8.4.19

Granola Bars


For some time I have been bored with what I eat for breakfast and don't have the motivation to make the food I would want to eat in the morning, so I decided to make some healthy granola bars to kickstart my day. Here is my recipe which is nice and easy, you can't really flop this one so enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
75g almonds flakes
40g sunflower seeds
4T  honey
6T almond butter
10 Medjool dates
50g  dried apricots
50g dried cranberries
2t ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  • Spread out the oats, almonds, and seeds on a large baking tray then place in the hot oven for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the honey and nut butter over low heat. 
  • Destone the dates then blend with 100ml of warm water to make a paste.
  • Stir cinnamon and salt into the oats mixture.
  • Stir the date paste into the honey mixture.
  • Mix all ingredients together until the oats is thoroughly covered with no dry bits.
  • Spoon it into a lightly greased baking dish and press down with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool slightly then cut into squares

Enjoy your breakfast!

Love

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28.3.19

Back to the Beginning

I'm not sure where to begin but I know that I need to start somewhere. 10 years ago on 13th April 2009 I penned my very first post on this blog. My audience was the women of our brand new baby church, D7 Church and the message was identity, knowing who we are as daughters of the King. My only intention for writing was to encourage our women on their faith journey and in their everyday ordinary life. Little did I know what the years ahead would hold and how much of a rollercoaster ride life was to become. I have written here through most of it, there have been some quiet spots with an attempt at a post in the dark seasons.

Today I come back full circle as I explore my own writings, try to make sense of the journey I have been on with the hope that I will find a way forward. Most of all, with all my heart I believe that there is a purpose to the past ten years and it wasn't all for nothing!

My audience from today is me.  If you happen to be reading this, then you too and I hope that you find encouragement from my reflections or perhaps only a little entertainment! My message remains the same, identity. For me, identity remains the most important message of all time. Who am I? What is my purpose? What should I be doing with my life? To answer these questions I need to know the One who made me. All becomes clearer as I spend time with the One who made me. It is in this precious time that I feel peace and my purpose once again becomes clearer.

This year, as I spent time with God, I felt clearly that the name of 2019 is Less is More and thus far this has been my guiding phrase, when in doubt I simply ask, does this fit in with Less is More. It has helped me shape my business and more importantly helped me to get back to the simple things in life which I enjoy, one of them being writing here in my blog, a simple pleasure that I have neglected for far too long.

So what does back to the beginning mean to me? Well, I am going to start by getting back to the place where I felt closest to God and where life made the most sense and that means starting to read my own writing from my very first post and retracing my footsteps through the past 10 years to try and make some sense of it all. There has been so much good but equally so much hurt and pain. I have become a completely different person because of it so almost need to start exploring my identity once again. Not because my core identity has changed but because there is a whole new layer of understanding. God has stripped away, humbled and exposed parts of me, some good and some not so good. He has been hard at work moulding me, chipping away the bad bits and polishing up the good bits. I truly am a new creation, evidence of what a good God can do with a bad girl. He started His incredible work in me way back on 1st March 1991, 28 years ago when I was a very lost and broken pregnant seventeen year old! Wow, what a journey I've been on. I don't feel the need to go that far back, if you would like to hear about those days read some of my books as I reveal all in Hope's Journey, Secure on the Rock and Passion & Purity. I will pick up with His more recent work from the past 10 years and see where this takes me.

I have no idea where this will take me but if you would like to join me on this journey, share your stories, ask questions and pray for each other, please feel free to do so by leaving comments in the box below. So here we go, back to the beginning...

Love

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