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Friday, December 21, 2012

Life is more than food


"For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:20

I was listening to this song called Beautiful by PRo and a verse in the song said "she eats and it ease the pain." This lyric reminded me of a time when I was younger; I was about 15 years old...
My mom and I were strongly disagreeing to where I was really upset to the point of tears. I hadn't ate dinner yet so when I got out my room to go to the kitchen, my mom began to tell me I couldn't eat; I remember so clearly that I yelled at her saying she wanted to starve me. She replied with no, it wasn't good to eat when your upset because you could get sick.

Well I never understood her and always thought she was just being mean at the time. However, I've realized it wasn't about her being mean, it was about my mom helping me not to become an emotional eater.

As an adult I have never struggled with this issue as an emotional eater that so many women are faced with daily. Even though I am not faced with being an emotional eater, I do struggle with over eating. I have to eat the last bite or if the dessert looks good I have to try it. But I don't really have to.
So how do I deal with this? I must learn to "discipline my body and keep it under control..." (1 Corinthians 9:27) in all areas. But most importantly I must repent and seek God's counsel.


Father God,
I pray that you continue to show me my sins. That I may turn away from them and look towards You and Your perfect Son Jesus. That I will strive to mirror His image not only in my own life but in my marriage. I will shine my light so bright before man that You will be glorified as Matthew 5:16 stated.

In Jesus' Name.
Amen.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes


I have made the potatoes twice but differently; the first with hash browns **recipe here** instead of actual potatoes and the second way with mashed russet potatoes. While both came out delicious, I have to say using mashed potatoes taste a whole lot better (at least to me). I have served this dish with grilled chicken and green beans and also as a side dish for a Thanksgiving pot luck dinner. This dish is perfect to prepare the night before and refrigerate until an hour before dinner the next day (for us working wives) or prepare and cook all at once. Either way the dish comes out great!!
 
ENJOY!!!
 
 


Ingredients:

3 LB Russet Potatoes
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (16oz) Sour Cream
1/2 Stick Melted Butter
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (or a little more)
3/4 Cup Milk

Directions:

1. Boil peeled and chopped potatoes till soften (approximately 10 minutes)

 
2. Drain and mash potatoes



3. Add Cream of Chicken, Sour Cream, Melted Butter, Garlic/Onion Powder, Cheese, and Milk
 
 
 

 





4. Mix well
 

 
 
 
 


 

5. Place into a 9 x 13 Greased Dish




 
 
 
 


6. Cover and bake on 375 for 40 minutes or Freeze for another day
 
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Crazy Pumpkin Spice Cake


Made this for my sister's birthday, everyone loved it! It would also be a great holiday dessert; I'm thinking holiday parties for work, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Enjoy!! **Got recipe from here**

Crazy Pumpkin Spice Cake

For the cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1.5 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Maple-Cinnamon Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a 10” bundt pan and set aside. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a cooling rack and allow the cake to stay in the pan for five minutes, then invert onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Once cool, put on a plate, blend the glaze ingredients together and pour over the cake.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Accountability


"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid."
-Proverbs 12:1

When I was younger, I remember my mom would go through my computer and my emails. I use to think it was an invasion of my privacy. I now know it was accountability. She wanted to teach me how to be accountable towards my own actions. I didn't understand it than but I appreciate that more than anything now!!
Walking with Christ, my husband, my brothers and sisters in Christ help keep me accountable to the Word of God. It is that much easier allowing them to take that role in my life since my mom started doing it at a young age for me.
When I am a mother, I want to teach my children about godly accountability.

"Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you"
-Hebrews 13:17
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