(To the tune of The 12 days of Christmas)
~On the sixth day of blogging, my conscience said to me,
"Post something practical...
Will you share God's peace?
Can you share God's joy?
Are you waisting time,
And can you blog-and do it hum-bl-y?"
Today I thought I'd share a quote we heard a long time ago about the balance that's needed in everyone's life, a balance between spirituality and practicality. Here's the quote: "Some people are so Heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good." It is good and right to try to live as God wants us to live--every second of every day, but we need to be balanced. If we sit and pray and worship the Lord all day long, nothing much will get done in the line of work that He wants us to be doing. (At least, I haven't noticed the laundry folding itself!) On the other hand, if we work all day and never pray for help and guidance, we lose sight of what's really important in life.
Consequently, as I was thinking about what I've posted so far, I decided to post something practical today. Can you guess what it will be???
This is one my favorite "Healthy" recipes to make when I only have a little time to prepare a dessert. A dear friend shared the recipe with me, along with several other recipes that have become our favorites too (a great ice cream recipe included). It uses quite a bit of Carob powder, (we get ours from Azure Standard=http://www.azurestandard.com/) so the first time I made it, I thought only my mom & I would like it. However, the boys really like it now too (they say it's addictive!) and my dad doesn't mind it too much. :) Here is the recipe for "Carob Chips".
Melt: 1 cup of butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
Add: 1/2 tsp. vanilla
a little sprinkle of Stevia (optional)
1/2 cup peanut butter
about 1/4 cup honey (a little more if you don't use Stevia). You could maybe use 1/2 sugar instead, although I've never tried it.
Then stir in: about 1 1/2 cups of carob powder (or cocoa for cocoa chips), keep adding carob until the mixture is the consistency of cake batter.
Now comes the fun part: Mix in whatever kind of nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut, etc... you'd like. We really like putting a couple drops of peppermint essential oil in for a refreshing mint flavor.
When you have it all mixed up to your liking, spread it on a piece of wax-paper in a cookie sheet and freeze until hard. When it's solid, you can either cut it in pieces or just break it apart. It tastes so good--almost like a rich fudge. ENJOY!