Chocolate Oat Cookies that satisfy the hunger for a hearty afternoon snack, and taste like an Almond Joy?
Chocolate Oat Cookies (originally found at 12tomatoes)
3 C quick oats
1/2 Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
3/4 C honey
2/3 C Almond Butter
1/2 C Coconut Oil
1/3 C Cocoa (the unsweetened kind)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Combine honey, almond butter and coconut oil in a saucepan. Heat, stirring continuously, until the ingredients are smooth and blend well.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Using a small spoon, drop cookies onto a cookie sheet, which is lined with wax or parchment paper. Place in freezer about an hour to set. Store cookies in a ziplock, in the freezer.
My kids like to pull one right out of the bag, let it sit for just a moment, then eat. These cookies are a satisfying cool treat after a long day of studying, working or playing.
As my children have gotten older, it has given me joy to see them still get excited about old favorites. It seems like in just one year we went from being a homeschooling family of younger kids to a different kind of school family with all teens. So many things have changed in the way we do life together and celebrate holidays. But delightfully so, I hear gentle cheers when I pull out the books from the Christmas tubs. It is super fun to hear one girl ask for Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear and another look for Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree. Oh the memories of reading together… So many of my memories of life with my daughters are centered around books we have read together.
As I have been culling out the old to pass on to others, I’ve made sure to hold on to the favorites. Our favorite Christmas picture books are:
Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry is a charming story of a too big Christmas tree that with a little trimming becomes just right. And the trimmed piece becomes a little too big Christmas tree for the maid, and on the story goes. It seems that every year we get a tree that is just a little too big, and everyone laughs “Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree.”
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn and Mark Buehner is a book we added to the family library when my youngest was 3 or 4. She LOVED Snowmen at Night, so when I came across of Snowmen at Christmas it went right into my basket. Love love love that at the end of this delightful snowman story we are reminded of the true Gift of Christmas.
Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. This is another favorite that was discovered by our youngest daughter. We love love love The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry. Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear is not as excellent as The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry, but it sure is good.
These books, with a few others, will remain in the Christmas tubs to be pulled out and enjoyed each year. I imagine a time will come that they end up on the book shelves of some grand kids, or maybe I’ll just make sure to gift copies to each new family as they are established.
If you are looking for ideas for great Christmas stories, check these out from your local library. If you find a new favorite, you can add it to your family’s library through links in this post.
What are your favorite Christmas stories?
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Hello! Yesterday I shared a few small thoughts about a book I read this fall, The Happiness Dare. Now, it my delight to offer a copy of this book up in a giveaway!!!
I am also including a $10 Shutterfly gift code and a Starbucks gift card to the lucky winner. How’s that for an example of my happiness style?
Anyway, a brand new copy of the Happiness Dare,
A Starbucks gift card
AND a $10 Shutterfly gift code.
Good luck! And thanks for reading By Quiet Waters 🙂
Somewhere along the way, the idea that happiness is a fleeting and even selfish pursuit lodged itself in my mind. It seemed to me, that the correct thing to pursue is joy. So when Crystal Paine shared about The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee during a Periscope broadcast I my ears perked up just a bit. Enough so that when I was offered the opportunity to receive the book in exchange for a review, I jumped at it.
It took me a couple of months to read the book, that joy idea being more deeply seated in my mind that I could imagine. And the joy vs happiness debate is still going on, as I try to grasp the beauty of each. It seems that to be happy is a less holy pursuit than that of joy. But this…
“Happiness is an outward expression of an inward joy that is found in Jesus.”
Well, that is something to think about. And then I came to this question. Is God happy? I honestly never have considered that the God of hope, who fills us with joy and peace, might be…happy.
And the next thing to consider, if God is a happy God, then why would He NOT desire me to be happy. Happy in Him, in the life He has given me. And interesting thought process to follow and explore.
So as I very slowly read this book, I became more interested in exploring the Happiness Dare. And I discovered some interesting things about myself. While I can’t say that the pursuit of happiness, or the full embrace of a Happiness Dare has taken firmly ahold of me, the idea is still there percolating.
What are your ideas on joy and on happiness?
Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing me with this book in exchange for my thoughts and musings.