Posted in Uplifting

Use Your Talents/gifts


I may sound like a broken record but I really love this time of year. Its not to cold, it has  that perfect nip in the air that lets you walk around with a fuzzy sweeter. You can curl up with some hot soup or even a nice cup of cider but what’s even more enjoyable this time of year is that on my daily walks I get to see so much beautiful change.

I have heard and totally agree with Carol Bishop Hipps that said

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.”

Yes that is exactly it for me, said so well. I was reflecting on that as I kicked some leaves the other day and looked over and noticed some apples on the ground in the front yard of a house that is well taken care of but you never see the people other than when they are racing out the door and if I take my walk to late then I miss the mad dash and the house looks like the families on vacation. On my previous walks I had noticed the apples getting ripe and wondered if they would pick them but one by one they fall to the ground. I don’t know if they are waiting for all of them to fall or their yard maintenance crew to come take care of them but either way I got to thinking it is such a waste. I did get on my soap box about the waste all the way up the street then as I turned the corner I guess I also turned my way of thinking too.

I got to thinking how many times have I let a talent, gift, kind word or action just drop off and die because I get so busy doing my own thing, just trying to get by or  I allow fear to take hold so that it is easier to just let it die. I think of how many times I didn’t offer that kind word or think my talent wasn’t as glamorous as others so why use it?  Just like those apples that could have filled a persons belly and gave them much need nutrients  I have allowed my “fruit” to go to waste at times.

I took the picture to be my reminder so when I start to not live to my fullest potential I can look at it and it will remind me  I was given by God some fruit and it needs to be shared with others.

1 Peter 4:10-11

10) Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  11) If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Posted in Recipes

Peanut Butter Lean Protein Muffins



I am so excited that the cooler days are here and I am able to bake! Yeah!

I have mentioned on my last few post that I am doing all I can to be the healthiest I can be even with a few challenges. So after finding out that I need a good protein powder to help me through days when I am unable to eat all my meals I found a good one for me to drink and even use in some baking. I not only come up with different uses for the powder but the company has some great recipes too and todays recipe I got from Plexus (yes I am an Ambassador with them now) in all honesty with no biased I would like to share. These muffins are really easy and good.



2 scoops Plexus Lean Vegetarian Chocolate Mocha protein powder
2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe medium-size bananas (I used two frozen ones and they work just fine)
2 eggs
1 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey or agave
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup all-natural nut butter and a pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Blend the 2 cups of rolled oats, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the wet ingredients first to the oat mixture. Then add in the dry ingredients.
Spray your muffin tin with non-stick spray, or use muffin tin liners.

Bake the muffins for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!





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