Did I scare you? :)
It’s been a long year of doctor visits, fatigue, and unanswered health concerns, but I’m feeling a million times better after God healed me in an amazing way a few weeks ago!
After spending a week at Mayo Clinic, seeing various local and far-away specialists, quitting the full-time job that I was no longer able to handle, and trying every conceivable remedy to cure my overwhelming exhaustion, I quite simply felt like my body was slowly wasting away. Nobody could come up with any answers and I was just getting more fatigued by the day. Every single test came back negative – which was great, just frustrating since something was clearly wrong. I tried elimination diets, exercise regimens, vitamins, supplements, and lots (and lots!) of rest to no avail.
It had been a whole year of extreme fatigue, and I’d been experiencing symptoms on a lesser scale for over five years. Nothing helped.
And then God stepped in.
It still feels somewhat surreal. I had been praying for so long to be healed, but it just wasn’t happening. One afternoon I was reading a book by the pool, taking advantage of a small burst of energy that I knew would soon disappear. On a normal day I’d have just enough energy to get up, get dressed, and have a quick breakfast before I’d be too tired to continue. I’d have to go back to bed and sleep a few more hours to build up my energy again. I knew my time in the sunshine was limited and that I’d have to go rest again soon.
I had K-LOVE on the radio in the background, and all of a sudden every lyric seemed to be just for me. I felt God whisper something (no Morgan Freeman to be found – haha – just a still, small voice in my mind), and then the next song would be about that exact same thing. This happened over and over through a playlist of at least eight songs. Finally, I felt God say all nonchalantly, “Go under the water, and when you come back up, you will be healed.”
It seemed so simple, but I obeyed. I completely submerged myself under the water, surfaced and swam around a bit, and took my first step out of the pool at the same second “Washed by the Water” by Needtobreathe started to play.
The fatigue didn’t kick in again that afternoon.
The fatigue didn’t kick in AGAIN.
I’ve been exhaustion-free since August and I can’t even put into words how thankful I am. Sure, I still get tired like “normal” people do – actually, probably more than normal people do! But there is such a huge difference between tired and exhausted. I am healed! And I am amazed by God’s goodness to little old me.
I wish I could have kept the recipes coming on a regular basis while I was sick, but I’m just grateful for a clean bill of health right now and I’m hoping to pick up where I left off. I was literally bedridden for the majority of the past year so, needless to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of cooking, baking, or recipe creating going down in my kitchen (as much as I might’ve wanted there to be!).
A huge thanks to my fellow cupcake-bakers who’ve stuck around despite my absence – you’re the best! I’ve got a few new recipes in my arsenal and I aim to start posting semi-regularly again. :) I’m still catching up on all the life I’ve missed over the past several months, but Get Sweet Smart is always on the back burner of my mind and I definitely plan to stop by more often again. I’ve missed it!
So without further ado…I’m baaaaaack!!! And I have cookies!
And they’re perfect for today.
Have you seen the White Boo-terscotch M&Ms this season?
I found them at Target and had to grab a bag for these cookies. (Shout out to Cartwheel for 30% off last week!)
I was instantly inspired to create a cookie that tastes something like a Special K Bar. Peanut butter, milk chocolate, butterscotch…all key Special K Bar (also known as Scotcheroo) flavors.
I wasn’t looking to put actual cereal in these cookies, but I wanted to create a softer, chewier cookie version. And the special-edition M&Ms were perfect! I mixed them into fluffy peanut butter dough with some milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, and they were just what I was hoping for.
Soft cookies loaded with flavor-bursts of chips and M&Ms, just firm enough to be cooked through without falling apart.
Yum! Such a cozy fall treat that makes you feel all warm and homey fresh from the oven.
The best part? I’m pretty sure the Boo-terscotch M&Ms are a Halloween feature, so you can probably score a bag on sale if you run to get one today or tomorrow! I’m a girl who is all about the sales. :) Can I get an “amen”?
Wishing you all a fun, safe Halloween! I’ll be handing out treats in my DJ Tanner costume with my good pal Kimmy Gibbler! Haha.
What will you be dressing up as this evening? Hope your evening is all treats and no tricks!
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 3 Tbsp. skim milk
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 bag Boo-terscotch M&Ms
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Alternatively, use a hand mixer or beat by hand. Once ingredients are well-mixed, add egg. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in M&Ms and chips.
- Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake on the bottom oven rack for 4 minutes, then switch the pan to the top rack for 4 more minutes or until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool 1 minute before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
If you can't find the Boo-terscotch M&Ms, just add more of both the chocolate and butterscotch chips.