Iced oatmeal cookies!

March 30, 2014
The other day I made the best iced oatmeal cookies! 

 They tasted just like the ones from the store,

but better!
They were (yes, I say were because they are all gone) chewy!

 And, the glaze was perfect!

Here is the recipe:

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter softened ( I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil to make it healthier.)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
( If you like lemon, you can add a little bit of lemon juice in place of some milk.)

  1.  Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put rolled oats into food processor. Pulse for about 10 seconds
  3. Mix all dry things in a bowl.
  4. Then mix creams and sugars in your electric mixer
  5. Slowly add eggs and then vanilla.
  6. Then add dry ingredients to your wet mix. 
  7. Roll into 2 tablespoon cookies and bake 10-12 minutes. 
  8. Cool completely and then dip the tops in the glaze.
  9. Let dry and enjoy!!  

If you make them, let me know! 

In Jesus, 
 Julia Ryan♥

Ask me!

March 26, 2014

Have you been following my blog for a while and always wanted to ask me a question, but never had the right opportunity? 

This blog post is giving you the right to ask me 5 questions, and I will answer all the questions in a blog post. 

You have until the 31st of March to ask me the questions.


What do you think? Does this sound fun? 

Love in Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

Please think carefully before asking questions. I won't answer any questions I feel as rude or inappropriate. Thanks!

Fiddler on the Roof!

March 21, 2014
This post is for all those Fiddler on the Roof lovers. Such as me! ♥ I'm sorry that this post isn't going to be full of words. Today I burnt my hand, and it is in a, it makes is a little hard to type. Hehe! So, onto Fiddler on the Roof! 

Love in our Lord,
 Julia Ryan♥

Candy and mud anyone?

March 18, 2014
The other day my family and I went on a family outing! There is a little Mennonite shop around our house and we look forward to our trips there. You know the feeling when you get to walk into a shop with all sorts of things and you are unable to make up your mind on the thing you want? Well, this is one of those shops! This wonderful place also sells bags of candy for really great prices. There are so many different things! My younger siblings love to each get something different so they can all trade. Oh, and I love doing that too! Hehe!

Usually in the Summer and Fall on the way to the shop you see horses and buggies. But this time I didn't see one.. I must admit that I was disappointed. I love seeing those beautiful animals!
After shopping in the store and everyone picked out there little treats, we all got back in the car and started trading our sweets. Just then, a horse and buggy pulled into the gravel parking lot. Or should I say mud parking lot? It was raining that day... Anyways! Immediately my little sister yells "Horsie!!!!" It was so close to her window that if it was summer and the window was open that she could have touched it! Oh, my! She was so excited. It was so sweet to watch! She had never seen a real horse before I think. Oh, and just as you would think, the little ones with their candy didn't notice the horse. You really have to be small to notice things like that, don't you?

All the way home you heard shouts such as "Two smarties for a gummy frog?" "No! I'll give 4 gum drops!" (Yes...the gummy frogs were a favorite. Hehe!) Then every once in a while you would hear; "Julia! Do you think that 4 smarties for 2 gummy frogs is fair?!" Hehe! By the time you get home you have at least one of everything or more!

Do you live on a dirt road? Or go on one often? Well, this year we have had a lot of snow and on those rare warm days, when the snow melts and the road becomes mud you get some nasty pot holes filled with water. Oh, how our van became a ATV! It was so funny to see a hole filled with water and laughing all the way through it! But... I don't think we will be laughing all spring... Let's hope it won't be like it all spring!

 Yeah...that is how we looked! Haha!

In His joy,
  Julia Ryan

Oh yeah! 

Random pretty pictures! ♥

March 12, 2014
 Isn't it a pretty picture? My older sister found it and thought I would enjoy it. 
She was right! ♥ ♥

Rose Wilder♥ 

We have these grow in our yard in the Summer! 
Oh... how I miss Summer and flowers..

A really neat, old, clock!

 Can you imagine using one like this?

So cool!!!!!!!!!
♥ Sigh...that is a little piece of heaven! ♥


Um...okay! I totally need this car for when I go to the library! have come to my house every day. Hehe!

Love in Him,
  Julia Ryan♥

Lemon meringue cake recipe!!

March 9, 2014
I had one person commented wanting the recipe for the lemon meringue cake I posted about. So, I thought I would share it before I return the book to the library. Hehe!

 Lemon Meringue Cake
(Since this recipe is a bit complicated, make sure you follow the directions completely!)

For the lemon cake:
(Don't start putting any ingredients together until you read instructions!!) 
  • 5 large eggs, separated, plus 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar (make sure it isn't old, other wise it won't work!)
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (I used normal white flour, and it worked fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt:
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
Marshmallow frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 Place rack in the bottom of the oven; preheat oven to 325 F. Set aside un-greased tube pan. (I used a little bit of pam spray and I used 2 cake pans. It worked fine that way too.)

 For lemon cake batter. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Add cream of tartar, beat until stiff, 3 to 4 minutes. Then in another bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture and add egg yolks, oil, juice, lemon zest, vanilla and 1/4 cup of water. Whisk wet ingredients together and slowly stir in the dry into it. Then fold one-third of egg white mix into the batter. Fold in the remaining and scrap batter into pan.

STEP 3: 
 Bake cake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. When done let cool completely BEFORE making the marshmallow frosting!

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil over high heat to dissolve sugar. Then boil to 240 F on a candy thermometer. (I didn't do that because I don't have one. I just waited until it boiled and sugar dissolved. )
In another bowl beat egg whites, salt and cream of tarter with an electric mixer until stiff, but moist. Then beat hot sugar syrup into the egg whites. Add vanilla; beat until cooled and stiff. (It also looks kinda marshmallow-y.)

STEP 4: 
  Run a knife around the cake; remove from pan. Put cake on platter, frost. 



In Christ,
  Julia Ryan♥

P.s. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to comment and ask! 

*Recipe from All You Real Family Food.

Corrie ten Boom- her amazing life!

March 2, 2014
Raise your hand if you have read any Corrie ten Boom books. If you haven't raised your hand, I feel bad for you and recommend that you find one and do it fast! Her testimony is just amazing and powerful. I have recently been reading a ton of her books. When I was younger I watched "The hiding place" and to be scared me. I couldn't, and still don't, understand how the Nazis could be SO mean for no reason! I have been ordering every book that the library system has. I have read more than half of them already. Corrie ten Boom was amazing! Through Christ's strength, she saved so many souls!

Even though Corrie was in her mid forties when she was put in one of Hitlers concentration camps she was still forced to work just as hard as anyone else, and was treated just as badly. After all, these soldiers didn't care. But, to Betsie (Corrie's older sister) they were humans who were lost men and women who didn't know Christ. And to Betsie, they needed love and prayers. Corrie was just like anyone else, although she didn't feel so at first. I mean, come on! These people are killing your family, friends and possibly yourself! They are putting you in place worse than jail... all for one reason, you are a Jew, you helped a Jew, or were part Jewish. To Hitler and Hitlers men, if you had any part of the Jewish people, you were a Jew... But God was there the whole time, using this evil for good. So many people died in those concentration camps, but so many people are living because of it. They are living with God, being rewarded for their faith in Him.

 Because of where Betsie and Corrie, were they were able to spread the gospel so much more. Even in a 3 step wide and 9 step across cell, Corrie was able to make a small hole in the wall so she could tell the people on the other side of the wall about Christ.  Corrie never gave up, and she always had Betsie there to encourage and pray with, until... she found out Betsie had died. She felt so scared...then just 10 days after Betsie died, Corrie was let out of the prison. She didn't know why, and she never found out. The only things she did find out was, she was let go before just a few days before all the women her age were gassed.. When Corrie found that out she felt so bad for all those other women! But, she knew it was all part of God's plan. Then the second thing she learned was that Betsie wasn't going to be let out. Corrie would have had to walk out of that prison, that death camp, and leave her sister there! She praised God for taking Betsie home when He did.

Corrie traveled over the whole world. She didn't stop until it was impossible for her to move and when she was too ill to move, she wrote all of the precious books that I have been reading lately. She wrote when she was tired, but you would never know it! She took her life and wrote it down for the glory of God. As you read her books, you will see that she struggled too. There were times that she didn't want to be a tramp for The Lord. She had times that she was tired, that she couldn't move anymore and didn't feel like speaking. I know that God loves Corrie! He gave her strength that only He could do. He knew she was human, and that she got tired. Even in her old age she was still learning, still falling down asking Him to help her up again. Corrie never forsook God. She loved Him so much that He was as real as the person in the other room. Her life is a example for all of us!

Love in Christ,
  Julia Ryan