Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday will look a little different in 2019.  Instead of posting 3 “simple joys” every Saturday, I am going to post a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month.  My hope is that the content of these posts will be more substantial and that I will post more consistently.

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January 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie

My mom bought me a “100 Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster” for Christmas.  Since then, I have been listening to audiobooks like my life depended on it, and I have only listened to two books that were not on the poster:  The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Shouldn’t You Be in School by Lemony Snicket.  In my opinion, those two books should have made the list, and a few other books should be removed from the poster.

100 Books Bucket List

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Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Does anyone else see the perfection of celebrating National Peanut Butter Day (today, January 24) during National Oatmeal Month (January).  It’s a match made in heaven!

peanut butter blossom oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (or water, but milk will yield a creamier result)
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Hershey Kiss

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Studies of Humility: Ruth

Studies of Humility: Ruth

In case you didn’t know, I am not married, I don’t have a boyfriend, and I have never been on a date.  If you need relationship advice, don’t come to me.

My friends sometimes ask if I want a boyfriend.  While I wouldn’t be opposed to starting a relationship, I realize that singleness gives me the freedom to travel where I want, eat what I want, and study when I want.  Ruth, the heroine of the Bible’s best-known love story, had a different view of personal freedom, however.

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5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

You should read past this recipe; the post includes a bit of a surprise.

apple pie cookie bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • One 20-ounce can apple pie filling

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Studies of Humility: Moses

Studies of Humility: Moses

Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.

Numbers 12:3

Now that we have defined humility and examined the most perfect example of humility in Scripture,  I think we should look at some other humble children of God, starting with Moses who “was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).  

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Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

After hearing various people make general complaints about scrolling for hours to reach the recipe at the bottom of a blog post, I’ve decided to start with the recipe and follow with a story.  You can read my opinion about recipe locations below, and I would love to read your opinion in the comments!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar (more or less to taste)

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Studies of Humility: Jesus

Studies of Humility: Jesus

When you write a persuasive essay, you should save your strongest argument for last.  However, when I started outlining this series on humility, I felt negligent starting with anyone but Christ.  

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