Thursday, September 18, 2014

GOD SIGHTINGS



 Thank you Lord for this morning, my favorite kind of morning. Thank you for the gray overcast skies, the light mist that speckled my glasses as I walked in the quietness of the outdoors. The plants and grasses drinking in the light drizzle, the birds searching for unsuspecting worms.
Spider webs heavy with the weight of mist. Fall colors scarcely beginning. A perfect beginning to the day…. 


Thank you that I can walk this morning. Help me to remember the things I CAN do rather than dwell on the things I cannot do. Some days are tougher than others, when I let down my guard and want to throw a ‘pity party’ for myself. No pity parties today however. Today I will honor God by being the best me I can be.
In all things, give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOOK SHARE

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom












 Historical Fiction

The author is clever in describing the characters and the setting of slavery on an 18th century plantation. Each character is portrayed perfectly.  I found myself literally picturing how Mama Mae walked into the kitchen. 
Interesting, tragic, complex, justice, injustice - a good read.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW IS GOOD



For the first time in my life, I have time on my hands. REAL time. I have quiet days. I have time to think – really think. Maybe it is that I’m forced to think quietness.
I am gaining perspective, possibly for the first time ever. I realize what is important. I’ve always know what’s been important; I simple didn’t take the time to appreciate those things as I should have. 


I was busy. I was busy raising kids. I was busy working on my marriage. I was busy raising teenagers. I was busy surviving the empty nest syndrome. I was busy trying to be someone I wasn’t. I was busy. 


This is a new time in my life, one I’ve never experienced. New is an adjustment. New is good. I’m allowing God to work in my life in a new and distinct way. Notice I said I’m allowing. God has been in my life all along but I haven’t always opened my heart to the relationship I should have with Him – until now.  


How thankful I am that you’re never too old or too young for God to work in your life. How thankful I am for God’s patience and grace.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

CLAM CHOWDER

The last few days have definitely had a chill in the air which makes me think                   ~soup~


Clam Chowder

1 pkg bacon - cooked crisp and crumbled
1 onion - chopped small
4 potatoes - chopped small
3 cans clams (reserve the juice)
1 bottle clam juice
1/2 stick butter
4 cartons 1/2 & 1/2

Combine the reserved juice from clams and the bottle of clam juice. Cook potoatoes, celery, bacon and onion in clam juice until potatoe is tender.
Add salt and pepper. 
Add butter and 1/2 & 1/2.
Thicken with 2 Tbsp flour and a bit of 1/2 & 1/2. 
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GOOD VS BAD

It's important to start with me saying that I hate the 'unhealthy vs healthy' debate when it comes to the food we eat. Good vs Bad creates a toxic food environment, hurts our relationship with food and increases confusion about nutrition rather than enhancing it. Making 'good' food choices can be baffling at times.

There are so many things that are advertised as healthy but aren't always what they seem. A lot of "marketing language" goes in to fooling the consumer to not read the ingredient list or research how it is manufactured/made and from what sources.

* Smoothies - Most smoothies start out with a base of fruit, which is great. But when combined with ice cream or added sugar, a smoothie can become a high calorie treat very quickly. Some chains serve smoothies that taste great but can contain up to 500 calories so be aware of what the ingredients are in your smoothies.

* Granola Bars - Granola has a reputation of being a great alternative snack or breakfast food. Not always. Many granola bars are packed with corn syrup, sugar and saturated fat which make them high in calories and very little nutritional benefit. Make your own granola to have better control over the ingredients used.

 * Muffins - Many muffins are made with generally healthy ingredients. Often times the problem is the portion size. We've all seen the muffins sold today that dwarf the typical homemade muffin. Those giant muffins can come with a hefty amount of calories as well. Store bought and those purchased in restaurants can also pack a large amount of sodium, so choose carefully. If you want to save money and calories, bake your own.


 * Prepared Salads - Don't assume that the word 'salad' automatically means healthy. Prepared chicken salad, tuna salad, or crab salad are often loaded with hidden fat and calories. A lot depends on ingredients and portion size. An overstuffed sandwich can contain as many as 600 to 700 calories. If you're ordering out be sure you know what you're getting. Better yet, make your own so you know exactly what you're getting.

* Multi grain or Wheat bread - Terms like multi-grain, 7-grain, and wheat sound healthy, but they may not actually contain heart-healthy whole grains. Many breads labeled "multi-grain" and "wheat" are typically made with refined grains, so you're not getting the full nutritional benefit of the whole grain. How can you be sure? Read nutrition labels carefully. If the first flour in the ingredient list is refined (it will typically say "bleached" or "unbleached enriched wheat flour") you are not getting a 100% whole-grain bread. 


In the end we are responsible for our own actions. We are responsible for the foods we purchase. We are responsible for the foods we eat. We are responsible for the foods we feed our families. We are responsible for knowing, or not wanting to know, how our food is produce and the health benefits it has or does not have.  


BITS OF TRUTH

A few carefully arranged words can connect people.