Birthday ramblings

We celebrated my birthday last weekend. It was so fun seeing what the children chose for me from the Dollar tree (for those who may possibly not know what the dollar tree is, it is the BEST place to take children shopping – every single thing there is $1). From the children, I received a travel coffee mug so I can drink my mocha in the car (actually it’s mostly just a hot chocolate but it sounds much more adult like to say mocha). I got a pack of new socks because my dear Aubrey had noticed that all of mine have holes  need replaced. A pizza cutter, calculator, and vegetable peeler rounded out the gifts. My dear hubby got me a long awaited Kindle Fire, obviously not from the Dollar Tree. He said he was tired of seeing me read websites, news, books etc on my tiny screened phone.

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My past few birthdays have really made me understand some of the Scriptures better about being a vapor (James 4:14), a fading flower (job 14:2), a declining shadow and withering grass (psalm 102:11, psalm 144:4 ) etc. Time is flying by and I feel like before I know it, this life on earth is going to be over. And that makes my contemplative heart feel melancholy sometimes, even though I know heaven will be infinitely better than this place.

I suppose I can look forward to gray hair – Proverbs 16:31 says it is a crown of glory! And I do look forward to growing old with Wade – to sit on the rocking chairs and watch the grandchildren play (and at the rate we’re going we’re going to have a LOT of grandchildren). I pray the Lord will give us that privilege. Wade will be such a sweet old man, and such a fun grandpa. I can picture him now with his gray hair and wrinkles. He will be a cute old man.

Well anyway, enough sentiment. Wade and Aubrey also made me some grain free brownies for my birthday celebration and they were delicious. They make brownies for me every year, but until this year it has always been the usual wheat-based variety. I’ve come to realize over the past year though that wheat always gives me pimples (I’m way too old to still get pimples, right!?), and it also makes my tummy hurt for a while after eating it. So, I still occasionally eat fresh homemade bread, because it is oh so good, but stay away from wheat for the most part. Enough about me. Here’s the recipe in case anyone is interested. It’s definitely going in our family cookbook!

 

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Brownies

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup raw honey

2 large eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

optional:  ¼ cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8″x8″ square baking pan with coconut oil.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, add all of the wet ingredients (including peanut butter if you are using). Mix well with a hand mixer or a whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix very well with a hand mixer. Then fold in the chocolate chips  with a spatula.

Pour all of the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly with a spatula or your hands, gently press in. I like to save some of the chocolate chips and sprinkle them across the top just before baking.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the center is no longer super soft and doughy. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars or they could fall apart.

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