Thursday, May 31, 2018

Friday Faves....Breakfast Cookies

I made these breakfast cookies this morning to share with a friend who was coming over for tea.
She has to eat gluten free.  I've posted this recipe in the past, but thought it was worth a repost. I hadn't made them in a while and had forgotten how simple and yummy they are!

The Breakfast Cookie recipe is found in 
Shauna Niequist's fabulous book, Bread and Wine.

As is my usual modus operandi, I tweaked the recipe.

Here's her recipe with what I did in parentheses.
Breakfast Cookies
In large bowl mix together:
3 large ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil (I used 1/4 cup peanut butter warmed in the microwave about 30 seconds)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add and stir until combined:
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I used kosher salt)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Form the dough into 12 (1/4 cup sized) balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Flatten the balls of dough a bit.
Bake 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes. 

These are not too sweet, full of nutrition, and great with a cup of coffee.

Even the hubs, who loves his morning eggs and toast, gave these a thumbs up!

It's almost FRIDAY, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hawaii, our visit to the big island...

We recently returned from our first trip to Hawaii!
Many friends were surprised we'd never been before since we've traveled so much and to so many places over the years. Many others were especially surprised that we were going to the big island, the one with the currently erupting Kilauea volcano. The truth is, the big island is over four thousand square miles. The southeast area of the island affected by the volcano is a small percentage of the entire island. It was a bit surreal to see the news coming from the mainland versus what we were experiencing while we were there. We felt no earthquakes, the tradewinds kept the Kona side of the island relatively "vog" free, and we traveled all over most of the island, except for the volcano zone, and it was beautiful! 

I was glad that I had read James Mitchener's, Hawaii, again recently. There is so much history in his book which enriched my experience in Hawaii.
I loved seeing the differences in the various parts of the island.  The Kona side is lava covered and reminds me of the lava fields in eastern Oregon. There are the beautiful mountains where we saw ranches that reminded me of similar farming areas in Oregon as well. Then there were the tropical areas that reminded me of the heavy tropical foliage found in Nicaragua, Central America or Ghana, West Africa. I was amazed at the diversity found in such a small place!

There were beautiful sandy beaches as well as rugged rocky beaches.

We were blessed to be vacationing with friends that used to live in Hawaii. They helped us to see so much of this beautiful island! I'm so glad that we weren't limited to only seeing the resort and tourist areas.
 I took so many photos and videos. I tried to pick out some of my favorites for this post.

 I loved our trip to Hawaii and hope to visit it again!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Overwhelmingly blessed...

I can't begin to express my overwhelming gratitude for the blessings of the Lord these past two weeks. He alone knew ahead of time just what I would need and how much I would need it when, some months ago, we were invited by friends to go to Hawaii with them. We've been to many places in this world, but we'd never been to Hawaii before. God didn't just provide an amazing vacation in a beautiful place, but He provided a sweet time of inner healing and refreshing. His presence was real and near and sweet in my morning times with Him. He also provided the right friends to be with us. We had deep heart talks as well as times of fun and laughter...both were good medicine. 

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I'm all about finding the blessings and giving thanks for the little things in everyday life. But, more times than I can count God has done abundantly above and beyond all that I can ask or think. In the past two weeks there was the amazing vacation He gave us, a sweet first birthday celebration for our youngest grandson, a first house purchase for our youngest daughter and her husband and so many other happy blessings. I'm overwhelmingly blessed.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-another almost 90 degree summer-like day
-steak on the grill, corn on the cob, salad for dinner
-reading to my grandson 

-a beach like drizzly morning
-a pancake breakfast with my grandson
-an apology
-a visit with some of our kids and grandkids to say goodbye before we leave for vacation
-good news on the inspection of the house our kid's are buying

-a belated Mother's Day lunch with my oldest daughter
 and a good conversation to catch up with each other
-phone calls with friends
-a reminder that laughter is good medicine

-a safe flight to Hawaii
-palm trees and tropical bird songs
-the fragrance of the flowers in the breeze
-the colors of the sea and the coral reefs seen from the plane

-a sweet time of prayer and the Bible while sipping good Kona coffee out on the lanai
-going to water aerobics with my friend
-tiny yellow birds
-a drive along the coast and over the mountains to Hilo
-a stream flowing into the sea at the park we stopped at
-answers to prayer for my son-in-law who had a bad gall bladder attack while out of state

-our second born daughter's birthday
-the message of Jesus preached at the royal wedding
-swimming in the warm sea
-laughing with my friend
-a lazy, relaxing evening-ordering dinner in and going to bed early

-10+ hours of sleep!
-sweet time with Jesus
-driving to the coffee plantation in the mountains above Kona

-dinner on the waterfront in Kona-yummy fish tacos!
-the color of the waves as they crest-a color blue that there is no word for

-breezes that smell like plumeria
-God-given insight
-a lazy day by the pool
-fresh pineapple
-macadamia nut ice cream
-a hula school demonstration
-an evening walk after a nice dinner out
-the stars in the night sky

-pineapple iced tea after a walk in the heat
-a luau-the food-the island music and dancing-so fun!

-dancing with my guy to the Hawaiian wedding song
-God restores my soul

-our oldest daughter and son-in-law's twentieth anniversary
 and our youngest daughter and son-in-law's third anniversary
-happy news 
-the beautiful Hawaiian waterfalls 
-the black sand beach
-the beautiful sunset at our last dinner in Hawaii before taking the redeye flight home

-a safe flight home
-my peonies are all abloom!
-flowers from my guy
-our own bed

-our youngest grandson's first birthday
-our kids closed on their house
-our whole family, plus friends, at our grandson's party

-time to write before watching the grandkids overnight
-a sweet friend's help with the grands so I could go to a vow renewal
-making homemade mac and cheese for the grandkids
-a fire in the fire pit and s'mores with the grands and our nephew and his family

-morning snuggles and baby chatter with our youngest grandson
-new faces at church
-a fun lunch with our granddaughter after church
-the beautiful weather
-peonies on my kitchen counter

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