I can’t believe this is the last real month of Summer. As a kid I thought Summer was the shortest season and always felt a disappointment when it came to an end. Yes I wasn’t one to look forward to school but it was more than that. It was the carefree days, warm weather, swimming, a change in what we had for dinner, vacations long or short, camping and I can’t forget the wonderful fun of going off to Summer Camp. I think I can still hear the shouts of happiness from my parents as the bus drove me away. To me the whole world seemed to come to a slower pace, maybe a more casual atmosphere.
Now, unfortunately I think that Summer is one of the longer seasons and can’t wait for the hot days to end but around February I start to wonder if maybe I was to hard on Summer and perhaps it gets a bum rap. I also start to long for a change in my recipes and look forward to BBQ.
So before Summer is gone for a time, I wanted to share a BBQ recipe.
Jackfruit is one of my favorite meat alternatives I have found for a BBQ Sandwich. It gives it a pulled pork flare and picks up the BBQ taste well. The internet is full of Jackfruit recipes so this might be like others you have seen and if so let me know so I can check them out and give them credit.
I was being lazy when I did this so go ahead and feel free to change it up or do it my lazy way and buy the sauce as well as the coleslaw.
Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich:
1 20 ounce can of Jackfruit (jackfruit in a bag can be used)
Diced onion and garlic per your taste
Start by draining, washing and trimming the jackfruit. Think of a pineapple and how you cut out the center. With jackfruit you might wish to do the same, just trim the center of the jackfruit keeping the more shredded pieces but if you don’t mind it then go-ahead leave it in place and just make sure that it is drained, cleaned and patted dry. If using bag jackfruit skip this step.
Next in skillet add small amount of olive oil, diced onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent then add jackfruit and BBQ sauce covering the jackfruit. Turn down heat. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
Serve on a bun and if you prefer top with coleslaw and then enjoy!
I’m not really a Star Wars fan, and I know I probably lost some followers by saying that but it never has been my kind of movie. I watched the original first three and yes even the new ones. I can see a lot of lessons to be learned from them as well but I am not one of those that watch them over and over. I have waited in a very long line for the movie but that is the price a mom pays when her children/teens love the movie and they actually want to see it with their mom.
That being said I was in the kitchen cooking away, I usually like to cook with music but this time the TV was on and in the background was non other than Star Wars, Return of the Jedi.
As I cooked I over heard the familiar dialog and knew what was going to happen just by listening but as I listened to the familiar sound of Darth Vader I couldn’t help but enjoy listening to the very famous voice of James Earl Jones. I think he has the most recognizable voices in Hollywood.
I got to thinking of the interview I saw with him in, talking about how when he was a little boy he wouldn’t even talk because he had such a bad stutter problem. Barely speaking for eight long years must have been so hard for him but could you imagine if he decided to stay quiet, we would never have such a striking, recognizable voice that brings each character he portrays to life.
I find it so interesting that our biggest challenges if we choose to overcome them become our biggest asset.
I love the fact that the Bible is full of these people. God tends to take what we see as our biggest weakness and turns it into something so beautiful. When we are feeling like we can’t overcome the big challenges, that’s when God can step in and help us turn the challenge to an asset.
2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he God said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
The Admiral that commanded the raid that took down Bin Laden gave such a compelling speech at the College of Charleston in November. This one part “Make your bed if you want to change the world” just stuck out as such pearls of wisdom for me.
You see I have always been one of those people who took the make your bed before anything else to heart. That is the first thing I do after I get out of it, before anything else. My coffee, devotions, getting dressed always come after my bed. As I fixed my sheets and comforter I took pleasure in making sure not a wrinkle stayed behind, my pillows fluffed perfectly, my mind thinking on the day and listening to my morning noises. I would have such a peace and satisfied feeling when the bed was done because I knew that when the day was done I would get to come home after all the chaos that might happen and it would be my happy place.
It might seem a little over the top my love of a nicely made bed and the calm it gives but when I heard the Admiral saw “Make your bed if you want to change the world” I thought I’m not the only nut alive and he’s a very smart man, He has such a point.
Some times I can get over whelmed if I think about all that I need to do. The list can go on and on but if I think about starting small, one step at a time. I don’t get so over whelmed by my the list. I have heard it’s the little things that add up but for me the light bulb went of when I heard that one part of his speech, and I think it when I wake up. It helps to keep me mindful and in the moment, to take each small task finish it then move on.
Keeping this mind-set makes all I do feel so much more joyful. I don’t mind the small things so much, it keeps me humble and gives me that spring in my step because the weight of worry isn’t on my shoulders, its given to God and I am blessed just doing a little at a time.
I will always have my list but with one small thing at a time I really can change my world and am so much happier for it.
Psalm 90:17 17
“May the favor of the LORD our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us yes, establish the work of our hands.”
My enjoyment of the pancake started early on. I love them in every form with all sorts of toppings. This said I also like trying to make every kind out there. So the other week when I wanted a pancake but didn’t want to use an egg I thought I would try a substitute in them and this was the result. They were tasty and if you don’t go by looks they are a great pancake.
There are so many ways you can substitute an egg:
Ground Flax or Chia seeds ( one of my favorites)
The list can go on but the one that I have never tried until now was,
1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil mixed with 1 1/2 Tablespoon water and 1 Teaspoon baking powder.
If you don’t have an egg or maybe you don’t eat them you may want to try this basic easy pancake recipe.
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder ( when substituting for an egg use 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder)
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 1/14 Cup of Almond or Soy Milk
1/4 Cup of oil (when substituting for the egg add 1 1/2 Tablespoon)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
1 egg or a substitute
1 1/2 Tablespoon of water but only when using the egg substitute
In a bowl mix dry ingredients then add most ingredients stir together. I have found the better pancakes are the ones that are not over mixed. Pour desired amount onto hot pan or griddle. When pancake starts to bubble flip, finish cooking on other side. Place cooked pancake on plate top with your favorite toppings.
I wrote a blog last April 5th when I first started my business “Mi Recycled Blanket” and thought I would bring it back today incase you did not read it and Spring is not to far away so perhaps when the spring cleaning bug strikes you may keep me in mind.
I hope you find it interesting and if anything maybe get you thinking on what can be done for those in our society that seem to be over looked.
I think we have all heard of the company “TOMS”. They are a company that saw a need and did something. I always had great respect for this business concept. With this in mind I have been making blankets out of recycled material giving them away and enjoying helping keep others warm.
I see all the hurting and cold people who seem to be forgotten. My heart was compelled to do something, so I came up with this idea of taking old sweaters that will end up in a landfill or a thrift store and refurbishing them into blankets that are sold. I sell one and give one away every time.
Instead of having sweaters just sit in the closet or storage because you don’t know what to do with them. I take the sweaters of you or your loved ones, whether out grown, out used or perhaps even of loved ones that pass away.
I make a blanket for you to keep in place of the sweaters clogging up your closet or I take the donated sweaters to make a blanket to give away.
My prices are fair and I enjoy doing this for you. Keep in mind at the same time I make a blanket out of your sweater I make one out of sweaters that have been donated so I can give them away to someone in need.
I ask you to think when you do your spring cleaning. If you have sweaters that you would like to donate or would like to pay me to turn them into a blanket keep me in mind not only does this clear out the clutter but will help someone less fortunate than you.
“Mi Recycled Blanket” is the name of my new business and no it is not miss spelled but it’s named after my grandson Milo who helped inspired me.
My motto for this business
“Give unto them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for morning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness,”
Isaiah 61: 3a
For the tail end of last week and part of this week I have been feeling grumpy and wanting to hold onto a grudge towards someone. They acted in a way that in the past led to such hurt that it brought back a lot of painful feelings. I then got mad at myself for even talking to them or being around them, I should have known but choose to throw caution to the wind and then wound up hurt and mad at them because of their actions then started to think bad about myself.
I held on to this exchange with someone who is just who they are. I expect that perhaps things with them could be different and when they are not I get mad at myself more than them because I should know better than to put my own expectations onto someone else, right?
That is the problem with expectations instead of just letting things be as they are.
I realize that I am only hurting myself holding on to a grudge but for these past few days I also had a who cares attitude that isn’t like myself, so this morning I had enough of my bad attitude. I prayed then on a piece of paper I wrote current at the top of one side and then release on the top of the other. Below I wrote a current positive feeling then on the other underneath of release I attached a negative part of my past and its feelings. I then prayed on it, released it. I then went out side and burnt the paper.
I feel like a weight has been lifted!
But there’s more I came back in to do some of my Bible reading. It was on Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed. I thought I knew this story front and back. There’s even jokes about Lots wife being turned into salt but as I got done reading it I saw a correlation between my grudge of the past and releasing so I can have a great future. I must have had too much coffee with my devotions because I even went further to seeing more than just not looking at your past or you get nowhere.
I found that everyplace in the Bible a name means everything… Abram became Abraham Sarai had her name changed too I could go on. They believed in Gods promises they looked forward not back. I noticed that when someone in the Bile went forward God changed their name He stated who they are now and moving forward not who they were.
In Lots case Lot’s wife’s name is not mentioned but only her actions of what not to do.
Defining who we are keeps up looking ahead and able to let painful past go.
I have only heard a few things about Clary Sage oil until the other day when I was reading my reference guide for essential oils. I came across some very interesting and helpful things ( especially if you are a women )
First off Clary Sage (Salvia ) is in the mint family and has so many wide usages. Here are just some of the helpful things that this little essential oil can help you with.
-Apply directly to your skin to help prevent infections because it has antifungal and antiseptic qualities.
-Balances Hormones! Yes! It aides in PMS symptoms, hot flashes and premenopausal problems because of its soothing sedative qualities.
– Relieves stress,
– Improves skin, great for insect bites,
– Aids in digestion by increasing stomach acid
-Improves in Circulation
The list can go on but I was so impressed by all the helpful things this little plant can do. I have always been amazed at what can be found in nature to help us.
This is great topically applied and safe for consumption by using 1 drop with 1 tsp of honey in a 4oz beverage but as always check with your doctor. I also wouldn’t recommend ingesting this if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid using on babies.
If you would like to know more you may email me or visit my web site, also if you would like to purchase this or any other essential oil please click on the link I have provided below.
I wanted to share a good little vacuum from Amazon. If you are lacking space but in need of a bag less vacuum that works well even in spite of its size you should take a look at this great little Dirt Devil.
If this sounds like something you are looking for please click on the link below, I will also include a link for the filter you may want to get for when the one that it comes with needs changed.
I have found that few things come as welcoming as a nicely made bed. I might sound crazy and my mom will be proud but one way to this women’s heart is her bed. Give me soft clean sheets to sleep on and I am in heaven and if I can get a great deal on those sheets there is just no topping that one for me.
So when my daughter who was on the hunt for sheets came across a Four piece hypoallergenic microfiber sheet set for $14.90 (queen) I had to look.
I am not a big fan of the microfiber but I was won over.
If you would like to take a look and check out a little more about this great find just use the link I have provided.
Let me know what you think or if you have any great finds I would like to know.
I haven’t been one to do much advertising but I thought I would write on Tuesdays and Thursdays on some great finds.
I Read “Creating True Peace” at a time when my kids were teens and I just came out on the other side of divorce. This book was so easy to read. Thick Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk that writes with such easy putting simple truths in a way that you understand and can remember them so in turn it helps in everyday life.
I bought the book from amazon years ago but thought to give a little shout out now because this book gives an answer in our world of violence which seems to be out of control, it also helps when we feel helpless by giving us tools to apply so we may be better kinder people towards ourselves then it trickles down to others ending the violence once and for all.
Please take a look at your library or just go to the link provided below to purchase it.