Cinnamon Apple Snack Mix

Cinnamon Apple Snack Mix

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and National Apple Month and National Pretzel Month!

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As a child, my brother and I ate popcorn daily after school.  I still love a big bowl of salty popcorn, but I recently discovered a better way to enjoy this snack.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

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Generally speaking, I still feel like a teenager.  Sure, I’m in grad school, I have a full-time job, and I pay my own rent, but when someone asks me my age, I respond, “eightee–I mean, twenty-three.”

Whether you are young-in-age or young-at-heart, strive to obey God’s six specific instructions for youth.

Ten Verses for Those Who are Young

First, God desires for youth to be obedient.

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Simple Joy Saturday #43

Simple Joy Saturday #43

On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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It’s been a while since I shared my weekly joys, not because my life has lacked joy but because my life has lacked time.

October 6-12, 2018

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Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

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Do you know what happens when you look in your pantry and think, “What can I make with these ingredients that will look really pretty so that people will want to eat it at the potluck?”

You end up mixing M&Ms and crushed Oreos into cookie bars.  I must say, it was a success.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
  • 1 cup mint chocolate M&Ms (I only used green and white candies)
  • 1 package mint chocolate Oreos

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until well combined.
  • Fold M&Ms into batter.
  • Place 10 Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  Fold crushed Oreos into batter.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove pan from oven and press remaining 20 Oreos into the top of the batter.
  • Return to oven and bake an additional 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cookie bars comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into 20 rectangles.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Liz @ spadesspatulasandspoons.com and Deb @ Pantry Portfolio for Fiesta Friday.

Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

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Xenial is not exactly a common word.  Yet, we expect each other to be xenial on a daily basis.

The Merriem-Webster dictionary says,

Xenial (adj.) of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest

I first encountered the word xenial in elementary school when I read Lemony Snicket’s The Slippery Slope. He writes,

“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”

No matter which definition you prefer, I think you would agree that reading and applying God’s Word will make you more xenial.  The following ten verses are a good place to start.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Xenial

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Thai Peanut Popcorn

Thai Peanut Popcorn

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

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Fact: I don’t watch a lot of movies.

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Opinion: Popcorn is the absolute best snack to eat while watching a movie.

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Or maybe that is a fact?  What is your favorite movie snack?

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Ingredients

(makes four servings, 1 cup each)

  • 4 heaping cups popped popcorn
  • 1/8th cup honey
  • 1/8 cup Thai Peanut Sauce

Directions

  • Put popcorn in a large bow.
  • Heat honey and Thai Peanut Sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Continue stirring until smooth.
  • Pour honey mixture over popcorn.  Mix so that all popcorn is coated in the honey mixture.
  • Spread popcorn onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.  Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

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This is the final recipe in a two-year series of posts featuring Blind Spot Nutbutters.  All recipe links are provided below.

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju.com and Debanita @ Canvassed Recipes for Fiesta Friday.

Top Ten Tuesday: W is for Whiny

Top Ten Tuesday: W is for Whiny

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If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s complaining.

  • I’m tired of sitting.
  • The lesson is boring.
  • The WiFi is inconsistent.
  • Gas is expensive.
  • Traffic is slow.
  • I’m hungry.

Yep, I could whine your ears off.  The following ten verses are intended for me.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Whiny

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