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Free Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I thought it was about time I shared one of my favorite foods. I've shared patterns, scriptures, coffee, but now it's time for food.

I love granola bars. They are one of my favorite snacks. I was so excited when my friend Laura B shared this recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. They are my go to snack now.

They are super simple and super quick.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter or margarine, softened (this does not mean melted)
chocolate chips (I prefer dark chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Make sure they are combined well. (The mixture is going to look more crumbly than you might expect it to look. It is supposed to be this way.)

3. Line a 9x13 in pan with parchment paper or grease it well.

4. Press down mixture into pan making sure it is evenly distributed.

5. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

6. Cool slightly and cut into bars. Allow …

Follow Your Arrow?

Is it just me or does this culture have an obsession with arrows? Has anyone else noticed this? 
Everywhere I look, I see them. 
Pinterest. Facebook. Clothing stores. They are everywhere.
Why now?
I understand there are trends that come and go. I know arrows have been around practically since the dawn of time. Why the sudden onset of obsession in everyone?
Should I dare to say that I think I know?

People search to fill themselves with whatever they can find. There is a lie of this day and age that people readily accept. That is the idea that everyone has their own truth. We have to search inside ourselves and find out what is best for us. For some people it is Christianity, for another it may be Buddhism. We do not judge because it is not our place.
I understand why this is so easy to by into. It sounds great. Who wouldn't want to be able to save themselves? Who wouldn't want to make their own rules and boundaries? Who wouldn't want to be their own salvation?
I wouldn't.
I am t…

Transformation Tuesday.

So here's the deal. I've been on this journey of modesty for a few months now. Honestly, I don't think that I've ever been particularly immodest, but I definitely have never held it to as high of standard as I do now. I am certain it's been a road the Lord has asked me to go down.

I know I must look like a walking contradiction. I've got 12 tattoos, yet I'm rarely not wearing a skirt. I'm trying to let my hair grow even though it frustrates me beyond belief. It's an investigation to see just how far I am willing to go to honor the Word of the Lord.

I written before about being a Proverbs 31 woman. I know there are tons of blogs, articles, essays, and books about that particular set of verses. Here's why: they speak the truth. They give an example of how a Godly woman should live. Even if you take the religion aspect out of it, they are guidelines that lead to feeling successful as a woman, wife, and mother.

I know that it seems silly that I a singl…

Wordless Wednesdays: The Great Move Begins

Idol Worship.

I love my niece.

I would do anything for her. The first moment I met her will be engrained in my memory forever. I love her more than any other human being that walks this earth. 

I did not understand what it really meant to love someone until she was born.  I didn't understand what it meant to be willing to sacrifice myself for someone else until I held her in my arms. God used Maci to change my life in so many ways. 

A few months ago, I heard a sermon preached about idols. I thought, This is great, but I don't really see how it applies to me. I put God first. I rely on Him for everything. What can I really learn from this?

Then, God convicted my heart.

I may not have problems with money or things. 
I may not have an issue with television or going out with my friends. 
I do have a problem when it comes to Maci.

I loved Maci more than I loved God and that was not okay.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the…

Photography Moment: Payton & Dean

If you know me or have been reading this blog at all, you know I love photography. I also love getting to take pictures of people I love. 

Here are some photos I took today of my cousins Payton & Dean. I always have a ton of fun with them. This afternoon was no different.

 I think when you're having fun with your subjects, it makes for the best photos.

One of the hardest things for me to do is to eliminate photos. We started out with 150, reduced it to 70, and I only featured a few on here. It's always tough to choose. It's especially hard when you have people who don't seem to take a bad photo.

Hope you all had a fabulous Saturday. I know I did.