Lime Overnight Oatmeal with toasted Coconut and Cashews

Lime Overnight Oatmeal with toasted Coconut and Cashews

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If I’m being honest, this isn’t even really a recipe.  It came about because the Oatmeal Artist’s weekly theme was overnight oats, and I wanted desperately to participate on Instagram.  My family had just returned from our speedy vacation, and the only fresh fruit in the house was an overripe banana (which tastes great but doesn’t take very pretty pictures) and some neglected limes in the bottom of the fridge.

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So I did what any self-respecting oatmeal enthusiast would do; I made it work.  I scavenged my meager supplies and employed my overnight go-to: the voluminous oatmeal trick.

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I must say–if nothing else, Lauren’s weekly themes have challenged my creativity and food photography skills.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbs. shredded coconut
  • 2 tbs. cashew pieces
  • lime zest and  wedges, optional

Directions

  • Combine water and oatmeal in a microwaveable container.  Microwave 1 minute.
  • Transfer oatmeal to an airtight container and add lime juice.  Refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.  Spread coconut and cashews on the pan in a single layer.
  • Cook coconut and cashews in preheated for a about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, remove oatmeal from the refrigerator and stir, adding water or milk if necessary.  If desired, microwave oatmeal for an additional 30-60 seconds.
  • Top oatmeal with lime zest or wedges and toasted coconut and cashews.
  • Eat and enjoy.

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The Next Terrifying Step

The Next Terrifying Step

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I am terrified.  I stand on shaky knees with both feet facing the great unknown, and I shiver with fear.  Through one eye I envision great adventure, but through the other eye I perceive imminent failure.  You see, God called me to do something that is “way beyond me,” and I, quite frankly, am scared.  I do not have the knowledge, strength, or courage to complete the assignment.  If I take another step, I might fall.
So I am considering NOT taking that step.
Although I know that nothing is impossible for God, my human mind continually rationalizes that I am not God.  He can’t make a mistake, but I can.  He can’t stumble, but I can.  He can’t fail, but I can.  And if I attempt this, I might fail.
So I am considering NOT attempting.
The possibilities of falling and failing seem like adequate reasons to retreat.  I am under-qualified, under-prepared, and under-equipped for this call.  I would have to be an idiot to answer it.
So label me an ignoramus because I am about to take the next step. 
You see, nothing is possible for me.  I will make mistakes.  I will stumble.  I will fail.
But I will still attempt.
Why? Because I believe that this task was not self-assigned; it was God-assigned.  As such, I have His help to complete it.   Although I am under-qualified on my own, my qualifications are found in God (Exodus 6:29-30; 7:1-2).  Although I find myself under-prepared, God prepared this work for me (Ephesians 2:10). Although I am under-equipped, God supplies my needs (Phil. 4:19).
Do I still feel wary of what I am about to do?  Yes, of course.  But I am relying on the promise found in Philippians 2:13, “For it is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
I ask that you have the same prayer for me as the Author of Hebrews had for his readers:  “…that the God of peace will give you every good thing you need so you can do what he wants” (Heb. 13:21).  
Now I’m off on my great adventure!
P.S. – My “great adventure” is a multimedia workshop similar to the one discussed on this blog.
Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

A few of my photos from the Pennsylvania road-trip did not really fit in any of the albums I shared this week.  Let’s wrap up this week of pictures with some fun misfits.

Barns and Butters

Barns and Butters

Historic Round Barn and Farm Market

Gettysburg, PA