Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chickpea "Cookie Dough" Fruit Dip & Spread

Since we are moving in a couple of weeks, I've been on a mission to use everything in my fridge and pantry without having to buy anything from the store. While I was searching through my pantry, I found a few cans of chickpeas. So instead making good ol' hummus, I decided to try a recipe I had found in my FamilyFun magazine: "Faux Cookie Dough Dip." I was a little apprehensive about making a fruit dip out of chickpeas, but thought I'd give in a try!

And I have to tell you what... this stuff is goooood! I didn't have any apples around to dip, so I put some on a piece of toast. A-mazing. It's also good with strawberries & bananas!

I definitely had to adjust the recipe a bit since it calls for peanut butter and my Addi girl is allergic. Also, I'm always looking for ways to make recipes a bit healthier than the original... So here it is... Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!!!

Chickpea "Cookie Dough" Fruit Dip & Spread
Makes about 1 1/2 cups 
60 calories per tablespoon

1- 15.5oz can chickpeas (drained)
1/4 cup all natural almond butter
6 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp oats
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup + 1 tsp of mini chocolate chips

Place all the items, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Garnish with the remainder of the chocolate.

Yep. That simple and that amazing. Enjoy!!! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Humbled by a Father's Love.

A few weeks ago, we shocked all of our family and friends by announcing our move to Oklahoma City for JoJo's new job.  It wasn't the easiest of decisions, but at the time we knew it was the right one and had peace about it, regardless of what the circumstances would look like.

But the few days following the announcement were rougher than I anticipated. I knew some people may be hurt by the news, but I didn't realize to what extent.  I did not want to hurt anyone. My flesh and emotions got the best of me. I couldn't understand how we could have such peace while others were in such turmoil.  I began questioning if we did the right thing.... and worse... began questioning God's will for our lives.

Thankfully, I serve a sovereign and loving God who is bigger than my emotions and doubt. Instead of turning His back on me when I was doubting Him, He heard my prayers and once again gave me "peace that surpasses all understanding." (Phil. 4:7)... But He didn't stop there...

I couldn't even begin to tell you all the things that have fallen into place these last few weeks. From our house being sold the day after it was put on the market (for a significantly higher price than what we were asking for) to finding the perfect home for us in Oklahoma that met all of our needs and desires the second day we were there, there has been no denying God's hand on everything. The amount of things that have confirmed that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, has almost been overwhelming.

...What a humbling experience, that's for sure...

Sometimes we don't feel like we deserve the blessings or opportunities that we have been given and almost question why they've been given to us. I mean, let's be honest.. JoJo and I aren't anyone special. We are simply ordinary people seeking after God's own heart and His desire for our lives. Still, the Creator of the universe loves us and thinks we're important enough to make sure we know He is with us (even when we doubt Him). How awesome is that? And the cool thing is, it's not just us... God loves every single person the same way.

So if you need Him, ask. He's waiting. It doesn't have to be anything special or fancy. It can be as simple as, "Lord, I need You." He hears you. And while I don't know what tomorrow holds for either one of us, I do know that you and I can trust and always find peace in the One who does.
Pretty amazing, right?

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
-Jeremiah 17:7-8