Today, I’ve got a little bit of baking and DIY for Y’all.
I made this last year and let me tell you it was a big hit. But this time this DIY and baking were little more than showing off my skills. It was something really dear and special to my heart.
Something that would help me in God’s purpose of me sharing the word with the world.
I’m sure you already would have figured the rest out.
So let’s get down to it.
For those who love to bake, I chose to make few batches of chocolate chips cookies as those seemed to be the easiest and time-convenient during this busy season. Feel free to bake whichever cookies you love- you may have traditions of baking a certain kind of cookie every year or some recipe your grandma/mum/aunt/sister has shared with or passed down to you.
Go ahead no one’s stopping.
Your kitchen, Your rules.
So the recipe for my chocolate chips is one I got from a dear friend. The best part, it’s also partially healthy. Ding Ding Ding…!!
Ingredients You’ll need are:
1 cup of rolled up oats (powdered)
1 cup of semi-sweet/ milk chocolate chips
1 cup of butter
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
½ tsp of vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350F/ 180C.
In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer, whisk together the egg, butter, both sugars and the vanilla extract. Once it is thoroughly mixed, add in your oats and mix till well incorporated. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and fold in the entire mixture.
Take an ice cream scooper (this makes life so much easier), and place single whole scoops of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet/tray. Bake for 8-9mins. Once out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
1. I know it may be hard to find powdered oats. So, I usually put some regular oats in a food processor and pulverize them till they’re nice and fine, almost a regular flour consistency. You should measure 1 cup after the oats are powdered.
2. Make sure the butter is at room temperature, otherwise it will not cream well when whisking.
Now comes the DIY part.
At the end of this post, you’ll find a printable of Christmas wishes, messages, and verses. Print them out on a piece of cardstock or scrapbook paper. If you don’t have those, then print them out on regular printer paper, stick them on chart paper and cut them out.
Now that all your cookies have cooled down and you’ve munched on a few 😉 , pack two or three of them in those tiny transparent gift bags that you can find at Daiso or any other art supplies store.
Punch a hole on the edge of the cards that you have cut out. Take the ties you have kept aside to tie the gift bags, lope it throw the punch holes and tie the knot attached with the gift bag.
You can even write a personalized message on the back of these cards.
Now the fun part, hand these cute mini gift bags to your guests as a goodbye goodie.
You know what else you can do? Why don’t you hand them out to your watchman or building security? Maybe one to your office boy? A couple of them to delivery boys whenever you order in some food? Whoever…!!
The message of Christmas is not something that should be kept to yourself and your families. Jesus didn’t come to this earth for just a certain community or perfect human beings or the affluent and rich people.
He came to this world for all. Big or small, rich or poor, perfect or not, black or white.
Think about it. Even if your next-door neighbor was the only human on this earth, Jesus would have died just for him. Everybody deserves to know the truth. The truth that Jesus Christ was born for all, died for all and still lives today for all. No other name on this earth can save us but the name and power of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
It can be a little intimidating to hand these over or even start a conversation but that’s what these cards are for. I gave some to my nieces and nephews last year. They loved the cookies more than the message, which was expected but the fact that they read a particular verse had them remembering, amidst all the fun, why they were celebrating Christmas.
We also handed a few out to the grocery delivery boys. I don’t know whether they read them or not.
I don’t know if they just had a cookie and threw the card.
I don’t know if one of them read it, and wondered who this King was on the card.
I don’t know if they wondered if peace and joy were actually for all, including them in this difficult life.
I don’t know if they questioned that there really is a God who could save them and be the Lord of their hearts.
No, I don’t know.
But I did my part and I’m sure God has worked His Spirit on someone and touched their heart- unknown to me but known to Him. All God needs is a willing heart who already knows the truth, rest is his handiwork.
So, go ahead. Do your part. Carry on your mission. Big or small, it’s honored by God.
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