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Apple Juice a Vacuum and a Four year old

 

I have always been in awe of children and how they think. As my own children grew I was in constant wonderment. I now get to see this with my four-year old grandson Milo.

He loves to take charge giving a helping hand, no job is to big, no job is to small. In his mind he can do anything a grown up can do and in fact because of this attitude he flourishes when he has challenges.

It was this kind of thinking last week that brought me to blog about Milo today.

My daughter was taking a quick shower because as any mom with little ones knows when they are sleeping you are lucky to have a few minutes to yourself. She is about done when she hears the sound of a vacuum coming from down stairs throwing on her robe and running down the stairs she sees her four-year old vacuuming the tile floor in the kitchen and so much yellow sticky liquid she was surprised she did not fall or that he didn’t get electrocuted.

He smiles up at her as she enters. He turns it off standing so proud begins to tell her that he got up, wanted apple juice and decided to pour it for himself but the juice was to full he spilled it on the floor but not to worry because he cleaned it up. To him he had taken care of it. It wasn’t until he went to walk and got sticky did he realize it. My daughter finished cleaning it up, took apart the vacuum so it would dry out  and was thankful he didn’t short out the vacuum or get shocked.

So many times we are like Milo, we think no problem is to big for us to handle it on our own or we don’t need to bother God with it because we can do it ourselves. Instead of taken care of it we are left with a sticky dripping mess and a miracle that we didn’t harm our self. If only when things come up if we just stop and ask for help.

As funny and precious as this is and I do laugh at it. I can take away with this thought of so much heart ache and extra work could have been avoided in my life if only I would have stopped and asked for help.  I can be stubborn and have a take on anything attitude perhaps Milo has a touch of me after all.

I am learning that so much of the heart ache and problems could have been avoided if I would have stopped and prayed and how God sees us wishes we would have waited or asked for help but the best part is He doesn’t condemn but helps us move forward taking care of the mess as only He can.

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Hebrews 4:15-16

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Posted in Recipes

Eggplant Parmesan

I just love eggplant it was not love at first sight so to speak. Growing up I was the one that would be the last at the table because I had an appetite of a football team, so to me eggplant was just something to fill my stomach, I did not appreciate how great it was until I got older. It was a taste that grew on me.

I  enjoy eggplant parmesan made ” the correct way” but I try not to eat or make fried foods to often so I bake the eggplant instead of frying it. I also have a love affair with cheese so I add a few different ones, yes I know counterproductive with trying to be healthy and not eating fried foods but what can I say, I love cheese.

Depending on your family size you might need to make more or less. I make it just for me and love warm ups, so it’s all up to you.

To draw the moisture out of the eggplant and some say the bitterness. Cut up the eggplant put on a cookie sheet or large platter sprinkle with salt on both sides. Let set for about 30 minutes rinse and pat dry. I have done this and left this step out, to me it’s not a noticeable difference.

Eggplant

Marinara sauce ( I make mine but any from the store you like works great)

1-2 cups breadcrumbs

1/4 cups nutritional yeast flakes

1 egg

Parmesan, mozzarella and feta cheese

Pre heat oven to 450

Cut and peal eggplant set aside. Add breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast flakes to a bowl.  In a different bowl add egg and a tablespoon of water together and mix well.

Now dip the eggplant in the egg mixture then roll in the breadcrumb mix, place on cookie sheet. Continue this until all eggplant is covered and on the cookie sheet.

Cook for about 30 minutes at 450 turning the eggplant half way.

In a casserole dish put in marinara sauce just enough to cover the bottom. Place backed eggplant on top of sauce add cheese then eggplant. cover with marinara sauce sprinkle with more cheese. Bake on a lower temperature at 350 for about 30 more minutes. When it is bubbling and the cheese is slightly brown you know it is done. Take out let cool, then enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Hide and Seek

I loved playing hide and seek with my children when they were little. My son was the champ. He had a huge imagination, could fit in any place and this usually energetic louder than most children would become still and a mute. My daughter would get so mad that she couldn’t find him. She would call and call looking everyplace she could think of and still could not find him.

I must confess that I loved the fact that he would hide so well. I would take that time to have a much-needed break or yes even eat a cookie with out the fear of being found out.

After a very nice break I would join in the fun and look for my son . Most of the time I could find him with ease but on a few occasions I would need to call his name with a promise we would close our eyes if he would just come out. He then so stealthy would appear, sometimes I never did find out where he was.

How many times do we feel like we are playing hide and seek with God.

We walk around calling and calling out looking for him and getting mad and even sad because we can not find him. We keep up the search but still nothing. We know he must be there but in times of our valleys it is as God is someplace off hiding that can never be found. We feel alone and wonder why.

If only during this time we STOP our exhausting search, call out and be still. God will show himself. He will never leave us but we are the ones that walk around in search getting more upset and forgetting that He is with us all along.

The Bible is full of this frantic search from old to new testament so many examples of  people in their valleys and then God shows himself and comforts.

We just celebrated Easter and I am reminded of Thomas who gets a bum rap for not believing Jesus was alive. Thomas was overcome with grief and had to hear all others talk of seeing Jesus now that would have left me feeling left out, mad and perhaps wondering where Jesus was and why if he was alive he didn’t just come out and show himself.

In John 20:26 We see Thomas not searching but was still and in a room when Jesus came to him. Jesus knew what Thomas needed and showed up in a big way and gave it to him. I also found that in verse 28 it is the first time recorded that Jesus is addressed as “My Lord and my God” this was said by Thomas he realized what we all sometimes forget.

Next time you are feeling alone and thinking you need to keep searching just stop, breath and know God is there just ask him to show himself but the trick is to wait until he does.

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”

Isaiah 55:6

 

 

Posted in essential oils, Health and beauty

Natural Nose Spay

Yes spring is in full bloom ( at least in my part of the world) but with it comes the dreaded allergies.

I worked for years in an ENT office. When I would give info to my patients I found it was always the simple home remedies that usually worked best.

This is easy to make, does not take long and can be used when needed with out side effects. (Its always best to consult your physician before starting any home remedies)

Nasal spray bottle

Salt

Essential oils :

4 drops of Frankincense, 6 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Melaleuca tea tree

distilled water

To make this put a pinch of salt in bottom of spray bottle add the essential oils let the oils absorb into the salt then add the distilled water to top of bottle.

 

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Classic Basil Pesto

I love pesto it can enhance any recipe or stand alone with so many variations but this is a classic pesto  that only takes about 10 minutes and I use it in my zucchini lasagna from Mondays recipe.

To have a more intense green color of pesto just blanch the herbs. To do this is simple just add herbs to boiling water for five seconds then shock them in ice water squeeze them then pat dry.

4 cups of basil leaves

1 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 to 3/4 pine nuts

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

salt to taste

3/4 cup virgin olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)

Combine Basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic in food processor mix until finely chopped. Pour oil in finish mixing.

I like to use this fresh but it can be frozen for a month for those nights that you need a quick go to dinner.

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Zucchini Lasagna

What a great weekend. The weather was nice and sunny the storm I thought might make it so I would need to bring the egg hunt indoors didn’t show until late Sunday evening.

With the clouds and rain still hanging around I thought a nice casserole sounded good for todays meatless Monday.

You can find a zucchini lasagna recipe all over the internet but I thought I would add to the assortment of them.

This is an easy dinner plus if you are wanting lasagna but don’t want to use noodles or to change it up this is one way to do it.

Depending on your size of meal you can make changes as needed.

3-4 medium-sized zucchini

3 cups baby spinach

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese grated ( I find I use a little more cheese but this is a good amount)

1 cup feta cheese crumbled

pesto sauce ( I make my own but you can buy a jar and that will work)

marinara sauce ( I also make this but if you like to buy yours any flavor will be good)

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

Clean the zucchini and baby spinach pat dry. Set aside the spinach, cut zucchini in long thin strips. In a 13×9 pan pour a small amount of marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Put zucchini strips on top of the sauce spread pesto on the zucchini strips add baby spinach then sprinkle on the two different cheese, top with zucchini strip. Continue this one or two more times. Finally adding the  rest of your marinara sauce and cheese for on top. Cover for about the first 15 minutes, remove cover and continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until the zucchini is cooked and the lasagna is nice and bubbly. Let cool then enjoy.

I have done this in the crock pot as well if you are looking for a nice dish to come home to after a long day,this works beautifully, just layer as above in your crock pot then put on low.

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Perfect Love

I remember the first time I felt my daughter move. I was so young just coming back from the doctor and siting on my bed in the sun thinking of how I didn’t plan for this pregnancy but I would do all I could to make sure the little one I carried would be healthy.

I was thinking more or less of the pregnancy as my duty and coming to terms with such a life changing event but almost on cue a soft movement so slightly it was just a flutter but enough to change my attitude from duty to love and how I would move heaven and earth to protect and keep this little one safe. I held my small but growing abdomen no longer basking in the sun but was shining with such love like I never felt before.

At that moment I was not thinking I love this little one for who they would be one day but simply, I just loved them.

Many of us have felt that overwhelming can’t put into words kind of love. To love someone not for who they are or will be but to simple love them. To love them in the here and now not the person they will become.

I believe that can’t even hold a candle to Gods love for us. As we celebrate this holy week and on Sunday Easter. I reflect on this simple concept that God just loves us for us not the people we will be one day if we try hard enough but that He just loves us.

We over think things but lets just keep it simple, we are loved just for us where we are at right now.

Romans 5:8  ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

 

 

Posted in Recipes

Veggie Tacos with Spanish Rice and Fresh Salsa

What a great weekend, even with storms that made me wonder if winter was still with us. I enjoyed cooking with my son. He has always been a pleasure to cook with but as he grew so has his skills in the kitchen and I  now wonder if the student has surpassed the teacher.

For a nice Saturday dinner we made these awesome veggie tacos, spanish rice and fresh salsa. Keep in mind you can change it up by substituting the veggies or peppers. This is just what I had on hand.

The Tacos wont take long so have your rice cooking  and your salsa done before you start them.

Spanish Rice:

1 cup Rice

2 cups of liquid total (1 3/4 cup veggie broth, 1/4 cup tomato sauce)

2 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 small onion diced

1 small green chili

1-2 Tablespoon of oil

cumin,chili powder salt and pepper to taste

In medium sauce pan  add oil then sauté rice, garlic, onion and chili until brown and Liquid and seasoning. Reduce heat cook about 20 minutes.

 

Veggie Tacos

Zucchini, yellow (summer) squash sliced

Yellow and green chili pepper sliced

Portabella mushrooms  (large and small) sliced

1-2 Tablespoon coconut oil

5 garlic cloves

Green onions

(seasoning to taste with cumin, salt, black and red pepper)

White or yellow corn tortillas

In skillet add oil then squash, garlic, onions and seasoning then sauté add the mushrooms last. When veggies are done spoon on the tortillas top with salsa

 

Salsa

1 Jalapeno pepper ( If you want to lower the heat remove seeds)

2 Green and yellow chilies

3 Tomatillos

3 garlic cloves

1 small white onion

lime juice and olive oil (this is to taste as well)

Cilantro, salt and pepper to taste

Cut pepper, chilies, tomatillo,onion, garlic, cilantro then put them in food processor then add lime juice salt and pepper.

I don’t think this is hot but it adds a nice flavor and to the tacos.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crafts, Uplifting

Mi Recycle Blanket

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I think we have all  heard of the company “TOMS”.  They are a company that saw a need and did something. I always had great respect for this business concept. With this in mind I have been making blankets out of recycled material giving them away and enjoying helping keep others warm.

I see all the hurting and cold people that seem to be forgotten. My heart was compelled to do something, so I came up with this idea of taking old sweaters that will end up in a landfill or a thrift store and refurbishing them into blankets that are sold. I sell one and give one away every time.

Instead of having sweaters just sit in the closet or storage because you don’t know what to do with them. I take the sweaters of you or your loved ones, whether out grow, out used or perhaps even of loved ones that pass away.

I make a blanket for you to keep in place of the sweaters clogging up your closet or I take the donated sweaters to make a blanket to give away.

My prices are fair and I enjoy doing this for you. Keep in mind at the same time I make a blanket out of your sweater I make one out of sweaters that have been donated so I can give them away to someone in need.

I ask you to think when you do your spring cleaning. If you have sweaters that you would like to donate or would like to pay me to turn them into a blanket keep me in mind not only does this clear out the clutter but will help someone less fortunate than you.

“Mi Recycled Blanket” is the name of my new business and no it is not miss spelled but its named after my grandson Milo who helped inspired me.

My moto for this business

“Give unto them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for morning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness,”

Isaiah 61: 3a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Asparagus and Pasta

Yes we have made it to April! Spring is here and with it come so many wonderful fruits and vegetables.

Asparagus is in season from February to June, with all the different varieties to choose from. This dish is a great fast and fun way to try a few new varieties that maybe you have not had before.

Have fun with this dish add more or less of each ingredient in this recipe depending on your taste.

5 Tablespoon of olive oil

5 Cloves of garlic

1-2 lb. of Asparagus washed  and sliced in large bite sized pieces

1 Tablespoon of lemon  juice and zest

1/2 cup pine nuts

8 oz. of pasta your choice but save a 1/4 cup of the pasta water to use after pasta is cooked

Salt and Pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to boil, add your pasta and cook according to package instruction but al dente is always best. While pasta is cooking put your olive oil, garlic, asparagus in a pan then sauté for about 8 minutes, you want the asparagus just tender not over cooked then add remaining ingredients to pan to sauté for a few more minutes. The amount of total cook time should be around 10 minutes.

When your pasta is done use your saved 1/4 cup of pasta water add it to your sautéed asparagus mixture, then add your cooked pasta. To complete this dish just top with parmesan cheese and enjoy and fresh and easy meal.