outrageous oatmeal cookies.

Posted by Tori on Dec 16, 2011 in recipes.

I wanted to share the cookie recipe I used the other day! It is actually a Starbucks recipe, and it is extremely amazing, not to mention super easy!! Enjoy!

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Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

1/2 C all-purpose flour

1/4 C dark raisins

1/4 C golden raisins

1/4 C dried cranberries

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

6 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)

1/2 C packed brown sugar

1/4 C granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine oats, flour, raisins, cranberries, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined. Gradually beat in oat mixture until combined. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheet. Top each mound of dough with a few raisins. Bake approximately 12-14 minutes, until golden brown, but still soft.

Hope you love the cookies! Merry Christmas!

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life lately.

Posted by Tori on Dec 15, 2011 in family.

Life around the Easom house is never dull! Week before last, William was sick with the annual cold that always comes at the most inconvenient of times. After he was all better, I sighed a little sigh of relief, thinking that the rest of the family had managed to sneak in under the radar. I sighed a little too early because then I came down with it. And then the three precious baby noses in our house started to run. Fast forward to today and we are all still sniffling! I am so ready for this to be done so we can move on & really enjoy the days leading up to Christmas.

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I have the BEST husband ever! Last Saturday, he took Ayden out for the morning so the ladies and I could rest a little. The two of them had a blast!! Daddy really is Ayden’s hero. And I love that.

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William and I have caught ourselves lately just watching the kids play from a distance. Yesterday, Ayden took a load of toys into the dining room and we snuck a peak. I am so thankful that they love each other and love playing together. I know these days have really just begun, but I am already savoring each beautiful moment. His grace is so, so deep!

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On Tuesday, my mom came to town for the sole purpose of staying at home with the babies so I could accomplish some Christmas shopping! For all you moms out there of little ones, you know how incredible this day was for me!! I had the best time. I had not been out by myself like that in WAY too long! I found this lamp at Pier 1 and fell in love. I have no idea why…but I want it! It makes me happy.

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Then, I went to Barnes & Noble. A friend had loaned this book to me and it is so good. I don’t know if you are like me at all…but I never really thought I had any issues with boundaries. This was a real eye-opener and a big encouragement to see how we can best honor Christ with our decisions. Highly recommend.

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And…finally, TODAY. Today is National Cupcake Day. So, of course, I made cookies! I really do love baking and I love giving…so this time of year is super fun for me! I’ll be sure to save you some…

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completely loved.

Posted by Tori on Dec 12, 2011 in a good word.

I’m having a real sense of the Lord’s complete love for me tonight…showing up in so many different things. His love is so undeserved, yet so perfect and complete and constant. It really is intoxicating. It rushes in when I am not looking for it and catches me unaware. It is there, strong and steady, through my sad times, my mad times, my quiet times, my loud times, my happy times, my alone times, my impatient times…all the time. It comforts me when no one else can. It covers my sin and makes me holy. It calms my anxious heart. It restores my joy. It reminds me of what really matters. It shows me my sin. It shows me great grace. His love is all over me. Lord, thank you for this crazy love. Teach me to love you well and to love others well. You alone are worthy.

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fallin’ from the sky in the night to the earth below.

Posted by Tori on Dec 7, 2011 in a good word., video.

It’s funny how music influences you so deeply. And it’s funny how you sometimes feel more alive in a certain place, or doing a certain thing. But that’s just the beauty, mastery, and intricacy of our incomprehensible Creator.

Listening to this song tonight, with everyone else in the house asleep in their beds, stirred up so much of this in me. I thought about what it may have really looked like for Mary and her betrothed that night. Not like the picture that is often painted for us this time of year.

I can imagine how exhausting and difficult the journey was for her. Imagine traveling on the back of an animal 40 weeks pregnant! That alone was probably enough to induce her labor. The place was crowded with people. There was nowhere for them to stay. Finally they find shelter in a barn. Her labor growing ever more intense. Far from a glamorous scenario, it was absolutely comfortless. Dirty, smelly, harsh, cold, and the constant temptation to be very scared. She was with the man she would marry, yet they had not been intimate. And they were about to become VERY intimate! Sweating, screaming…finally, the Savior of the world has arrived. First cries, wrapped snug, and laid in a feeding trough – as clean as they could get it. There was nowhere else for him to go. They made their home in the barn. Mary recovering; a new family formed. Perhaps surprised by the visiting shepherds who came as fast as they could, explaining what had been revealed to them in their fields.

And the Scripture says that Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Oh, how full her heart must have been. A million emotions, a million questions, yet no record of a complaint. Instead, we get the impression of a thankful heart, knowing that she is in the middle of something way bigger than she could fathom.

I could learn a few things from her.

The glory of those hours is overwhelming. Oh, how perfectly he came. It gives such incredible perspective to me. In the celebration of Christmas it is easy to become more engrossed in the celebrating than the celebrated. Oh, may it never be! Comfort, security, beautiful homes, and time with family are such wonderful gifts. But, He is what is needed. He is our salvation.

This makes me think of the journey our family is on right now. I have a million emotions, and a million questions. But we are asking His Spirit to find us faithful. He has called us out and marked us with the message of His glory and we will proclaim it loud and clear wherever He leads us. Maybe to Mongolia, maybe to to a cold, tiny apartment, without the comforts we have here. Maybe not the cleanest of places or the nicest smelling. But one where He has come.

He has come!

Praise you, O Lord! You have come and you have made your dwelling among us.

And you are coming.

Come, Lord, Jesus! Come and do not tarry. Find us faithful. Our lives are yours. I don’t need the answers to my million questions. I know you are here and that what you are doing is way bigger than what I can see. Your plan is perfect. My soul finds rest in you. My heart is full. These lessons pondered and treasured in my heart.

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sweet gifts

Posted by Tori on Dec 7, 2011 in ayden., thankful heart., twins.

It’s the little moments I treasure most…thanks, Lord!

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good times.

Posted by Tori on Nov 18, 2011 in family.

Wednesday night we had dinner with some friends and Ayden got to play with their son, Gavin. I love how these two are becoming such sweet buddies.

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Ayden.

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Gavin.

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Gavin’s adorable baby sister, Kiersten. Seeing her makes me want another…

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Thursday morning Ayden decided to help me out with some laundry. Yes, he totally climbed into the dryer…silly boy!

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Brooklyn & Chelsea are getting so big! Practicing holding their juice…love them so much!

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linking it up.

Posted by Tori on Nov 18, 2011 in a good word.

Great post on the LPM blog today! Reminds me of my amazing semester in Dr. Crutchfield’s Wisdom Lit. class.

Check it out & be blessed: http://t.co/HRPMPoYI

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really?!

Posted by Tori on Nov 15, 2011 in family.

Really, Lord?! I am so blown away by your blessing me with William, Ayden, Brooklyn, and Chelsea. I love this family. You, Lord, are the giver and you are the true blessing and you are the true treasure. Teach me to love you above all else in every moment.

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starbucks drink of the day.

Posted by Tori on Nov 5, 2011 in thankful heart.

 

peppermint mocha. mmmm…

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saturday goodness.

Posted by Tori on Nov 5, 2011 in ayden.

So Ayden took his plate and cup to the table by himself and sat down to eat. No more high chairs or boosters for this big boy!! He ate his whole bagel like this and loved every minute! He is always wanting to be grown up and do everything like an adult…he even gets upset sometimes that he has to use a sippy cup! I’m not sure I’m ready for all this growing up business….

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Keep stretching, buddy!

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