Thankful Thursday #5

Today I am thankful for the rain we’ve had this week.  One whole night we had a steady soaking rain, and rain showers at other times.  After the hottest summer on record and drought conditions I am so grateful for every drop we get.  I am continuing to ask Father to restore the water levels in the region.  Our farmers and ranchers were hit particularly hard, with some having to sell parts of their herds for lack of water.  So thank You, Father for the rain!  May it continue.  And I promise to not make any jokes about growing webbed feet… 🙂

What are you thankful for today?  Will you share with us? 

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Blessings.

 

Oatmeal; It’s What’s for Breakfast

Soaked oatmeal that is.  Soaked?  What’s that?  I’m so glad you asked. 🙂  Soaking grains, beans, and nuts helps them to be more digestible and allows our bodies to absorb more of the nutrition in them.  I’m going to be posting about that in detail in a few days.  In the meantime, I want to share with you one of my new favorite things for breakfast. 

Soaked Oatmeal

1 cup organic rolled oats

1 cup filtered water

1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar, buttermilk, lemon juice, yogurt, or kefir

1 cup milk

2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and leave on the counter overnight.  It needs to soak for 8 to 24 hours.

You want to make sure that the oats are just covered by the water

  

Oats soaking under my cute little tea towel

When you are ready to make the oatmeal, put 1 cup of milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.  While the milk is heating I usually drain and rinse the oats to help remove the sour taste.  If I’m using raisins, I add them to the milk as it’s heating to soften them up. 

Can you see the raisin trying to hide?

When the milk comes to a boil, add the oats, 2 tsp of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. 

Combine all the ingredients

Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally,  until it’s the consistency you like. 

Perfect, creamy consistency

It doesn’t take very long to cook at all.  Add some butter and the sweetener of your choice and serve.

Since I am the only one who eats it here, I actually just use 1/4 cup of oats and reduce the other ingredients accordingly.  I’ve made it plain and with raisins and cinnamon.  I think next time I may chop up part of an apple and some pecans and add that in with the cinnamon.  Just as a side note, if you are using nuts or seeds, you should add them to the oats and soak them as well.

Breakfast is served!

Why don’t you give it a try?  What do you like to put in your oatmeal?

The Master’s Stamp

Interior Design is one of my passions.  I get such joy from being invited into a room, often haphazard and accidental, and being allowed to turn it into something beautiful.  I also enjoy watching design shows on TV.  Among my favorites are the ones where the designers go into people’s attics and basements and storage areas and find things that have been tucked away because they didn’t quite “fit”.  They are dusted off and maybe given a new coat of paint.  The designer then takes all these seemingly unrelated objects and by carefully placing them in the perfect spot, creates a cohesive, intentional, and uniquely beautiful room.  If you watch the shows often enough, you will begin to see that most designers have a signature style; something that is common to all their designs, that puts their “stamp” on it.

In many ways, Father is the Master Designer.  After all, He designed heaven and earth and all the galaxies.  He designed all of nature in its vast, diverse array of shapes and colors and textures.  And He designed each one of us.  What joy it must bring Him when we invite Him into our lives and allow Him to create something beautiful!  We are not called to be a copy of someone else’s life.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made; knit together in our mothers’ wombs to be unique and beautiful!

My prayer for you today is that you will invite Father into your life as Master Designer, however haphazard and accidental it may appear to be.  That you will bring out all the gifts and talents and dreams that He gave you, but that you’ve kept tucked away because they didn’t quite “fit” who or what you thought you should be.  Dust them off.  Maybe give them a fresh coat of paint.  And surrender them to God.  Then watch as He takes all of those seemingly unrelated things and puts them exactly where He created them to be, and turns your life into a cohesive, intentional and uniquely beautiful thing.

And when people meet you, they’ll know God was your designer.  Because He left his stamp on you.