Word of 2016: JOY

Total honesty coming out right now, I have been depressed. I know some of it has to do with my hormonal imbalances with my hypothyroidism and PCOS. I know some of it has to do with the trouble my marriage encountered in 2015. Some of the depression I can’t explain. I do know that I hate the person I become when I am feeling depressed. I shut people out, including those in my family and church. I don’t go out with friends. I don’t do the things I enjoy like going to the beach and crafts. I know that is not the life God wants for me. Jesus said,  “The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. I want a joyful life.


Word of 2016: JOY

I am not making resolutions/goals this year. I want to concentrate on JOY! Rediscovering the joy of my salvation, finding joy in friendships (hopefully finding new ones since I have few friends), finding joy in my marriage, finding joy in my health and body image, and finding joy in the small moments that make life awesome!  [Read more…]


Ways to Show Thankfulness: More than on Facebook

Have you seen the posts yet? I am sure you have. It is the middle of November and people are flooding Facebook with things they are thankful for. I understand it is customary to do this, but what if we jumped off social media and really showed our thankfulness to the world. I mean, I could say I am thankful for my salvation in Jesus, but if I never share my faith am I really showing an attitude of thankfulness. I could I am thankful for my husband, but if I don’t show him kindness I am don’t think I am being very thankful.


Ways to Show Thankfulness

Show you are thankful for

  •  your salvation in Jesus by asking someone to come to church with you.
  •  friends by making them a handmade card.
  •  your husband by not nagging for a day. [Read more…]

Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies

About a year ago I got introduced to the best stuff ever–Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter ! Cookie butter is amazing. I live about 45 minutes away from Trader Joe’s so I don’t get it very often and it is usually gone within a few days. Last time we went to Trader Joe’s, I stocked up a few jars of it and resisted eating it within a couple days.

With the holidays approaching, I started thinking of all the wonderful desserts I could make with cookie butter. I was going to make Muddy Buddies (aka as Puppy Chow) and then realized I could swap out the peanut butter for cookie butter. Oh my!!! It was absolutely delicious!!


Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies

Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies
  • 9 cups Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or Chocolate Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ Cookie Butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups powered sugar
  1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  3. If the mixture is a little think, add a little more butter one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
  5. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

This is a fun recipe that kids can help with too. I did not make mine in the microwave. I used a pot and a stove top. Took less than five minutes to make. I am going to be bringing this to a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings this year.

Have you tried cookie butter yet? Do you love it?

Recipe adapted from Chex.com.