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“This is the Lord‘s doing;

it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
~Psalm 118:23-24

Six years ago today I married my husband.
The above verses were on our wedding invitations.
It is wonderful to look back and see how the Lord was the one who brought us together, and even more so, HE is the one who has continued to knit our hearts and lives together more and more each year. I cannot express how much I have changed in the last 6 years and how marriage can truly be a wonderful refining process. When we allow struggles and difficulties to be viewed through an eternal perspective we can use them rather then tearing us down and discouraging us to grow us into the likeness of Christ.
But, lest you wonder if the last 6 years has been all struggles 🙂 It hasn’t.
We have been blessed with 3 little children and another one due any day now. Our lives are busy, sometimes crazy but full of joy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

~ Hebrews 12:1-2

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Some people say it so well!
I read a couple other blog posts this morning that I just had to post the links too because they were wonderful reminders to me and I hope you enjoy them as well.

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Well, better late then never….. right? Sorry I forgot to post this earlier, but here’s this great recipe from Katie’s new Heathy Snacks to Go e-book.

4 1/2 cups soaked and dried oats (Directions for soaking and drying HERE)
1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 or 3/4 cup butter*
2/3 or 1 cup honey*
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup add-ins (mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, coconut, etc)
In a small saucepan, melt butter, honey and vanilla over low heat. Once butter is melted and bubbly, cook and stir for 5 minutes. (DO this! Don’t cheat and just get the butter melted, it does actually need to COOK- not that I figured this out from experience or anything….!)
In a separate bowl stir together the dry ingredients. Mix the liquid with the oats. Incorporate add-ins at this point (mini chocolate chips melt, so you may want to cool first!)
* The difference in the quanities are in whether you want to make baked or unbaked granola bars……
For Unbaked- (Use the 2/3 cup honey and 3/4 cup butter)
Line a container of any kind with waxed paper. Press bar mixture in, well, with waxed paper. Allow to harden up (the refrigerator speeds it up but isn’t necessary) and then cut into bars.
For Baked- (Use the 1 cup honey and 1/2 cup butter AND ADD 1 tsp baking soda to your dry ingredients and mix in throughly)
Press mixture into a greased 9×13 pan; use wax paper on your fingers to apply pressure. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to sit in pan until completely cool and then cute into bars.
Taste difference? Believe it or not, the 10 minutes in the oven does something considerable. The baked bars have a mouthfeel related to a cookie, but not quite and are less sweet. Unbaked bars are more like a sticky Quaker chewy bar but with 1 cup honey are much too sweet and more expensive anyway. You could make a half a batch of both and see what you prefer!
Makes about 20 bars.
My note….. I “think” I like the baked best. Not sure, both are good and are really pretty different. Your add-ins make a difference too. My unbaked ones tend to be really sticky, so they aren’t great for the little kids when we are out and sometimes my baked ones turn out a little crumbly. BUT, I find if I refrigerate the baked ones they old together better when we are out!
I am going to play with a little more honey in mine next time- I am wondering if altitude makes a difference in them?

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And the WINNER IS….
Doodlebug’s Mommy!!!
Thanks to everyone, and don’t forget to check out Katie’s site and get your own copy
A couple months ago, Katie at Kitchen Stewardship, introduced her E-book “Heathy Snacks to Go”. I read a couple early versions and throughly enjoyed the recipes and snack ideas. Katie has offered to giveaway a free copy to someone this week!

This is a great book for finding some snack recipes beyond Cheerios and Goldfish! Yes, some of them are a little time consuming BUT once they are made, you have easy snacks on hand to grab for the park, car or late afternoon pick-me-up.
I made the wheat crackers a while back and shared that recipe with you there. And since the book came out we have enjoyed numerous versions of the granola bars. Soaked, unsoaked, baked and unbaked…… my favorites are the ones I have added mini dark chocolate chips to! The peanut butter kisses are one of our favorites too, and it’s a really easy recipe to mix up quickly.

This book would be a great addition to any kitchen, but especially for those of you starting to think about school lunches or who pack lunches for their husbands, the $6.95 for this e-book is a great value.
You can take a peek at the table of contents HERE.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post sharing YOUR favorite snack to make.
And don’t forget to leave me a good email address to contact you at if you win!
For additional entries you can do any of the following, please leave a separate comment for each one!
Go over to Kitchen Stewardship and tell me which recipe listed you would like to try
Subscribe to Kitchen Stewardship emails or on a RSS feed
Subscribe to A Heavenly Perspective on RSS feed
The giveaway will be open till Friday and I will post a winner soon thereafter!
And if you don’t want to wait to win a copy…… you can buy your own copy HERE!
Now…. I have oats soaking for granola and granola bars, so I must run! I will share the granola bar recipe later this week for you try on your own!

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Wild Olive has a giveaway going on!
I love their tee-shirts. I don’t own one yet.
They don’t make one in maternity!
BUT I would love to have a couple.
These are my favorites

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