Friday, August 22, 2014

Recipe: Secretly Skinny Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Secretly Skinny Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, healthy

I'm doing things a little differently this week and posting a recipe instead of our usual "Recent Things" post as I couldn't share this with you yesterday due to lame internet! I think you'll forgive me once you find out how delicious these brownies are!

You see, Jesse and I are kinda sorta brownie addicts. We're constantly testing new recipes to "find the perfect healthy gluten free brownie" - but the truth is... we just like eating brownies.... especially when they're frosted.... frosted brownies are brilliant. 

These brownies were somewhat of an unexpected success... You see, I kind of just threw things into my food processor (because I was being lazy and didn't want to stir), poured the mixture into a brownie tin, waited and, hey presto! I had seriously delicious brownies.

Secretly Skinny Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe - low fat, gluten free, low sugar, healthy

Did I mention these brownies had sweet potato in them? Because I kind of forgot intentionally didn't tell Jesse about that part. That boy doesn't need to know there's vegetables in his brownies until after he's told me how delicious they are. 

The conversation went a little like this.... 
"Oh yum.... yuuuuuummmmmmmm these are seriously good. Is this a new recipe?" 
"Mhm... yup.... new recipe..." 
"Well you should put it on the blog because they're seriously good"
"Oh you think? They don't taste like they have anything odd in them?"
"Oh good... because they're.... ummm..... sweet potato brownies...."
"They're what?!"
"Well you said they were good, right?"
"Yes..... but... they're.... sweet potato?..... How? Why? But they're really good.... reaaaallyyy good.... so I might just have to check for consistency and have another". 

Jesse is not the consistency chief on SIL, but he likes to think that he is. You see, you can tell when a recipe is good because Jesse will need to check 'for consistency' all day long - ie: eat as many brownies as he possibly can before Kristy devours the rest. 

These brownies are seriously good - but don't tell anyone they're sweet potato brownies until afterwards - because you know they'll try and nitpick if you do!

So let me give you the recipe >>

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SIL Sisters in Christ: What Does it Mean to Be a Godly Woman? Week Three!

Catch up on previous posts: Week One | Week Two

Saint Augustine once said "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels" and I think the first part is certainly right. 

To be entirely honest, if you're truly a Christian you have to humble yourself. You are openly admitting the fact that you're not perfect and you can't be saved by what you do or how you act - as a Christian, you're saved not by works but by the grace of God who sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we might gain His reward.

What reward, you ask? Freedom. 
Freedom from sin. 
Freedom from self. 
Freedom from hopelessness.
Freedom from death. 
Free to love and be loved by our heavenly Father.

It's not about us. It's about Him

"Has not my hand made all these things and so they came into being?" declared The Lord. "These are the ones I look on with favour; those who are humble and contrite in spirit and who tremble at my word"
Isaiah 66:2 (emphasis mine)

But, sisters, what does being humble mean to us? How do we do it and how far do we go?

First off, I want to tell you this; being humble does not mean denying our self worth. For some reason, many people today feel that being humble means denying that you're worth anything whatsoever - but that's not true at all. 

What does the Bible say about being humble?
Well, quite simply, a lot. Humility is a must for anyone who calls themself a Christian - the Bible states that over and over and over again. 

Jesus humbled Himself in a way I don't think many of us could even fathom.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others about yourselves,
not looking to your own interests but each of
you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another,
have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something
to be used to His own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death
 - even death on a cross!"

If we're taught that we should live as Christ Himself lived, humility is a huge part of that. Christ's life on earth began as humbly as can be - he was born as a tiny, fragile human baby in a stable in Bethlehem.  

The Son of God could have came to earth in whatever way he wanted - but God sent Him as a man. He could have pranced around like a rock star with golden robes and rhinestone slippers - yet he lived a simple life as a man

But more importantly, Jesus humbled himself to the will of his Father. Just look again at what it says in Philippians 2:8 "He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross". Christ is the ultimate example of a person being humble.

And if the Son of God could be humble, why can't we?!

But why is it so important in the Bible? Why is it so important for Christians?
Humility is exactly what is needed to live in peace and harmony with all people. It allows us to dispel anger and heal old hurt. It allows us to see the dignity and worth of all of God's people - not just those we love.

As servants of God, we must respect all of God's creation - and that includes our fellow human beings.  Humbleness (or humility) is about being courteously respectful of those around you. Someone who is humble is not aggressive, arrogant, boastful or vain - it's the quality that lets us meet the needs and demands of others before our own needs.

As a Christian, humility should come from the knowledge that God's creation is so much greater than our own little worlds. It's from being humble that we realise just how much we need God - and how much we need our saviour, Jesus Christ. 

How can we be more humble as Christians?
The best way to humble ourselves before God is to give Him our time.

This doesn't mean fitting God into your day - but building your day around the time you give to God. I know, I know - time is precious, but isn't your relationship with God more precious than anything?!

By reading the Bible regularly and spending time in prayer you are already submitting yourself to the will of God. It's in these moments that you'll begin to understand God's plan for you - and when you follow God's plan and will, you're humbling yourself to our Lord and God.

But how can we build our day around our time with God?
I know - you have work/commitments/errands/a busy family/a schedule/routines etc - we all do! What we have to do is find what works for us. 

For me, my mornings are the best time to spend with God. It's when I can give my full attention and it totally starts my day off on the right note. I have to eat breakfast so after I've made Jesse and myself breakfast (and made Jesse lunch if it's a weekday),  I take my breakfast into our office, sit in my big comfy chair with a cup of tea, my bible and my journal and I pray, read and write away. 

Then I head out on my morning walk, though I suppose you could call it a prayer walk as I spend my time walking praying to myself instead of listening to music. To the point where last week, instead of saying a cheery "Good Morning" to a man walking past me, I almost said "Amen". 

But don't just limit yourself to a certain time of the day - our day to day lives are different. You may find a certain time works for you three days a week but not the other four - it's all about being flexible. 

Most importantly, however? Don't compare yourself. I have heard so many Christian friends say "well I haven't been reading the bible because so-and-so reads the bible for 30 minutes a day and I'm lucky if I get 10 minutes so I don't have enough time". Whether you have five minutes or five hundred minutes, you need to spend that time with God.... do you really think He is counting? Would you not rather someone devoted some time to you than no time at all?

Being humble when dealing with others
But you cannot just humble ourselves before God - we need to humble ourselves in all aspects of our lives - especially when dealing with others.

In those moments where we feel upset, angry or frustrated, remember that "It (love) does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud" 1 Corinthians 13:4 - and The Lord has told us we need to love one another the way that He loves us (John 13:34-35)

We're not perfect - only one man was flawless and without sin: Jesus Christ. We're sinners, no one is better than anyone else and only only He who made the law can rightly judge among us (James 4:11-12)

Instead of looking for faults in others, look for the good in them and try to correct the faults within ourselves....

"Don't criticise, and then you won't be criticised. 

For others will treat you as you treat them.
And why worry about a speck in the eye of a 

brother when you have a board in your own?

Should you say, 'Friend, let me help you get 
that speck out of your eye' when you can't
even see because of the board in your own?
Hypocrite! First get rid of the board.
Then you can see to help your brother."


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Raw Bites

Healthy Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Bites Recipe

Well hey! We've had a biggggggggggggg busy weekend jam packed with fun, friends and food.... lotssss of food... but now we're back to real life... also known as work

As I run my own business, run this blog (and test/photograph/create all of the recipes you see here) and also help out with different church things during the week, my weeks are generally jam packed - to the point where, as I'm writing this, I'm switching between tabs to reply to emails/getting things done.answering phone calls so I don't have to play too much catch up.

Because I am so busy, I often don't have too much time for making elaborate meals or snacks - it's usually a quick bite to eat at my desk before I rush out the door or get straight back into it. Raw bites are my go-to snacks during the week as they're delicious, mess free and can be easily packed up for an on-the-go snack!

These raw bites are one of my latest creations and my current obsessions. We call them Peanut Butter Raw Brownie Bites because they seriously taste like a brownie - but they're completely and utterly healthy. 

Best of all - they take just minutes to make and can be made in big batches and frozen for quick snacks! 

So let me give you the recipe! >> 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday: 17th August 2014

I had biggggg plans for an awesome recipe roundup post of all of our favourite SIL recipes yesterday and then our internet decided it was going to go out for almost the entire day and then come back on five seconds before I had guests arrived #buhbow. 

We had a bunch of our friends over last night for dinner and had an awesome night and realised just how blessed we are with incredible friends and family. 

I also realised last night that I'm definitely more of a dessert fan than a savoury fan - eating just a little bit of dinner and having some of every gluten free dessert available instead ;P 

Rain is definitely not my friend - it's cold, soggy and stops me going for my beloved walks so we're definitely not on speaking terms right now. 

Jesse are I are planning to get right back into our workouts now that I'm full of energy again and feeling better and we actually have some time to work out!

I'm heading to church this morning with leftover cupcakes and bags under my eyes from not enough sleep - when's bed?!

But tell me, how has your weekend been?
And do you prefer sweet or savoury foods?

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