Have you known the Love of God?

A Pileated Woodpecker showed up in our backyard!

Have you known the love of God?

He will go to the ends of the earth for you.

He stays up late and gets up early to be with you.

He paints beautiful pictures and creates unique companions for you to revere and enjoy.

He entrusts you with your life, your gifts and all. And gives you freedom to choose what you do with them.

Have you seen some of his creations? He has a sense of humor! He wants you to see them with wonder and surprise.

Oh, the beauty of our Lord.

The love he has for you; to take the shame and blame for you.

To take the pain.

Then waits for your response, hoping it was enough for you.

S/F Chocolate Bark

Okay, I was having one of my hankerings; you know, it’s 3 pm and I’m hungry but not sure what I wanted to eat. So I started searching the internet for healthy snacks. I found this one from Delish but made it my own by using pumpkin seeds and Stevia instead of pistachios and sugar.

What’s so great about this recipe is that you can add anything that suits your fancy as far as ingredients go. And the best part is, you get to lick the saucepan when you’re done and eat all the little pieces that don’t quite make a serving.

Let me know what you think?

S/F Chocolate Bark

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy!
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Ingredients:
8 oz Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
Pumpkin Seeds
Dried Cherries
Shredded coconut, unsweetened
Liquid Stevia to taste
Pretzels
Sea Salt

Directions:
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. On stove top in a sauce pan, melt coconut oil, chocolate and stevia until smoothe on medium low heat. Spread mixture onto parchment paper, add pumpkin seeds, cherries, coconut and sea salt on top. Freeze for 1/2 hour. Break apart into pieces with a knife. Freeze until ready to serve.

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Yellow Rice

Quick Meal Idea for Back to School!

Back to School time at our house is a very busy time of the year. In fact, since my husband and I are both teachers, we usually don’t show our heads socially anywhere until late October as we prepare for the new school year and our new students.

However, eating healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming. This meal was simple. I bought a fresh rotisserie chicken at my local Shop Rite, added some yellow rice (one of my new favorite side dishes) and some fresh fruit. Voila. Easy!

How do you prepare healthy meals during back to school?

Yellow Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy!
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Ingredients:
1/2 c white rice
1/2 c brown rice
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garlic
1 3/4 c chicken broth (I use Knorr)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp Chopped cilantro

Directions:
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil in a sauce pan on medium heat. Add garlic and brown. Add rice and tumeric, stirring until coated. Then add the chicken broth. Cover and let simmer for 20 min. Mix in the cilantro when the rice is done cooking and broth is completely absorbed.
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Fall Painting and My New Workspace!

One of Behr’s 2020 colors of the year, Charasmatic

So when my son left for school to another state yesterday, I decided to repaint his room from aqua blue to this serene yellow and reclaim my workspace.

My husband and I loved this color from Behr 2020 collection called, Charasmatic. It’s a warm yellow, but not too bright. It’s perfect for doing my schoolwork or if I need to work virtually from home. His bed is still in there for when he comes back to visit, and for when I need to take a nap!

Are you doing any fall projects this year?

Summer Fahita meets Fall Soup

Welcome Fall!

Late summer into fall has to be me and my husband’s favorite time of year! The cooler weather arrives and the best holidays are coming up. Besides that, school starts and with both of us being teachers, I need to get creative with food preparation.

Usually I will make 3 or 4 meals during the week and throw in take out for chinese or pizza and a rotisserie chicken and we are covered for the week. One of my favorite ways to spice up meals is to add something leftover to something new as shown above. Soup that I made a couple of days ago was paired with a fresh fahita bringing a new meal to enjoy.

Our 2020 Family Christmas Photo!

2020 Christmas photo

It was no small task to get the five of us together in the 2 week window that we had when my 21-year old visited us from CA this summer. To prove my point, it was only because his flight was canceled (thank you, God) that he stayed an extra day and we made it happen on our back deck. Not the scenic view I was planning for but I’m grateful that we got it and will be ahead of the game come Thanksgiving time, when I plan to send out my Christmas cards.