Have you seen this cookie flying around the internet lately? I did, and I had to try it…especially since my Dustin loves all things Apple! Well, when I bit into one of the cookies, warm out of the oven, I thought, “This is quite possibly the best cookie I have ever tasted” –And I am a gooey, chocolatey, caramel, peanut buttery kind of gal! But the apple cider flavor in the cookie itself is so vibrant and delicious, not to mention the warm caramel center –heavenly!
Please do make these…unless you are related to me and live in Indiana, because I plan on bringing some with me when I come to see YOU all (Indiana family) next week. They are a bit of work, and somewhat time consuming, but worth every penny. My suggestion is to make a big batch and maybe freeze some to pull out later. That way your time and work is more worthwhile. And hurry…it just wouldn’t be the same to serve Apple Cider cookies at Christmas time, or Easter! They are certainly a Fall Favorite!
Oh, and don’t over bake them. After cooling, mine ended up harder and crunchy. I think the caramel –being a sugar –heats to a high temperature, and perhaps it cooks the cookie from the inside too. Never fear, though –if yours cool to a crunchy version, and you prefer the soft, stick it in the microwave for 8-10 seconds for “fresh from the oven” taste! They’re so much better that way! Enjoy!
Yes, that’s me. Just look at me. Don’t I have the haggard, refugee look? I mean, I’ve been through it all: the church (IFB!), the academy, the youth group, the college –the MEXICO TRIP! (oh,no!) –and I even grew up living on campus!!!
And I survived…and very well! I now am very happily married to a wonderful man, attending church and serving the Lord in a like-minded IFB church in Pennsylvania, have great friends, wonderful relationships with my parents in in-laws, and we are expecting our first baby in February! I have soooo much more than I ever deserved, and all because of the grace of God in my life. Boy, is He ever good to me.
And a big part of God’s grace to me was placing me at Fairhaven Baptist Church. My Dad and Mom met at Fairhaven (before they ever were “Dad” and “Mom” –and before I was even thought of!). They were married and eventually I was born there in Indiana. Later Sharon and Jim were born, and eventually Lindsey. Lindsey had lots of complications at birth, and the whole church prayed and prayed for her. She eventually learned to walk and talk, and today everyone loves Lindsey at Fairhaven –maybe because they remember praying her through those precarious early days! God is so good to all of us, but often we forget. I grew up with some friends who have forgotten. I wonder if any of them remember how God spared and healed Lindsey? How we all prayed together for her, and saw God’s miracle?
Well, I spent my childhood growing up at Fairhaven, attending Sunday School, riding on the Chesterton bus route that my Dad served on, attending school at the Academy, and going to day camp in the summers. I loved it! And I am so thankful for godly parents. I feel so rich to have had a Dad and Mom who were faithful to read the Bible to us every day and who also were tough on us in order to teach us Biblical character. Now Mom is in Heaven, but what a legacy and gift she left us. Of course my parents disciplined us…and thanks to God’s grace in giving me this discipline, I am what I am today. I would not be the person I am if it were not for the godly discipline in my childhood. It is Biblical…it’s right. I count myself privileged to have had the wonderful childhood I had. I wonder if any of my friends remember those things.
Later I entered the Junior High Youth Group. I loved Junior High. I really began to have an interest in spiritual things in Junior High. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior in the eighth grade. And I even was present on that Mexico Trip of 1997. For all the criticisms and allegations and bitterness that are taking place right now regarding that trip, I wonder if anyone remembers the trip how I do –? I remember a trip where I fell in love with the Mexican people, where I treasured every word of Spanish I could learn, where I heard good, Bible messages, and was challenged from the Word of God almost every day –a trip I was sad to see end. I wonder if my friends remember any of those things about that Mexico Trip?
I went on through Senior High and College, and even stayed an extra year before going out on my own. I consider my education at the Academy and College as superior in every way, and that is very valuable to me. Why, our teachers labored over their lessons, and loved us and cared for our personal lives too! Our pastors, Pastor Damron, Pastor Whitecar, Pastor Voegtlin, and Preacher loved us and prayed hours for us! The Lord gave me a strength of character, and a love for Him and His Word through Fairhaven. I would not trade it for anything! Nothing. I wonder if any of my friends remember how God worked on them during those years. I know He did, I remember distinct times for some of them…but what happened? Have they forgotten all of that? Oh, that they would remember…how much God loves them still!
Because of Fairhaven, I married my wonderful husband, and because of Fairhaven, and the biblical teaching I received there, we have a wonderful marriage. Now we are thrilled at the responsibility and blessing God has given us in a little child to be born in February. We look forward to raising this little one for the Lord too! We are currently very happy to be serving in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church in Pennsylvania. God is so good to us, and we look forward to all He has in store! But let us NEVER FORGET everything He has done for us!
Deu 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Psa 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
…Pumpkin Spice Latte! Every year about this time, I fall in love again with Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And the funny thing is, that as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I lose interest altogether! Then I jump full force into a sea of Peppermint Mochas…and just relish the taste until about Christmas. After that, I still like the Peppermint Mochas, but not so exclusively.
Well, the problem with Pumpkin Spice Lattes is that they are difficult to immitate. I mean for Peppermint, you can just use peppermint oil, or dissolved candies. For caramel, you can dissolve caramel. But how do you attain the flavor of Pumpkin Spice without using pureed Pumpkin and lots of Spice? Then this can make quite a gritty drink if not done properly. Of course, the easiest way would be to use some of that fancy syrup Starbucks uses, but who knows where to buy it? and how much would it cost? And we all know, if we invested in that, we would probably have to buy it in bulk. Then by the end of the season, we would have used an eighth of the bottle, and by next year it would be lost or no good at all!
Well, I found a pretty good recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It is not perfect, and the drink is thick and full of spice and puree, but it is enjoyable too. In fact I loved mine until about the last fifteen percent. Then you get all the pureed pumpkin and spice that has settled to the bottom, and it gets a strange texture and bitter taste real quick! So do you know what I did? I covered and refrigerated that last little bit, and the next morning, I added more milk coffee, and sugar, and had another Pumpkin Spice latte! Not so bad! So go ahead and try it if you’re brave, but beware of the last few gulps…I wouldn’t try to drink it! (You could even try adding half the spice the recipe calls for to avoid a bitter end of the cup.)
Here’s the link. You’ll be taken to another website where you’ll see the recipe when you scroll down.