Posted in great finds

Einkorn Flour

Todays find is a wonderful flour that is healthy for you and is so versatile. I found it when I was looking awhile back at all the products Younliving has. They are more than just a place for essential oils.

I found the following article that goes into great detail about this very old flour that perhaps you may want to make a comeback and use.

“You have heard of almond and rye flour, but did you know that the oldest form of wheat is called Einkorn and you can easily cook with it? Einkorn is a healthier, more natural choice that hasn’t been processed or modified. There is a lot of versatility when it comes to Einkorn Flour.
Einkorn’s natural genetic code and low gluten levels make it compatible for more sensitive stomachs compared to current versions of hybridized wheat. Because it is easier to digest, your body can absorb the nutrients in einkorn at higher levels.”

You may use this in all your favorite recipes for cooking or baking, from cookies, crepes to smoothies or on yogurt. You can find the flour or products made from this flour on my Youngliving website that I have provided below or please email me if you have questions.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

Posted in Recipes

Black Bean and Avocado Flautas

Over the weekend I decided to have a Mexican themed dinner with my son and his girlfriend. Yes we had the normal beans, rice and shredded beef tacos ( street style) but for me I added a vegetarian flair and what more interesting and easy but a flauta.

Incase you don’t know what a flauta is, it is a small flour tortilla filled with savory goodness then deep-fried. Almost like a taquito but with a flour tortilla and one end slightly smaller so as to resemble a flute.

I decided to stay with a healthy alternative to deep-frying so I baked mine. Depending  on how many people you are cooking for adjust the following amounts accordingly. The following makes 10.

Flauta:

1 can of Black Beans

4 cloves of Garlic diced

1 medium Green Chili diced

1 medium Tomatillo

4 Green Onions

2 small Avocados

1 small Lime

Olive Oil

The following seasoning to taste: Cumin, Red Pepper, Black Pepper and Salt

Grated Cheese about 1 cup any you like will do

10 small Flour Tortillas

In frying pan add olive oil, onions, garlic, chili pepper the sauté  until fragrant add remaining ingredients, ( except for avocado) make sure you add the lime last by using the lime cut in half and squeezing it over the pan. cook for a few minutes longer.

IMG_20171028_161741622

With your ingredients cooking, mash the avocado, using the other half of your lime squeeze over avocado season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Assemble:

Take warm tortilla spread smashed avocado on the tortilla add cheese the bean mixture.

IMG_20171028_163331857

RollIMG_20171028_163346922

Place onto oiled baking sheet (I lined my with foil)

IMG_20171028_164201419

Using olive oil brush oil on to the tops and side of flautas, Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes, I turned them after 8. Cook until light brown. Remove them from baking sheet and serve with salsa or guacamole then enjoy!

IMG_20171028_171723855

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

She Gave Her All

I decided last December to read the whole Bible in a year! Yes cover to cover in one year. This might not sound like a big deal but for me it was. I love to read but when it came to the Bible I must admit a big chunk of it can be a bit boring, so with a great app I got to work.

Thanks to this awesome app its been easy to stay on track and I have 54 more days until I accomplish a huge goal even the “boring” parts are being read.

So over the course of this year when I read very familiar parts I also get different insights, like today in Luke 21: 1-4. Luke describes Jesus as watching rich men giving their gifts to the treasury and as he watches this he looks and sees a women who was a poor widow give all she had.

This did not go unnoticed by Jesus and he not only noticed but used it as a great teaching time.

As I thought about the women that had no man or money it did not stop her from not just giving but doing so with everything she had. She was looked down upon for not having a man or money just like we might tend to do today.

Do we myself included here, give our all?

As I think over my last week and boy what a week I had, my answerer is nope I fell short at times. I don’t just mean financially but giving of our time, energy, thoughtfulness….the list can go on. In fact at times I was stingy with my thoughtfulness and good attitude.

I have heard time put this way and it really can put our thoughts into perspective.

Say we all get $86,400.00  deposited every day into our bank account daily, how would we spend it? Would we give our all or be like the wealthy and keep a large portion? The 86,400 is the amount of seconds we are given daily.  Just think if we aren’t as stingy with our time and good attitude and start giving our all we just might not only have more energy and happiness but on days when that other person might night be able to give their all we could share and they would be better off and might give back when they can.

Posted in great finds

“Bleed The Same”

For todays great find I decided to choose a song that I heard this week.

I enjoy all types of music but at times when I want a little more uplifting I listen to a national station called Air 1. As I was getting ready for work I turned on that station and heard a great song “Bleed the Same” by Mandisa.

I never heard of this artist so of course the researcher in me went to work. I found out she is a contemporary American gospel artist. Not only is she a great singer but she also has an amazing story. Just one quick fact is she talks openly about how depression almost led her to take her own life.

“Bleed the Same” is a great look on how we are all the same so why are we so divided?

Both her story and music are up lifting and worth checking out.

A great way to listen is by clicking the link I provided for you below.

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=gwynsday1-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B06XYHFQWF&asins=B06XYHFQWF&linkId=3683bc9adce5fc467e2b197ffb1c4e74&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff

 

Posted in Recipes

Vegetarian White Bean Soup

This recipe can be added to or you can just keep it simple, either way it is so good and can be done in a crock pot for busy cool nights.

For todays recipe some of it came from an old vegetarian cook book I had by Linda Fraser. You may use can or already cooked beans for this, the amounts are up to you but this gives you an idea and it serves about 6.

1-2 cans of white beans any type will be good or if fresh cooked beans 1 1/2 Cups

1 Bay Leaf

Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion diced

3-4 cloves of Garlic diced

1-2 carrots chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 Celery diced

3 Medium Tomatoes finely chopped ( you may want to peel them)

1 Teaspoon Thyme Leaves or if dried 1/2 Teaspoons

Salt and Pepper to taste

3 Cups of Vegetable broth/stock

If using dried beans, soak overnight then cook them for about 1-2 hours prior to making the soup.

In large saucepan heat oil sauté onion, garlic, celery until fragrant ad tomatoes and carrots. cook a few minutes more add beans, water and seasoning. Bring to a light boil for about 15 minutes then for about 30 minutes or so on low. If using a crock pot you may just cook on low.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Getting Socks On

Last Thursday was the last day for me to take my grandson to school due to change in my schedule. It’s a bitter-sweet time for me.

As I got to his house to pick him up I could hear his mom telling him to hurry and get his socks on because I would be there any minute. I knocked on the door and walked in finding my grandson looking shocked with huge eyes that said he knew he should and listened to his mom.

My heart melted the moment I looked at him, I have had those same feelings my self.

Those feelings of if only, of embarrassment, letting someone you love down and the one that can really keep you down, regret.

As adults we all still choose to not get our socks on then beat ourselves up and live defeated lives holding our heads down.

I walked over to my downtrodden grandson sat down beside him and just talked plus with a hug and kiss, all was right in his world he knew grandma still loved him, he would still make it to school on time and he worked out his problem that caused him to not want to listen.

Just like when I walked over to my grandson to extend grace so does God. He is always there to extend grace even when we choose to do something we shouldn’t. His love is always there with His arms open wide to make our world right again. We don’t have live with our heads down, we can live loved.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …
Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

 

 

 

Posted in essential oils, great finds

Thieves Essential Oil

This weeks great find is from Young Living. One of their essential oil blends that I really love and use is Thieves.

Legend has it that in the 15th-century, French authorities offered leniency to a group of thieves in exchange for their secret aromatic mixture. Their formulation of powerful botanicals was believed to protect them while they pillaged communities.
Centuries later, we know that their secret blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals contained powerful, naturally derived constituents that may have protected this band of bandits. Legend or no, Thieves® Vitality™ and our plethora of Thieves products, with the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, provide both wellness support and the power to care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.

This is worth checking into with the dreaded season of colds/flu that is upon us. I have used this product for years with great success by using it to clean with out the harsh chemicals and it keeps me healthy.

You may find the oil blend and the whole Thieves line at my website that I have below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

Posted in Recipes

Quinoa Zucchini Casserole

I love casseroles! It’s a standing joke with my children on how much I love them and enjoy coming up with new ideas for them, it’s probably the one thing they don’t miss about my cooking now that they are grown.

The other evening as I went to make some stuffed zucchini I thought why not have a casserole instead.

Todays recipe is what I came up with. I didn’t take a picture because I was so wrapped up in cooking that I forgot but this recipe is defiantly one to try on a cool evening.

4 Cups shredded Zucchini

1 Cup cooked Quinoa

1 small Onion

4 cloves of Garlic

1 small can of diced Green Chilies

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

1-2 Cups of Cheeses ( I used med cheddar)

1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a 13×9 lightly greased pan grate zucchini. In small pan sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent then add green chilies sauté a few minutes more.  Pour on top of shredded zucchini. Add egg mixture then stir add rest of cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 covered for 30 minutes uncover back for about 30 minutes more.

(While the onion mixture is sautéing, in a bowl mix eggs, yogurt, 1/2 of the cheese, soup, salt and pepper.)

 

 

Posted in Uplifting

Its in the Little Things

I have always been a firm believer in greeting each day with conscious breathing and putting my hand over my heart to feel it beat. As I do this I do some mindful waking and prayer. I know that to have my heart beating means I have purpose but it’s up to me to embrace this and do it. I will pray for guidance but it’s up to me to do it.

This being said I also now have a puppy who is a morning soul and greets each new day with such joy it puts me to shame. I not only have a mindful wakening but get to laugh as I greet each day, her joy is infectious and it got me thinking.

I have thought that with the tragedy in Vegas the people who went to the concert did so looking their best and thought they were just going to have a wonderful time. I am sure that with each makeup application and each careful thought out piece of clothing no one would have thought what was to happen.

My prayers go out to all that have been impacted by this and all other tragedies.

It seems that as I watch the news it turns into my prayer list and I must leave it at that or I will start to get to sad for those in the news. I also can turn it of and start thinking about all the little things in my life I take for granted.

What if we all start to see each small thing in our life from the time we wake up until we fall asleep we acknowledge all of it. I bet that when we start thinking of every small thing in our life as celebrations in stead of obligations and yes even on Monday morning as we go to work instead of complaining you have to go to work look at it as I am thankful I have a job.

Lets celebrate the small things, burn those candles, use the best china just because and celebrate life.

I believe if we start just how my puppy’s joy for each new day is infectious so will our grateful attitudes be and we might just start having a happier life.

Psalm 39:4

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.

 

 

Posted in great finds

Digestive Enzyme

This weeks great finds are a vegan friendly capsule that helps with digestion. This capsule has digestive enzymes with prebiotic  and probiotic.

I know this seems like an odd thing to share but this was brought up to me. A lot of people have problems with their digestive track. I went on a hunt and found these at Amazon for $19.95, to me this is a great deal and have found they help those that need the aid of these biological molecule, protein, these guys go to work to help break it down which in turn helps you feel better.

If you would like to check them out I have the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071F436PV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gwynsday1-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B071F436PV&linkId=406d4be1ec64176482d778d9937d7150