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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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Posted in Uplifting

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.

 

 

 

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Thieves Essential Oil

This weeks great find is from Young Living. One of their essential oil blends that I really love and use is Thieves.

Legend has it that in the 15th-century, French authorities offered leniency to a group of thieves in exchange for their secret aromatic mixture. Their formulation of powerful botanicals was believed to protect them while they pillaged communities.
Centuries later, we know that their secret blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals contained powerful, naturally derived constituents that may have protected this band of bandits. Legend or no, Thieves® Vitality™ and our plethora of Thieves products, with the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, provide both wellness support and the power to care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.

This is worth checking into with the dreaded season of colds/flu that is upon us. I have used this product for years with great success by using it to clean with out the harsh chemicals and it keeps me healthy.

You may find the oil blend and the whole Thieves line at my website that I have below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

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Quinoa Zucchini Casserole

I love casseroles! It’s a standing joke with my children on how much I love them and enjoy coming up with new ideas for them, it’s probably the one thing they don’t miss about my cooking now that they are grown.

The other evening as I went to make some stuffed zucchini I thought why not have a casserole instead.

Todays recipe is what I came up with. I didn’t take a picture because I was so wrapped up in cooking that I forgot but this recipe is defiantly one to try on a cool evening.

4 Cups shredded Zucchini

1 Cup cooked Quinoa

1 small Onion

4 cloves of Garlic

1 small can of diced Green Chilies

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

1-2 Cups of Cheeses ( I used med cheddar)

1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a 13×9 lightly greased pan grate zucchini. In small pan sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent then add green chilies sauté a few minutes more.  Pour on top of shredded zucchini. Add egg mixture then stir add rest of cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 covered for 30 minutes uncover back for about 30 minutes more.

(While the onion mixture is sautéing, in a bowl mix eggs, yogurt, 1/2 of the cheese, soup, salt and pepper.)

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Its in the Little Things

I have always been a firm believer in greeting each day with conscious breathing and putting my hand over my heart to feel it beat. As I do this I do some mindful waking and prayer. I know that to have my heart beating means I have purpose but it’s up to me to embrace this and do it. I will pray for guidance but it’s up to me to do it.

This being said I also now have a puppy who is a morning soul and greets each new day with such joy it puts me to shame. I not only have a mindful wakening but get to laugh as I greet each day, her joy is infectious and it got me thinking.

I have thought that with the tragedy in Vegas the people who went to the concert did so looking their best and thought they were just going to have a wonderful time. I am sure that with each makeup application and each careful thought out piece of clothing no one would have thought what was to happen.

My prayers go out to all that have been impacted by this and all other tragedies.

It seems that as I watch the news it turns into my prayer list and I must leave it at that or I will start to get to sad for those in the news. I also can turn it of and start thinking about all the little things in my life I take for granted.

What if we all start to see each small thing in our life from the time we wake up until we fall asleep we acknowledge all of it. I bet that when we start thinking of every small thing in our life as celebrations in stead of obligations and yes even on Monday morning as we go to work instead of complaining you have to go to work look at it as I am thankful I have a job.

Lets celebrate the small things, burn those candles, use the best china just because and celebrate life.

I believe if we start just how my puppy’s joy for each new day is infectious so will our grateful attitudes be and we might just start having a happier life.

Psalm 39:4

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.

 

 

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Digestive Enzyme

This weeks great finds are a vegan friendly capsule that helps with digestion. This capsule has digestive enzymes with prebiotic  and probiotic.

I know this seems like an odd thing to share but this was brought up to me. A lot of people have problems with their digestive track. I went on a hunt and found these at Amazon for $19.95, to me this is a great deal and have found they help those that need the aid of these biological molecule, protein, these guys go to work to help break it down which in turn helps you feel better.

If you would like to check them out I have the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071F436PV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gwynsday1-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B071F436PV&linkId=406d4be1ec64176482d778d9937d7150

 

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Chickpea Pot Pie

Pot Pie is one of my favorite dishes to make and eat when the weather starts to get cold.

I have done a wide variety of variations but always found when my kids were young that I would sometimes end up making one with meat and one without so when I realized my son who eats meat loves chickpeas my lightbulb went off. I came up with todays recipe and it turned out to become my family’s favorite type of pot pie.

Chickpea pot pie:

2-3 Potatoes washed and cut up in bite sized pieces ( depending on the size you may need more or less)

1-2 Carrots washed and cut up in bite sized pieces

3 Green Onions diced

4 cloves of Garlic

Salt, Pepper, onion and garlic powder to taste

1/4 Cup of Butter

2-4 Tablespoons of flour

1/2 Cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/4 Cup plain Greek Yogurt

2 Cups of Veggie stock

1/2 – 1 Cup of Milk

1 Can of chickpeas rinsed and drained

Cut the potatoes and carrots just until almost done then drain. In pan melt butter and sauté onions and garlic then add flour to make a nice rue. Add veggie stock and milk stirring all the while until thicken then add the rest of the ingredients adding the cheese last. Stir until cheese is melted. Take of heat pour into crust. Bake at 375 for about an hour

Basic Pie Crust:

2 Cups of Flour

Pinch of Salt

1 Cup of Shortening

1/2 Cup of cold water

For the crust to be flaky it is always best to cut in the shortening really well before adding water. (Your flour, salt, shortening mixture before water should look like rocks you put in a fish tank.) Add water slowly, you may not need the full amount. The crust is best when refrigerated for at least a few hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga and a Puppy

I have been practicing yoga for a lot of years. It helped me when my children were young and as I went through a divorce but I had no idea how stuck in a rut I have been in until I got a puppy a few weeks ago.

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This is my new addition Padme Rose, she is only 9 weeks (10 in a few days) and so full of life. I was reminded how dull my life was, with adult children and my girl Dingo who is nine years old my home was almost a tomb when I did yoga. The morning after I brought her home I got my mat and started as usual but as I centered my self I could feel nipping at my toes that progressed to jumping up and grabbing my ponytail. I continued to just breath with her growling and tugging on my shirt. I was brought out of my breathing and centering with a bite to my toe that reminded me her teeth are tiny needles.

I gave her some toys but that only lasted a moment then my older dog decided to join in the fun. They started playing so I started to do some poses. As I went from downward dog to plank a perfectly timed jump brought my puppy landing on my back. I couldn’t help but plop onto my stomach with a laugh that continued for a while.

Yes this is my new normal. My quite yoga days are gone but I have found I am growing in my practice and with that I am growing off the mat as well.

I cant help but see how my wild yoga practice is parallel to life.

We can go through life at a quite pace nothing really happening until one day a problem or crises will arise. We can either go with it, feel the pain or problem then move through it or get upset that are normal quite life is anything but what it use to be and stay in that hurt.

One thing is consent and that is change nothing will ever stay the same . We wont always have an easy smooth quite life but then again our problems wont last, we will move on even as painful as it seems from death or trauma. The sun will still rise and set then one day we will start to notice this rising and maybe the colors and a little of the beauty that still can be found if only noticed for a moment.

Just as I know my puppy will grow and I will have my quite yoga back. I know that right now my life is a bit crazy but in time that to will calm down. I have so many favorite passages that always encourage me but here are two that might help you.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

 

 

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Uninvited

Before I let you know about this weeks great find Let explain just how good it feels good to get back to my blog. I have been having technical problems but I have them worked out!

Now for this weeks great find is a book that I did a women’s study last year but from time to time I pick it back up again, it’s that good.

The book is “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst it is a self-help and it is anything but boring as you read along it lifts up your spirit when you may be feeling less than or just need a positive pick me up. Lysa shares her experiences of rejection but how not to stay in that rejected state. It’s for all of us that can feel left out and need some reminders of how to overcome fear and understand the secret of belonging.

At the end of the book she even includes great little positive sayings you can cut out or right down, like ” Today’s disappointment is making room for tomorrow’s appointment”.

Lysa Terkeurst is a New Your Times bestselling author, you may find this book at amazon by using the link I have provided below.

 

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Tofu Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday was the first day of Autumn and with it comes a great time of year to bake. The cooler weather just adds to the fun of baking plus it’s always so nice to have the sweet smells in the air as it warms up a house.

Todays recipe it a hybrid cookie its a combo of my daughters awesome chocolate chip cookies and mine.

1 Cup of Coconut oil or Apple sauce

1 Cup of Sugar plus 2 Tablespoon of Molasses

4 Tablespoon of firm Tofu

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

2 Cups of Flour

1 Tablespoon of coco powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

12 oz of Chocolate Chips

 

Blend the moist ingredients then add your dry stirring well. Spoon onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of oven letting them cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a cooling rack or I like to use a paper sack.