Cocoa Noile Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookies. Not exactly healthy, but I only make them once a year or so, and usually just before a family gathering.
Cocoa Noile Cookies @godschicki

Cocoa Noile Cookies

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound of chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat your oven the 325° (F). White egg whites in mixer for 5 minutes. Gradually add sugars. Continue whipping for 15 minutes.
Remove bowl from mixer and fold in remaining ingredients.
Lightly grease two cookie sheets and drop 1 teaspoons of mixture onto pan, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Be sure to watch them carefully. They can go from underdone to over done pretty quickly.
Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in air tight container. Cookies will keep for weeks on end.
My note: I ended up piping most of my cookies the last time I made them.
Great Christmas cookies!

Two Books That Changed My Life | A Loft Prompt

Reading a good book is one of my favorite pastimes. From the time I was little, my mom read chapter books to my sister and I. There were a couple of years I read over 52 books (more than 1 a week). WHile it’s not something I have a lot of time for lately. In the last 5 years I’ve read maybe 20-not including children’s books and Bible studies!
This week at the Loft, we’re sharing about books.
Two Books That Changed My Life @godschicki @deeannegist #theLoft
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Since getting pregnant with my son, I have not read any fiction books. Just pregnancy and birth and homemaking related books. I planned on doing a post on books I recommend in each genre, but today I am focusing on the two books that have most impacted my life.
The book I could not live without and has had the biggest impact on my life would be the Bible.
Cliche, I know, but it’s true. God’s Word has impacted my life in so many ways I could not possible begin to name ways. Correction, comfort, guidance, encouragement. I love how I can read it over and over and, depending on the season of life I am in, it takes on new life. I see it from another angle.
The next book to have the biggest impact would be Deeanne Gist’s Courting Trouble [affiliate link].
Essie Sprecklemyer is not your average gal. Bicycle-riding, banisher-sliding, very single Essie is about to turn 30. In 1894 Texas, she is an “old maid” and in serious danger of becoming a “spinster”. She makes up her mind to find herself a husband.
Some of my favorite books are from Deeanne Gist. She’s an amazing writer and a wonderfully sweet person. I had to pleasure of meeting her and getting to hang out for a bit when she had a “Getaway With Dee” event in 2010. She is a lot of fun and has even named characters in her at least one of her books after fans (
While a bit of Courting Trouble is PG, I would highly recommend it, as well as many of her other books (I have one of her newer ones, but have yet to read it). You can check out her books on Amazon here [affiliate link]
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While I had not set about finding myself a husband, I was a 24 year old gal who had never even had a boyfriend. Many of my friends had been getting married and having kids. God had been working on my heart for a while. He had been speaking to me through several things that I needed to not focus on finding a man to marry. It is hard to run a race if you are constantly looking about. Like Essie, I needed to “marry” Jesus. (I have since found out people actually do this, but that’s not what I am talking about exactly)
I remember driving home from a trip to Virginia just after finishing Courting Trouble when God brought to mind lyrics from a song that, to this day I do not really remember anything but the one line of ….I had to search for it for a while before I found it.
“El Shaddai, all sufficient”
My God is all sufficient. He is everything I need. I cannot look to any human to fill the hole meant for him. No man will ever complete me.
I finally let go of my dream of getting married and starting a large family. Being a mommy. cuddling with a hubby and babies. Like Essie, I gave it up. I decided I was married to Jesus. Not easy and it took some time.
I told God if He wanted me to every marry, He would have to literally put the guy on my doorstep and have him ask me.
Funny how God works, I struggled with letting go from like January to May and was finally okay with it in June. In October, a dear friend of mine asked me out. A month to the day later he proposed. In January we were married.
God wants us to hand over our dreams, to really let go of them, laying them at His feet. Sometimes He hands them back better than we’d imagined. Sometimes He has something completely different, but much better in mind.
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Faith at Home | A Loft Prompt

Faith At Home
Faith at Home @godschicki
 
This week’s Loft Prompt is Scripture. Picking a verse and blogging about it. So, I am taking the opportunity to share somethings I have planned to share for a while, that is something I am passionate about.

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

This is a concept my old church was introduced to several years ago at a D6 Conference by D6 Family Ministries. You can check out their website that is full of great tips, curriculum, articles, and ideas to help build your family in faith. Based on the above verses of Deuteronomy 6.
The concept is simple: being intentional about passing along your faith to your children, not replying on the church to do the job.
We need to view the church, not as some kind of faith warehouse that we go to once or twice a week to ‘stock up’, but as something to encourage and reenforce what we are doing at home ourselves.
Over and over in God’s Word we are called to train up our children, to tell our children about the wonders of the Lord.

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb,

Deuteronomy 4:9-10

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.  Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Deuteronomy 31:12-13

When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 32:45-46

Our faith must be much more than religion. It must be a real and vibrant relationship with the Lord. A real, everyday part of our life.
We are still figuring things out, but here are a few ways we are trying to make it part of our family life:

  • When the kids are finishing up breakfast we read Scripture.
  • We pray. A lot. You can read a bit more about that in this post.
  • They are young, but I look for teachable moments. Little things we see or do that we can relate to the faith.
  • We have our own ‘story time’ where we sing action songs related to faith, do faith based rhymes and read Bible stories.
  • We put on praise and worship music and sermons when we’re cleaning.
  • We talk about God.
  • We talk about teachings from the Word.
  • When we see a person in need or are asked for help we try to do what we can to help.
  • We look for little ways to be Jesus to this world.

A good book I would recommend on the subject:
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Faith Begins at Home[Affiliate Link]
What are some of the ways you make your faith part of your everyday life? How are you intentionally passing that on to your kids?
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My Blogging Background & Why I Blog| A Loft Prompt

The prompt from the Loft this week is Blogging and You.
Why I Blog @godschicki
The original title of this post was “Bloggity Blog Blog Blog”, but I learned something about titling your post today: clever titles work less than actually telling what the post is about at getting people to click on the post.
When did you begin blogging?
This blog has been around for a few months. My original blog was lost on Diary-X waaaaayyyyy back in the day (before it crashed and I moved to Xanga, then to Myspace and then to Livejournal before I landed here). Back then it was more of a journal than what we think of as a blog today. I did have a website where I shared things that I learned, ministry resources, ‘helpers’ and a whole bunch of stuff. That came down with the demise of Geocities. I plan to share much of the content from that site here over time. Blogs seem to be today’s “websites”.
Why did you begin blogging?
I began blogging as a creative outlet/way to vent! Now, I am doing it because I want to share what God has taught me and practical helpers and ideas.
My goal with my blog is to bring glory to God by teaching, encouraging and equipping my readers as Christ following natural mamas and/or housewives and stewardesses of what they have been given. While that is not the sole audience, that is my focus.
What have you learned through blogging?
Hum….I have learned much about running and promoting a blog over the past few months, but nothing life-changing. (See above tip about titling a post!)
How has blogging been a blessing to you?
I have been blessed by the wonderful people I have met and the blog post I have read that I might not have found if I was not getting my blog out there.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

That concludes today’s post. Thank you for stopping by!

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My Parenting Bucket List

This week’s Loft Prompt is Bucket List. A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die (kick-the-bucket).
My Parenting Bucket List @godschicki
I have many things on my entire list, but here is my Parenting Bucket List:

  • To see to it that my kids know and have a relationship with Christ
  • To teach them to love the Lord, their God, with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
  • To instill a Biblical worldview in my kids.
  • To teach my kids to turn to God in hard times as well as good.
  • To help my kids develop their moral compass according God’s laws.
  • To teach my children to love their neighbors as themselves.
  • To teach my kids to help others.
  • To instill a sense of humility in my children.
  • To teach my kids manners.
  • To instill a sense of patriotism in my kids.
  • To help my kids develop a good work ethic.
  • To make sure that my kids grow up without a sense of entitlement.
  • To make and enjoy the most of every chance I get to spend time with my kids
  • To tightly knit our family.
  • To go on a missions trip with my kids.
  • To have fun with my kids.
  • To be present with my kids when I am with them.
  • To instill a love of reading in my kids.
  • To make my kids feel loved.

I could probably add to this list here if I sat and thought on it long enough, but the dishes are waiting to be done. Thank you for visiting!
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