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Change of Direction

I am one of the millions that look forward to Tuesday nights just to tune into “This is Us”. Over the summer I looked forward to the start of season two with such anticipation and so far it has been just as good as the first season. I laugh, I cry and discuss the show with my fellow viewers. My son tells me its my soap opera but I don’t care its just that good.

As I watched last night one of the main characters Kevin who by all accounts has it all, looks, money, career a loving family. It shows him spiraling down. It shows him reliving the major event in his life that changed every dream he had of being a star football player, he gets injured and has to face saying good-by to what he wanted. I found the part in the show when his loving dad tells him yes he has naturel talent for football and he was awesome at it but that he has other things he is great at too, how true.

Yes its just a show but I thought how many times life changes in a blink of an eye. That job, marriage, house, relationship or good health becomes no longer.

We are left feeling like the rug was pulled out from under us. The questions of what will I do or become now? How will I go on?

I know from experience that it’s in those times when I feel the worse if I turn to God he is there. If I allow him to lead and comfort me things will be as they are but my attitude will be better and in time even get good again.

That wonderful cycle of life, the ability to move forward and grow is what makes us better people. If I never had pain I would never be able to know the feeling of such delight and joy or have as much compassion as I do.

To embrace our changes in our directions and enjoy the detour, we might realize we are better off.

Psalm 30:5b

“..weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

 

 

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Good Advice

Colossians 4:5-6

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

 

What great advice! If you wonder like me on how to live or treat others this is one passage that tells us. I find this so needed now more than ever. For me to live in such a way that my experience, knowledge and good judgment is shared in a loving manner to those around me who may not have the same faith or value system but that are in need of what I can offer without judgment. Notice it does not say walk in judgment and as if you know it all toward them that are with out, big difference! The passage says to share the quality of being wise not share you options.

Next it says how to speak. If we speak with unmerited favor (grace) what major problems can be eliminated if only that pinch of salt is added.

Salt when added to a dish adds flavor, makes you thirst for more. It also has a chemical way it helps, when added to baking it helps slow down the other ingredients so they can do what they should so the dish turns out.

So when we talk with “salt” if will add a positive good feeling leaving others wanting more not less and in time things turn out.

Pretty simple  yet good advise but can be so hard to do but it can be done if we just keep trying.

 

Posted in Recipes

Apple Caramel Roll

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With my LOVE of all things APPLE and wanting a quick dessert for my dinner one night I decided to make what I call an “apple caramel roll.”

I had one puffed pastry on hand making this even faster and easier. I also only had Gala apples but I thought they worked just great but I am sure any you have will be nice also.

Here are some of the best baking apples that I have found:

Cortland, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious, I could go one because the list is a long one but this gives you an idea of some.

For todays recipe you will need:

1 puffed pastry

2 Medium Apples peel and core removed then sliced

Cinnamon to sprinkle on top of apples

1 egg ( for the egg wash on top)

Sugar ( just a pinch or so for on top)

1/2 cup of Brown Sugar  ( I used dark brown sugar)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

1 Tablespoon of real unsalted Butter

1 Teaspoon of water

Unfold your puffed  pastry, lay apple slices in the center, sprinkle with cinnamon.

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In saucepan melt butter add brown sugar, vanilla and water stir until it bubbles and is thicker than syrup, remove from of heat source and pour over apples.

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Fold the sides of your puffed pastry over top folding together with a slight pinch and twist. Brush egg wash on top sprinkle with sugar.

 

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Place of  baking sheet ( can be lined with foil or parchment paper) bake at 350 for about a half hour. I didn’t time this, I just did the watch the clock and smell test so the time could be longer or shorter.

You may want to add more apples if you like a fuller pastry but all in all this is a quick dessert with ingredients a lot of us have on hand.

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When Motivation Takes a Vacation

I woke up today realizing that my usual motivated self could have just stayed in full jammies mode, doing nothing all day sounded like music to my tired ears. I thought how is it that my motivation just up and went on vacation. It packed up and just went without any warning, I mean really how rude.

I went to bed felling happy and ready to take on the world. My many plans that were in my head seemed so doable.  I smiled at some and thought of others as I cant wait to cross those ones off. I left them as plans falling asleep not realizing that upon waking I would be lacking my motivation.

Another time in my life I would have thought what is wrong with me? I am learning that some days my normal take on the word self is not there anymore. I am ok with just doing what I can, accepting what can’t be done and if I get the blessing of another day I can and will do better then.

My body that would be able to train for and run a marathon at times reminds me its ok to rest. I am not lesser than because I might need to reschedule somethings for another time. I now have compassion for others that I might have looked down upon for not being motivated. I somehow thought that REST was a four letter dirty word.

Rest is not a weakness. It is much-needed to enhance your life and brings peace. I take a lesson from the nature. I love the autumn, it is natures last celebration before the rest of winter.  In winter almost all is resting and getting ready for the new growth of spring and the full action of summer.

Today my motivation may be on vacation but it didn’t pack all its bags, I know it will be back. I will rest and be ready for its return.

Isaiah 26:3

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

 

 

Posted in great finds

Einkorn Flour

Todays find is a wonderful flour that is healthy for you and is so versatile. I found it when I was looking awhile back at all the products Younliving has. They are more than just a place for essential oils.

I found the following article that goes into great detail about this very old flour that perhaps you may want to make a comeback and use.

“You have heard of almond and rye flour, but did you know that the oldest form of wheat is called Einkorn and you can easily cook with it? Einkorn is a healthier, more natural choice that hasn’t been processed or modified. There is a lot of versatility when it comes to Einkorn Flour.
Einkorn’s natural genetic code and low gluten levels make it compatible for more sensitive stomachs compared to current versions of hybridized wheat. Because it is easier to digest, your body can absorb the nutrients in einkorn at higher levels.”

You may use this in all your favorite recipes for cooking or baking, from cookies, crepes to smoothies or on yogurt. You can find the flour or products made from this flour on my Youngliving website that I have provided below or please email me if you have questions.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

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Black Bean and Avocado Flautas

Over the weekend I decided to have a Mexican themed dinner with my son and his girlfriend. Yes we had the normal beans, rice and shredded beef tacos ( street style) but for me I added a vegetarian flair and what more interesting and easy but a flauta.

Incase you don’t know what a flauta is, it is a small flour tortilla filled with savory goodness then deep-fried. Almost like a taquito but with a flour tortilla and one end slightly smaller so as to resemble a flute.

I decided to stay with a healthy alternative to deep-frying so I baked mine. Depending  on how many people you are cooking for adjust the following amounts accordingly. The following makes 10.

Flauta:

1 can of Black Beans

4 cloves of Garlic diced

1 medium Green Chili diced

1 medium Tomatillo

4 Green Onions

2 small Avocados

1 small Lime

Olive Oil

The following seasoning to taste: Cumin, Red Pepper, Black Pepper and Salt

Grated Cheese about 1 cup any you like will do

10 small Flour Tortillas

In frying pan add olive oil, onions, garlic, chili pepper the sauté  until fragrant add remaining ingredients, ( except for avocado) make sure you add the lime last by using the lime cut in half and squeezing it over the pan. cook for a few minutes longer.

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With your ingredients cooking, mash the avocado, using the other half of your lime squeeze over avocado season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Assemble:

Take warm tortilla spread smashed avocado on the tortilla add cheese the bean mixture.

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Place onto oiled baking sheet (I lined my with foil)

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Using olive oil brush oil on to the tops and side of flautas, Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes, I turned them after 8. Cook until light brown. Remove them from baking sheet and serve with salsa or guacamole then enjoy!

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She Gave Her All

I decided last December to read the whole Bible in a year! Yes cover to cover in one year. This might not sound like a big deal but for me it was. I love to read but when it came to the Bible I must admit a big chunk of it can be a bit boring, so with a great app I got to work.

Thanks to this awesome app its been easy to stay on track and I have 54 more days until I accomplish a huge goal even the “boring” parts are being read.

So over the course of this year when I read very familiar parts I also get different insights, like today in Luke 21: 1-4. Luke describes Jesus as watching rich men giving their gifts to the treasury and as he watches this he looks and sees a women who was a poor widow give all she had.

This did not go unnoticed by Jesus and he not only noticed but used it as a great teaching time.

As I thought about the women that had no man or money it did not stop her from not just giving but doing so with everything she had. She was looked down upon for not having a man or money just like we might tend to do today.

Do we myself included here, give our all?

As I think over my last week and boy what a week I had, my answerer is nope I fell short at times. I don’t just mean financially but giving of our time, energy, thoughtfulness….the list can go on. In fact at times I was stingy with my thoughtfulness and good attitude.

I have heard time put this way and it really can put our thoughts into perspective.

Say we all get $86,400.00  deposited every day into our bank account daily, how would we spend it? Would we give our all or be like the wealthy and keep a large portion? The 86,400 is the amount of seconds we are given daily.  Just think if we aren’t as stingy with our time and good attitude and start giving our all we just might not only have more energy and happiness but on days when that other person might night be able to give their all we could share and they would be better off and might give back when they can.

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“Bleed The Same”

For todays great find I decided to choose a song that I heard this week.

I enjoy all types of music but at times when I want a little more uplifting I listen to a national station called Air 1. As I was getting ready for work I turned on that station and heard a great song “Bleed the Same” by Mandisa.

I never heard of this artist so of course the researcher in me went to work. I found out she is a contemporary American gospel artist. Not only is she a great singer but she also has an amazing story. Just one quick fact is she talks openly about how depression almost led her to take her own life.

“Bleed the Same” is a great look on how we are all the same so why are we so divided?

Both her story and music are up lifting and worth checking out.

A great way to listen is by clicking the link I provided for you below.

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Vegetarian White Bean Soup

This recipe can be added to or you can just keep it simple, either way it is so good and can be done in a crock pot for busy cool nights.

For todays recipe some of it came from an old vegetarian cook book I had by Linda Fraser. You may use can or already cooked beans for this, the amounts are up to you but this gives you an idea and it serves about 6.

1-2 cans of white beans any type will be good or if fresh cooked beans 1 1/2 Cups

1 Bay Leaf

Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion diced

3-4 cloves of Garlic diced

1-2 carrots chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 Celery diced

3 Medium Tomatoes finely chopped ( you may want to peel them)

1 Teaspoon Thyme Leaves or if dried 1/2 Teaspoons

Salt and Pepper to taste

3 Cups of Vegetable broth/stock

If using dried beans, soak overnight then cook them for about 1-2 hours prior to making the soup.

In large saucepan heat oil sauté onion, garlic, celery until fragrant ad tomatoes and carrots. cook a few minutes more add beans, water and seasoning. Bring to a light boil for about 15 minutes then for about 30 minutes or so on low. If using a crock pot you may just cook on low.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Socks On

Last Thursday was the last day for me to take my grandson to school due to change in my schedule. It’s a bitter-sweet time for me.

As I got to his house to pick him up I could hear his mom telling him to hurry and get his socks on because I would be there any minute. I knocked on the door and walked in finding my grandson looking shocked with huge eyes that said he knew he should and listened to his mom.

My heart melted the moment I looked at him, I have had those same feelings my self.

Those feelings of if only, of embarrassment, letting someone you love down and the one that can really keep you down, regret.

As adults we all still choose to not get our socks on then beat ourselves up and live defeated lives holding our heads down.

I walked over to my downtrodden grandson sat down beside him and just talked plus with a hug and kiss, all was right in his world he knew grandma still loved him, he would still make it to school on time and he worked out his problem that caused him to not want to listen.

Just like when I walked over to my grandson to extend grace so does God. He is always there to extend grace even when we choose to do something we shouldn’t. His love is always there with His arms open wide to make our world right again. We don’t have live with our heads down, we can live loved.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …
Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.