"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Easy Holiday Snickerdoodles and Fudge

Easy Holiday Snickerdoodles

1 box of white or yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3-1/2 cup oil (melted butter would work too)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. green decorating sugar
2 Tbsp. red decorating sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 - 375 degrees. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. A cookie like dough should form. In a smaller bowl combine the green sugar with 1 tsp. of cinnamon. In another small bowl combine the red sugar with the other tsp. of cinnamon. We used a Tbsp. measuring spoon to scoop out dough and rolled into balls. Roll the ball in one of the sugar cinnamon mix. Lay on cookie sheet and repeat making balls until you have filled up your cookie sheet (make sure they are at least 1" apart). Flatten the balls a little and bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on cooling rack and finish the process with any leftover dough. Makes around 34 cookies.

Easy Fudge

1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups semi- sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (optional)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract

In a glass microwaveable bowl combine milk, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Microwave in 15 - 20 second intervals until melted (stir between intervals). Stir in marshmallows until melted (may have to microwave 20 seconds to get thoroughly melted). Last add in vanilla and be sure everything is thoroughly combined. Pour into a foil or parchment lined square pan. Let cool (refrigerate) until chocolate has firmed. Cut into little squares and enjoy. I will try this recipe again changing up the flavor of the chips :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cookie Butter

Have any of you ever tried cookie butter before? We have heard of it over the last few years but never bought any to try. Last winter I got hooked on Steak n Shake's cookie butter milkshake. It was a magical experience for me. I couldn't get enough of that yummyness. When Sonic started back up with their 1/2 priced shakes during the summer cookie butter was all I kept thinking of.

I noticed recipes popping up all over Pinterest showing how to make your own cookie butter. I wasn't willing to pay for a pricey jar of this stuff at the store. I was glad to find a cheaper alternative. We have only had a basic recipe for a first time try. Keep reading while I show you how to turn

into a jar of

To make cookie butter you will need 2-2.5 cups of cookie crumbs (depending on which kind of cookie you use). You can use any of your favorite (think Oreo, nutter butter, shortbread, ect.). If your cookies have cream in the middle you'll want to scrape that out first. Make the crumbs by placing cookies into your food processor and pulse until it's all crumbs. I used around 50 vanilla wafers to get to 2 cups. Next you want to mix together your melted butter (1/2 stick), sweetened condensed milk (1/2 cup), and 1/4 cup of evaporated milk (or milk of your choice). Slowly pour this mixture into your food processor with the cookie crumbs to blend and make a paste like texture. If its too thin just add in more cookie crumbs.

I served this with some homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread I made. YUM!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Train up...

This week in homeschooling encouragement-

Proverbs 22:6(KJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Enter into...

Psalm 100:4-5(NKJV)

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
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