Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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Next to Christmas and my birthday, today might be the best day of the year.  Why?  Because today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

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In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to share with you my recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies.  In my opinion, these cookies are simply irresistible.

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I must confess, though, that I have substituted one very important secret ingredient.  This ingredient truly makes the difference in the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe.  The recipe you see below is how I made the cookies one time when I was out of my secret ingredient.  They were still delicious and quickly devoured, but they were not quite the same.

You can guess the secret ingredient all you want, but I will neither confirm nor deny any guesses:)

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup shredded coconut

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
    • Beat butter and sugars to form a cream
    • Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
    • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a flour sifter.  Sift into the egg, butter, and sugar.
    • Beat with a hand mixer until all ingredients are completely combined.
    • Stir in oatmeal.  To make mixing easier, I like to add one cup at a time.
    • Add coconut.
    • Form teaspoon-sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool 1 minute on the pan before transferring to parchment paper.
    • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

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    **Note: Pictures were taken of a half-batch of cookies.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Proats

    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Proats

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    Fridays are my free days, and the best things in life are free.  On Fridays, I am always free from class, and I am usually free from work.  Pure relaxation.

    A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and enjoyed a short, free run through the quaint village of Old Salem.  When I got back to school, I emptied out the storage closet on my hall and set any unclaimed furniture in the hallway with a sign that said “free.”  After lunch (which I consider free because I ate in the cafeteria), I took advantage of my free gym membership (special “thank you” to my college for providing that!) and swam at the nearby YWCA. 

    Once I was back in my room, I needed some post-swim fuel.  In my mini-fridge, I had frozen strawberries which were technically free because they were left over from an RA event.  I also had a single-serve pack of chocolate protein powder (a free gift with a purchase of Quest bars) in my closet/pantry.  Some simple mixing and microwaving made a perfect (almost free) snack.

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    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Proats

    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup oatmeal
    • 1 scoop (or one packet) chocolate protein powder
    • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries + more for topping
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 cup milk or an additional 1/2 cup water (I used cashew milk because it’s what was on sale at Aldi that week)

    Directions

    • Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a large microwaveable bowl.
    • While stirring, add water and milk.
    • Mix in 1/4 cup strawberries.
    • Microwave on high 1 minute.  The oats should have a thick, fudgy texture.
    • top with more strawberries, if desired.
    • Eat and enjoy!

     

    Special thanks to Angie, Mollie, and Scarlett for hosting Fiesta Friday this week!

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    You Do Not Realize Your Worth

    You Do Not Realize Your Worth

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    What are you worth?  According to the Humans For Sale website, I am worth $1,818,826.  Really?  Hmmm.  Good to know.

    Sometimes, I feel like I am worth a lot more than that.  On days that I present an outstanding lesson or swim a few extra laps at the pool, I feel extra-worthy.  Maybe on those days, I am worth $2 million.  Then there are the days that I feel completely unworthy.  When I yell at a friend or do poorly on a quiz, I hardly feel worth 10 bucks.

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    I recently read the book 800 Grapes by Laura Dave.  It was completely a frivolous read.  There was no real literary or intellectual merit.  However, one statement that the father makes to his grown daughter instantly caught my attention.

    You do not know your own worth.  That is my job.

    That statement could not be more true.  Within a few hours, I can go from feeling worth $50 to $500,000,000,000.  I do not know what I am worth.

    But my Father does.  He thinks that I am worth enough to count the hairs on my head (Luke 12:7).  He thinks I am worth enough to know my every move (Psalm 139:2).  He thinks I am worth enough to provide my every need (Phil. 4:19).  He thinks I am worth enough to send His Son to die for me (John 3:16).

    I do not know my own worth.  That is my Father’s job.

    Top Ten Tuesday: Would You Rather?

    Top Ten Tuesday: Would You Rather?

    This semester, I posed a series of “Would You Rather?” questions on the whiteboard outside of my dorm room.  Below are the humorous responses from girls on my hall.

    Would you rather…

    1. be a seal or a giraffe?

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    2. marry a pirate or a prince?

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    3. never drink coffee or never drink water?

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    4. have a mermaid’s tail or a unicorn’s horn?

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    5. meet Han Solo or Hope Solo?

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    6. see pigs fly or fish walk?

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    7. hear mountains sing or snakes roar?

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    8. watch a horror movie or a chick flick?

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    9. eat sushi or tacos?

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    10. go skydiving or scuba-diving?

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    What Would Jesus Do?

    What Would Jesus Do?

     

    I was born a little late to truly be part of the WWJD movement, but I do have a few recolections of it.  I remember choosing woven bracelets at the local Christian bookstore with my grandma.  I remember seeing similar bands on the wrists of older girls at school.  I believe my mom had a Spanish version of a WWJD band strapped to her “teaching bag.” My brother and I had a book on cassette that told the story of children who always asked the question, “What would Jesus do?”

    In truth, this trite phrase has merit.  Verses such as I Peter 1:16 tell us to “be holy” because Christ is holy.  If we actually apply the question “What would Jesus do?,” we will never sin.

    Recently, I read the book When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman.  In it, Addie relates her personal narrative of growth in an evangelical family.  Some of the stories she told were shocking.  Consider the following statements that people made to her:

    Jesus fasted for forty days.  I think we should try to do everything Jesus did.

    One boyfriend told Addie to do 10 push-ups every time she was sarcastic because

    Jesus was never sarcastic, and you want to be like Jesus, right?

    When Addie was trying to determine where to go on a summer mission trip, she was told to

    Kneel on the floor.  Draw a circle around yourself and pray.  Whatever you do, don’t move from that circle until God gives you an answer.

    What?!  Is this truly what Jesus would do?

    Yes, we should strive to be like Jesus, but not in a cultish, legalistic way.  For a minute, I want to poke holes in these three statements and, consequently, the beliefs of many Christians.

     I think we should do everything Jesus did.

    First of all, Jesus is GOD. He created the world (John 1:1).  He healed the sick (Matthew 9:35).  He walked on water (Matthew 14).  He fed 5,000 people with five rolls and two small fish (Matthew 14).  Jesus died for the sins of the world and rose again three days later (I peter 3:18). It would be impossible to do everything that Jesus did.

    Even if we only focus on those things which are humanly possible, such as fasting and overcoming temptation, we must remember one key point:  Jesus is wholly God.  Unlike us, He retained 100% of His deity when He came to earth.

    Jesus was never sarcastic.

    Except for when He was.  I think Luke 7 and Matthew 23 both show that Jesus rightfully used sarcasm on occasion.

    Don’t move until God gives you an answer.

    The biggest problem with this is that it implies that the person praying will hear an audible answer from God.  Addie could have stayed on that floor for years and never known where to go on her missions trip.

    So what would Jesus do?

    Jesus would spend time with the outcasts (Mark 2:15).  Jesus would fight temptation with verses of God’s truth (Matthew 4:4).  Jesus would pray fervently for the Father’s guidance (John 5:30).

    And I believe that is what we should do as well.

    The Doctrine of Salvation

    The Doctrine of Salvation

    A requirement for one of my current classes is to post a doctrine statement on a personal blog.  I have chosen to post about God’s great salvation.

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    Salvation

    God created man perfectly in His own image, without a sin nature (Gen. 1:26, 31).  However, man used his free choice to disobey God’s law by eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6).  As a result, man became sinful, helpless, and spiritually dead.  Man’s sinfulness stood in enmity to God, and God’s wrath kindled against these trespasses (Jn. 3:36).  Man is totally depraved; he cannot placate God’s wrath (Eph. 2:9).  Because every man commits sin, no person can earn entrance into heaven (Rom. 3:23).  His only hope for salvation was in someone who was not affected by the sin nature.

     

    In eternity past, God planned for the Son to become this payment (Gal. 1:4).  Jesus, the God-man, is the only person who has ever lived a sinless life.  In willing obedience to God the Father, Jesus suffered on the cross, taking the penalty of all mankind on His shoulders (II Cor. 5:21).  The world grew dark for three hours as Christ became the atonement for the sins of all mankind (Mark 15:33).  The price that man would have had to pay for eternity was covered in hours through substitutionary atonement.   Jesus was buried and rose from the dead three days later (I Cor. 15:3-4).

    Because vicarious payment was made, man can be bought back from sin-slavery and redeemed to freely serve God (Eph. 1:7).  Salvation allows man to be spiritually resurrected to a reconciled relationship with God (Rom. 5:10).  God’s wrath was turned away by Christ’s offering (I Jn. 2:2), and he voluntarily forgives confessed sins (I Jn. 1:9).  Personal deliverance from God’s wrath only comes “by grace, through faith” in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Eph. 2:8).   Salvation does not make a man righteous.  Rather, God justifies the saved man, or declares him righteous.  He is born again, or given new life, and must develop as a newborn baby (John 3:3).  Yet, God adopts the believer into His family with the full rights and benefits of an adult child (Rom. 8:15).  Once he is in the body of Christ, the saved believer can be sanctified to the image of Jesus (I Thess. 4:3a).

     

     

    Bibliography

    Ryrie, Charles. Basic Theology. Chicago: Moody, 1999. Print.

    “Statement of Faith…What We Believe.” sheetsmemorial.org. Sheets Memorial Baptist

    Church, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2015.

    The Ryrie Study Bible. Ed. Charles Ryrie. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994. Print.

    Thiessen, Henry. Lectures in Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1949. Print.