My Favorite Things, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

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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In the Kitchen, My Favorite Things

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!

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In the Music Room, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

“The Bare Necessities”

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I’ve embraced the message in this song as my students learned it in Music this week. We teach our children to have an attitude of gratitude, yet we are constantly acquiring more stuff. As I watched my kiddos happily dance and sing, I was reminded to embrace the pure love of life and simply enjoy the LIFE right in front of me!

The Bare Necessities (From "The Jungle Book"/Soundtrack Version)

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In the Kitchen

Chicken Foil Packets – quick & eAsy!

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Back to school meals have been simply effortless with these quick chicken foil packs!  I took the time (about 15 minutes this summer) to make and freeze them ahead.  Each packet was seasoned differently, and my daughter thoroughly amused herself labeling them. My favorite part was the clean up, aka tossing the foil in the trash and DONE!

Veggies cut

Chicken packets

Chicken packets wrapped

 

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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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Positive Thoughts - Just Because

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

Fresh Peach Cobbler

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Fresh GEORGIA peaches…does it get any sweeter? Only in a cobbler, or maybe homemade peach ice cream!

While traveling this past week through the Georgia mountains, we took time (this is huge for me, I’m always in a get-everything-done rush!) to stop at a neat roadside stand with fresh vegetables and fruit. Corn picked straight from the adjoining field, cabbage, peas, local honey, and PEACHES! While I cut up some of the peaches to eat as “dessert” that night, the rest made a great cobbler.

Years ago, a friend shared this perfect and simply easy recipe with me. Enjoy!

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