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What’s in a Name

For the tail end of last week and part of this week I have been feeling grumpy and wanting to hold onto a grudge towards someone. They acted in a way that in the past led to such hurt that it brought back a lot of painful feelings. I then got mad at myself for even talking to them or being around them, I should have known but choose to throw caution to the wind and then wound up hurt and mad at them because of their actions then started to think bad about myself.

I held on to this exchange with someone who is just who they are. I expect that perhaps things with them could be different and when they are not I get mad at myself more than them because I should know better than to put my own expectations onto someone else, right?

That is the problem with expectations instead of just letting things be as they are.

I realize that I am only hurting myself holding on to a grudge but for these past few days I also had a who cares attitude that isn’t like myself, so this morning I had enough of my bad attitude. I prayed then on a piece of paper I wrote current at the top of one side and then release on the top of the other.  Below I wrote a current positive feeling then on the other underneath of release I attached a negative part of my past and its feelings. I then prayed on it, released it. I then went out side and burnt the paper.

I feel like a weight has been lifted!

But there’s more I came back in to do some of my Bible reading. It was on Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed. I thought I knew this story front and back. There’s even jokes about Lots wife being turned into salt but as I got done reading it I saw a correlation between my grudge of the past and releasing so I can have a great future. I must have had too much coffee with my devotions because I even went further to seeing more than just not looking at your past or you get nowhere.

I found that everyplace in the Bible a name means everything… Abram became Abraham Sarai had her name changed too I could go on. They believed in Gods promises they looked forward not back. I noticed that when someone in the Bile went forward God changed their name He stated who they are now and moving forward not who they were.

In Lots case Lot’s wife’s name is not mentioned but only her actions of what not to do.

Defining who we are keeps up looking ahead and able to let painful past go.

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Vegetable Curry Soup

With my love of all types of soup I am always looking or coming up with some kind of soup during these colder months.

Every place you look you can find a veggie curry soup but last week I made this soup adding my own twist. I am not sure if anything I did would make this a true curry soup but it worked so I thought I would share it today plus it is such a fast soup to make that it is great when in a hurry.

Vegetable Curry Soup:

2 1/2 cups of Veggie Stock

1 can (unsweetened) Coconut Milk

Small punch of Bok Choy cut up in bite size pieces even the tops but divided up.

2 Small Carrots cut in bite size pieces

1 Cup of Kale cut up in small pieces

Small Purple Onion (diced but save for a garnish)

4-5 Gloves of Garlic (diced)

Fresh Ginger Root (peeled and diced)

Red Curry Paste the amount is per your taste

Turmeric, Coriander and Curry Powder to taste

Olive Oil ( about 1 Tablespoon)

1/2 pack Japanese Style Soba Noodles

In a pot pour olive oil in then add diced garlic and ginger sautéing together for a few minutes. Next add red curry paste and you dry seasonings continue to sauté a minute or two longer, next add cut up carrots, white part of the boc choy that is cut up. You will want to sauté for a few minutes before adding your veggie stock and coconut milk. After adding the liquid simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until your veggies are almost done then add chopped kale and boc choy tops for a few more minutes they will cook fast so it wont take long.

While you have your soup cooking I cooked my Soba noodles per package directions.

With your soup and noodles done place desired amount of noodles in your bowl then add your soup, top with purple onions and sriracha sauce.

 

 

 

 

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New Years Resolution

I am enjoying the first parts of this new year but then again I always look forward to a new one. I look at each new year as having such possibilities especially when I just finished a painful year. I am not one to stay up to ring it in, in fact I never have been one to be able to do that but I do enjoy waking up in the morning knowing its a fresh new year.

I have my quiet time and reflect on the past year then pray over what I need to let go so I do not bring it with me to the new year and that’s about it, no new years resolution for me. I know they say its good to do but for me each new day I have a resolution.

The definition of resolution is “to resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.”

I choose to make a resolution daily for me it is not as overwhelming and because of that I will end up making life changes. If I choose daily to live a mindfulness life I will live simply and so much happier.  I saw a great pin on Pinterest that serves as a perfect reminder of this. I saved it, wrote it down and thought to share it incase you would like to as well.

I guess perhaps if you are one that loves the new year resolution then how about take each day as it comes to work on what you should work on so you will be a better person. To live a mindful way of life and see if you are happier this time next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Bake Energy Ball

I have been using my time and energy these last few weeks to enjoy my grandson who is on winter break. I haven’t written because I took time to enjoy being with him but I found that in doing this I was feeling a bit run down.

Todays recipe is because of this feeling, I remembered seeing energy recipe balls on a Young Living website and thought I should try them. In no time at all I found these easy to make and gave me the boost that I needed.

Please enjoy and try one or all three of the recipes, winter can bring sluggish feelings to us all but I have found these helpful and tasty.

Tangerine Burst Chocolate Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 pitted dates
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour
12 drops Tangerine Vitality™ essential oil
Instructions
Process dates in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Mix in oats, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and Tangerine Vitality essential oil. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll dough into bite-sized balls.
Roll balls in cocoa.
Store in an airtight container.
Fruit’n’Oats Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 apricots
1 cup wolfberries
½ cup oat flour
2 drops Grapefruit Vitality™ essential oil
¼ cup quick oats
Instructions
Process apricots in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Chop wolfberries, add to the apricot mixture, and process.
Mix in oat flour, Grapefruit Vitality essential oil, and oats. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
Store in an airtight container.
Lemon-Basil Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 pitted dates
½ cup dried strawberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup quick oats
1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil
4 drops Lemon Vitality™ essential oil
Instructions
Process dates and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Mix in chia seeds, oats, and Vitality oils. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
Store in an airtight container.

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One in Ten

I  enjoy the holiday season with all the extra special songs, movies, cooking, baking and family time plus I like playing secret Santa but with all the fun of this season I also at times feel like Charlie Brown with the commercialism that this time of year can bring.

In years past when my children were small and I had the in-laws to contend with. They were under the impression that it was all about what was under the tree. This always drove me nuts and at times I would allow that to upset me and steal away the joy of the season. I wanted to share in the season with my children and show them in was not in the monetary things.

I am very proud of my children who understand it is better to give than receive. Now they give back not only in monetary means but of themselves and are grateful with what they have or receive.

With that said, I have been hearing a lot lately of the story in the new testament of Jesus healing ten men with leprosy.

Luke 17:11-19New International Version (NIV)

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Growing up I would hear/read this and think who would be so ungrateful and not go back and say thank you for such a life changing gift. I would almost get on my soap box thinking at least I would go back, or would I?

I realized the other day reading this that I can be like the lepers that didn’t go back. I can get so wrapped up in the excitement of getting something I give a quick thank you or sometimes none at all. I can get so caught up with life that I don’t give thanks to the one that gave me a new life.

I have so much to be thankful.  I don’t have room to write it down but I forget to be the one in ten to say thank you to God for the small gifts and then there is the best gift of all. I have a new life just like the lepers because of Jesus, so Merry Christmas aka happy birthday to Jesus.

It is up to me to embrace the Charlie Brown attitude or to be Linus seeing the real meaning behind Christmas and be the one in ten.

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Deacon Cookies

 

christmas cookies

Deacon Cookies are a family recipe that even those who don’t usually like to bake enjoy. They are a simple sugar cookie but so very yummy.

I apologize for not posting this on my normal recipe Monday but as you can see by the picture I have been a busy little elf.

Deacon Cookies:

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup of  Shortening (I like use 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening)

3 Eggs

3 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

2 1/2 Cups of Flour

In a large bowl cream together the sugar shortening and eggs then add you baking powder and flour. Mix together until you have a large ball. Put cookie dough in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

When the dough has chilled place half of it on a flat floured surface. With floured rolling-pin roll out your dough until desired depth. Now the best part use any of your favorite cookie cutters and cut out your cookies and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes.

When cooled you may ice them. I did an easy drizzle of icing on my tree in the picture.

Icing glaze:

1-2 cups of Powder sugar

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

Milk ( add the milk slowly you just want enough to make it a glaze)

 

 

 

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Fire

I was watching the news a few days ago and as I watched video after video of the fires overtaking parts of Los Angeles I thought how scary, my heart went out to those touched by the fires. I have been in that situation with fire on each side of a freeway in California years ago, it is scary, overwhelming and you realize just  how small a person really is.

As I watched the flames and the aftermath I got to thinking how fire with all the destructiveness it causes can bring comfort, enjoyment, warmth and many other great emotions. I think of a nice warm fireplace and how wonderful it is to curl up on a cold night enjoying its warmth, the sight of flames and sound of the crackle as I read by it. Or how fun a bomb fire is to roast marshmallows over. No camping or summer evening are quite the same with out fire. Then there are the BBQ’s that bring people together, all because of fire.

Our words are just like fire, one spark can cause such destruction and get out of control with in seconds causing so much pain that even to rebuild after the inferno it can still show the scars of that fire but yet words can bring such happiness and empowerment that those feelings are also never forgotten.

I think about this even more with the holidays here. People are in a rush to have the perfect holiday. I know that my fuse can run a little short this time of year as well but I want to use that fuse to light a bomb fire that is full of happy memories instead of using it to cause a wildfire.

Proverbs 15:4
“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

Proverbs 18:21
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”

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Christmas Snacks

Every Christmas I enjoy baking special treats and giving them as presents. I would bake with my mom when I was little and carried on that tradition with my own children. My daughter who would leave me to do the cooking became my shadow with baking and my son who enjoyed cooking with me would leave to go play, coming in only as things came out of the oven or to steal a taste from the bowl.

Today I was thinking of a recipe I make every year, it is from my mom. I am not sure where she got it and I have had some versions from other people but this recipe I make with such great memories of baking this simple recipe with her.

I am the queen of the wing it and not measure, this recipe is made yearly passed down so please remember this is a guide for the amounts you may need to adjust them to suit your needs.

Christmas Snacks:

2 cups of graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of melted butter

1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips ( 10oz bag)

1 14oz of sweetened condensed milk

1 to 1 1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1 to 1 1/2 chopped walnuts

Pour graham cracker crumbs in bowl add sugar stir together add melted butter mix together then pour into bottom of 13×9 pan patting down to make a crust. Pour chocolate chips on top of graham cracker crust then add coconut and walnuts. Finally pour the sweetened condensed milk on top. Bake in oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.

 

 

 

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Wild Rice with Mushrooms, Cranberries, and Pecans

As a distributor with Youngliving I receive “The Essential Edge” which is a news paper with interesting articles and a recipe. I was reading the November’s, I know a little late but with the holidays I am behind on all my reading, anyway todays recipe comes form Novembers addition.

Silvie Shirazi is the mastermind behind this great recipe, you can find this and many more at GourmandelnTheKitchen.com, so a big thank you Silvie Shirazi.

Wild rice with mushrooms, cranberries, and pecans:

1 cup wild rice

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2-3 medium stalks of celery, finely sliced

1/2 pound mixed mushrooms (cremini and shitake) stems removed and thinly sliced

1 Teaspoon of fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup of mushroom or vegetable stock

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup golden raisins

2 drops of celery seed vitality essential oil

1 drop sage vitality essential oil

2 Tablespoons flat parsley, chopped

2 green onions, finely chopped

Corse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Yields 4-6 servings

Cook Rice according to package instructions, until just tender. Drain any excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

While rice cooks, preheat oven to 350 place pecans on baking sheet and toast until browned and fragrant, 4-5 set aside and let cool.

Heat half the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced celery and saute, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining oil along with sliced mushrooms, salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked rice, stock, cranberries, golden raisins, and essential oils. Cover and simmer until liquid has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in parsley.

Add toasted pecans and green onions. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm or at room Temperature.

 

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Loving the Unlovable

I was a very young preschooler when my mom left the east cost and my biological dad. It was just the three of us. My mom, older sister and I went to make a new start in the west. My mom having so much courage to start new, to make a great home for us with little to no money.

This did not stop her, she worked tirelessly giving not only a roof over our heads but giving us attention becoming mom/dad to my sister and I . My hats always been off to my brave mom but I didn’t always act this way. Being so young I had no idea what was really going on. Because I did not understand or know much at the time for a while I acted out. That’s putting it nicely, I did everything that would make the average person want to pull their hair out.

To my moms credit she kept her hair. She did what is so hard to do, She showed me love and kindness in spite of my actions. She would hold me tighter even during my fight.

I am sure time dragged on for my mom but her loving actions paid off BIG time. I finally gave up the fight I allowed my mom to love me. I accepted what was going on, I was still hurting but I knew I had a soft place to fall.

I not only had my mom and sister but down the road I had a man who chose us, he married my mom and gave my sister and I his last name. Talk about love.

I reflect on this today because I have people in my life that seem to be so unlovable but I know I need to show love just like I was shown.

I not only was shown such awesome love by my mom and dad but my heavenly father as well and because that I get to live loved and when I live loved my actions are not based on those of other people. I just love the SO unlovable.

 

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.