometimes it seems that there are unnecessary obstacles in my way. Often, I feel that it is unmarked, overgrown, and tedious.  Nonetheless, I can trust that it is the best path for me to take. When I eventually reach the promised destination, I will see the benefit of trusting my Father to safely lead me.

“Where Does That Trail Go?”

“Where Does That Trail Go?”

He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth– the LORD God Almighty is his name.
                             – Amos 4:13
Stone Mountain State Park
North Carolina