1.21.18 Sunday Message

Sorry for the later post, our time for church shifted to a later slot. I get to sleep in now. 👍😂

 

The aroma of freshly-baked bread always brings back fond memories of my baking days with my sweet Mother. She taught me through example why bread is the staff of life, not only physically for our bodies but spiritually for our souls as well. I discovered too from her that there’s nothing that can instantly brighten my soul more than homemade chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies that melt in your mouth and straight out of the oven! 🍞🍪🤣 

 

While working with the youth at my church years back, I enjoyed using baking as a metaphor for life. I often taught that NOT all baked goods are created EQUAL, especially, if we don’t measure accurately and we improvise the ingredients because we think we know better. 🧐 One Sunday, I took to church a beautiful wedding cake I made and instead of using sugar, I replaced it with salt. For chocolate, I used pieces of sardines. 😫 Instead of butter frosting 🍰 I used pure Crisco, I put Little rock’s in the cake to represent “stones cast at others” and feathers to symbolize that “words said can’t be taken back.” You get the point! 🤢 On the outside, the cake looked moist and beautiful but I explained to the girls that without proper ingredients and if we don’t follow the directions, much like not following the commandments—it’s a recipe waiting for disaster! I explained to these young women that in the end, we cannot disguise what’s inside no matter how we might try. And that if we work on two key ingredients, patience and obedience, these principles will help us achieve our desired results!

 

I also shared some food for thought: I found in my life that deviating, even a little, can be very unforgiving long term... and you just might end up with a really gross cake or rubber cookies. 😏 I know... silly lesson, right, but the girls seemed to like it. 😆 Needless to say, nobody wanted a piece of that cake. We ended the class with a GOOD cake (or God’s cake). I told them, ‘Now, here’s a little slice of heaven’ 🍰 😇

 

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I love baking but I’m trying to make less sugary treats for my grandkids. Here’s one of our family favorites:

 

No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter/Chocolate Drop Cookies

INGREDIENTS

*        1⁄2 cup butter

*        1.75 cups Stevia (sugar substitute)

*        1⁄8 teaspoon salt

*        4 tablespoons cocoa powder

*        1⁄2 cup 1% milk

*        3 cups oatmeal

*        1 cup peanut butter

*        1 teaspoon vanilla

*            Wax Paper

 

Bring this mixture to a boil for 1 1/2 minutes: butter, Stevia sugar, salt, cocoa and milk in a heavy saucepan.

Add boiled mixture into a separate bowl with oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix a little at a time until you have the consistency of a drop cookie.

Spread wax paper on a cookie sheet, and drop mixture in the size of 1 tablespoon balls and flatten them.

Let each cookie cool and harden.

After an hour, put drop cookies into zip baggies. Keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen, or let them thaw a bit. (Takes 16 min. Serves 10-20.)

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Enjoy and follow the directions! 😉 Have a Happy Sunday and I appreciate you all!!! You always bring the right mix of sweetness and strength in your responses to my Sunday messages! 🍪🎂

 

Won’t you share your favorite healthy or low-sugar cookie recipe in this thread. 👇😘💋