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

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Tuesday

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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Teriyaki Cauliflower

Teriyaki Cauliflower

September is National Honey Month and National Rice Month

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So I’m sitting here looking through my pictures of teriyaki cauliflower, and it occurs to me that this meal would be basically impossible to eat with chopsticks.

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I could probably eat the cauliflower with chopsticks, but rice and peas?  What was I thinking?

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Oh well.  The pictures look decent.  I’ll just grab a spoon before I eat this.

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Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. freshly grated ginger
  • green onion

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with non-stick spray.
  • Chop cauliflower into bite-sized florets.  Roast cauliflower for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, honey, and ginger in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cauliflower from oven and stir into sauce.  Return cauliflower from pan and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve over rice and top with green onion.

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Catherine @ Kunstkitchen’s Blog and Becky @ Bubbly Bee for Fiesta Friday.

Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday

Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of Lies Women Believe, wrote,

Most people–even Christians–have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived (35).

Every day, we are vulnerable to an attack from Satan.  He “holds out the glittering promise of ‘real life'” (32), desiring to “win our affections, influence our choices, and destroy our lives” (32).

On our own, we are defenseless.  Like a rose in a hurricane, we can do nothing to stop the onslaught.  Thankfully, we don’t have to fight alone.  The verses below show that when we are vulnerable to Satan’s lies, God is ready with the truth.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Vulnerable

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