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!

A New Day

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert…for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.” (Isaiah 43:19 and 49:23)

“And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” (Joshua 5:12)

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!

Kitchen Pantry 2.0

My sister and I have had the goal to fully organize each room of her house for quite a while. This past week, we made great progress throughout the entire house. The kitchen pantry is an area that easily becomes cluttered, so this was the very first spot we tackled. This is what it looked like before:

pantry before

To start, we took EVERYTHING out of the pantry and put like things together – baking ingredients together, spices together, dishes together. This step often feels the most annoying, but it’s a crucial step. Putting like things together allows you to more easily see what should be eliminated and how much storage space you really need for things.

Then, one by one, we went through each pile of stuff, deciding what to throw away, what to sell/donate, what to store elsewhere, and what to keep in the pantry. Once we knew what would actually be kept in the pantry, it was easier to figure out the best spot to store each item and where we wanted to use shelves, baskets and so forth.

Here’s what the pantry looked like when we finished:

pantry after

At first glance, it may not look that different, but every shelf is much less crowded. We threw away about two trash bags full of stuff, and boxed up quite a few things for the spring garage sale. And we now have designated spots for each type of item – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Two areas that were always getting unruly were coffee/tea and our extra glass jars. We put all the coffee and tea we wanted to keep in a bin – without a lid! – now it’s neatly contained. And we put all the glass jars in a bin. Any jars that won’t fit in the bin have to be stored in the garage so the pantry doesn’t become over-run by them again. :)

By getting things organized, we were also able to make room for a new appliance, a water filtering system.

Now, I walk to the pantry and smile because I know right where to find what I need. Being organized really makes life so much more enjoyable!

What’s for dinner?

Driving home from running errands this weekend, I decided I should go to the grocery store. I didn’t have a list but I wanted to buy stuff to make a meal that would last me for several days of leftovers. I decided to just wing it and figure something out in the store.

Wanting a veggie, I settled on butternut squash, pre-cut of course – so much easier! And I wanted a protein with some other healthy but yummy ingredients. I bought some hamburger, and decided I’d try to make a stroganoff-type of sauce for it. For the sauce, I bought chicken stock, mushrooms, onions and cream.

When it came time to cook, I preheated my oven to 425. I opened my package of pre-cut squash, smiling as I thought of how I didn’t have to cut open a whole squash – not the easiest task! I melted coconut oil and brushed it on top. Next, I sprinkled on a fair amount of salt and a little bit of nutmeg. Simple.

squash roasted

I put this in the oven for about half an hour and began browning the hamburger in a skillet, adding Worcestershire and salt. I also sauteed two chopped onions and two packages of sliced mushrooms. I then added chicken stock and salt and brought it to a boil. Finally, I added a bit of cream to this.

stroganoff

The final step is to add the hamburger, and there you have a stroganoff dish of sorts. The sauce is pretty thin, but could be thickened with flour and/or sour cream. Now I won’t have to cook again for a few days – yay!

 

How Wilt Thou Do?

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5).

This verse convicted me this week. While I long for God to give me the desires of my heart that would give me more responsibility and greater influence, I am often weary with my current load and don’t always handle things well. But God says “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

My prayer is that the Lord would help me to be faithful with what is in front of me and to walk in joy and strength and consistent victory now, so that I will be ready for the greater challenges that lie ahead.

Redeeming the Time

I don’t know about you, but I’m not always great at using my time wisely. With the start of the new year, that is one of my main goals – to become more diligent and to make better use of my time. God’s Word talks about ‘redeeming the time’. Ephesians 5:15-16 says “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” And Colossians 4:5 says “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

What does it mean to ‘redeem the time’? The Greek word translated as ‘redeeming’ in these verses means “to buy up for one’s use” and “to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well-doing are, as it were, the purchase money by which we make the time our own”.

How often I have wasted time instead of ‘buying it up’ and using it effectively! How often I have let opportunities for doing good pass me by – things that would make my life more productive and things that would bless others. We are called to be “zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14), using our time efficiently instead of frittering it away. In this new year, my desire is to redeem the time. If I am willing to obey His Word and step out in faith, God will give me what I need to perform His will. He will bless my efforts as I remain zealous of good works. I will be amazed at how much I accomplish, and the abundance of good fruit that comes as a result. And it will then overflow, blessing the lives of others and putting a smile on God’s face – the ultimate goals of my life.

I encourage you to consider how you can be better at redeeming the time!