Inspiring…….

I get the privilege every day to see most beautiful sunsets. I am always in awe of what God allows me to see. The sheer bright whiteness of the sun tells me God is in charge. I do a sign of the cross every time I see that beautiful light shining through the clouds. It is absolutely magnificent! I look at it and sometimes, I just catch it before it disappears. I interpret it as God shining down on me and letting me know he is there and hears me. I have been so inspired to paint because of these sunsets. So, today in the midst of my errands, I decided to pull out the paint and brushes. I did get frustrated because I could not get the sunset reflection right. It looked incredibly wrong. It felt wrong. As the day went on, I let it rest and I went along my day. Then after a few hours, I pulled out the paint and just began mixing paint and brushing it on the canvas. God took my brush and I know this because he made my picture so much better than I imagined. You may be thinking I am nuts, but as I look at it, I feel he helped guide me. I know this because as I look at the sun in my picture, I feel the same awe I do when I see the sun glowing in the clouds every night. Some things you just can’t prove. I feel it. Look around you and be inspired.  There is so much in this world to notice. Get off your phone and interact with real people standing before you.  That in itself may awe you! I love you and trust you Jesus!

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Ideas implemented.

I was sitting at home really feeling like painting something. I had these ideas floating in my head. My daughter and I headed to the fabric store to find some canvases right away. I already had the paint so I was that much closer to making my vision a reality. The problem with ideas is that most of them we all have are literally gone into the air within 5 seconds of thinking it. Poof! Gone!

I knew that I needed to make a move into the implementation direction. I feel that making myself move, created momentum for other areas of my life too. Sometimes all we need is to make a small, bold move and then we changed the course of our life. A co-worker asked me, “why is it so much easier being unhealthy?” My reply was because we don’t have to force ourselves to switch directions. Being complacent is easy. I don’t want to be that person. What could’ve been, will not take over my head anymore. Create yourself, form yourself, and thrive.

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Comfort food that is actually good for you!

Hi guys!

I am going to share what I just made. I recently have been cooking up a storm every Sunday and canning the food.  I know that if I don’t do this, I eat poorly. I did some experiments in my kitchen and I will share this receipe I made up. It is soooooo good!

How I thought of this was I was cooking a ham in the oven, so naturally, I had to think how can I use the ham bone. I decided to high tail it to the store to pick up a bag of split peas. If I am going to go through the trouble of canning, I may as well make a ton! So, I picked up 2- 1pound bags and went home. I had never ever cooked this before, so with the help of the internet, I learned how to cook the peas. Whenever I cook, I always add my own flare to it.  Here is what I did:

In a large, huge pot, I poured in 8 cups of hot water. Then I dumped the peas in it. I turned the stove on high and I boiled the peas for 25 minutes. I turned the burner off and let it sit for 1 hour.

In another pot, I filled it with 4 cans of sliced carrots, one cut up celery stalk, one cut up onion, fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. I cooked the veggies until tender, added the ham bone to the peas, and combined the veggies into the pea pot. I cooked the mixture until the peas were tender.

After I tasted it and like the taste, I removed the ham bone and threw everything in the blender. After it was pureed, I put it back in the pot. I thought it needed a little something, so I added some milk, a little more salt and pepper, then stirred it up. To Top off the soup I threw in small pieces of ham! Delicious!!

If you are going to can the soup, fill the hot soup into hot jars and boil in a canning pot for 40 minutes. Allow to sit and seal before putting it in the cupboard.

The next time I am in a hurry, I can pop open my soup and eat it!

Nutritional value of peas:
In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.
Green peas nutrition facts and health benefits
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green-peas.html

 

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