Thanks for coming by!

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I just want to say a big thank you to those of you who have stopped by Creating Kilter this year. Most of you know this blog was sort of reborn in March and I have been slowly figuring out where we will go with it. I am so thankful for those of you who have been coming by and checking up on what’s new here.

Since March we have had 1,480 visits from 32 different countries. My most viewed posts were The Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket, Printables Collection, and When You’re So Tired It’s Funny .

My favorite posts were How Does She Do It, Do Him Good, and A Clean Crib.

What were some of your favorite posts? Thanks for being a part of this blog this year. In the next year I pray I can bring forward posts that will be encouraging, helpful and motivating! I hope to see you around here in 2016!

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Should I Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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I can only remember a handful of times that I have ever made a New Years Resolution. And even at that, they weren’t truly resolutions. I used to start every January with no chocolate and see how far I could make it without chocolate. Each year I would increase my goal. I think the last time I did that I made it to 17 weeks without chocolate.

But what is the point in a New Year’s Resolution? Should we all be making them? Should we even bother with them?

I am always interested in ways I can do things better. I am constantly setting goals for myself in all areas. But starting something different, setting goals and plans to accomplish those goals at the start of the year has some definite advantages.

In a sense we are starting out fresh. This does not mean the mistakes of the previous year are somehow vanished but it does mean we are given a new year to make new choices.

So how should I go about making my resolutions? Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be some wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

That verse tells me that not only will God reveal to us what we need to change in the next year but also how to change it. We just have to ask Him to help us see that.

Following the order stated in Psalm 139 I suggest you pray for a while before making any resolutions. Ask God to reveal to you what is the most important thing for you to work on this coming year. Maybe it is more than one thing. God will let you know.

Next ask God to show you how to accomplish your goal and keep your resolution. Most people give up on their resolutions within the first week of making them. Why? Because it’s hard to make a change in behavior and we NEED God to help us. We can’t do this alone.

Write it down. Put your resolution somewhere you will see it often. And even better, put a Bible verse next to it to help you remember why you are doing it. I created this list to help me write down my goals. You can use it, too. Write down goals and add a Bible verse to help you follow through with them. {2016 Goals  <<<Free Printable}

Comment with some helpful ways you make and keep goals. Then next week let’s all link up here with some goals for the New Year!

 

When Should I Speak?

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“And when they [shepherds] had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”

1 Event.

2 Different People.

1 Message.

2 Different Responses.

What determined how they responded? Who was in the right? Should Mary have also been proclaiming Christ’s birth? Should the shepherds have just gone back to the fields and enjoyed this special blessing quietly?

How do I know when to proclaim and when to hold my peace?

Why did the shepherds proclaim? They were excited! After learning such wonderful news of the long awaited Savior they just could not hold it in. They were changed men and needed to tell people about it!

Why did Mary hold her peace? Was she overwhelmed at the thought of raising God’s Son? Was she just enjoying the moment? Instead of posting it on Facebook and Instagram she was just enjoying her new Son.

Why did they respond differently?

God spoke to them differently.

God used them differently.

When God says to speak, SPEAK! But when God says, “Peace be still.” You had better be still! God’s plan is not the same for everyone.

If God wants me to speak I cannot base my obedience or disobedience on whether or not someone else is speaking. If God says to hold my peace I cannot go against that just because someone else is out there spreading the words that I want to be speaking!

God speaks to us differently.

God uses us differently.

So, how do I know if I am to speak or hold my peace?

Be close to God. Be listening for His voice and His direction. His answer will not be the same every time so everyday we must be listening for His voice.

Forgotten Cookies

If your home is anything like mine right now it smells amazing! I bet you all have started your holiday baking and can hardly keep your hands out of the cookie jar. I actually don’t have a cookie jar. But I do have a cookie bin. I think it might hold more cookies than an average cookie jar. That’s a good thing.

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One Christmas cookie that I ALWAYS remember having is the Forgotten Cookie.
As long as I can remember my mom made them for us every Christmas.recipe box I made them for Shane our first Christmas together and now they are his absolute favorite Christmas cookie.

These are a delicate meringue that will melt in your mouth. But before you can enjoy the deliciousness you need to follow these careful instructions.

You must beat the egg whites STIFF. peaks farLike, super stiff. Here, let me show you a
picture of my egg whites in all their stiff peakness.                                                                                      —->>>

 

Can I get a close up?

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Yes, that is better. When you lift the beaters out of the egg whites you should be able to make peaks that stay put. If you don’t then you better get back to beating or you are in for a major disappointment. Seriously.

Ok, our eggs are beat stiff. We FOLD in our vanilla, sugar, and chocolate chips. Did you read that correctly? Fold them in. Please don’t stir them in or you will ruin my wonderful cookies.

Now, drop them by the tablespoon full onto a baking sheet DSCF7717covered with parchment paper. DO NOT GREASE your pan instead of the parchment paper. I threw away a double batch yesterday because I thought I could just grease the pan. So. Sad.

Now, at this point your oven is already preheated to 350 degrees. Put your cookies in the oven. Now don’t miss this last step as it is the most important: TURN OFF THE OVEN. Then forget about them. Get it, forgotten cookies. Leave them until the oven is completely cooled. DSCF7729My mom used to always make them before bed then just pull them out in the morning.

 

Now, enjoy your new favorite Christmas Cookie! Print the recipe Forgotten Cookies.

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What are some of your favorite Christmas cookies? Have you ever made my forgotten cookies? Share some Christmas memories with me!

The All in One Popsicle

A couple weeks ago I talked about teething popsicles for my toddler (who is actually toddling around now, by the way). And then last week I mentioned my new love for Greek yogurt. Between those two things you can probably guess where I am going with this post…

Did you know Greek yogurt has protein it? Well, now you do. That is part of what makes my new popsicles so amazing. They have protein from Greek yogurt and peanut butter (or soy butter if you have a peanut freepopsicles2 home like mine). They have dairy from the milk and the Greek yogurt. They have fruit (and sweetness) from the bananas. And they have completeness from the cocoa powder. So, taking a step back and looking these things over they have three out of four of the food groups! Amazing.

Not only do they taste yummy but they seriously fill me up! They are as filling as eating a sandwich. They work for breakfast, lunch, post workout, etc. These popsicles are something you need to try!

To make my delicious popsicles you need:

  • Popsicle Mold (if you don’t have one, get one! They are worth the investment!)
  • Blender
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use vanilla if you want more sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup milk (add more if you want a thinner consistency)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP soybutter (or peanut butter) and cocoa powder
  • 1 over ripe banana

 

Just combine all the ingredients until smooth. Pour it in the molds and wait not so patiently for them to freeze. popsicle titleThis recipe is something you can change to your liking so experiment a little and find the perfect recipe for you! Let me know what you think or what changes make these even better!