November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
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.
Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.
To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games). In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.
Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared. I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.
Today I am taking WIAW back to how I did it week one: showing my daily spiritual and physical food for a whole week. I was convicted last Wednesday morning when I read this statement from the Proverbs 31 Women website: “When I refuse to nourish my spirit with God’s holy Word, I suffer the ill effects of spiritual malnutrition. When I do not have a consistent healthy spiritual diet, it’s difficult to understand spiritual things and to behave in a manner worthy of my calling.”
Last week, my spiritual diet was starved, and I was struggling to show love and grace as a result. Just like I get “hungry-angry” when I don’t have enough physical food, I can get “hangry” without spiritual food. But a healthy diet of spiritual food can help me season my words with grace.
Here is the spiritual nourishment I received this week along with pictures of random afternoon snacks.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-6
This passage left me wondering, “Do I live up to the life to which God called me? Am I humble, gentle, and patient?” After quickly deciding that I am none of those things, I dedicated my day to humility, gentleness, and patience.
Snack while preparing to present a lesson in my Teaching Bible to Children class: oatmeal in a jar
Thursday, October 6
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-12
Jesus gives every believer spiritual gifts. Our calling as Christians is to use our spiritual gifts (with humility, gentleness, and patience) to build unity through encouragement and accountability.
Snack at Chick-fil-a with my best friend: “Ice-Dream”
Thursday afternoons with my best friend always provide the relaxing conversation I need.
Friday, October 7
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-16
As we use our spiritual gifts to build the body, its members will grow in maturity. Rather than being “tossed to and fro” by false teachings, Christians will be conformed to the image of Christ.
Snack at work: Apple and Kind bar
Saturday, October 8
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-24
Using our gifts to build Christian unity stands in stark contrast to how the world lives. Non-Christians harm themselves and others without feeling shame. Paul reminds the Ephesians to stop living as they lived before they placed their faith in Christ. Now that they are in Christ and maturing, their lives should reflect Christ and be characterized with goodness and holiness.
(Part of my) Snack while taking a mental break to watch the rain: Peanut butter + pumpkin + cinnamon sandwich
Sunday, October 9
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-32
The Christian is constantly in the process of conforming their life to look more like Christ. Because Christ forgave sinners, we should forgive those around us and “not let the sun set while we are angry.” Additionally, we should change our language to be uplifting to those we encounter.
(Part of my) Snack between church services: Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 5
As we grow to become more like Christ, we should imitate his love. Rather than talking to others with spiteful words (which is so easy for me to do–especially when I am hangry!), we should be “children of light.”
Snack x2: Sheetz Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
Tuesday, October 11
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 6:1-9
Not in the way of eyeservice as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ doing the will of God
How often do I perform good acts with hopes of being seen by others? Yes, it is good to do these things, but I should be doing them to serve Christ, not to make others see me.
Snack while taking pictures of travel trailers at RV World: Premier Protein Bar
For the sake of authenticity, I must tell you that I only shared one afternoon snack per day. Sometimes, I eat two or three afternoon snacks.
Once again, I am sharing my spiritual and physical food by linking up with Jenn (peasandcrayons), Laura (sprint2thetable), Arman (thebigmansworld) and Meghan (cleaneatsfastfeets) for What I Ate Wednesday.
This week, I am showing a full Sunday of eats.
This week, my church elected a new pastor (which means that neither the old pastor nor the new pastor preached). Instead, the president of my college spoke in my church’s Sunday morning service, and he shared a message that he had recently given in a school chapel service. Although I had heard the sermon before, there were some applicable truths. Using Acts 9, he urged the church to be a congregation of “Barnabas”s–Sons of Encouragement. After Saul’s conversion, Christians were still afraid of him. Yet, Barnabas rescued him. Barnabas saw the life change he had experienced and encouraged the disciples in Jerusalem to accept Saul. Later, in chapter 13, Barnabas accompanies Saul on his missionary journeys. This story does more than show us the importance of being an encouragement to others. Each of us need to find a “Barnabas” to hold us accountable and keep us spiritually on track. Even Paul, who is considered a spiritual giant, learned from the humble friendship of Barnabas (compare Acts 15:36-41 and 2 Timothy 4:11).
God does not expect us to live in solidarity; He created companionship and community. Whether it be a family member, friend, teacher, co-worker or fellow-blogger, have someone to regularly encourage you and check your spiritual health.
My Sundays are pretty simple, and this one was no different. I wake up like a normal school day so that I can take my time getting ready.
This week, The Oatmeal Artist’s weekly theme is red. I tried to make a beautiful apple peel rose on my cinnamon peanut butter oatmeal, but I was not too pleased with how it came out.
I snacked my way through the morning: a pumpkin square after my run, another pumpkin square as “dessert” after breakfast, and a graham muffin right before I left for church (with hopes that I would make it through the whole service without getting hungry…it didn’t work 🙂 ).
I ate lunch (stew with rice, grilled vegetables, yogurt with granola, and a super-ripe banana) in the college cafeteria. This isn’t a typical Sunday lunch for me, but I don’t know what a typical Sunday lunch actually is.
Before choir practice, I ate a plate of my mom’s meatloaf, blue potatoes, and butter beans with corn that she sent back to school with me after a quick trip home on Saturday afternoon. Originally, there were red potatoes too, but I got hungry while working on schoolwork, and I ate all of the red potatoes around 2 o’clock.
Dessert was a cereal bar topped with peanut butter because I am classy 🙂 (Side note: I go through about 2 jars of peanut butter a week, so I taste-test a lot of brands. This was my first sampling of Peter Pan Simply Ground. It was good, but it will never compare to The Best Nut Butter I Have Ever Tasted).
For as long as I can remember, I have eaten a bowl of ice cream every Sunday night. Our church had a prayer service tonight instead of our typical worship service, and it went a little late, so I knew that just ice cream was not going to satisfy my hunger. I topped the bowl with peanut butter and protein granola…and then I ate
some a lot more peanut butter and granola (imagine about 4 oz. of peanut butter and 1.5 cups of granola) because I was still hungry. (Side note: don’t try to save money by buying Aldi-brand strawberry yogurt and protein granola [their regular granola is fine, though]. It is worth the extra $2 for Breyer’s and Nature Valley. Trust me. I learned the hard way).
Before bed, I ate an undisclosed number of pumpkin bars. Hint: Pictures don’t always tell the whole story 😊
Questions for you:
Let me tell you a story that has nothing to do with this recipe.
As an elementary education student, I have to visit elementary schools and teach isolated lessons. Last week, I taught a fifth grade class about food chains. The students were great; they paid attention and participated well. At the end of the lesson, I had the students answer some questions about what I had taught. I then put them in groups and let them discuss their answers.
As I was looking over their answers that night, I was pleased to see that most students had answered every question correctly. They learned that producers make their own food and predators hunt for prey. One boy, however, was a little off.
His answer: “Because they make babys.”
Well, at least most of the kids understood the lesson…
On an unrelated note, this “butter” makes a great after-school snack. You can use it as a dip, spread it on toast, top it with granola, mix it into your oatmeal, or just eat it plain like pudding. Best of all, this simple recipe can be whipped together in less than 5-minutes.
No-Cook Pumpkin Apple Butter
Autumn officially begins this week, and I have mixed emotions. On one hand, cold weather means less outside runs, hikes, and photography. On the other hand, the beautiful foliage is truly breathtaking. Although I will be saying goodbye to the lovely fresh fruits of summer, I adore pumpkins, squash, and cinnamon as well. Negatively, my light, loose dresses will be packed away. Positively, I will finally find jeans and sweatshirts appropriate for class.
One of the undeniable benefits of autumn is in-season apples. Slice one up today and make this delicious baked oatmeal.