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New Post – Have You Made The Move??

Threre’s a new post up today over on the new website. Have you stopped over there yet and signed up to follow? Do you have no clue what I’m talking about and need to read this post?

You don’t wanna miss out — a new recipe posted today!

SimplyWriteous.com

See you there!
H

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I hear it all the time. “Yuck, I hate brussels sprouts”. Maybe you find yourself in that same category, hating on this super food.

I can’t resist asking….have you had them cooked in a way that isn’t disgusting? I totally get that mushy, over-cooked brussels sprouts leave a lot to be desired. I’m not a fan either. Learning different ways to prepare these little gold medalists of the healthy food world, and adding just the right ingredients can make all the difference. And maybe, just maybe, turn your loathing into loving.

Give this recipe a go and let me know what you think. It’s simple and requires fewer than a handful of ingredients.

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Ingredients:
2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
2 slices nitrate free bacon, chopped
Salt
Pepper

Instructions:
Begin by browning your bacon in a skillet on med-high heat
Once nearly browned, add sliced brussels sprouts
Saute until the brussels sprouts just start to soften (3-5 min)
Pop a lid on the pan and turn off the heat
Allow to sit and continue cooking for 7-10 minutes – you want them to have just a touch of crunch when they are done.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve warm

Happy, healthy eating!
H

 


Spring 2017

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Spring is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. While I don’t appreciate the finicky weather that Colorado brings our way in the Spring (seriously, the forecast for today is sunny and eighty degrees and by Friday we are in the path of snow!), I do so love watching everything come back to life.

It renews my energy. It beckons me outdoors. The labors of love that leave me with sore muscles, perhaps the first sunburn of the season, and eventually evidence of the fruits of this labor when our kitchen is filled with delicious veggies from the garden and vases of freshly cut flowers begin to pop up all over the house.

Friends, it has been quite some time since a new post has hit my blog. Seems I write this same sort of post periodically – after I’ve gone MIA in the blog world. Here’s the ugly truth about why: allocation of too much time to things that don’t really matter. It’s a tough pill to swallow when one sits back and realizes that the best of them, both time and energy, has been given to an obligation; leaving little to nothing left over for the things that truly fuel their soul. When you fall into a rut with life…work, eat, sleep, repeat.

If you find yourself in this same situation, I encourage you to allow the newness of Spring to help you turn that around. Set better boundaries. Save some of what’s your best for whatever energizes your life and fuels your soul. I know I’m going to….

Hope to see you back here at the blog in the days that come as I share what’s going on in the garden and the kitchen, tidbits about my favorite things and stuff that blows my hair back with inspiration.

-H


Discerning The Voice of God: Chapter 6

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Six chapters in – are you feeling the Holy Spirit stirring within? Are you noticing His voice interjecting among the chaos of your life? Are you finding yourself taking more intentional pauses and quieting yourself so you can hear from him?

I am.

And, just when I think this book can’t possibly have another valuable nugget, I turn the pages through the next chapter and there they are!

How blessed are we that God has forgiven us of our sins and remembers them no more once they have been confessed and repented of?

How incredible that His guidance comes wrapped in love (rather than riddled with guilt, shame and anxiety) AND he will connect with each of us in a personal way? One that we can hear, that matches our individual circumstances and aligns with His unique plan for our lives.

And, when we follow his voice we can move forward with confidence regarding the decisions we make?!?!

Oh, and quiet possibly my personal favorite: we aren’t going to get it right ALL the time, and regardless, He will use whatever way we might mess up for ultimate good. He will blaze a trail back over to the right path!!

Having faith means pushing forward without seeing what’s ahead, trusting that each step of the way will be met with a foothold, keeping us safe! Believing without seeing.

Any thoughts on your journey of spiritual growth? I’d love to hear from you – chime-in in the comments section below.

Just getting in on the blog posts related to Discerning The Voice of God? Get caught up with the links below:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Love and blessings to you all on this beautiful Wednesday morning!
H

 

 


Avocado Toast with Egg

Several months ago I visited a friend in Arizona. We stopped for breakfast on our way to the airport at the end of my trip and she ordered this amazing avocado toast with egg.

I don’t remember all the details of how that dish came together at the restaurant but have been eating something similar regularly at home ever since.

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Before you begin, you have a decision to make — how would you like your eggs? Over medium? Sunny side up? Poached? Scrambled?

The possibilities are numerous, but I have to say, something about a runny yolk adds a little magic to this dish.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 slice toast
1/2 avocado, smashed
lime (or lemon) juice
kosher salt
pepper & salt to taste

Instructions:
Prepare egg as per your preference (I’m digging on soft boiled eggs these days so that’s what is pictured here)
Top toast with smashed avocado, sprinkle with kosher salt and lime (or lemon) juice
When egg is done cooking, top avocado covered toast and season with additional salt and pepper as you desire

That’s it! Healthy, easy, delicious!

Have the most fabulous weekend – meet you right back here on the blog next week!
H


Seedlings: Seedaholic.com

I am approximately 6 weeks into my seedling project and things are coming along quite nicely. I’ll do a more detailed update another time but today I wanted to share with you this website I came across while searching for seeds during my planning phase (you can read about that by clicking here).

For this project, I wanted to grow lots of things that I can’t generally find in the nurseries, but also a handful of plants that are tried, true and loved. Turns out, some of those tried, true and loved plant varieties that I pick up in the nursery were hard to find in seed form.

I searched and searched and searched and eventually came across Seedaholic.com. This company, overseas, has all kinds of unique seed options that I couldn’t find anywhere else and I was surprised that their prices are competitive and shipping costs aren’t all that high (something I initially wondered about when I decided to order from them).

It takes a little longer for the order to arrive but what I found when I opened that package was jaw dropping. The way in which they package their materials and the information that comes with the seeds is something I’ve just never seen before.

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Each of the different varieties came with a full color information sheet on starting and ongoing care of the plants; and all the seeds were meticulously packaged in a small envelope which was inside a small plastic zip top bag.

When it came time for me to get these seeds started, I immediately understood why they were so hard to find…some of the seeds are so small they look like no more than a teeny-tiny speck of dirt. The sticker on the outside of the envelope cautioned me about the tiny seeds and encouraged having everything ready to go before even opening the package – but I was still in awe! I can’t even begin to imagine the difficulty in harvesting these seeds from plants at the end of season.

At the time of my order I figured I’d never have to order most of these seeds again because the listing indicated something like a gazillion seeds per package. In my ignorance I figured I would plant 3 seeds of each variety per seed-starting pod and they would last forever. Joke was on me. Just when I thought I kept it to around a dozen seeds per seed-starting pod, they germinated and I missed the mark by…well…a LOT.

Regardless, I’m super impressed with this company. Everything I’ve started has come up without any trouble and is growing wonderfully — even for this girl who really doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing and is making it up a bit as she goes with this project.

Give Seedaholic.com a look – they’re pretty impressive!

H

 

 


Baked Potato Wedges

 

There are about a million different ways to make potatoes; ranging from few ingredients, little time and super easy to…well…everything opposite of that.

Here is a basic (i.e. few ingredients, little time, super easy) potato recipe that can be served just like this OR dressed up with lots of different toppings, dipping sauces, etc.

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Ingredients:
-Large baking (russet) potatoes, peeled, cut into wedges
-Cooking oil (I used avocado oil because it withstands higher baking temps without damaging the oil, but you use what you have on hand)
-Seasoned Salt
-Pepper

Instructions:
-If you have time, allow your potato wedges to soak in cold water for a bit. 30 minutes is ideal, but you can skip this step all together if time just doesn’t permit. Soaking will help pull out some of the starch and allow your wedges to get crispier when baking.
-Heat oven to 425 degrees
-Drain wedges (if you soaked them first) and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel
-Place wedges into a bowl or baggie and drizzle with cooking oil (how much you need depends on how many wedges are in play here, but you want them to be lightly coated)
-Add seasoned salt and pepper (again, amount of each depends on number of wedges AND your personal preference)
-Toss together, then place on a baking sheet
-Cook until wedges are golden brown, approximately 30 minutes, turning part way through cooking

It’s a simple recipe and it pairs well with mostly all meat dishes BUT if you want to change this up from side-dish to appetizer or snack, pile up wedges when they are done cooking, top with lots of cheese and put back under the broiler to melt. Then you can finish topping with whatever other ingredients trip your trigger: sour cream, guac, tomatoes, salsa, bacon, shredded chicken, ground beef…OR…you could make one of a million sauces for dipping…OR…the possibilities are really endless…

 


Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer: Chapter 1

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I ordered this book several months ago, when I was facing a possible HUGE decision.

I had applied for a job, that, if I was offered & accepted, would have meant a significant move. I felt torn right down the middle with this decision; seeing both sides equally and fearing I wouldn’t be able to make the choice that aligned with God’s Will for me.

After weeks of prayer, and being no closer to feeling confident that I could make this decision, I finally asked Him to make this very simple: if moving was part of His plan for me, have a job offer come my way. If not, please let this opportunity pass me by.

When that phone call finally came, I wasn’t offered the job. Relief flooded over me. In fact, I was so relieved, I was near tears. It’s not that I didn’t desire the job; but this was absolutely what was to happen. Could I have made that decision on my own? I will never know as I didn’t have to. What a blessing to have a God who, in my indecisive desperation, answered my prayer, stepped in and took all decision off the table.

As much as I desire to live according to God’s Will for me, I really struggle to know which parts of that “gut feeling” belong to me in my flesh, and which are directions from the Holy Spirit.

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally crack this book open and begin reading (I didn’t start it immediately, God had to step in in a large way during the decision that prompted me to order the book to begin with…), but I’m glad to have finally done so.

Chapter 1 discusses the importance of being still and making time to LISTEN. Often times we fill our time with the Lord carrying on about this and that. And, while he certainly welcomes any and all we want to take to him, if we never give HIM a chance to speak, how will we ever hear what he has to say?

There are many questions I’m waiting on answers to – for quite some time now. Have I not been making the time to LISTEN? Maybe that’s the ticket!! So, I’ve done just that. I’ve re-arranged my bible study time, shortened my prayers, and made time to listen. Mercy! Running, random, unimportant thoughts!! This wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d expected, plus I wasn’t even sure what I was listening FOR – in what form would I hear Him? Would something just pop into my head? Would I need to open my bible to see where He was pointing me? Would it just be a certain “gut feeling”?

Clearly this is going to take a LOT of practice…but as Scripture says…

Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

Before I sign off, an invitation: buy this book. Let’s work through it together. A chapter a week. Nothing about this sort of journey is easy, which is why God encourages us to be involved with others, to fellowship. There will always be a place at this metaphoric table for you.

With Love,
H