Archive for February 2014

Recipe: Flapjacks

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Up until two days ago, I had no idea what a Flapjack was. I've tasted store-bought flapjacks before, but the consistency was all wrong. I didn't even know that flapjacks were supposed to have oats in them! Based on the store-bought ones I tasted, I decided I don't really like flapjacks.

Then, a friend came over for a baking day. She brought along her mother's flapjack recipe and made a new convert out of me.

Two days later, I desperately needed to make a new tray because my husband and I had already finished the previous batch! It is the simplest recipe ever....Here's to getting fat! :P





Recipe: Flapjacks

Ingredients:


  • 150 grams butter (2/3 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. golden syrup or treacle (molasses)
  • 200 grams sugar (1 cup)
  • 300 grams oats (3 1/3 cups)

Instructions:


  1. Melt butter and syrup
  2. Mix in sugar and then the oats
  3. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet
  4. Bake at 170ºC for 15-20 minutes

A Grateful Heart

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I'm on a permanent vacation.

At least that's what other people think. Ah, I love my life. God is so good to me! As if giving me my dream man wasn't enough, God has blessed us with a lovely home to live in and enough resources to live in that home comfortably. He has also given us PLENTY of opportunities to travel and explore the world He created! (Since being married, we've been from California to Saint Lucia to England to Paris to California back to England to Amsterdam...and we're going to Tenerife for our first anniversary!)

Sometimes I complain. My old, sinful nature gets the best of me and I focus on my lack instead of my abundance. I become the nagging wife from the book of Proverbs, constantly bugging my husband about things I want to do to the house and things I want to buy. Jealousy finds its way in there too and then I begin comparing what I have to what other people have. "Wretched [wo]man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24).

Lord, please help me to have a grateful heart. Help me to constantly recognize how much You have blessed me. Keep me away from selfishness and jealousy.


"Thank Me for each blessing along the way;
this brings joy to both you and Me.
A grateful heart protects you from negative thinking.
Thankfulness enables you to see
the abundance I shower upon you daily."

Day 19

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Day 19: A list of all the places you've lived.

El Monte, California
Riverside, California
Birmingham, England

I haven't moved around much.

Day 18

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Day 18: Name the TV show you have become addicted to.

White Collar. There is no denying it.


Day 17

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I'm jumping right back in. I missed 4 days, but I have a good excuse. Forgive me? I was on holiday in The Netherlands.

See?




















Anyways, here goes.

Day 17: What do you want to be when you get older?

Clearly, this challenge was designed for a teenager. Haha! I'm old already! I am a freelance graphic designer and a housewife and I hope to someday add mother to that list! :)

Day 12

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Day 12: screenshot of your desktop


Does it have to be my desktop? I'm currently blogging on my phone so here's an iPhone screenshot!


Day 11

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Day 11: What is your favorite quote?


"I am an emptiness for Thee to fill, my soul a cavern for Thy sea." 
-George MacDonald

Nothing. That is what I am without Christ. Can't say it any better than Mr. MacDonald!

P.S. Sorry this post is a day late! I'm on holiday! I'm probably gonna miss out on other posts, FYI :P

Day 10

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Day 10: If you could only live off of one food and beverage for the rest of your days, what would they be?

Cheetos and coffee, most definitely!


Valentine's Day

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Today is Valentine's Day—one of the most controversial days in existence. There are those who get all googly-eyed over it and there are those who have nicknamed it Single's Awareness Day (and you can't forget those who call it Independence Day in unashamed rebellion).


For me, it always used to be Single's Awareness Day...until I met my true love. 

Today, I was welcomed home with flowers upon my arrival and then we just sat on the sofa, snuggled, and watched Netflix as we ate Chinese take-away. Such a perfect evening with the perfect man! I love you, Craig! <3 div="">

Look at the button—badge, for all you English folk—that he got me!

Day 9

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Day 9: Pet Peeves

It's strange that I can never remember my bajillion pet peeves when I'm asked to list them...I'll do my best.

1. nail biting
2. pen clicking
3. foot bobbing
4. chewing loudly
5. gum smacking
6. quiet repetitive sounds
7. neighbors playing music ALLLLL DAY

I'll probably think of a lot more later! Haha!

Day 8

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Day 8: 3 things you want to say to different people.

What am I...a dramatic jr. higher?! I pass. I say all I want to say directly to the people I want to say them to.

On a different note, my blog has over 25,000 hits as of today! What a milestone!!! :-D

Thank you to all you dedicated readers!

Day 7 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 7: Do you read? What are your favorite books?

This is another hard question to answer. Yes, I LOVE reading...but I have a lot of favorites. First off, anything by Karen Kingsbury can be considered a favorite. I love cheesy Christian romantic fiction novels! :)

Also, here are a few others...

A Beautiful Inheritance

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Reading Numbers, a book I always lacked appreciation for in the past, I now find myself refreshed. The Lord told Aaron and the priests, "I am your portion and your inheritance" (Numbers 18:20). What an encouragement!


Day 6 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 6: What band or musician is most important to you?

This question is nearly impossible to answer, so I'm giving you my top 4.

1. Dave Barnes

















2. Shane & Shane
















3. David Crowder













4. Ingrid Michaelson

Recipe: Mixed Fruit Crumble

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Yesterday, we had some friends over after church. I made a Mexican food feast but then made an English dessert (or pudding, as they call it here in the land of Eng) to go along with it. I'm working on mastering my crumbles.

This is a recipe that was given to me by a friend, but I altered it slightly to make it a tad more American. I can't help myself :P

The photo isn't so great....I completely forgot about taking a photo until after we dug into it! But at least it gives some sort of visual!



Mixed Fruit Crumble

Ingredients:
  • about 2 1/2 cups frozen mixed fruit (you can flex with this measurement—I used this.)
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dry oats
  • 6 Tbsp. of butter at room temperature (3 oz. or 3/4 of a stick of butter equivalent)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180º C)
  2. Mix plain flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter together in a medium bowl until the butter is of a "crumbly" consistency. This will be your crumble topping.
  3. In a separate (microwavable) bowl, add your frozen mixed fruit and 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Mix together.
  4. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  5. Pour fruit mixture into a baking dish and then cover evenly with crumble topping.
  6. Put it in the oven for 35-40 minutes, uncovered, rotating once halfway through.
  7. Enjoy topped with a dollup of vanilla ice cream or some custard! 

Day 5 - 30 Day Blog Challenge

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Day 5: 5 Places You Want to Visit


  1. Switzerland
  2. Amsterdam - but I'm going there next week! Woohoo! :)
  3. Prague
  4. Berlin
  5. Venice, Italy 

Day 4 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 4: The meaning behind your Tumblr name

I do not have a Tumblr, so I thought I'd explain the meaning of my blog name. My name is Liz, and sometimes I ramble. Therefore, "Ramblings from Liz." Ha! Pretty self explanatory.

Also, my apologies for being a day late on this post :P

Day 3 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 3: Your day in great detail

Hahaha! This is gonna be interesting...

Woke up...deep cleaned the house with Craig. He did most of the work, though...I was being lazy. Then we ate breakfast at around noon. Haha! Then we watched an episode of Chuck and started watching Mrs. Doubtfire, but we paused it to facetime with my parents. After facetiming, we finished watching Mrs. Doubtfire while we ate a late lunch. Then my grocery delivery came. I put everything away and now I'm sitting on the sofa next to my incredibly handsome husband, satisfied.

This might have been a seemingly boring day to read about, but nothing is boring when I'm with my best friend. <3 p="">

Day 2 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 2: 10 likes and dislikes


LIKES:
1. Cheetos
2. Coffee
3. Chocolate
4. Chick-fil-a
5. Electronic gadgets
6. Fossil bags
7. Earrings
8. Books
9. Boots, sweaters, and scarves weather
10. Traveling

DISLIKES:
1. Opossums
2. Rodents in general
3. Spiders
4. Pasta that isn't fully cooked
5. Liver (as a food item)
6. Meat that isn't well done
7. Cigarette smoke
8. Horror movies
9. Stepping in gum
10. Paying for parking

Prayer

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Prayer gives a sense of God's direction. So PRAY. God will reveal Himself to you through prayer.


"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near."
Isaiah 55:6


Day 1 - 30 Day Challenge

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Day 1: Write some basic things about yourself.


  1. I am allergic to carrots.
  2. I haven't eaten a hamburger for about 20 years!
  3. I'm an Egyptian American who is married to an English Jamaican. Yep, it's safe to say our kids are going to be confused. Hahaha.
  4. Now that I live in the UK, I definitely hoard Cheetos. Judge all you want.
  5. I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!

30 Day Challenge

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My friend Jenna is doing a 30 Day Blog Challenge and encouraged her readers to join! Since I have been failing in this whole endeavor to blog more, I decided I'd give it a go! I am going to start tomorrow, so make sure to come back and check every day! :) Also, please join! The more, the merrier! Let me know if you plan on joining; I'd love to read your posts as well!