I began the cooking festivities with fresh apples and a Crock Pot. I created a simple recipe for making applesauce in the Crock Pot, which I'll share here (there isn't really a recipe, so I'll just tell you what I did):
First, peel, core, and cube 3 lbs. of apples (you can use multiple kinds, just whatever is in your fridge).
Put all of the apples into the pot and add 1 C water. Cook on high for an hour.
Turn the heat on medium to bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir the contents occasionally to make sure that everything is combined. As soon as the mixture comes to a simmer, set the timer for five minutes. This is very important. Any longer, and you end up with a dry, crumbly chocolate.
To see the recipe, click here.
Now, let's commence with the making of the goodness. You begin with a stick of butter. Sounds good already, right?
Once melted, remove the butter from the heat. Then add 1 3/4 C powdered sugar and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Now, add in the peanut butter and the crushed graham crackers and stir that until well combined.
The Brown Eyed Baker.
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My husband and I started a new Bible Study this weekend. It is about finding joy in the Lord, and we had an interesting discussion about the differences between happiness and joy. It seems to us that happiness is more of a temporary feeling or emotion, whereas joy is a deep contentment that does not go away or fade over time. The study used Matthew 5:3-12 as a great basis for finding true joy in all that the Lord does:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit [humble], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." In order to find true peace in the Lord, we must become the person that He wants us to be, by slowly changing us through our life experiences. We must trust in all that the Lord does in our lives, even when we perceive it to be a bad thing. No parent wants their children to be sad or to suffer, so why do we think that God wants that for us? No, He doesn't want that! He just has to use those times to mold us into the person that He wants us to be! In that we can and should find a deep joy and contentment in all that the Lord does. It just won't always be easy.