Oct 23, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama Crispy Salmon Siesta

Good morning, friends!  Happy Monday!  How are you this fine morning? I hope you are well.  If your week is busy, I would suggest this Trim Healthy Mama recipe for a quick and delicious dinner.  Before Trim Healthy Mama, I always considered Salmon as a quick go to meal, and this recipe adds so much flavor.  I have made it several times and will continue to keep it in recipe rotation.  Not that I have a specific rotation of recipes per se; but, I am trying many new ones and this one will be a staple.

Crispy Salmon Siesta is on page 80 of the original Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. It is considered an S meal for satisfying and is a written for a single serve.   I usually make three to four fillets in the skillet at a time.  The Salesman will eat this dish and be ok with it; but he is not a seafood lover - unless it is shrimp!

The dish is paired with yellow squash in the recipe, and I also added a side of purple cabbage and garnished with cilantro.  Yum!


Oct 20, 2017

For the Love of Lamp Lights - New York City

Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a wonder filled week!  I returned from a fun trip to New York City to a very full and challenging week.

However, I  feel that I lead a beautiful life.  Not beautiful because everything is perfect; but because the perspective of my life is that way to me.  I can find beauty in the everyday, in the simple, in the mundane, and in a life with no fame.

New York City is fascinating to me.  So full of life and art and architecture.  The apparent beauty is everywhere.  One day my friend blessed me with asking me where I'd like to go in the city and it was so enjoyable for to me to explore areas of the city that I hadn't discovered before.  Life is a gift.  Friendship is a gift.  I take neither for granted.

On our walk throughout the city and near Central Park, I found a lamp light that I thought was absolutely gorgeous.  The building it was housed in had a doorman, so I pressed close to the guarded glass door and snapped a picture of the beauty to share with you today.


Life is beautiful!

Oct 18, 2017

Staying Home - From the Archives

Good morning!  I've just returned from a trip and have decided to do a re-post from the archives.  This post was originally published in 2009 and was titled: Staying Home.  I find it interesting that we had just returned from a trip:

We've just returned from nine wonderful days of traveling. We took a gazillion pictures and I'll be posting them soon (with the teens help, of course!) So today, I'm posting a devotional that has to do with a trip we had planned to take this summer.

"But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1: 3

This summer we had greatly anticipated a trip of nine days of no lessons or appointments, just Grandma's country cooking, Grandpa's garden fresh fruits and vegetables, tender sister-in-law conversations and wee cousins squealing and playing - It WAS going to be splendid. But when our attitudes, actions and reactions were self centered, self serving and self loving, the trip was cancelled. There were heart issues that needed to be dealt with and not swept under the rug in order to spend time at a mini-family reunion of sorts. Our family union was not intact. Staying home purposefully was painful. I wanted to go. While unpacking, the Lord gently reminded me that I was like Jonah - in action - but not of God. There was nothing wrong with the trip we had planned; but ignoring actions that did not reflect Him needed attention. I could not show up and answer, "I'm fine" when my own actions reflected otherwise. So the crisis came: do I take time to mend my fellowship with the Lord? Do I seek family unity? Or do I say, "Get in the car and hush till we arrive and then I'm going to eat fresh figs and sit on the porch swing!" My family would have seen that I had seaweed wrapped tightly around my head had we gone on the trip.

God told Jonah to go to Ninevah. Jonah was on the go all right; but straight to the belly of a fish - his own self willed trip. God used this time when Jonah's home was decorated with fish scales to do a heart change. In Jonah chapter 3, he goes where God wanted him to go. Our family needed some time at home (or in the belly of a fish) to allow the Lord to heal our hearts. Are you like us? Are "things" being swept under the rug in order to go out and continue going your own ways? If God is prompting your heart, seek Him, ask Him to reveal any thing that is not pleasing Him:

Lord, I pray when You speak, help me not to cry "Oh, no!"
Help me Lord to be willing to go where You want me to go
Give me wisdom Lord to discern and then do Your will
Clearly tell me to launch out or lead me to be still
Lord, with You alone, unite my heart
Before I get busy and just "anything" start
I want to do Your will, Your way
Help me Lord, day by day. Amen

Like Jonah, going our own way and doing our own thing will lead us to feeling like we are drowning in the deep (Jonah 2:5). God wants to accomplish great works through you. Allow Him to do a work in your heart by asking:

Lord, am I honoring you with my attitude?
Lord, am I honoring you with my actions?
Lord, am I honoring you with my reactions?
Lord, are my activities honoring Your will or mine?

He has Kingdom work for you to do, join Him!

Oct 16, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama Pay Off Day Candies

Good morning! And Happy Monday!  How are you all today?  Did you have a relaxing weekend? I hope so! I am still traveling and enjoying one of my favorite places in the states - New York City!  Woo Hoo!  I'll be sure to share an amazing amount of pictures soon!

Today I am going to share a recipe review that got a two thumbs up from The Salesman: Pay Off Day Candies.  They are a Trim Healthy version of the PayDay candy bar.  And I think the Trim Healthy Mama version is a good one!  This recipe is in the first Trim Healthy Mama cookbook and is on page 381 of the Candies and Bars chapter.  It is a multiple serve (makes about 16 candies) satisfying sweet.

I thought the recipe was simple and easy to make and follow. I'm always pleased when the picture I take of the finished dish that I've made resembles the one in the cookbook!  And they were really good, you all. And more importantly, The Salesman really liked them! Yes!  I will be making these again!  I hope you try them as well.

And enjoy!

Oct 13, 2017

For The Love of Lamp Lights Vanderbilt University Wyatt Center

Good morning, friends!  Happy Friday!!!  I am in one of my favorite places...New York City!!! I absolutely enjoy coming to the city and when a friend asked me to join her for a trip, I eagerly agreed!  I'm taking many pictures and will have so many to share with you when I return home.

There is so much beauty all around us! While at Vanderbilt University for a concert this last week, I looked up and saw this beautiful arhitectural element at the center of the room.  I love how the light reflects in the picture.  Interesting that I was drawn to the architecture in person; but it is the light that catches my eye in the picture.

Look up, my friends!!!

Oct 11, 2017

The Winner Dance

A repost from October 2008...

The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." Zephaniah 3:17

We are a game playing family. Not that we have a special time or day for games, we just tend to enjoy games. Checkers are usually played after a meal. If you drop by you may find Monopoly set up in the living room, or see a Clue box in the corner. The Uno cards are just held together with a rubber band and one glance at the Dutch Blitz cards and you'll know our game times are lively. There are times we think we are settled in for the night, all cozy, reading a good book, when a child (surely not wanting to delay her own bedtime) will come in with a word search book, and the game is on! I don't remember when the tradition started, but we have a winner dance. Probably a good thing that we live in the country, because what fun to sing and dance for joy after a competitive contest.

This morning the Spirit gently asked me "Who is dancing for joy over my life? My attitudes? My actions? My reactions?" Am I mindful that God is in my home as I open my mouth to respond? Or is the enemy the one doing the dance with shouts of joy over my actions? Someone is dancing over me.

Who is dancing over you? Who is celebrating over our attitudes, actions and re-actions? Wonder what is going on in the heavenlies when one of God's very own lays down self, sin or pride? Can you picture God, our victorious warrior, exulting over us with joy? Yes, He is also quiet in His love (like a mother holding a new born) but the Word also says "The LORD your God will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." Over you. Yes, you. Give him reason to dance and sing over you.

Dear ones, what will we do?
To know victorious God dances and sings over you?
Who in our lives in doing the victory dance?
Have a plan, be prepared, don't leave anything to chance
The LORD your God is in your midst, you must know
He loves you so, with grace and mercy He wants to bestow
God is the warrior who saves
He calls us to step up and be brave
Over us He has quiet moments of adoration
But let's not forget, He's a God of celebration
He will dance over us in joy
Oh beloved, to Him we are not a game or toy
A beloved soul, His hearts delight
Allow His joy, in us, to shine bright.

Oct 9, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama Kale Chips

Good morning! Happy Monday!  I hope you had a restful weekend. I had one day of rest and one day of busy!  It was a good weekend though.  We are enjoying some much needed rain in East Tennessee.

I have been blessed recently with kale from my friend Janene's garden.  I am so thankful for friends and for fresh garden vegetables.  My dad had a big garden when we were growing up and fresh vegetables bring back memories of my childhood and my family.

The Trim Healthy Mama recipe that I'm going to review today is from the first Trim Healthy Mama cookbook in the chapter All Things Smooth and Crunchy.  You will find Kale Chips on page 464.  The recipe is a single serve recipe.  It has two options for making it in either the satisfying category or in the fuel pull category.

I used the fuel pull option and followed the directions as listed.  The recipe is simple and easy to make.  There are only four ingredients.  I was listening to a podcast when I made these and I do believe I got a little distracted with the salt, because mine were too salty.  I used nutritional yeast on the top of the kale chips.

As far as texture and taste (minus my obviously too generous pinches of salt) the chips were very good.  Next time I believe I will use the ranch seasoning option.  Since Janene sent me home with a bag of kale today that was about the size of a present bag that Santa Claus would carry, I may be trying them this week.