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Peanut Butter Apple

I don’t have children at home that go to school anymore but I know how the end of Summer can be for parents. The lazy summer days will give way to a busy schedule that starts way to early for most parents and last long into the night.

I honestly can say I don’t miss the back to school shopping and the dreaded home work that could turn a wonderful evening into one that made getting your teeth pulled look like a walk in the park.

I do miss the after school stories I got to hear as my kids would have their snack. The snack that I would have to get very creative with. I had a tall order it had to fill up growing kids and yet tasty enough to be enjoyed.

So for todays recipe it is such a quick simple snack that can be for after school or to take it along for a great healthy snack when you’re out. I had it as a kid (thank you mom) and my kids loved it and in fact still do.

Peanut butter has such a wide range of health benefits. From reducing the risk of diabetes, to heart health, high blood pressure, to even helping aide in decreasing the risk of contracting viral or fungal infections! You also get some pretty good protein. I could go on with the benefits but the fact that it helps with viral or fungal infections should be enough for you to load up on peanut butter with the season of spreading germs just around the corner.

My daughter with a peanut allergy didn’t miss out, I used almond, soy or cashew butter to just name a few and even if you are not allergic they are great to try.

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The Peanut Butter Apple:

Wash the apple, remove the core then replace with peanut butter or peanut butter alternative.

It is that simple and such a great health quick snack.

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Peach Mango Smoothie

The summer is in full swing and maybe you are looking for ways to nourish your body but still have a nice cool treat. I found today’s recipe from Young Living and made a few adjustments. It is so fast to make, only about 5 minutes.

Some might like to have it on a warm summer morning for a quick breakfast but I have found this is great for the mid afternoon when you are hot, sleepy, hungry and in desperate need of a pick me up.

You may use any protein powder but I like a vegetarian base or if I don’t have the powder I will use Greek Yogurt. This calls for frozen peaches and mangos but if you have them on hand that is even better, just add some ice.

I had problems uploading  pictures so I used a basic peach picture to help you see how great peaches this time of year can be.

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Ingredients :
½ Cup frozen peaches
½ Cup frozen mangos
2 scoops protein powder
12 oz cold water
3 drops Tangerine Vitality™ OR Bergamot Vitality™
Instructions
Put all ingredients into blender.
Blend on highest setting for thirty seconds.
Serve immediately.

 

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God’s Timing

I have been praying on a certain issue for years. At times I feel as if God works like a crock pot but I would rather He was a microwave.

I know God is hearing me and yes the thought has crossed my mind that my answer could be a no but then I come across a part in the Bible that reminds me that my timing is anything but Gods.

 

The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath
1 After this there was a o feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by p the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic 1 called Bethesda, 2 which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and q paralyzed. 3 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, r “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
9 r And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. s Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and t it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for u Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! v Sin no more, w that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews x were persecuting Jesus, y because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

As I was reading this the other morning right after my long prayer, I got stuck on one part of the passage for the longest time. No it wasn’t on the fact of a healing on the Sabbath, yes that’s a big one but all I could see was a man had been an invalid for not one or two years but a LONG 38!! As I reread and thought about this I had such a deep overwhelming connection to him. This man went to the pool year after year. He didn’t give up he just went like clock work. His miracle came with no bells or whistles after all this time of waiting, in fact he couldn’t even say who, when asked. This man with no name  has made such an imprint by his unwavering faith, his name wasn’t needed his action spoke volumes.

I wont forget this mans persistence. My prayer will be answered, it might come on a day that I wouldn’t think it should happen on or perhaps in such a quite way I wont realize what is happening but it will happen. It might take a bit more time, that’s all.

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Our Greatest Challenges can Become Our Greatest Asset

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I’m not really a Star Wars fan, and I know I probably lost some followers by saying that but it never has been my kind of movie. I watched the original first three and yes even the new ones. I can see a lot of lessons to be learned from them as well but I am not one of those that watch them over and over. I have waited in a very long line for the movie but that is the price a mom pays when her children/teens love the movie and they actually want to see it with their mom.

That being said I was in the kitchen cooking away, I usually like to cook with music but this time the TV was on and in the background was non other than Star Wars, Return of the Jedi.

As I cooked I over heard the familiar dialog and knew what was going to happen just by listening but as I listened to the familiar sound of Darth Vader I couldn’t help but enjoy listening to the very famous voice of James Earl Jones. I think he has the most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

I got to thinking of the interview I saw with him in, talking about how when he was a little boy he wouldn’t even talk because he had such a bad stutter problem. Barely speaking for eight long years must have been so hard for him but could you imagine if he decided to stay quiet, we would never have such a striking, recognizable voice that brings each character he portrays to life.

I find it so interesting that our biggest challenges if we choose to overcome them become our biggest asset.

I love the fact that the Bible is full of these people. God tends to take what we see as our biggest weakness and turns it into something so beautiful. When we are feeling like we can’t overcome the big challenges, that’s when God can step in and help us turn the challenge to an asset.

2 Corinthians 12:9

“But he God said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

 

 

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Making Your Bed

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The Admiral that commanded the raid that took down Bin Laden gave such a compelling speech at the College of Charleston in November. This one part “Make your bed if you want to change the world” just stuck out as such pearls of wisdom for me.

You see I have always been one of those people who took the make your bed before anything else to heart. That is the first thing I do after I get out of it, before anything else. My coffee, devotions, getting dressed always come after my bed.  As I fixed my sheets and comforter I took pleasure in making sure not a wrinkle stayed behind, my pillows fluffed perfectly, my mind thinking on the day and listening to my morning noises. I would have such a peace and satisfied feeling when the bed was done because I knew that when the day was done I would get to come home after all the chaos that might happen and it would be my happy place.

It might seem a little over the top my love of a nicely made bed and the calm it gives but when I heard the Admiral saw “Make your bed if you want to change the world” I thought I’m not the only nut alive and he’s a very smart man, He has such a point.

Some times I can get over whelmed if I think about all that I need to do. The list can go on and on but if I think about starting small, one step at a time. I don’t get so over whelmed by my the list. I have heard it’s the little things that add up but for me the light bulb went of when I heard that one part of his speech, and I think it when I wake up. It helps to keep me mindful and in the moment, to take each small task finish it then move on.

Keeping this mind-set makes all I do feel so much more joyful. I don’t mind the small things so much, it keeps me humble and gives me that spring in my step because the weight of worry isn’t on my shoulders, its given to God and I am blessed just doing a little at a time.

I will always have my list but with one small thing at a time I really can change my world and am so much happier for it.

Psalm 90:17 17

“May the favor of the LORD our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us yes, establish the work of our hands.”

 

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Mushroom Stroganoff

I am so glad to get back to writing. I was with out my laptop for a time but a big happy dance that I have it back and I can blog again.

I really enjoy stroganoff. Todays recipe serves about four and is with three different types of mushrooms, so if mushrooms aren’t your thing you may substitute them.

Mushroom Stroganoff:

 

Mushrooms – button, shiitake, portobello (  The amount is up to you but I use a hand full of each kind cut up in bite size pieces)

4-5 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 diced onion

1/2 Cup of plain Greek yogurt

2 Cup of veggie Broth

Cornstarch or flour ( about 1/4 cup of flour or about 2 tablespoon of cornstarch)

1-2 Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast

Salt, Pepper and parsley to taste

Egg Noodles cooked according to package directions

In sauce pan sauté mushrooms, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. While they are sautéing add you nutritional yeast, flour/cornstarch to veggie broth and stir then add to the sautéed mushroom mixture stirring continuously so as to make sure not to get lumps, continue stirring until broth becomes gravy then add Greek yogurt and seasonings. Serve over cooked egg noodles.

This is such a fast dinner but if you are a fan of mushrooms it is very tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Egg Pancakes

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My enjoyment of the pancake started early on. I love them in every form with all sorts of toppings. This said I also like trying to make every kind out there. So the other week when I wanted a pancake but didn’t want to use an egg I thought I would try a substitute in them and this was the result. They were tasty and if you don’t go by looks they are a great pancake.

There are so many ways you can substitute an egg:

Applesauce

Mashed Banana

Ground Flax or Chia seeds ( one of my favorites)

Tofu

The list can go on but the one that I have never tried until now was,

1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil mixed with 1 1/2 Tablespoon water and 1 Teaspoon baking powder.

If you don’t have an egg or maybe you don’t eat them you may want to try this basic easy pancake recipe.

Pancake:

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder ( when substituting for an egg use 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

1 1/14 Cup of Almond or Soy Milk

1/4 Cup of oil (when substituting for the egg add 1 1/2 Tablespoon)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract

1 egg or a substitute

1 1/2 Tablespoon of water  but only when using the egg substitute

In a bowl mix dry ingredients then add most ingredients stir together. I have found the better pancakes are the ones that are not over mixed. Pour desired amount onto hot pan or griddle. When pancake starts to bubble flip, finish cooking on other side. Place cooked pancake on plate top with your favorite toppings.

 

 

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Mi Recycle Blanket

I wrote a blog last April 5th when I first started my business “Mi Recycled Blanket” and thought I would bring it back today incase you did not read it and Spring is not to far away so perhaps when the spring cleaning bug strikes you may keep me in mind.

I hope you find it interesting and if anything maybe get you thinking on what can be done for those in our society that seem to be over looked.

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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 who 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 grown, 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 it’s named after my grandson Milo who helped inspired me.
My motto 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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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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Clary Sage Oil

I have only heard a few things about  Clary Sage oil until the other day when I was reading my reference guide  for essential oils. I came across some very interesting and helpful things ( especially if you are a women )

First off Clary Sage (Salvia ) is in the mint family and has so many wide usages. Here are just some of the helpful things that this little essential oil can help you with.

-Apply directly to your skin to help prevent infections because it has antifungal and antiseptic qualities.

-Balances Hormones! Yes! It aides in PMS symptoms, hot flashes and premenopausal problems because of its soothing sedative qualities.

– Relieves stress,

– Improves skin, great for insect bites,

– Aids in digestion by increasing stomach acid

-Insomnia

-Improves in Circulation

The list can go on but I was so impressed by all the helpful things this little plant can do. I have always been amazed at what can be found in nature to help us.

This is great topically applied and safe for consumption by using 1 drop with 1 tsp of honey in a 4oz beverage but as always check with your doctor. I also wouldn’t recommend ingesting this if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid using on babies.

If you would like to know more you may email me or visit my web site, also if you would like to purchase this or any other essential oil please click on the link I have provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch