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These muffins are quick to make and great if you are trying to get in more fiber. I like to make them pop the extra into the freezer so that there is a little treat to grab on the go during busy mornings or just for a late night snack.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups of oat bran cereal

1/4 cup of  organic whole wheat flour

3/4 cup of  organic all-purpose flour (unbleached)

1 1/2 teaspoons of  baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon  sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of  organic cinnamon

2/3 cup original unsweetened almond milk (preferably Blue Diamond)

2 large cage-free or organic eggs

1 cup organic cane sugar

1/3 cup of buttery spread – melted (preferably Earth Balance original)

2/4 cup of finely grated organic carrots

1/4 cup of finely grated organic apples

1/8 cup of  organic quick oats (used to sprinkle on the top)

Directions

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a muffin-pan with 12 indents, spray the inside of each with cooking spray.

2. Mix the oat bran, flour, baking powder & soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.

3. Whisk the milk, eggs, sugar, and buttery spread in a small bowl. Then, stir in the carrots and the apples.

4. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and gently mix until all the ingredients are moist.

5. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, divide the batter into the indents of the muffin pan. Sprinkle a little of the organic oats on the top of each muffin.

6. Bake the muffins for about 15 minutes on the top rack of the oven. Cool before serving.

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Our time is so precious. Either we can waste it or use it wisely. I prefer to use it wisely, although I don’t always do it. It’s not that I purposely waste it, but somehow, if I don’t set priorities for what I want to accomplish, things don’t get done. What things am I talking about?
– time with God
– errands
– meals for the week
– chores
– spending time with my family
– spending productive/relaxing alone time
– work responsibilities
– time with friends
– sharing my faith
and the list goes on…

Even as I start to look at this list (not including the details) there is the potential to become overwhelmed. However, knowing that God never gives us more than we can handle, I believe that there is a way to manage our priorities to the best of our abilities. How?

Here are my goals for organizing my priorities:

1. Review priorities on a consistent basis. I know that I need to see the things that I want to focus on. When my priorities are not visible, I tend to lose focus. I have a little notebook that I use for my quiet times and a page is dedicated to my current priorities.

2. Schedule time to contribute to my priorities. Today, one of my goals was to finish the laundry (chores). In order to do that, I needed to pick up some more laundry detergent (errands) and make an appointment with myself to actually wash, dry, and put away the clothes. For me, haphazardly saying that I am going to “do the laundry” doesn’t mean that it will magically get done.

3. Pray about my priorities. This point is so important! When I don’t feel like following through with what I scheduled myself to do, praying about it seems to help to much. God provides me with the strength and will to complete what is important.

Do you have ways of organizing your priorities? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas!

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The past few weeks have been very challenging for me. I have dealt with health issues, stress, and numerous other things that have complicated life. However, there comes a point when you have to make decision to organize your thoughts to help change your perspective. This week I have made a decision, once and for all, to take my thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (a daily effort)! In that effort, I realized that not only do I need to read my Bible in a way that helps me to attack my areas of weakness, but I also need to make my environment a better haven for my thoughts to be obedient to God. Therefore, I will be “cleaning house”. Please join me in this journey if you are ready to clean up your humble abode.

My Personal Goals for Organizing My Mind:

1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. I have noticed that when I allow my self to get this amount of rest, I have a better ability to be mentally focused.

2. Make sure to schedule at least an hour a day for exercise. Honestly, the past few months have not been the greatest for me in terms of exercise. As a result, I have felt the effects of it. My body has been achy and I have gained a few pounds back. My goal is to walk on the treadmill and use the elliptical machine so that I don’t put too much pressure on my joints.

3. Make sure to set a list of To Dos and actually do them. This is usually where I have the most difficulty. There are so many things to accomplish in a day, however if I don’t focus on what needs to get done, somehow the time slips by. If I have my goals laid out clearly in my mind, I am more likely to accomplish them. Plus, there is a feeling of accomplishment when I am able to physically see tasks crossed off of my list. For some reason, it gives me more motivation…I guess I am a visual learner!

4. Reduce the amount of negativity around me by not watching so much of the news. Granted, I need to know about some of the things that are going on in the world around me, but I need to shut off the TV when they start talking about the most recent tragedy that just occurred. I have even noticed that there are certain TV shows that I am drawn to that focus on criminal activity…and yes they are interesting, but the images really do penetrate my mind and can lead to a depressed perspective on life if I allow them to.

I hope that I can be productive and successful in these endeavors!

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When life has its way of showing you the other side when you least expect it, it makes you want to be sure that God says “Well done, good and faithful servant.” This song by Deitrick Haddon entitled, “Well Done”, from his new album…really makes you think:

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I was in the car several months ago, driving to work, when I heard a beautiful song on the radio that really made me think about how much we need to give everything to God. Many times when my heart is not where it needs to be, I want to give only when it is convenient. This song reminds me that “He” wants it all!

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Even though I was unable to attend the midweek service of the NYCCOC Queens Region on February 15th, I was able to hear one of the fabulous messages shared by Dale and Thais Porter several Sundays before entitled, “Marriage In the Family”. I was encouraged by their ability to discuss various issues that couples face today in a real and honest manner. Listen to the message by clicking on the link below:

Marriage in the Family

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Yummy Pancakes

I like to have pancakes for breakfast on the weekends and sometimes during the week! After much trial and error, here is a recipe that tastes great freshly made and popped in the toaster after being frozen (I like to make a large batch and freeze the rest).

Yummy Pancakes (…my son gets credit for the title)

2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour

1 T of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of dry milk powder

1 tsp of vanilla

1/4 cup of melted butter

1  1/4 cup of milk (I like to use 1% or skim)

1 egg

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix with a spoon. The consistency of the batter should be smooth. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle on medium-high heat and melt a pat of butter or use non-stick spray to coat the bottom. Use a 1/4 measuring cup or an ice cream scoop to pour 1/4 cupfuls onto the hot greased surface. Cook until several bubbles form on the surface. Then, flip over and cook until the other side is golden.

Serve with syrup and butter! (My family likes these pancakes with 100% Maple Syrup)

Yield: About 14 pancakes

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