Archives for May 2014

Seeing Above the Clouds

My sister asked me this morning if I had “gave up on our blog.” If you haven’t noticed, she has kind of been carrying things for awhile.(Thanks for that Jen!) My response to her was that I have been working 10-12 hour days with mentally ill people and they have sucked the inspiration out of me. I’ve pondered on this for awhile and some of my own words have come back to hit me! Such as, “don’t let other people steal your joy,” “nobody can control your feelings, they aren’t that powerful,” “you must take care of yourself in order to truly take care of others.” All great sayings and truths…follow them and you will feel better. Sometimes though I think we get caught up in darkness and forget about all of the sunshine that is really out there…sometimes we have to just  move through it.

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I recently took a trip to Georgia. Of course it was a rushed process and it was windy, rainy and cold. None of those helped my mood. After finally taking off I was watching out the window (I ALWAYS have to have a window seat!!!) As we ascended higher and higher we moved through the clouds and soon we were flying above the clouds and it was a beautiful sunny day. I thought “wow, look how easy that was to find the sun!!” From the ground it was gloomy and cold, but just a short way up, the sun WAS shining. I thought that was a great life lesson.I think when things get a little stressful and we start to loose our focus, we start feeling everything around us is is dark and gloomy. I think at this time we have to remember we have our own “Son” right there to fill us with light! I think we would all benefit if we would just remember the light of God is always there to fill us up, just as the bright sunny day is just an airplane ride away. So, the inspiration of this post…look for the light, don’t get caught up in the darkness that the stressors of life can bring. And never forget that you are in control of all of that. So today this counselor had to listen and start to practice a little of what she preaches!! Sometimes the counselor has to look in the mirror and give herself a good talking too. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine both outside and inside!!

Peace,

Julie

Remembering Those Who Gave All

Today our family celebrated Memorial Day by attending the local Memorial Day Parade and Service at the Veterans Memorial.

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At the service, one Veteran’s words stayed with me well after the ceremony came to a close.  He reminded us that we must thank those who gave up all of their tomorrows so we can enjoy our freedoms today!

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It is the ultimate sacrifice as stated in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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Thank you to all those who have given their lives for our freedom!  God Bless America!

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Where Are You Called To Be?

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is?  I came across this quote in a  devotional.  It was taken from a book by Frederick Buechner called :”Wishful Thinking:A Theological ABC”.  I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.  We are blessed if, in our lives, we find and live in this sacred place he talks about.

 

“The place God calls you to be is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s great hunger meet.”

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~Blessings,

Jen

Apple Pie In a Mug

I recently came across this recipe from Hungry Girl called Red Hot Apple Pie In A Mug.  I know it is not exactly apple season but with summer around the corner, what is more American than apple pie!  This recipe took me less than 10 minutes to make and it really does taste like apple pie.  For a mere 140 calories, it is a tasty, sweet treat!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple (I use organic)

12-15 red hot baking candies

1 graham cracker sheet (you can use cinnamon or regular)

cinnamon

whipped topping

Directions:

1. Dice the apples into bite sized pieces and place the apple and red hots into a mug. Cover and heat in microwave for one minute.


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2.After 1 minute stir and microwave for another 1-2 minutes and stir. (I only had to cook for 1 minute).  The one problem I had was that it bubbled over both times I tried this recipe.  I covered the mug with a salad plate and it must not have sealed properly.  This dessert is well worth the little mess though!  When it is done cooking, it looks like this:

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3. Let the apples cool for 2-3 minutes.  Place the graham cracker sheet in a  sealed baggie and now it is time get some frustration out with your rolling pin, by pounding the cracker into crumbs!

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4. Add most of the crumbs to the apple mixture and stir.  Top with whipped cream and add the rest of the graham cracker crumbs and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Mine was still a bit hot so the whipped cream started to melt, but trust me, it was delicious!

Here is the breakdown of the nutritional information:

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 140 calories, 0.5g fat, 44mg sodium, 47g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 0.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*

Have a great weekend!

~Blessings,

Jen

Trying Something New

I may be a little behind the times here, but when Oldest asked me to buy a pomegranate  when I went to the grocery store, I realized maybe it was time to branch out a little in our fruit and vegetable selection.  A friend had shared some pomegranate seeds with her at school and she really liked them.

So, not wanting to discourage the consumption of fruit, I picked one up the next time I went to the store.  One of the things that intimidated me about this fruit was how in the world you cut it open and get the seed out! It looked complicated, so I turned to the place that I always go when I want to learn something new-YouTube.  This video was pretty clearcut, I followed her directions and had great results.

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I found the seeds to be tart, yet sweet and they tasted great mixed in with yogurt.

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Both girls loved the new fruit.  I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food, but it felt good to try something new.

Pomegranates have been called super fruits and are full of good for you vitamins and antioxidants.  So if you haven’t ever eaten one, I would recommend you give it a try!  Do you haven any exotic fruits that you have tried?  If so, I would love to hear your feedback.

~Blessings,

Jen

You Are Awesome!

Happy Mothers Day Weekend!

My daughters, granddaughter and I attended a Mother/Daughter banquet tonight with my mother in law. There was a small program after dinner. I am attaching it and I hope you all take a few minutes to watch it. Some of may need to watch this on a daily basis just to accept what this has to say. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

And don’t forget….YOU ARE AWESOME!!

Julie