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A Heart to Serve!

8 Nov

A Heart to Serve!

As long as I could remember, I literally served others.  I don’t say that like I’ve sacrificed something to do it.  I say it because that is who I am!   A sweet memory about my parents comes to mind as I think about serving others.  My parents and our neighbors, who were great friends, would get together on the weekends when I was just a little girl.  I think I was around nine years old.   They would play a card game called Canasta.  They played way up into the night, and I would stay up until I could barely keep my eyes open, but in order for me to stay awake I would volunteer to serve them water, soda, and coffee.   I never done it grudgingly, for it truly was my pleasure and it brought me joy. Both my parents are with Jesus now, so I love to think about memories and times when I truly served my parents as they sacrificed so much for my five sisters and me.

People who know me intimately will sometimes tease me by calling me a mother hen.   It probably is a good name, because it is how God made me to be.   I nurture and I feel that I am anointed to do it. It seems I’ve always mothered, but what was ironic was that when it came time for me to actually want to become a mother, my husband and I couldn’t have children right away.   As a matter of fact it took us a really long time.  We actually were married twenty years before we conceived and had our first child and then four years later our second son was born.  Let me just say this as a smile comes to my face, if you weren’t a servant before you had children, you quickly become one.

What brought up the idea of this blog post was the fact that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away.  This is a time when I try to go all out! When I prepare our Thanksgiving meal, I labor to put my heart into making a feast fit for a King!  I usually have a house full of family and friends.  I honestly love it! With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to reflect upon gratitude and how fortunate that I am that I have the opportunity to serve my family and friends, yes and even strangers with a servant’s heart! As I write this, my thoughts go to a couple of wonderful friends that I love who sadly will no longer sit at my table for Thanksgiving meals.  I thank God that before they went to be with Jesus, that I gave them something that I was honored to be able to give to them.   I am not trying to be boastful or have false humility about what I do.    The point I am trying to make is that Jesus said that the servant who seems to be the lowest sometimes on the list by the world’s standards, is the greatest in the Kingdom of God! If I serve people with gladness, then I have pleased my Father in Heaven, and so I am overjoyed!

I send blessings to all who have taken the time read this.  I hope that you have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving!

 

Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies!

6 Jul

Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies

 

Mama's DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my DIY recipes, but I wanted to share one of the simplest recipes I’ve concocted to make healthier “sweet” treats for my family!

I must admit that this Mama sometimes has a sweet tooth and unfortunately, I haven’t always made great choices in what I chose to eat!  I love sweets such as cookies, cakes, and yummy cobblers which were always full of sugars!

But…..now I have found a healthier way of  “baking my favorites.. and eating them too!” without going overboard of course!

With the ingredients below, I can make cookies that are gluten-free and “sweetened” with 100% real maple syrup which I have found when used in moderation actually has some pretty amazing health benefits!

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Mama’s New Sugar Cookies

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Mama’s New Sugar Cookie http://www.covenantessentials.com

When maple syrup is used in appropriate amounts it has nutrition benefits such as important antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese.  Its benefits can also include the ability to lower inflammation and better manage blood sugar.

Mama’s Maple Sweetened Cookies

Ingredients :

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

1 tsp Rumford baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup real maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sift together All purpose flour and baking soda

Melt Coconut oil and add to the dry ingredients along with the vanilla extract and the maple syrup.

Mix well, the dough will be pretty thick.

Drop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on out crisp you like them.

Variations:  This cookie is much like a basic sugar cookie, you can add a variety of different ingredients to make different kinds of cookies, such as peanut butter, chocolate or cocoa, almond extract, walnuts, pecans, coconut flakes etc…the list can go on and on…. 

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe and that your “concoctions”  will be some of your favorite kinds of cookies by simply throwing in what you like or what your family likes!  I would love to hear from you!

P.S.  Look for my next DIY Mama post as I will be posting a few more yummy concoctions using this basic cookie recipe!  Until next time have fun concocting!

 

Source: http://draxe.com/maple-syrup-nutrition/

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