Friday, May 22, 2015

Flashback Friday

We made it to the weekend friends!  If you're around here, we made it to the end of the school year as well!  We've got a busy Summer on the way, but I am so excited to have my man home anyways.  Be sure to link up as many as you'd like and browse around at the others too.  Happy Weekend!





Thursday, May 21, 2015

Top 10 Patriotic Treats


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tasty Tuesday Lettuce Wraps & Recipe Link Up

Hi friends!  Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!!  

One of the many things I love about my man is his gift of encouragement.  I can put practically anything in front of him and even if it's not his absolute favorite meal, he is nothing but complimentary.  However, lettuce wraps are my thing and not his.  Not even a little.  I for one love the texture, the freshness, the bit of crunch as you take a bite.  


This dish is a favorite in our house though because it's so adaptable.  The filling for this wrap is so delicious you can easily eat it by itself, or over a bed of rice like the Mr. does.  Or in a crisp lettuce leaf as a wrap like I do.  No matter how you serve it, just make sure you do!!

Here's what you'll need:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, chopped
Minced garlic
2-4 carrots, shredded or minced
Frozen peas
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
After you start the ground turkey browning, start chopping the veggies.  You can buy the bagged shredded carrots, or toss some into the food processor.  Add the onion, garlic, carrots, peas, and salt and pepper to taste to the browned ground turkey. 
While all of that is cooking it's time to make homemade teriyaki sauce.  This could not be simpler.  Dump the soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, ginger powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Combine the 1 cup water with the corn starch and add that to the sauce pan.  Leave this on the heat until it's to the consistency you desire, then just add it to the ground turkey/veggie mixture.  Once this comes to a simmer, you're ready to eat!


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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Bitter Side of Busy


When I get Home I have big plans of a big coffee date with two women I have related to all too well in my life here on earth.  I haven't found a specific scripture in the Word declaring there will be no coffee in heaven, so I'm holding on to this aspiration pretty tightly.

You see, it's in a home in a small village that I find myself in often, in my mind anyways. Right there torn between two of the most talked about women of the Bible.  Both doing good things.  Neither one bringing a tainted tale to the story.  Both with a heart towards their God.  Yet two very different ways of expressing it.  It's in this seemingly simple encounter with the Living God we see what He calls important.  


As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"  "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."  (Luke 10:38-42)

Ya'll I'm just dying to ask them-what was that moment like?  Mary, how did you block everything else out and just put aside the demands?  Cause sister I want that!  And Martha, what was it that just pushed you over the edge that you went off grumbling and complaining?  Did someone leave their water glass out so long it left a sweaty mess?  Girl-that always get me in a dither too I hear you.  Cause sometimes you think you must be the only one doing a THING and suddenly bam-you've lost it.  Me.  Too.

But then Jesus.  Oh, ya'll.  He doesn't come in reprimanding both of them.  After all you've got Martha who is just chasing after the doing and serving of her God instead of chasing after her God and you've got Mary who was going against the cultural norm.  If you want to get technical let's look at her facts for a second-she was a woman at the feet of Jesus-and for that time and society that was just a huge no no.  But He was wrapped up in her longing for intimacy with Him.  We see right there His priority on relationship.  I'm reminded of the simple but terrifying fact-"busy" is always the enemy of relationships.

Marriage.  Friendships.  Family.  Any label will do, "busy" will threaten to ruin them.  If I don't have time to nurture them, I won't have time to pray over them, pour time into them, notice when something has gone off the track and needs fixing asap.  I'm just too busy.

As women we claim to be excellent multitaskers.  I'll be the first to stand up and say, I respectfully disagree sisters.  I am beginning to think real multitasking doesn't exist even.  It's just a label I throw on when I'm trying to do 10 things at once and not doing any of them well.  Really well.  

Sometimes when I know life has gotten away from me and I'm too busy I can almost hear Him whisper over me-Sweet child, you're missing it.  That has come over me multiple times, typically leaving me in tears in the most seemingly inopportune moments.  But there is so much at stake and so much to miss that it's too important to not guard against.  

When I find myself in that little home in that little village in between my heart with Mary at the feet of Jesus and the mind of me to stay focused and get things done with Martha I notice something.  When Jesus said in verse 42 that Mary had chosen what was better I take a closer look at what Martha did not choose.  Do you know what it was?  Do some reading around in the chapters before and after.  You'll see it too.  

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus during His final week on earth before His crucifixion.  Martha didn't.  

A week later Jesus would be dead as far as they knew.  It would be over.  Hope was gone.  I wonder if Martha thought back to that room the week before, to that to-do list she tried so hard to accomplish.  I wonder if she wept with those "if only" thoughts.  If only I would have known!  The dishes could have waited.  The plans could have been made the next day.  The preparations paled in comparison to the feet of my Lord.  

No, my to-do list is not shorter these days.  My planner is full.  My mind is whirling.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scripture Sunday


Friday, May 15, 2015

Flashback Friday

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tasty Tuesday Best Ever Taco Soup & Recipe Link Up

Hi friends and welcome to Tasty Tuesday!  I can't wait to see what you've brought to share this week!

I love taco soup of all kinds.  In fact, in college I worked as a hostess at a fancy tea room and every time the cook made taco soup, they sent me home with any leftovers on the premises.  Taco soup and I go way back.  But none of them compare with the one I'm sharing today.  This one has been my favorite go-to for a few years now and it dawned on me this weekend I had never shared it with you all!  It could not be easier or yummier, let's get started!!!

Here's what you'll need…
Ground round
1 can tomato sauce
1 can rotel
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 packet of taco seasoning
1/4 cup favorite salsa

Begin by browning the ground round with the chopped onion and pepper, then add the taco seasoning.  Then simply dump in everything else (I sometimes will wash out the tomato sauce can with about half a can of water if I think it needs more broth) and bring to a low boil.  Let it simmer for about 20 minutes.  At this point it's up to you.  The soup is ready to eat and enjoy!  However, if you're not quite ready to eat yet pour this up in your slow cooker and put it on low for a few hours.  The longer it goes the better the flavor!!  I love to make this in the late afternoon before the Mr. gets home from work and then dinner is ready whenever we get hungry!



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