Sunday Scriptures (on Monday) + Father’s Day

ABC Scriptures TDon’t you just love gifts?!? Of course I love to get gifts, but the older I get the more I enjoy giving them! Especially the really sentimental ones or the ones I just know the recipient is going to LOVE! It brings me joy to gift things to others! I think it’s my love language toward others and towards myself because giving just feels good. Have you ever given a gift that you knew the recipient would LOVE but would cost you everything you had? I know I’ve never given a gift like that. But, that’s what God did. He gave us his son. He traded his son’s life for our sins. My sins. Can you even imagine giving a gift that big, that costly? That’s why this verse is so amazing. God can imagine a gift like that because he gave it to you and me. WOW! It truly is indescribable!

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

We had lots of big plans for Father’s Day weekend! We were going to celebrate big with both sides of our families, but Luke came down with a vicious stomach bug on Thursday night and it derailed all of our plans. He was just pitiful but is finally making a comeback. Thank goodness, I’m so happy to have my talkative little ball of energy back to normal.

We gave Jacob his Father’s Day gifts on Sunday morning and I think he really enjoyed them! His favorite gift was his book from Luke. As you can tell by the picture, Luke was still puny on Sunday morning and Lyla was still half asleep.

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Happy Father’s Day to Jake! I’m so thankful for him and his deep love for our kiddos!

Since we cancelled all of our weekend plans, I had time to tackle a project that I started in March… last March. As soon as I found out we were having a baby girl, I knew I wanted to sew her bedding. I wanted it to have lots of pink and lots of ruffles! I scoured pinterest and drew out a plan for the crib bedding of Lyla’s my dreams. It has been a labor of love to say the least. I created the teething rail cover, quilt, and bed skirt before she was born and decided to wait on the bumper and throw pillow. I knew I wouldn’t use a bumper with her as a newborn so it wasn’t necessary at the time. Well, fast forward to now and our 10 month old baby girl needs a bumper! Yes, I’ve read the articles that circled social media too, so please don’t chastise me for using one. I used a bumper as a baby and so did Jacob and Luke and we are all well and good.

While I didn’t take the time to do a full tutorial on how to sew the bumpers, I will tell you that it was super easy! I promise to post some sewing tutorials in the future, but I always get so excited to sew that I forget to stop and take pictures. The bumper was the most daunting item of the ensemble, but it turned out to be the least time consuming. I purchased bumper pad inserts found here at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon and just followed the instructions that came with it – easy as that! Here are the finished results:
IMG_9600This is a rare sight! Lyla Rae is actually IN her crib!

IMG_9605This is how Lyla really feels about being in her crib! She prefers for Mommy to hold her in the rocking chair while we both stare at her empty crib!
At least it’s pretty to look at now!

Homemade Granola Bars

Granola Bars

These granola bars became a Tamme Family favorite after searching for a granola bar that wasn’t hard as a rock and didn’t have a ton of what I call “non food” ingredients (chemicals). Now, these little scrumptious bars are not what I call healthy because they do have quite a bit of sugar in them. We usually eat them as a treat or dessert. However, I have been known to eat one for breakfast!

Last week, Jacob went on his annual golf trip that he set up five years ago with his buddies. I often joke that I get about three weeks in between being a football widow and a golf widow. In our family, football pays the bills, but golf is the main focus! I’m hoping that Luke is a golfer, NOT a football player, because I’m all about non-contact sports! I just can’t imagine my baby getting hit! Ugh! It’s hard enough to watch my husband get hit, but my little boy? It ain’t happening! Anyway, back to the granola bars. Each year I make a big batch of these granola bars for Jacob to take on the trip and they are always a hit! Last year, I got complaints from some of the guys that they were not shared evenly. So, this year I made each twosome their own box of granola bars to be fair. This year, there were no complaints… only praise! Trust me when I say – these.are.awesome.

I adapted my recipe from Rachel Ray’s. She added raisins and pretzels to hers. Why in the world would you do that when you could add chocolate and peanut butter chips? Obviously, I need to teach her a thing or two about cooking. Hah! I double her recipe because I think that it fills the 13×9 pan better and doesn’t leave you with wimpy granola bars. I realize that this is the third recipe I’ve blogged about and all three have peanut butter and chocolate in them. I promise I’ll branch out more, but peanut butter is a staple in our household and chocolate, well, I think that just speaks for itself!

Ingredients
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. honey
4 C. plain granola
2 C. rice cereal
approx. 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
approx. 1/4 C. peanut butter chips

Directions
1. Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter (or non-stick spray). I’m a fan of real butter, so that’s what I use.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, brown sugar, and honey to a boil; stirring often. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for two minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

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3. In a large bowl, combine the granola and rice cereal. Pour the honey mixture over the cereal mixture and stir with a spatula to evenly coat the dry ingredients.

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4. Pour the the granola mixture in to the lined 13×9 pan and press down evenly with the spatula.

5. After setting for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle as many chocolate chips and peanut butter chips as you would like on top and gently press them into the granola with the spatula.

6. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and remove the bars from the pan and cut into 16 bars.

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National Peanut Butter Day

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Print Recipe
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Roll mixture into golf ball sized balls. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.
Servings Prep Time
15 balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 balls 10 minutes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Print Recipe
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Roll mixture into golf ball sized balls. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.
Servings Prep Time
15 balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 balls 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: balls
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I didn’t know this holiday existed until yesterday and to be honest, I’m a little upset that I haven’t been celebrating this day each year. In our house, peanut butter is not just a staple; it’s basically our life source! Some of our favorite desserts have peanut butter in them, but one of my all time favorites is the Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gooey Butter Cake. Oh my word! Y’all are going to be hugging my neck when you make it because it is THAT GOOD!

If you’re wanting a treat without an insane amount of butter and sugar, try our original recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls. Jacob and I searched and searched Pinterest for the perfect protein ball recipe and we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, so we created our own. After a few trials and errors we came up with what we think is the perfect mix. Our Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a great pre or post workout snack and occasionally we will eat one after dinner instead of dessert. They are super easy to make and the best part is… you just have to wash one bowl!

Directions

Gather all of your ingredients. These are the brands that we used when we made these this week. We usually use raw organic honey, but chose to use a raw local honey this week instead and it didn’t change the texture or taste. We are experimenting with different proteins and our current favorite is Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate. Again, no change in the end result, so feel free to use the protein powder of your choice. A warning about protein powders: read the label! There are often times lots of bogus ingredients and fake sugars (a big NO-NO in our house!) hidden in this “health” food.

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Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.

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Roll mixture into golf ball sized balls and store in air tight container in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Please let me know what you think about these if you try them. We are not chefs, nor food bloggers, so we are always up for suggestions on how to make them better.