Honey French Dressing

honey french dressing
photo: thesaucysoutherner.com

I love this kind of dressing. Sometimes I buy a pre-made salad at one of the local grocery stores, and am always disappointed when they don’t have one with the Honey French dressing. To solve this problem, I realized I should just make my own. I tried not to get my hopes up, thinking it might not taste as good. No worries there! I can’t take credit for the recipe, but I CAN take credit for passing it along!

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw honey
1 Tbsp tomato paste or 1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp natural salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery seed
3/4 cup oil

Instructions

In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients EXCEPT oil. While machine is on low, slowly add oil in a steady stream to help it mix properly. Store in fridge.

*recipe adapted from tasteofhome.com

Climbing a Mountain

This past weekend, some friends and I drove into the mountains of Colorado to hike to the top of Mt. Quandary near Breckenridge. We started our ascent at 5:45 am and reached the summit around 10:30 am. It’s a beautiful view from 14,000 feet! The hike was definitely strenuous during the last leg, but after having gone so far, it gives you the motivation to keep going. And it felt so good to make it to the top! It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time.

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Beautiful view of the moon
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Getting above the treeline
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Mountain goats!
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Snow? No problem.
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Our group at 14,265 feet!

Feel like quitting?

Are you trying to achieve something in your life and have felt like quitting? Good! Why is that a good thing? Well, here’s a quote I’ve read that I really like:

“If you haven’t felt like quitting, your dreams aren’t big enough.” 

If you’re trying to do something significant – raise great kids, start your own business, get in shape, learn a new skill – and are often tempted to give up, that’s okay! Achieving a big goal is not easy. It takes an ongoing investment of time and effort, and that means you’ll feel like to quitting along the way. When you want to give up, take a step back to look at the big picture. Remember why you’re trying to achieve this goal. And remember that accomplishing things of significance does not come easy. So keep going and keep dreaming big!

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Manasseh and Ephraim

I love the story of Joseph. When he was seventeen years old, God gave him a vision signifying that Joseph would one day reign over his family members and beyond. Being hated by his brothers, he was sold by them into slavery and later found himself in prison after being wrongfully accused. During this time, Joseph continued to do the right thing and to trust the Lord, despite the most hopeless of circumstances, and despite it looking like God had forgotten him.

But our God is faithful, and He was preparing to do a mighty work through Joseph’s life, and to bring to pass that vision from years ago. Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt due to the famine, and they found that Joseph had become a ruler in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. God did what He told Joseph He would do. But His timing is not our timing. Joseph was thirty when he was made a ruler, which means he waited thirteen years to see the vision fulfilled.

Pharaoh had also given him a wife, and Joseph named their firstborn son Manasseh, which means ‘causing to forget’. “For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house” (Genesis 41:51). And Joseph named their second child Ephraim, which means ‘I shall be doubly fruitful’. “For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52).

God never wastes our toil and affliction! And if we will remain faithful and obedient, and continue to trust Him, our God will give us Manasseh and Ephraim. He will do wonderful things in our lives. He will produce strength of character and great faith in us. He will bless us. We will forget the pain as we see what He can do through those years of waiting, of hardship, all for His glory! He will make us fruitful in the very places that have seemed the most hopeless. The hardest trials will produce the greatest fruit, in our lives and beyond.

May we develop the faith and character of Joseph, and thereby see God do the impossible, and bring about Manasseh and Ephraim in our lives.

Delight in God’s Word

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Psalm 1

Hydrogen Peroxide

It’s been a while since I posted about a favorite product of mine, so here goes! I’m a big fan of hydrogen peroxide. It’s cheap, all-natural and can be used in many ways. I’m guessing most of you have a bottle of this in your home already. But there are so many uses for it that maybe you’ll discover some new ones!

H2O2

Whiten teeth (*use caution w/ amalgam fillings)
Relieve ear infections
Clean counters, tubs, glass
Disinfect cutting boards
Fruit and vegetable wash
Whiten and brighten laundry
Wound care and antiseptic
Disinfect toothbrushes
Brighten nails
Treat various fungal & bacterial infections
Remove mold

Has anyone found other uses for hydrogen peroxide?

Vegetable Salad

vegetable salad

Looking for a yummy way to eat more vegetables? I always am. Here’s a vegetable salad recipe I got from a friend (thanks, Ruth!) that you can try:

12 oz package broccoli, cauliflower & carrots, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup mayo
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

pizza

There’s a pizza place in town that makes an outstanding BBQ chicken pizza. I wanted to try making my own version at home, so here it is!

Ingredients:

one pizza crust
about 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
2/3 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 red onion, diced
1 Tbsp butter/oil
2/3 cup pineapple tidbits
about 2 Tbsp sliced jalapenos
1 cup colby jack cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400. Saute red onion in butter/oil until translucent. Spread barbecue sauce onto crust. Top with cooked chicken, red onion, pineapple, jalapenos and cheese. Bake until cheese is melted.

Bon appétit!

He Is Risen!!!

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:1-7

Have a wonderful Easter everyone!