In the Kitchen

Fantasy Fudge

Nope, not my recipe. In fact, it’s straight from the marshmallow Jet-Puff jar. But, in honor of Dad’s birthday today, I’m sharing because of all the “fantastic” times he surprised us with fudge!

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

“It Doesn’t Matter” – the lie we tell ourselves

I love looking at life through the perspective of a child, simply because there’s always wisdom to be gained.

A little girl was recently telling me about her friend that had found new friends. She ended her story with a shrug and said, “it doesn’t matter”, but her eyes held distress.

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Too often, we speak those dismissive words of avoidance and say, “it doesn’t matter “.

What if we changed those words into truth, though? “It did matter, it did hurt, but I’m letting it go”.

We don’t realize the wounds we bury in the name of “it doesn’t matter “, yet those things build up and are never dealt with, and they become such weight on our souls.

To my tough little girl, I know you will be strong enough to allow yourself to move past the bruises. Because when you allow yourself to set the “doesn’t matters” aside, you free yourself to live the “does matters” of life that are much more worthy of our time, energy and attention.

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Unplugged – a counterintuitive approach

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I bought myself a present for Mother’s Day two years ago, an Apple Watch. So it might seem contradictory to purchase more technology to de-technology. Actually, it has served the reverse and accomplished my goal: to unplug.

You know that feeling of looking up after 15 minutes of being absorbed in messages, checking Facebook and Twitter, and oh, yeah, (what was the reason I pulled out my phone in the first place?) the text that came in. It is so easy to be drawn into technology that we become absent from life.

I only check the ONE message that comes in, and filter everything else that can wait.

Why? Because I’ve been completely guilty of ignoring life around me and being more interested in what is on the phone. Perhaps we use it as an escape from reality, an imaginary world that’s much greener.

That becomes a dangerous trap, though. I realized I was worried about what text I might be missing instead of listening to my daughter’s adventures of the day, or being “present” for family dinner. I heard myself tell her, “just a minute” as I finished perusing Facebook and finding that when I finished 10 minutes later, she no longer needed me.  Truth be told, I think even my baby dogs got jealous for attention when I was on the phone, as they would sit and stare at me with those sad “love me” eyes.

Thankfully, I found a way to sort through the rubble without missing the important. And hopefully, it’s my friends and family that get the first replies to messages, as they really are the real-life gifts that are worth being present!

 

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Heat & Eat!

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I love to cook, but it seems like we’re always on the go. If homemade meals happen, it’s usually something that’s been prepped ahead when I had time to enjoy cooking.

As a birthday gift, my favorite Aunt Nona (😘) gave me one of the most useful kitchen gadgets EVER! The Ziplock Vacuum Sealer allows me to prep ahead and grab homemade meals right out of the freezer as I need them. Individual packets for on-the-go or whole family meals, just heat & eat!

Ziplock Vacuum Sealer is also great for resealing packages, such as potato chips, so that foods stay fresh!

 

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In the Garden

Mason Jar Houseplants

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I am all about houseplants that help purify the air, but I am not in love with dirt in the house.  Sooo, I’ve taken the expedient and clean route!

I placed golden pathos cuttings in water jars in almost every room of the house, and love watching them sprout roots!

I also found that Mexican petunias form roots in water extremely fast, and they have made a great indoor/outdoor addition.

With green onions constantly growing in the kitchen, fresh cooking doesn’t get any easier!

Five minutes to fresher air, and no mess!

 

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Pour Love

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“You get what you give” is a phrase that I don’t dispute at all as tried and true. What if we did a slight perspective shift with the concept of reciprocity? What if we look at the concept of giving as “pour out what God pours into you”? “Aha!” moment when I heard this in the sermon at church this morning. Thanks, Dr. D!

God doesn’t pour negativity into us. He gives love, peace, joy. He gives unique talents and abilities to each of us for the good of all. My goal this week:

Pour out what God pours into me…

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In the Kitchen

Corn on the Cob – Fresh & Easy!

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“I LOVE fresh summer fruits and veggies!” is not an exclamation that I though I’d ever make as a child.  When my daughter turns her nose up at this perfection, I just laugh.  She’ll love it soon enough, and kick herself for not loving God’s freshness sooner!

I’m all about efficiency in the kitchen.  Amendment – make that in LIFE.

Give yourself 10 minutes, and you’ll have fresh goodness coming from the oven!

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Fresh corn, your favorite seasonings (I love simple salt, pepper and olive oil), and aluminum foil are all you need!

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My all-time favorite gift!  I don’t know what I’d do without her, as she keeps my timer in the kitchen, weather for the garden, and music playing the whole time!  Alexa has become an absolute necessity in our home!

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