Monday, July 27, 2015

Old Fashioned

Ephesians 4: 24
" and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. "


It's good to have a new day, a new beginning and fresh start. We are told in this section of Ephesians to "put on the new self".  It is very clear that we are to be like God, righteous and holy.  What this does not mean for us to do, is to adapt ourselves to some "new" or modern ways (unfortunately, even some of our churches do this). God makes everything clear.  He is constant and never changing. He is a God of order.  In our "if it feels good, do it" society, we often confuse our feelings with the will of God.  Sometimes, even if it feels good, it's still sin. And that's hard.  We want our family and friends (and ourselves!) to be happy and feel good, but sin, is sin, is sin. So pray, and be in the word; there you will find God's truth.  Put on your new self, your new self in Christ, even if the new seems "old fashioned".

"Old fashioned" reminds me of oatmeal (sorry, my mind always goes to food!). And oatmeal....well, oatmeal cookies of course! I tend to bake a lot so, this weekend when I found the pantry going bare, I restocked it with some homemade oatmeal cookies.  I always use the Quaker Oats recipe. I use the one from a few years ago, they have changed it just a bit (not as much butter, what up???).  This time of year, I love to eat oatmeal cookies with an icy glass of lemonade.

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Quaker Cooking
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Servings: 4 DOZEN
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Dessert
INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/2 Cup(s) (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened  (I use  1/2 pound- 2 sticks)
    • 3/4 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar (I use 1 cup)
    • 1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
    • 1-1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional) (I use the salt)
    • 3 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
    • 1 Cup(s) raisins (I omit the raisins, my kids wouldn't eat the cookies!)
PREPARATION:
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
 Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. 
Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. 
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Serving Tips: Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. 
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. 
Store tightly covered. 24 BARS. VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. 
Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. 
Substitute 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit. 
HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.

* My substitutions are highlighted in purple

Remember these words from the Gospel of Matthew 22: 37-39, " Jesus replied: 
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 
This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. ' "
 Loving is never "Old fashioned"!  Have a wonderful week!!