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Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Munchkin really wanted to have chocolate chip cookies last night, so I started throwing together some ingredients as I wanted to try something different. I mixed and combined until I arrived with a dough texture that I liked. I decided to go with a larger cookie scoop to make big cookies. The result was oatmeal flavored crispy chocolate chip cookie with a soft inside. They were easy to make and a hit.

Munchkin decided they tasted like a cross between chocolate chip cookies and granola bars. I plan on trying these with dried fruit and nuts. I may even try a version using honey instead of sugar.

To make the oat flour, I just added gluten free oats to my blender and blended until I had a nice flour. You could also do this in a food processor or grain mill. I’m at a higher altitude so your bake time may be a little less. If you make the cookies smaller, you’ll also want to reduce the baking time.

Crispy Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-ins)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together gluten free oat flour, almond flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Stir melted butter into dough mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips and/or other mix-ins to the dough.
  6. Place large scoops of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes. The tops of the cookies will still look moist and the bottoms will be slightly browned.
  8. Serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight container.

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
A crispy, oat-based gluten free chocolate chip cookie that is quick and easy to make just in time for the holidays.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • ½ cup unbleached almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ – 1 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-ins)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together gluten free oat flour, almond flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Stir melted butter into dough mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips and/or other mix-ins to the dough.
  6. Place large scoops of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes. The tops of the cookies will still look moist and the bottoms will be slightly browned.
  8. Serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight container.

 

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Cathedrals by Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North Cathedrals

We’ve enjoyed the music from Tenth Avenue North for some time now, so we were looking forward to listening to their new album courtesy of Family Christian Bookstore.

About Cathedrals:

With the songs on Cathedrals, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there and to find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize God’s spirit doesn’t dwell in buildings, He dwells in us – for we are His cathedrals.

Track Listing:

  1. No Man Is An Island
  2. Stars In The Night
  3. Iesu, Dulcis Memoria (feat. Audrey Assad)
  4. Cathedrals
  5. I Need You, I Love You, I Want You
  6. The Spark
  7. Heaven’s Sound
  8. Stay
  9. We Won’t Numb The Pain/Fire
  10. Closer
  11. All The Earth Is Holy Ground

Our Thoughts:

Munchkin enjoyed several of the songs on the album including I Need You, I Love You, I Want You, Heaven’s Sound, Closer, and Iesu, Dulcis Memoria. Her favorite song on the entire album was Iesu, Dulcis Memoria as it was relaxing and beautiful. Some of the other songs she felt lacked depth. It’s pretty normal for her to only like a handful of songs on an album as she’s rather particular about her music. Some of the songs had too much of a “pop” feel for her.

D and I felt that the album over all was good, and we plan on adding it to our driving music playlist. It had a slightly different feel to it than previous albums, so I recommend checking it out prior to purchase to make sure you like the sound.

As you can see from the differing opinions in my family, music really is a subjective thing. Sometimes, it depends on where you are in your life or what you need to hear at this moment in time. Sometimes a song will speak to you while another song just doesn’t hit the mark. We found that was the case with this album. We all wished that the song Iesu, Dulcis Memoria was longer as it was so beautiful and unique.

Heaven’s Sound Lyrics
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

From our darkest alleys
To our stained glass walls
However high we climb
No matter how many times we fall
From our greatest trials
To our deepest defeats
There is a song forever being sung by the redeemed
We can lift our voices
The strong, the weak, come on

We will cry, fill the sky with the melody
‘Til our chorus shakes the ground
We are known, we are loved for all eternity
Let this breath join Heaven’s sound

In our secret addictions
Let mercy flood in
And out of forgiveness
The power to break the chains begins
In our driest wheat fields
Let the brush fires burn
And out of the ashes
Beauty of love and life returns
So let us lift our voices
The strong, the weak, come on

Heaven sounds like we’re finally breathing
Heaven sounds like the guilty made clean
Heaven sounds like the rolling of thunder
Heaven sounds like prisoners free
Heaven sounds, Heaven sounds

Let us join in Heaven’s sound
Can you hear it now
Can you hear it now

Cathedrals is another solid album by Tenth Avenue North. It has a variety of different sounds and themes which means that some songs will, most likely, resonate with you more than others.

Special thanks to Family Christian Bookstore for providing my family with the opportunity to listen to this album in our home. All opinions are our own.

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Lumo Project: The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

We were allowed to preview The Gospel of John online prior to its release on Netflix.

About the Film:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God. The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story.

Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.

Follow the project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Gospel of John - Jesus

Our Thoughts on The Gospel of John:

The Gospel of John is currently available to view on Netflix in both the KJV and NIV. The Spanish version will also be available, but I didn’t see it on Netflix yet. The Lumo Project will also be producing films for the other 3 gospels. These films are a word-for-word reading of the text of the Gospel of John.

We were quite impressed with not only the actors that they chose for the portrayal of the scriptures but also the scenery/backdrop for everything taking place within the text. The actors are not reading the scriptures. They are acting it out and speaking their native tongue in the background of the reading of the scripture. It really makes the text come to life.

We also liked that we could pick which translation we wanted to listen to during our viewing. The narrator did a good job reading the text and was easy to understand.

We look forward to watching the other gospels as they are released to Netflix in the future. If you’re looking for a way to make scripture come to life while sticking to the actual gospel, I highly recommend checking out this new film on Netflix.

 

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IDisciple and Military Biblestick Outreach

Military BibleStick PlayerWe recently had the opportunity to test out iDisciple thanks to Family Christian Bookstore as part of the Military BibleStick Outreach program. While we didn’t use the Military BibleStick, we did get to use the iDisciple program which I’ll talk about shortly.

Starting on December 5th, every purchase of a iDisciple membership from a Family Christian store will gift Military Service Members with a subscription to iDisciple and a Military BibleStick from Faith Comes by Hearing.

The Military BibleStick Outreach was designed by the Audio Bible ministry Faith Comes By Hearing to bring the pure Word of God to our troops while on (and preparing for) deployment. Faith Comes By Hearing provides Military BibleSticks to military members at no cost to them through military chaplains. They rely on donations to provide this wonderful service.

The Military BibleStick is a mp3 player that was specifically designed for military service members which means that it’s rugged, it easily fits into uniform pockets, and it’s easy to use even in low-light situations. The Military Biblestick is roughly the size of a pack of gum, and comes pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament and specially selected Psalms.

As a military spouse, I love the idea of this Military BibleStick as it means that military members will have access to scripture no matter where they are during the pre-deployement training, deployment, and post deployment training. Because the unit is so small, it’s for them to take it with them even when they are really short on space. The only concern would be charging the unit as that may not always be possible.

The current promotion is a great way to give the gift of iDisciple (or purchase it for yourself) while providing this gift to a service member. It doesn’t cost you anything more to help give the gift of scripture to our troops. Holidays are a rough time for many service members, so this is just a little way to say thank you for what they do.

iDiscipleOur Thoughts on iDisciple:

I’m trying to think of the best way to describe iDisciple, but it’s a bit difficult as it’s more than just one thing. iDisciple offers a variety of things to help your in your Christian walk. It has sermons, daily devotionals, music, encouragement, a bible, and more. You can customize your experience with the service. If you’re on your computer, you can go to the website and search for topics, music, videos…. You can download the app to your iphone or Android device to have access to content while on the go. You can receive daily emails customized to your preferences, if desired.

We were impressed with the variety of content available. The ability to truly customize your experience was really nice. I personally couldn’t use an app as I have a windows phone, so my husband tested it out. There were a few glitches, but overall, that aspect was nice as he uses his phone all the time. We did experience a few issues with bad links in the emails which was frustrating, but overall, it’s a pretty cool service that offers a variety of different content all in one location.

There are two different subscription services. The free account gives you limited daily access to the service. The monthly subscription service gives you unlimited access for $4.99 a month.

Disclosure: I received a subscription to iDisciple to help write an honest review of the service.

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Wordless Wednesday: Foggy, Misty Morning

Birds on a Wire

Misty Skies

Fog Rolling In

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