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Yes that does describe my general sate of mind. However, this post is about delicious candied nuts. You know those nuts that have at the fair? The ones that you can smell from 10 booths away, immediately drawing you in but you pass up because you hate paying $7 for a little bag? Yea those. Well I needed stocking stuffers, and with no fairs around and being the poor recent college student I am (graduated 6 days ago I did) I decided to make my own. Here is the link for the recipe.

Bavarian Vanilla Almonds {Candied Nuts}

Yield: one pound candied nuts


1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract if you are using regular granulated sugar instead of vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 pound almonds or pecans
3/4 cup of vanilla sugar (if you do have vanilla sugar, simply substitute regular granulated sugar)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons of Vanilla Fleur de Sel (if you do not have Vanilla Fleur de Sel simply substitute fine grain sea salt)


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine egg white, vanilla extract and water. Beat mixture until frothy. Stir in almonds and mix to coat.
3. Gently combine sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir into almond mixture, thoroughly coating all nuts.
4. Evenly spread nuts onto prepared baking sheet and place into oven.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
6. When cool, pack in an airtight jar. They will keep at room temperature for about 2 weeks.

I used a mix of walnuts and almonds, they each provide something different in regards to flavor

 I decided I needed coffee at this point. Katz Coffee is a local roasting company that I worked for a couple years ago that makes a great product.

This is what happens to your fine grain salt (or anything) when you have lots of humidity. YAY!

 Spending money on quality spices is a must. Seriously buy them, your food will be so much better.

 Even though I'm TECHNICALLY supposed to be egg free, meh. I haven't noticed any improvements. So yea I used the egg whites. I would think so long as you used finely ground flax, chia, or a commercial egg replacer it would still work, you just don't want lumps. 

 I wanted to add a little spice, but the Ancho Chili really didn't add any. However, it did add a very nice depth of flavor to the nuts. It wasn't so much an identifiable flavor, but it was more complex if that makes any sense.

I did some with the Ancho, and some without. My mother agreed that the ones with the Ancho were better. Interestingly though the sugar on the nuts with the added chili powder was more granular.

 Mmmm... My favorite beverage besides water.

 The finished product!

These are completely addicting and you should make some. NOW! I also tried making kettle corn. Lets just say it was not a shining success... There will be a few more Christmas tinkerings coming soon!


Put Put or Putt Putt?  

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Do I even say anymore that I know its been awhile since I've posted? Or is it really just a waste of both our time? I'll let you decide.

So back in July we moved my brother up to Arkansas for him to start work on his PhD. After about 4 days of mostly spending time in his apt I got incredibly stir crazy. So I convinced/forced my family to take part in some extended out door activity. We found a putt putt course. Pictures follow.

My brother being ridiculous.

 Same shot, two different focuses for those who can't tell hehe.

 My amazing shoes :D

A fuzzy picture taken by someone else, yes I blame them. 

So there are some aspects of my life that have been missed by all my readers. (right... I have readers, hah! :-p) I have been trying to think of a way to force myself to blog more. I think I am going to find a good cookbook and go through the whole thing. Maybe a recipe or two a week, with photos and perhaps recipes. Though I suppose would that count as me plagiarizing? hmm... Well at least notes and pictures, everybody loves pictures!


How We Should Work  

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This is an excellent post from A Disciples Notebook on how we should be viewing our jobs, whether it is menial labor or running a Fortune 500 company. Let us not forget as well that our main purpose in whatever we do is to glorify the King of the Universe. So if for no other reason we should work our hardest and do our best.  And thanks to a good friend for long ago sharing this site.

“Three men, all engaged at the same employment, were asked what they were doing. One said he was making five dollars a day. Another replied he was cutting stone. The third said he was building a cathedral. The difference was not in what they were actually doing, although, the spirit of the third might quite possibly have made him the more expert at his task. They were all earning the same wage; they were all cutting stone; but only one held it in his mind that he was helping build a great edifice. Life meant more to him than to his mates; he saw further and clearly. He had a vision of hope in his task.
The farmer may be only planting seed, but if he opens his eyes, he is feeding the world. The railroad man, the factory hand, the clerk in the store, likewise, are building their cathedrals. The investors in stocks and bonds, the executives of great corporations—they are building cathedrals likewise, if only they can catch the vision. The homemaker does not count the dollars she receives for her exertions. If she did, her life might be unhappy indeed.
The rest of us, the great and the humble, are thinking too much about such things as cutting stone and making profits. Stop! Realize the beauty of life. Stir up the hope that lies with you.”
The Omaha Bee Newspaper
Fill Me With Hope, August 1
Compiled by Paul M. Miller


Two Unrelated Thoughts  

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During the sermon this morning the man preaching (not our regular pastor) encouraged us to read the rest of Colossians to gain a better understanding of the passage we were studying. He said it was only a few pages, and should not take much time at all to read it. This reminded me of something I have thought on before. I think frequently as Christians we treat the Bible differently than other books in regards to how much we read. We easily sit down and read 20 or 30 pages of a book, or an entire section of the newspaper, but gasp when we think about reading more than 2 or 3 chapters in God's Word. It is generally no more than 3 or 4 pages, ok fine sometimes it might even be 7 pages, but it is never much longer than what most people read in blog posts. I certainly agree that we should take Scripture seriously, and spend our time and meditate on it. I just wonder if we have gotten a skewed perspective on reading it, and look at it in an incorrect view.

Adam Clarke's commentary on Aaron interceding for the Isrealites after their grumbling against Moses. (Num 16:41-50)
If Aaron the high priest, with his censer and incense, could disarm the wrath of an insulted, angry Deity, so that a guilty people, who deserved nothing but destruction, should be spared; how much more effectual may we expect the great atonement to be which was made by the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom Aaron was only the type!


It's ALIVE!  

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So yes I've been absent, life has a way of getting in the way of blogging and other activities. As to life, it has been interesting and changing as of late. Things that in some ways I would not have preferred happening, but I think in the end are for the better, and if nothing else grow me in my sanctification. We are so often eager to let God be sovereign in things that we want to do, and I think even accept Him saying no in those things, but if it is something we most certainly don't want to happen, then we have a much harder time accepting God's providence. However, it is always for our better, even if it is not something we thought would ever happen, or want. (Which has me wondering lately about the sovereignty of God is unbelievers lives but thats for another day.) I am doing an internship at Luby's cafeteria this summer. It is going fairly well, I don't think its what I would want to do, but not a bad job.

I made yeast rolls this morning for breakfast, and was going to post pictures, but I can't find my camera cord, so... Maybe I'll post those later. For those of you who remember my allergies, yea... not sticking with those too well at the moment lol.

I thought I had more to say somewhere, but maybe it will reappear in my mind at some point, probably in the middle of church of course. Oh and no, my spelling and grammar has not gotten better since I last blogged. Sorry, but not really.

So stay tooned for more of something, assuming anyone reads this anymore... (yes I meant to put tooned)



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As promised, though somewhat late *cough*, here are pictures of our new dog pumpkin.

She is a tad ridiculous, she enjoys eating kleenex, and if at all possible will climb in your lap...

It is also that lovely time of year where Bluebonnets bloom around campus. I'll try and get some pictures sometime soon. If you have never seen Bluebonnets, or are around campus but don't pass them, I feel immense sorrow for you.


Notes from Gospel Generosity  

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I decided that I would post the outline, and my thoughts from the sermon "Gospel Generosity". I thought maybe those of you who don't have the time right now to listen to the sermon but still wanted to get the gist of it might be interested. And if not... Bake me cookies?

Gospel Generosity 2 Cor 8-9
  9 Marks of Gospel Generosity
(My notes are in sub points)
  1. Our Circumstances should not be the decisive factor in our giving. (8:1-6)
  2. We are to excel in our giving (8:7-8)
    1. We would never think twice about being called to grow in utterance, love, faith, etc. However, we never would consider that we should grow/excel in our giving, yet Paul is calling us to.
  3. Our giving should never be separated from the Gospel.  (8:9)
    1. AKA our generosity should never be separated from the generosity of Christ
    2. Even  if Jesus did not die for us, simply that God created us, sustains us, and has gifted us with our money (and everything else), we should give.
  4. Our giving should be according to our needs. (8:10-12)
    1. Don't put yourself into debt by giving to the Church (or elsewhere). However, still have the willingness to give.
  5. Our giving displays the glory of God. (8:13-15)
  6.  Our giving should be done wisely, and with accountability. (8:16-24)
    1. We need to have wise people within the church who are responsible for the funds given, and they need to be held accountable.
  7. God desires our giving to be done cheerfully (9:6,7)
  8. We should give with expectation to gain a harvest (9:8-11)
  9. Our generosity (or lack thereof) is an evidence of the state of our soul. (8:8, 9:12-15)
    1. Certainly simply being generous (or any other good thing) does not grant salvation, but if it is absent in one who claims Christ, we need be deeply concerned.