Thursday, July 30, 2015

7QTF: Jambalaya!

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God Love You!

We are planning a trip to Durango, CO and cannot wait. Any recommendations?

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These dogs, oh my gosh - these dogs! The one with the lid on his head, priceless!

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BB: "You'll pick me up ..., but that takes so long! Believe it or not, it's been a difficult summer with BB and drop offs at the learning center. A couple of times I've regretted my hair being down as it gives her the chance to grab on and hold on tight.

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BBC: Some kiddos joined us in praying the Divine Chaplet of Mercy at 3 (I'll tell you more about that later) and I kept thinking about him. How these little girls have already been introduced to such a beautiful prayer and it all started with my friends praying with me and for my family. It was such a blessing.
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NCC: Almost walking, almost - eight teeny tiny steps of joy into my heart.

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The Doggies: they both just love to dig through some trash, I need to record their guilty faces!

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Makes me laugh every time!

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Little Things: oh those little things!


God Love You!

This week I've been reading, My Life with the Saints by James Martin. It is awesome and truly just walked into my life at the library. Somebody left it lying on a shelf near where the kiddos were playing so I just had to get it. Now I'm trying to read it as fast as I can so I can get it back to that library on that same shelf!

Well folks, I'm about half way through and realize I know so little about the Catholic Church and it's history. There is a chapter on the Jesuits and St. Ignatius of Loyola - I knew absolutely nothing about them! I must change this.

One of the nifty things that has stuck with me was to try and do an examination of conscience at the end of the day and really try to see God's hand in everything - where we felt Him most, where we said no to Him. So I've been trying to do that, but I have to cut myself short because this little mind tends to dwell on those times where I can feel Him most and gloss over the times when I say no to Him. I hope this gets better with time!

As far as the blog goes, it had prompted me to maybe add a weekly post about those times when I feel Him in my life. So I said, yes, I need to do that and then went on my merry way.

Then, I started reading through Dwija's link up, and said "Hmmm, I wonder if I have any recipes I could add?" I searched my recipedias tag and read through some of the ones I posted, then I found the Little Things: Chilaquiles recipedia. Guess what, I had already done that whole Little Things deal before and forgot all about it.

Thank-you God for reminding me about all those little things! Thank-you!

Now back to the link-up, here are some of my fave fast recipedias:

  1. Butternut squash mac-n-cheese. This one is made faster if you pre-roast the squash, I think I need to go back to my Sunday veggie-roasting fests!
  2. Chilaquiles. Or poor-man enchiladas that you can also add cooked-over medium eggs on top - just delicious!
  3. Shrimp+Kale Tacos. I need to bring Taco Thursday back!
  4. Potato+Tuna Tacos. These can also be made into little tuna patties and eaten over rice. The potato+garlic+cilantro+tuna combination is so good and I got my parents to thank for introducing me to it!
  5. Lentils+Potato+Cheese. I must confess, I love me some potatoes!
  6. Potato+Chorizo+Avocado Cream - goodness, it has been too long since I bought potatoes!
  7. Avocado+Bacon Tacos. Taco Thursdays are coming back my friends!

Please note, I am not a chef by any stretch of the imagination. RC jokes that I make hospital type food, so please make sure to add your seasoning - I'm working on it!

Also, thank-you all for stopping by and for those of you that posted - you best believe I'm going to get out my crock-pot and let it do all the cookin!


Monday, July 20, 2015

MAM: John 21


God Love You!

So, awkward right? How do you explain these unexplained blog absences? You don't, you can't. I can't believe it's been 3 months, but it has. There have all kinds of things going on over at mi casa, not to mention the world!

I've been trying and failing miserably to carve out some quiet time with Our Lord in the mornings. I am not and have ever been a morning person. My parents have this famous line, "she's not in the mood." I can get down right mean sometimes. I believe BB has inherited this little trait, so I steer clear.

Well, tonight I finally got to read John 21, after having this post in draft mode for about 3 months, or a blink of an eye. What stuck out for me was the call to "Follow me". I pray for that grace always. It's so easy, yet I somehow manage to get in my own way. "Follow me."

In the episode below, Mother Angelica talks about how people willingly choose to die for a living God. We live in a world where out of sight is out of mind, but these people do not die for a memory, but to imitate Jesus, son of the Most High God.

There are so many things in that little chapter that I would have just glanced over. Mother Angelica casts a new light on them, she talks about how the disciples were obedient by dropping the net, even when reason says not too.

She points out that John recognized Our Lord first, although everyone loved him, and asks us if we are able to recognize Him. She asks us if we recognize the miracles in our life, the miracle of life and old age.

She asks us if we realize what a gift it is to enjoy nature.What a gift to even get out of bed in the morning. The gifts of having a job or a family. The gift of time to keep us in existence to do the things we need to do. Do we recognize those gifts?

She also asks us to be humble, obedient and honest with ourselves when we commit a sin. She challenges us to choose forgiveness over harboring any anger in our hearts. It's a beautiful message, and she delivers it in a most entertaining way. I hope you enjoy it!