Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Ten years ago a church wide invitation to participate in a program “Seven Weeks to Health and Wellness” detoured my life forever. I needed change and desired peace in my home considering I prepared four different meals attempting to please my picky eaters and hungry husband. This craziness was causing friction with my man and running me ragged. I signed up for the program, dove in, and intended to drag the family along. My munchkins were five and seven and somewhat persuasive, but my husband deemed me “crazy.” I plunged ahead, “all or nothing”, and my steam ran out quickly. Reality check! I took one step back and discovered change is a process. Instead of dragging my family along, I wanted them to participate and be excited. Stewing over God’s word, I was reminded of the starving Israelites when God sent them manna. They could have thrived on His manna; but they complained and wanted something else. God provided. Another truth surfaced. People are starving all over the world, and my kids were whining because one wanted pizza and the other wanted tacos. I had lost focus and control. Instead of being thankful for food, we are picky complainers. I had allowed this in my home, but things were about to change. I decided to stop letting the kids rule the dinner table. However, I valued their opinions and taste buds. After a family meeting, we began taking action steps – one-step (practical and doable) at a time. If something did not work, I let it go quickly and tried something different. If this sound familiar to you,  I...
Crockpot Cranberry Chicken & Brussels Slaw for Supper

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken & Brussels Slaw for Supper

Brussels Slaw with Coconut-Lime Dressing Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves:8 INGREDIENTS: 4 cups thinly shredded brussels 2 tbsp finely diced red onion 2 tbsp lime zest and 
juice of one lime
 (can add more if you like more zing) 1/2 reg. cup coconut milk 3-4 drops stevia 1 tbsp organic agave nectar (optional) pinch or two of himalayan or sea salt 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (optionally: chopped cashews, chopped almonds, crumbled bacon, golden raisons) DIRECTIONS: Clean and thinly shred brussels (I use my food processor). In a large bowl combine both brussles, onion, and lime zest.  Wisk together lime juice, coconut milk, agave, stevia and salt.  Coat brussels mixture, tossing well, using part or all of the dressing as you may.  Top with chopped macadamia nuts or toss them into the slaw. Note: Brussels is most ideal if it isn’t really cold otherwise the coconut oils set up.  Any chilled left overs are best if allowed to warm up a wee bit before serving for this same reason.  This is a yummy dish alongside another salad, quiona pilaf or chipotle chicken. I enjoy it along side roasted veggies of almost any sort.  You can even tuck this into a fish wrap.   Crockpot Cranberry Chicken with Barley Serves 8 INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cup pearled barley, soaked in cold water for 12-24 hours then drained and rinsed 1 onion diced 1 bunch of green onions diced 1 clove of garlic minced ¾ cup dried (no sugar added) cranberries or pomegrante seeds ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts 3 cups free range chicken broth 2 tsp. dried thyme...
Captivity of Activity

Captivity of Activity

My alarm clock blared; I overslept. I race to get dressed, make breakfast and lunch, and dart out the door. I dropped the kids off at school, and hurried to my 8:30am “spin class”. Then straight to a community prayer meeting, lunch with friends, and a meeting with our CPA. At 3;00pm, I pick up my son from school and take him to baseball practice. I go to the grocery store, Post Office, pick up my daughter from cheer practice, and then back to get my son. We go home. I start dinner and kids do homework. We eat dinner at 9:00pm. Finally we clean the kitchen, take baths, and say prayers. At 11:30pm I collapse into my bed with a heavy sigh. I reflected on my crazy day and all I accomplished—– but where was God in all my activity? I woke up in a hurry and skipped my quite time. I never once stopped throughout the day to just “be” in His presence or invite Him into my craziness. Have I taken the bait again and been distracted from My King by non-stop “activity”? Have I been so busy doing “good things” that I missed Him? Jesusʼ words are more precious than gold in Luke 10:42. This is key to our freedom and joy. In a world full of busyness, distractions, and activity around every corner, Jesus tells us: ONLY one thing matters, only one thing will last, only one thing will change your life forever —be still at My feet. In My presence you are made new, complete, and whole. In My presence you find rest,...
Two Gluten Free Recipes – Easy & Delicious!

Two Gluten Free Recipes – Easy & Delicious!

I am stuck inside again, due to ice and a little snow. This is crazy for me to say – living in Louisiana. However, being stuck indoors allows me more time to do what I love  – COOK! On my menu today I am making these two gluten free, delicious, easy recipes. Get in your kitchen and cook with me. ENJOY Almond Pancakes (GlutenFree)  Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Yields: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 egg 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped 1 3/4 cups gf oat flour 1 1/2 cups almond or rice milk 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon non-aluminum baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt slice strawberries and top Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour into dry ingredients; combine. Cook on lightly oiled skillet until golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup or honey. Variations: Try substituting 1/2 cup of shredded coconut or 1/4 cup malt-sweetened chocolate chips for almonds. Add lemon zest, the juice of one lemon (add a little less milk) and 1/2 cup poppy seeds for lemon poppy seed pancakes.   Winter Squash Stew Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Yields: 4 servings  Ingredients: 1 winter squash, seeded, peeled, chopped (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delicata) 1 onion 3 cloves garlic veggie or chicken stock 3 teaspoons curry powder 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin sea salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Sauté finely minced onion and minced garlic in a splash of olive oil. Place squash in a pot and fill with stock until just covered, then add spices, garlic and onion....