Non-Chips.

I love eating chips. Doritos and Kettle Brand are probly my favorite. First off, I have to say this. After my last post about eating healthy, I totally fell off the turnip wagon and rolled all the way to the bottom of the hill and landed in the pig feed where I have been feasting on awesome brownies by the Brown eyed baker . I do have my personal reasons, which I wasn’t planning to share, but it has something to do with (food) texture issues.
  Anyway, back to chips. When I eat real potato chips, I tend to get a real buzz. Its almost worse than candy.  If you are following the Trim Healthy lifestyle, you will know they have several chip alternatives. There are the Just-like-wheat-thins from the book, which I do like occasionally, but feel like I need to eat the whole batch because they do not keep for very long. Also the baked pitas and lavash breads. And zucchini chips and other vegetables made crispy by some method. All are very good, but not all are crunchy like chips and not all keep thier crispness more than a day.
  In an attempt to get back on track, I decided to make myself a ‘healthier’ snack. We just got back from a weekend away and have very little to eat in the house.
Normally when I make the chips using Joseph`s lavash bread, I spray a pan with a little oil, lay out my cut pieces,  spray those with a little oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper and anything else that I might want on top and bake at 350 til browned. Usually they turn out okay. Nothing too grand. 

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This last time I made them, I was impressed with how they turned out, and decided if I feed my kids chips someday, they shall be made like this.

I used a whole bag of lavash bread. I filled a small bowl with water. In another bowl, I mixed about a half cup of parmesan cheese, pinch of salt and pepper,(note: I forgot parmesan is so salty, so you may not want to add salt.) And about one and a half teaspoons of nacho cheese powder that I get from Azure Standard.
Preheat the oven to 350° then cut the lavash breads into pretty little triangles. If you are doing portion control, at this point you will want to note how many triangles you get from one serving. After I lightly spray a pan with oil, I gingerly dip the triangles in the water, give them a little doggy shake then coat them on both sides with the parmesan mixture, again shaking off the excess. Arrange them neatly in the pan and bake them til they are slightly browned, allow to cool, then chomp chomp. Hopefully they turn out great for you.

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For a dip, I plugged about half of a container of cottage cheese into the blender til smooth-ish and seasoned it with dry ranch dressing mix. I actually felt pretty good about my snack.

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No Substitute For Healthy Living

Health, like life, is a journey. I grew up eating healthier than the average American, I suppose. We had fresh vegetables from the garden, occasionally we had beef and chicken and eggs we had raised on the farm, and venison hunted on  my dads property. Mom canned vegetables from the garden. Green beans, tomato juice for drinking and soup, homade salsas, freezer corn and strawberry jam, and a few other things, but those are the one I have memories of in early childhood. After moving to a third world country when I was eleven, and returning when, I was thirteen, I made my own choices about food. And due to a mild depression, and a little slothfulness, and a whole lot of Doritos, two years later I had put on about 10-15 pounds. I was also taking Tylenol pretty regular for headaches.
   At sixteen, we returned to that same country for another year. My weight returned to normal due to walking  pretty much every where we went and fewer snacks and a round of salmonella. Those were probably my thinnest, moments, not necessarily my healthiest. After returning to the states, I purposed in my heart not to gain that weight back. I refused to eat chips and sour cream, and that decision alone probably saved me some problems. But I was getting headaches again and I gained weight slowly. I struggled with fatigue, possibly a result of late night habits. (Ya think? Snicker)
  My boyfriend’s mom introduced me to vitamins. I did test and got a list of foods not to eat and vitamins to take. I took alot of pills. I felt better when I took the pills, but one only wants to take 20 pills a day for so long. After that fizzled out, I started going to chiropracters (btw I have been to medical doctors, too.) I think I went to four different ones. Now I have two that I see, depending on what I want. They expressed the importance of healthy food. They explained to me how the body reacts to certain foods. There are healing foods, gut healthy foods, super foods, empty foods and harmful foods. There is also alot of false information being used.
At first it is overwhelming. You read something and react. You do away with that item completely and scramble to find other healthy foods, only to find out, well thats not good for you either. And repeat. Soon you are left with empty cupboards, shriveling up by your garden, munching on a celery stick while you wait for the rest of your organically home grown salad to pop up. While I didn’t do that exactly, somtimes thats how it feels. You’re hungry, but scared to eat any thing for fear of all the processing and chemicals used to get a particular food to the product it becomes. The first thing I learned was not to overreact.  Its so easy to do, but makes ‘going healthy’ so much more difficult. Start out slow.

Here is more or less how I did it. First on the list- margarine vs butter. If you will care to read about margarine, how it was first made, what it was intended for, you will ask yourself, if its not fit for turkeys, why is it fit for people? Also when you understand the different types of fats and how they affect your body and brain, that helps you find healthy fats and oils.  Butter, coconut oil, olive oil are what I use most with the occasional grapeseed oil for cooking at high temperatures, and once in a blue moon, I use peanut oil for deep fat frying things like chicken or platanos. I bake my sweet potato fries and generally don’t eat deep fried foods. Now if you get online you will find negative things about each of these oils mentioned above. Don’t overreact. Don’t read just one personal opinion on the matter. I usually read any where from 3 to 6 articles about the food I’m researching before I form an opinion and do away with it or keep it. I also sometimes choose an ‘organ’ to read up on, more about that later. After all my own studying on fats, the oils and fats mentioned above are what I choose to use in the long run of being healthy. I reallize others are cheaper, but I no longer even look at them or thier prices when I shop.

Then there is bread. I love a good bread. Especially pulled fresh from the oven. Bread is a wonderful thing. It is talked about alot in the Bible. So it must be good for you, right? It even says ‘daily bread’ in the Lord’s prayer, as though it was customary to eat it every day. But today’s bread is no longer in my life. The only time I eat traditional white bread is when we are away from home and I can’t resist, or when we have visitors and serve it for them. The rest of the time I use Ezekial bread from my health food store or kroger. At first I did not like it as it is not really a soft bread. I really enjoy it now and I find that I enjoy the nutty, earthy flavors. Not that you have to do away with all breads to be healthy, thats my personal decision. When my child is older, I will probably make bread using spelt flour, or teff flour, or rye, sprouted or fermented (before you say nasty, that simply means sour dough). But for now, we like our Ezekial bread. I didn’t know until just recently how different today’s wheat is from that in bible times. I remember as a child, looking at the pictures from bible stories and seeing big shocks of wheat as high as a mans head. I still don’t understand all about hybrids and gmo’s and changing things up when it comes to plants, but some how, they got wheat that is supposed to be as high as your head down to 12 inch stalks.  That alone seems unscriptural to me, but the main reason I did away with traditional bread is the amount of carbs and also gluten. And what you buy in the store is made with either sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Also, if you eat a lot of bread, don’t expect much weightloss. If you smother it with butter, you may see a new number on the scales soon. Things to study when it comes to wheat and other grains- glycemic index, effect on insulin levels, gluten intolerance, gut health and why sprouted. Also look in Ezekial, how God intructed to make bread. My approved grains for my personal healthy lifestyle are brown rice, quinoa, teff flour, spelt, strouted grains, oats(oatmeal) and a few other ancient grains that I can’t think of right now. Bulgar and barley and rye.

   Those were the main changes that  took place in the first year of marriage. So in my first year, I only changed my fats and grains. I was still using sugar,  although we ate very little pre-prepared foods. Once you start swapping out your healthy foods, the longer you go, the easier it gets. I find for myself, if I do my own research, pros and cons, I can figure out how often I can use it without doing away with it completely. I also develop convictions about why and how I want to use it. I can also tell by reading the ingredient list on the back of a product, what effect it will have on my body. Pork sends me into a gallblader attack, sugar acually makes me dizzy now. Bread makes me feel large and in charge (as in bloated and grouchy). Not enough vegetables makes me constipated and very grouchy. cumin for some reason gives me headaches. I know this cuz once when smelling it while working at a bulk food store, I almost passed out. Postive effects are- my home made sugarfree, coconut oil chocolate makes me happy. It just puts me in a great mood. To me, my chocolate equals sanity. Flax meal makes ‘going’ easier. Cayenne pepper on my food makes me more energetic. Cinnamon with something sweet, reduces my dizziness.These are unique reaction to foods that my body has. This is why I encourage you to do your own research.  Through my research,  I discovered that cayenne raises your metabolism, cinnamon lowers your blood sugar, mct’s in coconut oil coat your brain cells for better fuction and that just makes your brain happy! Pork was not approved by God to be digestable in the Old Testament, even though we eat it today. After my round with gallbladder pain, and understanding the why, your gallblader has to work harder to digest pork, I sat up and took a closer look at what God says to eat or not to eat in the old testament for my own personal health. I reallized, He wasn’t making rules just to be obnoxious, he made them because he loves us and wants us to experience ultimate health and enjoy life to the max! (Same way with his rules about sin.)
  Onto the organ studies… sometimes you have a problem, like I did. I went to the doctor and he told me it was my gall bladder. So there are all kinds of pills you can take for gall bladder issues. That’s when I started studying organs. If something is not right in my body, there is something causing that problem. Too often it is so much easier to take a pill, cover the symptoms, and never deal with the problem. I was encouraged to find out what was causing it, and abstain from using whatever it was that was causing the problem. Cheese and pork were suggested to try first. For two weeks I ate niether pork nor cheese and did not suffer. When I ate sausage for breakfast, within 30 minutes I had my pain back. I stopped using pork and slowed down my cheese intake. This has made a huge difference for me. I could be on a pill to lessen the effects, but with a little care on my part, that is not necessary.
 
So you see, with google, and so many resources available, you too can take more responsiblity for your own health and not just take a huge food company’s word for it. They want to sell you their ‘food’ as quickly and efficiently as possible. This has come to mean stabilizers, nitrates, food colorings, cheaper ingredients, large crops cared for with chemicals, hormone injected meat, shelf life extenders and many other extraordinary ingredients not found in regular homecooked dishes. You don’t have to take my word for it, but please be aware of what you are putting in your body. It may make you sick, permanantly or temporarily.
  I try not to offend others by not eating food they prepare. When I am home, I try not to offend others by cooking with cheap ingredients. I still have so much that I want to learn about healthy food and healthy living. When I put it together with my personal relationship with my Savior, I find joy in learning self control, fleeing temptation, and wholesome attitude and being at peace with God, myself and others. There are so many wonderful dicoveries to be made about eating healthy and living purely. One aspect draws the other to a whole new level. Just as I try to avoid toxic food, I try to avoid toxic influence to my soul, whether it is negativity or  immoral books, movies or music.
 
God bless your day- lisa
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Baleadas

Way down south in the mountains of Honduras, there is a little breakfast stand. It was here, five years ago, I was introduced to a wonderful breakfast food. Baleadas. bah-lay-ah-das. I don’t know much about the country, I was there only 10 days. but the food…mmmhm. Very memorable. I have some lovely photos of this trip. I will tell you more about it.

There were about 10 people on the trip. The work mission of the work group was to build a house for a family in need of one and spread the Word of God’s abiding love. The latter part is more difficult in another language, so we gave to the needy, spent time with the children, visited various homes and gave out free flip flops. Small things, really. honduras09 140 honduras09 134I was intrigued by this cute chicken coup we saw one afternoon while visiting a small village.  At one place we visited, there were four generation of women all living in houses close to each other. honduras09 231

While the men did all the heavy work at the construction site, we ladies were free to do other things, like visiting in homes, cooking breakfast and evening meals, and laundry as needed. But don’t think we copped out of the work! We put a few nails in!honduras09 243 honduras09 245

(I hate to say it, but it looks like they are working on the same one.) honduras09 182

honduras09 147We went to the pool at at local hotel one day. Imagine our dismay when we turned the corner and saw this.

honduras09 219Due to the water in the lake rising when it rained, they filled this pool in with dirt.  It makes a cute little yard. there was a refreshing pool with clear water at a higher level. We spent the afternoon in the sun after all.

The neighborhood children loved to get in on all the action and were as helpful as could be.honduras09 184 They entertained themselves by the job site. They played in the shade and kept an eye on progress.

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An afternoon game of street ball with the gringas proved entertaining as well.

(The house in the background is the one the team built)

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honduras09 207These gentlemen are almost identical. I’m assuming they are brothers. They both lived in the area. It wasn’t until later in the week we realized they were two different people.

I suppose I should be more honest about who did most of the work. It looks like the women did, right?

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Wrong!

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These are a few

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of the hardworking men that ate the popsicles

that lay in the house that the women built.

(I just can’t get that right for some reason. Writers block?)

So on the way to the job, we had to ride a bus. While we waited for the bus in the morning,

we ate baleadas.

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After the first taste, we didn’t make our own breakfast anymore. We just wanted baleadas.

 Learn about baleadas here.

Fast forward five years. With extra weight circling my middle, preying on my figure,

I have joined the battle of the bulge. But not just any battle. and not just against bulge.

Trim Healthy Mama is about more than just weight loss, its about being healthy,

and able to enjoy life and food as God intended. Pure, without guilt and shame.

Thus I bring you, the

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  what you need-

1 Joseph’s pita, Lavash, or low carb tortilla per serving.

less than 1/4 cup re-fried beans

2-3 egg whites (or southwestern egg beaters)  chicken or beef can also be used as protein. (I’m not a porky person but feel free to ham it up if you like.)

a sprinkle of part skim mozzarella, (optional)

salsa,( optional)

 what you do-

Mmm get your protein warmed up. ( Fry eggs or use leftover meat. Its too early to make it complicated.)

Lay the wrap on the plate.  Spread some re-fried beans on the wrap. ( I use canned. or leftover) (I also lay it on cold, the eggs warm it up.)

Sprinkle some skim mozzy, lay a few eggs on it, wrap it up and thank the Lord for all the goodness in that healthy wrap.


  Traditional baleadas also get a dab of sour cream, but since this is an E meal with the beans, we’ll leave the sour cream in the fridge. Unless you wanna saute some onions and mushrooms and bell peppers and omit the beans for an S meal.  I use pita’s for almost every sandwich or wrap I make.

I hope you enjoyed this lengthy blog.  If you are interested in learning more about the mission

trip and the initiator,  or to donate, contact me via Facebook or email and I will be happy to put you in touch.

(this man does this on his own steam, at his own expense. He also has a bicycle program if you have bikes to give)honduras09 304

HAPPY DAY!!

 

 

 

When You Put Away Childish Things.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, understood as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things. Paul wrote this in his letter to the corinthians. Its even in the love chapter. It kinda stands out as the odd verse in the chapter. Almost off subject. But it isnt really.

  I have always been sensitive to any offence. As a child, I accumulated many hurts that festered when I was a teenager, working havoc in my relationship with my parents and siblings. I could be happy and nice, but when I was hurt, I wasn’t just a little hurt, every hurt I ever  felt, resurfaced and made me angry. I had a temper, but rather than let these things go, I held onto them and they made me bitter. I was not nice. I was very sarcastic.

This last week, I have been thinking about what it means to put away childish things.  Yeah, I know. At ten, we start putting away dolls. At eleven, we realize not all noises are lady like and your older sister asks you to tone your voice down. By fourteen, we are maturing and by eighteen, we are wiser and more socially acceptable than our gramma. We trade in the mud from fourwheeling, for hours of washing, combing, touching up those annoying zits, and conquering that last strand of hair.  All. Grown. Up.

Or not. I had great times as a child and a teenager, but I came into my 20s still hanging on to little those things.  And as always, parents get alot of the blame. Obviously. ‘Cuz they raised me, right? They should have been able to read my mind and make every transitional stage of life as flawless and as wonderful as possible. I want to say, I have had a wonderful life and have been blessed with kind, patient, and loving parents.

What changed? Did they suddenly take parenting classes  and become awesome parents? No. I have chosen to put away my childish understandings of things and now can understand. While they aren’t perfect, they are close enough. The hurts and growing pains of yesterday have shaped me into who I am today, and by choosing to let them go, they no longer hurt to think about. I can respect my parents and begin to cultivate a grown up relationship with them.

When we carry childish behaviors with us into the future, we lessen our chances of becoming a respectable adult. When we fight with our ‘friends’ and  they are no longer worthy of our friendship, we cheat ourselves out of a deeper relationship with that person. When we are easily offended, and snub others, let’s face it- we are acting childish. When we speak ill of others to feel better about ourselves, we make ourselves worse.

SO MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS this- WHATEVER HURT YOU ARE CARRYING FROM THE PAST, FROM BEING CALLED NAMES TO BEING SEXUALLY, PHYSICALLY, ABUSED, BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, find HEALING FOR THOSE WOUNDS.

Cry it out, shout it out. Get it out. Some hurts need another person’s shoulders or ears, other hurts, simply let them go. Like rose petals on water, you just let. them. go. Let go of the hurt. Forgive. Embrace whoever it was that hurt you. They may not be your favorite person, but you will be able to look them in the eye again. Other people cannot take away your relationship with God, but I know from experience, my relationships with others can take away my peace with God. So for your personal benefit, treasure each person God allows in your life.

I have more childish behaviors to put away, and I know by the Grace of God in my life, he will enable, as he reveals. And hopefully, by the time I am an older lady, I can help those who are younger and struggling, because I will have by then have put away childish speaking and understanding, and with love in my heart, give sound advice, and be as wise as my eighteen year old grand-daughter,

God bless you as you grow up.

Chicken Jello!

For some reason I’m just super excited about the bone broth I made. Apparently my exuberance was a little too much for my husband- (I sorta kinda had to show him how beautiful and gelatinous it turned out. He may have rolled his eyes a little.) Anyway. Bone broth! Yaaay! I first heard about bone broth, when my doctor told me I should take it for my gut. She was like, ‘go to the butcher and ask for soup bones then cook them down to make a gelatin broth. And drink it or use it in soups. Often or daily. It will heal your gut and some of your other problems will go away when your gut is healed.’ Those are not her exact words, but that is the message I remember. Thats been a while ago, but I finally made broth. I’m not going to go into detail of all the benefits of bone broth, but I will say this. Health is in the gut. Happiness is part of a healthy gut.  (I have also learned that constipation makes people grouchy. But when I see grouchy people I don’t assume they are constipated)

My mother-in-law orders free range, hormone free chickens from Illinois. They arrive already butchered, but never frozen in nice bags with 5 birds in a bag. When I get them, I separate the pieces as I want them and vacuum seal them and they are ready to freeze. (Actually the man packaged this batch. Wyatt wanted to be in the middle of everything, so I entertained him.) After packaging and freezing 25 already butchered chickens, I had backs, necks, wing tips, and the breast cartilage from the affore mentioned birds to make broth with. I froze those until I was ready for them.

I read so many blogs about bone broth before i started. Some were informational, some were educational, and some were elememtary.  I figured its pretty hard to ruin broth, so i used bits an pieces from several blogs. I like these directions best.
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I coarse chopped 2 onions, 2 celery bunches, 3 leeks and a bundle of parsley. Carrots are traditional, but I opted those out.

Some recipes called for certain amounts of water, but I wanted this to be condensed. I didn’t have a large stock pot, so I used a roaster, a kettle, and a large and a small crock pot. I filled them with chicken and veggies , salted and peppered them then put a tablespoon of vinegar and water in til they were almost covered.
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I started the roaster and the small crockpot at 3 am. I turned the crockpot on low and put the roaster on the oven at 200. At 9 the next morning I started taking the meat off. I still had 3 bags of bones left, so I put some more uncooked bones into the roaster. I wish now I would have just had 2 big pots and would have just added uncooked bones to the broth. After I picked the meat off, I roasted the bones in the oven at 350. (The roaster simmered on 2 burners while I used the oven.) You don’t really want it to boil, just simmer.

The bones roasted for about an hour, then I added them back to the broth and cooked everything til you could crush the bones with your fingers. Gina and her children came to help.
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Having some one to play with wyatt was nice! We used paint strainers from Lowes to strain the broth. That was Gina’s brilliant idea.
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It was freezing outside so I set the broth out to cool quickly and separate. After I put wyatt to bed I took the fat off and put the gelatin in 1 cup containers and 3 cup bags to freeze.
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The batch that I had put uncooked bones into broth turned out very thick and tasty! The roasted bones gave it nice color too. The rest was lighter and slipped off the spoon, it wasn’t as thick. After seeing what real chicken broth looks like, I doubt I will buy from the store again. I can add my own water to this as needed.
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The difference in the two batches.
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It made 25 cup of gelatin, 2 jars and the green container of fat. (I don’t know how I will use the fat yet.) And 2 containers of chicken to add to soups or make food for wyatt. I was happy with the results of my first attempt to make broth.

I really hope you will try it some time and enjoy the goodness of bone broth.

Creamy, Delumtious Chili

I am aware that delumtious will probably not be found in an english dictionary any time soon, but this soup was so delicious and scrumptious that I’m up writing about it instead of sleeping.

my first time eating white chili was when my friend made it when I was visiting her. I was in love. With chili. I had not had it before, so it took me by surprise. Hmm, white chili. Its supposed to be red. My mom used to make chili in the winter when I was growing up. She made taco soup, potato soup, chicken noodle soup, oyster soup, cheeseburger soup and Lydianne soup. (Lydianne soup was when she cleaned out the fridge and made various concoctions) If she tho’t all day about what to make for supper and came up blank, she’d get up from her thinking chair and say “I guess we’ll just have Lydianne soup.” Then she would dissapear in the kitchen and after some steaming and rattling and clinking of glasses and silverware she would tell one of us to tell everyone supper is ready. I don’t ever remember being dissapointed in my moms cooking. Not even the Lydianne soups.

If your a guest in her house for lunch on Sunday, you won’t be getting soup.

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soups remind me of the comfort of my gramma and mom’s homes. Often, on long cold evenings  we’d all have a good belly warmin’ soul toastin’ time around a table of soup and whatever fixings went with that particular soup. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide the same for my children, so when they grow up and have a delicious soup, they’ll think of home and happy times and smile and be comforted.

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and I’ll probly miss them at the drop of a tissue.(I only have one,but i hope to have plural some day. When i graduate from the ‘hooray for the turtle’ phase to the ‘go ask the elephant’ phase.)

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So i didn’t do step by step photography on this. I’m assuming if you want to make this you will know how to chop onions and peel garlic and open a can and find some form of cooked turkey or chicken meat. I am currently on the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle change-over or diet. So if you are on that also, you will want to use the breast meat. Also for the broth, use fat free or use chicken bouillon cubes and water. I served it with  Ezekial sprouted bread. I sprinkled just a little parmesan cheese, then broiled them til toasty. feel free to adjust the fat content as you like, omit the cheese, and cream cheese if you like.

I’ve found that the best way to make soup is to follow a certain order. First take care of the meat.grill it, saute it or somehow change it from raw to cooked. Flavor depends on the way you do it, grilling being yum and poaching being bland. Set it aside. If I’m browning beef, I just use one big pot and set the meat on a platter til i’m ready for it again. Second, saute your vegetable in the same pot. You can’t let any flavor escape by using too many bowls.Starting with the hard veggies first then adding the more tender ones gradually to avoid having too crunchy or too mushy vegetables. Fresh vegetables and herbs make a huge difference. Third step, shake in the spices and stir until the flavors blend nicely. Fourth- add the broth and creams. taste and adjust the flavors til you get it just right. Last, add the meat and let simmer til meat is warm or cooked through. That’s how I like to make soup.

Creamy White Chili

4-6 cups of turkey or chicken chunks

2-4 garlic  cloves, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 T olive oil

10 oz tomato & chiles

15-17 oz. white beans, cooked

14 oz. chicken broth

Chili powder, cayenne pepper,

Oregano & salt to taste bout  ¼ -½ each

3 oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1 cup 0% greek yogurt.

In a soup kettle, sauté onion and garlic until tender. Add the tomatoes and chiles and seasonings. Stir together. Add beans. Add broth and cream cheese and greek yogurt and stir gently until all is meting together.  Add chicken or turkey. Taste and adjust to suit your preference- more salt? More pepper? ( It’s better to put in too little and add more later than to add to much right away.) When the flavors are blended and meat is warm through, you are ready to serve.

On the THM thingy this would be E for energizing. It’s 2 am and I’m just winding down. Thank you Gina for introducing me to white chili.

hopefully I didn’t get too captain obvious with the whole soup process 🙂

Rest on Your Laurels

I’ve been watching The Forsyte Saga. I think it falls in the ‘british drama’ category. These types of series are amazingly realistic, capturing so many small details and emotions that are missed in fast paced movies. some times they are just so sad, alot are based on ancient writings or real happenings. They tend to make me more grateful for life and what I have.

One particular incident in this episode made a big impression on me and I’ve been thinking on it ever since.

Dartie, a Forsyte in-law, is gambling and showing off for some women. He has won a big stash, looks like it was probly more than he had his entire life maybe? So what does he do? 

“What say we go the whole hog?”

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Cousin George standing there knows his situation, and advises him to ‘rest on his laurels.'(spoiler alert) he goes ‘the whole hog’

and loses everything.

 

So I’ve been thinking about that phrase ‘rest on your laurels.’ (probably over-thinking it)  It is so easy to be careless with what we have. We often think we need more. How many times do we lose what we already have because we are constantly searching for that slight chance that ‘this next time, I’ll win it all.’  

That verse- having food and clothing, let us then be content. Too often i think this is impossible. Yet I’ve seen people live this way and very possibly have a higher quality of life. They are not bogged down with responsibility for all their possessions. 

Yeah, i’d like a bigger house, a beach vacation (every weekend) and all kinds of things. Since I’ve been thinking about it, I reallize that all my needs are met and I have it very nice. 

 

So people, rest on your laurels. If you have lots of things and can afford them, enjoy them.

Enjoy the small things in life, too

Enjoy the people around you. your mom. your dad. your friends. your children.

Don’t gamble your life away. THINK- this next venture may gain you mucho dinero, but what is it really gonna cost ya?