Posted in Recipes

Creamy Turkey Taco Soup

For most of us that have turkey left over I thought todays recipe could come in handy, you could even replace the turkey with tofurky  giving this a meatless Monday meal.

I think everyone has had taco soup but I do some of the things different.

The seasonings will differ depending on taste.

 

Creamy Turkey Taco Soup:

2 cups of shredded turkey of diced tofurky

2 cups of veggie broth but if using turkey you can use chicken broth

1 cup of milk ( I use almond or soy I just make sure they are sugar-free )

1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil

2/3 cup of Salsa any kind that you like will do

A can of black beans

1 small Onion diced

4 cloves of Garlic diced

About 1/2 cups of flour

About 1/2 cups of grated cheese

The following seasoning per your taste: Salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin

In a large pot add olive oil, onion, garlic and sauté then make a rue by adding your flour and cooking a minute longer. Add salsa, turkey ( if using tofurky wait to add until the last 10 minutes) black beans. Next the veggie or chicken broth, milk, seasonings and stir together. Let simmer on low about 30 minutes or 20 if making this with a tofurky. Add cheese last stir until melted then serve.

Toppings: Crunched up corn chips, diced avocado, spoon of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt and just a little more grated cheese.

 

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Posted in Uplifting

Gratitude Garden

I love Thanksgiving! It has always been my favorite holiday, with all the good things that come from the kitchen. The recipes that are only done once a year it brings excitement and joy to me. While I am in the kitchen cooking or in the dinning room setting the table with all the colors of autumn I can hear laughing and yes even the arguing. I wouldn’t change any of it.

This is so pleasing to me and gives me an appreciation of my life and reminds me of what gifts I have been blessed with.

Even in my darkest of times when my children were growing up, their dad was with us drinking or using, I still could see the little bit of joy this holiday would bring. It might not last long because with an addict you never know how much time you have of peace but I would embrace it while I could and make the most of it so my children would have happy memories and I would have some of my own.

My life has changed so much from those days and my grown children have complemented me on having good holidays but I must give credit to God for he was with us even in the darkest of the days and we can enjoy today for what it is.

With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up I reflect with gratitude on my life. I think of how I like to garden and how it compares with life.

As you plant you prepare the soil, plant your seeds then water but in doing so you also know that weeds will be coming as well as what you planted. It takes work to keep the weeds from over taking, in fact it is easier to grow weeds than the plants you want.

Isn’t life just like that, it takes such hard continuous work to keep healthy.

Unhealthy thoughts of ungratefulness, anger, unforgivness, worry….the list can go on with thoughts that can over take us and still our joy. If we don’t keep up on our weeding we lose our joy making it so easy to only see the problems in our life.

In my past with those dark days I couldn’t let the weeds over take me and I’m sure not going to now. I have to do my daily weeding in the morning when my mind is fresh and before my day gets going. As I have my prayer, medication and devotions I have to mentally pull out my weeds, even the ones that are just coming up or they could so easily take over. I choose daily to have a garden of gratitude not one of whiny weeds.

Do you have some weeding to do in your garden before the big day of thankfulness comes?

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

 

Posted in Recipes

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Growing up my mom would at times substitute spaghetti squash with our pasta. I was definitely not a picky eater but I never fully appreciated this until I grew up and enjoy having a change from pasta.

On a night of wanting a fast dinner and needing to use up spaghetti I would as many do turn it into a casserole.

With this thought in mind, I had squash that needed cooked up and tomato sauce so I decided a casserole it will be. As I mentioned in another recipe a great way to cook spaghetti squash is to cut in half, clean out the seeds/guts put in crock pot flesh side down add a little water cook on low for about 3 hours.

Spaghetti Casserole:

1 medium spaghetti squash (cooked and removed from the flesh with fork, put in bowl and set aside)

Marinara Sauce about 3 1/2 cups ( I make my own but store-bought will still be good)

1 cup of Italian blend cheese shredded or a little more if you like a lot of cheese

In 13×9 pan add half of your squash and marinara stir together sprinkle half of cheese on top. In bowl that has the remainder of the squash add your sauce, mix together. Add this to the casserole and top with cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 for about a half hour.

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

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.”

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

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.

 

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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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Posted in Uplifting

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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Posted in Uplifting

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.