Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap- Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

For this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap I made Oatmeal Molasses cookies. It was my first time making them and I adapted them from Damaris Phillips’ recipe. I am not a fan of oatmeal cookies usually but these are so good!


This year I found my cookie packaging in October and had it ready for when the swap came around. I sent these cute little boxes with a Christmas tea towel.



Photo Credit to Deborah at Little Flour Microbakery for the photo below. Love it!

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Before I share the recipe with you let me tell you about the cookies I received.

I received cookies from Meggan at Culinary Hill. These were probably my favorite. She sent some homemade Pizzelle Italian Cookies. When I opened the package I worried they might be too sweet but they were PERFECT!


I received cookies from Valerie Brett. She is a yoga instructor based out of Hawaii. She sent me some Mint Dark Chocolate M&M Cookies.  


My last box of cookies came from Katie at 24 Carrot Life. They were Peanut Butter M&M cookies. 


It’s always so fun receiving cookies in the mail but my favorite part is getting to send cookies to others!


Oatmeal Molasses Cookies
Yields 36
Chewy oatmeal cookies made with coconut oil and molasses.
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
  1. 2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking oats)
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  7. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  8. 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (melted)
  9. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  10. 4 tablespoons Grandma Molasses
  11. 2 large eggs
  12. 1/2 cup chopped golden raisins
  13. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a stand mixer, mix the sugar and coconut oil until combined.
  5. Add the molasses, eggs and mix until combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the raisins and walnuts.
  8. Spray your hands with coconut oil before you handle the dough and then make balls the size of a walnut and place 1/2 to 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. I fit 8 to a cookie sheet comfortably.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool before serving.
  1. If you like chewier cookies, leave the dough as is once you put it on the cookie sheet. If you like crispier cookies, press down with your fingers lightly to flatten.
Adapted from from a recipe by Damaris Phillips
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I am already looking forward to next year’s swap! Thank you to Julie from The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil for hosting this awesome event!

~Mrs Galvan~




Pioneer Woman Fall Giveaway

It’s been fall for a month now and I haven’t had a chance to do a giveaway.

I am so excited to be hosting this particular giveaway because it is for some Pioneer Woman items.

On September 14th, Pioneer Woman launched her product line at Wal-Mart! It took a couple of weeks for my local Wal-Mart to get her stuff, but I was patient and finally got a few of the things that I wanted.

The thing that excited me most about Ree’s line was that she launched it with Wal-Mart! That means I can afford it. When I first heard that she would have a product line last year I was excited, but I was sad because I really thought she would go with a high-end store and then I definitely would not be able to purchase any of it.

I was wrong.

Yes, I was wrong, can you believe it? 🙂

In my excitement I have decided to do a giveaway. Not just any giveaway either. You will have a chance to enter to win some of Pioneer Woman’s stuff through my blog and through another blog that I’m teaming up with.

Giana from She Tells Stories By The Seashore will also be hosting a fall giveaway; so you can also go to her blog to enter to win some fun things, too!

This giveaway will begin Monday, October 26th (12:00AM CST) and it will run until Friday, October 30th (11:59PM CST)

I will be giving away a set of the Pioneer Woman Flea Market 2 –piece Ceramic Bakeware , the Pioneer Woman Flea Market Decorated Sugar & Creamer and Salt & Pepper Shaker set , and a copy of Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook

Just to be clear, there will be 3 winners!

So, go on, enter.

You do need to follow my Facebook Page, Pinterest and Instagram accounts and leave a comment, BUT that will get you 4 entries!

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Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015

The 5th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap sign-ups have begun! I am all signed-up and getting ready! If you want to sign up, there is still time, so go HERE.


In case you’re wondering how it all works:

“The GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next year’s cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.”

For the past 5 years I have participated in this cookie swap and it’s something that I have looked forward to every December. It is so fun to send cookies out and the anticipation of receiving a couple of boxes is also really exciting for me. I REALLY love getting packages in the mail. They make me so happy!

It’s being hosted by Lyndsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen. They do such a a great job at hosting this event and are really great at organizing it too!

I have a couple of recipes in mind for my cookies this year and have pretty much have an idea of what I’m making too. I’m excited to send out my cookies this year because of my packaging! 

Look forward to my post on the cookies I make, in December.

For now, here are the recipes I have made over the past 4 years:

Dark Chocolate Cafenela Cookies

Chai Snickerdoodles

Christmas Cardamom Cookies

Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your fall! It is 85 degrees here and I’m grateful that it’s not 100 degrees! 

P.S. There’s a giveaway coming soon!

~Mrs Galvan~

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Milkshake

If you’ve been a reader for awhile then you know that Fall is my very favorite season! For the past three years I’ve always done a blog about Fall of some sort.

I started decorating for fall at the end of August because to me, Fall begins when school starts after a long summer vacation.

I haven’t had a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Frappuccino yet this year but mostly because this year, things are a little different. 

I have officially joined a workout facility and I am thoroughly enjoying myself! I have found a place where I feel encouraged and motivated and my coaches are pretty darn amazing in my eyes! I go to class at 7:30AM and that’s how I start my Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Thursday’s I work out at home with either a video or whatever the WOD is for the gym. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I’m really active and on my feet all day. 

All that to say, I’m preparing for a 21 day challenge and that means no refined sugar in my diet. I still have 6 days til the challenge begins but food-wise, I’ve started already.

I was craving some Pumpkin last night so I decided to make a Pumpkin Shake. It really did hit the spot! Hope you get to try it soon!


Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Milkshake
Serves 4
Pumpkin Milkshake made with almond milk
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  1. 2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  2. 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 3 Tbsp good quality honey
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  8. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (+ some for sprinkling)
  9. 3 cups of ice
  1. In a blender, pour the almond milk and then add all the other ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Blend*.
  3. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with pumpkin spice and serve with a straw.
  1. * I used a Vitamix blender and set it to the frozen treats setting. For a regular blender, just blend until you no longer hear the ice hitting the blades.
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 ~Mrs Galvan~

Better For You Pizza

I’m back on the healthy train. It’s not that I haven’t been eating healthy but I could have been eating healthier. I’m back to many servings of vegetables throughout the day and water with every meal. No more diet sodas for me.

I’ve been in a rut my friends but I’m finding my way back.

Since coming back from my mission trip to Costa Rica, The Mister and I have been trying hard to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m walking again and eating better.

At lunchtime I was craving pizza. I really wanted pizza for dinner but I know that I can’t have just one slice. So, I had to come up with an alternative so that I wouldn’t deprive myself too terribly.

I came up with the idea to use egg as my crust. I only used the serving size or less of all my ingredients so that I wouldn’t overload on cheese or pepperoni.

Basically, what we are looking at here is a Pizza Omelet!




Better For You Pizza
A healthier, more carb conscious version of delicious pizza
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Egg Mixture
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 egg white
  3. 1/4 cup Half & Half (or milk)
  4. 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  5. Salt & Pepper (to taste)
For the topping
  1. 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  2. 7-14 pepperoni slices
  1. Beat the eggs, egg white, half & half, Parmesan, salt and pepper together and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet on med-low and spray with cooking spray or use a little butter. I used REAL butter.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and let cook for 3-4 minutes. (Until the edges begin to firm up)
  4. Place the pepperoni in the mixture and then sprinkle the mozzarella over.
  5. Let cook for about 2-3 more minutes until the egg isn't so jiggly.
  6. Then flip the entire thing over, like a pancake.
  7. Let cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  8. Serve hot.
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I was very happy with the turn out of this comfort food of mine. Now, I still wouldn’t eat this every day but it’s definitely a great alternative every once in awhile. This could be turned into a veggie pizza omelet too. There are so many ways you could go with it, it’s actually kind of exciting when I think about it.

~Mrs Galvan~

Getting Ready to GO

For those of you who don’t already know, God has provided all the funding we need to pay for our flights, and accommodations in Costa Rica. We now just need to buy the supplies we need to GO like waterproof clothing, shoes, bug spray, ect.

We have been getting ready to GO to Costa Rica for the past month. We have attended some trainings and did a sports training as well this past weekend. It has been so much fun!

I’m super excited about this opportunity that God has given us to GO to Costa Rica and share the Gospel with people. I’m excited to travel. I’m excited to share my life experiences with others and learn about a culture that is similar to mine but still different.

My husband and I have not only been preparing physically but spiritually as well. We have been reading our Bibles and praying and being held accountable for our walk with the Lord. These are things that we do in our daily lives already but it has felt even more important since we have made the decision to GO to Costa Rica.

I keep capitalizing GO because it’s an important word. We are GOing because God has called us to GO.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will GO for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” Isaiah 6:8

We have been coming up against a lot of medical issues lately. I have been to the doctor more times in the past 2 months than ever! The upper respiratory thing that I had, gave me a cough for over 2 months and revealed asthma and some major allergies. I also have an appointment with a cardiologist in June. It’s been a roller coaster, let me tell you. The Mister developed a ganglion cyst on his wrist and it has been causing him pain. It’s his guitar playing hand so this could be an issue as he would have been playing music for us on this trip.

None of this is gonna stop us from going though. As long as I’m breathing and can walk, I’m going. We are going. The enemy doesn’t want us to GO but God is gonna make sure that we get there if we let Him do what He needs to do.

Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for our health, for our safety and protection and that we can battle the lies that come from the enemy with God’s truth. It’s been a rough couple of weeks now but we are standing firm. Pray that we continue to stand firm against the attacks and obstacles.


~Mrs Galvan~

Sweet Basil Citrus Water

Summer isn’t even here yet and it’s been 90 degrees by 10AM. I love the sun but the humidity around here kills me.

I’ve joined a Saturday morning walking small group and walked 2.5 miles this past Saturday. After my walk, I realized how dehydrated I was even though I’ve been drinking 96-112oz of water a day. I was told that I should drink at least half my body weight in ounces. 

I got to thinking about how I could encourage myself to drink more water throughout the day and I decided that adding some citrus and herbs to my water might help.

This refreshing water is gonna be great ALL SUMMER LONG and I’m so excited to have it readily available throughout the next couple of months.


Sweet Basil Citrus Water
Infused water for the hot summer months
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  1. 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  2. 1 large lemon, sliced
  3. 1 lime, sliced
  4. 1/4 cup of sweet basil leaves
  5. 1/4 cup of mint leaves
  6. • 1 gallon of bottled/filtered/clean water
  1. Add the sliced cucumber, lemon slices, and lime slices to the bottom of a glass gallon pitcher.
  2. Bruise the basil and mint with a mortar and pestle and then add to the pitcher as well.
  3. (P.S. I got to use my own fresh sweet basil plant.)
  4. Pour the gallon of water into the pitcher and place pitcher in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve water over ice.
  1. This will get you through the summer months! I'm excited to try a few other combos of fruits but I think this one will be my favorite.
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Remember to keep hydrated this summer whether you think you need the water or not. It’s hot outside and it’s better to be hydrated than dehydrated!

~Mrs Galvan~


Not Blogging But Still In The Kitchen

Hello my friends!

Don’t you worry, even though I have not been blogging, I HAVE been in the kitchen.

Life, as always has stayed busy but a girl and her Mister still have to eat.

The week before Easter, the week of Easter and the week after Easter, I didn’t do much cooking at all. It’s one of the busiest seasons in ministry and so we ate out a lot. I hate when we do it too because it takes the biggest toll on our bank account.

Nonetheless, we are back to brown bagging and cooking which makes my heart and wallet smile really big!

Here are some pictures of what I’ve been cooking up.

I love roasting cherry tomatoes because of the way they burst with flavor after they are done. I mixed them with some roasted asparagus tips and zucchini with yellow squash. Then, I sprinkled some shredded Parmesan over it all. I didn’t get a picture of the final product but I promise that it looked absolutely delicious.

I love roasting asparagus and then just eating it with my hands. Who needs a fork? Great finger food in my opinion!

Being that today is Cinco De Mayo I decided that I wanted to make something appropriate but not too unhealthy for dinner. The worst part of this meal is the flautas because they are from a box but the rest of the meal is pretty fresh! 

This week is the Mister’s birthday week so there will be plenty to share all about it soon. Excitement is looming!

P.S. For those of you wondering how the mission trip fundraising is going…God has provided every penny that we need for the trip. It has been so amazing and humbling to watch Him do this. Please pray for us as we prepare to GO.

~Mrs Galvan~

Mission Trip : Costa Rica

When I gave my life to Jesus in October of 2002 never in my wildest dreams did I ever think:

1. That I would work for a church.

2. I would want to do ministry for the rest of my life.

3. I would want to or get to sing for Jesus for the rest of my life.

4. That I would marry a man who loved God.

5. That I would go on a mission trip.

This year, in June, The Mister and I will be joining our church and e3 partners on a mission trip to Costa Rica!

We will get to:

  • Help start new churches
  • Share the Gospel
  • Start bible studies
  • Give out free reading glasses to the adult community
  • Reach kids through Sports Clinics

So, you’re probably wondering why I’m posting about this, right? Well, we have to raise money to go on this trip and we will be working hard to raise as much of this money as we can but we could also use some help monetarily.

We need to raise our first $2200 for airfare by April 1st and that is coming so quickly!


If you feel like God is calling you to help send us to Costa Rica this is where you can go to help us do that:

If you would like to be a part of our prayer team, drop me an email at and I can make that happen as well.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope that you will considering either giving or being a part of our prayer team or both!

For now, please pray that we can reach this goal of $2200 in the next week.

Thank you!

~Mrs Galvan~

Why My Imperfect Husband Is Awesome

I haven’t blogged in awhile, again, because my motto for this year is “Less Stress in 2015” and I just haven’t had a lot of extra time for blogging.

This past week I have been sick with an upper respiratory- cold thing that knocked me on my butt for a few days. That’s how this blog post was formed actually. While sick, I saw a couple of articles about husbands and how to basically be a better husband and they upset me! Like really upset me. They were good articles with relevant information but I just felt like whoever wrote them were saying, “Here, dear husband of mine, let me tell you why you are a terrible husband– because you don’t do these things.”

I love my husband.


He is FAR from perfect but He is AWESOME!

Maybe not everyone feels that way about their husband but everyone should try to find something good about the man they are married to without turning it around and saying “But you’re still not good at this.” I understand trying and helping to make each other better but please don’t do it in a blog post.

***DISCLAIMER:I know there are some husbands who haven’t been good husbands nor do they want to be good husbands and I’m sorry for those of you who have had that experience but don’t let that experience make you bitter or unforgiving or unloving.***

I will tell you that there have been times when I didn’t always feel like my husband was awesome but God has shown me that I should feel this way all the time because who am I to say any different. He has his faults, and SO DO I. Those blog posts reminded me that I have a lot to be grateful for.

My husband is not perfect but:

1. He leads my family.

2. He leads me.

3. He loves Jesus and everyday I see him work hard to live for Him.

4. He takes care of me when I’m sick.

5. He takes care of my mom when I’m sick.

6. He takes care of my mom when I can’t.

7. He sweeps and mops our house.

8. He does laundry.

9. He takes out the trash.

10. He loves me when I am unloveable.

11. He gets into my world and does things I like.

12. He takes me on date nights.

13. He’s a hard worker and provider for our family.

14. He has a very forgiving heart.

15. He is so kind and gentle.

16. He holds me when I’m sad.

17. He cries with me when I’m sad.

18. He reminds me to laugh.

19. He’s dependable.

20. He’s trustworthy.

There are many, many more things I could list that make my husband AWESOME but I’ll stop here so that I can write about the other reasons on another blog post.

I guess what I want to say is, Ladies, ENCOURAGE your husbands, LIFT them up. Tell them WHY they are AMAZING. Tell them WHY you think they are AWESOME.

I’m grateful for my husband for all of the above reasons and still more.

Do something nice for your hubby this week to show him how grateful you are for him and come back and share how that went. Oh, and how about boasting on him a little in the comments section too by telling me why your husband is awesome.

~Mrs Galvan~